Big Picture Curriculum Night:

Curriculum Night will be fully virtual on the evening of Tuesday, September 28th, 6:00-6:30 pm

The event will start with a live introduction by Bethany and Matt and will follow with information from our counselors, Jamie and Melinda. Suzanne will share important information about school-related technology and Tony will highlight changes we’ve made for our High School Internship program this year. PTSA presidents will also join us to share pertinent information about the BP PTSA. Classroom teachers are preparing recorded flipgrid videos which will be posted and available for all to access the evening of Sept 28th or at other times convenient for you. Teachers will share information about themselves, their courses, and how students can access support.. Please join us for our Live event (which will also be recorded) and our asynchronous classroom visitations. More details to follow.

 

DROPPING OFF ITEMS FOR YOUR STUDENT:

Parents and guardians who need to drop-off items during the school day should limit this to emergency items only. These include medication, food needed due to dietary restrictions and personal hygiene items only. It is not necessary to drop off a lunch, as the Bellevue School District provides FREE hot nutritional lunches to all students. If you need to do so, please call the main office, 425-456-7800, and let Carol Anne or Karen know what you need to drop-off. Then, come to the school and place these items, except for medications, in the black and yellow bin outside the office door. Office staff will notify students that they can come pick up their items and will handle any medication drop-offs.

 

Arriving Late/Leaving Early:

Students who arrive to campus after their 1st period class has begun should report directly to the main office to sign in. They cannot enter a classroom until they have received a tardy slip from the main office.

Students who need to leave early from school should bring a note from a parent/guardian to the attendance specialist in the main office in the morning before school to receive an Early Release Slip. The note should include: child’s name, date and time of early dismissal, and reason for dismissal. Students will then give this slip to the teacher of the class that he/she will be leaving from and the teacher will dismiss the student at the appropriate time. The student will meet their parent/guardian in the parking lot. If an emergency arises, calling ahead (425-456-7800) helps us to prepare for your child’s dismissal. If this is not possible, please come to the main office door and you will be able to sign your child out for the day.

 

 ORCA CARDS:

Orca cards will be given out before school, after school, and at lunch to students.

 

SAT Testing

In order to support our students with the college application process, particularly our seniors, Bellevue School District will offer the SAT during the regular school day on Thursday, October 28. Seniors and juniors will have the opportunity to take the test on this day. There will be no cost to students taking the SAT on October 28.All 11th and 12th grade students will be automatically registered to take the SAT on October 28 unless they communicate their plans via the survey  that was sent out to participate in a different option on that day which includes the ASVAB test, off-campus internships or on-campus internship searching. Students should complete the form only if they do NOT wish to take the SAT on October 28. If students’ plans change and they want to no longer participate in one of the different options and instead take the SAT, by October 15th they may go back into the form and indicate they now want to take the SAT.  Changes after that date may not be able to be accommodated.  One alternate activity available on October 28 to all 11th and 12th grade students who do not wish to take the SAT is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or ASVAB. The ASVAB exam is part of the Career Exploration Program. The ASVAB is an aptitude test that estimates a student’s capacity for academic and vocational endeavors.  Four sections of the ASVAB exam make up the Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT). These sections are Arithmetic Reasoning (AR), Mathematics Knowledge (MK), Paragraph Comprehension (PC) and Word Knowledge (WK). The score on the AFQT is reported as a percentile score. This score can be used to meet the Math and English Language Arts assessment requirements for graduation. The minimum score to meet the requirement is 31.  ASVAB scores will not be provided to the military by Bellevue School District. If students are interested in pursuing a career in the military, they can submit their ASVAB scores. Students can register to take the ASVAB on the Microsoft Form.  If students are unsure if they need to take the SAT, they should consult with their school counselor. Below are some things to consider.

  • Students typically take the SAT in Spring of their 11th grade year and fall of their 12th grade year.
  • BSD will host the Saturday SAT on behalf of the College Board at their Bellevue High School testing site on March 12, May 7 and June 4. BSD families of 11th grade students will get an e-mail notification when these test dates are open for registration on the College Board website.
  • Qualifying SAT scores (Math- 430 and English- 410) will meet the Graduation Pathway requirement for graduation.
  • While many colleges and universities suspended their SAT and ACT testing requirement for Fall of 2021 and 2022 admissions, some colleges and universities continue to require the SAT or ACT and/or allow students the opportunity to utilize these scores in the application review process.
  • Roughly two-thirds of undergraduate institutions will not require SAT or ACT scores during the Fall 2022 admissions.

 

State Testing Update, Fall 2021

As families may recall, state tests for English Language Arts (ELA), Math and Science did not happen in Spring 2021.  The state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) decided that the Spring 2021 tests would be postponed until Fall 2021.  So, this Fall – from September 27 through November 10 – all schools will be administering state tests to students in certain grade levels:

  • Smarter Balanced (SBA) ELA and Math tests
  • Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

The SBA and WCAS tests are required for state and district accountability, and the results will also provide valuable information on students’ progress for parents, guardians and teachers.

