Good Afternoon Tyee Families & Community,

Hope you all had a restful Spring Break. Our family got to simultaneously celebrate Easter and the 1st birthday of our son Connor, and have some quality time together both out of town and right here at home!  At Tyee we’re thrilled to welcome your students back in for the final 9-week stretch of school before Summer. But that break is still a LONG way away, so we hope to make the most of this time together for our students, staff, and families.

I also wanted to take a moment to share aboutimportant Leadership Changes taking place at Tyee Middle School in the coming 2022-23 school year.

Assistant Principal Betty Nhan has been named Principal of Medina Elementary for the 2022-23 school year. On behalf of Tyee I would like to show thanks and recognition to Ms. Nhan’s incredible service and commitment to our students, families, and educators these past three years.  Ms. Nhan and I arrived at Tyee together in 2019, and I’m filled with admiration seeing her moving on to the next step in her leadership journey. There is no doubt the Medina community is fortunate to have her. Ms. Nhan will continue in her current capacity at Tyee to the end of the current school year. Please join me in wishing her well. Congratulations and we will miss you, Ms. Nhan!

Melissa Slater has been named Assistant Principal of Tyee Middle School for the 2022-23 school year. Ms. Slater has been an educator in the Bellevue School District for 25 years, and is a former student/alumni at Tyee MS!  In her time in education, Ms. Slater was a classroom teacher at Somerset Elementary, Highland Middle School, and coordinated Summer School programs. We’re thrilled to get all her experience in both Instructional Support and Family Engagement here at Tyee! Ms. Slater is also a BSD parent, with one child recently graduated and another at Newport HS. She is currently wrapping up her Internship at Stevenson Elementary this Spring, and will be joining us at Tyee effective July 1. Welcome, Ms. Slater!

Please see below for updates for the week of April 18, 2022.

Byron Lillie, Principal

Important Dates
  • April 19: Final Day of Quarter 3
  • April 27: Tyee Family University (5:30pm)
  • May 16-20: Smarter Balanced Testing (Reading, Writing, Math)
  • June 10: PTSA 8th Grade Party (6:30pm)
  • June 17: 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony (1:30pm)
  • June 21: Last Day of School!
Tyee: Speed Limit Reduction In response to community concerns about vehicle speeds and safety around Tyee, the City of Bellevue plans to lower the speed limit from 25mph to 20mph on most public streets near Tyee between SE 36th St and SE Newport Way, west of 150th Ave SE. This change will take place as early as April 2022. More information, including how to request a yard sign:
Tyee: Family University April 27 Join us at Tyee for a Family University event Wednesday, April 27th, from 5:30-7:30pm. The purpose of Family University is:

1. Create connections between families and staff

2. Hear students share their experiences

3. Help families understand the transition to Tyee, as well as from Tyee to high school

Please answer the questions on this link to help us to better plan for the event. Our goal is for this event to bring together students, families, Tyee staff, Jubilee Reach, high school students and Tyee PTSA to connect and learn about successfully transitioning into Tyee and on to Newport High school and more. Questions can be directed to our wonderful Assistant Principal, Betty Nhan at

Tyee: Important Spring Reminders We’re not on Summer Break just yet! Below are some key reminders for our families and students for a successful 4th quarter @ Tyee!

After School: Students are sometimes waiting for rides home for over an hour after dismissal. If your student is not attending Tutorial or Activities, please pick them up by 3:45p (2:35p Wednesdays). The office closes at 4p (3p Wednesdays). Students may not wait unsupervised. Tutorial is available 3:25-3:55p every day but Wednesday.  Activities & Study Hall are available from 4:00-4:45p every day but Wednesday, and we provide an activity bus to get students home. More info:

Cell Phones: Cell Phones can pose a constant distraction for our leaners. We strive to maximize learning opportunities, and while we permit students to bring phones, they may only be used before school, during lunch, and after school. We prohibit phone use during class time to limit distractions, ensure privacy, and prevent cheating. Thank you for partnering with us by reminding students to turn devices off and put them away during class. BSD Devices policy is here:

Checking Out & Appointments: If your student needs to check out early, please contact our Attendance Office to let us know when you expect to arrive. This gives us time to excuse the absence, call down your student so they are ready when you arrive. If they have a cell phone to talk with you, please still call us, or ask your student to check out at the Attendance Office. If you need to get a message to the school or your student, please call or e-mail us. Phone: 425.456.6809. We recommend you save this to your contacts!  E-mail: 

Deliveries & Forgotten Items: Tyee has the capacity to accept ONLY emergency items for students (such as medication) during the day. We cannot accept & deliver other items or school supplies. Calling students out of class to pick them up is also disruptive to learning. Tyee Staff no longer provides delivery, and we will continue reminding families of this should they stop in. We understand this change can be challenging for studnets and families. Most Teachers & Staff at Tyee are parents too. We worry our own kids have what they need.  Middle School is the perfect time of life to develop independence – and responsibility that comes with. We get there’s stress about forgetting a laptop, phone, or assignment that’s due – but it may be a good thing. Forgetting  is a powerful learning experience, an opportunity to confront the ability to bring what you neeed. One uncomfortable day can remind of the importance of the skill! Far better we help your student learn to get to class (then high school and college) with items they need. One day without important items can be worked through. Borrowed paper and a pencil can do for a lesson. Lunch is FREE in our cafeteria, and Teachers extend grace for one-time late items – in most cases students can make up loss of credit on an assignment.

Dress Code: BSD policy states the student and parent/guardian(s) determine personal dress and grooming, provided it does not disrupt the learning environment or create a health or hazard to the student or anyone else. Thank you for talking with your students about dressing for school. BSD Dress Policy is linked here:

BSD: School Board Community Engagement Starting May 2022, the BSD Board of Directors welcome the community to join in a series of multi-modal, culturally responsive engagement opportunities  to center community voice and shape district direction and inform the leadership profile for the next superintendent.   As engagement opportunities are planned, you may contact the Board with suggestions/recommendations at If you have suggestions/recommendations on ways to increase community participation and involve your diverse school community in efforts, please email Please stay tuned for detailed information to share with your community.
BSF: Spring for Schools Event


Join us in person for Spring for Schools at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue, on May 13, 2022! We are keeping your experience and health top of mind as we prepare to celebrate our stars—students and educators in all 29 public schools in Bellevue. Throughout this school year, over $800,000 directly support the academic, artistic, social, and emotional development of students.  While registration for Spring for Schools is free, it is our hope that attendees celebrate our students, educators, and mission by making a donation at this time here.   RSVP Today! Visit:  Find out more about Bellevue Schools Foundation in EnglishEspañol日本한국어中文, and русский.
PTSA: Tyee Updates WSPTA Awards Nomination:  Please nominate our very own PTSA and/or board members for these state-level recognitions. Nominating group: Tyee Middle School PTSA; Contact Email:; PTA ID:   PTA 2.3.145. Link to nomination form:
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.