Big Picture School Newsletter

October 4, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Oct 5- Picture Retake Day

Oct 7- HS Student-led Conferences Begin

Oct 8- Non-student Day, Teacher PD

Oct 13-High School Super Wednesday PSAT/SBAC Testing

Oct 13- MS SBAC testing begins

Oct 28- 11th/12th grade SAT

Nov 5- End of 1st Qtr

Nov 11- Veteran's Day- No School

Nov 25, 26- Thanksgiving

Dec 20-Jan 3- Winter Break, No School

Principal's Corner

Thank you

I'd like to extend my gratitude for the many contributions of all BP family members who have helped us start a fabulous year of learning for our students. Thank you to those who have donated snacks and supplies for our teachers and students, brought in tissues and school supplies and/or donated at the recent PTSA fundraiser. Your generosity truly makes a difference in our ability to continue to provide exceptional programming for BP students. Thank you for participating in our Fall Curriculum Night and in the upcoming Fall Student-led Conferences.

You are a valuable partner in the education of your child and we appreciate your time spent engaging with us at school and with your child at home. And, lastly, thank you for your feedback, patience, cooperation, flexibility, and support as we all work together to navigate the safe return to in-person learning and the ever-changing landscape of the Pandemic. I am incredibly grateful for our thoughtful school community.

With Gratitude,


Counseling Office News

Super Wednesday

SUPER WEDNESDAY, October 13, 2021

8:00-12:00 SBAC Testing 9th Grade, PSAT testing 11th grade

8:00-12:00 High School and Beyond Plan Workshop 10th grade

8:00-12:00 WCAS Science Assessment and College Essay Workshop 12th grade

12:00-12:15 BREAK * BRING A SNACK

12:15-1:00 Tutorial -Adviser Activities

Students may stay for tutorial activities or leave campus for home after testing finishes at 12:00

9th Grade Students:

Since state testing was cancelled in spring 2019 and spring 2020, all Washington schools are required to administer shortened versions of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) this fall, in addition to the full tests next spring. Please read this message for information about the fall tests. All 9th grade students will take 8th grade versions of the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced Assessments and the WCAS on Super Wednesday.

10th Grade Students:

Sophomores will focus on various components of the High School and Beyond Plan, which is a required component of graduation in Washington State.

11th Grade Students:

Each 11th grade student will take the PSAT/NMSQT. This is the College Board Practice SAT. It is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Additional scholarship partners further remove barriers to college and career success for students across the country. To participate, students must opt in to Student Search Service® when they take the PSAT/NMSQT to increase their access to nearly $180 million in combined annual awards for lower income and minority students.

For more information:

** Running Start students, please make arrangements with your professors at BC if you need to miss your BC class so that you can attend Super Wednesday and take the PSAT if possible.

12th Grade Students:

12th grade students are required to take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) this fall. This will take approximately 45 minutes. Then, seniors will work on their college applications and/or plans for post high school with a counselor and an English teacher. Please check your student’s Naviance Account:

If you have any questions about Super Wednesday, please let me know.

AP Exam Registration going on now! Deadline Oct. 31st.

All students taking an AP course at BP have started the registration process and should have received an email detailing the registration and payment completion process. Any student wanting to take an AP Exam other than what is offered at BP should contact Beth Zimmerman (425-456-7847) ASAP. For more AP info, go to the BPS, Counseling, HS Counseling, AP webpage.

  • The College Board (CB) will reinstate the $40.00 unused test fee for 2022 AP Testing. Any test that is ordered and not cancelled before November 15, 2021 will incur a $40.00 Unused Test Fee.
  • The cost of each test is $96.00.

