• SchoolPool Campaign
  • Cell Phone Reminder
  • Measles Prevention and Safety
  • In Case You Missed It

Important Dates

  • May 7, 9, 14, and 16
  • June 17
    • 8th grade Promotion, 12:30 PM


Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

6th grade students had a great time at camp last week! Camp Orkila is a gorgeous setting, situated right on Puget Sound. Students were kept busy with a full schedule of classes and activities, and really enjoyed learning in an outdoor educational setting. Students who stayed home for Camp Chinook also had a blast! They engaged in a variety of enriching and fun activities centered on the theme Aquatic Ecosystems and Coral Reefs.

News and updates are below.

In Partnership,

James Peterson


[email protected]

SchoolPool Campaign

Chinook school is one of 18 schools participating in Bellevue SchoolPool’s Walk & Roll to SchoolPool campaign during the week of May 6-10!

Bellevue SchoolPool is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school and alleviate congestion at drop-off and pickup times and locations. During the campaign, students and families are encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or take the bus to and/or from school.

The campaign is centered around National Bike & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, May 8, but SchoolPool encourages students to try a new way to school any time during week!

SchoolPool also provides students with a fun activity flyer and other items including reflective shoe stickers, shoelace tags, and seeded sticky notes that can be planted in the ground.

For resources including how to set up a bike train or walking school bus and carpooling tips, visit and look under “Resources for Students and Families.”

If you would like to sign up for the Bellevue SchoolPool newsletter, click here.

Cell Phones- Away for the Day

Per BSD PolicyTelecommunication devices will be turned on and operated only before and after the regular school day and during the student’s lunch break, unless an emergency situation exists that involves imminent physical danger.

This means, students may use cell phones only:

  • Before school in the Commons until 7:40 a.m.​
  • During Lunch in the Commons​
  • After school​ to communicate about after school plans.

Parents/guardians that need to send an emergency message to their students may contact the Chinook office at 425-456-6600.

Students are expected to Keep cell phones, earbuds, and electronics powered off and out of sight or in designated area (per each teacher’s expectations). Classrooms have pocket charts behind teacher desks for students to store cell phones during instructional time.

The following process will be followed when students violate these expectations.

  • Step 1: Device held in main office until after school, picked up by student.
  • Step 2: Device held in main office until after school, and parent/guardian contacted.
  • Step 3: Device held in main office until after school, and parent/guardian is contacted. Conference with administration and one week with device left at home or kept in office during school hours.

Measles Prevention and Safety

Since December 2023, there have been 11 cases of measles in Washington state. Measles spread easily and can make people very sick, especially if they haven’t had their vaccinations. It can cause serious health problems like pneumonia, brain damage and in rare cases, death. Babies, pregnant people and individuals with weak immune systems are especially at risk.

Keeping your family’s vaccinations up to date is very important to prevent measles and other diseases. Read additional tips on how to keep your family and our community healthy.

In Case You Missed It

I-Connect Evening Event for Families: Bellevue High Seniors to Give Advice

  • Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
  • Time: 6.15-7.45pm
  • Location: Chinook Middle School Library
If you and your middle schooler 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 2024 “experts.” This will be an evening event on Wednesday, 1 May, 6:15-7.45pm in the Chinook Middle School library.

As graduation approaches for the Class of 2024, we will ask a panel of seniors to give us the unvarnished truth. What is the best way for freshmen to make new friends? What types of jobs did they do to fulfill the community service requirement? Did they feel any pressure to experiment with drugs or alcohol? How many colleges did they apply to? We will ask these questions and more. Plus, the seniors will take questions from the audience.

Register here to attend:

Please arrive early to make your way to the library. We will begin at 6.15pm sharp. No drop-offs allowed; students must be accompanied by an adult. Parents/guardians and students are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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

Computer Science Family Engagement Night

We are excited to invite you to the BSD PreK-8th Grade Computer Science Family Engagement Night. Join us to learn about the Computer Science learning opportunities for your student in elementary school, middle school, and beyond! Hear from an exciting guest speaker and community partners. Childcare and free pizza will be provided.

  • Date: May 14
  • Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Highland Middle School


Supporting Student Stress and Anxiety Parent Presentation

  • Date: Wednesday, May 1st
  • Time: 7:00-8:00pm
  • Location: Bellevue High School PAC

Information will be provided on:

  • Causes of childhood anxiety/stress
  • When anxiety may need more support
  • Specific home strategies
  • Accessing help within the Bellevue School District and community

Sponsored by the Bellevue PTSA Council and the Bellevue School District Mental Health Assistance Team

Free Girls Flag Football Summer Camp

Girls in grades 5-8 are invited to learn to play flag football for free this summer. Join BSD high school teams along with members of the Seattle Seahawks organization to learn new skills, run drills and play scrimmage games. Camps take place at Bellevue High School Stadium on July 17, 24 and 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. No prior experience necessary. All students need to bring is water, sunscreen and great energy!

View the event flyer for more information and register today!

Chinook Mariners Day: Mariners vs. Angels!

Enjoy a day at the ballpark with your Chinook community! May 31st join us in cheering on the Mariners vs. the LA Angels at our Chinook/Mariners Family night!!! We are very excited to have our families all gathered together and enjoy a night game for what looks to be an exciting season for the Mariners!

Tickets are only $20…You can RSVP and then purchase tickets on our website. Please contact Debbie at [email protected] for more information!

Smarter Balanced Assessment and Modified Schedules

Students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) as scheduled below:

  • May 7: English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Assessment
  • May 9: English Language Arts Performance Task
  • May14: Math Computer Adaptive Assessment
  • May 16: Math Performance Task
  • All 8th Grade students will take the (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) on May 20 and May 21 during their Science class (regular bell schedule on these days).

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 SBA is available here.

More information about the Washington State WCAS is available 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.