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Seahawk Blitz joins the Muir Elementary Turkey Trot

It was all smiles and high fives at John Muir Elementary when the Seahawk Blitz joined students at the 17th Annual Turkey Trot. This event took place during lunch recesses and promotes the importance of physical fitness and activity.

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Curriculum Review and Adoption

Determining which curriculum will be taught to our students includes an adoption process whereby:

  • A diverse group of parents, community members, administrators, and teachers with subject matter expertise is formed
  • Standards and interests are developed
  • Screening criteria is created
  • Available resources are reviewed
  • Consensus and recommendation is made
  • Public review is conducted
  • Approval from Instructional Materials Committee and Lake Washington School District board

The adoption process is on a timeline with curriculum being reviewed every 8-10 years. Updates from the curriculum adoption committees are below.

The current list of adopted curriculum is revised yearly: Elementary | Secondary

Instructional Materials Committee (IMC)

The Instructional Materials Committee recommends instructional materials to the board of directors, which must vote to adopt specific curriculum for the district.

The list of materials to be reviewed at IMC meetings is posted here. If you have questions, comments or wish to appeal any of the materials, contact the Curriculum Office at 425-936-1316.

Next IMC Meeting: November 8, 2017 - Meeting Agenda

2017-18 Curriculum Review and Adoption

Each year, Lake Washington School District forms committees to review curriculum and make recommendations for curriculum materials. The district’s goal is to provide the most up-to-date, research-based, and appropriate materials for children. Teams composed of people with teaching and subject-matter expertise help meet this goal. It is also important to have diverse perspectives and experiences represented. In addition to having teachers and administrators on our committees, parents and community members are included.

For the 2017-18 school year, the following committees are reviewing curricula.

K-5 Science
Elementary teachers, administrators, and parents will be examining current research on effective practice in elementary science instruction that is in alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The committee will develop screening tools for reviewing and piloting materials in the 2018-19 school year in order to recommend a new curriculum for adoption.

K-5 Science Curriculum Adoption Committee Members
K-5 Science Curriculum Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

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K-12 Sexual Health Standards Alignment
In 2016, OSPI adopted new Health and Physical Education Learning Standards, including the Sexual Health Standard. Our current K-12 Sexual Health curriculum is based on the old standards and needs to be aligned and updated. This work will be done by a K-12 Sexual Health Education Committee that is composed of district teachers, principals, school and district administrators, parents and community members. The committee will review district and state standards and make recommendations as they pertain to aligning curriculum and best instructional practices in LWSD with the new standards.

K-12 Sexual Health Education Committee Members
K-12 Sexual Health Education Committee Meeting Summaries

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Previous Curriculum Review and Adoption Committees

2016-17 Curriculum Review and Adoption

For the 2016-17 school year, the following committees are reviewing curricula.

High School Math
High school teachers, administrators, and parents will be reviewing instructional materials for Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for the Instructional Materials Committee this spring. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board.

K-5 Visual Arts
The K-5 Visual Arts Committee is composed of elementary teachers, school and district administrators, and parent art docents. Over the past two years the committee reviewed effective practice research in visual arts instruction and conducted a comprehensive analysis of visual arts programs in our elementary schools. Last spring the committee recommended a 2016-17 field test of Deep Space Sparkle: Art School for Kids. This year, committee members will participate in the field test, align lessons to National Core Arts Standards, and make recommendations about visual arts in the context of our overall elementary curriculum and assessment framework. Final implementation recommendations will be made by spring of 2017.

2015-16 Curriculum Review and Adoption

For the 2015-16 school year, four different committees reviewed curricula.

High School Math
A committee composed of high school teachers, administrators, and parents is meeting this year review state math standards and best instructional practices for high school math. They will be using this learning to develop alignment and best practice checklists (rubrics) that will be used to review materials next year. A recommendation for 9-12 math materials is scheduled for the spring of 2016.

6-8 Science
Middle school teachers, administrators, parents, and community members will be reviewing instructional materials for middle school science. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on April 14, 2016. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board on May 2, 2016.

6-8 Science Adoption Committee Members
6-8 Science Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

6-8 Math
Middle school teachers, administrators, parents, and community members will be reviewing instructional materials for middle school math. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on May 4, 2016. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board on June 6, 2016.

6-8 Math Adoption Committee Members
6-8 Math Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

K-5 Visual Arts
The K-5 Visual Arts Committee is composed of elementary teachers, school and district administrators, parents, and community members. Three of the parents on the committee have served as art docents in our elementary schools. This year, committee members will review instructional materials and make recommendations about visual arts in the context of our overall curriculum and assessment framework. Final recommendations will be made in the spring of 2016.

K-5 Visual Arts Adoption Committee Members
K-5 Visual Arts Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

2014-15 Curriculum Review and Adoption

For the 2014-15 school year, four different committees are reviewing curricula.

9-12 Science
High school science teachers, administrators, parents, and community members will be reviewing instructional materials in the areas of physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. The committee is scheduled to have a recommendation about the adoption of materials for our Instructional Materials Committee meeting on May 7, 2015. This will be followed by a recommendation to the Board.

9-12 Science Adoption Committee Members
9-12 Science Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

6-8 Science
A committee composed of middle school science teachers, administrators, and parents is meeting this year to learn more about the Next Generation Science Standards and best instructional practices for 6-8 science. They will be using this learning to develop alignment and best practice checklists (rubrics) that will be used to review science materials next year. A recommendation for 6-8 science materials is scheduled for the spring of 2016.

6-8 Science Adoption Committee Members
6-8 Science Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries

6-8 Math
A committee composed of middle school teachers, administrators, parents, and community members is meeting this year to learn about Washington State Mathematics Standards and best instructional practice for 6-8 math. They will be using this learning to develop best practice checklists (rubrics) that will be used to review math materials next year. A recommendation for 6-8 math materials is scheduled for the spring of 2016.

6-8 Math Adoption Committee Members
6-8 Math Adoption Committee Meeting Summaries
6-8 Math Adoption Committee: Best Practice Resources

K-5 Visual Arts
The K-5 Visual Arts Committee is composed of elementary teachers, school and district administrators, parents, and community members. Three of the parents on the committee have served as art docents in our elementary schools. This year, committee members will conduct a comprehensive review of our K-5 visual arts program and will make recommendations about visual arts in the context of our curriculum and assessment framework. The committee will make recommendations in the spring of 2015.

K-5 Visual Arts Committee Members
K-5 Visual Arts Committee Meeting Summaries