John Glenn Middle School Plans an LA2 Tenacity Challenge for Spring, 2017

The JGMS delegation to the Tenacity Challenge - Courtesy image (c) JGMS, 2016 all rights reserved
The JGMS students participating in the internal Quiz Bowl in preparation for next year’s Tenacity Challenge – Courtesy image (c) JGMS, 2016 all rights reserved

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JGMS teacher Paul Harrington and his charges watched a team competing in the History Challenge at BHS - Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved
JGMS teacher Paul Harrington and his charges watched a team competing in the History Challenge at BHS – Image (c) JMcCT, 2016 all rights reserved

According to Principal Kevin Tracey, LA2 Tenacity Challenge will come to the John Glenn Middle School on April 29, 2017.

In anticipation, Tracey, accompanied by several teachers and students, attended this year’s event at Bedford High School; the students were “all fired up” according to Tracey.

Click each image of the internal Quiz Bowl at JGMS to see it at full size

Images (c) JGMS, 2016 all rights reserved

The poster for the 2017 JGMS event notes, “The LA2 Tenacity Challenge is an annual academic competition for teams of 7th and 8th grade Latino and African-American students from urban and suburban middle schools across Massachusetts. During the extended period of preparation, students build academic capacity, strengthen intellectual risk-taking, hone leadership skills through an action project, and develop enduring peer and faculty relationships.

“For me, the Tenacity Challenge is one of the most inspiring and energizing events of the year,” Tracey said. “The amount of time the students put into their work is incredible. Having seen the background preparation first hand at the high school, the Tenacity Challenge truly has a year-long impact by creating a culture of academics among cohorts of students and then fostering amazing relationships between these students and their coaches.”

JGMS’s 2017 program will be modeled on the successful LA2 Challenge held at Bedford High School for the past six years. School districts from around Massachusetts will be invited to send teams. The competition will present three events centered around the themes of leadership, empowerment, and tenacity:

  • Leadership Action Project
  • Science and Math Quiz Bowl Challenge (Life, Earth and Physical Sciences, Pre-Algebra and Algebra)
  • Global Voices Literary Analysis

In anticipation of next year’s year-long Tenacity Challenge preparation, JGMS teachers Lindsey Goodhue and Elizabeth Cowles gathered students for an internal Math/Science Bowl last week and their response was positive.

To register a team or read more information about the event, please visit https://www.tenacitychallenge2016.com/ after June 1, 2016 or email Kevin Tracey, John Glenn Middle School principal, at Kevin_Tracey@bedford.k12.ma.us.

 

 

 


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