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.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. We say their names not because they are the only three. They are three of many whose lives were taken and sadly, their names are now part of our history as a country that should be better because of the promise that was put forth that all people are created equal.

Lake Washington School District Community:

Over the past week we have watched events unfold across our country that reflect the anger and outrage that has once again been sparked by a senseless and horrific death.



    Lake Washington School District named a National Board Accomplished District

    One of 81 accomplished districts nationwide

    Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) has been named a National Board Accomplished District by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). NBPTS announced their new “National Board Accomplished Districts” program in late September. It is designed to recognize school districts that have worked hard to promote student learning through accomplished teaching. 

    The National Board Accomplished Districts program is initially honoring 81 districts in which at least 20% of its teachers have achieved National Board certification, encouraging teachers to be their best and effectively driving student learning. 

    LWSD has supported teachers in achieving their National Board Certification for the past 16 years. According to NBPTS, as of December 2018, 336 teachers working in LWSD have earned their certification. National Board certification is considered the highest professional credential a teacher can obtain. 

    “Lake Washington School District is proud to be among the top districts nationwide being recognized as National Board Accomplished Districts,” stated Dr. Jane Stavem, LWSD Superintendent. “We know that teachers drive student learning. One of the ways we work to assure students have access to the best teachers is to encourage teachers to become National Board certified. These teachers clearly teach to high standards and reflect on their practice to get better every day.” 

    “High quality teaching is the most important in-school factor impacting student learning,” stated Peggy Brookins, a National Board Certified Teacher and the president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “The districts that measured up to be included in the National Board Accomplished District program understand the value of accomplished teaching and support teachers to be their best. We encourage state and district leaders to support National Board certification because NBCTs have a measurable impact on student learning – and what parent anywhere doesn’t want the best possible teacher for their children?” 
    Districts will be recognized with an award for the district office and unique celebrations for the NBCTs in those districts.

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    Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with nearly 30,000 students in 55 schools.

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