Legal Notice for Special Board Meetings Feb. 9, 10, 11, 2021 The Tenino School Board will be gathering for the following Special Board Meetings, to be held virtually, as part of the superintendent screening and selection process currently underway. These meetings will be broadcast from the Tenino School District Office. This notice replaces any previous notices regarding special meetings on these dates.
Superintendent Finalist Candidate Schedule for February 9, 10, and 11, 2021. http://bit.ly/SuptSched
Happy February! Tenino School Board members and a panel of observers took time this past Saturday, January 30th, to interview six candidates to replace outgoing superintendent, Joe Belmonte, who has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2021. The Board selected three finalists and will introduce them in a series of virtual community forums beginning February 9th. The finalists are as follows: Clint Endicott, Executive Director of K-12 Leadership, Accountability and Secondary Education, Yakima School District; John Hannah, Superintendent, Morton School District; and Jennifer Kindle, Executive Director of Student Learning, Selah School District Virtual Community Forums are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., On February 9, 10 and 11. Jennifer Kindle - February 9 Webinar John Hannah - February 10 Webinar Clint Endicott - February 11 Webinar The district will provide forum participants the opportunity to provide written input to the Board regarding each of the finalists during each forum. The board welcomes you to submit questions in advance for candidates. These can be submitted online until Friday, February 5, 2021 at noon via THIS LINK: www.bit.ly/SupSearchInfo The Tenino School Board plans to make a decision on the new superintendent the evening of February 11th, but that date could change. About The Candidates Clint Endicott serves as Executive Director of K-12 Leadership, Accountability, and Secondary Education for the Yakima School District. He earned a BA in Mathematics Education from Central Washington University, a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Principal Credentials from Grand Canyon University, and Superintendent Credentials from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. He served as a secondary assistant principal and principal in Yakima prior to beginning his current executive director position in 2015. Mr. Endicott has also served as a middle and high school math teacher in the Rochester and Selah School Districts. John Hannah is the current superintendent of the Morton School District where he has served since 2014. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in General Science from Oregon State University, a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Principal Certification from City University-Seattle, and superintendent credentials from Washington State University. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hannah served as an elementary principal in the Mt. Adams School District. He has also served as a math and science teacher at the elementary and secondary levels in the Castle Rock and Wahkiakum School Districts. Jennifer Kindle currently serves as Executive Director of Student Learning for the Selah School District. She earned a BS in Accounting and Business Education from Central Washington University, a Master’s Degree in Business and Marketing Ed. and Principal Certification from Central Washington University, and Superintendent Credentials from Washington State University. Ms. Kindle served as a secondary principal in the Rainier, Franklin Pierce, and Selah School Districts prior to beginning her current district role in 2016. She has also served as a middle and high school business and math teacher for the Thorp School District. Thank you to the staff and community members who served as observers this past Saturday! John Bash, Assistant Superintendent (Superintendent Search Lead)
February 1, 2021 Dear Tenino Families, In collaboration with our employee groups the District now has solid dates to reopen in-person. As in the previous plan we will be using a hybrid A/B model with students in group ‘A’ attending all day on Mondays and Thursdays, group ‘B’ students attending all day on Tuesdays and Fridays, with Wednesday being a remote day for all students. If your child is currently attending school in-person for a special education program they will continue to attend 4 days per week. The school will be communicating with you directly of there is any modification of your child's schedule, You will receive more detailed information from your child’s school about which group your child(ren) will be in, the specific start times and any transition activities that may occur. The start dates are: Grades K-5—February 8, 2021 group A, February 9, 2021 group B Grades 6-8—February 22, 2021 group A, February 23, 2021 group B When the Thurston County transmission rate falls to about 200 cases per 100,000 then Grades 9-12 would be able to begin at a date to be determined. Important Notes: Previously we asked you to select either the in-person or remote learning option for your child(ren). In addition, we asked if you planned on having your child(ren) ride the bus to and/or from school. • IF you have changed your preference, contact your child’s school ASAP. Otherwise, we will plan for your child(ren) to receive the program you have originally chosen. • You will be contacted by First Student if you chose to access bus transportation. Please contact your child(ren)’s school if you have changed your preference regarding transportation. • For families choosing in-person learning, we will be requiring families to complete a quarterly attestation. If you have not done so you can access the attestation form here. We will continue to do daily screening and temperature checks for all in-person students. We have been asked, what gives you confidence we can operate schools safely in a hybrid model? Essentially, the State and County departments of health are clear that the modeling data and school experiences across Washington State have shown mitigation measures, including cohorts, symptom screening, robust contact tracing, mask wearing, physical distancing, facility cleaning, and hygiene mitigate the risks and are highly effective in reducing school transmission. Click here to read our County health officers letter to schools. We look forward to reopening and are anxious to see students back on campus. Regards, Joe Belmonte
The Tenino School Board completed screening of semi-finalist candidates for superintendent of schools on January 30, 2021, and has named Clint Endicott, Executive Director of K-12 Leadership (Yakima School District); John Hannah, Superintendent (Morton School District); and Jennifer Kindle, Executive Director of Student Learning (Selah School District) as finalists to be interviewed on February 9th, 10th and 11th. More details regarding the finalist candidates and the interview process will be posted to the district’s website on Monday, February 1, 2021.
