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 (LWSD) Accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts 

    LWSD joins Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, will partner with other leading educators, entrepreneurs, and researchers from across the country

    Redmond, Wash. – Lake Washington School District (LWSD) was accepted today into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.

    LWSD was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to equity and excellence.

    “We are very excited to be selected as a member of this National Network of Innovative School Districts,” said Dr. Jane Stavem, LWSD Superintendent. “Joining the League of Innovative Schools allows us to elevate our practice as we develop and expand opportunities for our students by collaborating with other great districts from across the nation.”

    The League of Innovative Schools, launched in late 2011, and accepts new members through an open application process once per year. With their new members, the League now includes 114 school districts in 34 states. The full list of members can be found at

    “The League of Innovative Schools works to advance equitable opportunities and outcomes for students, and solve challenges facing schools through powerful use of learning technologies and research,” said Kim Smith, executive director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. “We welcome our new League members and look forward to working with them to further catalyze positive change in public education.”

    League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:

    • Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners; 
    • Participate in League challenge collaboratives on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs of school districts; 
    • Support Digital Promise research and provide feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning; 
    • Engage with entrepreneurs to advance edtech product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs; and 
    • Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts.

    In addition to superintendents’ participation, there are also opportunities for other school administrators, principals, and teachers from member districts to participate in League and Digital Promise-related initiatives. 

    The League will officially welcome new members at its fall 2019 meeting on October 16 in Loudoun County, Virginia, where more than 250 superintendents, district leaders, partners, and researchers from across the country will convene.

    For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit


    About Lake Washington School District:
    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 over 29,500 students in 55 schools.
    About Digital Promise:
    Digital Promise is a nonprofit organization that builds powerful networks and takes on grand challenges by working at the intersection of researchers, entrepreneurs, and educators. Our vision is that all people, at every stage of their lives, have access to learning experiences that help them acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive and continuously learn in an ever-changing world. For more information, visit the Digital Promise website and follow @digitalpromise for updates.