Scholarship Form: Available in Counseling Center

Fee Waiver Form: Fee Waiver Form


  • October 11, 2021 Student communicates intent to take or not take AP Test on AP Platform.
  • October 15, 2021 Scholarship Form due for students who do not qualify for Fee Waiver Program.
  • October 18, 2021 Fees will be loaded onto the POS system.
  • November 1, 2021 Payment deadline for May 2022 AP Testing.
  • November 15, 2021 Any tests ordered after this date will incur an additional $40.00 fee. Any Tests cancelled after this date will incur a $40.00 unused test fee.
  • January 18, 2022 Last day to request accommodations through SSD online.
  • March 15, 2022 Final Day to Order tests – includes $40.00 late fee.

College Visits and College Fairs

All scheduled Virtual College Visits at BP are posted in Naviance. At any time, students and parents/guardians can login to see the list of who and when institutions are scheduled. Just check under the “What’s New” section (bottom right) upon login, or go to the “Colleges” tab and check under the “College Visits” section.

Check out this site for a listing of upcoming National Virtual College Fairs:

College Planning

Current seniors and their families should complete the FAFSA as soon as possible as applications are accepted on and after October 1.

High School Community Service: X2Vol Tracking System

X2VOL, now accessed in Naviance, tracks the hours students give to community service, eliminating paperwork and automating the tracking and reporting process. Once in Naviance, students follow the X2Vol link to see community service opportunities, or add their community service hours and projected hours. *Remember, each high school student needs at least 40 hours of recorded service to meet the community service graduation requirement.

World Language Competency Assessments

Did you know that as a high school student you may be able to get up to 4 credits for a language that you already know?

The WLCC is a way to earn High School credit for a language you may already know. Students who are literate in a language other than English may be able to earn four (4) high school credits. To learn more, click here: The World Language Competency Test evaluates your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. You can earn 1 credit if you have a basic level and more for advanced language skills.

Take the World Language Self-Assessment

  • Find out if the test is a good fit
  • Get a prediction of how you may score
  • Get a recommendation on which test

World Language Credit Program provides these opportunities for students:

- To honor and validate students' first language and the languages of their families

- To provide opportunities for fluent and literate speakers to receive high school credit for their knowledge of these languages

- To prepare bilingual students for future career opportunities in private industry and to meet government needs for skilled bilingual speakers


October 20, 2021

  • Registration Closing Date: October 8, 2021
  • Who can test: Sammamish HS students, Big Picture 9th-12th students, International 9th-12th students
  • Testing Location*: Sammamish HS Library

Make-up Test April 6, 2022

  • Registration Closing Date: March 25, 2022
  • Who can test: All Schools: 9th to 12th grade
  • Testing Location*: Sammamish HS Library

* Availability depending on Libraries’ vacancies and Health protocols.

SAT Testing

In order to support our students with the college application process, particularly our seniors, Bellevue School District will offer the SAT during the regular school day on Thursday, October 28. Seniors and juniors will have the opportunity to take the test on this day. There will be no cost to students taking the SAT on October 28.

All 11th and 12th grade students will be automatically registered to take the SAT on October 28 unless they communicate their plans via the survey that was sent out to participate in a different option on that day which includes the ASVAB test, off-campus internships or on-campus internship searching. Students should complete the form only if they do NOT wish to take the SAT on October 28. If students’ plans change and they want to no longer participate in one of the different options and instead take the SAT, by October 15th they may go back into the form and indicate they now want to take the SAT. Changes after that date may not be able to be accommodated.

School Announcements

Student Portrait Retakes - October 5th

Did your student miss having their student portrait taken in August for Back to Business Day? Or are they unhappy with their photo and want another chance? If so, then the Big Picture Retake day is coming up on Oct 5th.

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State Testing This Fall

Since state testing was cancelled in spring 2019 and spring 2020, all Washington schools are required to administer shortened versions of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS) this fall, in addition to the full tests next spring. Big Picture students will take assessments throughout the month of October.

6th-9th grade, 11th grade: SBA ELA and Math

6,9,12th grade: WCAS (science assessment)

*A few 12th graders will take the SBA Math, as needed for graduation requirements

Students will take the test for the grade level they just completed. For example, 6th graders will take the 5th grade SBA and WCAS. 11th graders will take the 10th grade SBA.

