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.

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A Message from our Principal

Dear Parents, Families, and Community,

Welcome to the end of the school year, and for me…the sunset of a career. I have had the distinguished pleasure of serving children, parents, and the staff over the course of a decade in Tenino. I have enjoyed the relationships that naturally form between principals and the adults behind the children. I have been the clear beneficiary of a wide circle of support from the students, our ever-enthusiastic PTA, parent groups, and community organizations.

I feel extremely proud of the progress we have achieved together. We have built a working partnership for the safety and improvement of our educational environment, and have promoted student understanding in a complicated world. I thank Superintendent Belmonte and the Board for continued leadership, support, and guidance!

I have enjoyed working with a dedicated staff that has invested countless hours of their personal time to student service, as well as support the growth of our children. They have big hearts and sharp minds. The benefit of their ongoing professional training and collaboration is our investment in Tenino’s future and our commitment to high standards.

I walk away with many layers of thanks. As I turn to look over my shoulder one last time, I will miss the friendships, the special moments, the laughter, challenges, improvements, and the connection. But mostly, I will miss the children.

In that one last glance over my shoulder, I see a bright light – we are fortunate to have found a remarkably qualified replacement. The children, the parents, staff, and community will be instantly impressed. It is comforting for me to know that I leave the school under Principal Harrington’s command. Please extend a hand to him and welcome him aboard!


David Ford
David Ford

David Ford, Principal