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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 - November 2020

    Dr. Jon Holmen

    The month of November brings with it a season of gratitude. At all levels of our district, staff take time to express gratitude and many times provide students the opportunity to engage in self-reflection and expressions of gratitude. Many times, these activities can be seen as displays of art, writing or specific actions connected to service learning or other community support/giving activities. These types of activities are directly connected to our mission and vision for students. 

    Graduating students to be prepared for their future is both an academic and community-minded outcome. The LWSD Strategic Plan has a goal area focused on Well-Being. Providing students opportunities for reflection, empathy and giving is one way we can support student well-being.

    There is a body of research that has studied the benefits of gratitude. While gratitude is an expression of thanks which seems unidirectional, it is actually equally beneficial to the individual receiving the expression of thanks as it is to the person offering it. Ultimately, gratitude leads to a more positive mindset and develops empathy. Both are significant aspects in student well-being.

    Gratitude improves interpersonal relationships at home and work. The connection between gratitude and happiness is multi-dimensional. Expressing gratitude not only to others but also to ourselves, induces positive emotions, primarily happiness. By producing feelings of pleasure and contentment, gratitude impacts on our overall health and well-being as well. (M. Chowdhury 2020)

    As an individual, member of a group, member of a family, and as part of the Lake Washington community; I encourage each us to take some time to reflect and express gratitude. As a community we are going through a significantly difficult period of time. Expressing those things we are thankful for helps our community well-being but also helps our own personal well-being.

    Thank you,
    Jon

    Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent