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. 



    Three LWSD schools earn Sustaining Green School recognition

    Ben Rush Green Team

    Three schools in Lake Washington School District were named 2020 Sustaining Green Schools by King County Green Schools in June. Environmental & Adventure School (EAS) qualified for the recognition for the first time this year. The shared campus of Carl Sandburg Elementary and Discovery Community School have earned the recognition for five consecutive years.

    Among its activities this year to qualify, EAS students wrote “no idling” reminders for the weekly e-newsletter to families. After surveying their classmates about their carbon footprints in January, EAS Green Team members delivered short "How to reduce your carbon footprint" reminders at all-school meetings. In January and February, Green Team members researched the process to certify the school grounds as a National Wildlife Federation schoolyard habitat. They received certification on March 5.

    Reaching Sustaining Green School recognition requires a multi-year commitment to meet requirements in Levels 1, 2 and 3. The program focuses on waste reduction and recycling (Level 1), energy conservation (Level 2), water conservation and pollution prevention (Level 3), and additional conservation actions. Sustaining Green Schools must meet, complete and maintain conservation practices for all levels.

    Congratulations to the following King County Green Schools for their achievements in 2020:

    Sustaining Green Schools

    • Carl Sandburg Elementary / Discovery Community School
    • Environmental & Adventure School

    Level 2

    • Ella Baker Elementary School
    • Emily Dickinson Elementary School

    Level 1

    • Benjamin Rush Elementary School
    • Christa McAuliffe Elementary School
    • John James Audubon Elementary School
    • Emerson Campus: Northstar Middle School / Emerson High School / Emerson K-12

    See a complete list of schools participating in the King County Green Schools program