Connections - May 23, 2024

Teacher Appreciation Week and Day


Teacher Appreciation Week and National Teacher Day

The Lake Washington School District community celebrated our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10) and National Teacher Day (May 7). We appreciate all the incredible work our teachers do for our students. Check out our Facebook page to see how our community celebrates our teachers.


Work with us

We're hiring! Consider a career in LWSD

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:

  • Bus drivers
  • 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

LWSD proposes a Building Excellence Construction Levy for the November ballot

Levy will focus on replacing four aging schools and upgrading/modernizing the fieldhouse and community pool at Juanita High School

Building Excellence

At the May 20, 2024, board meeting, Lake Washington School District proposed a Building Excellence Capital Construction Levy ballot measure for the November 5, 2024, election. The recommendation was presented to the Board of Directors during their meeting. They will formally vote on the recommendation at their June 3, 2024, board meeting.

“Our community has an opportunity to set the stage for future generations, continuing to make Lake Washington a great place to live, raise a family and educate children,” said Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. “Our students deserve educational environments that match the excellence we strive to attain with each of our students.”

Why does the district need a construction levy?
To continue to provide excellence in education for the students of our community, LWSD recommends placing this measure on the ballot. This levy will focus on aging facilities - to rebuild and enlarge the four remaining schools that have not received upgrades or rebuilds since the start of the 1998 modernization program. This levy would allow the district to ensure secure facilities with single entry points, interior hallways and other features to ensure students continue to learn in a safe environment.

Read more about this on the LWSD website.


Registering a new student for 2024-25 - Please register by July 11

Please visit our registration page if you have a new student that hasn't been registered yet. Our online enrollment system will be unavailable beginning midnight on July 11. The system will be back online at 8 a.m. on August 5. This downtime is needed as we update our student information system. Families that can't get their materials in by July 11 will need to wait to register until the system is back online on August 5.


New Skyward system coming August 2024

We are excited to be moving to a new version of Skyward in 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 after August 5. Students and families that utilize the Skyward mobile app will need to follow a process to reinstall the app. We will provide step-by-step directions on how to do this prior to August.


Fifteen Lake Washington School District students receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today that 15 Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students will receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Fifty-two students were selected statewide for these awards. 

The students receiving National Merit $2500 Scholarships are:

  • Rishi Cherian, (Kirkland), Lake Washington High School
  • Chegu Vijay Aashray, (Redmond), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
  • Anshu Aggarwal, (Redmond), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
  • Saraswathy Amjith, (Redmond), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
  • Selin Filiz, (Redmond), International Community School 
  • Dhyana Magesh, (Redmond), Redmond High School
  • Sidharth K. Rajagopal, (Redmond), Redmond High School
  • Divya Ramu, (Redmond), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
  • Sitara Ravishankar, (Redmond), Lake Washington High School
  • Aadhav Saravanan, (Redmond), Redmond High School
  • Saathvik Somujayabalan, (Redmond), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
  • Arjun Balaji, (Sammamish), Eastlake High School 
  • Maanit Goel, (Sammamish), Eastlake High School 
  • Chaeyoung Yoon, (Sammamish), Eastlake High School 
  • Sanjay Rajesh, (Woodinville), Redmond High School 

Visit the LWSD website for more on this.


2024 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region 110 Awards

Each year, Lake Washington School District (LWSD) participates in the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region 110 Awards. Each school district within a region can recognize a “WASA Student Leadership Award” and a “Community Leadership Award”. This year, LWSD selected:

Student Leadership Award – Lake Washington School District acknowledged student leaders, Kisa Dupe, Renee Larb and Yolanda Waweru. Kisa, Renee and Yolanda have worked to revitalize the Black Student Union (BSU) at Redmond High School this year, including the creation of the Black History Month assembly and participating in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Youth Event. At this event, they spoke about what Black Student Union is, the importance of having a Black Student Union for Black/African American students and how it has helped to create community within their school. With their hard work and dedication, these three wonderful students have shown and continue to show the importance of building community and elevating others to success. 

