Connections - February 22, 2024

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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
  • Substitutes

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

 

 

Reminder: February is Black History Month

Black History Month

Since 1976, each president of the United States has designated February as Black History Month. The origin can be traced even further back to 1915, when an organization called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), led by Harvard-educated historian Carter G. Woodson, was formed. The ASALH dedicated its time to researching the achievements of Black Americans and other people of African descent. The goal was to inspire schools and communities across the United States to organize local celebrations, activities and lectures in an effort to teach Black history as it had never been taught before. Today, Black History Month is also celebrated in other countries around the world, including Canada (who also celebrate in February) and the UK (who celebrate in October). 

For a guide on how to celebrate Black History Month in the Seattle area, please visit: bit.ly/VSBHM24.

 

Learning Focused

Watch the LWSD budget update on our website

Join Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen and Associate Superintendent, Barbara Posthumus as they share information about the current and future budget outlook for LWSD. The event took place on February 8 via Microsoft Teams. You can view the recorded video and some frequently asked questions by visiting the LWSD Budget Panning webpage.

 

Community leaders gather to celebrate student success

On January 31, Superintendent Dr. Jon Holmen was joined by leaders from across our community to celebrate the successes of our students, staff and district. Elected officials, school board members and individuals from community-based organizations, public/private agencies, P-12 education and higher education came together for our annual Superintendent’s Community Leaders Breakfast.

View a video of the breakfast on the LWSD website.

LWSD College Night

Eastlake High School, Lake Washington High School and Tesla STEM High School have joined together this year for two college nights on March 5 and 7. Each evening will feature a college fair from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. with over 50 schools: University of Washington, University of Washington – Bothell, Penn State University, University College Dublin, Seattle University and many more. Following the college fair, families can participate in breakout sessions to learn about: financial aid, college essays, finding your best fit, UW admissions and more. For more information about the colleges visiting and the breakout sessions, check out the LWSD College Night website. This event is geared toward rising seniors but all are welcome to attend. 

March 5
College fair: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Breakout sessions: 6:05 - 7:20 p.m.
Location: CWU, Sammamish Campus (please note, space is limited at this location for breakout sessions)

March 7
College fair: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Breakout sessions: 6:05 - 7:20 p.m.
Location: Lake Washington High School

 

Reminder: Lake Washington tuition-based Preschool Program now accepting entry into enrollment lottery for 2024-25 school year      

The tuition-based Lake Washington Preschool Program is now accepting entries into our enrollment lottery for the 2024-25 school year. New families interested in securing a seat for their child to enroll at one of the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Preschool Sites in the 2024-2025 school year, need to complete a preschool lottery entry form.

Currently enrolled/returning preschool students, preschool students on an IEP or students enrolled in our Head Start program do not need to fill out a lottery entry form. 

Forms received before March 1, 2024 will be entered into a lottery for a seat in the LWSD Preschool Program. Lottery will be held the week of March 11, 2024 and families will be notified the week of March 18, 2024. Any students who do not receive a seat via the lottery will be placed on a waitlist for that preschool location/session. 

Families on the waitlist at specific preschool locations will be called and offered seats as they become available. 

Please direct any questions to Nichole Townsend, preschool registrar at: ntownsend@lwsd.org.

Visit the Lake Washington Preschool Program website for more information and to submit a lottery entry form.

 

Reminder: Lake Washington schools open enrollment is February 1-28, 2024

Some schools open to LWSD students residing outside their attendance area

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) holds an open enrollment period each year for parents who want their children to attend a school other than their neighborhood school. Parents may apply between February 1-28 for a change to their school assignment for the 2024-25 school year for their students in grades K-12. This option is also known as an In-District Variance

This open enrollment option only applies to neighborhood schools that have space available (and are designated as "open" or "limited"). The list of schools that are open or limited to students outside their neighborhood is available on the district website.

Read more about this on the district website.

 

Reminder: Welcome to Kindergarten events scheduled at elementary schools on February 22, 2024

Elementary schools are holding Kindergarten welcome events today, Thursday, February 22 from 1:00 -7:00 p.m. 

Each school is hosting their Kindergarten event differently. Contact the school directly for more information.

 

Reminder: Early Entrance to Kindergarten applications: Feb 1 - Mar 15, 2024

If your student will turn five between September 1 and November 30, 2024 and you would like them to be considered for Early Entrance to Kindergarten (EEK) you may apply between February 1 and March 15, 2024. The Final Forms program will take applicants through the process and payment.