Do you miss Sports?! Are you interested in getting your child signed up for a fall sport at TMS or THS? If so, please read the attached info letter and also please take a moment to fill out the Athletic Survey below so we can get the ball rolling!! https://forms.gle/7idozj7SdANjhbT59
As of 1:30 p.m. on 1/27/2021 the district internet service is offline. Sorry for the inconvenience. We hope to be able to resolve this issue soon.
Larch Mountain Little League 2021 Baseball Registration NOW OPEN! www.larchmountainlittleleague.com/
Good Morning Tenino Families. The Tenino School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, January 25th at 6:30 pm will be held via webinar. Public comment must be submitted via email by 5 pm on January 25th to email@example.com. Please join the meeting by clicking the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82078118060. Thank you.
Dear Tenino Families: It is with great reluctance I am letting you know that we will need to delay the start of hybrid instruction at Parkside, Tenino Elementary, and Tenino Middle School. We will continue, with no change, the remote learning model. In addition, students currently being served in-person will continue with their programs. My last communication to you, which included the survey, was based on the State and local health department guidance that permitted school districts to begin a phased reopening. Please click here to view the County health officer’s recent letter. Recently, concerns have arisen around the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and additional safety measures that may be needed to reopen. We are continuing to work collaboratively with our stakeholders to alleviate these concerns so we will be able to return to in-person instruction as safely as possible. I am extremely sorry to share this message to you. Until we reopen, we will continue to plan and prepare for hybrid instruction and be ready to transition to in-person learning. I recognize this disruption continues to have a significant impact on our students, our families, and our staff. Regards, Joe Belmonte
Dear Tenino Families, Guidance we received just prior to the winter break from the State and Thurston County Department of Health will permit schools to begin in-person learning beginning with elementary students, as long as our county remains in the "moderate" or "low" COVID-19 transmission range as defined by our state's health authority. We are planning to reopen in-person using a hybrid A/B model with students in group ‘A’ attending all day on Mondays and Thursdays, group ‘B’ students attending all day on Tuesdays and Fridays, with Wednesday being a remote day for all students. Please click here for more information and to take the survey: http://bit.ly/TSD_Back2School
Good Morning, The Tenino School District Board of Directors will be holding Special Board Meetings for the 2020-21 Superintendent search. Please see image for additional information. Thank you.
Tenino Grand Twinkle Tour 2020 drive thru light festival. Friday, Dec 18th 6:00 - 8:00 pm in the Tenino Middle School parking lot.
Good Morning Tenino Families. The Tenino School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, December 14th at 6:30 pm will be held via webinar. Public comment must be submitted via email by 5 pm on December 14th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join the meeting by clicking the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82048191867. Thank you.
Tenino Food Bank Howliday Pet Food Drive: Nov 30 - Dec 30 at Tenino Chiropractic & Wellness Center
The District would like to clarify the Governor's recent proclamation. K-12 schools ARE NOT impacted by the new restrictions. We can maintain our current model of in-person service combined with remote learning. While we have students and staff members on campus the District is complying with every local health department regulation to prevent the chance of transmitting COVID-19. I know we all look forward to the return to 'normal' schooling, whatever that looks like in the future. Until then, remember to wear masks/face coverings when around others, wash your hands, and maintain physical distancing. Hopefully, doing these things will return to a normal schedule sooner than later. Stay well, Joe Belmonte, Superintendent
Good Afternoon Tenino Families. The Tenino School Board Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 23rd at 6:30 pm will be held via webinar. Public comment must be submitted via email by 5 pm on November 23rd to email@example.com. Please join the meeting by clicking the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86982559353. Thank you.
Power outage at Tenino High School! There will be no in person service at THS due to a power outage. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
Tenino vs. Rainier Food Drive Nov 16-20. Drop off your items at THS, Dave's Market, Eagan's, Hedden's, Post Office, or Tenino District Office. Items for Class Competition must be dropped off at THS in Class Designated Bins.
Dear Tenino Families: Thurston County Superintendents met this week with the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services Health Officer Dr. Abdelmalek. During the past two weeks, COVID transmissions in the county have continued to rise. As a result, we will continue to serve students in the current instructional model. The current remote learning model will continue through December of 2020. To read Dr. Abdelmalek’s most recent letter click the following link: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/phssdocuments/Letter%20to%20Schools%2011.6.20%20FINAL.pdf. I am disappointed that we will not be able to transition to more in-person learning for your children. That said, because we have been teaching small groups of students in-person and safely, we will continue to provide these services. Finally, we will continue to plan and prepare for in-person instruction and will be ready to transition to in-person learning when permitted. Thank you for your support and patience. As always, if you or your child need support during online learning please connect with your child’s teacher or your child’s school principal. We will continue to communicate updates as they occur. Be well, Joe Belmonte, Superintende