Less plastic waste, healthier oceans

After students at Mann Elementary learned how much plastic ends up in the ocean, and the harmful effects it has on marine life, they tried not to use single-use plastic for 30 days. In culmination of the school’s efforts, students attended an assembly by “Ocean” Annie Crawly on June 8, World Oceans Day.



    Superintendent Message - January 2018

    Happy New Year

    Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent

    Each new year brings 365 days with new opportunities and possibilities. As a district, we are looking forward to the days ahead as we welcome 2018!

    Much of our district communication in recent days and in the days ahead is focused on one particularly important day coming up in 2018: February 13, which is Election Day. Like many school districts across the state, Lake Washington will have important measures go before our voters on February 13: a bond measure and two replacement levies.

    These measures provide funding for staff, programs, technology, facilities, and school construction. These measures are “mission critical.” They directly support our district mission and vision, focused on Every Student Future Ready.

    As a district, we work hard to ensure that our parents and community members are informed about the measures that will be on the ballot. School funding can be a confusing topic. Different states and different countries have different approaches to funding schools. In Washington state, school districts rely on local levies and bonds to fund important needs, which are not funded by federal or state dollars.

    There are approximately 115,000 voters in Lake Washington School District! Bonds require 60% voter approval to pass and levies require a 50% simple majority approval.

    Over the past several weeks and in the weeks ahead, we are actively communicating information about these measures to our voters/community. We use social media, print mailers, and in-person meetings to share information with our community. By election day, district staff and I will have presented bond and levy information to approximately 100 different groups including PTSAs, Kiwanis groups, Rotary groups, neighborhood associations, cities and Chambers of Commerce.

    Upcoming Community Open House meetings are scheduled, and we encourage everyone to attend one of the meetings:

    • Tuesday, January 16
      6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
      Redmond High School
    • Wednesday, January 17
      6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
      Lake Washington High School
    • Tuesday, January 23
      6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
      Eastlake High School
    • Wednesday, January 24
      6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
      Kamiakin Middle School

    In addition to providing information at in-person meetings with community members, we have information and videos posted to the Bond and Levies pages of our district website and related information on our Facebook page. Also, please look for the official district mailer to arrive in homes around January 25.

    Here’s to a Happy New Year for all our Lake Washington students, families, staff and community!