BSD Teacher Helps Set National Standards for Accomplished Teaching

Newport High School teacher Helene Tate recently joined 271 of the most accomplished teachers from across the country in Chicago, IL to help set the National Board Certification performance standards across 25 certificate areas. Tate collaborated with other National Board Certified Teachers in groups according to their National Board certificate area/specialty to help set the performance standards for accomplished teaching.

About the experience, Tate said, “Working with teachers from across the nation to set these Standards for National Boards was not only enjoyable, but one of the most valuable professional development experiences I have had.”

National Board Certification is the teaching profession’s mark of accomplished practice. The more than 112,000 teachers who have achieved Board certification demonstrate their ability to teach to profession’s highest standards.

For more information, visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

BSD Students Named Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program

Congratulations to the Bellevue students who were named semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Nationally, about 16,000 students were named semifinalists this year.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

Bellevue High School
Anthony Bahn
Julia Dai
Sarah Fan
Clare Girnus
Emily Huang
Jeffrey Lin
Kevin Ma
Nathan Shao
Henry Song
Heesoo Yang
Samual Zhao 

Interlake High School
Stephanie Bentley
Lilly Cao
Richard Dong
Tina Guo
Christopher Huang
Peishan Jiang
Diya Joy
Hyunjae Lee
Alexander Li
Jenny Li
Jessica Liang
Eric Liu
Richard Liu
Tudor Muntianu
Bryce Rosenwald
Ritika Roy Choudhury
Niharika Sitomer
Kavya Srikanth
Aramya Trivedi
Saijel Verma
Grayson Wang
Austin Wong
Michael Yang
Sterling Yun
Sophia Zhi
Grace Zou

Newport High School
Jimmy Guo
Michael Huang
Peyton Lee
Anne Lim
Yoeur-Man Mach
James Ouyang
Valeri Tsai
Jay Yang
Yerin Yang
Ivan Zhao

Sammamish High School
Taylor Ka
Jonathan Kuntz
Tina Li
Megan Shi
Jeremy Tsai

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit

BSD Student wins USA Climbing Speed Youth National Championship

Congratulations to Tillicum eighth grader Coco Mar, who competed in the USA Climbing Sport and Speed Youth National Championship July 13-16 in Kennesaw, GA.  Mar placed first in the Speed Climbing category for her age group and her Vertical World Climbing team was awarded two podium team titles.  Seventy-five youth climbing teams from across the country competed at the event.

Learn more by visiting USA Climbing’s website.