Tillicum Times

May 20,  2024

Dear Tillicum Families,

We continue with Smarter Balanced testing this week on Tuesday and Thursday with the Mathematics portions.  Your child need not prepare for the assessment other than get a good night’s rest and coming prepared with their fully charged laptop, power cord, and corded headphones.    The bell schedule and calendar of our testing days can be found here: Tillicum Modified Schedule for SBA Testing.

Have a great week families!

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 5/21              SBA Testing (MATH CAT)
  • 5/23              SBA Testing (MATH PT)
  • 5/29 & 30    WCAS 8th Grade Science Testing in Science Classrooms
  • 5/27              Memorial Day/No school
  • 5/29-5/31    6th Grade Camp
  • 6/5                Spring Orchestra Concert at 7pm in the TMS Gym
  • 6/6                Spring Band Concert at 7pm in the TMS Gym
  • 6/7-20          Yearbook final sales
  • 6/11               Spring Choir Concert at 7pm in the TMS Commons
  • 6/14              NEW DATE: Jazz Night at 6:30pm in the TMS Commons
  • 6/17              8th Grade promotion Ceremony, 12:15 pm
  • 6/17              8th Grade Party 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • 6/18              Last Day of School 7:45 – 9:45 am
  • 8/24              Jubilee Service Day 8:00 – 12:00 TMS Classrooms

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

REMINDER: Check Student Fees and Fines. Families, be sure to check your student account for fees or fines that need to be taken care of. Please visit https://wa-bellevue.intouchreceipting.com/ to access your account and make payments. Yearbooks will only be distributed to students who have paid all their fees and fines.

8th grade promotion ceremony. Parents/Guardians are invited to join the promotion ceremony for our 8th grade students on Monday June 17th beginning at 12:30 pm in the gym.  A livestream video link will be provided for family/guests that are not able to attend in person.

Last Day of School shortened schedule.  Tuesday June 18, 2024 is a two-hour day for students. All schools start at their regular times and dismiss two hours later.  At Tillicum, school begins at 7:45 am am and concludes at 9:45 am. Bus transportation will still operate per usual on this modified schedule.

The City of Bellevue is seeking travel data on how students travel to and from school. Please help by completing this short, five-question survey for each school-aged child. This annual survey helps the city’s Bellevue SchoolPool program evaluate strategies for alleviating drop-off and pickup congestion at schools.”

If you have questions, please contact Kate Johnson, Bellevue SchoolPool Program Lead, at [email protected].

Family Information Night – Balancing Act: Supporting Student Stress and Anxiety.  The Bellevue School District Mental Health Assistance Team (MHAT), in partnership with the Bellevue PTSA Council, welcomes families to learn how to support student stress and anxiety during May’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Attendees will learn more about causes of childhood anxiety and

stress, identifying when anxiety may need additional support, how families can access help within BSD and the surrounding community, and more.

  • Elementary School Family Information Night
  • Date: Wednesday, May 22
  • Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Location: Odle Middle School Commons 502

No registration is necessary to attend, but questions can be submitted to MHAT prior to the session via an online form.

The Highland School Based Health Center will be open again this summer! You can make appointments for well-child checks, immunizations, sports-physicals.  Make sure your students are up to date on immunizations.  More details here.

School Board has new 5-year strategic plan; announces next steps.  The inclusive process began with the formation of a guiding coalition including students, caregivers, educators, and community leaders, intentionally seeking perspectives typically excluded from decision-making.  You can review the strategic plan with this link.

Next steps will include:

  • Communicating, marketing and socializing the Strategic Plan
  • Establishing a steering committee that will work with the community to define key metrics and guide implementation
  • Launching inclusive design teams that will develop new solutions aligned to the strategic plan

Lice – a word we don’t like to hear. Unfortunately it is prevalent in schools and in the community. “Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. Head lice survive less than 1-2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.”         -CDC Website

It is good to check your child every week for nits and lice and treat them (and the whole family) when lice or nits are present. We can only decrease outbreaks of lice with your help!
More information can be found here. If you have further questions, please contact Nurse Peggy’s at [email protected].

Previous Announcements

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.

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.