Connections - March 21, 2024

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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
  • Substitutes

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



Learning Focused

We want to hear from you! Panorama family survey closes April 5, 2024

Families, students and schools all play important roles in helping students do their best in school. By taking the Panorama survey, you can help LWSD learn how to make your child's schooling experience as positive and beneficial as possible. The topics covered in this spring family survey are school fit, school climate and school safety.
The Panorama family survey can be accessed here.

If you have students at different schools, we encourage you to take the survey multiple times – one time per school.
Thank you in advance for completing this year’s Family Panorama survey!


Survey for Accelerated Programs

As part of the K-8 Highly Capable Program Review Committee work, our committee continues to seek input on the state of highly capable (HiCap) education in Lake Washington School District. In February, we engaged our community with a ThoughtExchange, and our committee continues to seek a deeper understanding of the experiences, values and priorities of our stakeholders.

This short questionnaire will help inform our committee how to best consider highly capable services in our school district. Your feedback is important to the school district and will be used to improve student experiences. 

This survey opened March 20 and will remain open until 11:45 p.m. on March 28, 2024.
Please select the most appropriate survey(s) below:


Future chefs prepare favorite family recipes in cooking competition

Five elementary students from LWSD schools participated in the Future Chefs Culinary Competition on February 29. The students were picked from nearly 200 submissions. Students were paired with a mentor and were challenged to create a recipe from scratch. LWSD Nutrition Services, operated by Sodexo, provided mentors who work in LWSD school kitchens. The theme was "your favorite family recipe." Students prepared samples for all the judges as well as parents and other guests. Samples were scored on taste, presentation and creativity. The competition was extremely close, but judges named Mishika Suram from Bell Elementary School as the grand prize winner for her savory paneer cheel-affles.

Congressional Art Competition 2024

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since the Artistic Discovery competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Each Member of Congress may choose to host the program in their individual districts and ask a panel of local artists, such as artists-in-residence, art teachers, gallery owners, etc, to act as judges. The winning artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year. The tunnel is the most highly traveled access point between the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Capitol. Every day, Members of Congress, distinguished visitors and tens of thousands of tourists – from the United States and abroad – walk through the tunnel and admire the artwork.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of judges select the winning entries. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC (with two free plane tickets to get there). The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol.

Congresswoman DelBene – Washington’s 1st District 

All submissions are due by April 19, 2024. Award ceremony and reception to be held the week of April 22, final date TBA. For more information and to fill out the form, visit

Congresswoman Schrier – Washington’s 8th District

The art that is submitted must be work that has been completed between the dates of April 28, 2023 and April 27, 2024 and must be a two dimensional piece of work on any medium. Artwork and release forms can then be photographed or scanned and sent to no later than April 27, 2024 which will then be sent to the judges. Dimensions of the artwork along with further questions can be found by following this link on Rep. Schrier’s website


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.



Annual Eastside Native American Education Program silent auction

This annual auction is in large part a fundraiser that supports many of the events and services that the ENAEP (Eastside Native American Education Program) provides the Native students and families in the Bellevue, Lake Washington and Northshore school districts. Many people have approached ENAEP wanting to know how they can better partner with the organization and the Native Community. This auction is one of those ways that someone can begin building that partnership. Please come and support!


District Information

Lake Washington School District announces changes to middle school athletics for 2024-25

Lake Washington School District (LWSD) is changing its middle school athletic program. Starting in the 2024-25 school year, LWSD will move to a three-season athletic schedule and will double the number of intramural sessions being offered to students.

Here are some of the highlights of this new middle school athletics model:
Informed by our community
The middle school athletics program review committee has been meeting since 2022. Most recently, this group surveyed families of students in grades 4-7 to get their feedback about program options. The feedback received from this survey was reviewed by the committee to help inform decisions about our middle school athletics model for 2024-25 and beyond. These changes are based on valuable input from students and families. LWSD actively sought the opinions of those families that would be directly impacted by a change to ensure that the new model aligns with student needs.

Read more about the changes to middle school athletics on the LWSD website.


