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Tillicum is a recipient of the 2012 Washington Achievement Award, one of 11 state schools in the Closing the Achievement Gap category to receive this prestigious acknowledgement of hard work and academic rigor. Click here for more information


All Washington State middle school students will be participating in the upcoming state assessment called Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). Here are the MSP details by date:

·         Monday, May 5th Paper/Pencil READING ALL GRADES

·         Tuesday, May 6th Paper/Pencil

o    WRITING Day 1- 7th Grade

o   SCIENCE 8TH Grade

·         Wednesday, May 7th - NO TESTING

·         Thursday, May 8th Paper/Pencil WRITING Day 2- 7th Grade

·         Friday, May 9th Paper/Pencil MATH ALL GRADES

MSP testing groups are determined by a student’s last name and grade level. On the testing days, students go to their first period class (all classes will be 28 minutes instead of 50 minutes) and at the bell, instead of going to 2nd period, all students report to their assigned testing classroom. The MSP is an untimed test- giving all students enough time to complete the test to the best of their ability. Please avoid scheduling any appointments that would require your child to be released from school during the testing week.

Click here for the complete bell schedule: MSP Information for Parents

Click here for test taking strategies:  Standardized Test Taking Tips





Tillicum Middle School set out on a new adventure this year with the introduction of Satellite Club.  We joined Tyee and Highland Middle Schools, whIch have been launching satellites to near space for the last two years.  The club met every Monday, starting in September, to learn about programming, circuit building, satellite design and scientific inquiry.  We started officially building our satellites right after winter break, when we began meeting for 2 hours each Monday.


With a lot of hard work, re-soldering our circuits numerous times, and a couple of Saturday build dates, we hit our launch date!  We joined Tyee and Highland and had a successful launch Saturday morning, March 29th, in Ellensburg.  A total of 3 weather balloons took the satellites aloft.  The launch occurred around 9:00am that morning with a round of screams, yells and hugs.   The subsequent tracking took the crew on an across-the-state journey to the small farming town of Odessa, WA.  All three balloons landed in a radius of approximately  5 miles, so the group was split and the hunt ensued.  After a couple hours all the balloons were found and there was only one casualty (unfortunate it was a Tillicum satellite)  The flight time was close to 90 minutes and the balloons reached altitudes between 78000 to 90000 feet.   After a quick lunch back in Odessa we hit the road back home.   In a 24 hour period the three schools launched 21 satellites, traveled over 450 miles (adults had a few cups of coffee) and all had the experience of a lifetime!


When we return from spring break we will dive into the satellites to retrieve the Data / Pictures and debrief the process with the students.  Mr. Hunsberger, Ms. Trahan and Ms. Williams thank all the parents who volunteered their time so that this was a successful event.  We’d also like to thank the Tillicum PTSA and ASB for financially supporting our efforts.  We learned a lot of engineering design and process and we can’t wait to put our new knowledge to the test next year with the Tillicum Satellite club.





Spirit Week April 21 -25

PTSA General Membership Meeting, April 23

NJHS Student/Staff BB tournament April 24

Spirit Assembly April 25

Stop, Drop & Read, May 2

MSP Testing, May 5-9

NJHS Induction Ceremony, May 13

Professional Development Day, school closed, May 23

Memorial Day Holiday, May 26

6th Grade Camp, May 28-20

7th Grade Celebration, May 29

WalkaFundraiser, June 6

Orchestra Concert, June 10

Band Concert & Art Gallery, June 11

Choir Concert, June 12

8th Grade Party, June 14

8th Grade Awards Ceremony, June 19

Last Day of School & Talent Show, June 23



SafeSchools Alert

Our district is now using SafeSchools Alert, a tip reporting service that allows students, staff and parents to submit safety concerns to our administration four different ways:

  1. Phone: 1-855-4ALERT1, ext. 117
  2. Text #1177 @tip + your tip to ALERT1 or 253781
  3. Email 1177@alert1.us
  4. Fill out a report at http://1177.alert1.us