Superintendent Message - January 2021

Dr. Jon Holmen

Volunteerism and giving during challenging times:

Amid the most challenging times, the human spirit of giving can be found in unique places. 

All of us have constant access to hear about the difficulties and struggles within our communities, across our country and across the world. The noise of the challenges can so often overshadow the goodness that is around us. I want to take a moment to recognize some of the selfless acts, volunteerism and giving that are happening right here within our community.

I am so fortunate to work with our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) council leaders. This group of volunteers represent the commitment of our community to provide support for the learners in our school district. It is without question that when a challenge arises, our PTA, PTSA and PTO always ask how they can help. This offer of help is always genuine and acted upon with the intention of making the conditions and experiences for our students and families better, more connected and more engaging. We are fortunate to have parent organizations across our district that are so dedicated, and that dedication is being highlighted during these challenging times.

As a public-school system, we are governed by an elected board of directors. The Lake Washington School Board is a group of community members that volunteer significant time, knowledge and expertise to provide excellence in governance for our great district. Our School Board is committed to ensuring that our policies and direction are focused on every student. Their work to ensure we are continuously improving allows us to address historical inequities and work towards excellence.

Our team in the Opportunity, Equity, and Inclusion Department have been committed to supporting our communities throughout the pandemic. There are so many examples of giving and commitment from this team. They work to support families who are experiencing food insecurity by engaging in local food drives and helping students/families access resources for food and services. This team continues to find ways to support families in need within our school district.

There is goodness within our community, and I am glad to be able to recognize just a few examples for us to appreciate. Thank you for taking the time to do good for those around you.

Thank you,

Dr. Jon Holmen
Lake Washington School District