Franklin Elementary choir students and choir director Shawna Sandstrom presented “Around the World” on December 8.
Connections - September 30, 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.
Are you new to Lake Washington School District? Join us for the New and International Families Welcome Event! September 30, 6-8 p.m.
Join Lake Washington PTSA Council (LWPTSA) and Lake Washington School District (LWSD) for our sixth annual “Welcome Event" for our new and international families.
This is a great opportunity for families to:
- Learn about the school district
- Learn about district programs
- Ask questions
- Meet other LWSD families
Whether you have moved from a different county or a different country, this event is for you!
Advanced Placement exam registration information for 2022-23 school year
LWSD students will register for AP exams from September 9 to October 31, 2022.
The payment window for all exams will be October 17 through October 31, 2022.
We encourage all students wanting to take May 2023 AP exams to complete the registration on time and pay for their exams during this registration period. There will be a $45 exam cancellation fee for the 2022-23 school year.
Exam registration and exam payment are separate required processes.
Students register for exam(s) via AP Central. AP teachers and the school’s AP coordinator will have the codes that students will use to register for each exam.
Students pay via Online Payments or directly to school bookkeeper. Students can pay for their exam(s) from October 17 to October 22.
An AP Late Registration window will be offered in February. Students who register during this late window will pay an additional $50 per exam late fee in addition to the regular exam fee.
Questions? Please contact your school’s main office.
Application now open for Highly Capable Programs
The application for LWSD's Highly Capable Program is now open and closes on October 20, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. The application can be found on the Accelerated Programs section of the LWSD website, on the Application Process Page. We have linked the application page here for your convenience. No applications will be accepted after the October 20 deadline.
New webpage for Assessments and Surveys
Information about assessments and surveys common across LWSD can now be found on the LWSD website under “Programs and Services” and then “Assessments and Surveys.” For each assessment and survey, the new webpage contains details about the relevant student group, the purpose of the assessment/survey, the assessment and results window, accommodations and supports, translation information, and additional links and contact information.
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, October 12||8:00 a.m.||EHS, JHS, LWHS, RHS|
|Wednesday, November 9||1:30 p.m.||EHS, JHS|
|Wednesday, January 18||1:30 p.m.||LWHS, RHS|
Questions? Contact the Assessment Team at email@example.com.
Reminder: K-5 Social Studies Adoption Committee forming
In Lake Washington School District, we arrange committees of stakeholders to review our adopted curriculum on a regular basis. These committees consist of teachers, administrators, specialists and community members. The committees usually meet 1-2 times a month but may also have additional sessions as needed. Committee members engage in learning about current research, standards and effective instructional practices. They then apply that learning in evaluating resources for potential adoption. The process of reviewing and/or adopting new curricular materials will be a two-year commitment. It will entail independent work outside of the meeting times. We are starting this process in K-5 social studies this fall. If you are interested in applying to be part of this committee, please fill out the application for the committee below. For any additional information, please contact Dr. Jen Rose, Associate Superintendent for Instructional Services.
Reminder: LWSD supports Spanish-speaking families through local partnership
Weekly Spanish bulletin provides families with culturally-relevant district news
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has joined forces with the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, Bellevue School District, Bellevue Schools Foundation, Eastside Pathways, and Equity in Communication Collaborative Action Network, as part of the Remote Learning and Living Collective Action Network (now known as the Equity in Communication Collaborative Action Network), convened by Eastside Pathways. The partnership was formed with a shared goal of better supporting our community of Spanish-speaking and Latinx families through thoughtful and culturally-relevant communications.
Produced weekly, the video newsletter provides more equitable access to district information, allowing families to support their students. Project partners are looking forward to continuing this work, finding new ways to support and engage families, and having a positive impact on the Latinx community.
Lake Washington area school boundary process begins: Boundaries updated to reduce overcrowding
This fall, a boundary committee will be convened to analyze and make recommendations for the attendance areas of the schools affected by current/potential overcrowding in the Lake Washington area. Specifically, the following schools may be impacted by these boundary updates:
- Audubon Elementary
- Franklin Elementary
- Kirk Elementary
- Lakeview Elementary
- Rose Hill Elementary
- Rush Elementary
- Twain Elementary
- Kirkland Middle School
- Rose Hill Middle School
The boundary committee will be made up of the principals from each school and a team of district administrators. The committee’s charge is to provide a recommendation to the superintendent in early spring for implementation in fall 2023. Changes to middle school boundaries will be implemented in fall 2024. The superintendent will make a final recommendation for school board action.
