Good Evening Tyee Community,

A warm welcome to the month of February to all our students, teachers, and families! As we embark into a new semester, we hope the season brings with it a sense of newness and opportunity for learning and growth. See below for our key updates for the week of February 1.

Byron Lillie, Principal

Microsoft Translations available: Chinese (traditional) ; Espanol

Tyee: Upcoming Dates
  • February 5: Semester 1 Grades Posted (5:00pm)
  • February 8: Semester 1 Grade Change Request Deadline (credit-bearing courses only, info below)
  • February 10: Semester 2 School Supplies Distribution (Language Arts, Art, STEM) (info below)
  • February 12: Semester 2 School Supplies Distribution (Language Arts, Art, STEM) (info below)
  • February 15-19: Mid-Winter Break (no school)

BSD/Tyee: Grading Changes



 As you know, the first semester has come to an end. Students/families have some grading options to consider.  Given the range of circumstances, Bellevue School District is providing students in high school credited courses with the option to convert B, C or D letter grades to a P for Pass for 1st semester.  The “P” grade will earn credit, but will not be calculated in the GPA.

Teachers have until 5:00pm on Friday, February 5 to finalize and formally post grades. Shortly after those grades have been posted, students will receive email communication on Friday, February 5 with a link for submitting their requested changes. Students are encouraged to look through the linked document regarding Grade Change Considerations.

At Tyee, this applies only to these 16 credited courses:

  • Math: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Advanced Learning (“AL”) Algebra 1, AL Geometry, AL Algebra 2
  • World Languages: Spanish 1b, French 1b, Chinese 1b, Spanish 1, Spanish 2, French 2, Chinese 2
  • 8th Grade AL: AL Human Geography, AL Literature & Composition, AL Biology

Students are requested to submit their request by Monday, February 8. Those students meeting that deadline will have their report cards and transcripts updated immediately.

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

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.

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 beginning of 9th grade.
Tyee: Semester 2 Supplies Return & Distribution Opportunities to pick up Semester 2 Art & CTE materials, or to exchange Language Arts novels will be held February 10 & 12.  Details below.

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

Dates & Times:

  • Wednesday, February 10 from 1-4pm  (all students)
  • Friday, February 12 from 1-4pm (all students)
Tyee: MLL Family Event Hello! This is Mrs. Nhan, assistant principal at Tyee.  We want to invite families of our Multi-Lingual Learners to an online family event. We will explain some changes to the grades for Semester 1.  The event will be on Friday , February 5 from 3:15 – 3:55pm. Please e-mail Ms. Nhan at if you plan to attend. Please include the language you speak and if you would like an interpreter!
Tyee: Incoming Student (2021-22) Information Night Tyee Middle School welcomes families and students joining us for the 2021-22 school year.  General Session Video: Breakout Session Videos:

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: Career & Technical Education Information Night


Are you interested in finding out about the pathways available in middle and high school?  Health care, visual communications, information technology, business and marketing, culinary, education, transportation, construction, plus more?

WHEN:  February 9, 2021 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Please join us to hear about Career and Technical Education programs!  Parents are encouraged to join!  Hear about our 12 career pathways from middle to high school. Understand the programs, how college credit is earned in high school, and the industry certifications available.  Hear from our instructors, and Director of Career and Technical Education. Click Here to Join:  Click Here

BSD: Tech Center Location Change!



  • In-Person: The Tech Center at Newport HS has closed! 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 (; Parents/Guardians (
  • Phone: 425.456.4321
BSD: Community Forums on Mental Health

Below is the recording and slide deck for last Wednesday’s Community Forum on Mental Health.

Recording: Relaxation Strategies to Support Students and Adults During Stressful Times (General Session)

Presentation Materials: Relaxation Strategies to Support Students and Adults During Stressful Times (General Session)

BSD: Wellness and Resilience Group 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. Mondays 1:00pm – 1:50pm starting February 1. CLICK HERE to sign up for Middle School Wellness and Resilience Group.
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.

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