LWSD bus driver puts students first during smoke scare

Wade Minor, Lake Washington School District bus driver, acted quickly when smoke appeared in the back of the bus. Minor was transporting approx. 20 students when a mechanical issue forced him to pull over the afternoon of Sept. 6.

Happy First Day!

Staff at Rose Hill Elementary were excited to welcome students and parents back this morning.




    Earth Heros at School

    Lake Washington School District has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Lake Washington is a recognized leader in sustainability practices and education in the region. The district won a 2015 McKinstry Champions of Sustainability award.

    District efforts focus on three interconnected goal areas:

    • Student Learning
    • Professional Learning
    • Resource Conservation

    Student Learning

    Provide sustainability instruction to all students. Students learn through instruction on conservation and natural resources in science, social studies and other areas. Support and encourage school participation in programs, such as King County Green Schools Program and Sustainability Ambassadors.

    King County Green Schools in LWSD

    Initial Program Entry

    Schools that have joined the program and are working to achieve Level One status

    Level One
    Green Schools

    Schools that met waste reduction and recycling criteria

    Level Two
    Green Schools

    Schools that maintained Level
    One practices and added energy conservation education and practices

    Green Schools

    Schools that maintain Levels One and Two, and add at least one new conservation practice or education strategy each year

    Elementary Schools
    • Juanita Elementary
    • Lakeview Elementary
    • Muir Elementary
    • Rockwell Elementary
    • Rose Hill Elementary
    • Thoreau Elementary
    Middle Schools
    • Rose Hill Middle School
    Elementary Schools
    • Blackwell Elementary
    • Carson Elementary
    • Franklin Elementary
    • Keller Elementary
    • Kirk Elementary
    • Mead Elementary
    Middle Schools
    High Schools

    Elementary Schools
    • Wilder Elementary (past participant)
    Middle Schools
    • Environmental & Adventure School
    • Inglewood Middle School
    High Schools
    Elementary Schools
    • Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School

    Professional Learning

    Help teachers deepen their knowledge of sustainability instruction and problem-based learning. Support and encourage participation in professional learning through programs and partnerships. Washington Alliance for Better Schools (WABS), Cascade Water Alliance and Sustainability Ambassadors are examples.

    Genevieve Menino, JHS teacher

    Genevieve Menino, a teacher at Juanita High School participated in an
    eight day placement with the King County Environmental Health Services
    team as part of the WABS STEM externship program.

    Resource Conservation

    Provide a resource and utility management program. Its purpose is to:
    • Conserve energy and water
    • Reduce waste
    • Educate students and staff to save energy
    • Use sustainable building and maintenance practices

    Resource Conservation Management Activities in LWSD

    Recycle symbol

    Electricity and natural gas symbols

    Water symbol

    Receive assistance, tools and recognition from King County Green Schools
    "Right size" dumpsters and hauling
    Use durable cafeteria materials

    Align occupancy schedules
    Standardize temperatures
    Regulate break schedules
    Optimize controls
    Leverage capital projects and maintenance practices

    Reduce irrigation
    Install high efficiency plumbing fixtures
    Use low water cleaning procedures