All middle school students will assess during their ELA, Math, or science class periods.

Most high school students will assess on Super Wednesday, with the exception of 11th graders who will take their assessments during class.

Bellevue SchoolPool- Walk to School Day

This year, our school is once again participating in Bellevue SchoolPool. Bellevue SchoolPool, a collaboration between City of Bellevue, King County Metro and Bellevue School District, is a program that encourages families and students to explore sustainable transportation options for their commute to and from school in order to alleviate congestion at drop-off and pick-up times and zones around schools. During the month of October, students are encouraged to walk, bike, and take the bus to and from school. Wednesday, October 6th is WALK TO SCHOOL DAY.

Family Connections Center

My name is Judy Hunsberger, I am the Family Engagement Specialist support staff for Big Picture. I am also the Lead District Support for other Family Engagement Specialists located at many schools throughout BSD. My mission is to help ALL families in need of any assistance pertaining to basic needs (food, housing, and health) information and referral. In addition, I also have assisted families in immigration and other legal assistance, connecting our BSD families to legal resources available. All resources are through federal, state, county, city, and social agencies that have partnered with BSD for many years. Lastly, I am also here to assist families navigating our complex school system.

All correspondence is confidential and will not be shared without written (email) permission from you. I am available through phone and email, if needed will make appointments to meet with you in-person. It is my honor to serve our Big Picture community. Please don’t hesitate to call or email me. Happy 2021-2022 school year!

Judy Hunsberger


Winter Sports is Coming to Sammamish HS. If you are in our Attendance Zone, this is for you:

Save the Date: 1st day of Winter Sports TRY-OUTS is November 15th.

Deadline to register: October 31st.

Winter Sports consists of: Boys & Girls Basketball, Co-Ed Wrestling, Gymnastics and Boys Swim & Dive.

Have your parent/guardian register you NOW on Final Forms if you want to participate in any Winter sport or club. We will send out communication to students and families through Final Forms, so if you are not registered on Final Forms you will miss important information about your season. I can help with any sports related questions! Please email me or stop by my window (Andi Tomlinson) at

Final Forms

Final Forms is our online registration that is used for all sports and clubs at Sammamish. There is a link on our BSD website, and it is so helpful! There is a “Click here to register online through Final Forms”

IMPACT Testing

Our Impact test is a computer baseline concussion test that is needed for contact sports. Like the physical, this test is valid for 2 years. This must be done by the first day of practice for all contact sports. We hold testing sessions here at Sammamish and this year we are doing it by sport. We will be holding IMPACT sessions after school in our SHS Cafeteria. Dates will be announced in October. A charged computer is required for the test.

Deadline to REGISTER for Winter Sports is October 31st.

Sports that need Impact

Boys Dive

Boys & Girls Basketball



Sports that DO NOT need Impact

Boys Swim

Sports Physical

You must have a sports physical signed and dated by a doctor turned into the office in order to participate in all sports at Sammamish High School. You can upload a copy to Final Forms or send a scanned copy to my email and I will update your student’s registration. Here is the link to our form. This must be done prior to the first day of practice. Most of our winter sports are cut sports. We will not allow late arrivals due to lack of physical or IMPACT testing.

All new students (transfers) to SHS, Running Start, Private School and Home School athletes will be required to fill out additional paperwork.

Big Picture Clubs and Activities

Please check out the listing of clubs and activities here:

Volunteers Needed

We're in need of volunteers to support our students, staff, and school programs throughout the year. Please let us know if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Front Office Support
  • Lunch Activities
  • Jubilee Afterschool Sports
  • Yearbook

Arriving Late/Leaving Early

Students who arrive to campus after 1st period class has begun should report directly to the main office to sign in. They cannot enter a classroom until they have received a tardy slip from the main office.

