Winter Olympics – Middle School Style

While most of the world eagerly waits for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to begin tonight, LWSD middle school students are focused on a competition of their own. Inglewood, Evergreen, Finn Hill, Kamiakin and Redmond Middle Schools are competing in the Middle School Winter Olympics throughout February.

Police Chief for a Day – a kindergartener’s dream come true

Bryce Stubblefield, a first grade student at Twain Elementary School, wants to be a police officer when he grows up. And his dream is about to come true! The City of Kirkland Police Department chose Bryce to be their 2018 Police Chief for a Day.



Get Involved

Core values of Lake Washington School District | Learning Focused (Student Learning, Professional Learning Communities, Organizational Learning); Results Oriented (Student Results, Organizational Results, Data Informed Continuous Improvement), Community Connected (Parent Engagement, Public Participation, Transparency and Accountability), Student Centered (Connection, Value, Challenge)

We believe that public education is a community effort. Parent and community partnerships help our students and schools succeed. We depend on our engaged and supportive community, and our community deserves transparency and accountability.

To best serve our communities, Lake Washington School District must be closely connected with the community. Community engagement takes many forms at both the building and district level. We regularly communicate with the community to be both accountable and transparent. We regularly engage parents and the community in decision-making and advisory processes. We regularly collect input and feedback on our work, and we partner with community agencies, business, and local government to best serve our students, parent, and the community.

Standing Committees

A number of committees engage community members in providing advice to the district in several different areas. The Instructional Materials Committee (IMC), for example, is a standing committee that includes principals and teachers as well as community representatives. This committee regularly reviews curriculum and make recommendations for approval to the board.

The technology department relies on the Community Tech Advisory Committee to review and identify the district's technology needs and programs.

Task Forces

These groups provide input on major issues or decisions facing the district. They often include a mix of parents, community members, and staff members. For example, a Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force helped to develop a long-term plan to address the district’s aging schools and its need for more classroom space for its rapidly growing enrollment.

Volunteer Programs

Our district has very involved parent and community volunteers who provide tremendous support to the district’s schools every day. Our volunteer office is involved in recruiting and placing volunteers for specific school needs, such as health screenings and the AVID program. AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a national program designed to better prepare students for college. The facilitators work with a small group of students one or two days a week for one hour. In addition, the LINKS program recruits community volunteers to act as academic mentors, lunch buddies and tutors.

Parent/Community Partnerships

As a school district serving families in Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, and King County, it’s important to coordinate with our parents, local community agencies, and cities.

Parents are critical partners, not only in the education of their own children, but in developing a strong school community. The PTSA is an important partner in LWSD in many ways. School PTSAs provide enrichment programs and advocate on behalf of schools with local and state government. The PTSA Council is a key district partner and supporter, and they work with the district to provide parent education programs.

Lake Washington Schools Foundation funds important district and school programs that would not be possible without their generous support. They provide classroom level grants and provide support for innovation throughout the district.

The district partners with community agencies such as Youth Eastside Services (YES), Evergreen Health, Assistance League of the Eastside, and Hopelink. These community agencies help provide critical services for students in need, and partner with our schools to provide social-emotional support for students.

City and district partnerships help serve community needs. We look for ways to share resources to benefit our schools and communities. Field and gym partnerships, for example, enable the district and cities to share space and costs. City recreation programs also make use of school buildings to offer programs outside of school hours. By sharing our resources, together with our city partners, we can serve families and our greater community better and more cost effectively.

Woman kneeling down to talk with a girl.