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Welcome to Tenino Elementary School, home of Tenino the Tiger! We are a community of third, fourth, and fifth grade students learning, growing, and mastering a host of basic skills in preparation for life. We take pride in the excitement and passion that we infuse into the learning process.

We are becoming experts in understanding the connection between improvement on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) and the daily activities in the classroom. Preliminary data reflects a correlation between MAP and the state assessment called the Measure of Student Progress (MSP). There is a sustained effort to continue to explore academic interventions to address gaps in student learning.

Organization of the school day supports an uninterrupted morning with specialists in the afternoon providing physical education and general music.

Please feel free to visit our Staff page to contact your child’s teacher or specialists or the Contact Us page for our address or phone number. We look forward to hearing from you.

A Message from our Principal

Dear Parents, Families, and Community,

The end of the year brings a ceremonial passing of the torch. We wish the best to Mr. Russ Pickett as he moves on to be a Superintendent in Monroe, Oregon. He has been at the helm and leading the district for the past six years.

We welcome Mr. Joe Belmonte as the new superintendent of our schools and to our community. Mr. Belmonte has an exemplary background in teaching, elementary education, and has a seasoned perspective in educational administration. We look forward to his transition and leadership in the coming months. I encourage you to look for opportunities to meet and greet him as he settles in. 

Report cards will be mailed home on Monday, June 23. Fine notices will be sent home on June 6 to allow students time to locate and return overdue library books or pay any outstanding fees. Report cards are held until fines are cleared with the school.

A note will be included with the report cards providing a general grade-level supply list so that you can take advantage of summer supply sales. A specific class supply list will be included in the new teacher’s introductory letter in August. 

For your planning, please note that the school office will close for the summer on June 30. The office opens again on August 20. At that time, we will send letters home to introduce your child’s new teacher for next year. 

We will be hiring four new teachers this spring, including replacing some retirements. Mrs. Julie Pickett and Miss Nancy Kitterman are two Tenino career teachers who have connected with a significant portion of our community. We give our thanks for their service and appreciate their contribution to the lives of our students. 

Due to changes in teaching staff at all levels in the building, information of who your child’s teacher will be next year will not be available until August. 

Thanks, and have a safe summer!

David Ford

David Ford

David Ford, Principal


What's New

Upcoming Events
We are always working on some new projects or looking forward to exciting events! Please be sure to mark your calendars with our events, and be sure to check our main calendar frequently to keep up-to-date.

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