Students who need to leave early from school should bring a note from a parent/guardian to the attendance specialist in the main office in the morning before school to receive an Early Release Slip. The note should include: child’s name, date and time of early dismissal, and reason for dismissal. Students will then give this slip to the teacher of the class that he/she will be leaving from and the teacher will dismiss the student at the appropriate time. The student will meet their parent/guardian in the parking lot.

If an emergency arises, calling ahead (425-456-7800) helps us to prepare for your child’s dismissal. If this is not possible, please come to the main office door and you will be able to sign your child out for the day.

Before and After School Drop-off/Pick-up

Before School: As a reminder, our campus opens at 7:45 AM. High School classrooms open at 7:50 AM for an 8:00 AM start time. Middle school classrooms open at 8:00 AM for an 8:10 AM start time.

Afterschool Pick-up: As a reminder, students are to be picked up or on their way home immediately after school if they are not working in tutorial. This is very helpful to ensure student safety and that staff can leave on-time after their scheduled activities. All high school students and middle school students riding the yellow buses are dismissed at 3:00 pm M,T,TH,F. All other middle school students are dismissed at 3:05 pm. Students who are staying for Jubilee activities and clubs need to attend tutorial first and then may go to their activities afterwards. Students are not to leave campus for the park and then return for clubs/activities.

Parking Lot Use: The small parking lot adjacent to the main entrance is for staff and bus parking only. This is not designated for parent drop-off/pick-up. If dropping off/picking up your child, please pull all the way through the drop-off loop and have your child exit/enter your car once adjacent to the 200 building (cafe/courtyard). For student safety, please do not have your child cut through the parking lot.

Lost or Damaged Charger or Stylus

Students who lose or damage their district owned power charger or stylus can pick up a replacement at Big Picture’s Main Office. There will be a charge placed on the student’s account of $28/stylus and $34/charger.

Check these links for more information about the district’s policy:

From, under the FAQs at the bottom of the page:

What is my family’s responsibility for loss or breakage in school, out of school, or both?

Families are responsible for the device and will be expected to pay the replacement cost for power charges, stylus , damages, and/or loss. There will be up to a $100 charge. The district reserves the right to charge the full cost of replacement.

The specific replacement costs for accessories are on the bottom of page 3 and top of page 4 in this document:

Technology Laptop Replacement Guidelines.docx. Most students have the Dell Power Adapter and the Dell Active Pen. (Very few students would still have any Yoga equipment)


BP PTSA Newsletter

New PTSA Website

The PTSA is so pleased to announce that we have a new website! This is a very long overdue project that we are so excited about. Our past co-president and current co-treasurer, Hope Schoenbacher, has been researching and working on our new website for the past few months. It is a brand new, more modern platform, and just looks fantastic! Thank you Hope!

The address for the new website is the same as before:

Mock Interviews - A fun way to help students.  Please sign up!

The LTI (Learning Through Interests) Learning Modules are well underway. One important aspect while searching for an internship opportunity is the Informational Interview. It’s an excellent way for our students to get a more detailed understanding of what a job or industry has to offer.

If you are interested and available in participating in our Mock Information Interviews (an exercise to allow the students to practice what they are learning), please sign up with the link below.

Your support is very helpful and greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

Hillary MacDonald

SpiritWear - Show off your Panther Pride!

You asked! We listened! SpiritWear is BACK! We have new colors and new styles that we think you will love. Just follow the link to our store. Happy shopping!

District Announcements

TiKTok Challenge

The Bellevue School District, like many school districts across the nation, are being hit by a recent challenge that has surfaced on the social media app TikTok. This challenge encourages students to engage in disruptive and damaging behavior ranging from vandalism and theft to physical assault. The BSD will investigate all such incidents in accordance with district policy and criminal laws. We encourage you to talk to your students about these types of things and educate yourself about what your students are viewing on social media. Be involved, ask questions, and set expectations on responsible social media use and behavior. BSD Technology Use Pledge can be found

here. Additional information on technology safety can be found here.

