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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

    Dear LWSD Families,

    With the decision to start the year with the majority of students learning remotely, we have been able to direct much of our immediate attention towards planning for remote learning. Our teams, however, will continue to develop and document plans for students to return to in-person learning as our goal is always to be in-person with students as we know this is how most students learn best.

    We continue to hear there are questions about whether families need to register for a model of learning (remote or hybrid) right now. The short answer is no. When we can start to phase students back to in-person learning, we will seek input from families regarding their desired learning model for their child. We know that as conditions change, so will the decisions a family could make for their child.  For fall 2020-21, each student will be placed in the school where they were planning to attend school. For most students that is their neighborhood school and for others it is based on a program location, choice school, or other unique situation.

    As a district, we are deeply appreciative of our community. We are continuing to plan for a number of aspects that are critical to the success of our remote learning and will continue to provide updates and information weekly.

    Dear Lake Washington Staff, Families, and Community,

    Over the last week I have been actively engaged with a number of entities as we evaluate our plans for school in the fall. As you know, we have been actively working through the details of developing remote learning and a hybrid model. We also asked families to indicate their preference for which model their child would learn in to start the year. I know the amount of time and considerations each family has gone through to evaluate which model is best for their child given the amount of information provided and questions that, at times, we were not able to answer.

    Today, I am announcing that Lake Washington students will be starting the 2020-21 school year learning in a fully remote setting

     

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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.

    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.