• Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • Spongebob the Musical
  • Transportation Survey
  • Fentanyl Outreach Event
  • In Case You Missed It

Important Dates

  • May 7, 9, 14, and 16
  • May 31-June 2
    • Spongebob the Musical!
  • June 17
    • 8th grade Promotion, 12:30 PM


Greetings Chinook Middle School Community,

This week marks Teacher and Staff appreciation week, and I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our exceptional team of teachers and staff members. Their commitment to excellence, their tireless efforts, and their genuine care for each and every student exemplify the true spirit of education. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated team!

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:

  • 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.

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!

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.

In Case You Missed It

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!

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.

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.