Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my child at Tenino High School?

You'll see its easy to register your child at Tenino.  We will gladly help you complete the paperwork in our school office.  Please don't forget to bring your child's birth certificate, immunization record, social security number, and the address of the last school he/she attended.

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How can I stay informed on what's going on at Tenino?

You can stay updated by checking this website often.  You'll find its an easy way to stay informed and energized about Tenino High School.  Here you will find our school calendar, news page, and access to other information about our school.

We recommend that you take advantage of the grades and attendance page, as well as your parent/teacher conferences.

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It's snowing!  Do we have school?

We announce school closures and delays between 6:00 and 7:30 am on local radio and television stations.   During inclement weather, we may operate buses on special "snow routes."  Tenino parents/guardians transport students to the nearest stop on "special snow route" days.  Parents and guardians can call our information line at 360-264-6602 to learn about closures, delays, and school events. You can also sign up for Flash Alert at www.flashalert.net/.

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Can I visit my child's school/classroom during school hours?

Absolutely!  We welcome visiting parents.  You may call the office to set up a convenient time for a visit.  Involved parents really make a difference, and we love to see you at Tenino.  We ask that you please report to the office when you arrive at the building.  We will give you a visitor's welcome badge and help you with the layout of our school.

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Can my child eat breakfast and/or lunch at school?

Yes, the cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch daily.  We serve delicious and nutritious meals for our students and guests.  Parents, we ask that you check in at the school office before joining your child for lunch.

Breakfast cost is $1.50 daily for students and $2.50 daily for adults.  Lunch cost is $2.80 daily for students and $4.00 daily for adults.  Milk cost is $.65 daily for students and adults.

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What is the dress code at Tenino?

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We care about what our students wear - appearance is part of inspiring our students to succeed at school.  Your child should avoid wearing anything that could distract or harm others.  Help your child avoid any clothing displaying objectionable or gang-related symbols.  Your child's pants and shorts should fit at the waist and cover all undergarments.  We ask that your child wear caps outdoors only and not backwards or sideways.  Help your child avoid wearing potentially harmful accessories like spiked jewelry or oversize earrings.

The shaded portion of this figure represents front and back views.  These portions (sitting, standing, bending, reaching) must be covered while attending school.

  • Torso:  Clothing must cover stomach, back, shoulders, chest and undergarments.
  • Legs:  Shorts, skirts and dresses must be longer that mid-thigh.  Undergarments must be worn.
  • Feet:  Footwear appropriate to the activity must be worn at all times.

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What time should I drop off/pick up my child?

Please do not arrive at school before 8:00 a.m. when supervision begins.  Please pick up your child promptly at dismissal time.

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May my child drive to and from school?

Yes, many Tenino students drive to and from school.  Please ensure that your child arranges for a parking pass in the school office.

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What are the rules on the bus?

Tenino students realize that bus service is a privilege.  Obeying the following guidelines will ensure that all our students arrive to and from school safely.

  • Students follow directions the first time.  The driver is in charge.
  • Students arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives.
  • Students take their seats quickly and orderly, and stay in their seats, facing forward.
  • Students remain silent at railroad tracks and while crossing the tracks.
  • Students keep head, hands, and arms inside the bus at all times.
  • Students do not fight, yell, or push while on the bus or waiting for the bus.

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What should I do if my child must be absent from school?

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of regular school attendance.  Your child should be in school every day that he/she is physically able.  Your child will fall behind in class work and academic learning if he/she misses school often.

Parents, please contact the school office by 9:30 a.m. if a child is going to be absent from or late to school.  If a child does not arrive at school, we want to be sure he/she is safe with you.  Per district policy, absences resulting from illness or a health condition, a religious observance, bereavement, school-approved activities, or family emergencies will be excused.  Also, as required by law, disciplinary actions or short-term suspensions are always considered excused.  Parents wishing to pre-arrange an absence for other reasons, including such things as family vacations, hunting trips, shopping, etc. should use the Pre-Arranged Absence form.

