Connections - May 18, 2023

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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:

  • Paraeducators
  • Nurses
  • Instructional Assistants (IA’s)
  • Bus Drivers
  • Substitutes

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


Learning Focused

Regular school day on May 30

A reminder that due to a school cancelation because of inclement weather in the fall, May 30 is now a regular school day. This day was reserved as a snow make-up day before the school year started. Because we had to cancel school on November 30, this will now be a regular school day. 

KCLS student accounts

King County Library System (KCLS) and Lake Washington School District have partnered to provide all students access to online digital library resources at school and at home. These online student accounts are different from having a KCLS library card, and the available resources include age-appropriate research databases that are often accessed to complete class assignments. Students with these accounts can access them via ClassLink, along with all of their other district-provided tools.

To create these student accounts, the following student information is shared with KCLS: name, birth year, and student ID number. During the initial student registration and annual student information verification processes, parents and guardians will see a screen with additional information about this program and can manage whether this student information is shared with this provider.

For more information about these student accounts, please visit this FAQ found at Student and Teacher Account | Frequently Asked Questions | King County Library System (


Teacher appreciation 2023

Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day 

The Lake Washington School District community celebrated our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12) and National Teacher Day (May 2). We appreciate all the incredible work our teachers do for our students. Check out our Facebook page to see how our community celebrated our teachers.


District Announcements

King County river safety reminder

Here is a message from King County about staying safe near water as the temperatures rise:
Welcome to summer 2023! With children finishing school and about to be out of daily classes, many will visit local pools, rivers, streams lakes and Puget Sound for swimming. Water recreation is a popular summertime activity here in King County. To ensure you and your family have fun, King County is sharing ways you can plan and make safety your goal.

While most kids enjoy swimming safely, preventable drownings and other tragic situations sadly happen every year. Preventable drownings in King County continue to remain elevated with 29 fatalities in 2022, including 16 deaths in open water. In 2021, 29 people also died. In 62%of those open-water drownings, a life jacket may have saved the person’s life.

Public Health – Seattle & King County advises:

  • Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when swimming if no lifeguards are present, and while boating, tubing, or rafting. Children ages 12 and younger are required by law to wear a life jacket on any vessel under 19 feet.
  • Ensure all family members know how to swim before going in the water.
  • Watch children closely when they are in or near any type of water; always stay within touching distance of small children.
  • Never use alcohol, marijuana, or other impairing drugs during water and boating activities.
  • Learn CPR. Visit for training information on Hands-Only CPR.

To learn more about this, view the full letter from King County (Español).


Free public transportation for riders 18 and under

Thanks to a huge collaboration and coordination effort by local transit agencies, youth ages 18 and younger can ride transit for free throughout King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties!

Process for boarding
Riders ages 13 – 18 are encouraged to show one of the following to the transit operator, if they have it:

  • ORCA card
  • School ID
  • No ORCA card or no ID? NO problem! Simply hop onboard! 😊
  • Youth under the age of 13 or without school ID are encouraged to apply for a card, with the help of an adult, at  

ORCA is the agency in charge of running this program. If you have any questions, please visit to learn more.  


Lake Washington Schools Foundation

Watch Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER | May 21 to June 4 


From the director of "SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age" comes "Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience." Follow physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston, as she discovers solutions for improved adolescent well-being in the digital world. 

Visit to sign up to watch this documentary virtually between May 21 and June 4. 

This free event is brought to you by Overlake Medical Center & Clinics and Lake Washington Schools Foundation.


Student & Staff Success

Future Chefs culinary competition

Five elementary students from LWSD schools participated in the "Future Chef" culinary competition on April 27. The students were picked from more than 240 submissions. Students were paired with a mentor and were challenged to create a recipe from scratch. LWSD Nutrition Services, operated by Sodexo, provided the mentors, who work in LWSD school kitchens. The theme was "your favorite fruit or vegetable side dish." 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 Charlotte Chong from Rose Hill Elementary School as Grand Prize winner for her Watermelon Feta Salad. Watch the video: 

Double the fun – Two LWSD students named U.S. Presidential Scholars, the only two from Washington state 

2023 Presidential Scholars Program

Two of Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) students have been named to an esteemed list. Lora Kwon, senior at Redmond High School, and Arihant Singh, senior at Nikola Tesla STEM High School, are 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars. The announcement was made by the United States Department of Education on May 10. According to the release, Kwon and Singh are two of 161 outstanding American high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, technical expertise, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community. They are the only two students from Washington state who were selected for this prestigious award. Read more about this on the LWSD website

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