From The Principal

Tieton Intermediate School
"A Place to Grow"

Tieton Intermediate School is a place to grow!  Our school is grounded in a Growth Mindset from students to our teachers to our cooks and custodians.  This year your student will be given the opportunity to make lots of mistakes and with those mistakes, their brains will grow.  New to Tieton Intermediate School this year we welcome in the graduating class of 2028 and six new staff members to Tieton Intermediate School.  Karin Skone will be teaching 4th grade reading/language arts.  Cesar Farias has moved to a 5th math and Sandy Towell has moved to 5th grade reading/language arts after teaching 8th grade language arts that past four years. We welcome back Evelia Salazar to special education position.  We also had two other teachers transfer from Highland Junior High.  Tim Zurcher transferred from 8th grade math to our 6th grade math position and Teryne Ollie transferred to 6th grade reading/language arts after teaching 7th grade language arts for the past 11 years.  We are excited to for all of the new additions to our school!

To start the year off right for your Tieton Intermediate student, I request that you all to come to our Tieton Intermediate School Orientation Night on Thursday August 26th.   All students and their families are welcome.  At 6:30pm students and parents will be able to meet the child’s teachers, drop off school supplies, and hear class and school expectations. 

This will be a great year filled with new challenges.  Our staff is tasked with challenging your son/daughter to think and grow. We will ensure that he/she will have a demanding, but supportive school environment.  Our goal is set every student up to be successful not just at Tieton Intermediate School, but to lay the foundation for them to be successful in junior high and high school.  One way you can support us in this challenge is to ensure that your son/daughter is at school all day, every day.  We use every minute of the day to educate our students.  It makes it very difficult for your son/daughter to learn all that he/she can learn if he/she is not at school, shows up late or leave early.  Please ensure that your child is at school all day.  To this end, we have changed our attendance policy.  This is in our student handbook, which is posted in Final Forms and will be discussed at orientation night.

I am excited to get to know your son/daughter as well as to help them grow and have success.  For us to have a successful year though, we will need your help.  The Tieton Intermediate School Parent Association is a very important to our future success as we use this group for communication, after school activities, fundraising opportunities to support our new PBIS program, and to help make school connections with our students outside of school hours.  I encourage all of you that can be part of this organization to please join in to help us educate our children. 

Please make sure to get into Final Forms and fill out those forms before school starts.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 678-8700 or email me directly at

---Kelly Thorson, Principal

Tieton Intermediate