LWLC bands The Bandalorian virtual performance

Just one week before schools closed last March due to the pandemic, band classes in the Lake Washington Learning Community performed together for their annual Region Concert. This year, without the opportunity for an in-person concert, school band directors chose to carry on this regional performance tradition by creating a virtual video collaboration of the theme music from “The Mandalorian.”

Orchils Lego competition

There are only winners when teams show up to the FIRST ®LEGO® League (FLL) Challenge state championship each year, and 2021 was no different. One team with students from Lake Washington School District (LWSD) that competed this year is headed to the global semi-finals. A second team isn’t moving on to the finals but they created a real-world application that addresses fitness and well-being during remote living. 



    International Community School art and literary magazine recognized nationally for second straight year 

    Pyra mag

    A pattern seems to be developing at International Community School for their work on an art and literacy magazine. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) recently ranked the magazine, named “Pyra,” as “Excellent.” In only its second year of existence, the magazine has earned this distinction for a second year in a row. It was submitted through the NCTE program called Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazines, or REALM. The mission of NCTE’s REALM program is to publicly recognize excellent literary magazines produced by high school and middle school students with the support of their teachers. There is only one other magazine in Washington state recognized by the REALM program this year.

    Madeleine Goertz, Ellen Ma, Yuen Hang Fung, Aubrey Jacob, Rachel Li, Matthew Lin, Rory McNerney, Wyatt Moore, Anusha Parameshwar, Anna Rowell, Divya Saenz-Badillos, Michelle Janssen, Eric Shi were the magazine’s 2019-20 student editors. You can see the magazine by clicking here

    Learn more about the REALM program and to view other winners on the NCTE website