Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Tillicum Grand Opening ceremony this week! The event was a hit, with an ice cream social, popcorn stand, live DJ and marching band too.

Students lead tours around their campus highlighting some of the unique features. Some of the murals you’ll see on the walls are of big cities from around the world. Parts of the old building were preserved but there were plenty of new features too! Classrooms were designed to enhance learning on topics such as robotics, engineering and art. The atrium was the perfect setting for the quartet to perform. Plus there were lots of spaces that were inviting for students to gather. City of Bellevue Councilmember Janice Zahn said, “What struck me is how many spaces students have to sit around and learn with each other”.

The event centered around a ribbon cutting ceremony. There were several keynote speakers including Principal James Peterson, Assistant Principal Melissa Salas Saenz, Board Director Christine Chew, Bellevue Mayor John Chelminiak and City of Bellevue Councilmember Janice Zahn. Many noticed the unique features of the building and how well it represented their community.

“This building captures the essence of Tillicum,” said Peterson. “Where we put students first in everything we do.”

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.