Good Evening Tyee Families,

Welcome to the month of March. The first week back from break can always be a rocky one, so we’re hoping to see our students get their “footing” back as we continue forward.

Believe it or not, registration is already underway for next year. Students will begin registration for the 2021-22 school year in the coming weeks, making their course requests. Please see the important dates below for students and families, and pay close attention to the deadlines!

Byron Lillie, Principal

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Tyee: Upcoming Dates
  • March 2: AVID Information Session (see below)
  • March 3: Picture Day (Retakes/Make-up – info below)
  • March 3: Registration Begins for Current 6th, 7th, 8th Graders (info below)
  • March 4 & 5: Newport & Interlake HS Student Q&A Sessions for Current 8th Graders (info below)
Tyee: Picture Day (retakes)
  • Pick Up: If you missed picking up your students ID & picture packet last week, we will hold another distribution date later this month. Contact Michelle Steinberg ( with questions.
  • Retakes/Make-up Day: Wednesday, March 3rd from 12:00-3:00pm. This is an opportunity for a re-take or if your student missed our picture days in January, they may come on this day to take their photo!
    • Please sign up here: to better help the photographers anticipate the number of students who will be showing up.  
    • If slots fill up for a particular time, you can still come during that time, but please note that there may be longer wait times as we try to accommodate everyone. 
    • Photo packets must be returned for retakes.
    • If your student is re-taking their school photo, the 2nd photo will be the final photo used for the yearbook, no exceptions!*

Date and hours: Wednesday, March 3rd – 12:00pm to 3:00pm

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

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 utilized.
Tyee: AVID Information Session for Families

The AVID Program (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is hosting an information session for families (link to Live Event) on Tuesday, March 2nd after school, from 5:00 – 5:30 pm, and a recording of the video will be emailed to all parents afterwards.  An email will be sent to all parents that includes additional information on AVID, and provides a link for students to apply.   We are also hosting a student information session on Tuesday, March 2nd from 11:30 am – 12:20 pm.  Both information sessions will be recorded and the link will be provided to students and parents.

Your student might benefit from an AVID class if they:

  • Have potential and willingness to be a leader
  • Want to build critical thinking skills and habits (ex. note-taking, study groups)
  • Want to build organization and time management skills (ex. using a planner, keeping track of deadlines)
  • Want to take  ownership of their learning
  • Are new to the college process in the United States (ex. no one in your family has attended college in the United States)
  • Will be the first in their family to go to college
  • Thrive in classrooms that have strong family environments

Students must apply and register for AVID to be enrolled in the course for the 2021-22 school year.  Under extenuating circumstances, we may not have enough spots for all students and we commit to an equitable process for selecting students to enroll in AVID. Thank you for your interest in the AVID program!  Jim Petoskey, AVID Site Coordinator. Contact:

Newport HS 9th grade Registration


Welcome to Newport HS Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year!  Below is a summary of key information.

For Students:

  • Wednesday, March 3 @ 4:30PM – District Town Hall for High School Registration. Link to Join–9th grade Registration Town Hall
  • NHS Powerpoint – Posted to our website after Town Hall
    • Information on Newport courses, course selection process and other information
    • Parents and students can view this together after the District Town Hall.
  • View Teacher Flipgrid videos for course descriptions and expectations
  • Thursday & Friday, March 4 & 5 Student Q&A Sessions with Counselors and Teachers
    • General & Special Education NHS Counselors visit Tyee Language Arts Classes on March 4 & 5
    • Advanced Learning: Tyee Student Q&A event on March 5. Students were sent the link via Outlook.
    • Students Select courses in StudentVue AND Course Selection Microsoft Forms
      • Instruction Video for Student Vue Course Selection
      • Students ALSO Complete Course Selection Microsoft Form (Link on website)
  • Sunday, March 14: Finish both of the Forms

For Families:

  • Wednesday, March 3 @ 4:30PM – District Town Hall for High School Registration. Link to Join–9th grade Registration Town Hall
  • NHS Powerpoint – Posted to our website after Town Hall
    • Information on Newport courses, course selection process and other information
    • Parents and students can view this together after the District Town Hall
  • Thursday, March 4th: Newport HS Family Q&A Live Event
    • Rising 9th/10th Grade 5:30-6:30. Links will be posted on the Registration Website no later than the morning of March 4.
    • There is a form to submit questions in advance. (Link on Registration website)
    • Session will be recorded for future viewing (link is on our website)
  • Discuss courses with your student
    • Help them select a rigorous AND balanced list of course that will prepare them for their future goals
    • Encourage them to talk with their current teachers for advice on the next level
    • Suggest that they watch teacher Flipgrid videos for descriptions of courses (Link on our website)
  • Remind your student to attend the Counselor Q&A session if they have questions.

Sunday, March 14: COURSE SELECTION (Both Student VUE and Form) DUE!

