Navigate Up
Sign In
You are here: LWSD > News
News from the Schools
Events, awards, and achievements for students and staff in Lake Washington Schools
May 26, 2015 03:45 PM
Eastlake High School team programs their way to victory

Two freshmen from Eastlake High School (EHS), Daniel France and Austin Jenchi, programmed their way to victory at the Puget Sound Computer Science Teachers Association’s Spring Programming Contest on April 25. The EHS team took first place in the intermediate division of the event, earning 775 points. Two hundred students in grades 8-12 participated in 85 teams at this event. It was held at the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, Wash.

May 26, 2015 03:03 PM
Northstar Middle School students set fundraising record

Students at Northstar Middle School held a “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society during the month of April. Students set up tables in front of local businesses, including the Houghton 7-11, Houghton Menchie’s, Juanita Drive 7-11, and Redmond Yogurtland. In total, the 89 Northstar students raised $3,450.06 for the program. That is an average donation of $38.76 per student. Northstar students raised the most per pupil of any school in the Washington / Alaska chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

May 22, 2015 01:48 PM
Samantha Smith students place first in LWSD, second in KCLS Global Reading Challenge

The “Wizard Readers” from Samantha Smith Elementary won the district level King County Library System (KCLS) Global Reading Challenge. The Global Reading Challenge is a Battle of the Books program for fourth and fifth grade students. The program encourages children to have fun and enjoy reading. After reading 10 books, children take part in a "Quiz Bowl" game to determine the winners. They compete at the district level and then winning teams move on to regional challenges. The Wizard Readers took first place in LWSD, and then moved on to the regional challenge held in Kenmore, Wash. in March. They placed second overall in the region. The Wizard Readers were: (pictured from left to right): Reese Browers (fifth grade), Avery Zhuang (fifth grade), Audrey Gruian (fifth grade), Ishan Bansal (fifth grade), Sid Chari (fifth grade), and Ron Pechuk (fifth grade).

May 22, 2015 12:17 PM
JHS and RHS students qualify for International Thespian Conference

Juanita High School (JHS) and Redmond High School (RHS) Theatre Arts competed in this year’s state Thespian Conference in March. The following students are national qualifiers. They have qualified to compete at the International Thespian Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska from June 22-27.

  • Joanna Aponte (senior) – Scenic Design, Juanita High School
  • Elizabeth Bailey (senior) – Stage Management, Redmond High School
  • Keenan Barr (sophomore) – Solo Musical, Redmond High School
  • Andy Burnstein (junior) – Monologue , Redmond High School
  • Caitlin Carbonell (senior) – Solo song, Juanita High School
  • Jonathon Hudson (junior) – Sound Design, Juanita High School
  • Shelby Lubow (freshman) – Solo song, Juanita High School
  • Chloe Mason (junior) – Costume Design, Redmond High School
  • Ely Novakoski (senior) – Solo Musical, Redmond High School
  • Allison Porter (junior) – Solo Musical, Redmond High School
  • Lauren Porter (junior) – Sound Design, Juanita High School
  • Caitlin Sarwono (freshman) – Solo Musical, Redmond High School
  • Erich Schleck (junior) – Solo Musical, Redmond High School
  • Carly Taylor (junior) – Monologues, Juanita High School
  • Abbie Tyler (junior) – Production Design, Juanita High School

In addition, the Redmond High School Thespian Troupe #5117 applied for silver honor troupe status by presenting a portfolio of community outreach, service, productions, and membership.  They were awarded a gold status.

May 22, 2015 10:27 AM
Solving tough problems with entrepreneurial spirit

A team of students representing Redmond High School and Tesla STEM High School won the Seattle TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) competition held on March 28 at Sammamish City Hall. The winning team included: Shaurya Aggarwal (RHS junior), Rand Ferch (RHS sophomore), Hemil Gajjar (Tesla STEM sophomore), Adarsh Karnati (RHS junior), and Aaron Ong (RHS junior).


Five teams competed for the Seattle TYE title. For eight months, the RHS / Tesla STEM team worked together to create a pseudo company called “SafeWheel.” Their plan was to manufacture and distribute a blood alcohol detector that can be slipped over the steering wheel of the car. It would use NIR-Spectrophotometry to accurately determine blood alcohol levels. The device would offer notifications to an emergency contact and the driver if the driver is indeed intoxicated, providing a continuous, low-profile, low maintenance, passive way to monitor blood alcohol content when driving.


Team “SafeWheel” will now move on to the global competition in Atlanta, Ga., in July. 

May 22, 2015 08:10 AM
Redmond High School student elected as Chair of Sammamish Youth Board

Afeef Sheikh, a sophomore at Redmond High School was recently elected as Chair for the Sammamish Youth Board (SYB) for the 2015-16 school year. SYB reports to and works with the Sammamish City Council. Their mission is to unite youth, adults, and government to form relationships that promote equality and mutual respect, as well as to create integral activities that lead to a stronger community. Learn more about SYB. A total of 50 students serve on the SYB, with 23 of them attending schools in LWSD.

Other LWSD students have also been elected to positions on the Sammamish Youth Board.

  • Tanaya Sardesai - sophomore, Redmond High School, Community Service Committee Chair
  • Siddhant Jain – sophomore, Eastlake High School, Programs Committee Chair
  • Sabreen Mohammed – junior, Tesla STEM High School, City Liaison

Nineteen other LWSD students will serve as general members of the Sammamish Youth Board.

May 21, 2015 03:15 PM
Celebrating Arts Education in our Schools

May is Arts in Education Month. Schools in LWSD offer many types of arts education for students including choir, band, drama, painting, ceramics, and more. Arts programs offer students a chance to express ideas and explore different talents and interests, while at the same time developing problem-solving skills. Watch the video to learn more about arts education in LWSD.

May 20, 2015 08:26 AM
Award for Tesla STEM project is out of this world!

Three Tesla STEM High School juniors won a third award in the Environmental and Engineering category at the International 2015 Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pa. Sonia Murthy, Ethan Perrin, and Sophia Tevosyan showed their project, “Implementation of a Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration System as a Cogeneration Appliance and Replacement For Halocarbon-Based Refrigeration Systems.” The group also won a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) special award. The same group of students had previously won Runner-up Grand Champion at the Central Sound Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Bellevue, Wash. Watch the video to learn more.

May 15, 2015 08:41 AM
Not your usual high school play
Student-written, student-directed, and student-acted plays comprise the Redmond High School (RHS) Theatre Arts Drama Fest taking place this week. Eight RHS students wrote short plays and six students directed those plays. Over 75 students are participating in 12 different productions. The plays cover a variety of topics, both serious and fun. Performances took place over three evenings so far this week. Want to see Drama Fest in action? It’s not too late – the Green Bill takes place tonight (May 15) at 7 p.m.

May 14, 2015 09:12 AM
Keller Elementary Walk-a-Thon earns a gold star

Helen Keller Elementary School PTSA Walk-a-Thon on Friday, April 24 attracted some stars to help with their efforts. Former Seattle Seahawk and Keller parent Warren Moon was there, serving as the event emcee. Students earned a photo meet and greet with Seahawks' mascot Blitz through fundraising. A grand total of $17,000 was raised for the school at this event. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will help fund school and community programs, such as art supplies, field trips, library books, assemblies, and more. Juanita High School cheerleaders were also on hand for the event, cheering on the walking students, Ford of Kirkland donated some Mustangs to be on-site, and representatives from the Kirkland Police Department passed out whistles and pencils to kids.

May 13, 2015 02:15 PM
LWSD students shine at Washington state technology competition

Four individuals and seven teams from four different LWSD schools took home first place prizes in the 2015 State Technology Student Association (TSA) conference March 26-28 at the Bellevue Hilton and Red Lion Bellevue. In total, six LWSD schools participated in the event, bringing home a total of 42 prizes. This was the largest state competition in the history of the organization with 800 participants. The following schools participated: Eastlake High School (EHS), Finn Hill Middle School (FHMS), Inglewood Middle School (IMS), Juanita High School (JHS), Redmond High School (RHS), and Tesla STEM High School (Tesla STEM). Below is the list of winners:

First place:

  • Engineering Design: Saakshi Dulani (senior), Meena Mayyappan (senior), and Udit Ranasaria (junior)  Tesla STEM
  • Fashion Design: Natalie Alvis (sophomore) and Mary McCaughey (sophomore)  EHS
  • Flight (Middle School): Curtis Anderson (eighth grade)  FHMS
  • Music Production: Surya Cidambi (junior), Aditya Ramani (junior), and Naveen Sahi (junior) Tesla STEM
  • Photographic Technology: Elizabeth McKinnie (junior)  JHS
  • Prepared Presentation: Olivia Williams (junior) – JHS
  • SCIVIS: Mrigank Bhardwaj (senior), Kanaad Deodhar (senior), Aaron Johnston (senior), Devansh Kukreja (senior), Madison Minsk (senior), and Pranav Vasudha (senior) – Tesla STEM
  • Technology Bowl Team: David Brostek (sophomore), Clark Ellis (senior), and Olivia Williams (junior) – JHS
  • Technology Bowl Written: Naveen Sahi (junior) – Tesla STEM
  • TSA / VEX Robotics Competition: TJ Hori (junior), Alex Ilias (junior), Schawnery Lin (junior), Daniel Mar (junior), Sriram Natarajan (junior), and Udit Ranasaria (junior)  – Tesla STEM
  • Webmaster: Kanaad Deodhar (senior), Aaron Johnston (senior), Patrick Mao (sophomore), Madison Minsk (senior), and Alka Pai (senior) –Tesla STEM

Second place:

  • Essays on Technology: Olivia Williams (junior) – JHS
  • Extemporaneous Speech: Fedor Pogulsky (junior) – JHS
  • Medical Technology Issues (Middle School): Isabela Hines (eighth grade)FHMS
  • Music Production: Diego Alvarez (junior) – JHS
  • On Demand Video: Jeremy Brewer (freshman), Stacie Keck (freshman), Ben Lathwell (freshman), Cameron Lerner (senior), Ryan Page (freshman), and Robert Russo (freshman) – EHS
  • Problem Solving (Middle School): Brady Guzik (seventh grade) and Mikael Sundstrom (eighth grade) – FHMS
  • STEM Animation (Middle School): Hannah Stern (eighth grade), Mikael Sundstrom (eighth grade), and Ethan Yee (eighth grade) – FHMS
  • Structural Model (Middle School): Brady Guzik (seventh grade) and Arvin Thyagarajan (eighth grade) – FHMS
  • TSA / VEX Robotics Competition: Adarsh Karnati (junior), Priya Nakkiran (junior), Anuraag Polisetty (junior), and Aaron Zhang (junior) – RHS
  • Video Game Design: Marlon Fussell (junior) – EHS

Third place:

  • Leadership Strategies (Middle School): Isabela Hines (eighth grade), Hannah Stern (eighth grade), and Mikael Sundstrom (eighth grade) – FHMS
  • Prepared Presentation: Meena Meyyappan (senior) – Tesla STEM 
  • Promotional Design (Middle School): David Weatherford (eighth grade)FHMS
  • Tech Bowl Team (Middle School): Alex Klimecky (seventh grade), Hannah Stern (eighth grade), and Axel Sundstrom (eighth grade) – FHMS
  • Video Game Design: Aditya Kumar (sophomore), James Kusardi (sophomore), Patrick Mao (sophomore), Jake Newfeld (sophomore), and Abhinav Singh  (sophomore) – Tesla STEM
  • Video Game Design (Middle School): Yuanxiang Huang (eighth grade), Axel Sundstrom (eighth grade), Arvin Thyagarajan (eighth grade), Ethan Yee (eighth grade)   FHMS

May 12, 2015 09:55 AM
Learning science and environmental stewardship by getting their hands dirty

Having a wetland right outside the back door helps students at Dickinson Elementary and Explorer Community School learn science in a real hands-on way. Teachers took advantage of that natural science laboratory during the week of April 20-24, the school campus’ eighth annual Wetlands Restoration Week. Science lessons took all ages outdoors. Kindergarten classes explored the wetlands and examined native plants. Fifth grade classes learned how the wetlands work as a filter and help prevent flooding. At the same time, students in all grades learned about stewardship of their environment. Students removed Himalayan blackberries and other invasive species. They planted native species to support the wetland’s growth. By the end of the week, students had greater knowledge of their immediate environment and that environment was in better shape. Watch the video to learn more.

May 08, 2015 02:21 PM
LWSD classes help Kirkland Police Department name vehicles

Seven Lake Washington School District (LWSD) elementary schools have been helping the Kirkland Police Department by participating in a naming contest for the Kirkland Police Department’s (KPD) two new Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs). Children submitted potential names for the new UTVs and the names are now open for a community vote through Friday, May 22.  The two names that receive the highest online votes will be announced at the June 2 Kirkland City Council meeting.  To cast your vote, go to

The participating schools were A.G. Bell, Carl Sandburg, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin, Juanita, and Peter Kirk Elementary Schools and Discovery Community School. Recently, students from participating schools got a first-hand look at the UTVs and talked with KPD officers about how they will be used to patrol the Cross Kirkland Corridor
A special presentation will be held at the June 2 Kirkland City Council meeting to congratulate the school(s) whose names received the highest number of votes.  The meeting will be held at Kirkland City Hall, 123 Fifth Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. 

May 07, 2015 01:46 PM
A lesson that expands across the school

As part of the school’s science curriculum, students at Emerson K-12 raised Coho salmon from eggs until they became fry. On Wednesday, April 29, the lesson culminated with releasing the fry into Juanita Creek. Students in all grade levels studied the watershed eco-system and then voted on which stream they would use to release the salmon. This project was made possible with funding from Lake Washington Schools Foundation.

Emerson K-12, formerly the Family Learning Center, is a fully accredited school that provides instruction and support for families who home school their students. The school offers both core and enrichment classes.

May 07, 2015 11:08 AM
King County names an LWSD teacher and a club as Earth Heroes at School

Brian Healy, a teacher at Environmental and Adventure School (EAS) in Kirkland, and Eastlake High School’s Environmental Club were recognized as Earth Heroes at School by King County during an event held on May 5. King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Solid Waste Division Director Pat McLaughlin presented the awards. 

Brian Healy started the EAS food scrap recycling program at the cafeteria shared by Finn Hill Middle School and EAS in 2014. He created a lunchroom collection system, insisted on reusable utensils, and combined student efforts from both Finn Hill and EAS to promote the program. The daily lunch trash has been reduced from six 33-gallon containers down to one and a half containers.

Eastlake High School’s Environmental Club started a food-scrap collection program and in a three-month period diverted over 4,300 pounds of food scraps from the landfill. The club members have spent more than 360 hours volunteering at lunch sorting stations and after school to plan, develop, and improve the program.

Awards were given in the following categories:

  • Waste reduction, reuse or recycling
  • Food waste prevention or food waste collection for composting
  • Household hazardous waste prevention or management
  • Climate change education or greenhouse gas emissions reduction change

Photo credit: Ned Ahrens, King County

May 04, 2015 03:20 PM
Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is our chance to celebrate our teachers for all that they do to educate and inspire the next generation. Thank you, teachers! Watch the video to hear more about our teachers.




May 01, 2015 03:21 PM
Redmond High School Orchestra continues to impress

The Redmond High School (RHS) Orchestras performed with International Violist Brett Deubner in two unique concerts on April 17 and 18. One of the most beautiful pieces performed on the Saturday evening concert can be found on YouTube.

The RHS Janacek Ensemble competed at the State Ensemble Contest on Friday, April 24 in the Large String Ensemble category. They were awarded Superior ratings. Members of the Ensemble were: Jaime Cantwell (sophomore), Grace Chen (sophomore), Christina Chou (sophomore), William Hafner (senior), Kelly Jiang (senior), Chanson Kuo (junior), Erica Li (freshman), Kitty Li (senior), Siri Mellem (sophomore), Katharina Schildt (senior), Mizuki Yabe (sophomore), and Kyungyoon Yoo (junior).  

Prajwala Mantha (junior) also performed at the State Solo Contest on Saturday, April 25, in the Viola Solo Category and was awarded Superior ratings.

May 01, 2015 09:33 AM
ICS sophomore ranks 39th in the US at Biology Olympiad

Kartik Iyer, a sophomore at International Community School, qualified for the semifinals of the USA Biology Olympiad, an exam that took place on March 24. Of the 500 ninth - 12th grade students who qualified to take the exam, Iyer ranked 39th across the U.S. The Center for Excellence in Education administers the USABO. Read more about the Biology Olympiad here.




How Do I...

 Email Updates

Sign up to receive News from the Schools updates via email.

 News Links