LWSD partners with Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to offer flu shot clinics in October
LWSD is partnering with Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to offer flu shot clinics in our four comprehensive high schools throughout October. The exact products available will be Flucelvax Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine and the Flucelvax Quadrivalent Preservative-Free Flu Vaccine. Everyone age 4+ is eligible.
- Wednesday, October 12, 3-7 p.m. at Lake Washington H.S. (12033 NE 80th St., Kirkland)
- Monday, October 24, 3-7 p.m. at Juanita H.S. (10601 NE 132nd Street, Kirkland)
- Thursday, October 27, 2:30-8 p.m. at Eastlake H.S. (400 228th Ave NE, Sammamish)
- Friday, October 28, 3-7 p.m. at Redmond H.S. (17272 NE 104th St, Redmond)
Each patient needs their own individual appointment registration, in their legal name, completed with their individual information. For records reporting purposes, please ensure the accuracy of your demographic information, including your name and date of birth.
Please have your confirmation code ready. The confirmation code will be included in your confirmation text message and email.
If you have an approved insurance plan, including Medicare and Medicaid, you must provide this information during registration, and we will bill your insurance. You will not be charged a co-pay or deductible.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENAEP hosting annual Pow Wow
The Eastside Native American Education Program (ENAEP) is hosting its annual Veterans Honor Pow Wow. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, at Juanita High School. Admission is free. The event will include a veterans’ celebration, grand entry and more. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Mary Wilber at 425-936-1402 or at email@example.com. You can also view the flyer for details.
Free screening of the documentary “The Upstanders”
Join us for The Upstanders, a film that breaks down all aspects of cyber-bullying and builds empathy and resilience to stand up to it. Reserve your free seat to watch The Upstanders virtually between October 3-10. Visit www.lwsf.org/upstanders.
This free event is brought to you by Overlake Medical Center & Clinics and Lake Washington Schools Foundation.
LWSF welcomes five new trustees to its board of directors
Lake Washington Schools Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of five new Trustees. The LWSF Board of Trustees provides strategic leadership and direction to the mission-driven work of the organization.
"LWSF’s mission centers on enhancing academic access and nurturing the emotional well-being of all students in the Lake Washington School District,” said Foundation Executive Director, Katy Philips. “On behalf of the entire organization, we could not be more delighted to welcome our new Trustees, who bring a wealth of passion, experience, and perspective to our work."
Our new trustees are Catherine Boeger, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft; Jana Koeberle, Sr. Vice President at Kemper Development, Girish Joshi, Global Technical Director at Microsoft; Sudha Sharma, LWSD educator; and Dan Ross, Partner at Hill Wallack LLP. Learn more at https://www.lwsf.org/news/lwsf-welcomes-five-new-members-to-its-board-of-trustees.
For high school seniors and parents: Upcoming in-person and virtual college planning events
LWSF’s “Find Your Fit” Program is offering free events in October and November to support high school seniors with their college applications, including our first in-person essay writing workshop in over two years! For more details and to register, visit www.lwsf.org/our-work/find-your-fit.
- How to Write a College Essay (In-Person): October 4
- The Counselor Is In - Essay Feedback: October 23 and November 12
- The Counselor Is In - 10-minute Sessions: October 26
Parent Chat Webinar on October 5: School Support When Your Child is Experiencing Mental Health Struggles
LWSF’s “Balance in Mind” team is back with a new season of Parent Chats! On October 5, learn what Lake Washington School District resources are available to your family and how to support your child when they are struggling. Guest speakers include Dr. Shannon Hitch, Executive Director of Special Services at LWSD; and Johnny Phu, Director of Student Services at LWSD.
Register for our Fall Parent Chat series at www.lwsf.org/parentchat
Twice a month, Parent Chat hosts experts in youth mental wellness with interactive discussions around topics such as anxiety, depression, social media, and more.
Reminder: Teen Startup event application deadline
The LWSD Teen Startup Challenge is designed to promote student startup ideas and venture creation. The challenge provides the opportunity for high school students to win prizes and learn from local business leaders. Finalists will present their ideas and business plans and receive invaluable feedback from successful professionals. The application deadline for this event is midnight on October 3, 2022. Visit www.lwsd.org/teen-startup to learn more about this event.
Lake Washington students continue to score well-above state average on state assessments
Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students continue to score well above the state average in all areas tested by the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) and the Washington State Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS).
“While our results are not quite back to where they were pre-pandemic, we are pleased to share these results with our community,” noted Dr. Jon Holmen, Superintendent. “Our teachers, staff and building administrators will continue to work hard to ensure that every single student in our district is learning, growing and succeeding.”