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Parent Discussion Sessions

Community Mental Health Forums are returning for the 2021 school year. For the third consecutive year, the Family Engagement office in partnership with BSD Counseling, Mental Health Assistance Teams and community mental-health partners will offer families an opportunity to support the well-being of their students. The first session for this year informs families about Signs of Suicide, or SOS.

SOS is an evidence-based youth suicide prevention program that teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and others. The goal of the program is to decrease suicide and suicide attempts by increasing knowledge and changing attitudes about depression, suicide, and mental health. In addition, SOS provides materials that support families and communities to recognize at-risk students and take appropriate action.

Small group discussion sessions are designed for families of students in grades 6-12 and provide an opportunity to ask detailed questions about depression, suicide, and mental health directly with district counselors. Please follow the links to register, submit questions, and attend sessions. Small group sessions will not be recorded. Pre-event registration is recommended.

Spanish Speakers Session: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Spanish Speakers Session Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Spanish Speakers Session Registration: (Please use the pull-down selection menu – located on the upper right corner of the form - to view the registration form in Spanish.)

Spanish Speakers Session Attendance Link: Click here to join the meeting

Mandarin Speakers Session: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Mandarin Speakers Session Time: 4:00pm-5:30pm

Mandarin Speakers Session Registration: (Please use the pull-down selection menu – located on the upper right corner of the form - to view the registration form in Mandarin.)

Mandarin Speakers Session Attendance Link: Click here to join the meeting

General Session Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

General Session Time: 4:30pm-6:00pm

General Session Registration:

General Session Attendance Link: Click here to join the meeting

School Board Community Listening Session

School Board Directors are launching the fall small group listening session with families and staff.Please sign up to join our School Board Directors for a small group virtual listening session. We invite you to share what is working for you, the challenges, and how we can improve student experiences and outcomes.

Your input will be used to build broader and deeper connections among stakeholders and leaders throughout the district and to inform district and board understanding, direction setting, and decision-making. It will bring more voices to participate in designing, implementing, evaluating, and visioning the core work of our district and our board.

Directors will attend each session in pairs and share what they learn with other board directors and district leadership. Sessions are limited to 30 attendees to facilitate more profound listening and effective conversations. You will receive an email reminder the day before with a Teams meeting link to join the session.

View a list of all upcoming listening sessions.

How to Report a Safety Concern

Bullying and safety concerns can always be reported to any staff member at your school. Reporting forms are located in the main office. The Bellevue School District also utilizes an anonymous reporting tool called SafeSchools Alert through which anyone can make a verbal or written report of harassment, intimidation or bullying. Information on how to submit a report via any of these methods is available on the district website at

School and Emergency Communication

The district uses the SchoolMessenger communication notification system to send important announcements to families via phone calls and emails. You do NOT need to create an account to receive notifications. You will automatically receive messages to the phone numbers and email addresses we have on file in your student's record. By setting up a SchoolMessenger App account (optional) you can adjust how you prefer to be notified and view messages from the last 30 days. You can view from the website or set up the app on your IOS or android device. To learn more, visit

Advanced Learning Testing

Any parent of a BSD student in grades 2 – 4 and 6 – 11 can apply for their child to test. Applications for testing for students will be available starting September 1, 2021 at District families interested in applying for testing must submit the application before the October 29, 2021 deadline. Parents of BSD Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade students do not need to apply. All Kindergarten, 1st and 5th grade students will be considered for Advanced Learning Services. Please note that all 1st and 5th grade students will be automatically screened first before being invited to participate in CogAT.** For more information on all service models, please visit

Questions? Contact Info.

Bethany Spinler, Principal

Matt Stokes, Assistant Principal

Karen Penewell, Office Manager

Carol Anne Yamamoto, Registrar

Kelly Hoang, Attendance

School Website


PTSA Website

Main Office: 425-456-7800