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During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.

RHMS Band

When schools closed in March, the traditional end-of-year band concerts that showcase a year’s worth of practice and progress were effectively canceled. Rose Hill Middle School (RHMS) Band Instructor, Angela Laulainen got creative during the remote learning period and had her students record their parts at home.

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    During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.

    Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. We say their names not because they are the only three. They are three of many whose lives were taken and sadly, their names are now part of our history as a country that should be better because of the promise that was put forth that all people are created equal.

    Lake Washington School District Community:

    Over the past week we have watched events unfold across our country that reflect the anger and outrage that has once again been sparked by a senseless and horrific death.

    Redmond, Wash. – On April 30, 2020, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) sold a total of $118.85 million of tax-exempt refunding bonds, which will refinance $134 million of its existing debt, to take advantage of lower market interest rates. The refinancing will save the District’s taxpayers more than $18.6 million over the next nine years.

    COVID-19 Updates

    Over the last six weeks we have been actively monitoring the COVID-19 data produced by King County Public Health (KCPH). As you recall, on July 23, I announced we would be starting the school year with the majority of students learning remotely. Since that time, the data related to the virus got worse before it started to become more promising. Additionally, since July 23, the Washington State Department of Health provided guidance to all school districts about when and how to reopen. This guidance was called the Decision Tree.

    This is the final weekly communication of the summer related to the Return to School Task Force efforts. Moving forward, I will be providing updates/communication specific to the Return to School Task Force during the first week of each month. This will align with my commitment to staff and families to provide monthly updates related to the spread of the virus, our analysis of this data, and continued planning for when students can return for in-person learning.

    It is that time of year when familiar routines remind us that another school year is about to begin. Internally, we have welcomed our new staff through job specific orientation; administrators participated in annual professional learning and planning sessions; our new teaching staff was welcomed and started their week-long training program; our office professionals held their professional learning and training day; our custodians and bus drivers held their in-service training; and all teachers and certificated staff and many of our support staff are preparing to return to work next week. While these routines are familiar, we are acutely aware of how different the start of school will be this year. Externally, families are preparing for what will be a different start to the year as well. Many families have participated in laptop/textbook pick up procedures at their child’s school, school supplies are purchased, and learning spaces are being prepared. District staff and families are both focused on the same outcome, positive learning and success for every student. Your partnership is greatly appreciated, and our staff looks forward to providing a rigorous and beneficial learning experience for your child.

     

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    Ben Rush Green Team

    Three schools in Lake Washington School District were named 2020 Sustaining Green Schools by King County Green Schools in June. Environmental & Adventure School (EAS) qualified for the recognition for the first time this year. The shared campus of Carl Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School have earned the recognition for five consecutive years.