Year after year, BSD students show their strengths, abilities, accomplishments, and the many other ways they are becoming creators of their future world. Read on for a few highlights from the end of the 2022 calendar year.

Merchandise Market

Interlake High School hosted a student group showcase and fundraiser on December 2, 2022. Many groups from across the school district participated, allowing student groups to fundraise for future projects.

The  Newport High School Culinary Arts group held a “cookiefest,” selling decorated cookies for the winter season. Interlake Horticulture hosted a plant sale, offering winter plants, wreaths and poinsettias. The metals and woods classes sold art they made in class. The HOSA – Future Health Professionals sold winter-themed greeting cards. Rounding out the event was the Evergreen Transition Program, who sold glass art and jewelry. The event was a success and allowed student groups to fundraise for future projects.

Sammamish Glassblowing Program

Sammamish High School’s glassblowing program, led by accomplished glass artist Ms. Melissa Misoda, provides students with the opportunity to learn and create in a truly unique setting. The Fahrenheit Collective, a group of dedicated glassblowing students, recently held a successful holiday sale, offering a variety of handcrafted items such as ornaments, vases, sculptures and decorative snowmen.

The sale not only gave the students a chance to showcase their skills and creativity but also helped to raise funds for the programs. These funds will be used to purchase materials and resources, helping to ensure that the glassblowing program at Sammamish High School continues to thrive. The glassblowing program at Sammamish High School is a testament to the power of art education and the dedication of Ms. Misoda and her students.

Glass blowing student hold tool in workshop, both smiling.

The school’s program is one of only a few high school glass shops in the United States, and the work produced by the Fahrenheit Collective was impressive. Look out for more opportunities to buy art and support the program as they learn more about the intricate process of glassblowing.

Interlake Green Team

students kneeling next to raise planter, all with hand in dirt looking at camera

The Interlake Green Team has worked on raising awareness, educating students about nature and gardening, and taking action to save the environment. They partake in many activities when they meet once a week after school. Some of their projects include reusing pumpkins after Halloween to create pumpkin planters and containers to put pots and plants in.

They have also experimented with creating makeup and healthcare products that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable. So far, they have created their own lotion and lip balm with organic ingredients.

They have added to the green environment of Interlake in great ways as well. Most recently, they planted fava beans and maintained the school’s garden. They were also involved in weeding invasive plants around the school, to make sure that the natural ecosystem around the school was kept safe.

The Interlake Green Team is a great example of the impact that a group of motivated and dedicated students can have on their community. Their efforts to educate their peers, reduce waste, and protect the environment will not be hidden as Interlake’s ecosystem thrives with their support.

Wilburton Library Cyberbullying Education

Wilburton Elementary School recently hosted a digital citizenship lesson for all of its 5th-grade students. These lessons are from Common Sense Media and are part of the social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that all K-5 students receive through collaboration between classroom teachers and librarians. This specific lesson was designed to educate students about the importance of being responsible and respectful online, as well as the dangers of cyberbullying. The students learned about the effects of cyberbullying on individuals and communities, and how they can help prevent it by standing up for others and being an upstander.

student sit in conference room looking at presentation

Wilburton recognizes the critical role that technology plays in our daily lives and is committed to promoting good digital citizenship among its students. By learning about online safety and respect, the students have learned to create a more positive and inclusive online community.

Newport High School Girls Basketball Team Fundraiser

Newport basketball team group photo in locker room against red lockers

Over winter break, the Newport High School Girls Basketball team worked with the McKinney-Vento program to organize a drive to support families of the school district facing homelessness and unstable housing. They held a donation drive over break collecting gift cards and other important items to support families in the community. The team’s dedication and compassion were truly admirable, and their efforts will make a lasting impact on the lives of the families they helped.

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was passed in 1987, and its goal is to support the enrollment and education of students facing homelessness. Hundreds of students and families in the Bellevue area benefit from this act, and the basketball team learned about its positive effects in their community.

Interlake Drill Team

The Interlake High School Drill team participated in their first competition of the season in early December and returned to school as champions in many events. They placed first in the military category, as well as winning the accomplishment of Best Theme.

Part of the competition included a drill down, in which participants are given a series of commands, and are eliminated when they do not perform an action correctly. In the Novice Division, Interlake student Eliana Raizman won first place, and in the Advanced Division, both first and second place were claimed by Interlake students, Meranda Wang (one of the co-captains) and Ishita Bansal, respectively.

Interlake Drill Team standing with trophy

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.