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Dear Chinook Community,
We want to take a moment to recognize that the current coronavirus outbreak in the area is impacting Chinook families in differing and varied ways and that for some, the stress and anxiety may be more pronounced. These are unique times that none of us have navigated before and presents us with an opportunity to model for our children patience and understanding towards those around us. Take some time to check in with a friend or neighbor and ask how they are doing. If you uncover a hardship or sense worry, offer a helping hand or a listening ear. And if it’s something you think the PTSA or school could help with, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We will closely monitor guidance from the Bellevue School District and public health agencies and continue to advocate for the needs of all students at Chinook, support the school staff and administration as well as make adjustments to PTSA events and activities that are in line with current recommendations on this rapidly-changing situation.
PTA Events and Meetings
As the Bellevue School District has suspended all community use of its buildings, all PTA events and meetings are postponed until further notice. We will update the calendar on our website as well as communicate through the Kodiak Korner as things change. We will continue to hold PTA Board meetings as planned, the first of which we conducted via teleconference last Friday. We are working with local and state PTSA leaders to explore technology-based options for conducting upcoming general membership meetings and possibly 2020-21 leadership elections. If and when this becomes necessary, we will communicate details through the Kodiak Korner.
Should closing school become necessary, the PTSA will work closely with the administration and community partners to advocate and support our families. An example of our recent advocacy efforts is a request we made to the district for guidance and parent resources to help ease kids’ anxiety and dispel misinformation. On March 5, the Seattle Times published an article entitled “How to Talk To Kids About The Novel Coronavirus” https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/how-to-talk-to-kids-about-the-novel-coronavirus/ that some families have found helpful. As we become aware of more resources like this, we will be sure to pass them along.
Again, if you have concerns, suggestions or ideas that you would like to share with us, please contact us at email@example.com .
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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