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October 29, 2014 09:31 AM
Seahawks Cornerback DeShawn Shead and Mascot Boom Visit Juanita Elementary

Seahawks cornerback DeShawn Shead and mascot Boom for visited Juanita Elementary on October 28 for a Play60 event! These events challenge kids to get out there and play for 60 minutes every day. Students were treated to an assembly and then all of the fifth grade students had a chance to play with DeShawn and Boom as they visited nine different activity stations, ranging from shuttle runs to hula hoops and jumping rope. 

October 27, 2014 08:10 AM
Finn Hill Middle School teacher’s poem will be featured by Metro
Linda Thompson, a seventh grade teacher at Finn Hill Middle School wrote a poem that has been selected as part of King County Metro’s “Poetry on Buses” program. A total of 365 poems will be selected by a diverse panel of professional poets for display online. Starting in November, will become a poetry portal that offers a new locally-sourced poem every day for a year. Select poems will also be featured on a series of RapidRide buses and stations between November 2014 and November 2015.
The inspiration for Linda’s poem came from her best friend’s garden. “She is 88 and lives in Montana and is Cherokee,” said Linda about the inspiration for her poem. “One summer I helped her lay out her large round garden.”

A Cherokee’s Garden
Labyrinth of stone, earth and flower
blessed by each season’s offerings
a journey through grace.

Octaves of birdsong
echo through trees like kind rain.
Home to Fox, Owl and Doe
winter Lion bows to summer Toad.
This circle of stones—a prayer
the loam of generations’
gentle spirit.
                                 by  Linda Thompson

October 23, 2014 08:13 AM
Tesla STEM student wins William E. Boeing, Jr. Community Collaboration Award
Clark Schaefer, a senior at Tesla STEM High School, was one of three students from his school selected to participate in the Washington Aerospace Scholars (WAS) Summer Residency program last summer (and one of four students from LWSD). As part of the Residency program, Clark won the only individual award, the William E. Boeing, Jr. Community Collaboration Award, and has been offered a chance to participate in the Washington Aerospace Scholars Boeing Job Shadow Opportunity, through a WAS mentor, Glen Rasmussen. This program will allow Clark a chance to spend a few hours shadowing a Boeing Technical Expert at one of the Boeing facilities. Students interested in participating in WAS next summer can find more information here.

October 21, 2014 10:04 AM
Two Kirkland Principals selected as Distinguished Principals of the Year

​The Washington Association of Secondary School Principals (WASSP) has selected both Gary Moed, principal at Juanita High School, and Christina Thomas, principal at Lake Washington High School, as 2013-14 League Distinguished Principals of the Year. Both will be recognized at a luncheon in conjunction with Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s (WSASCD) 2014 Washington Educators’ Conference on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Gary Moed
JHS Principal

Christina Thomas
LWHS Principal

October 20, 2014 01:48 PM
Lake Washington High School named a “Project of Distinction”
The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) has named Lake Washington High School’s (LWHS) replacement project a “Project of Distinction” as part of their 2014 Exhibition of School Planning and Architecture awards recognition. This award is for projects that the jury deemed worthy of special recognition. LWHS is one of nine that won the award out of 100 project submissions. Read more.

October 13, 2014 02:27 PM
International Walk to School Day
On October 9, many LWSD schools participated in International Walk to School Day, which encourages students to walk or bike to school. View photos of Walk to School day events at Einstein, Mann, and Redmond Elementary schools on the LWSD Facebook page Thanks to the PTSAs; Cities of Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish; and other groups that supported these school events!

October 10, 2014 04:15 PM
Blitz attends the Rush Elementary walk-a-thon
Rush Elementary PTA held its annual walk-a-thon on October 3, with the goal of raising $40,000 to support the school. This year’s walk even included a local celebrity – Blitz, shown here with staff from Rush. Blitz gave high-fives to the students and was excited to be part of this annual event.

