Proud Home of the Knights

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!

Tenino Middle School to Hold Student-Led Conferences

This quarter our students will be hosting conversations with their parents/guardians about their academic progress this year. Student-led conferences will be Tuesday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for eighth graders and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for sixth and seventh grade students. Parents can still schedule a conference with their child's teacher April 2 or 3. Find out more in our letter for parents.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members,

We at Tenino Middle School are committed to providing a safe, productive learning environment for our students.  We work to help students gain the skills and knowledge necessary for success at Tenino High School, and we hope that all children are career or college ready by the time they graduate.

The year is flying by, and we are already into the second semester. Some students have new schedules, and all students begin the new semester with a clean grade slate. Please remember that third quarter grades will roll into fourth quarter for a second semester grade at the end of the year, so students will want to stay current with assignments starting right now! Eligibility for our current eighth graders carries over to the fall season at Tenino High School, so athletes who play fall sports will want to keep all second semester grades at a passing level.

Spring conferences will be April 1-3. Please mark your calendars! However, I encourage you to contact your child’s teacher(s) at any time if you have questions or concerns about student progress. Mrs. Benek, our school counselor, is also happy to help you arrange to meet with teachers and to suggest useful resources for both students and parents.

In an effort to ensure that students are successful, Ms. Archibald offers tutoring every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mr. Gagnon, Mr. Palmer, several high school students, and volunteers from AmeriCorps also assist with tutoring. Students must sign permission slips (available from Mrs. Benek), and transportation home for students is available with parent permission.

Sixth graders, with Mr. Long’s expertise, have begun working with Writing Roadmap, a program designed to expose students to the writing demands of the upcoming Smarter Balanced Assessment of the Common Core State Standards.

If you are interested in learning more about the Common Core, the PTA national website has excellent two-page summaries of English Language Arts and Math Standards by grade level in its “Parents’ Guide for Student Success.” In addition, you may be interested in viewing the new Next Generation Science Standards. You can also find information and practice tests for the Smarter Balanced Assessment, which TMS will field test this spring.

As always, please feel free to contact me with questions and concerns you may have about TMS. Positive feedback is welcome as well! You can e-mail me, or call 360-264-3611.



Sherry Connally, Principal

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