2014 Scholarship Winners

June 4, 2014

Our 2014 TIS Legacy Scholarship winners are (from left to right) Laveni Vaka, Kaylene Spears, Mckenzie Stevenson, and Adam Hunt.  While all of the essays were written very well and, from the selection committee, “we could have chosen any of the applicants as winners and been happy with them”, these four stood out.  
Selections of their essays are quoted below.

Laveni Vaka: “I have learned here that all kids are not the same and we all think differently especially about people with different skin color.  But my choice is to love everyone.  …My grandparents came from Tonga and worked hard to provide for their family with no education.  That is why it is important for me to go to college so I can do better in the future and not have to struggle like my mom and grandparents.  My dream is to attend college and be a lawyer to help people.  …I want my family to be proud of me.”


Kaylene Spears: “Seventh grade is one of the best years I’ve had.  …I have learned a lot about myself this year.  I understand that I am very independent in my education.  I’ve learned what kind of friends and people I want to be around.  …In college I want to get my bachelors degree in social work and then get my masters degree… Education is something that is very important to me.  [My family has some struggles and] it’s going to be a little hard to pay for college.  The past two years [at] Tonaquint has been… tremendous years.  The teachers are great and they are helping me and everyone else prepare to go to college and get an education.”


Mckayla Stevenson: “I look back at the past 7 years and realize how far I’ve come and yet I can see how far I have to go.  …When I get into the 2nd-3rd grade class… [my mom] was told I was unable to learn!  My mom did everything she could to help me at home… and we pushed through it.  …6th grade at Tonaquint Intermediate School was a turning point, my reading level went up and I started doing better in math.  My experiences at Tonaquint have helped me become a better person and student in every way.  [I tried out for and made the volleyball team], I decided to try Honors Math, SSA, Intramurals, Reflections, Dramatic Arts Fair and the Talent Show.  …I learned how to to build friendships, deal with others, work hard and keep my grades up, help and forgive others and how to be happy.  …I can’t believe that in just two years at Tonaquint I have been able to go from a [struggling] student to a straight A student… just look at me now!”

Adam Hunt: “I wish to attend college so I can get a better, more specialized, specific education.  I want to major in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  I plan to get accepted by maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, studying and doing well on tests, and doing extracurricular activities.  …I have been privileged to compete in Math Counts… Through CTE classes, I have studied about a variety of different careers that I can go into, and what jobs would be a good option for me.”

Please join with us in congratulating the 2014 TIS Legacy Scholarship winners!!!

TIS Honors Handbook

March 6, 2014

TIS Honors Program Handbook

Wonderful Parent Email to Tonaquint

February 10, 2014

Email received from Parent (2 former students at Tonaquint).

Tonaquint Intermediate School

To the Teachers and Staff at Tonaquint,

My daughter ___________, and then my son _________, attended
your school. My son was only there a short time. He is in 6th grade,
and our family moved to the Houston area of Texas just a month ago.
This area is known for excellent schools, for placing top in the
nation on test scores, for excellent sports teams, etc. But, I wanted
you to know that they really just don’t compare to the education my
children were receiving at Tonaquint.
You have such an abundance of talented teachers that have created a
culture where learning is fun. I wish we could have brought you all
with us. Thank you for all you do. May you all find joy as you share
your knowledge of our amazing world with your students.

All the best,

The Adams family.


John Sorensen National Geographic Bee Participant

October 1, 2013

John Sorensen won the Geographic Bee at Tonaquint for 2013 and qualified to represent Tonaquint at the state level of the National Geographic Bee in the Spring of 2013 at Thanksgiving Point Gardens.  Congrats John Sorensen for all your success and hard work. You Rock!

Enrichment Activities

September 5, 2013

These activities are designed to enhance a student’s education as well as teach them life lessons outside of a classroom environment. An enrichment activity must be sponsored by TIS and isn’t part of any classes grades. If students participate in four or more of the choices provided they will be invited to a school sponsored celebration at the end of the year.

Tonaquint New T-Shirts 2014/2015 School Year

August 6, 2013

Tonaquint New Design T-shirts are only $10.00 Students/Parents can pay at the office, or on My School Fees. Sizes include: Youth XL, Adult S and Adult M.


Mountain Bike Winner – 2013 School Year

March 22, 2013

Tristen Root is the winner of the 12 Speed Mountain Bike.
Thanks to all those involved in the giveaway, and a big Congratulations
to Tristen for winning.

Ian Baugh National Geographic Bee Participant

March 6, 2012

Ian Baugh has qualified to represent Tonaquint at the state level of the National Geographic Bee.  State Bee will be held on Friday, March 30th, 2010 at Thanksgiving Point Gardens.  Congrats Ian for all your success and hard work and best of luck at the competition.

Mountain Bike Winner

January 3, 2012

Hannah Donker is the winner of the 12 Speed Mountain Bike.
Thanks to all those involved in the giveaway, and a big Congratulations
to Hannah for her winning essay.

Teacher Talent 2011 at Tonaquint

March 29, 2011

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