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Dear Chinook Community,
We hope this KK edition finds you and your families well. We have a guest author for our message this week: parent and PTSA board member, Allison Frey sharing her family’s experiences during this time. Please see it HERE.
What are your families up to? While we are #allinthistogether, no doubt our daily wins (and losses) are each unique. We’d love to feature those experiences here with stories, photos, ways you are helping the community, etc. Please email email@example.com so we can feature you and help us all feel a little more connected. We could all use a little smile.
The Chinook PTSA Board
High School Courses Taken in Middle School
Forwarding from the Bellevue School District:
This letter is to communicate changes in the process for including high school courses completed prior to entering high school, on the high school transcripts. The Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1599 last spring which expands ways in which students can meet graduation requirements and demonstrate readiness for their next steps after high school. One section of the bill addresses high school courses that students take prior to entering high school. This new law affects all students currently in grades 6-8. Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 180-51 which defines high school graduation requirements and the section on high school courses taken prior to high school (030) was revised in December 2019 and requires:
1. A student who has completed high school courses with a passing grade before attending high school be automatically given high school credit that will be applied to fulfilling high school graduation requirements, unless requested otherwise by the student and/or the student's parent or guardian.
2. A student and/or parent or guardian, may request that high school credit earned before high school be assigned a “non-numerical grade”, such as "pass" or "credit." A non-numerical grade will not be included in the student's high school grade point average calculation.
3. If student and/or parent or guardian does not want credit for the course(s) taken before attending high school or wants to request that credit be transcribed with a non-numerical grade, they must make their request to the school before completion of the 11th grade year.
The intent of this letter is to make you aware of this significant change in advance of the transition to high school, since most Bellevue School District (BSD) students take at least one high school level course (i.e. Algebra 1 or World Language) course in middle school. For high school level courses taken prior to the current school year, credit and grades will only be posted to the student’s transcript upon student and/or parent or guardian request using the District form to request credit . For courses taken in the 2019-20 school and in the future credit and/or grades will be automatically posted when students enter high school.
At this point, families do not need to do anything. The District is in the process of developing a request form for students and/or parents and guardian’s families to indicate their specific request to either remove the credit and grade or post a non-numerical grade as well as a form for families who are leaving the district prior to high school to indicate the completion of a high school course(s) in the BSD. These forms will be available to families before the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
Spring for Schools - Save the date
PTSA is hiring for 2020-2021
Dear parents of Chinook,
The Chinook Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is a parent driven volunteer organization dedicated to the social and academic enrichment of each student and their family at Chinook Middle School. Chinook PTSA is comprised of elected Board members and Committee members who work with school leadership, staff, parents and students throughout the school year. PTSA is directly involved in important functions such as educational programs, fundraising, parent communication and enrichment activities. www.chinookptsa.org contains a robust amount of information about PTSA and the impact the organization makes.
Each year some PTSA positions become vacated due to graduating 8th graders. From now through mid-April we are looking for passionate volunteers who want to make a difference to fill these positions.
If you are interested in our open positions or have questions about Chinook PTSA involvement please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chinook PTSA Nominating Committee will respond back with more details about how nominate yourself or someone else.
Chinook PTSA Nominating Committee
Ksenia Witz, Karyn O’Hara, Ken Rankin
February Staff Lunch
A huge THANK YOU from our staff for the PTSA sponsored soup and salad luncheon
Chinook Staff Appreciation Committee hosted a Soup and Salad Luncheon for our staff members on Thursday 2/27. Thank you all the parents who donated food and drink for the lunch! The teachers and staff really enjoyed the hot soup on a cold day and all the healthy and delicious food!
Chinook Staff Appreciation Committee
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