Good Evening Tyee Community,

The sun sets much faster these days, and we remain hopeful that you, your students, friends, and family stay safe and well. As the first quarter is already upon us, some key decisions were made in Bellevue School District to better support our students in this challenging remote learning environment.

* Quarter 1 report cards will not be published, considering the limited amount of evidence to demonstrate learning and  immense barriers that students faced with limited access and engagement. This also provides students more time to improve their performance before the end of the semester (January 28).  We recognize this news may come as a surprise, disappointment, or relief to our students. Teachers will be engaging this week with students about the implications and next steps. More information below.

* The district is responding to the need of a structured Wednesday schedule. Beginning November 18, all Wednesday classes will be “synchronous” like every morning: students are required to appear, attendance is taken, and live instruction and collaboration will take place. We will maintain the previous schedule, but all classes are now live meetings. More information below.

Byron Lillie, Principal (lillieb@bsd405.org)

Tyee: Upcoming Dates
  • November 10: Veterans Day Assembly (11:30am) – info below
  • November 11: No School – Veterans Day
  • November 18: Synchronous Wednesday (Periods 5-7) – info below
  • November 25: Synchronous Wednesday (Periods 1-4) – info below
  • November 26-27: No School – Thanksgiving
Tyee: Contact Us Click the Link to find our Staff Directory! https://bsd405.org/tyee/about/staff/
Tyee: Clubs, Activities & Final Forms Is your student interested in getting involved in one of Tyee’s (virtual) Clubs? Please follow the link to learn more!  https://bsd405.org/tyee/thunderbirds/
BSD: Quarter 1 Grades & *NEW* “Synchronous Wednesdays” From the Bellevue School District:  Recently, educators, parents and guardians raised concerns regarding first quarter grades.  Specifically, grades are causing undue stress for educators and students with the impact of remote learning and the limited amount of evidence that demonstrates learning.  As a result, we will not report first quarter grades for students in grades 6-12. An interim progress report will be provided early in second quarter if student progress is “unsatisfactory” (D/F).  More information: https://bsd405.org/2020/11/first-quarter-grades-will-not-be-reported/
“Synchronous” Wednesdays Begin November 18 Going forward, Wednesday classes across Bellevue School District will now be “synchronous” class meetings from 8:30-11:25 each week. This is to better structure and support Wednesdays. Students will be expected to attend at the posted times, and attendance is required. The class periods will rotate each week (1-4 one week, 5-7 the next).  Wednesday, November 11th there are no classes due to the Veterans Day holiday. Wednesday, November 18th will be periods 5, 6, and 7. The updated Bell Schedule link: (click here!)
Tyee: Veterans Day 2020 Assembly Hello Tyee Families! The Tyee Associated Student Body (ASB), is proud and excited to invite our community to this year’s Veterans Day Assembly to pay tribute to all American veterans and give thanks to those who served their country in war or peacetime.  All students and staff are expected to attend. Please join us during 8th period Tomorrow (Tuesday, November 10th at 11:30am). The presentation will be held on Teams, and here is the link:  Link to Assembly (Tuesday, November 10 @ 11:30am)
Tyee: Technical Difficulties & What to do when Teachers can’t get online!

With rough weather ahead, we should plan for instances where a Teacher loses internet access, and cannot get to their class. When this happens, please follow the guidance below:

Teachers Will:

  • Notify Office Staff of the issue via phone or e-mail (if possible) and continue to try to re-establish contact during the period.
  • E-mail students via Outlook (if possible)
  • Provide flexibility and extension to students in the next class session or asynchronous times.

Office Staff Will:

  • E-mail the students affected, so they are aware of the issue.

