Connections - December 1, 2023
Season of Giving
'Tis the Season of Giving in Lake Washington School District (LWSD). Each year schools and district buildings across LWSD think of ways to benefit those most in need during the holiday season. They do so by holding food or clothing drives, or collecting items to donate to others in the community. The items collected are distributed to families and non-profit organizations throughout the area.
We're hiring! Consider a career in LWSD
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)
- Bus drivers
These positions are also available in a substitute role. Check out the LWSD website for job descriptions and postings.
Computer Science Education Week & Hour of Code, December 4-10
More than ever, students are daily consumers of code and will continue to interact with computers and technology in ways we have not even imagined. Every year in December classes can join millions of students around the world in an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity in computer science education, learn about the role of computing in all careers and celebrate the contributions of students. Many students across the district at all levels have participated in these events in the past, either in classrooms or on their own, and have had a great experience.
This year’s theme for CS Ed Week is "Creativity with AI." Teachers use CS Ed Week and Hour of Code as a fun and engaging launch point to:
- Cultivate students’ interest and make connections to STEM subjects and their daily lives.
- Empower students to be creators of technology, not simple consumers.
- Promote more equitable and inclusive STEM teaching and learning by expanding access to computer science learning during the school day.
- Deepen understanding of the intersection between computer science and other subjects and skills.
FINAL REMINDER: Choice School application process is now open, closes on December 1
A reminder that if you have not filled out the 2024-25 Choice School application, the window closes at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 1, 2023, on ParentSquare. If you have already filled out an application, please disregard this message. You can only fill out one application per student.
Choice Schools and programs are optional schooling alternatives, created to meet specific needs and interests. They are designed to be smaller and use innovative approaches to education that are different from traditional public schools. Choice Schools and programs are often housed within an existing school or on the same campus as another school.
Applications for Choice Schools and programs will close on December 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. via ParentSquare. Please visit the Choice Schools webpage for details: https://www.lwsd.org/schools/choice-schools.
Inclusive Schools Week: December 4-8, 2023
Inclusive Schools Week is December 4-8, 2023. Inclusive Schools Week is celebrated annually the first week in December by families, schools and organizations around the world. The week highlights and celebrates the progress that schools have made in implementing inclusive practices to ensure a quality education for an increasingly diverse student population.
The week provides an important opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children. It is an occasion to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of teachers, administrators, students, and parents in making their schools more inclusive, and, thereby, significantly contributing to the development of a more inclusive society.
Reminder: Explore future building projects with local school districts
Lake Washington School District is partnering with the Edmonds School District's Capital Projects Office and other local school districts to host an open house to go over upcoming opportunities for building projects. Local, minority, women, small, disadvantaged and veteran-owned businesses are invited to learn about public works processes and discover how they may participate in learning environment projects for our students.
Thursday, December 14, 2023, from 1-3 p.m.
Edmonds School District Office
20420 68th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
We need your feedback! LWSD Budget Survey open now through December 10!
Lake Washington School District wants your feedback. Like many of our neighboring districts, we need to take steps to bring spending into alignment with revenues. We anticipate needing to make $11-$15 million in budget reductions over the next two years (equivalent to 2.7% of the total budget or $490 per student). You can learn more about the work toward a balanced budget on our Budget Planning webpage.
As Lake Washington School District plans the next school year’s budget, students, families, and community members are being asked to share their perspectives for how the district should spend its local and state resources. We are committed to responding to community needs, to the best of our abilities, as we make necessary reductions.
Despite any reductions, Lake Washington School District is committed to providing a world class learning experience for all students.
The deadline to complete the survey is December 10, 2023. Survey results will be shared with District leadership, the School Board, and the Budget Office.
The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Take the survey now: https://survey.k12insight.com/r/FUjfPM
What do you think about meals in LWSD? Tell Sodexo Nutrition Services now through December 8!
Gaining student feedback is essential in ensuring the success of Sodexo’s nutrition services program. Sodexo has created a customer satisfaction survey to help collect accurate feedback from our students, parents and guardians.
