Welcome to the Tenino School District website. We are located in Tenino, Washington, approximately 14 miles south of Olympia. We are a district serving over 1,300 students in the Kindergarten through 12th grades.
Our website is full of information you may need to know about our District. Whether you are looking for information about registration at one of our schools, needing the District calendar in order to plan a family vacation, or seeking employment with us, we know you’ll find what you are looking for. If you have additional questions, we hope you’ll contact us. We’d love to meet with you and help in any way possible.
Sharon (Sherry) Connally is the new middle school principal. Dr. Connally comes to us after a prestigious career in Maine where she taught middle school and was a middle school administrator. Sherry moved to the west coast to get married and is building a new life here in Washington.
These two leaders, along with Brock Williams at PES, David Ford at TES, and Jenny Risner as the executive director of student services will provide strong and positive leadership throughout the district.
This summer a team of teachers from THS traveled to the conference on "High Schools That Work" in North Carolina. This nationally recognized program will not only provide structure but also strong programs for our high school students. We are very excited to implement this program at THS with the long term goal to expand to the middle school next year.
The state of Washington adopted a budget at the end of June and the additional LAP dollars provided will be put to good use. The funds will enable the district to add an additional kindergarten class at PES. At this time, our enrollment is looking strong, and consequently we have added a teacher to TES. There will no longer be a split 3/4 this year. Let's hope that people realize what great schools we have in Tenino and keep moving into the district. Strong schools mean a strong community!
We have four goals this year:
Improving Engagement: By improving engagement between staff and students, staff and parents, students and parents, and the schools and the community, we will see an increase in our retention rate, an increase in our graduation rate, a decrease in discipline referrals, an increase in our on-time graduation rate, and an increase in community support.
Improving Rigor: Tenino students need to have high expectations for themselves, and we need to prepare them for the next stage of their life. Graduation is not the end of a journey but rather the beginning of one. We will be raising the academic bar and providing our staff with the skills necessary to help students succeed. Our administrative team has adopted an "Everything Positive-No Failure" philosophy. It is very exciting to think about the great things that will happen.
Common Core Standards: The Common Core Standards has been adopted by most of the United States, including Washington. We are in the process of embedding these standards into our curriculum, redesigning what we teach and how we will be teaching it to meet these standards. Replacing the MSP and the HSPE this year will be the new Smarter Balance Assessment. This will be a more rigorous test for the students, however the data it provides will be very helpful.
TPEP (Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program): The federal government and the state of Washington passed a law requiring an updated evaluation process for teachers and principals. In Tenino, we have been working with this model for the past two years. This year about 2/3 of our staff will be evaluated using this model, and it must be fully implemented by 2015. We are lucky that our staff has been on board with these changes from the beginning, and we have a strong model in place for successful and accurate evaluation of staff.
It's time to get on the train and travel down the tracks to our future in education. With engagement, rigor, the Common Cores, and a successful evaluation tool in place, things are looking great for the Tenino School District and its students. Spread the word, there's room on this train for everyone.
Here's to a great school year!