Bellevue Big Picture School

Panther News


Upcoming Events

March Thursdays- HS SLCs

March– Course Registration for Next Year

March 6- Current 8th grade Course Registration Support- Counselor/Parent- Virtual via Teams 12:15-12:45 pm (link sent in email to 8th grade families)

March 8– PTSA sponsored Family Movie Night 4:00-6:00 pm

March 20– School Day SAT- 11th grade students

March 22– School Day- Emergency Make-up Day

March 22-24- Ramen Robotics at Competition- SHS

March 30– BSF’s Spring for Schools Event  5:00 pm

April 5– End of Quarter 3

April 8-12- Spring Break



Thank you to everyone who came out to engage with us last week, either at the Building Renovation Information Night or the parent/guardian focus groups. It was exciting to share the renovation designs and answer questions. Likewise, our Big Picture Learning national directors thoroughly enjoyed speaking with and hearing from parents, students, and staff for the 2 days they were on campus last week.  There will be additional focus groups held over the next several months for those who would like to participate in the future. We will be launching a new webpage soon which will include information and updates on the building renovation project (including the information shared at last week’s info night) as well as information on the innovating for the future process. Coming soon will be information about how parents/guardians and students can express interest in joining the steering committee for the innovation process.


Course Registration for next year

Counselors have begun to share course registration information for 2024-2025 with students. The schedule for each grade level is below. At each session, counselors will discuss course offerings for next year and how to register for courses using the online course sign-up system in Synergy. They will also provide planning documents for students during the session and then email those same documents to families after the session. Amy will meet with each high school student individually to review course selections and their 4-year high school plan before the everything is finalized in Synergy. Students will need to enter their course selections in Synergy by the dates below. Please reach out to Amy or Jamie should you have any questions about supporting your child with registering for courses for next year.

Class Presentations and Synergy Due Dates:

Current 9th and 10th grade Presentations: March 4th. Entry in Synergy Due: March 12

Current 8th grade Presentations: March 1st. Entry in Synergy Due: March 11

Current 7th grade Presentations: March 4th. Entry in Synergy Due: March 12

Current 6th grade Presentations: March 5th. Entry in Synergy Due; March 18


Advanced Placement Update

This information is also available in Spanish and Simplified Chinese.

AP test registration remains open to all students. Contact your school AP Coordinator and pay the $98 test fee plus a $40 late fee levied by the College Board. The total cost per test is $138. The last day for students to order tests at the school is March 14, 2024. The College Board closes the online AP test order systems for schools on March 15. After March 15, the College Board takes test orders by phone only. Test orders incur an additional $20 per test handling fee. Contact [email protected] to order. The total cost per test is $158. The last day to order an AP test in BSD is April 12. No new test orders will be submitted to the College Board after April 12.

Parents can look in Touchbase to make sure that AP test payments were made. Students can look at their online College Board account ( to assure that they have AP tests ordered for administration in May.  If the tests they intend to take are not showing up in their College Board account students should first check to make sure that payment was made in Touchbase. If there was no payment, no test was ordered.

Important dates:

  • March 14 – Last day to order AP tests at schools
  • March 15 – College Board closes online AP Test order system for schools to submit.
  • March 18 – April 12 – College Board takes test orders by phone only. Test orders incur additional $20 per test handling fee. Contact [email protected] to order. Total cost per test is $158. The last day to order a test is April 12.
  • After April 12 – Test registration for May 2024 test administration is closed in BSD. No new test orders will be submitted to College Board.

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions or need more information.


PTSA Sponsored Family Movie Night- How to Train Your Dragon

March 8- 4:00-6:00 pm

BP Café- Concessions available for purchase




District Announcements:

Panorama Survey

Please read the letter here which provides an overview of the Panorama Survey. This survey is given each Fall and Spring to all 3rd-12th grade students in the district.


Bellevue Schools Foundation: Spring for Schools

With Mid-Winter Break in our rearview mirror, I am looking forward to a vibrant spring, including Spring for Schools on March 30! Registration for Bellevue Schools Foundation‘s annual fundraiser is free. The event not only offers a chance to explore student initiatives funded by the Foundation, it’s a fun evening to connect with fellow BSD families and teachers and celebrate our community. As a reminder, Bellevue Schools Foundation provides critical funding to our school — learn about the programs supported in our classrooms.


Hopefully you saw Dr. Aramaki’s blog about the importance of funding from BSF at this time. Community donations to BSF will safeguard the transformational opportunities that set BSD apart nationally. I hope to see you at Spring for Schools on March 30! If you want to learn more about BSF and/or the event, please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected].



Community Announcements


Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue Spring Athletic Programs

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue offer a wide array of spring athletic programs for students. Students can select from programs like basketball, flag football, volleyball, track and a special clinic for little athletes ages 3-6. Spaces fill up quickly so sign up today! Scholarships are available for those who qualify.

Learn more and register.


Bellevue School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups.

The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Civil Rights, Racial Discrimination, and Gender Expression or Identity Discrimination:

Civil Rights/Nondiscrimination Compliance Coordinator Nancy Pham, (425) 456-4040 or [email protected]

Sex-based Discrimination, including Sexual Harassment: Title IX Coordinator: Jeff Lowell, (425) 456-4010 or [email protected]

Disability Discrimination: Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Heather Edlund, (425) 456-4156 or [email protected]

Mailing address for all three: 12111 NE 1st Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.


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.