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More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide

Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:

Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship 

A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go

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Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.

LWHS Science Labs

Why is slime stretchy? How do chickens flap their wings? 

With these questions in mind, two science classes at Lake Washington High School celebrated the last week of school by setting up lab experiments. The labs also gave students a chance to use the new equipment in two of the school’s 20 new classrooms.

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    Superintendent Bio

    Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent

    Dr. Jon Holmen

    Dr. Jon Holmen serves as Chief Executive Officer. He provides strategic vision, leadership and direction to Lake Washington School District. Dr. Holmen is a skilled education leader with 21 years of experience in public education. On July 1, 2020, he became Lake Washington School District’s 13th superintendent.

    Dr. Holmen started his career in Lake Washington teaching third grade at Benjamin Rush Elementary. After teaching a number of grades and grade configurations, Dr. Holmen served as an Assistant to the Principal at Christa McAuliffe Elementary and Carl Sandburg Elementary/Discovery Community School. Upon completing his administrative credential program, Dr. Holmen served as Principal at Samantha Smith Elementary from 2004-2007.

    In 2007, Dr. Holmen was selected to serve as an Associate Director of Special Services. During his time in Special Services, Dr. Holmen worked with school teams and families in all regions of the district. In 2012, he served as the Director of School Support for the Redmond Learning Community. Since 2014, Dr. Holmen has served as Associate Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent, as a member of the Executive Cabinet. During those six years, Dr. Holmen provided executive oversight for Special Education, Intervention Services, School Support, Human Resources, Student Services, Technology Operations, Communications, and Data, Research & Accountability.

    In 2016, Dr. Holmen graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a doctorate in education. The focus of his dissertation work was the relationship between effective school boards and increased student achievement. Additionally, he has a master’s degree from Seattle Pacific in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree from City University in Teaching, and was a student-athlete as an undergraduate at Seattle Pacific University. 

    Dr. Holmen has been a key part of the district’s successful bond and levy campaigns. He has led the district through numerous reboundary processes where he implemented innovative processes to ensure community voice and participation. Dr. Holmen served as executive sponsor of the district’s data strategy and worked with staff to develop and implement a robust and responsive data system that provides support for operational and instructional decision making.

    Dr. Holmen lives in the district and has children that attend Lake Washington schools. He also is a community volunteer previously serving in Redmond West Little League and currently in the City of Redmond as a youth coach. He believes in the value of serving the community he lives in and is committed to ensuring continued organizational growth and development to meet the needs of each student.