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Lake Washington School District jointly with the Lake Washington Education Association are releasing pertinent information and details related to secondary educational offerings for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

The District and Association have a shared agreement that secondary students need to be offered access to in-person experiences. Dr. Holmen stated, “We need to ensure that any secondary student who wants an in-person experience is afforded that opportunity.” He went on to say, “Our adolescent youth are experiencing this pandemic in many different ways. We need to be responsive to those needs and be creative in how we address the varying needs across our district.” 

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Lake Washington School District jointly with Lake Washington Education Association are excited to release pertinent details for the second through fifth grades elementary learning model transition to in-person or continued remote learning services. We happily welcomed kindergarten and first grade on February 18. Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent stated, “We appreciate the partnership with all stakeholders to successfully transition our Kindergarten and First grade students to their new learning models. We are grateful to be able to provide both in-person and remote learning services for our students.” Dr. Holmen went on to say, “As a District we continue to be committed to the highest of health and safety standards for our students and staff.”

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Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students have always excelled in art and writing, and this year is no different. Thirty-five LWSD students were recognized during this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Between all the LWSD schools that participated, students earned 10 gold keys, 19 silver keys and 33 honorable mentions.

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    Superintendent Message - February 2021

    Dr. Jon Holmen

    Dear Lake Washington School District Students, Staff and Families:

    Over the next week, many of the schools across Lake Washington School District will participate in activities that highlight support for our Black students. This week has been identified as Black Lives Matter at School and is the launch of Black History Month.

    As an organization committed to the success of every student, it is our responsibility to also understand how certain groups of students are experiencing school in Lake Washington. Today, I ask us as a community to recognize the importance of seeing our Black students for who they are; brilliant, intelligent, rich with culture and a critical part of the fabric of our district. 

    I have had the opportunity to hear from many Black students and families over the past few months. In these conversations I have continually heard a desire for safety, inclusivity, fair treatment and high expectations. These students and families expressed this through stories and lived experiences.

    As a community, it is our obligation to be open to conversations about change; open to conversations about how we make our schools and our communities more inclusive of diverse viewpoints, cultures and races. We must be open to the possibility that “the way we’ve always done things” may not be what is beneficial for our entire community. We have to be open to the possibility of a better pathway forward for all of our students.

    I am the proud Superintendent of 31,000 students and today, I am delighted to celebrate our Black students and tell them they matter, that they are seen and heard, and we are committed to their success. I am committed to ensuring we continue to work to make our district and schools emotionally and physically safe, inclusive and that our systems and procedures are fair and not biased towards race, ability, income levels or any other social factor. 

    Today, I am pleased to proclaim that the lives of the Black students in Lake Washington School District matter.

    In solidarity,
    Jon

    Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent
    Lake Washington School District