Welcome to Tenino Middle School, home of the Knights. We are a 6th-8th grade school located in Tenino, Washington, a 102-year-old historic town. Our school has great community support. Parent volunteers have helped this school tremendously. We firmly believe that students excel when they know we care about them. Be assured that our teachers and staff care deeply about giving your child the best possible education.
We’re glad you came to visit Tenino Middle School’s online home. We hope you’ll continue to stay familiar with our school. You’ll find that we update calendar dates and news items regularly for your convenience. We have also made the Student Handbook available for you to download. We welcome all calls for additional questions you may have!
Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,
Hello! As summer’s end approaches, it is time to think about the upcoming school year. Teachers and staff at TMS have been in and out all summer preparing for students’ arrival. This year, Tenino Middle School welcomes five new staff members as well as experienced staff assuming some new teaching assignments. First, we welcome a full-time guidance counselor this year as Carol Benek joins us from Tenino High School. Carol brings with her much experience counseling students about scheduling, academics, conflict resolution, and peer relationships. We are fortunate to have her here full time at TMS.
Carol joins our new seventh and eighth grade science teacher, Donna Harris. Donna comes to us from England with five years of experience teaching undergraduates at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, as well as having conducted and published scientific research. Also teaching seventh and eighth grade this year is Bryan Hoddle, who lends us his expertise from years of teaching history to these grade levels.
Howard Palmer has joined the sixth grade teaching team as sixth grade math teacher. Along with Michele Humble, he will be leading new teachers Lindy Baxter and Morgan Long. Lindy will be teaching social studies and comes to us from Central Washington University, having excelled on the college softball team and leading summer programs at the Lacey Recreation Center. Morgan comes to us with nine years of experience teaching at Clover Park in Lakewood. He is looking forward to teaching language arts to the sixth grade, and I am confident that his many years of teaching drama will inspire students to excel in this area!
With the retirement of the former industrial arts teacher, we welcome a full-time technology teacher for grades seven and eight in Scott Gagnon. Scott is excited to begin working with students in the computer lab, teaching them important 21st century skills for today’s workplace. He comes to us from Washington State University.
Finally, if I may, let me share a few words about me! I am excited to be in Tenino, Washington after serving six years as principal of a small, rural K-12 school in Maine. Prior to that I spent 33 years teaching middle school students, and I am thrilled to be back full time with this special age group. I look forward to meeting students, parents, and community members. My door is open, and I want to hear from all of you about your hopes for our school and your children’s futures. Stop by and say hello!
Sherry Connally, Principal
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