Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has selected Dr. Jon Holmen to be the next Lake Washington School District Superintendent. They announced their decision on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Redmond, Wash. – The Lake Washington School District has been following guidance from Public Health in an effort to stay open as long as possible. In light of the current information shared today by our elected officials, we believe it is time to plan for alternative ways to serve our community and families. 

In collaboration with our School Board of Directors and our Lake Washington Education Association, we have made the decision to close all schools from March 12 through March 27, and re-evaluate any further closures during that time. 

In light of today’s news about a King County resident’s death related to the Coronavirus (or COVID-19), and that additional cases are anticipated, we wanted to reach out to share what Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is doing to monitor and prepare for a potential increase in frequency of the Coronavirus in our schools.  



    Superintendent Message - October 2019

    Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

    As we enjoy the beautiful colors of fall, the school year is well underway and for many students, the reality of getting up and going to school every day is in full force. Each new day has its challenges – remembering everything that needs to go back the next day, maneuvering the challenges of morning traffic, preparing for class and practicing for activities and athletics. 

    When I am visiting schools, I try to take time to have conversations with students, and most of them have adjusted well to the school year. They’ve found new friends, figured out their schedules and can do their locker combinations in their sleep. When I ask about what gets them up and out the door in the morning they will talk about particular classes or their wonderful teachers, or some activity that is a favorite. Nearly all of them will tell me they look forward to seeing their friends. 

    I think adults would agree having friends is something that makes most anything more enjoyable. All human beings crave that sense of belonging – fitting in – being part of a group. 

    In our Lake Washington Strategic Plan – ELEVATE – one of the areas of specific focus is on well-being. We know one of the main things that helps a student succeed academically is a sense of belonging. We also know our families thrive when they feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to our classrooms, our schools and our communities. 

    What happens when people don’t feel like they belong? They begin to lose that sense of well-being and begin to disengage. Students will begin to miss school and will separate themselves from their peers. Their academic performance may suffer and most importantly, they will continue to experience those daily challenges without the support of others – something we all need every day. 

    Our school district and parent organizations have many awesome opportunities for students and families to find where they belong. To truly be successful, we need everyone working toward that goal in all our school communities. 

    So, here are my challenges for students and adults as we continue to grow as a district: 

    1. When you attend a school or district event, introduce yourself to at least two people you don’t know and ask them about their story. 
    2. Know your neighbors. Whether you live in a residential development or a high-rise, know the people who live in your community. As our communities grow larger, neighborhood connections are important. 
    3. Ask your children about their friends and create opportunities to know them and their families. Make it a goal to get to know people who are not like you. This can be the hardest challenge and it means we have to reach out to others who may not look like us or speak the same language. 
    4. When you know someone doesn’t feel like they belong, invite them to be part of your group. Sit by them at lunch. Talk to them in class. Invite them to something where they may make even more friends. 

    We want every student and every family to enjoy their experience in Lake Washington School District. As the days grow darker and colder on the outside it’s important to create days filled with warmth and light on the inside. 


    Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent