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Superintendent's Message - September 2016

Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent

Growing Together, Serving our Community

We are off to a great 2016-17 school year! I am so pleased to welcome new and returning families and students to Lake Washington School District. It is a great time to be in LWSD. We are growing, serving, and building.

We are growing academics and very pleased to be able to provide full-day kindergarten for all students for the first time this year. Over 2,300 kindergarten students will start school on September 9, following Kindergarten Family Connections Meetings on September 6-8. Family Connections meetings help teachers get to know families and students. These meetings help with successful transition to kindergarten.

This year’s kindergartners are the graduating class of 2029! Thirteen years from now, they will be graduating from high school. Our district has one of the highest graduation rates in the state. Our mission and vision is to graduate Every Student Future Ready. When we say every student, we mean every single student – our English Language Learners, our students of color, our students receiving special education services, our students in the free or reduced lunch program, our students in foster care, our homeless students – every single student. It takes the effort, skill, and commitment of dedicated professionals to ensure that every student feels connected, valued, and challenged, and that every student experiences academic success. This work begins in kindergarten. It continues throughout students’ entire experience in LWSD.

"When we say every student, we mean every single student – our English Language Learners, our students of color, our students receiving special education services, our students in the free or reduced lunch program, our students in foster care, our homeless students – every single student."
- Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent.

Speaking of students, this year we are serving more students than ever before. While we won’t have our official count until October 1, we project that our enrollment will be over 28,400 students this year. That is an increase of 570 students over last year! While our student enrollment is increasing, so is overall student performance on state assessments, which is great news. Our students are learning, growing, and succeeding, and we are placing increased focus on closing achievement and opportunity gaps for students where they exist.

In order to ensure academic success for every student, we need to provide all students – all 28,400 of them - with safe and innovative learning environments. We are very pleased that through the community support of our April 2016 bond measure, we are building new schools! 2016-17 is set to be a great year for Lake Washington School District. We look forward to working with you to continue to provide our students with the best possible educational experiences. We are proud to be LWSD!