During the Fall 2021 testing window, students will take tests at their 2020-21 grade levels.  For instance, students in 6th grade this fall will take the 5th grade Smarter Balanced ELA and Math tests.

  • Students will either take the SBA/WCAS tests or the alternate WA-AIM tests (unless students took the WA-AIM tests in Spring 2021).  WA-AIM tests are used by a small number of students who receive special education services.
  • Each school will determine a testing schedule within the state window (Sept 27 – Nov 10), which will be widely shared with families.
  • Smarter Balanced and WCAS are both online tests, but students must test at school – there is no remote-testing option.
  • The tests will be shorter than usual for the Fall 2021 window, and as always are untimed.
  • Passing scores on the high-school Smarter Balanced ELA and/or Math tests can be used by 11th and 12th grade students to fulfill their Graduation Pathway (which is a grad requirement).
  • Students and parents/guardians are encouraged to try out SBA and WCAS practice tests, at Washington State’s assessment portal:  https://wa.portal.cambiumast.com/ .  Many test resources are available on the portal.
  • In addition to the Fall 2021 state testing window, SBA and WCAS tests will also be given during the traditional testing time, in Spring 2022.  In the Spring, students will be assessed at their current (2021-22) grade levels.  Students in grades 3-8 plus 10 will take SBA ELA and Math tests, and students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will take the WCAS Science test.
  • Questions?  Each school has an administrator who will oversee testing, or email Chris Lindberg, BSD testing manager, lindbergc@bsd405.org.

 

TOO SICK for SCHOOL?

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use these guidelines to help make the best decision: Bellevue School District follows the Public Health —Seattle & King County COVID-19 Return to Work/School Flow Chart to determine when students and employees are able to attend school.

If your child has any ONE of the following symptoms, keep them home from school. They can return to school when:

  • They have a negative COVID-19 test (or a letter from a healthcare provider with an alternative diagnosis for their symptoms)
    AND
  • They have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications
    AND
  • They have not been a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (unless they are fully vaccinated)
    AND
  • Their symptoms are improving

Symptoms of COVID-19

  • Fever (100.4 F / 38 C or higher)
  • Cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If students show any of these symptoms at school, they will be taken to the wellness isolation room for parent pick-up and will be able to return to school following the directions above.

 

Annual Reminders for Technology Responsible Use Pledge and Student Safety Monitoring

The district would like to encourage families to review the Technology Responsible Use Pledge [English][Spanish][simplified Chinese][Hindi] with their student(s). We require students to read and agree to honor the Pledge.

The Bellevue School District takes student safety and well-being very seriously. This also includes students’ use of technology throughout the district. Two of the tools the district uses are Gaggle and apParent.

Gaggle is a service that monitors students’ district emails, district chats and files stored in OneDrive. This information is monitored 24/7/365. When an unsafe situation occurs, an alert is sent to school administrators and district leaders, who will follow up with the student and/or family. Why does the district utilize Gaggle? To provide a safer digital learning environment, and to prevent violence and self-harm.

ApParent is a service that allows families to monitor their students’ district device outside of school hours. You can monitor the student’s screen, lock the screen, and view their web history. To learn more about apParent, please visit the Technology Safety page.

 

World Language Competency Credits (WLCC) Testing

The WLCC is a way to earn High School credit for a language you may already know. Students who are literate in a language other than English may be able to earn four (4) high school credits.  To learn more, click here:

October 20, 2021

  • Registration Closing Date: October 8, 2021
  • Who can test: Sammamish HS students, Big Picture 9th-12th students, International 9th-12th students
  • Testing Location*: Sammamish HS Library

Make-up Test April 6, 2022

  • Registration Closing Date: March 25, 2022
  • Who can test: All Schools: 9th to 12th grade
  • Testing Location*: Sammamish HS Library

* Availability depending on Libraries’ vacancies and Health protocols.

 

Bellevue Schools Foundation:

Established in 1979, Bellevue Schools Foundation (BSF) is the 1st foundation dedicated to supporting public K-12 initiatives in Washington State. Our mission is to promote and fund the best possible learning opportunities for all students in Bellevue’s public schools. As a pillar in the community, the Foundation is uniquely positioned to be a catalytic agent of positive change and advancement in the public education sector. The Bellevue School District serves 20,000 students, enrolled in 29 schools, and the Foundation’s investments allow students to achieve higher levels of academic success and social-emotional well-being, regardless of language, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and special needs. With over 100 languages spoken in the District and 125 countries of birth represented, Bellevue Schools Foundation is committed to expanding funding for racial equity and amplifying the diverse voices and strengths of students and families within the Bellevue community. For more information on how you can engage with the Foundation, please contact Executive Director Juliet Buder at juliet@bsfdn.org or click here.

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.