Franklin Elementary choir students and choir director Shawna Sandstrom presented “Around the World” on December 8.
Connections - November 10, 2022
We're hiring! Consider a career in LWSD
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:
- Instructional Assistants (IA’s)
- Bus Drivers
These positions are also available in a substitute role. Check out the LWSD website for job descriptions and postings.
Lake Washington School District Board of Directors named “Board of Distinction”
30 school boards across the state recognized
For the second consecutive year, the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Board of Directors has been named a “Board of Distinction” by the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA). Only 30 of our state’s 295 school boards received recognition as Boards of Distinction. LWSD is one of 13 recognized in the “Large School Districts (9,001+ students FTE)” category.
The annual Boards of Distinction program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. These standards promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement and help close gaps that impact student success.
Lake Washington Area Boundary Committee to host open house to share options November 17, 2022, 6-8 p.m.
In October 2022, a Boundary Committee began the work to make recommendations for school attendance boundaries in the Lake Washington area. Neighborhood boundaries for all elementary and middle schools in the Lake Washington High School feeder pattern could change, beginning in the 2023-24 school year for elementary school students and in 2024-25 for middle school students.
The Boundary Committee is preparing multiple new attendance boundary options. The Boundary Committee will hold an open house on Thursday, November 17. Attendees will view the options in an open-house format. Committee members will be present to discuss these scenarios and answer questions. Come learn more about the different boundary scenarios.
Boundary open house event
- Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
- Time: 6-8 p.m.
- Location: Lake Washington High School Commons (12033 NE 80th St, Kirkland)
Attendees will be able to review options and then provide online feedback by November 23.
Can’t attend the meeting?
Those who cannot attend the in-person meeting on November 17 will be able to review the proposed scenarios on the district website and submit feedback online by November 23.
To learn more about the work of the Boundary Committee, visit: https://www.lwsd.org/schools/attendance-areas/2022-boundary-review-process
Reminder: World Language proficiency testing
LWSD offers in-person, world language testing for high school students. These tests help students meet the “world languages” graduation requirement. They can earn up to four high school credits. They can also earn the Washington state “Seal of Biliteracy” on their transcript and diploma.
- All high school students can take one language test for free.
- Students can take the test at any location (see list below).
- Tests are available in any language that is both written and spoken.
See below for test dates and locations.
|Wednesday, January 18||1:30 p.m.||LWHS, RHS|
Questions? Contact the Assessment Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No school on Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day
LWSD schools and district buildings will be closed on Friday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
Get ready for 2022's global day of giving!
#GivingTuesday is November 29, and Lake Washington Schools Foundation has big news: thanks to a generous anonymous donor who believes in LWSF's mission to support students and families in the Lake Washington School District, every dollar donated to LWSF between now and the end of the year will be matched, up to $10,000.
That's right: your donations will be doubled!
With your help, LWSF can unleash the full power of the $10,000 match. Make your matched #GivingTuesday donation right now at www.lwsf.org/givingtuesday.
Parent Chat Webinar on November 16: Stress and Student-Athletes
Having a child in competitive sports, or other competitive interests, has its own unique stresses. At the next Parent Chat on November 16, former Seahawk, D'Anthony Smith shares what supports your child needs and how to offer them in a positive manner. Register for the Fall Parent Chat series at www.lwsf.org/parentchat
The event is organized by Balance In Mind, a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
Kids Coming Together November events
Kids Coming Together community service events are great opportunities for children grades 3-8 to meet new friends and connect with their community. Teens in grades 9 through 12 can also volunteer as event leaders. To learn more and to register for upcoming events, visit www.kidscomingtogether.org.
- November 17 - Eastside Baby Corner Doll Cleaning
- November 21 - Bracelets for Seattle Children's Hospital
- November 28 - Group Painting Project
Kids Coming Together is a program of Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
Reminder: Pantry Packs Fall Food Drive
The Pantry Packs Program is hosting its annual Fall Food Drive! You can help feed hungry students in our community through one of two ways:
- Donate food directly through our Amazon Wish List.
- Drop off your food donations (with food from our kid-friendly food items list) on November 16 or 19, from 10am to 2pm, at our Pantry Packs warehouse located at 14816 NE 95th St - Bldg 6, Redmond, WA.
Reminder: 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 ParentSquare.
- Here are some other ways to find out about school schedule changes: Pop-up alert on https://www.lwsd.org/ and school webpages.
- Flashalert.net – this website allows you to sign up for text messages as well.
- Local TV/radio stations – they get a feed from Flashalert.net of all school schedule change decisions.
If you are curious how school schedule change decisions are made please visit the School Closures and Late Starts page of the district website.
Learning through doing – students create an ofrenda for Día de los Muertos
Valerie Yob’s students have been learning about Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in October. The Rose Hill Middle School Spanish teacher had her students create an ofrenda (offering) at their school. The holiday is celebrated primarily in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. It is an indigenous holiday. The holiday was combined with All Saint’s Day, which is a Christian celebration occurring during the first days of November.