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The board welcomed this year’s new administrators: Mary Bettelli, Assistant Principal at Eastgate; Chitra Bhardwaj, Assistant Principal at Sherwood Forest; Angelie Duimovic, Assistant Principal at Puesta del Sol; Greg Forrest, Assistant Principal at Bennett; Carrie Lang, Special Education Supervisor; Byron Lillie, Assistant Principal at Interlake; Simone Neal, Assistant Principal at Tillicum; Derrick Richardson, Assistant Principal at Newport; Ali Sameti, Assistant Principal at Enatai; Lisa Scott, Assistant Principal at International; Jocelyn Alexander Shaw, Assistant Principal at Interlake; and Helen Yung, Assistant Principal at Somerset.

Highland Middle School Principal Katie Klug presented a review of the school. Highland is embracing its dual language identity and the many different languages spoken at the school. Klug shared goals for the school and about their focus on racial and linguistic equity, inclusion, culture of service with the goal of serving all students and closing the achievement gap. Highland has worked to improve students’ and families’ sense of belonging in the school community through events and restructured parent-teacher conferences, and implemented a “No One Stands Alone” initiative to address bullying and harassment. Read the Highland Middle School Report for details.

Social Emotional Curriculum Developers Wendy Powell and Randi Peterson presented a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) report to the board. The report provided information about restorative practices designed to build community, and about peer mediators, student focus groups, and the MindUp behavior management program. Also discussed were ways in which the district is measuring growth related to SEL.

Executive Director of Student Services Judy Buckmaster and Supervisor of Counseling Deborah Kraft provided a Counseling Report. The board recognized indicators of high levels of anxiety and depression among students in the report. School counselors are conducting individual and group interventions to address anxiety and depression and seeing positive feedback from students. Through partnerships, the district has implemented screening, brief intervention, and referrals to treatment; and explored trauma-informed and restorative practices for students facing unpredictable or ongoing stress or trauma.

Athletics and Activities Director Jeff Lowell presented an Athletics and Clubs Report to the board. Athletics and Activities is continuing to address issues of proportionality in offerings across the district and conducting procedural reviews including interscholastic activities, field trips, graduation requirements, fundraising, and donations. Other areas of focus include trainings for school personnel associated with ASB activities across the district.

The board reviewed the Athletics and Activities Department Field Trips/Excursions/Outdoor Education Report which reviews policies and procedures around school field trips. The board asked for some data about the equity of participation in field trips in the district, which includes out of state and international travel. The Athletics and Activities Department plans to use data from the Synergy Student Information System to track activity participation.

The board conducted a second reading of Policy 0200: Policy Adoption and Revision and Administrative Procedures.

The board conducted a second reading of Policy 6250: Communication Devices, which outlines the issuance of communication devices to district employees and related financial responsibilities.

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.