October 10, 2014 11:16 AM
Dolphin Day at Samantha Smith Elementary

On October 3, the Samantha Smith Elementary PTSA sponsored Dolphin Day, an extension of its annual “Dolphin Dash” walk-a-thon. Students participated in the Dolphin Dash during their afternoon recess, and families gathered back at the school that evening to enjoy a barbeque, bingo games, a DJ, a professional photographer for family pictures, and ice cream! The Dolphin Dash is Smith PTSA’s biggest fundraiser of the year, with the goal of raising at least $100 per student.

Photo: PTSA Vice President of Fundraising, Brandon Dow, and Smith Elementary Principal, Jamie Warner.

October 01, 2014 09:21 AM
Google / donation benefits nine district schools

Google announced on September 15 that they teamed up with to donate over $338,000 worth of classroom materials to schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties. This grant funded 388 projects, reaching over 26,000 students. Thirteen projects in nine schools in Lake Washington School District are benefitting from this donation. LWSD schools will receive educational materials and supplies worth over $9600.

The following list contains the projects funded by Google, as well as the amount of funding provided:

Bell Elementary, Mrs. Hembree, Maker Space Monday Library Magic, $782
Juanita High, Ms. Osborn, Authentic French Reading Materials, $375
Juanita High, Mrs. Vasquez, Super Supplies for Spanish Speakers, $416
Kirk Elementary, Ms. Higgins, Reading Adventures, $787
Kirk Elementary, Mrs. Danielson, Learning Through Discovery, $934
Kirkland Middle, Mrs. Crauer, Let’s Get Shaking, $1262
Sandburg Elementary, Mrs. Nelson, Cozy Shared Space, $462
Sandburg Elementary, Mrs. Brown, 1st Grade Rainforest Readers, $516

Einstein Elementary, Ms. Russell, Hearing Fluent Reading Daily, $268
Redmond Elementary, Ms. Talcott, ABC Learning Tubs, $268
Redmond Elementary, Mrs. Brewer, Math & Literacy Centers, $1964
Rockwell Elementary, Ms. A, QR Codes Hide Buried Treasures, $1238

Wilder Elementary, Mrs. Gray, Mathematicians in the Making, $399

September 29, 2014 08:38 AM
A visit from the governor

​​Governor Jay Inslee was so impressed by a short presentation from a team working on cellulosic ethanol production that he suggested a conversation with a venture capitalist interested in similar projects. The team was not from a start-up company or business incubator — it was a student team from Tesla STEM High School. 

Governor Inslee visited the school on Tuesday, September 23, to discuss STEM education issues with Science Teacher Mike Town, Principal Cindy Duenas, and Superintendent Traci Pierce. But the highlight of his visit was the chance to talk to six student teams whose projects won awards at various competitions last spring.

Projects included a sustainability game, energy efficiency gains for elevators and escalators, and a concept that would increase the efficiency of electric cars.

Before he left, the governor proclaimed Mike Town as the “Washingtonian of the Day” and gave him the governor’s official apple pin.

September 18, 2014 08:27 AM
FMA Live! comes to Rose Hill MS and Kamiakin MS
What do you get when you combine hip hop music and dance with Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion? Forces in Motion Live! (Called FMA Live!) Rose Hill Middle School and Kamiakin Middle School students were treated to a live show sponsored by Honeywell and NASA, where Sir Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion were shared through hip hop music and dance, as well as fun demonstrations. The goal of FMA Live! is to get middle school students excited about careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields by showing them that physics can be fun. Several student participants showed the three laws of motion in a series of demonstrations: jumping on a Velcro wall to show the law of inertia; teachers “sumo” wrestling in costumes to show that Force = Mass x Acceleration; and showing the law of action / reaction through an applesauce dunk tank over a teacher. The FMA Live! show visited Rose Hill Middle School on September 15 and Kamiakin Middle School on September 16 before continuing on its West Coast tour.

