Tillicum Times

April 15,  2024

Dear Tillicum Families,

Welcome back from Spring Break!  I hope you either enjoyed a time of rest and relaxation or, alternatively, an exciting adventure.  I experienced the latter, serving as a chaperone for a group of 40+ from our school’s Spanish Immersion program exploring parts of Costa Rica.  It was a special trip observing my son and many of his classmates interacting in Spanish with locals, learning about the culture & country, trying new foods and conquering fears ziplining high above the jungle canopy.  In spite of a upset tummies and sunburned backs, the trip was wildly successful providing a memory maker experience we won’t soon forget.

Have  a great week and thank you for making time to review the important dates and announcements contained below.

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 4/17             Band & Orchestra Red Robin fundraiser
  • 4/22-26      ASB Spirit Week
  • 4/25 & 26   Tillicum Elephant Society fundraiser
  • 4/29-5/3     Candy-Gram fundraiser
  • 5/14              SBA Testing (ELA CAT)
  • 5/16              SBA Testing (ELA PT)
  • 5/21              SBA Testing (MATH CAT)
  • 5/23              SBA Testing (MATH PT)
  • 5/27              Memorial Day/No school
  • 5/29-5/31    6th Grade Camp
  • 6/17              Save the date – 8th Grade promotion Ceremony, 12:15 pm

Please visit our Tillicum website for the most current information.  https://bsd405.org/tillicum

4th quarter started today.   Today marks the beginning of our 4th and final quarter.  This means that there are just 45 school days left  and that nearly all grades reset today (aside from semester high school earning courses like Algebra).  Teachers are finalizing 3rd quarter grades this week which will be viewable in ParentVue Friday 4/19 after 5;00 pm.

Enjoy a Red Robin Meal – Wed April 17.  Raise Money for Tillicum Band/Orchestra.  Make plans to enjoy lunch or dinner at the Overlake Red Robin on Wednesday April 17.  20% of sales go back to Tillicum’s band and orchestra programs.  Show this flyer or simply mention the fundraiser to your server to have sales counted.

What if Hidden Figures in History had Social Media? #Women’sHistoryMonth. In celebration of Women’s History Month, 7th grade students in Maria Pickering’s social studies classes engaged in a creative and insightful digital design project, exploring the question “What if hidden figures in history had social media?”. They researched and reimagined the lives and achievements of notable women through the lens of modern social media, creating posts for figures like Marie Curie, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart as if they were sharing their groundbreaking moments online today. This fun project did more than just boost the kids’ research skills and digital know-how—it also helped them feel a real connection with history’s heroines, shining a light on the lasting difference these women made. Through this project, our students bridged history with the digital age, demonstrating the power of storytelling across generations and practiced digital citizenship by responding to posts in uplifting ways.

Check out their work and their social media responses to posts here: https://padlet.com/PickeringTMS/womenshistorymonth-eh1qizgygqo4wh13

ASB Spirit Week April 22 – 26.   Members of Tillicum’s Associated Student Body have called for a school spirt week April 22 – 26 culminating with spirit assembly on Friday 4/26.  Here are the details on the spirit week dress up themes.

  • Monday – Crazy Sock Day
  • Tuesday – Crazy Hat Day
  • Wednesday – Dress up like a teacher Day
  • Thursday – Adam Sandler Day (not sure what this means and will share more next week)
  • Friday – Favorite Character Day
    1. Lunch Activities – games and competitions
    2. Spirit Assembly on Friday April 26th

Smarter Balanced Assessment and Modified Schedules.  Students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) as scheduled below:

  • May 14: English Language Arts Computer Adaptive Assessment
  • May 16: English Language Arts Performance Task
  • May 21: Math Computer Adaptive Assessment
  • May 23: Math Performance Task

We will run a modified schedule on these days with approximately 90 minutes of testing time in the morning followed by shortened periods of 35 minutes.

  • All 8th Grade students will take the (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) on May 29 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.

Sixth Grade Camp is May 29-31. Families, please ensure you have paid for camp using Touchbase (see below for details) or contact Kim Hay ([email protected]) or Dave Jensen ([email protected]) regarding financial assistance. Funds are available to ensure that every sixth grader can attend camp.

  • Make a Payment Online visit https://wa-bellevue.intouchreceipting.com/
  • Username:  enter your student’s school ID number
  • Password:   enter your student’s last name
  • Click on your child’s name.
  • The fee has been assigned to your student’s account automatically and shows at the top of the page. Click View
  • Enter the camp payment amount that is appropriate for your family and/or that has been arranged with Camp Coordinators.  Select the small Pay box if you have changed the amount.  Hit the blue Pay Selected Fines/Fees to put in Checkout.
  • For online donations, you may request a receipt for tax purposes from the Tillicum front office.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  Payments may be made incrementally. The Bellevue School District does NOT charge a convenience fee.

Is your Child Overdue for a Well-Child Visit?  Bellevue School District partners with the Washington State Department of Health to monitor and support student immunizations. Now is the time to catch up on immunizations!

  • Talk with your health care provider to find out which vaccines your child needs. Use yearly checkups and other visits, such as sports physicals, to make sure your children have all the immunizations they need.
  • Request a copy of your child’s immunization record from your health care provider so you can keep track of their immunization history. Or sign up for https://MyIRmobile.com , which gives you online access to your own and your family’s immunization records. Learn more at https://doh.wa.gov/immsrecords
  • Children under 19 years of age in Washington are provided with all recommended vaccines at no or low cost at one of Washington state’s Childhood Vaccine Program providers.  Health care providers may charge an office visit fee and a fee to give the vaccine, called an administration fee. If you can’t afford the administration fee, you may ask for it to be waived.

Previous Announcements

Save the Date: Bellevue Transportation Forum.  What can the district, City of Bellevue or Metro Transit do to engage and encourage parents to choose environmentally sustainable transportation options such as riding the bus, walking, biking or carpooling? Attend the Transportation Forum to collaborate with district and city leaders in creating solutions for transportation challenges.

In-Person Event

  • Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Sammamish High School
  • Address: 100 140th Ave. SE Bellevue, WA 98005

Online Event

  • Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024
  • Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Online via Microsoft Teams

Register now.   Registration for these events is suggested but not required. You may also request interpretation/translation support for the events through the registration form.

Free Drop-In Tutoring!  Bellevue High School’s Science Olympiad continues their Tutor Time program this spring. They are hosting free drop-in tutoring sessions for students K-12 in all subjects. Sessions are held every Saturday at various KCLS libraries. If you would like more information, please reach out to them at [email protected] or visit their website: https://tutortime.my.canva.site/

Here is their schedule for the next couple of weeks:

  • March 30th: Newcastle Library Meeting Room from 2-4pm
  • April 6th: Bellevue Library Meeting Room 1 from 2-4pm
  • April 20th: Mercer island Library Meeting Room from 2-4pm

Reporting Safety Concerns. Bullying and safety concerns can always be reported to any staff member at school.  The Secondary Level Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incident Reporting Form is available to all families in the office. Finally, Bellevue School District also utilizes an anonymous reporting tool called SafeSchools Alert through which anyone can make a verbal or written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying. Information on how to submit a report via any of these methods is available on the district website at www.bsd405.org/help/report.


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.