More Information and all links are on the NHS Registration Website:

Interlake HS 9th Grade Registration Information available on the Interlake website:

  • Wednesday, March 3 @ 4:30 PM – District Town Hall for High School Registration: Link to Join–9th grade Registration Town Hall
  • Friday, March 5 @ 11:30AM – Tyee Student Q & A for Current Advanced Learners: Tyee students were sent the link via Outlook.
  • Tuesday, March 9 @ 7:00PM – Parent Q & A for Current Advanced Learners. Join on your computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting. This meeting is a follow up to the January Open House Event. It is open to all students and families and serves as a refresher on Advanced Learning at Interlake and the IB Diploma. Some information may repeat from earlier this year, but the focus will be on registration for 9th grade.
Tyee: 6th & 7th grade Registration

BSD: Free and Reduced-Price Lunch


Now is an Ideal Time to Sign up for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch (FRL).  If you think you might be eligible for free and reduced-price lunch, but haven’t yet signed up, here is the application:

Why the urgency now?  There will likely be some government funds made available to families that have FRL status. If you aren’t sure if you have signed up for FRL, please call BSD’s Nutrition Services office at 425-456-4507 to confirm.


Almuerzo gratis y a precio reducido. Ahora es el momento ideal para inscribirse en el almuerzo gratuito y a precio reducido (siglas FRL en inglés). Si cree que puede ser elegible para el programa de almuerzo gratuito o a precio reducido, pero aún no se ha inscrito, aquí está la solicitud:

¿Por qué la urgencia ahora? Es probable que se pongan a disposición algunos fondos del gobierno para las familias que tienen el estatus de FRL. Estos fondos se entregarán a las familias para cubrir el costo de las comidas que hayan tenido que comprar mientras la escuela se realiza de forma remota. Además, a los estudiantes con estatus FRL se les eximirá su tarjeta ASB y otras tarifas.

Si no está seguro de haberse inscrito en FRL, llame a la oficina de Servicios de Nutrición de BSD al 425-456-4507 para confirmar.



現在是申請免費和減價午餐 (FRL) 的理想時機。 如果您認為您可能有資格享受免費和減價午餐,但尚未申請 ,請經此網站申請::

為什麼目前有緊迫性? 可能會有一些政府資金提供給具有減免餐身份的家庭。 這些資金將轉交給家庭以支付他們在學校網路上課期間必須購買的膳食費用。 此外,具有 減免餐 身份的學生將免收 ASB 卡級其他費用。

如果您不確定是否已申請減免餐,請致電 學區 營養服務辦公室 425-456-4507 確認。

BSD: Tech Center @  Highland Middle School The Tech Center at Highland will be located in the Gym,  on the east side of the building, left of the main entrance. Hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Highland is located at 15027 NE Bel-Red Road, Bellevue, WA 98007
BSD: Family Engagement Survey The Family Engagement Office has started to conduct their annual survey to understand if families across the district feel informed, supported, and empowered to contribute to their student’s success. The survey remains open until March 30, 2021. Families should have received an email with a unique survey link from the survey platform (Panorama Education). The subject line for the email reads: “BSD Family Engagement Survey.” The survey is only 12 questions, takes 5 minutes, and available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Korean, Arabic, Amharic, Japanese and simplified Chinese. For questions please contact
BSD: Wellness & 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. CLICK HERE to sign up for Middle School Wellness and Resilience Group.
Bellevue Schools Foundation: Spring for Schools Join us at Bellevue Schools Foundation’s Spring for Schools virtual event on Friday April 30th at 12:00 PM.  BSF provides critical resources for our district and students, positioning BSD at the forefront of education with new tools including but not limited to:

  • Lightbox eBooks subscriptions for all Elementary students
  • Digital Makers for all Middle School students to create engaging web content
  • Music software apps designed to help all Secondary students practice independently during remote learning

Our theme is: Engaging Hearts, Enriching Minds. Our 30-minute engagingprogram will showcase initiatives helping students with social/emotional health and wellness and programs that interject joy in the online learning process.  Please join us and our special keynote speaker and local celebrity, Duff McKagan, founding member and bassist from Guns ‘N Roses. Duff will be sharing, through personal stories, why your support is so vital to our students. Please register online at If you are not able to make it to Spring for Schools, please consider making a donation online.

PTSA Information Tyee PTSA’s Cooking Club. Sunday afternoons for 1 hour, beginning March 7. Cooking is a fun activity for the whole family!  Beginning on Sunday, March 7, we invite you to join us as we share cuisines from around the world. Sample delicious dishes while learning to cook a variety of global cuisines in the process. If your student has a favorite dish to share, we invite them to facilitate class for a day. Because all activities will be online this semester, we require all students to be accompanied by parents for the cooking classes. Parents MUST sign a liability form for their children to participate in the Cooking Club. Students from other middle schools in the Bellevue School District are welcomed to join. On Sundays, savor a delicious meal prepared by your up-and-coming chef! If you are interested in it, please register through the link below: