February 26, 2024

Good morning, Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a refreshing break.  We are nearing the end of February and will begin registration for the 2024-2025 school year very soon.  Today, we are following an altered schedule (see attached).  Students will stay in their 2nd Period Class from 9:45-10:15am and watch their grade level, pre-recorded registration presentation with their 2nd Period Teacher.

As we press on toward the end of winter, it essential that everyone do their part to help keep Bellevue High School safe.  One way, students and families can help do this, is to report suspicious behavior by contacting an administrator or submitting a concern through our district website.

Another way students and staff help keep Bellevue High safe is by recording accurate attendance and accounting for students out of class.  We make every effort to account for students throughout the day.  To support this effort, we adopted a system to remind students of expectations and process when using the restroom or requesting to leave the room during class.

Warm regards, Vic Anderson

APPLICATION FOR AVID

AVID applications are now open. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classes provide students with the skills and support they need to excel academically, including organization, critical thinking, note-taking, and collaborative learning strategies. These classes also offer valuable opportunities for college exploration, career readiness, and personalized academic support.

We believe that students who demonstrate a strong desire to succeed, a willingness to challenge themselves academically, and a commitment to their education are an excellent fit for the AVID program.

Potential AVID students demonstrate a(n):

  1. desire and motivation to achieve academic success.
  2. willingness to participate actively in class and engage with peers.
  3. desire to attend college and pursue higher education opportunities.
  4. openness to learning and implementing effective study and organizational skills.
  5. willingness to seek and utilize support from teachers and peers when needed.

If you believe your student possesses these qualities and will benefit from the AVID program, we encourage you to encourage them to apply! AVID classes provide a supportive and enriching environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Click Here for the Student Application Grades 10-12.

DIGITAL SAT ON MARCH 8th

All 11th graders have the opportunity to take the Digital SAT exam on March 8th during the school day at Bellevue High.  We will automatically order each student a test, no need to register with College Board.  This exam is not available to students in any other grade levels. If you are a senior who has not completed your graduation pathway and would like to take the SAT, please contact your counselor.

If your student wants to opt-out of taking this test they must fill out this form: Bellevue High School SAT Opt-Out

Juniors not taking the SAT on this date are expected to attend classes, but should recognize that some classes with mostly juniors may be combined.  Be aware that the SAT tests reading, writing and math including both Geometry and Algebra 2 and is not required for admissions to many colleges.

Here is more information about the SAT offered at Bellevue High…

  • BSD uses a ‘bulk’ registration format for the school-day SAT. Because of this, students will notsee their registration for the exam reflected in their individual College Board account prior to the exam.
  • The deadline for students to request accommodationsfrom the College Board was on January 16th.  If you would still like to make a request for accommodations, your student should see their counselor immediately.
  • If students already have approved accommodations for the PSAT or AP exams, they do not need to request them again for the SAT.

SAT scores are one of several tools that colleges and universities can use to determine a student’s readiness for college work. Although many undergraduate institutions have made SAT and/or ACT exam scores optional, many colleges still consider these scores in their review process and some schools still require exam scores to be submitted. SAT scores may also be utilized by students to fulfill the English Language Arts and math assessment requirements for graduation.

To prepare your computer for test day and to access practice materials:

  • Students go to Software Center on their laptops, Download the Bluebook app and Login using their College Board account login information.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SAT TESTING SUPPORT!

We have 400+ students taking the SAT and we need your support to ensure a smooth test taking experience.  We are looking for 20 volunteers to help from 7:15 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday, March 8th.

Sign-up here, SAT Support, to volunteer as a room monitor or hall monitor. Details about these roles are in the link. We hope to have sign ups completed by March 1st. If your student is taking the SAT, you are ineligible to volunteer.

After you sign-up, you will be contacted with additional information by Cathy Wellington. If you have any specific questions, please reach out to Cathy directly at [email protected].

TYEE MIDDLE SCHOOL LOOKING FOR CAMP COUNSELORS

Tyee MS is planning our 6th grade Camp Experience to Camp Orkila the week of May 20-24.  Potential camp counselors must have junior or senior status in good academic standing.  See the attached information flyer and application for details and deadlines.

HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT RECOVERY SUMMER SCHOOL 2024

The High School Summer School program is designed to support students in need of credit recovery for on-time graduation through in-person classes held at Sammamish High School.

