Connections - April 26, 2024

Administrative Professional Week

Administrative Professionals Week 

This week (April 22-26) is Administrative Professionals Week, and Wednesday was Administrative Professionals Day (April 24). We would like to recognize the tremendous work of all our office professionals. We value you and appreciate each of your individual contributions to LWSD! Thank you for all your hard work. Follow our Facebook page to see the profiles of some of our incredible administrative professionals.

 

Work with us

We're hiring! Consider a career in LWSD

We're Hiring

LWSD is always seeking great talent for positions throughout our district. In addition to other positions available throughout the district, we are looking for applicants for the following positions:

  • Instructional Assistants (IAs)
  • Paraeducators
  • Custodians
  • Substitutes

These positions are also available in a substitute role. Check out the LWSD website for job descriptions and postings.

 

 

Learning Focused

Current 10th grade students - apply now! Student Representatives to the School Board 

The Lake Washington School District Board of Directors is looking to add student representatives to the Board. Specifically, the Board is looking for two current 10th grade students:

  • A current 10th grade student from Emerson High School, Emerson K-12, Futures, International Community School, Juanita High School or Lake Washington High School to serve a two-year term.
  • A current 10th grade student from Eastlake High School, Redmond High School or
    Tesla STEM High School to serve a two-year term.

Student board representatives must be in good academic standing and willing and able to commit to attend all regular school board meetings (approximately every other Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.).

View the full job description and application process here. View the webpage for more details.

Submit an application online.

 

LWSD to fly rainbow flags for Pride Month, as well as Juneteenth flag on June 19

This June, schools across the Lake Washington School District will fly rainbow flags in recognition of Pride month and on June 19, they will fly the Juneteenth flag in recognition of this federal holiday honoring the end of slavery. A couple years ago, students and staff members shared with the district the importance of flying the Pride flag as a symbol of the district’s commitment to an inclusive and safe school environment. In response, the district developed a policy regarding the exhibition of flags at district facilities which specifically authorized the flying of the two ceremonial flags in alignment with action taken at the state level to authorize the flying of these flags at state facilities. Policy 6980 was adopted on September 27, 2022.

 

Reminder: Help recognize our teachers: Teacher Appreciation week is coming up! 

Show our teachers how much you appreciate them by nominating one! Email us at communications@lwsd.org or send us a message on Facebook and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the district's social media channels.

 

Reminder: 2024 graduation schedule

The graduation schedule for 2024 has been posted. You can find the details on the LWSD webpage. We look forward to recognizing our class of 2024 graduates in June. Additional information, including details about tickets, will be shared with families by each school.

 

Lake Washington School Foundation

Celebrate our teachers and staff with a special token of appreciation 

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10) by honoring your favorite teachers and staff with a special gesture of gratitude! For a limited time, when you make a donation to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF) in a teacher or staff member's honor, LWSF will put their name on their virtual Wall of Appreciation, send them an inspirational postcard or even include a limited-edition enamel pin. 

Visit www.lwsf.org/staff-appreciation and make your selections by May 3. Your contribution supports the Foundation's work and brightens a staff member's day!


Social Anxiety and Avoidance | Parent Chat Webinar 

Reserve your spot for the LWSF May 1 webinar where they will explore practical, evidence-based ways to help your child overcome school anxiety and absenteeism. Discover how to adjust your own behaviors to provide better support for your child. Register now.


$262,000 raised at Be the Bridge Spring Benefit!

A heartfelt thanks to all who attended and/or donated to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF) Be the Bridge Spring Benefit. LWSF is grateful for the dedicated trustees, table captains, ambassadors, program leaders, speakers, volunteers and matching pool donors who helped to make this day a success. Witnessing this generous community come together in support of students in Lake Washington School District fills LWSF with inspiration and overwhelming gratitude. View photos and featured video clips from the event

 

Reminder: Applications being accepted for LWSF Board of Trustees

The Lake Washington Schools Foundation is looking to add new trustees to their governing board. LWSF is very interested in building their board with thoughtful, diverse candidates who have enthusiasm for the work they do, connections to local businesses and corporations and the ability to help them expand their reach. 

If you have a passion for serving and impacting students and families across the district, LWSF encourages you to apply online at www.lwsf.org/trustee-application. Please reach out to LWSFBoardRecruitment@lwsf.org with any questions.

 

Building Excellence

LWSD and City of Sammamish host groundbreaking for new fields at Inglewood Middle School

IMS groundbreaking

A groundbreaking was held on April 3 to celebrate the start of construction for the Inglewood Middle School Athletic Field Improvement project. By converting the fields to synthetic turf, increasing capacity and adding lighting, this project will provide more than 2,500 hours for the community to use when school is not in session; regardless of weather. This project will also include accessible synthetic turf fields, a new accessible gender-neutral restroom building, wheelchair-friendly dugouts and accessible parking at field level. Fifteen percent of the project costs are being funded by the voter approved 2022 Technology and Capital Projects Levy. The City of Sammamish is funding the remaining 85%, providing upgrades beyond district-funded standards.

 

2022 Building Excellence Levy – additional high school capacity – eastside area

LWSD Board of Directors approves redirecting levy funds to build additions and modify core space at Eastlake and Redmond high schools.* Creates permanent space for 600 high school students on the east side of the district

Proof of concept high school capacity


At their April 15 meeting, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors approved redirecting levy funds from the 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy. LWSD will hold on construction at Site 59 in Sammamish and will redirect these funds to build additions at Eastlake High School and Redmond High School. This will add 24 permanent classrooms between the two schools and will modify core space such as commons and hallways at each of the schools. These funds were originally planned to be used to add high school capacity on the east side of the district.

The addition of 12 classrooms at Eastlake High School and Redmond High School provides each school with up to an additional 300-student permanent capacity, at a lower cost than the anticipated Site 59 budget. Core space modifications will create space for students to move throughout the building, eat lunch and congregate. The additions and core space modifications will be completed in the same timeline as the revised Site 59 construction plan.

“Lake Washington School District has been responding to critical capacity needs for over a decade. The addition of classrooms and core space at Eastlake and Redmond provides for the immediate needs while we develop a plan for high school enrollment in the long term. Studying all aspects of a fifth comprehensive high school and other strategies will be part of our work over the next 12 months. Our commitment to excellence in education is to our current and future students,” said Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. Please see Dr. Holmen’s statement from the March 25, 2024 Board Meeting regarding high school enrollment and future planning.

District staff shared this proposal with the School Board at their Extended Study Session in mid-March. A formal proposal was presented at the School Board meeting on March 25, 2024. The School Board approved this proposal at their meeting on Monday, April 15, 2024.

*Drawings are proof of concept only.

 

Student & Staff Success

LWSD students excel at state technology conference

WA TSA

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students had another successful showing at this year’s Washington Technology Student Association (TSA) state competition. About 200 students finished in the top three in their respective categories during the March 13-16 event. The categories are judged by technology educators and industry representatives. The top three students in each category automatically qualify for the national conference in Orlando, Florida, June 26-30. Read more about this on the LWSD website.


LWSD student book drive diversifies classroom literature 

Student book drive

Two students hosted a story time event followed by a successful book drive through a nonprofit called “Brown Kids Read.” Kisa Dupe, a senior from Redmond High School (RHS), and Kennedy Roberts, a junior from Tesla STEM High School, joined forces to diversify literature for elementary readers at Horace Mann Elementary.

“So far, we have collected 297 books and we donated 217 of them to students at Horace Mann Elementary,” said Dupe and Kennedy. “We plan to donate the remaining books to students within the Seattle community at the Northwest African American Museum.”

Read more about this on the LWSD website

 

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