Important Dates

May 29

Memorial Day, No School

June 5

Muli-Language Principal Coffee, 9:30am

June 13

I-Connect, 6:30pm

June 14

PTSA Meeting, 6:00pm

June 19

Juneteenth, No School

June 21

8th Grade Promotion, 10:45am

June 22

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

Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

Students completed Smarter Balanced testing this week, and 8th graders take the State Science Assessment next week (information below).

Other news and updates are below.

In Partnership,

James Peterson


[email protected]

8th grade Science Assessment

All 8th Grade students will take the Science Test (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science—WCAS) on May 22 and May 23 during their Science class.

Students should come to school on these days with a fully-charged laptop and wired headphones (no Bluetooth/wireless headphones). Students do not need to make any other special preparations for the test apart from getting rest the night before and coming to school prepared to do their best.

More information about the Washington State WCAS is available here.

8th grade Promotion

The 2023 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 21, at 10:45 AM at Chinook Middle School. Doors open at 10:15 AM for seating.

All Chinook 8th grade students may participate in the promotion ceremony, walk across the stage and receive a certificate.

More information.

New Mosaic Installed

New mosaic at the front of the school designed and created by students at Chinook this year.

It is an impressive addition to the school!

Bellevue High Seniors to Give Advice at June I-Connect Meeting

If you and your child are curious what it is like being a student at Bellevue High School (BHS), please join the next I-Connect meeting, “Exit Interview: BHS Seniors Tell All,” where families will have the opportunity to hear from Class of 2023 “experts.” This will be an evening event on Tuesday, June 13, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Chinook Middle School library.

On the eve of Graduation Day, we will ask a panel of seniors to give us the unvarnished truth. What tips do they wish they had received as incoming freshmen? What advice would they give to parents of incoming freshmen? What were the most challenging issues they faced? How did the COVID pandemic affect their education? Is there anything they wished they would have done differently in middle school to prepare for high school?

Please arrive early to make your way to the library. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp. No drop-offs allowed; students must be accompanied by an adult.

I-Connect is an award-winning program sponsored by Chinook PTSA. For more information: [email protected].

City of Bellevue Transportation Survey

The City of Bellevue is seeking travel data on how students travel to and from school and you can help by completing their annual survey. This annual survey will help us evaluate our strategies for the Bellevue SchoolPool program, which aims to reduce drop-off and pickup congestion at schools.

Complete the short, five-question survey here.

If you have questions, please contact Kate Johnson, Bellevue SchoolPool Program Lead, at [email protected].

In Case You Missed It

PTSA Meeting- Save the Date

IMPORTANT!!! Please mark your calendars for our Final PTSA General Membership Meeting of the year on Wed., June 14th, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Chinook Commons (TEAMS link will be provided as the date approaches). This a critical meeting to vote on next year’s budget and a new Executive Committee. We still need volunteers!

Complete Health Forms for 2023-2024 School Year

Want your student to start school on time next year? Make an appointment now to complete:

·         Vaccinations – Sign up for MyIR (My Immunization Record) to see if your student needs any school required immunizations.

·         Individual Health Plans (IHP) for asthma, diabetes, life-threatening allergies, seizures and other life-threatening conditions (complete yearly)

·         Medication authorization paperwork for medicine taken at school (complete yearly)

·         Sports physicals if your student will play high school sports (complete every two years)

Make your appointment NOW. Clinics are booked MONTHS in advance.

Many clinics charge $20 or more to complete paperwork outside an appointment.

Community Notice: Annual Budget

The district is preparing the 2023 Annual Budget for constituent review and school board approval. Funding supports our learning community and ensures that students, staff, and families receive the support necessary for the 2023-24 school year. This is an annual process, and the dates below are when our school community can hear more specific information and hear from administrators and school board members about how we will continue vital programs and services as we manage through declining enrollment.

·         May 18: Presentation to the board

·         August 3: Full budget review

·         August 17: Board vote

Policy 6000 Budget Preparation requires notice and conduct of a budget hearing before approval. A proposed budget must be available to the public by July 10. The annual budget must be adopted by August 31. Legal notifications for certificated staff must be completed by May 15.

Learn more about this annual process.

BSD Summer Programs

It’s time to register for BSD Summer Programs, which include:

·         Credit Recovery: (Current 9th – 12th Graders)

·         Elementary Summer School: (Transitional K, 3rd – 4th Graders)

·         Middle School Jumpstart: (Rising 6th Graders)

·         Arts, Tech, and More Summer Camp  (Rising 7th – 8th Graders)

See the BSD Summer Programs website at 2023 Summer Programs K-12 – Bellevue School District (

Humane Society Donation Drive

This is a message from Mr. Wells’ advisory class. We are starting a school wide drive for the Seattle Humane Society, and we need your help! We are seeking food, toys, and blankets for dogs and cats to help struggling families who want to keep their pets in the Bellevue area. Our goal is to reach 600 lbs of pet food – which is enough to feed the families in need in the Bellevue area for one month. We are calling on everyone to help us meet our goal! Donations will be accepted in the front office.

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.