Students from Lake Washington High School (LWHS) competed against 10 other high schools in the annual Washington State Ethics Bowl.
Timberline Middle School
New Middle School – Redmond Ridge
The new middle school at Redmond Ridge has a mascot — the Timberwolves! The School Board approved the school’s mascot at their Jan. 14 meeting. More January updates:
- Wood flooring is installed in the gymnasium.
- Painting in the academic wing is nearly complete.
- Reclaimed wood benches (made from trees removed from the site) were delivered to the school.
It is with gratitude that we share this video of the moments that made 2018 a year to remember. We celebrated the grand openings of two new elementary schools and progress continues on the remaining 2016 bond projects at Juanita High School, Peter Kirk Elementary, Margaret Mead Elementary, Old Redmond Schoolhouse and the new middle school at Redmond Ridge newly named Timberline Middle School.
As we look ahead to 2019, we look forward to providing additional space for more students as we open new schools and rebuild and expand other schools. All of the capital improvement projects add quality learning spaces for students. Even with the addition of these learning spaces, the district has ongoing critical capacity needs because of our rapid growth and will propose a Capital Projects Levy to voters in April of 2019.
Thank you to the communities of Lake Washington School District for your ongoing support for providing great places for students to learn!
Redmond, Wash. – At the December 3 School Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the name of the New Middle School in Redmond Ridge. It has been named Timberline Middle School. This project is part of the 2016 bond measure approved by voters.
At the Board Meeting, school planning principal Ms. Heidi Paul shared the naming process, which includes holding meetings with future students and seeking name nominees. A list of finalist names was submitted for initial Board review. The incoming student body voted to select the name from the list of finalists. That selected name was then presented to the Board for final approval.
About the name:
“Timberline is a word that means, ‘the highest location where trees thrive and grow,’” said Ms. Paul. “This definition and name symbolically connects to our students. We believe this name honors the history of the land and natural environment. We also believe this name defines the purpose for our community as we diligently work to create an environment that helps students not just grow but to thrive in connection, integrity, kindness, empathy, resilience and service to others.”
In the late 1880s, the economy of the Redmond-area prospered because of the massive cedar, hemlock and fir trees that occupied the land. Specifically, near the location of our new school, the timber fallen on Novelty Hill fueled the growth of jobs, industry and residential homes as loggers relocated and the city grew to accommodate them. The Naming Committee considered this history as well as the intentional efforts made by architects and designers of our new building to honor the recently fallen timber on the property by repurposing cedar and Douglas fir trees into surfaces found in the building.
- The planning team of teachers voted on school colors: green, white and black.
- Staff met about 200 students and families during an informational meeting on Oct. 20. The school posted photos on its Facebook page from the event. The process to name the school and choose a mascot has begun.
- Exterior of the classroom wing is complete.
- Pervious concrete has been poured around the track, the track surface has been installed and the field is seeded.
- Cabinets are being installed in classrooms.
- Painting is complete in the gymnasium and scoreboards were installed.
- Carpet installation began in the classroom wing.
- Two kilns were delivered to the art room.
The new middle school at Redmond Ridge opens in one year. A planning team of 15 teachers have started preparing for that first day. The school will accommodate up to 900 students when it opens in fall 2019.
In August, planning staff received their first tour of the school. Throughout the year, staff will meet to develop the school's culture. This early work will support students’ academic needs. It will also nurture social and emotional skills.
The planning principal, Heidi Paul, is working closely with the construction team and is providing feedback throughout the process. Staff are discussing logistics such as student drop-off and brainstorming strategies to keep teachers connected.
The building is designed with the needs of community users in mind. Restrooms are strategically placed within public areas of the school and gymnasium for easy access. The future running track and grass field are taking shape on the south end of the property.
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
The Long-Term Facilities Task Force project recommendations included a new middle school in the Redmond Learning Community to help accommodate the district’s growing enrollment in that area.
Architect: McGranahan Architecture
Contractor: Lydig Construction
Location: Redmond Ridge Drive NE and NE 99th Place, Redmond Ridge
Square Footage: 134,000
Capacity: 900 students
Spaces: 24 standard classrooms, instrumental and vocal music, special education, art, lab science, CTE, library, cafeteria/commons with stage, and gymnasium
Estimated Project Cost: $77,592,000 (Includes construction costs of $47.6 million in 2016 dollars, $22.8 million in non-construction costs, and $7.2 million in expected construction inflation).
Planned opening: September 2019
Neighborhood boundaries: Boundaries will be developed in a process including public feedback during the 2017-18 school year.
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