  • Location: Sammamish High School
  • Program Dates: Monday to Friday, July 9 – July 31, 2024. In-Person Attendance Required.
  • Time: Students may take 1 or 2 courses. Period 1: 9:00 – 10:30; Period 2: 11:00 – 12:30
  • Meals: A no-cost lunch will be served at 10:30am daily
  • Program Cost: There is no fee for the program.
  • Grade Level: Incoming 9th grade to 12th grade
  • Student Eligibility and Identification: This program is for high school students in need of course credit for courses previously taken. Students are identified based on needs to support on-time graduation through school counselor recommendations. This program is not for grade improvement, nor earning original credit for pathway acceleration. This program is for credit recovery for classes previously failed (grades F, W, I, NC).
  • Program Design: Students will participate in class, in-person daily during their designated class times. Afternoon tutorial hours will be available for students as needed. The summer coursework utilizes the ALEKS learning platform for math, specially designed chemistry and biology summer curriculum, and the APEX learning platforms for all other courses. In-person attendance is required daily. · Courses Offered: Available courses and times will be posted on the HS Summer School webpage by February 28. · Registration: Summer School registration will be online through the summer school website starting March 1 through June 25. All students in need of summer school will receive registration access codes from their school counselor. Priority enrollment will be given to rising 12th grade students and students most in need of graduation assistance. Final confirmation of

enrollment will be sent via email at the end of June. Registration assistance can be provided by contacting [email protected]

  • Credits: Students will earn a letter grade for their summer credit recovery course(s).

CITY OF BELLEVUE REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENT

The City of Bellevue invites community members to attend a special performance, presented by Living Voices, in honor of the Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance serves as a national recognition of the wrongful incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Living Voices, based in Seattle, combines live actors with archival footage to present key periods in history in a dynamic, interactive way. “Within the Silence” tells of the Japanese American internment through the story of a teenager named Emiko.

Date: Thursday, February 22, 2024

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE

Registration is not required.

CITY OF BELLEVUE YOUTH LINK UPCOMING DATES

The City of Bellevue Youth Link has several upcoming events and opportunities for community involvement.

March 8, 2024 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Save the date for the annual Unity Through Diversity Event, sponsored by Bellevue Youth Link and Diversity Advantage. This free event will be held at Bellevue Youth Theater. This year’s event will celebrate Bellevue’s diverse community and highlight cultural performances from community members and showcase the talents of Bellevue youth.

May 3, 2024 – Deadline to submit Community Leadership Awards Nomination Form. Join Youth Link as they celebrate their 34th Annual Community Leadership Awards event in May! This annual, citywide event celebrates Bellevue youth who contribute through leadership, community service, advocacy, diversity and social justice support.

Educators, community members, parents and other adults may nominate a student in Bellevue. Students are welcome to nominate their peers. Nominations will be open until Friday, May 3, 2024. Youth Link will host the awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall.

May 15, 2024 – Apply to join the Youth Link board! The Youth Link Board consists of 12 youths and six adults from the Bellevue community who advise the City Manager about issues that impact youth. They advocate making system-level changes during a two-year term. The board meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Applications for both youth and adult positions must be submitted by May 15.

UPCOMING BELLEVUE LIFESPRING AND NAMI WORKSHOP

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in partnership with Bellevue LifeSpring, offer In Our Own Voices, a workshop on mental health. The event will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the Bellevue Family Hub at Stevenson Elementary School (14220 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA 98007) starting at 6:00 p.m. The workshop is free and open to all Bellevue families. Snacks and childcare are provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Attendees will learn information about supporting family members and strategies and resources to better understand and navigate the complexities of mental health services.

FENTANYL INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES – SPANISH SPEAKERS SESSION

On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, the Bellevue School District, together with community health partners, will present an information session for families about the dangers of fentanyl. The session will be conducted in Spanish and include information about the effects on children, access to opioids and support for how families can talk to students about their health and safety. The session will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Highland Middle School. Along with the Bellevue School District, presenters include Youth Eastside Services, local mental health advocates, and Bellevue Police outreach. The Bellevue Schools Foundation sponsors this event.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNUAL SCIENCE CONTEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is calling on all high school students from across the Evergreen State to enter the Washington Tracking Network’s (WTN) third annual Youth Science Contest. The contest is an opportunity for high school students to develop their science and communication skills by working with health and environmental data from their own communities.

Students can choose from three tracks:

Health Science – students perform an analysis with WTN data to reveal correlations, impacts, and/or disparities.

Science Communication – students identify an issue important to them using WTN data and develop a message to increase awareness or drive action related to the issue.

Program and Policy Design – students use WTN tools and data to address health and equity concerns by developing a public policy proposal or working with a local organization to create or improve a project or program.

Submissions must be received by midnight on April 15. Learn more on WTN’s contest page.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Black History Month is an annual opportunity to recognize the significant role Black Americans have played throughout history and celebrate African American achievement. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) devotes its 98th Annual Black History Month theme to African Americans and the Arts. This theme examines the wide array of history and lives of African American arts and artisans. African American art is infused with African, Caribbean and the Black American experiences. In honor of Black History Month, the City of Bellevue will exhibit a public art display featuring the work of 17 Pacific Northwest-based Black artists during the month of February. The “Elevating Voices” exhibit is available to the public at the Bellevue City Hall concourse, Monday through Friday, during business hours and evenings when City Hall is open for public meetings or events. Learn more about the exhibit.

