During its July 13 School Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District Superintendent, Dr. Jon Holmen, removed “Rebels” as the Juanita High School mascot. Dr. Matt Livingston, Director of Secondary Education and Juanita High School Principal, Kelly Clapp, will now begin the process outlined in Policy 6970 to select a new mascot.
Carl Sandburg/Discovery Community School recognized as U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools on Earth Day
One of 39 school campuses named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
Kirkland, Wash. – The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Carl Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School are among the 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. The two elementary schools share a building and work together on sustainability initiatives, including the process for the Green Ribbon School recognition.
Sandburg and DCS were nominated by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). “At Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School we push ourselves to go farther,” said Principal Lori Pierce. “If we reduce our environmental impact and conserve natural resources, the world will remain a place of endless possibilities for our students for generations to come.”
The three pillars of the award include: (1) Reducing environmental impact and costs; (2) Improving the health and wellness of schools, students and staff; and (3) Providing effective environmental and sustainability education, incorporating STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways.
Parent and community volunteers are integral to the success of school sustainability initiatives. For example, to support the herbicide free program, volunteers spend time on campus weeding the raingardens and other natural areas around the school.
By collecting recycling and compost in the lunchroom and classrooms, the schools have achieved a recycling rate of 58% as of November 2019. The schools are active in the King County Green Schools program and have achieved the highest level of recognition: Sustaining Green School (maintaining Levels 1-3). The campus also received National Wildlife Federation certification as a wildlife habitat in 2015.
After a successful pilot program last spring, the schools added a food share and donation program this year during lunch. Students can put packaged, unopened food items from their school lunch into a share bin for other students to eat. Leftover foods from the share bin are collected and donated weekly to a local food bank.
Across the country, 39 schools, 11 districts, and five postsecondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education.
The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 55 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here.
About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the second largest district in the state of Washington, with over 31,000 students in 56 schools.