Home of the Cougar Pride

Welcome to the Internet home of the Tenakill Middle School Cougar Pride. Together, we provide a safe, empowering learning environment for 500+ fifth through eighth grade students in Closter Public Schools, Closter, New Jersey. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We are happy to provide you with information about the excellent programs and services we offer our students. Go, Cougars!

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Tenakill Cougar Families,

It is truly an honor to be the principal of Tenakill Middle School, where the staff, students, and parents are committed to making this a community we can all be proud to call our own. 

Cougar Pride, as we’ve come to call it, encapsulates a duality in meaning. Individually, we show our pride for our school through active demonstrations of respect, honor, and integrity; while collectively, we function as a pride with group purpose and concern for one another’s academic, social, and emotional well-being. In such a community as this, each student is capable of achieving his or her fullest potential, without any limitations.

We invite parents and community members to join our Pride in supporting our students at Tenakill. You can do so by being active members of the PTO, by volunteering your services and experiences to educate our students, and by continually supporting the work we do here.

I hope you find our website helpful and easy to navigate. Our calendar contains all school events and is subscribable, so you can add it to your own calendar. For parents, make sure you have a Schoology account to follow your student’s daily progress in his or her classes, and make sure you check your parent portal account for up-to-date progress and trimester grades. Both of these sites have quick links on the top of the page for easy access.

There is no place better than Tenakill Middle School.

We are the Tenakill Cougars! Join our Pride. Together, the world will Hear Us ROAR!


William M. Tantum

William M. Tantum, Principal