September 15, 2014 09:16 AM
Emily Morgan named Symetra Hero in the Classroom

Emily Morgan, a kindergarten teacher at Franklin Elementary, will be recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom at the September 21 Seahawks game versus the Denver Broncos. On Wednesday, September 10, representatives from the Seattle Seahawks and Symetra surprised Emily with the award at an early morning assembly at her school. Emily won $1,000 for Franklin Elementary, as well as a customized Seahawks jersey and tickets to the September 21 Seahawks game, with an opportunity to go down to the field prior to the game. Emily was nominated for this award by Riley Frazier, a parent of a student in Emily’s class last year. Award recipients are selected for making a real difference in the lives of students by going above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities and for helping students build life skills.

September 12, 2014 04:26 PM
Living a dream...and encouraging students to do the same
Austin Jenckes, who recently finished in the top 10 of the NBC show “The Voice” stopped by Evergreen Middle School today for an assembly about setting goals and working hard to achieve your dreams. Austin embodies working hard toward a dream. Growing up in Duvall, Wash., Austin spent many years paving his own way in the music industry before landing an audition for “The Voice.” Austin came to Evergreen because he has a connection to the school: Robert Johnson, the new principal at Evergreen, was once Austin’s English teacher.

September 12, 2014 10:31 AM
Successful senior project leaves safety legacy

In May 2014, Lake Washington High School senior Taylor Holliday made a request to the Kirkland City Council for a traffic signal with a left turn arrow for westbound traffic to enter Lake Washington High School. This request was the culmination of her senior project. In response to the request, the Kirkland Public Works Street Division added an arrow to the existing traffic signal, which was operational in time for the first day of school on September 2. The modified signal now shows a left green arrow for westbound traffic on NE 80th Street, giving drivers the ability to enter the high school, while eastbound drivers yield to a red light. Read more

August 29, 2014 09:32 AM
Lake Washington Literacy Council helps prevent “summer slide”

Three hundred LWSD students received age-appropriate, engaging books in a book tote at the end of last school year, courtesy of the Lake Washington Literacy Council. The Council is comprised of over 350 teachers from LWSD. The Literacy Council held a Summer Book Packs event on June 12 to help put books into the hands of at-risk readers during the summer with the goal of preventing the “summer slide” for these students. Students who received the books responded as though they had won the lottery when selected.  

August 28, 2014 11:12 AM
School supplies for Kamiakin students

Students in need of school supplies at Kamiakin Middle School are in luck! On Thursday, August 21, the Liberty Road Foundation based in Redmond, Wash., delivered 111 student backpacks filled with school supplies to meet the needs of Kamiakin students. (Photo left to right:  Mike Friedrich, John Dammarell Ph.D., Executive Director of Liberty Foundation, Ron Harris and Joe Joss, Kamiakin principal).

August 27, 2014 04:31 PM
From Farm to Table: Teachers Explore the Science Behind the Nation’s Food Supply

Tracy Bumgarner, a teacher at Emerson High School, was one of 32 teachers nationwide selected to complete a food science training program developed and implemented in partnership between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Graduate School USA. The one-week program for middle and high school science teachers, family and consumer science teachers, and health education teachers, took place in Washington, D.C., this summer.

The goal of the program is to educate teachers and students about critical food safety issues such as foodborne illnesses by exploring the science behind them. The program arms teachers with a unique topic and curriculum with which to teach science. In addition, participants learn about nutrition, food allergies, cosmetics safety and color additives from FDA experts. The teachers also receive nutrition material to help teach their students how to use the Nutrition Facts Label to make better food choices.

August 27, 2014 04:31 PM
DonorsChoose to help English language learners at Rockwell Elementary

In May, Rockwell Elementary kindergarten teacher Lynn Armstrong posted a request on the website for various books to support her “Eager Readers” program. On the request form, Lynn wrote, “With new books, our Eager Reader book packs can be individualized to support English language learners with engaging texts that teach sight words, rhymes, and new vocabulary. These books will last for many years and be used by hundreds of students and their families.” While attending the National Education Association Representative Assembly in July, Lynn learned that Horace Mann Companies chose to complete the funding of her project.

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