More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide
Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:
Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship
A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go
Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.
It all started when Shivani Jayaprakasam, rising junior at International Community School (ICS), was on vacation in Japan. A major typhoon struck while there in 2018 and she has been interested in emergency preparedness since.
Why is slime stretchy? How do chickens flap their wings?
With these questions in mind, two science classes at Lake Washington High School celebrated the last week of school by setting up lab experiments. The labs also gave students a chance to use the new equipment in two of the school’s 20 new classrooms.
Seventeen Lake Washington teachers achieve, renew National Board Certification
Seventeen Lake Washington teachers achieve, renew National Board Certification
Seventeen Lake Washington School District teachers achieved or renewed their National Board Certification®, as announced by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Five teachers were certified for the first time and 12 teachers renewed their certification this year; certifications must be renewed every ten years. Teachers from around the district completed the process and will be recognized at an upcoming School Board meeting.
In the fall of 2019, a K-5 Math Adoption committee, composed of K- 5 teachers, specialists, administrators, and community members, was formed to evaluate our adopted K-5 math curriculum. The Committee determined that new K-5 math curriculum is necessary to support the highest level of student learning in Lake Washington and has been working since then towards the goal providing a recommendation to the Lake Washington School Board for new K-5 math curriculum to be implemented in the in fall 2021.
The Committee utilized extensive research and engaged in in-depth professional learning to identify the elements of high-quality math curriculum and instruction and established rigorous evaluation. Based on extensive analysis of multiple curricular materials, the Committee has determined the top two choices and are moving to piloting these materials as the next phase in our adoption process. The materials we will pilot are Ready Classroom and Illustrative Mathematics; you can see brief overviews of the curriculum on their websites.
By March 30, we will be posting links to access an in-depth view of each curriculum on our website and will include a link to a survey to gather community input on the curricula. Community member input will be used to inform the final adoption decision. Physical copies of the curriculum and survey will be on display in the lobby at the Lake Washington Resource Center (16250 NE 74th St, Redmond) after Tuesday, March 30, 2021. This information, including links for in-depth access to the materials and a link to the survey, will be directly emailed to K-5 parents by March 31, 2021. Access to the materials and to the surveys will remain open until May 12, 2021.
We are excited about both options and are looking forward to getting information back from teachers, students, and parents about their experience using them in their learning. Thank you for supporting this opportunity and for providing feedback on our potential new math curriculum materials.
Travel guidance from LWSD
Spring Break is April 5-9. We know that our breaks are typically a time when staff and families decide to travel. Throughout this pandemic, we have highlighted the role the community plays in minimizing the spread of the virus. This has been done by a number of measures and includes paying attention to the travel guidance put out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). If you are traveling for non-essential purposes, we ask that you review the travel guidance and follow the steps outlined. By following this guidance, we can ensure that our schools, classrooms and community are in alignment with health and safety precautions. Thank you for your attention to this guidance.
Reminder: Pathway Forward Guide and videos for K-5 families
LWSD’s Pathway Forward Guide for K-5 Families is now available on our website here: https://www.lwsd.org/pathway-forward/pathway-forward-guide. We are currently in the process of translating this guide into additional languages, and have it available on our website as both a PDF and as a page that can be translated into other languages by clicking the globe “Translate” widget at the top left corner of the website.
In addition, LWSD has created a series of videos to help families understand the basics of our Safety Plan for returning K-5 students to in-person learning. You can find the videos here: https://www.lwsd.org/pathway-forward/pathway-forward-videos. We are working to translate these videos into additional languages as well.
Reminder: Enrollment for the new online school for 2021-22 is now open
Enrollment for the new online school has expanded to include ninth and 10th grade students. Families of incoming ninth and tenth grade students can access the enrollment application at https://www.lwsd.org/schools/online-school-opening-2021-22. Enrollment is open from March 12 to April 16.
Reminder: Register your child for Kindergarten now!
If you live in Lake Washington School District (LWSD) and your child will be five years old on or before August 31, 2021, it is time to register your child for Kindergarten!
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 to the school by U.S. mail or contact the school to arrange a drop off.
Reminder: Will child care still be available for families?
The YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and District Extended Day staff provide care in LWSD. We are currently offering full-day childcare at 8 school locations serving approximately 180 students. The Child Care Resources webpage includes links to interest forms for childcare once we return to in-person learning. Each provider will determine if/when locations can be added based on demand. The numbers of students able to be served may be limited due to space limits in buildings and ability to hire staff.
Update: Special notice of meal changes - grab and go meals are free for all children age 1-18
There will be no meals served/distributed the week of Spring Break, April 5-9
In addition, beginning the week of April 12, we will be distributing the multi-day meal packs on Wednesdays only (no Friday distribution) at the six middle school sites and 11 bus stop locations.
Reminder: Free internet available to eligible families
Reliable connectivity to the internet is critical for student success during remote teaching and learning. The state recognizes this need and has partnered with Ziply Fiber, Comcast/Xfinity and Presidio to create Washington’s K–12 Internet Access Program, which gives eligible families free internet access so students can connect to online learning from home.
This internet access opportunity will potentially provide families with faster and more reliable connectivity than hotspots, which will better support our students. Eligible families can receive free internet access through June 30, 2021.
LWSD has developed this webpage for families to check eligibility, choose a provider in their area, request an access code and sign-up for service.
Reminder: LWSD fields remain closed during the day for community use - playgrounds, tennis courts and tracks are open to public on evenings and weekends
All LWSD playgrounds, tracks and tennis courts are closed to the public during the school day from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and open for weekend and evening use. School campuses are closed during the school day. As a reminder, large, organized activities are not allowed.
Play is limited to groups of 5 or fewer.
Face coverings and 6 feet physical distancing are required.
Hands should be washed after play.
Please note that some elementary schools have childcare on site until 6:00 p.m. so play structures may be in use until that time.
The public is also not allowed to be on a field when an outside organization is renting the field.
Stadiums – fields and ball fields with synthetic turf opened in January. We will update our communities as more of our facilities open to the public.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to slow the transmission of COVID-19.
Building on Success
Building on Success is Lake Washington School District's long-term plan to reduce overcrowding, accommodate growing enrollment, and continue to provide quality learning environments and experiences for our students.
Siding installation begins at Franklin Elementary addition
A total of eight new classrooms at Benjamin Franklin Elementary are receiving window frames and glass this month. On the exterior, concrete block installation is ongoing and exterior siding has begun. Inside, drywall installation is nearly complete and interior finishes will begin soon.
Learn more about the district’s long-term plan to continue to build schools and to provide quality learning environments and experiences at www.lwsd.org/BuildingOnSuccess.
Student & Staff Success
Mann student wins first place at sport stacking national competition
Belen Mendoza Molina had the best all-around score in the nation for her age group in competitive sport stacking. A student from Horace Mann Elementary, she ranked number one in the nation overall at the live-streamed competition and ranked seventh in the nation for all age groups in the all-around female division.
The World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA) sanctioned Let’s Get Stacking competition took place on January 9. Categories for the competition included individual, doubles and relay. Many of the best “Speed Stackers” in the nation competed in this event. Read more about this on the LWSD website.
Reminder: Just for fun
We've got this! Calling all LWSD students! We’re asking student artists to color in our "We've got this" coloring sheet. Then, take a picture of yourself holding the sheet when you are done, and post to the LWSD Facebook page to share with the rest of our community!