Teacher Appreciation

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize and honor all our outstanding teachers who are the heart and soul of education. Thank you, teachers, for working hard each and every day to elevate our students to become successful in school and beyond. We celebrate you today and every day!

One of just 50 schools across the country with this distinction

Redmond, Wash. – Ella Baker Elementary in Redmond has been recognized as a National School of Character. This is the first time a school from Washington state has been recognized with this award. The recognition comes from, an organization dedicated to empowering people of all ages to practice and model core values.



    Connections - April 29, 2022

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    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:

    • Nurses
    • Instructional Assistants (IAs)
    • Paraeducators
    • Custodians
    • Bus drivers
    • Substitutes

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


    Learning Focused

    LWSD Online School – Register now 

    Register now for our K-5 Online School for the 2022-23 school year. We will need at least 20-28 students per grade level to run an online program for 2022-23.* Families will be expected to commit to online learning for the entire school year. Registration from outside LWSD will be accepted on a space-available basis. Register by June 1, 2022. Visit for more information.  

    Click here to view the flyer.

    *Decision will be made by June 6, 2022 if the elementary online school program is able to run for 2022-23. 


    Help us spread the word – Kindergarten registration is happening now for 2022-23! 

    Kindergarten Registration

    If you live in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2022, it is time to register your child for kindergarten! Registration for all K-12 LWSD students is online. All necessary documents can be accessed on the LWSD website and completed documents can be uploaded securely. Parents who are unable to upload documents may send them by U.S. mail or drop them off at their neighborhood school.  

    Remind your friends and neighbors to register their incoming kindergarteners now! Our second priority date for registration is April 29, 2022. Registering by this date will help us ensure that we have teachers and staff in place for our first day of school in September. 

    Read more about Kindergarten registration on the district website.


    Administrative Professionals Day

    Administrative Professionals Week  

    April 25-29 is Administrative Professionals Week. We would like to recognize the tremendous work of all our office professionals. We value our administrative professionals and appreciate each of their contributions to LWSD! Thank you, Administrative Professionals!


    LWSD celebrates Earth Day 2022  

    Many schools celebrated Earth Day on April 22 with educational activities. At Carl Sandburg Elementary/Discovery Community School, students were invited to enter an Earth Day poster contest. There were over 50 submissions representing all our grade levels. Visit the LWSD Facebook page to see how LWSD celebrated this important day.



    Reminder: Help recognize our teachers

    Teacher Appreciation Week is next week! Show our teachers how much you appreciate them by nominating them for recognition on LWSD's social media channels! Email us at or send us a message on Facebook and Instagram..


    Reminder: 8-12 French Curriculum Adoption Community Information Night

    Please join us for an online Community Information Night to review the new grade 8-12 French curricula on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. We will share an overview of the adoption process, provide details and access to the curricula being piloted for French 1-AP, and offer an opportunity for community members to review and give input on the potential materials. 

    To join on your computer or mobile app 
    Click here to join the meeting 

    Or call in (audio only) 
    +1 206-800-4750, 59519062#  United States, Seattle 
    Phone Conference ID: 595 190 62# 
    Lake Washington School District #414

    For additional information, please contact Dr. Jen Rose, director of Teaching and Learning, or Theresa Vásquez, World Languages specialist.


    Reminder: Early entrance to LWSD kindergarten application now available

    In the state of Washington, students must be five years old by August 31 to register for kindergarten. Children whose fifth birthday fall between September 1 and November 30, and whose parents believe to be exceptionally qualified for kindergarten, may apply for early entrance to kindergarten. The application for early entrance to kindergarten for LWSD families is now open. Children whose fifth birthday falls after November 30 are not eligible to apply for early entrance to kindergarten.

    Please read the Early Entrance to Kindergarten FAQs before completing the application. Please contact the Accelerated Programs office at 425-936-1238 if you have questions about the early entrance to kindergarten process. Please visit the LWSD website for more information.


    Reminder: Heritage language opportunity

    Virtual Heritage Language Program for Russian, Romanian, and Ukrainian Speakers
    This free, virtual program through OSPI and International Education Washington meets once a week through June to assist heritage speakers of Russian, Romanian and Ukrainian with earning the Global Seal of Biliteracy. Space is available now for heritage language speakers from any public high school in Washington state. Interested students should apply ASAP using the application form.