The EEK program screens students whose families believe are exceptionally qualified to enter kindergarten at an early age.

More information can be found on the LWSD EEK page.

 

Reminder: Advanced Placement exam registration information for 2023-24 school year     

LWSD is offering a LATE AP exam registration window from February 26 - March 7, 2024. Students who register during the late AP registration window will incur a $50 per exam late fee in addition to the $100 per exam fee. 

Read more information about late registration and fees associated here.

 

District Information

LWSD HR team attending several career events

Come out and meet our hiring teams in-person at these upcoming events (pre-registration or affiliation may be required): 

  • March 12 – UW Bothell – Job Search Clinic – 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    • Specifically for teacher interns in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell
    • Contact: jonuwb@uw.edu
  • March 16 – City U – Seattle Campus – Job Fair – 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • March 27 – UW SLP Fair (Special Education Team) – 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Specifically for hearing and speech sciences students at University of Washington
    • Contact: allyb@uw.edu
  • March 28 – Indian American Community Services – 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. 
  • March 29 – WSPA Tacoma – 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

You can find out more about these events and more on the LWSD Career Events page.

 

Lake Washington School Foundation

Join LWSF for our Be the Bridge Spring Benefit

Register now for LWSF's 2024 Be the Bridge Spring Benefit on Thursday, March 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join LWSF for an inspiring luncheon that celebrates and supports students in Lake Washington School District.



Find Your Fit webinars

March 12 - Lake Washington Institute of Technology: LW Tech is a wonderful community resource that many people aren’t aware of. Join LWSF to learn about their wide range of programs, hands-on learning, small cohort model and much more! 

March 19 - College 101: Join Mary Pat O’Neil for an insightful dive into the college application process. Discover the key components, what colleges really consider, strategies for highly selective colleges and insights on costs and scholarships. 

Learn more and register at www.lwsf.org/our-work/find-your-fit.

 

Parenting for Emotional Wellbeing workshops

It's not too late to register for LWSF’s Parenting Workshops starting in a few days! Build social and emotional awareness and skills that can help you clarify your parenting identity, improve relationships in your family and raise resilient kids. Register now at www.lwsf.org/parentingworkshop.

 

Building Excellence

Future Projects: Evergreen Middle School

On January 24, the School Construction Input Team (SCIT) at Evergreen (EMS) and Kamiakin (KaMS) Middle Schools met with the capital projects team to continue work for future plans of their school campus projects. The SCIT members have been meeting throughout the school year to provide feedback on the design for new Evergreen and Kamiakin Middle Schools. Evergreen and Kamiakin are two of four aging schools (built in 1983 and 1974) that are part of the Building Excellence – Phase 2 Plan

The goal of Building Excellence – Phase 2 Plan is to rebuild and enlarge the four oldest schools that have not received upgrades or rebuilds since the start of the 1998 modernization program – including Alcott Elementary, Smith Elementary, Kamiakin Middle School and Evergreen Middle School. 

The pre-design process includes a review of existing site amenities and site master planning to ensure optimal and flexible utilization of the entire site. During the breakout sessions, SCIT members discussed relationships between interior and exterior spaces and how to integrate them into the school design by priority of students, staff and community needs. 

The pre-design process is funded with proceeds of prior voter approved construction measures and based on recommendations from our Facility Advisory Committees. This collaborative process between diverse stakeholders, contractors and designers will provide the district better cost certainty and transparency for the recommended funding measure.

The recommended funding mechanism for the Phase 2 projects is a six-year Capital Construction Levy that would go to voters in November 2024. The levy collection would begin in 2026. The EMS rebuild and enlarge project is estimated to be completed by 2031 and KaMS is estimated to be completed by 2029.

Building Excellence

 

Student & Staff Success

Fly high and soar – Redmond HS students create volunteer group called Blu Birds, helping bridge students with elderly community

Blu Birds

Redmond High School (RHS) juniors Sarah Mendahawi and Prisha Sood of Blu Birds had a vision. What if there was a volunteer organization that aimed to bridge the generational gap and foster mental well-being through intergenerational bonds? Well, that is exactly what they did, and it is incredibly popular. Since they developed the non-profit organization Blu Birds, over 60 RHS students have volunteered at retirement homes regularly. Read more about this on the LWSD website.

 

 

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