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Elk Hills Family,

On behalf of the Elk Hills School District’s Board of Trustees, we welcome you to another exciting school year!  I also invite and encourage your involvement in our district.  I consider it an honor and privilege to serve our students, parents, employees and the community here in Tupman.  I am very proud of the outstanding progress our students made last year due to the diligence and persistence of our kids, parents, and our dedicated staff.

At Elk Hills School we all strive to provide a safe learning environment for each child, and everyone in the District works hard to ensure that each child’s learning experience is a success.  However, we cannot do it alone – it’s a partnership.  Parents, guardians, friends and family members all play a vital role in the development of each child’s educational career, and all are an essential part of our ongoing school improvement process.

A new school year brings about much excitement for everyone – myself included!  I believe in the power of personal connections and strong relationships between students, staff, parents, and the community.  Achieving our goals requires teamwork, collaboration, and dedication.  Collaboration and communication will be my main focuses this year.  I believe that commitment and continuous learning leads to improved student achievement. The experience I have gained in my over 20 years in education has been invaluable, and I bring that experience with me to Elk Hills School in order to help further develop exceptional students, teachers, and staff.  Elk Hills has a tradition of commitment in partnering with educators, administrators, families, and the community in research-driven decision-making for accountability, program improvement, and policy development.

Please feel free to come by the school at any time, call me, or send in an e-mail if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Also, please contact the PTO or me if you are interested in becoming more involved in school events and your student’s education.

Wishing everyone a wonderful school year,

Jeff Tensley



Coffee with the Principal is held the first Friday of each month.  Please come and join me for some coffee and conversation about the latest developments at Elk Hills School!

Remind 101 Flyer:  Tensley- Remind 101 Flyer


2016-17 District-wide Goals and Action Plan:

2016-17 LCAP

District Mission Statement

Elk Hills Elementary is dedicated to preparing our students for their future by providing each student with a quality education, which includes the knowledge, confidence, and self-esteem to participate in a culturally diverse democracy as an effective and informed citizen. We believe that our schools have active, supportive parents and the Elk Hills Elementary District warmly welcomes parents to be involved in their children’s school. We view this Single School Plan for Student Achievement as an opportunity to continue our communication and collaboration with parents, staff, and the community as we continue to develop our partnerships. The elements and specifics provided in this plan will serve as a guide to the entire district and community.

We are committed to personalizing each student’s program and instruction, regardless of complexity, to the best of their ability. Emotional health, self-understanding, self-esteem and dignity are primary values in the education of the human being. Once these values are cultivated, the student begins to achieve and succeed in academic and social skills. Every opportunity is provided for each student to achieve his/her education. The process by which an individual develops mentally, physically, socially, culturally, and emotionally in his/her environment is a definition of education practiced by the total staff. Working together, we will be up to the challenge.