Tillicum Times

April 22,  2024

Dear Tillicum Families,

We are in the midst of a School Spirit Week.  Each day has a new dress up theme with points awarded to every student that participates.  Encourage your child to participate in the fun to earn additional points for their grade.  We also have ASB sponsored games and competitions at lunch and during the spirit assembly on Friday to earn more points toward the grade level competition.  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 – Favorite Character Day
  • Friday – Color War:  6th grade – White, 7th grade – Orange, 8th grade – Blue

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 4/22-26      ASB Spirit Week
  • 4/25 & 26   Tillicum Elephant Society fundraiser
  • 4/26             WEB Leader Applications due for current 7th grade students
  • 4/29-5/3     Candy-Gram fundraiser
  • 5/10              ASB Spring Dance at 6PM
  • 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
  • 6/5                Orchestra Spring Concert at 7PM in Tillicum Gym
  • 6/6                Band Spring Concert at 7PM in Tillicum Gym
  • 6/7-20          Yearbook Final Sale!
  • 6/10              Jazz Night in Tillicum Commons
  • 6/11              Choir Spring Concert at 7PM in Tillicum Commons
  • 6/17              Save the date – 8th Grade promotion Ceremony, 12:15 pm
  • 6/18              LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

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

Seeking 7th Grade WEB Leaders.  Apply Today!  Tillicum MS is looking for enthusiastic fun, welcoming, helpful students to serve as an 8th grade WEB leader next year. WEB is a middle school transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. WEB, an acronym for Where Everybody Belongs, is built on the belief that students want to and can help other students succeed. Students can pick up an application in the main office or download the WEB application here.  Applications are due, turned into the main office, by 3pm on Friday, April 26th.

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

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.

8th Grade Promotion Party Planning.  It’s hard to believe but your 8th grade student only has a few weeks left at Tillicum Middle School.  To help make their transition special, please consider joining the parent planning committee for the PTA sponsored 8th grade party at the end of the year.  Here are details for the next meeting:

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!

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.