This quick five-minute survey will gather quantitative and qualitative data about the nutrition services program. Results will be used to enhance student experiences.
About the survey
- This is a nationwide survey used to gain insight from school districts across the country.
- This is a smart survey – the survey will tailor the questions based on how participants answer initial queries.
- The survey is available in English and Spanish.
- Survey results will be stored in a secure Sodexo system.
- No personal information will be collected from participants.
Take the survey: https://imo.cx/iuyyYhwP
Sound Transit x Move Redmond 2 Line Safety Video Contest
Sound Transit and Move Redmond are excited to announce the 2 Line Safety Video Contest. The 2 Line is planned to open in Spring 2024 to expand service in Bellevue and Redmond. Light rail will make it easier to get where you want to go on the Eastside. The two organizations want everyone to be aware of the change in their environment — especially in the BelRed neighborhood where the 2 Line will operate at street level.
The contest is asking K-12 students to submit a vertical format video on the theme of the contest: Practicing Safe Habits around light rail. To learn more about the contest, please visit the Move Redmond website.
Reminder: Are you ready for inclement weather?
When emergency conditions such as snow and ice or windstorms result in school schedule changes, the district will notify families directly through ParentSquare.
- Here are some other ways to find out about school schedule changes: Pop-up alert on https://www.lwsd.org/ and school webpages.
- Flashalert.net – This website allows you to sign up for text messages as well.
- Local TV/radio stations – They get a feed from Flashalert.net of all school schedule change decisions.
Curious how school schedule change decisions are made? You can learn how to be updated when school is delayed or canceled on the School Closures and Late Starts page of the district website.
Empowering Dreams: Diego Gonzalez, LWSD Students of Color scholarship winner
Join Lake Washington Schools Foundation on an amazing ride through the life of a Redmond High School graduate who's making a difference for immigrants and people of color. Get ready to be moved and inspired by his personal journey towards a fairer world. Read Diego's story.
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Call for ambassadors!
Join the Foundation family! Ambassadors represent their school community and champion LWSF programs that help every student in our school district thrive. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Navigating Friendship Drama | Parent Chat webinar
In middle and high school, friendships become more complicated, emotional and important. Empower your child to ditch the drama and foster healthy friendships. Register for our December 6 webinar.
Parent Chat is fully funded by the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
Community services for kids
Create hot cocoa mix bags for a local homeless shelter! Check out this and other upcoming service opportunities for kids designed to help them make new friends and connect with their community!
Kids Coming Together is a program of the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
As part of the 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy, Finn Hill Middle School, Kirkland Middle School, and Redmond Middle School are all adding eight more classrooms starting in the fall of 2024. The district website has posted renderings and site plans for the public to view. Thanks to the support of the voters and the community, all three projects are on track to meet their deadlines and budgets.
Finn Hill and Redmond Middle Schools Make Progress on Classroom Additions
The construction crews have been working hard since the summer, completing the earthwork and laying the slab on grade foundation at both sites. The photos below show the impressive work done so far. The next steps are installing the steel and beginning framing. This work is expected to begin in early December. The new classrooms will offer more space and enhance the learning environment with natural light and modern features.
Modular addition for Kirkland Middle School
A new modular 8-classroom addition will be added to Kirkland Middle School. Modular buildings are built off-site and then assembled on location. This saves time, money and resources. The project is under permit review in partnership with the City of Kirkland. Construction on site is expected to start in Spring 2024, and the building will be ready by Fall 2024.
Juanita High School Japanese teacher wins state award for excellence in language teaching
Kei Tsukamaki is no stranger to winning awards. The Japanese language teacher from Juanita High School was the recipient of the American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ) 2022 Teacher Award in the K-12 category. Now, she has been given the Washington Association for Language Teaching (WAFLT) Teacher of the Year award.
Three LWSD students selected to serve as delegates at science academy
There were 11 students chosen to represent Washington state as delegates to the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS). Three of those students are from Lake Washington School District (LWSD). Annie Adhikary and Nikki Taleghani, Tesla STEM High School, and Dhruv Darbha, Redmond High School, are a part of the largest Washington state delegation ever.