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More than 4,100 distinguished students recognized nationwide

Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this week that one additional Lake Washington School District (LWSD) student will receive a National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship:

Kevin Zhang, Nikola Tesla STEM High School - National Merit Purdue University Scholarship 

A group of freshman from Nikola Tesla STEM High School is helping kids with Cerebral Palsy move around a little easier. As part of their end of year project, this team partnered with a program by the name of Go Baby Go

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Dozens of LWSD students earned their way to the 2021 International Career Development Conference (ICDC), which was held virtually in late April and early May. Of that group, about 30 students competed as finalists and two students placed as high as third.

LWHS Science Labs

Why is slime stretchy? How do chickens flap their wings? 

With these questions in mind, two science classes at Lake Washington High School celebrated the last week of school by setting up lab experiments. The labs also gave students a chance to use the new equipment in two of the school’s 20 new classrooms.

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    Include mindfulness in your day through mindful breathing
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    The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, provides information on science-based practices that support a more meaningful life. One practice they include is a simple way to include mindfulness into your day: mindful breathing. 

    Mindful breathing is focusing your attention on the inhale and exhale of your breath. It helps you deal with anxiety and negative emotions as well as staying calm in stressful situations. Check out the Mindful Breathing practice page that walks through how do the practice and why you may want to try it.
      
    University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Mindful Breathing
     

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    Set and track goals
    Wellness Tip #6

    Has your family been struggling with a routine? Having clearly defined goals and tracking them creates structure, which will help break down large tasks into more manageable pieces. Goal-setting also increases self-awareness, self-esteem and accountability. For children, these are also important skills to develop as they continue to navigate through online learning. For more tips, visit: bit.ly/GoalSetting20

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    Help your children create and maintain a routine
    Wellness Tip 5

    When you help your children create and maintain a routine, it will keep them occupied and feeling safe. When they stay focused on what is possible, it reinforces a sense of control. Remember to also reassure them that they are okay and that the situation will get better.

    Activities include: educational resources, eating healthy, practicing mindfulness, staying connected with friends and family and having a good night's rest.

    More tips.

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    Focus on what you can control
    Wash hands for 20 seconds

    If your children are experiencing stress or anxiety, remind them that adults are working to address this concern, and give them actions that they can take to protect themselves. Encourage them to stay home to stay healthy and to practice good hygiene:

    1. Wash hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds. (Sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star slowly, which takes about 20 seconds.)
    2. Cover mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and throw the tissue away immediately. Another option is to sneeze or cough into the bend of an elbow.
    3. Stay at least six feet apart from people when in public.

    Visit the cdc.gov for more tips on basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices.

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    Learn the facts
    Learn the facts

    How much information should we share with our children about COVID-19?

    Children often imagine situations far worse than reality. That is why it is important to listen to their concerns, fears and questions. 

    Let your children’s questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. You can listen to their concerns, fears and questions, but try to keep your responses factual and age appropriate to lower their stress and anxiety levels.

    Remind them that adults are working to address this concern, and give them actions that they can take to protect themselves. This includes staying home, washing hands and keeping six feet apart from people when in public.

    For additional facts and tips on talking points:

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