Students Should:

  • Remain patient and online in the meeting (if already in), but may complete work for other classes while they wait.
  • Check Outlook e-mail for updates from office staff of the Teachers’ status.
  • Students should only “leave” class if they receive a message from the office confirming the Teacher will not arrive at all.
BSD: Student Survey, Fall 2020 Between Nov. 2 – 20, Students will complete the Panorama student perception survey.  The purpose is to collect information on school climate and to provide teachers with feedback. The survey is run by Panorama Education (http://www.panoramaed.com) and is given to students in grades 3-12. For those unfamiliar, the survey gives us an indication of where our strengths are and where we can do better. Here is some additional information:

  • The survey is confidential. Staff will not see how an individual student answers.
  • It takes about 10-20 minutes to complete.
  • Students fill out a section on school climate, and then fill out a teacher survey for two of their teachers chosen randomly (it would take too long and be too repetitive to have secondary students fill out a survey for all seven.)
  • The survey will be administered in early November.
  • Results will be out in mid-November. Teacher reports are only available to individual teachers themselves. Principals and district staff receive summary data for schools and the district as a whole.

If you have any questions, please contact Naomi Calvo, Director of Research, Evaluation & Assessment, at calvon@bsd405.org or 425-456-4274.

BSD: Community Forums on Mental Health Mental health continues to top family concerns as we face unprecedented times and unexpected hardships. In partnership with the district counseling program, social-emotional curriculum developers, family engagement team and community mental health partners, the district is developing another series of forums to inform, support and empower families on issues of mental health. Live sessions will be recorded and provided over Teams. See attached flyer for details. Link Here: Flyer
Free Class: Parenting in Remote School Many families are working more closely with their children than they ever have before on academic and social emotional learning as we continue in the remote school environment.  If you are interested in attending a free parenting class to add tools to your toolbox, Kindering is offering one that runs from November 23 to February 10.   The class is targeted to parents of typically developing children from 2 through 12.  Basic parenting skills are discussed:  promoting healthy self-esteem, effective communication, managing anger (both the parent’s and the child’s), behavior management, children and media,  and other topics of interest to the class. The class will be on Zoom.  Link Here: Flyer
BSD: Tech Help?
  • Curbside Technology Support: BSD’s Technology Department offers curbside service for students and families who need general tech support for issues that are difficult to resolve via email or phone. More information is available on the district’s website
  • In-Person: BSD has shifted “tech centers” to central locations. Tyee students needing in-person assistance should visit the Tech Center @ Newport High School (4333 Factoria Blvd). Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am-3pm; and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-5pm.
  • E-mail: Students (studenthelp@bsd405.org); Parents/Guardians (parenthelp@bsd405.org)
  • Phone: 425.456.4321
PTSA Information

Welcome Webinar for Parents/Guardians Who are New to Tyee on Nov 12 Is your student new to Tyee since the start of school in September? Parents and guardians of students who have recently enrolled in Tyee within the last few months are invited to attend a Welcome Webinar hosted by Tyee Middle School and Tyee PTSA.

Date: ​Thursday, November 12, 2020; Time: 10:00-11:30am;  Join Teams Meeting

 

MOD Pizza Fundraiser for Tyee PTSA – November 11 During Covid-19 pandemic, our local companies and stores really need more support.  Tyee PTSA works with Mod Pizza at Factoria (3622 Factoria Blvd SE) to hold a fundraiser event on Wednesday November 11st. MOD will donate 20% of your meal purchase to Tyee PTSA.  The fundraiser lasts ALL DAY, so you can eat LUNCH and DINNER and show your support. Please register in advance here to meet the RSVP Minimum. https://www.groupraise.com/events/167165-tyee-middle-school-ptsa-at-mod-pizza. For customer health and safety, dine-in space is not available during this meal. You can participate in this fundraiser by Take out, Delivery or Pick up.   To place your order online please visit MOD Pizza’s online order website https://modpizza.com/ .  Remember to select Factoria Mod Pizza Store and use the coupon code of “GR167165T” to give Tyee PTSA credit for your order. Alternatively, you can show the cashier the below flyer to give Tyee PTSA credit for your order.

 

Reflections – I Matter Because… Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Matter Because…,” calls for all Tyee artists! Please submit original work of art in one or more of the following categories:

  • Dance C2horeography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Important: Submission deadline: 11/13/2020. Entry Form – 2020-21 Reflection Entry Form. To get more details and tips, please watch Tyee Reflections Virtual Booth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjXPfYHpyTk. PowerPoint in the video is also shared at: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vaoRxtlByOYq-GG2RgKBzeRv_0zPfFuvdVgjZLnAANY/edit?usp=sharing

 

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