Tillicum Times

May 6,  2024

Dear Tillicum Families,

May is here and we are hurtling toward the end of the school year.  This week is Teacher and Staff Appreciation week and I’d like to thank in advance all families supporting the staff breakfast and coffee cart on Tuesday morning in our staff lounge.  We are feeling the love from our Tillicum Comm(Unity)!

This Friday (5/10), our ASB is hosting a spring dance from 6 – 8 pm.  The theme is Enchanted Forest and we encourage students to wear florals, pastels or green(s).  Tickets are $5 and sold during lunches May 6 – 10.  No tickets will be sold at the door and students must attend school the day of the dance to be able to attend.  Concessions (candy, pizza, soda) will be sold at the dance.

After students are all danced and sugared out, they should get some rest as Smarter Balanced Testing begins on Tuesday May 14th with English Language Arts. 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. Find additional information about SBA in the newsletter below.

Have a great week families!

Dusty Steere


Principal – Tillicum Middle School


  • 5/6-10         Walk, Bike & Roll to School Week
  • 5/10             ASB Spring Dance at 6PM
  • 5/14             SBA Testing (ELA CAT)
  • 5/15              DELE oral Exam for 8th ISA (Library)
  • 5/16              SBA Testing (ELA PT)
  • 5/17              DELE written Exam for 8th ISA (Library)
  • 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              Save the date – 8th Grade promotion Ceremony, 12:15 pm
  • 6/18              Last Day of School
  • 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

School Dance on Friday. ASB is hosting another dance on Friday, May 10th. The theme will be enchanted forest. We encourage those attending to wear pastels, greens and floral clothes! Tickets are $5 dollars, and they can be bought from Monday 5/6 through Friday 5/10 during both lunch periods with a signed permission slip. Students must show their tickets at the door. No ticket sales at the door.

May 6 – 10: Walk, Bike, Roll to School Week. Celebrate Walk, Bike & Roll to School Day for the whole week. Walk, bike, roll, carpool or take the bus!

Our 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.

This spring, 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 www.BellevueSchoolPool.org and look under “Resources for Students and Families.”

If you would like to sign up for the Bellevue SchoolPool newsletter, click here.

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Testing.  Beginning next week, nearly all Tillicum students will engage in state sponsored Smarter Balanced Assessments in mathematics and literacy.  We will operate on a modified schedule.  Here are details about what your child will need for the test, where they will test, and how they will log in.  The bell schedule and calendar of our testing days can be found here: Tillicum Modified Schedule for SBA Testing.


  • BSD Laptop!
  • Charging Cord
  • Headphones WITH cord (No Bluetooth/wireless headphones are allowed)
    • Tillicum can provide your child with these if they don’t have a pair
  • Healthy Snack
  • Water
  • Something to read/color/etc if you finish before the end of the test period.
    • NO PHONES, even after the test.

What is NOT needed:

  • Cell phone
    • Cell phones are not allowed at any time during the SBA tests, even after you finish the test.
  • Smart Watch
    • Please leave your smart watch at home or leave it in your backpack during the test period.
  • Calculator
    • Hand held calculators are not allowed on the MATH SBA
    • There is a laptop based calculator on certain math problems inside the test.

Testing Locations:

  • Testing room assignments will be posted in the commons and various hallway locations on each floor of the school by end of day on Friday, May 10.

Breakfast is Served!   We started serving breakfast last week to very positive student reviews.   This pilot program through the end of June will be used to determine if we continue offering breakfast services in the 2024-25 school year.  Students may purchase breakfast items the same way they buy lunch.

  • What is the cost for school breakfast? Students that qualify for free or reduced priced school meals may participate in the breakfast program at no cost.  For all other students, breakfast is available for $2.50.
  • My student qualifies for free (or reduced-priced) school meals but only wants a single item, like milk, for breakfast? USDA requires that only complete meals be offered at no-cost under the School Breakfast Program.  If a student wants only milk, it can be purchased for $.50.  Milk must be paid for at the time of service.  No debiting.
  • What is a “complete meal”? Under USDA’s School Breakfast Program, students must be offered choices daily from four (4) food groups, in at least the minimum required quantities, for their grade.
    • The four (4) food groups are: protein, grains, fruits and milk.
    • For a breakfast to qualify as a “complete meal” the following 2 rules must be met:
      • Students MUST select at least 3 items from the 4 food groups offered.  Some items count as more than one item.
      • Students MUST choose at least a ½ cup of fruit.

For additional information about breakfast, paying for meals, and applying for Free/Reduced price meals visit the Nutrition Services page of our district website.

Staff Appreciation – 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.

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!


Previous Announcements

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.




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.