Connections - November 21, 2018

Learning Focused

American Education Week/Community Leaders Breakfast

LWSD recognized the many community partners, business leaders, elected officials and parent leaders who support the district at its Community Leaders Breakfast on November 14. This annual event is part of American Education Week and seeks to raise awareness of the importance of public education while informing the nation of the accomplishments and needs of public schools. “We all have to do this together. It’s one community in terms of supporting kids,” said Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent.

Read more about the Community Leaders Breakfast.

World Language Competency Credit Opportunity

Students may develop world language skills in many ways. They may use another language at home, attend language programs in the community, learn language skills online or spend time living abroad. Students who have achieved some proficiency in a world language may seek to earn credit by taking an assessment that measures their proficiency.

Students who wish to pursue this option must sign up to participate in "Washington World Language Assessment Days." Through this program, students complete an assessment. If they demonstrate at least a novice mid-proficiency level, they receive a certificate of recognition and a letter indicating proficiency levels and number of high school credits earned.

Lake Washington School District will offer three more testing opportunities for 9th-12th grade students in 2018-19. The cost of a first attempt during a student’s high school career is free. Read more information about the LWSD World Language Credit Option and sign up by December 2 at 11:59 p.m. Priority will be given to 11th and 12th graders if space becomes limited. Testing will be held on December 12 at Redmond High School. Students must register by December 2 at 11:59 p.m. on the website.

A Message from Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent

As the new Lake Washington School District (LWSD) superintendent, one of the first questions I am asked when talking with people throughout our district is, “How do you like it here?” That’s an easy answer! What’s not to love about a school district that is shared between communities that are thriving, supported by people who care about children, in some of the most beautiful places on the planet? I love it when I am traveling around to schools and catch a glimpse of the mountains or get to drive by a lake to get where I’m going. Riding the ferry is a novelty and I am still hoping to see my first bear sighting! The great thing is I’ll never run out of things to do and places to see!

Read more of Dr. Stavem's November Message here.

Safety Spotlight

Are you ready for inclement weather?

When emergency conditions such as snow and ice or windstorms result in school schedule changes, the district will notify families directly through our SchoolMessenger automated phone system. You can learn how to know when school is delayed or cancelled on the School Closures and Late Starts page of the district website. Families with students who ride the bus should watch their mail in mid-November for a postcard with information about their bad weather bus route. Want to make sure you receive alerts about school closures right away? Sign up on to be notified about the latest school delay and school closure news from LWSD.

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.

Students and staff thank construction workers while placing last steal beam at Margaret Mead Elementary

Students and staff signed the last steel beam at Margaret Mead Elementary before a crane lifted it to the top of its three-floor steel frame on Nov. 13.

Director of Support Services Forrest Miller, who is retiring this month, explained the tradition of placing an American flag and evergreen tree on the beam. “We’re celebrating the fact that there’s been safety on this project, but also honoring the workers,” he said. Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem also attended the topping out ceremony. She thanked workers and the community for making the project possible.

The new building will have a capacity of 690 students.

Learn more about the Margaret Mead Elementary construction project, one of eight Building on Success projects.

Read more about our Building on Success program.

Important Reminders and Updates

Reminder: School Start Time Survey closes November 26

School start and end times changed for the 2018-19 school year as a seven-period schedule was implemented for high school students. The School Start Time Advisory committee will administer two online surveys, one per semester to gather staff and parent feedback on start/dismissal time impacts. The first survey will be open until November 26.

Take the survey here

Student & Staff Success

Students explore STEM careers at Google and network through the Kirkland Chamber

Students at GoogleStudents from Lake Washington High School, Juanita High School, International Community School and Emerson High School toured Google’s Kirkland campus on November 8. They learned about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers from a panel of Google employees. The students then attended a luncheon at the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. Read more about the students’ experience.   

Coming up in the world – Former LWSD student named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Education list

Tyler Menezes using a tabletA former Redmond High School student is making a name for himself in the education world. Tyler Menezes, class of 2010, has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education 2019 list. According to the Forbes website, the list connects a group of America's most gifted thinkers in the learning world. Read more about Tyler Menezes.

Read more student and staff success stories here.

Work with us

We’re hiring!

LWSD needs bus drivers, custodians, para educators and instructional assistants. Job descriptions are available on the district website, under “Employment” then “Classified Employees.” Bus drivers earn $25.57 per hour. Learn more about why driving a bus for LWSD is a great job. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.

Lake Washington School District is currently hiring paraeducators

Paraeducators make an important difference in the lives of our students. Paraeducators are responsible for individual and small-group instructional support for students who have physical, behavioral or medical needs; encourage and help students working on assignments; support students’ health care needs; and much more. Additional job descriptions, qualifications, openings and more are available on the district website.

Custodians needed

LWSD is looking to fill multiple custodial positions throughout our district. Custodians need to have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete a physical and pass a criminal background check. Job descriptions are available on the district website, under “Employment” then “Classified Employees.” Pass along to anyone looking for an important and fulfilling position with LWSD.

Sodexo/Nutrition Services is hiring

Are you looking for a way to get involved in LWSD? Would you like a part-time job that gives you the flexibility to be with your kids before and after school? Shifts that range from two hours to eight hours are available, helping serve students breakfast and lunch. Starting pay depends on experience. If interested, contact Nutrition Services at 425-936-1385.