No School (Professional Development Day)
|Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,
We had a great curriculum night earlier this week and teachers enjoyed the opportunity to meet the families of their students, share a bit about themselves, and give an overview of their curriculum and course work. Virtual presentations and resources will be available next week.
During the whole group session, we shared information about the climate and culture at Chinook, and Chinook ROCKS:
Students can receive positive behavior points for demonstrating ROCKS and redeem points from the Chinook Student Store during lunch every other Friday. Prizes are updated regularly based on student feedback, and we offer a raffle for 1 large item each quarter- donations are appreciated!
Lots of important news and updates below.
James Peterson (Principal)
Advanced Learning Winter Testing Applications Open
Applications for Advanced Learning winter testing are now open. Any parent/guardian of a BSD student in grades 1-11 may apply for their student to test. Any parent of a private/home-school student in grades 1-11 who lives within the Bellevue School District service area may also apply for their child to test. Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2022.
All BSD Kindergarten students are automatically screened for Advanced Learning services. There is no need for this group to apply for testing.
Reimagining Middle School- September Update
The Reimagining Middle School (RMS) Committee has begun work to develop suggestions for a “reimagined” comprehensive middle school experience. For those wishing to learn more, please view the Reimagining Middle School Committee webpage and the latest committee update.
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the perfect time to share what BSD is doing to teach our youth how to care for their mental health, look out for their friends, and access adult support. BSD is proud to be offering the Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum to students in grades 7-11 this year.
- High school students in grades 9-11 will receive an SOS lesson at school in one of these time windows: 9/26-10/7 or 1/31-2/10.
- Middle school students in grades 7-8 and choice school students in grades 7-11 will receive an SOS lesson at school in one of these time windows: 10/17-10/28 or 2/27-3/10.
Parents will receive a letter explaining SOS via email and can choose to opt their child out of the lesson prior to their child receiving the SOS lesson. Learn more about SOS.
Mental health resources, recorded parenting skills presentations, and more can be found at our new BSD Mental Health Services webpage.
We all have a role in preventing suicide in our community. You don’t have to have any special training to ACKNOWLEDGE warning signs of depression or suicide, show the person you CARE, and tell a trusted adult or professional.
Dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline
988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Learn more.
October 1 Vaccine Clinic for BSD Students, Staff and Families
In partnership with Safeway/Albertsons, BSD will host a clinic at Odle Middle School on October 1 offering:
- Pediatric Pfizer vaccine first or second shots for students aged 3-11,
- Pfizer first or second shots for students aged 12 and up and adults, and
- NEW Pfizer bivalent booster for students aged 12 and up and adults.
Show your support for our safety solutions by volunteering to be an attendant for our carline during morning or afternoon drop off and pick up. To volunteer or if you have any questions, please use this link.
In Case You Missed It
Spirit Wear Pre-Orders Sept 15-30
It’s time to pre-order your Chinook Spirit Wear – orders will come in early November! We have a fun new style with a classic Chinook Kodiaks logo. The order form is linked here and available in the front office. No online orders available
Yearbook Pre-Orders Sept 15-30
You can pre-order your 2022-23 Yearbook at the Chinook office or online at TouchBase Signin (intouchreceipting.com). Yearbooks are handed out the last week of school. Yearbooks are $25. Please contact your counselor to request financial assistance for the yearbook.
Celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month
National Hispanic American Heritage Month is observed in the United States from September 15 to October 15 each year to recognize and celebrate the achievements of individuals of Hispanic heritage. We celebrate the histories, cultures and narratives of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America and honor the contributions they have made to our local, national, and global communities.
Mental Health Resources for BSD Families
This spring, the BSD website was updated to include a Mental Health Services section, which expands mental health resources for students and families. School administrators worked in partnership with support staff to strategize, align and provide access to this information in a user-friendly manner, to support students and families. Students and families are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content to better understand mental health topics including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse and suicide prevention. Students and families are encouraged to reach out to school counselors and MHAT counselors for additional mental health support.
Reporting COVID-19 Cases and Outbreaks
The updated guidance from WA DOH requires notification to staff, students and their families when there are cases and outbreaks in schools. The Bellevue School District maintains an online dashboard for this purpose. COVID-19 cases for the 2022-23 school year are located on the COVID-19 Cases in Schools Dashboard, with data updated daily at 7:00 a.m.