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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.

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    Safety and Security

    Police officer talks with students as they leave school.
    Keeping students and staff safe is a top priority. One of our strategic goals is to "provide safe and innovative learning environments."
     
    The District and its schools plan and practice safety and emergency preparation, response and recovery. These efforts involve staff, students and parents, as well as local fire departments and law enforcement.
     
    We have an established District Safety Structure and Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). LWSD continually assesses districtwide safety needs, implementation of safety measures and protocols, identifies training needs, and ensures response to changing conditions.
     

    What Is a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)?

    A Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is a documented plan with elements that address all natural and man-made emergencies and disasters to which an entity is vulnerable.

    There are five components of a CEMP:

    Executive Safety Team

    Purpose statement:
    To set overall direction of districtwide safety and security measures. In conjunction with the Safety Advisory Committee, decides on safety enhancements to include in district funding measures presented for Board approval.

    Meets quarterly to assess current safety needs and ensure response to changing conditions.

    Chair: Dr. Jon Holmen - Superintendent

    Membership:

    • Barbara Posthumus - Associate Superintendent of Business & Support Services
    • Matt Gillingham – Associate Superintendent of Student & Community Services
    • Brian Buck – Director of Support Services
    • Scott Emry - Director of Risk and Safety Services
    • Rick Burden – Director of Elementary Education
    • Shannon Parthemer – Director of Communications
    • Sally Askman - Assistant Superintendent of Technology & Information Services
    • Cat Robinson - Emergency Manager

    Safety Advisory Committee

    Purpose statement:
    To provide districtwide guidance with our community partners in safety, security and emergency preparedness.

    Meets monthly to assess implementation of safety protocols, assess implementation and training needs to ensure response to changing conditions.

    Chair: Scott Emry, Director of Risk and Safety Services

    Membership:

    • King County Sheriff
    • Kirkland Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management
    • Redmond Police Department, Fire Department
    • Sammamish Police Department, Office of Emergency Management
    • Eastside Fire & Rescue
    • Evergreen Health
    • PTSA
    • LWSD building and central office administrators