FEBRUARY CELEBRATES CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

Each February, the achievements and value of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in schools is acknowledged during National CTE Month. CTE provides BSD students the opportunity to engage in career-connected learning through a wide variety of programs. Students participate in authentic, meaningful experiences that connect their learning to real world applications. The 2023-2024 Career Pathways Catalog identifies ten different career pathways students can explore. Follow along on BSD social media (Facebook and Instagram) as we spotlight CTE in BSD throughout the month of February.

NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN BELLEVUE

Polaris at Eastgate, located at 13300 SE Eastgate Way, is a brand-new community in the heart of Bellevue that is available to qualifying families. In the spring of 2024, there will be 360 available units, and they will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested families can learn about the documentation requirements to qualify. For assistance with the application, contact Bellevue LifeSpring. For more information on qualifications, call 425-946-2562 or email [email protected].

ARABIC LANGUAGE EVENING – JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 28

Middle and high school students and families are invited to learn about our 2024-25 online class offerings.

Ahlan wa Sahlan!

Please attend our Arabic language evening on Wednesday, February 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sammamish High School Library. Learn more about our Arabic language classes held online for middle and high school students, meet our teacher, Manar Chaaban, and meet current students and families.

Participate in activities like tatreez (embroidery) and dabkeh (folkloric dance), and enjoy food and art demonstrations. Come in your best Arabic cultural outfit (Thobe or Abaya) to enter a friendly fashion competition. Baklawa, Maamool (date cookies) and Moroccan Mint tea will be provided.

BSD secondary students who choose to enroll in Arabic language classes will attend class online through Bellevue Digital Discovery during their regular school day at their home school.

If possible, please let us know if you plan to attend through this online form.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

COMMINITY HEALTH CLINIC – ALL SERVICES FREE OR SLIDING SCALE

See the attached flyer to learn more about the Community Health Clinic.

REGISTER FOR SPRING FOR SCHOOLS, HOSTED BY THE BELLEVUE SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

I’m excited to share that Spring for Schools 2024 registration is live! You are invited to attend Bellevue Schools Foundation’s annual event on Saturday, March 30 at 5:00-8;00 p.m. at the Meydenbauer Center and I truly hope to see you there! As a reminder, Bellevue Schools Foundation provides critical funding to our school– you can take a look at the programs supported in our classrooms here.  We especially appreciate the support BSF has provided our Wolverine Robotics Team!  The evening will offer attendees a chance to connect with one another and teachers, and explore the initiatives funded by BSF in their signature Education Showcase.

Event registration is free, and childcare will be provided as capacity allows. Additional event details can be found here. The purpose of the evening is to raise funding so that BSF can continue to provide transformational opportunities for our students and teachers — please consider making a donation here.

ATTEND THE 2024 BSD COLLEGE CONFERENCE SERIES
NEW for 2024! Bellevue School District is offering a series of in-person and online events designed to inform, educate and empower our students and families in the college application process. The College Conference is recommended for juniors and their families but is a great opportunity for all high school families to learn about applying for college from professionals and knowledgeable BSD staff. Upcoming events include:

·         Running Start Information Session – January 31 

·         BSD College Conference – February 7 

·         HBCU College Fair – February 12

·         College Application Process 101 – Spanish Session – February 15 

·         International Colleges Fair – February 29

 

REMINDERS ABOUT INCLEMENT WEATHER AND EMERGENCY CLOSURES

Winter is here, and it’s time to prepare in case inclement weather impacts the region. Families are encouraged to take the time to revisit the district’s emergency closure schedule protocols and our emergency closure decision-making process. During instances of inclement weather or severe conditions that could result in a delayed or canceled school day, BSD will communicate any schedule changes to families through direct messages, including email, text message, phone call, social media, FlashAlert, local media and posts to bsd405.org. Learn how to update your contact information in ParentVUE and set message preferences in SchoolMessenger to receive inclement weather and emergency communications according to your desired methods. While these decisions are made for the district at large, conditions may vary across the district. We encourage families to make personal decisions based on their specific circumstances.

Families with students who ride buses should be aware that there are also districtwide snow routes, which impact all general routes (1-59) and special needs routes (901-932). The City of Bellevue plows streets and roads accordingly, and for the safety of our students and buses, all bus routes will stay on major streets that follow the city’s plow schedule. Please visit the district’s Snow Routes webpage to learn how and when bus stops may be moved to accommodate for inclement weather.

IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
February 26 Modified Bell Schedule – Registration Presentations
February 29 Earthquake Drill during 3rd Period
March 8 SAT Administration @ BHS – No Bells
March 13 PTSA Principal Coffee, 8:15-9:15am in the library
March 22 Emergency Make Up Day for School Closure on January 17th
March 30 BSF Spring for Schools, 5:00-8:00pm at Meydenbauer Center
April 5 Last Day of 3rd Quarter
April 8-12 SPRING BREAK – SCHOOLS AND OFFICES CLOSED

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.