Carla Guzzardo, PhD, EIT, believes that sometimes your passion picks you. She shared this thought with Eastlake High School students on April 10 as a part of the school’s career speaker series.
LWSD schools, especially at the high school level, partner in many different ways with organizations in the community and with parents.
As a school district serving families in Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, and King County, it’s important to coordinate with our local cities. In particular, we look for ways to share resources to benefit our schools and communities. We have field partnerships that enable shared costs and shared use. That makes sense for schools that only use play and sports fields for limited hours on weekdays while city parks departments use the same kinds of fields during the afternoons and evenings and on weekends. 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.
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 PTSA units raise funds and provide enrichment programs. They advocate on behalf of schools with local and state government. The PTSA Council works with the district to provide parent education programs.
Our district also benefits from the expertise and professionals at social service and healthcare agencies in our area. While we are in a relatively affluent area, there are families in our district who can use additional help. For example, the Pantry Pack program, powered by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, ensures that students who might not get enough to eat outside of school meal programs, go home for the weekend with a backpack full of food they can make themselves. We also contract with such organizations to offer services in school to students. For example, Youth Eastside Services (YES) counselors provide counseling, drug & alcohol and other services in our schools. Beginning this year, Evergreen Health social workers will work with students in our four comprehensive high schools.
PTSA in LWSD - Support schools and be involved in your child’s education.
Gifted Education Advisory Council - Supports parents, students and educators in the Lake Washington School District highly capable community, including the LWSD Quest program.
PTSA Special Needs Group - Helps connect parents in the Lake Washington School District who have children with disabilities.
LWSD Art Docent Program - Provides lessons and resources for elementary school art volunteers.