Good Evening Tyee Families,

Below are the updates for the 4-day week of January 19, 2021. Hope you are well.

~Byron Lillie, Principal


Tyee: Upcoming Dates
  • January 20: School Pictures (info below)
  • January 27: School Supplies Collection/Distribution (Language Arts, Art, STEM) (info below)
  • January 28: School Supplies Collection/Distribution (Language Arts, Art, STEM) (info below)
  • January 28: Last Day of Semester 1/Quarter 2
  • January 29: No School
  • February 1: First Day of Semester 2/Quarter 3

BSD/Tyee: Grading Changes



An e-mail communication went out to all district families about changes for Secondary (grades 6-12) classes.  Please note that Tyee offers both middle level courses and credit-bearing (high school level) courses.

For Secondary Credit-Bearing courses (a list of these at Tyee is below):

  • Grading Scale: No changes
  • “F” Grades: All “F” grades will be replaced with “NC” (no credit)
  • “P” Grade Option: Students may opt for a “P” designation to replace any passing grade (A-D)
    • Process for making this request is coming soon!

For middle level courses (Non-credit-bearing):

  • Grading Scale: No Changes
  • “F” Grades: All “F” grades will be replaced with “NE” (not sufficient evidence)


Frequently Asked Questions

Which courses are “credit-bearing” at Tyee?

  • ONLY the following: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Spanish 1B, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, French 1B, French 2, Chinese 1B, Chinese 2, Advanced Learning Human Geography (gr. 8), Advanced Learning Biology (gr. 8), Advanced Learning Literature & Composition (gr. 8)


Can I request a “P” for a passing grade for a middle level course?

  • No, the option for a “P” is only for credit-bearing (listed above) courses.


How do I request a “P” for a credit-bearing course my student earned an A, B, C, or D in?

  • A process is forthcoming. It will be a website available in several languages. Students/Families will identify which courses they’d like to request the change for.
  • For first semester, students/families must submit the change request no later than 5:00pm (PST) on Monday, February 8 2021.


What is the impact of a “NE”, “NC”, or “P” grade?

  • NE – unrelated to credit, and will not be calculated into the GPA.
  • NC – will not earn credit and will not be calculated into the GPA.
  • P – will earn credit, but will not be calculated into the GPA.


Will “NC” or “P” grades post to the High School Transcript when my student begins 9th grade?

  • Yes, however there are processes in place for students to have these marks removed during their high school years. Students/Families may not have these removed prior to the beginniing of 9th grade.
Tyee: Picture Days

Don’t forget to come tomorrow for your pictures! If you signed for a Wednesday slot and no longer plan to come, please make sure to cancel your sign up so that other families can sign up. The makeup day for pictures is planned for March. If you have questions, please email Michelle Steinberg ([email protected]) or Betty Nhan ([email protected]) .

These pictures will provide families the opportunity to order these mementos as well as serve as the picture for the yearbook. For those families who are unable to attend or choose not to participate in this in-person activity, the yearbook staff is setting up an alternate process to ensure that all students have the ability to be represented in the yearbook.

Dates and Hours: Wednesday, January 20, 12:00pm – 4:30pm

Location: Tyee Middle School (under the covered basketball area outside)


We thank you in advance for following these safety protocols:

  • This will be an outside event.  Dress for the weather.
  • Only students will be able to exit the car and go to the picture-taking area. No family members will be allowed to accompany students. We will ask you to stay in your parked car, or if walking, away from the photography area.
  • All students and staff will be masked at all times—except for the short time that the student removes the mask to take a picture.
  • Physical distancing will be required.

Tyee: BSD Laptops Required During Classes


Families, it is required students use their BSD-issued laptop devices during all morning (synchronous) class sessions.  Our teachers and staff will be relaying similar expectations to students, and we really appreciate you reiterating this to students when they are working remotely.

We recognize the ease and convenience for students to use private devices for independent time or homework, but when students are on BSD devices we can monitor student engagement (via Class Policy). We are also learning that when Microsoft Teams releases new updates to our network devices, some functionality is limited and students are missing out on learning opportunities when using private devices.  Please instruct students to use their BSD laptops during live class sessions.  Thank you!

BSD: Tech Center Location Change!



*Beginning this week, the Newport HS Tech Center Location will move services to Sammamish HS. Below are details on receiving Tech Assistance.

  • In-Person: BSD has shifted “tech centers” to central locations. Tyee students needing in-person assistance should visit the Tech Center @ Sammamish High School (100 140th AVE SE) Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am-3pm; and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-5pm.
  • E-mail: Students ([email protected]); Parents/Guardians ([email protected])
  • Phone: 425.456.4321

Tyee: Semester Supplies Return & Distribution (Jan. 27 & 28)


Tyee Teachers organized Books & Supplies return dates.  Students registered in classes below may come by the Courtyard Entrances to the Commons during the afternoon. Details below. Please contact Byron Lillie, Principal, with questions: [email protected]. Note: the below apply to Tyee courses taught by Tyee staff. Tyee students enrolled in virtual classes with Odle should directly contact their teachers.


  • Language Arts (grades 6-8): Return Semester 1 Novels and Exchange for Semester 2 Novels
  • Math (grades 6-8): Pick up Comp Books & Measuring Tools
  • Sem. 1 Visual Art (Art Exploration, Studio Art, Art Exploration 3D): Return Semester 1 Art Kits
  • Sem. 1 STEM (Applied Engineering, Design & Production): Return Semester 1 STEM Kits
  • Sem. 2 Planners (grades 6-8): Pick up a New Planner for Semester 2!

*There will be dates later in February for picking up Semester 2 Art & STEM items.


If anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms or has had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is still in their isolation period for testing positive for COVID-19, please do NOT pick up materials, notify the child’s teacher you were unable to come. We will provide additional dates in February.

Dates & Times:

If your set time won’t work, come Thursday between 3-4!

Wednesday, January 27   Thursday, January 28  
Time Last Names Time Last Names
1:00-2:00 A-F 1:00-2:00 P-T
2:00-3:00 G-K 2:00-3:00 U-Z
3:00-4:00 L-O 3:00-4:00 ALL STUDENTS



We will distribute in the Tyee front (south) entrance, near the main office. Vehicles enter the “front” parking lot, (South side of campus, off Allen Road).



  • Students will remain outside and will not have to enter the building, just the covered basketball court area.
  • Only one person may exit the vehicle to pick-up materials.
  • One (1) family member may pick up materials on behalf of their student. Please come with the student schedule (teacher and class pd)
  • Masks & Physical distancing of 6 feet required.


Is this for ALL students? Or does it depend on their classes or teacher?

  • This is for all Tyee students in the Tyee courses listed above (Semester 1 and Year-long)

Will there be later dates?

  • Yes, we will communicate out details after January 28.

What is the process?

  • Vehicles enter school from the front (south) entrance, off Allen Rd, Pull through the loop and into the front parking spaces, curb, or bus lane.
  • Students exit vehicles and line up (6 feet apart) outside the covered Basketball court area (near Main Office), stations based on subject (Math, Language Arts, Art, etc.)
  • Staff are present to answer student questions.
  • Once a student picks up their materials, they exit the covered area and return to vehicle.

May family members accompany a student?

  • No. For safety purposes, Parents/Guardians must wait in vehicles.

Will there be assistance to help my student?

  • Yes, staff will be present to guide students.

My child has unique health, safety, or learning needs where they cannot participate in the outlined process. Will you make individual accommodations?

  • Yes, we will communicate out details for requesting individual accommodations, after January 28. If the student cannot come, one (1) family member may come in their place.

Can a parent or sibling pick up my student’s materials on their behalf, if my student can’t be there?

  • Yes, but a maximum of one (1) person. They must be a family member, guardian, or someone in the household.

Can a friend or neighbor pick up my student’s materials on their behalf?

  • No, materials and books are directly checked out to the student. To avoid losses or fines, we are keeping this to family/household members only.

Tyee: Incoming Student (2021-22) Information Night


Tyee Middle School welcomes families and students joining us for the 2021-22 school year.  Wednesday, January 20th we are hosting a LIVE *virtual* Information Night. The event will be a Microsoft Teams Live Event (link below). Following the General Session at 6:30pm, families will be provided video clip presentations from our 11 Breakout Sessions. These clips can be watched at anytime from January 20-27.

General Session: Overview of services and programs offered, and annual goals.  Link to General Session: CLICK HERE on January 20th at 6:30pm (Pacific Time)

Breakout Sessions: Teachers representing each of our programs will provide pre-recorded video presentations featuring key information about the subjects, goals, programs, and services provided. These will be introduced in the General Session, and the link to video clips will be made available at the session and on the Tyee MS Website.

  • Topics: English Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Special Education Services, Career & Technical Education (CTE), Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health, World Languages, Advanced Learning Services.
  • *Link Available Here: Tyee MS Information Night
8th Gr Families: Interlake Open House Video Please see the link to watch the Information Night video for Interlake HS:
Bellevue Schools Foundation: Spring for Schools

The Bellevue Schools Foundation Annual Spring for Schools luncheon is going virtual. Our event is virtual. The need for your support is real. We are busy planning a wonderful virtual event of giving and camaraderie for our donors and community. Our event will be held on April 30th, 2021. More details to follow.

Here is what you make possible through your generosity to Bellevue Schools Foundation:

  • Cutting-edge preK-12 computer science education & equity initiative which challenges students to think critically, have growth mindsets and practice skills that will allow them to thrive and succeed in distance learning and any career they choose
  • Helps grow music and arts programs
  • Stocks school libraries with digital and classroom books in multiple languages to serve our global population
  • Nurtures our students’ social and emotional development through our mental health initiative which identifies students struggling with mental health issues and gets them the support they need.

Thank you again for all that you do to support the Foundation’s mission of serving your students.

BSD: Wellness and Resilience Group

Mondays 1:00pm – 1:50pm starting 2/1/2021

Our Mental Health Assistance and Middle School Counselor Team invite our middle school students to join us in our weekly group sessions to support you in building your resilience tool kit. Some of the topics we will be covering are: managing strong emotions, building healthy relationships, coping with stress, and more. I highly recommend this program to all students as we continue to navigate this unprecedented year.

CLICK HERE to sign up for Middle School Wellness and Resilience Group

PTSA Information

Shop at Amazon Smile and Support Tyee PTSA:  On your computer, log into Amazon Smile with the following URL to directly add Tyee Middle School as your charity of choice:

For your phone:

·       Install the Amazon App on your phone.

·       Search “Amazon Smile” then click to turn on.

·       When adding Tyee as your charity of choice on your computer, Tyee should already be listed when searching on the App. Click on “Change your charity” to check that your shopping is currently supporting Tyee Middle School PTSA.

Every time you shop on Amazon Smile you support our school PTSA. The Amazon Smile Foundation donates 0.5% of each purchase made to our PTSA. We recommend that you bookmark this unique link to ensure you shop at rather than

We welcome you to share this link with all of your friends, family and social media pages.

Thank you so much for supporting Tyee and our PTSA!


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