Connections - March 8, 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.



Learning Focused

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.


Thank you, classified staff!

Education Support Professionals Week is March 11-15

Next week, March 11-15, is Education Support Professionals Week. Classified school employees are involved in nearly every aspect of education, including maintaining school buildings and grounds, providing secretarial and clerical assistance, preparing and serving meals, providing safe transportation, keeping school facilities clean and orderly, assisting in the classroom, providing a secure and healthy environment, and many other specialized services. Thank you to the approximately 1,500 classified school employees working in Lake Washington School District! 

Read the LWSD proclamation for Education Support Professionals Week signed by the LWSD Board.


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



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! 


Black Student Union at Redmond High School hosts Black History Month assembly

RHS BHM assembly

Black History Month takes place every February. It is common for schools to host an assembly honoring and celebrating the lives and legacies of historical black figures in recognition of Black History Month. The Black Student Union (BSU) at Redmond High School (RHS) hosted an assembly on February 21. During the assembly, they paid tribute to musical pioneers with the RHS orchestra and jazz band playing songs from black artists of the past. 

The BSU also honored talented black figures of the present. Dwight Jones, principal product manager at Microsoft, spoke to the crowd of students and staff about his career path in the tech world. Jones has a far-reaching legacy of building inclusive products and services at Microsoft and other tech companies. Originally from Atlanta, Jones spoke about his experience, taking a chance by accepting a job at Microsoft here in the Pacific Northwest. He told the crowd that he is proud of what he has accomplished over his more than 35 years in tech, and he hopes that his career has paved a path for others like him. 

Read more about this on the LWSD website.


District Information

Reminder: 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.


Reminder: Early Entrance to Kindergarten applications due 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.


Lake Washington School Foundation

Backpack grant!

Backpack grant

very year, the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation offers a $1,000 backpack grant. The goal of this program is to help eliminate hunger on weekends or holiday vacations for students of Sodexo-partnered school districts by providing the students with nutritious, easy-to-prepare and non-perishable food. Money from the grant is used to help offset the cost of food and supplies needed to help support such a program.

The LWSD Nutrition Services team partnered with the Lake Washington Schools Foundation to assist in completing the grant application for assistance towards the "Pantry Pack" program. In late December/early January, the $1,000 grant was awarded and donated to LWSF. 


Reminder: Join LWSF for their 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.


Reminder: 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


Building Excellence

Community meeting at Alcott Elementary

Alcott community meeting

On Thursday, February 29, 2024, members of Lake Washington School District’s capital projects team met with staff, families and community members from Alcott Elementary to discuss the future of their school community. Pre-design has begun to develop plans to rebuild and enlarge Alcott Elementary. There is a potential option to build the new school in a different location within the Alcott Elementary boundary. There are a number of considerations for making this change, and the goal of the meeting was to understand what information staff and community members think the district should consider as they work through next steps. Either option will require a funding measure to pass before we can rebuild the school.

See the project boards and learn more here.


Student & Staff Success

LWSD preschool parent and author teaches staff a do-it-yourself approach to adapting toys that can make a world of difference to children with disabilities

Adaptive toys demo

Greg Nakata has a very special set of skills. With a background in architecture and design, Nakata is taking run of the mill toys and turning them into items that can bring greater access and inclusion to people with disabilities. Nakata is the father of a Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student with disabilities and advocates for accessibility not just for her, but for everyone in his professional work and the greater community. He shared this knowledge with more than 30 LWSD staff, including occupational therapists, a vision specialist, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists and special education teachers. The event took place at Old Redmond Schoolhouse on January 31. Read more about this on the LWSD website.


Stella Schola Future City

The future is in their hands – Stella Schola students address urban sustainability in STEM contest

Congratulations go out to Green Gladiators (Yilin Guo, Thomas Laurino, Hasan Salahuddin, Yotam Zur, Hutch Cockrell and Saarth Bhargava), the 8th grade team from Stella Schola Middle School who recently won the Washington State Future City contest. The team is advised by Stella Schola teacher Judy Ronning-Larson. That win qualified them to compete in Washington D.C. February 16-19 at the national competition where they were awarded the special Professional Engineering Award. The team thanks valued community partner, PSE electrical engineer, Alison Klima. In 2024, 66,000 students competed from over 1,600 middle schools representing regions all across the nation and included multiple teams from China. Read more about this on the LWSD website



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