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.

We continue to improve student success on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) and classroom-based assessments. Last spring we piloted the Smarter Balanced Assessment and we will be engaging that assessment this coming spring. There is a sustained effort to continue to explore academic interventions to address gaps in student learning. Vicki Agnew is our intervention specialist who will be leading this academic focus.

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 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,

Spring seems to be melting into summer in front of our very eyes. This time of year always triggers memories of much earlier times past when I was a youngster in school.

The warmer weather of May meant that school year was drawing to a rapid close. The promise of a wonderful and exciting summer break loomed in the not too far distance, offering the lure of my bicycle and my fishing rod, free time, and if I was lucky, a vacation.

The reality for our students is that school is not quite over. We expect our students to remain engaged and working hard. The fading weeks will bring a host of culminating experiences. Closure happens, but not until celebrations unfold to mark the end of the year.

The students have worked hard. The first priority is to make sure that all tests are completed and that academic responsibilities are all in place.

Field Day and the end of the year assembly will bring us to a close the last week. We will mark each day of that week with student-selected themes: Twin Day, Sports Day, Lazy Day, and Crazy Hair Day. We will mail report cards home the week after the last day of school. We will send home fine notices to allow students to locate and return overdue library books or pay any outstanding fees. We hold report cards until your child clears all fines 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.

The school office will close on June 24 and will open again on August 19. At that time, we will send letters home to introduce new teachers for next year.


David Ford
David Ford

David Ford, Principal