Community Leadership Award - Noticias en español para familias de BSD y LWSD recognized by Lake Washington School District with its Community Leadership Award. Lake Washington School District has partnered with Noticias en español para familias de BSD y LWSD toward a shared goal of better supporting our community of Spanish-speaking and Latinx families through thoughtful and culturally relevant communications. Noticias produces a weekly video newsletter that provides more equitable access to district information, allowing families to better support their students using transcreation instead of simple translation. Videos are shared with our Spanish-speaking families through ParentSquare, as well as posted on YouTube, the district website and on Facebook. In addition to weekly videos, they also produce special topic videos on topics of interest to our community.


Lake Washington School Foundation

Class of 2025 College Bootcamp | Find Your Fit event 

Attention rising seniors! Don't miss this opportunity to prepare for college application season with expert guidance from independent college counselor Mary Pat O’Neil. Join LWSF for three informative in-person sessions on creating a balanced college list, completing the Common Application and writing a college essay.

Sessions will take place on the mornings of June 24, 26 and 28 at the LWSD Resource Center.

Details and registration:


Heart to Heart: Cultivating Deep Conversations With Your Kids | June 5 Parent Chat webinar

Whether they are 5 or 15, our kids ultimately want to be seen, heard and understood. Creating compassionate and collaborative conversations with your kids keeps them coming back for more.

Don't miss LWSF’s last Parent Chat of the school year! Register now.


Building Excellence

2024 Building Excellence Plan

KaMS Building Excellence Plan

Kamiakin Middle School
Do you want to know why LWSD recommends rebuilding Kamiakin Middle School in the next phase of the Building Excellence Plan? Located in the Juanita area of Kirkland, Kamiakin is our oldest middle school facility, originally built in 1974. A rebuilt school could add permanent capacity for up to 330 students and would be completed in 2029. Listen as students, staff members and a building administrator share details about their building and thoughts on a new school. View our video about this next phase in the Building Excellence Plan for Kamiakin Middle School on the LWSD website.

EMS Building Excellence Plan

Evergreen Middle School
Do you want to know why LWSD recommends rebuilding Evergreen Middle School in the next phase of the Building Excellence Plan? Located in unincorporated King County near Union Hill in Redmond, Evergreen is our second-oldest middle school facility, originally built in 1983. A rebuilt school could add permanent student capacity and would be completed in 2031. Listen as students, staff members and building administrators share details about their building and thoughts on a new school. View our video about this next phase in the Building Excellence Plan for Evergreen Middle School on the LWSD website.

Other projects included in the 2024 Building Excellence Plan are Alcott ElementarySmith Elementary and the fieldhouse/community pool at Juanita High School. For more information, visit:


Student & Staff Success

Elmer Delgado YES award winner

¡Felicidades! – Juanita High School teacher wins educator award

One Juanita High School (JHS) teacher received a regional award for the exceptional work he is doing in world language. Elmer Delgado teaches the Spanish for Spanish Speakers (Heritage) class at Juanita High School. He recently received the Cesar Chaves and Dolores Huerta "Si Se Puede" Educator Award by YES (Youth Eastside Services). Lake Washington School District partners with YES in many ways, including work with our Spanish-speaking community. Delgado was specifically called out for his leadership and contributions to the Spanish-speaking community at JHS. In addition to his role in class, Delgado is also the staff advisor for the Latino Voice Club at JHS. Read more about this on the LWSD website


Rose Hill Middle School drama students create original production from the ground up

RHMS play

Rose Hill Middle School recently premiered the play titled “Jaliya.” The show is about a girl not of this world who is hunted by a lurking evil. Inquisitors, vagabonds, bards and nomads will ultimately decide her fate. The story takes place in ancient Egypt and mixes in mythology of North Africa with traditional African music. Not only did students record the music, they designed the costumes, and also the sets with elaborate hieroglyph walls. In fact, the entire production was an original created by Rose Hill Middle School students with the guidance of the Drama Club Advisor Josh Hollister. See more photos of the production on the LWSD website.



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