More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide
Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:
Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship
A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go
Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.
It all started when Shivani Jayaprakasam, rising junior at International Community School (ICS), was on vacation in Japan. A major typhoon struck while there in 2018 and she has been interested in emergency preparedness since.
Why is slime stretchy? How do chickens flap their wings?
With these questions in mind, two science classes at Lake Washington High School celebrated the last week of school by setting up lab experiments. The labs also gave students a chance to use the new equipment in two of the school’s 20 new classrooms.
Middle school and high school options information now available/Choice school applications now open
Parents of students in grades five or eight should have received a Middle School options message or High School options message in their email. The messages outline the opportunities in these respective levels, including information about neighborhood schools and choice schools. Videos about each choice school are posted on the district website and YouTube channel.
If you did not receive this message or are interested in learning more, click on the links below:
Are you interested in enrolling your child in a choice school? Learn more about the process and curriculum at our information sessions coming up in November and December. Applications for choice schools open today, Friday, November 6 and will close on Friday, December 11 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit: lwsd.org/choice-schools
Update: Grab and go meals and delivery changes - starting November 6
Based on feedback from families and staff, changes are being made to our meal distribution so that accessing meals is more convenient. Beginning on Friday, November 6, Nutrition Services will switch from a daily meal pickup to a twice per week pickup. Multiple days' worth of meals will be distributed on Fridays and Tuesdays each week. The pickup times and locations will remain the same. Friday will include meals for: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday (4 days). Tuesday will include meals for: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (3 days). These changes will reduce the need to pick up meals each day. For ordering meals and additional information, please visit the website: https://www.lwsd.org/fall-2020/grab-go-student-meals. These changes will not impact meal service to in-person childcare or preschool sites.
The Friday form will be open from Friday at 2:00 p.m. until the following Thursday at 12:00 p.m. The Tuesday order form will be available from Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. until the following Monday at 12:00 p.m.
Reminder: Highly Capable Programs/Quest applications now available
Applications for Highly Capable Programs/Quest are now available on the district website. All applications are due on Monday, November 30 at 4:30 p.m. If a family is unable to access the internet-based application or needs an application in a language other than English, please contact the Accelerated Programs Office at 425-936-1238. More information on these programs can be found on the Accelerated Programs section of the district website.
Reminder: World language proficiency testing
To continue to recognize the talents of our bilingual and biliterate LWSD students, we are tentatively offering in-person testing on Wednesdays this year, as indicated below. Testing will be conducted following strict safety and social distancing protocols. After registering here on LWSD's website, we will contact you via the preferred email indicated in the registration to coordinate your specific test date and time at your preferred location. Please note that we are operating at limited capacity this year and will prioritize 11th and 12th graders who need World Language credit to graduate. We will test 9th and 10th graders if additional spots are available.
We are using a rolling registration this year and students can register now for any of the following testing windows:
Wednesdays in January at Eastlake High School
(Registration closes December 16, 2020)
Wednesdays in February at Redmond High School
(Registration closes January 31, 2021)
Wednesdays in March at Lake Washington High School
(Registration closes February 28, 2021)
Any Wednesday at the LWSD Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
(Registration closes March 31, 2021)
As always, feel free to reach out to your student’s librarian for any help navigating technical issues you may be having like forgotten passwords.
Additional Help Resources:
Helpdesk is open! 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., 7 days/week.
Families Contact: Family Technology Access at firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-936-1322
24x7 Parent Help email address: email@example.com
Reminder: Child care space still available
Space is still available for families and staff who need child care. The district has worked with community partners, YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of King County to provide emergency child care for students in grades K-5. In addition, our district extended day program will provide care at select sites. Each provider will have multiple locations to choose from.
These childcare services provide emergency or critical support for families that cannot otherwise be with their children during the day due to work responsibilities outside of the home.
No school on Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Reminder: Lake Washington Schools Foundation Supports LWSD Students and Staff
Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF) is a non-profit organization that has been partnering for 15 years with Lake Washington School District to improve the education of every student in the district. LWSF supports students and families with programs like Pantry Packs, Balance in Mind, LINKS Mentoring, Find Your Fit and Reach for Success Classroom Grants.
LWSF relies on donations from community members and local businesses to fund these important programs. You can learn more about the LWSF here: www.lwsf.org.
Reminder: LWSD playgrounds now open to public
All LWSD playgrounds are now open to the public during evenings and weekends. This is in accordance with city, county and state guidance. Playgrounds will be closed to the public during the school day from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Just a reminder that large, organized activities are not allowed. Play is limited to groups of 5 or fewer. Please wear a face covering and keep 6 feet apart. Hands should be washed after play. Please note that some schools have childcare on site until 6:00 p.m. so play structures may be in use until that time.
We will update our communities as more of our facilities open to the public.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to slow the transmission of COVID-19.
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.
Auxiliary gymnasium at LWHS begins to take shape
Concrete was poured in October for the foundation of the new auxiliary gymnasium at Lake Washington High School. The gymnasium will provide additional capacity for physical education (PE) programming athletics, and community programs. The expansion will also provide greater seating capacity for the student body to gather during assemblies. Structural steel installation is scheduled for December and the new auxiliary gymnasium will open in fall 2021. As part of the project, the current locker room will be expanded to accommodate a growing student body and athletic activities. This expansion is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.
Learn more about the district’s long-term plan to continue to build schools and to provide quality learning environments and experiences at www.lwsd.org/BuildingOnSuccess.
Student & Staff Success
LWSD recognizes Indigenous People’s Day
October 12 was Indigenous People’s Day. Staff and students in the Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) honored the first inhabitants in the United States by acknowledging and commemorating their contributions, history and culture.
ENAEP students and families met virtually to recognize the observance. A few students came dressed in their traditional clothing and participated in an acrylic paint class and a beading class. Students were taught the history of eagles, a symbol for great strength, leadership and vision. They also learned about the regalia, which is what Native American dancers wear during traditional dances like a powwow. Learn more about this on the district website.
Reminder: Just for fun
We've got this! Calling all LWSD students! We’re asking student artists to color in our "We've got this" coloring sheet. Then, take a picture of yourself holding the sheet when you are done, and post to the LWSD Facebook page to share with the rest of our community!