When your child has been / will be absent for at least two days from school, you may call the school office in the morning so that we can notify the teacher and he/she can have time to gather your child's work by the end of the day.  We will send appropriate books when necessary.  You may pick up assignments in the office at the end of the school day.

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What happens if my child has an appointment during school hours?

Please send a note to school with your child on the morning of the early dismissal.  Include the time and reason for the appointment.  Tenino parents sign out their children in the school office before leaving school early.  Your child's teacher will send your child to the office when you arrive at the office; not before.  Please call the school office or send a note with your child if you authorize someone else to pick your child up, or if you have arranged for your child to go home with another student.

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When will I have a parent/teacher conference with my child's teacher(s)?

Please see our school events page to see scheduled days for parent/teacher conferences any time during the year.  Please feel free to call and arrange a time at your convenience.  We find that communication between school and home allows us to support each other, so contact your child's teacher as soon as you feel a need.

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What textbnooks and supplies does my child need?

Please help your child prepare for class each day.  We ask that your child have pens, pencils, paper, and other necessary tools for learning.  We will provide any needed textbooks and/or workbooks.

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What are the guidelines for cell phones, electronics, and other valuables?

We understand that your child may carry a cell phone.  We ask that your child keep his or her cell phone off during the school day.  We recommend that your child not bring music players, electronic devices, expensive jewelry, or large sums of money to school.

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What if my child needs to take medicine at school?

The school nurse may administer medication only if she has a signed parent consent allowing this.  You may request this form in the school office.  We ask that you list emergency contact numbers.  Please list at least two persons to contact in the event of student illness or injury:  and review or update forms as needed or requested.

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What are Tenino High School's disciplinary policies?

We take the quality of our education and the safety of our school very seriously.  Parents, please help your child understand and abide by the Tenino High School policies.  We impose the following consequences in the case of rule violations:

Conferences (CON):  A conference is used to meet with the student and significant adult(s) to reach a solution to a classroom or personal problem that is interfering  with the student's ability to be successful at Tenino High School.

Restitution (RES): Restitution is the paying back in money or services for that which a student loses, damages, destroys or steals.

After School Detention (ASD): After School Detention is from 3:06 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Saturday School Detention (SAT): Saturday School is on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  The student is to report to Tenino Middle School or Tenino High School depending on the Saturday.  Student and parent will be notified regarding the specific location prior to the assigned Saturday School Detention. 

Short Term Suspension (SUS): Short Term Suspension is suspension from school for one (1) to ten (10) days.

Long Term Suspension (LTS): Long Term Suspension is suspension from school which exceeds ten (10) days and/or suspension for the remainder  of the grading period.

Emergency Expulsion (EE): Emergency Expulsion is the immediate denial of school attendance due to an immediate and continuing danger to student(s), other students, or school personnel.

Expulsion (EXP): Explusion is the denial of attendance to school for a definite period of time to exceed one grading period.  Explusion may also include a denial of admission to any school sponsored event and the entry on school owned or controlled property.  The seriousness and nature of the student's misconduct shall affect the consequences.

Parent Shadowing (PS): Parent shadowing is the practice of having a parent(s) or guardian(s), or an acceptable adult designee, "shadow" the student by following the student's schedule throughout the school day.

Zero on Assignment (ZERO): A student who chooses to cheat or plagiarize work can receive a zero credit for the given assignment.  Depending on the weight of the particular assignment, this zero can have a significant negative impact on an overall grade.

Loss of Credit in a Course (LC): A student who continues to chose to cheat or plagiarize work can lose credit for a course as outlined in school policy.

BECCA Court Referral (BECCA): We refer students who accumulate excessive unexcused absences to Juvenile Court for sanction.  Sanctions include, but are not limited to, community service, mandatory juvenile school, and detention.

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