Important Dates

April 10-14

Spring Break, No School

April 19

I-Connect Meeting, 9:00am

April 20

3rd Quarter Ends

May 29

Memorial Day, No School

June 19

Juneteenth, No School

June 21

8th Grade Promotion

June 22

Last Day of School, 7:45am-9:45am

Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

Our hearts go out to all who have been impacted by the school shooting at Covenant Christian School in Nashville, Tennessee. News of yet another school shooting leaves many students feeling confused and afraid.

Learn about safety, security and emergency preparedness at Chinook and BSD.

Well-Being Resources for Students and Families.

News and updates are below.

In Partnership,

James Peterson


[email protected]

April’s Advisory Focus

Academic: Quarter 3 ends on April 20th. Prior to the end of the quarter, students will have a work day to get organized and catch up on any missing or upcoming assignments. As we transition into Quarter 4, students will conference with their advisory teacher, reflect, and set goals.

Community: Students will complete the spring Panorama survey to provide feedback about their experiences at Chinook. In addition, students will have a game day.

Social-Emotional: In March, students learned about self-management. This month, students will reflect on their growth and think about self-management in a new way (multitasking).

Safety: Advisories will discuss a plan for staying safe in the event of an earthquake.

Kodiak News

See the March episode of Kodiak News. Kodiak News is a monthly video update of the happenings around Chinook and is created for students by students. BSD Log In is required:

Segments include:

  • Teacher Feature – Mr. Heinemann
  • Comedy Chat Heads
  • Pi Day Assembly
  • 3v3 in Action
  • 6th Grade Camp – Camp Orkila
  • Shamrock Wishes
  • Seattle St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • What’s Better
  • Throw Back Thursday – Kodiak News through the Years

Only Good Vibes Allowed at Next I-Connect Meeting

When have you attended a parent meeting where everybody and everything you heard was upbeat, positive, and rosy? We’ll spark some joy at the next I-Connect meeting where the theme will be: “It’s All Good!”

All Chinook parents/guardians are invited to attend on Wednesday, April 19, 9:00-10:30 a.m. in Room 1402.

There will be a special lineup of surprise guests bringing you good news and good vibes only concerning our students. Many good things are happening in our schools! Check your troubles at the door, come get inspired, and leave with a smile on your face.

I-Connect is an award-winning PTSA-sponsored program that exists to promote community. Come for one meeting or attend monthly; the choice is yours. PTSA membership is not required.

PTSA Meetings: Save the Dates

On Wed., April 26th, please plan to attend the Spring General Membership Meeting from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Chinook (a Zoom option will also be available, link will be provided by April 21st here and in the Kodiak Korner.

Final General Membership Meeting for the 2022-2023 school year is scheduled for Wed., June 14th, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM at Chinook (a Zoom option will also be available, link will be provided prior to meeting)

High School Sports Eligibility

Future 9th grade BSD Students: if your student is attending a BSD high school in 2023-24, please review the BSD Athletic Eligibility Information Page for information about athletic eligibility next year.

Family Survey

The Chinook faculty has created a Family Engagement group.  We want to hear your feedback so we can keep improving our logistics and content. Please complete this quick survey and let us know your thoughts (your answers will be anonymous).

In Case You Missed It

Share Your Feedback: New BSD Websites

The district recently announced that in 2024, all BSD websites will move to a new platform, Finalsite. The “Listen and Learn” phase of the new website project is underway. This phase offers opportunities for BSD staff, students, families and community members to continue to share their feedback on what they need and expect from BSD’s websites.

Website User Survey
Complete the Website User Survey by April 10, 2023, to share your perspectives on BSD’s district and school websites. The information gathered will help Finalsite begin the first phase of the website redesign process.

Focus Groups
Focus groups will be held on April 5, 6 and 19, 2023, to allow BSD and Finalsite to gain a deeper understanding of the wants and needs of website users. Participants will have the option to attend virtually or in person.

Express your interest in participating by completing a Focus Group Interest Survey.

·         BSD Student, Family and Community Interest Survey – Complete by April 7

Learn more about this project and the upcoming opportunities to get involved.

French 1a-4 Curriculum Adoption – Seeking Committee Members

An adoption committee for French courses is being formed, and is looking for diverse parent representation.

Families can apply on the French 1a-4 Curriculum Adoption webpage.

Free COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits for BSD Students, Staff and Families

BSD will be distributing free COVID-19 at-home rapid test kits to students, staff, and their families ahead of Spring Break. COVID-19 testing allows people to take precautions in a timely manner to help prevent the virus from spreading. Tests are voluntary and will be distributed from ESC West, Room 100 at the following times:

  • Monday, 4/3: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4/4: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, 4/5: 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, 4/6: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 4/7: 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Please email [email protected] to learn more.

Commitment to Nondiscrimination

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.