New Skyward system coming summer 2024

We are excited to be moving to a new version of Skyward in the summer of 2024. The new version of Skyward includes improved Family Access and Student Access interfaces. Parents and students will begin to use the new system in August. More information about the new system will be coming out later in spring.

New, free tax filing option for WA state residents

Haven’t filed your 2023 tax return yet?

Direct File

If you live in one of the 12 pilot states, the IRS encourages you to see if Direct File is the right option for you. Join thousands of taxpayers who have successfully used Direct File
Check out the IRS’s tips for success to help you prepare to file your return with IRS Direct File. Get guidance to help you:

  • Gather your personal information
  • Organize your tax records
  • Prepare to take credits and deductions
  • Be ready to securely sign-in
  • Prepare to sign your return electronically

Check your eligibility at the Direct File website. You can log in to Direct File to start your return and complete it any time before the April filing deadline.


Lake Washington School Foundation

Seats are going fast for the Be the Bridge Spring Benefit

It's not too late to Be the Bridge on Thursday, March 28, at Seattle Marriott Redmond! This year, LWSF is excited to offer a Meet and Greet at 11:00 a.m. for you to connect with LWSF program leaders and board trustees before the luncheon and main program begin. 

  • 11:00 a.m. Meet and greet – Just added!
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Check-in 
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon and program 

At the event, you'll be inspired by dedicated LINKS Lunch Buddy mentors as well as special guests from Tesla STEM High School, who will discuss the effect of Teen Mental Health First Aid training on students. 
LWSD Superintendent Dr. Jon Holmen will offer insights into LWSF’s flourishing partnership and provide a promising glimpse into the future. Guiding the event is the event’s esteemed emcee, Morgan Palmer, Chief Meteorologist at KIRO 7 News.

Learn more here and register here.


Building Excellence

Together everyone achieves more – LWSD capital projects and technology operations teams work together in planning new classrooms at Redmond Middle School

Building Excellence update

Construction on the two-story, eight classroom addition is well underway and planned occupancy for Redmond Middle School (RMS) staff and students is on schedule to open Fall 2024. The funding for the construction comes from the Building Excellence Construction Levy that voters passed in February of 2022. On a recent visit, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Capital Projects and Technology Operations teams met with builders and designers to tour the addition. The goal of the visit was to review a "mock-up" of a classroom technology infrastructure. This site collaboration during construction gives the Technology Operations team an opportunity to see the layout of the space before a network of cables, wires and technology components are installed. 

Building Excellence update

By coordinating during this phase of construction with one of the many stakeholders, Technology Operations, it allows the subject matter experts to provide final inputs or adjustments to the placement of technology infrastructure in the classrooms with little to no impacts to cost or schedule. These visits provide an opportunity to ensure our classroom experience for our staff and students will be efficient and effective and bring quality assurance to the drawings that the builders use to construct the space. LWSD Capital Projects continues to look for opportunities for stakeholder input to improve the school construction process. Two other middle schools also have additions underway funded by the 2022 Building Excellence Construction Levy. Finn Hill and Kirkland Middle will also receive eight classroom additions opening Fall 2024.


Student & Staff Success

Regeneron Tesla STEM

Two students and a teacher from Tesla STEM honored in prestigious science talent search

Tesla STEM High School is having a huge presence in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent Search. One student was named a top 300 finalist while another is in the final pool of 40 students vying for the top prize. In addition to the students, a Tesla STEM teacher was awarded a Teacher of Merit in the same competition. 

Learn who the winners are and more on the LWSD website.


A pack of Eastlake Wolves wins 2023 Congressional App Challenge

Congressional App Challenge

Congressional Rep. Kim Schrier (WA-08) has named Shaan KalgaonkarArindam SanyalKritish Alli and Winston Luo of Eastlake High School as the winners of the 2023 Congressional App Challenge in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District. 

When asked what inspired the creation of StreetsUp, the students said: 

"Our inspiration behind creating StreetsUp runs deep, rooted in our belief that every young person, regardless of their past struggles, deserves a chance at a brighter future. We were motivated to develop this app by witnessing the challenges and hardships faced by teenagers who have been displaced, whether due to family issues, homelessness or other circumstances."

Read more about this on the LWSD website



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