    District Announcements

    Improving every student's success and wellbeing in Lake Washington School District 

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    Increasing diversity in school library collections. Funding Battle of the Books. Feeding Food-insecure families. Reducing youth depression and anxiety. These are just a few of the things we are doing for students and families in the Lake Washington School District. If you care about the success and well-being of students in our community, learn more about the work of Lake Washington Schools Foundation by watching our spring benefit video premiere


    Executive functioning skills: A webinar for middle and high school students and parents on May 5 

    The last two years have not been easy for students. Many students have come out of remote learning with a loss of their executive functioning skills. These include how to organize, plan, prioritize, manage time, maintain focus, self-assess, and study efficiently. Join Mary Pat O'Neil, independent college counselor, and Nancy Colburn, certified ADHD coach, as they discuss symptoms of executive function loss, and strategies to improve skills along with answering questions from the audience. Register for our May 5 webinar at  


    Parent Chat Webinar on May 11: Understanding Anger 

    Our next Parent Chat is Understanding Anger: Strategies for Parents. Identify myths about anger, reflect on the messages we received and those we convey to our kids about anger, and learn anger control and conflict resolution strategies. Register for our Spring Parent Chat series


    Register your child for a Kids Coming Together event!

    Kids Coming Together is a program that provides opportunities for local youth in grades 3-8 to make new friends and connect with their community through service events led by high school students.
    Check out our April calendar of events and register your child to attend!


    Reminder: Snow Make-up Day Announced: May 31 will be a full school day

    Lake Washington School District has finalized plans to make up for the one day missed due to the January 3, 2022 snow day. May 31 was built-in as a snow make up day, meaning that if we had snow days this school year, we would make them up by changing this day from a non-student day to a regular school day.

    The 2021-22 calendar has been modified to reflect this change: 

    • Tuesday, May 31: change from a non-school day to a full day for students

    View printable school calendar.


    Reminder: 2022 graduation schedule announced

    The graduation schedule for 2022 has been finalized. You can find the details on the LWSD webpage. We look forward to recognizing our class of 2022 graduates in June. Additional information, including details about tickets, will be shared with families by each school.


    Building on Success

    Carson Elementary addition update

    Carson Elementary construction update

    The project at Rachel Carson Elementary that will add a four-classroom addition is moving along. As growth continues on the Sammamish Plateau, Lake Washington School District began construction last summer on the addition at Carson Elementary. The steel structure and roof has been completed and the exterior framing and sheathing is nearing completion. As part of the geothermal system at Carson, a radiant flooring system was installed, and concrete floor slabs were poured earlier this month. 

    In April 2019, voters approved a capital construction levy to provide classroom space for 1,052 students. Carson’s new classroom addition will open in fall 2022. Classroom additions at three other elementary schools funded by the levy opened in the fall of 2021 and the classroom addition and commons expansion at Lake Washington High School opened in fall 2020. LWHS auxiliary gym opened in Fall 2021 and core spaces for the three other elementary schools are planned to open this Fall 2022. Carson’s core expansion is currently in the design phase with construction and completion expected in 2023.

    Student & Staff Success

    More than one hundred LWSD students qualify for DECA International Career Development Conference

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    One-hundred and nine LWSD students placed high enough at the DECA State Career Development Conference event to qualify for a spot at the International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga., April 23-26. The state-level competition was held at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash., March 3-5. Students from Eastlake High School (EHS), Juanita High School (JHS), Lake Washington High School (LWHS), and Redmond High School (RHS) competed against students from other schools from around the state. Read more about this on the LWSD website.  


    Several LWSD students excel in future health professionals competition 

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    Lake Washington School District students are ready to make a big splash in the health sciences industry. Eighteen individuals or teams finished in first place and many more placed in the top three at the 2022 HOSA Future Health Professionals State Leadership Conference held virtually March 7-11.

    Students compete in more than 50 different categories. They attend workshops when they are not competing throughout the event. The conference focuses on providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development in health sciences. Read more about this on the LWSD website.