Welcome to Tenino Elementary, the proud home of Tenino the Tiger!

We are a community of third, fourth, and fifth grade students learning, growing, and mastering a host of skills in preparation for careers, continuing education, and success in life. Our staff and volunteers take pride in the excitement, rigor, and passion that we infuse into the learning process.

Please feel free to visit our Staff page to contact your child’s teacher or specialists or use 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,

Late Start or Academic Collaboration Time referred to as ACT time provides teachers with critical time to meet in grade level teams with colleagues in Professional Learning Communities referred to as PLCs. The purpose of ACT is for teachers to analyze student data and design both remediation and enrichment interventions for their students. ACTs are recognized nationally as a best practice in education. Educational research clearly shows that teachers working in PLCs result in more effective learning for students.

In order for ACT to be successful, the district calendar has students arriving late 14 times throughout this academic year. Please refer to the school calendar for the late start ACT days. We thank you for your support as we better support TES students!

Students are eating breakfast and lunch in the new student cafeteria located on our playground adjacent to the middle school. The cafeteria was created this summer for our students. To allow time for students to eat breakfast, please drop students at school shortly after 8:00 a.m. if they are eating breakfast.

All students may arrive at 8:00 a.m. when supervision is available. Please do not drop off earlier for safety reasons. When students arrive they will be supervised on the playground. In case of inclement weather, the MP room will be open. Class starts at 8:20 a.m. 

We are off to a super start this year with our four initiatives: safety, technology, Positive Behavior Systems, and explicit instruction.


David Ford
David Ford

David Ford, Principal