• Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • Bellevue Schools Foundation: Donate to Dedicate
  • In Case You Missed It

Important Dates

  • May 14 and 16
  • May 20-21
    • 8th graders WCAS testing during Science class
  • May 27
    • No School, Memorial Day
  • May 31-June 2
    • Spongebob the Musical!
  • June 17
    • 8th grade Promotion, 12:30 PM
  • June 18
    • Last Day of School, Shortened Day: 7:45am-9:45am


Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

Thank you to our PTSA for showing such appreciation to our staff last week. From the wonderful lunch on Tuesday to the array of treats and surprises throughout the week, the PTSA’s kindness brightened our days and strengthened our sense of community. Thank you!

News and updates are below.

In Partnership,

James Peterson


[email protected]

Smarter Balanced Assessment and Modified Schedules

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

  • 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.

Bellevue Schools Foundation: Donate to Dedicate

Bellevue Schools Foundation is offering the opportunity to make a donation in honor of a teacher or staff member, which will not only trigger an acknowledgement to the individual the gift is made in honor of, but it will also provide critical resources to our school, as well as the other 27 schools across Bellevue School District. I encourage you to consider this special chance to make an impact in our classrooms AND express your gratitude to any teacher and/or staff member whose efforts you want to acknowledge! To learn more about Bellevue Schools Foundation, click here.

In Case You Missed It

Chinook 2024 Musical: The SpongeBob Musical: Youth Edition

Come join us in Bikini Bottom for a tale of heroic friendship starring SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, and a whole cast and crew under the sea. This performance is great for the whole family to enjoy! Chinook students have been hard at work to bring this show to life and can’t wait to show you. Tickets on sale soon!


  • Friday, May 31st @ 7pm
  • Saturday, June 1st @ 2pm and 7pm
  • Sunday, June 2nd @ 2pm

All performances are at Bellevue High School PAC. Matinee (2pm) performances feature a special “Meet & Greet” after the show.

Share Your Feedback: Transportation Survey

The Bellevue School District’s Safety and Security and Transportation departments are working closely with Bellevue Police and Transportation departments to tackle traffic congestion and safety concerns around our schools.

Transportation Forums were held in person on April 25 and online on May 1. If you were unable to attend, we’d still like to hear from you!  Please complete our transportation survey by May 31.

Visit the Transportation Survey webpage to learn more about what BSD is doing to help families choose sustainable transportation options and address safety concerns.

Attend the Fentanyl Community Outreach Event Presented in Mandarin 

Please join us for our third fentanyl community outreach event: One Pill Can Kill. Deaths by fentanyl poisoning are on the rise in King County, and a tiny amount can be deadly. Attend the event to hear from medical professionals, law enforcement, and mental health professionals on what fentanyl is, what we are seeing in our community, and how we can prevent accidental death by fentanyl.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Newport High School Performing Arts Center

Address: 4333 Factoria Blvd, Bellevue, WA

This event will be presented entirely in Mandarin Chinese. Mandarin-speaking families and community members are invited to learn about the danger of opioids and learn how to keep schools and communities healthy and safe.

Thank you to the Bellevue Schools Foundation for funding this event!

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!

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



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.