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.



    State Board of Education recognizes 20 Lake Washington School District schools during #WASchoolsWeek

    Honored as ‘State-Recognized Schools’ for high achievement and closing gaps between 
    different student groups

    Redmond, Wash. – The State Board of Education (SBE), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) have identified 391 schools statewide to receive recognition. Schools in Washington stand out for closing gaps, showing growth, and demonstrating achievement according to new data released by the state.

    Additionally, the state Legislature has acknowledged the last week in April as Washington School Recognition Week (April 27 – May 1, 2020).

    Twenty of the schools being recognized come from Lake Washington School District (LWSD). The following is a list of the LWSD schools recognized by the state and what they are being recognized for:

    Achievement for ELA, Graduation, 9th Grade On-Track, and Dual Credit:

    • Eastlake High School    

    Achievement for ELA, Math, and Regular Attendance:

    • Discovery Community School    
    • Environmental & Adventure School    
    • Explorer Community School    
    • Northstar Middle School    
    • Stella Schola Middle School    

    Achievement for ELA, Math, Graduation, Regular Attendance, 9th Grade On-Track, and Dual Credit:

    • Nikola Tesla STEM High School    

    Achievement for ELA, Math, Graduation, Regular Attendance, and 9th Grade On-Track:

    • International Community School    

    Growth for students who are English learners:

    • Evergreen Middle School    
    • Mark Twain Elementary    

    Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school:

    • Robert Frost Elementary    
    • Juanita Elementary    

    Growth for students identifying as Hispanic:

    • Benjamin Rush Elementary    

    Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program:

    • Louisa May Alcott Elementary    

    Growth for students who receive special education services:

    • Albert Einstein Elementary    
    • Benjamin Franklin Elementary    

    Growth for students identifying with two or more races:

    • Alexander Graham Bell Elementary    
    • Peter Kirk Elementary    

    Growth for students identifying as white:

    • Emerson High School    
    • Rose Hill Elementary    

    “Washington schools are inspiring. With these awards we recognize the outstanding efforts of our schools and their positive impact on students,” said Washington State Board of Education Chair, Peter Maier. “The State Board, OSPI, and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee are excited to celebrate the diverse educational communities that support Washington’s ever-changing K-12 student population. Thank you to our state’s schools and educators for your dedication to students!”

    “Right now, the whole world is understanding the significance of our public schools,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “Public education provides each student with an opportunity for success; it’s the foundation of our democracy and our society. Next week, we are honoring our educators who are committed to continually improving outcomes for their students. Thank you all for your amazing work.”

    You can learn more about the methodology for these awards here

    About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The Board comprises 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member. More information on the State Board of Education.


    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.