Superintendent Message - December 2019

Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

As 2019 draws to a close, I want to thank our entire Lake Washington School District community for the many ways you support our students, staff and schools. 

Our Mission is to help every student graduate prepared to lead a rewarding and responsible life as a contributing member of our community and greater society. We accomplish that goal when we all come together through our unique roles to care for our students and love them as they make their way to adulthood – an academic journey, a social journey, and a personal journey. 

As we look forward to the second part of our school year in 2020, I want to share two important informational items: 

  • Updates and highlights from our Strategic Plan for the first part of the year, and 
  • An update on school start times. 

Elevate: Strategic Plan Update – Year End Highlights 2019
This fall, LWSD launched its three-year Strategic Plan, Elevate. In this plan, we have five major goal areas: Academic Success, Well-Being, Community Engagement, Excellent Staff and Effective Use of Resources. We plan to report out to our community how we are achieving the goals that we have set in each of these areas on a regular basis. 

Our first Strategic Plan Update is titled “Year End Highlights 2019” and reflects the major work in each of the five goal areas that has happened so far. I encourage you to review this document and see the extensive progress we are making toward our vision of Every Student Future Ready. The Strategic Plan Update can be found here:

School Start Times 
At our December 9 School Board Meeting, I announced that Lake Washington School District will not make any changes to our current school schedules (start/end times) at this time.

In looking at potential schedule revisions, we considered the following factors: 

  • The original decision-making process that led to the current start/end times for schools. 
  • Current research on adolescent health. 
  • Impacts of the start/end times on current family schedules and potential for additional disruptions.  
  • The recommendations fr