Lake Washington School District recognized for safety in pest management

October 12, 2015

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 12, 2015

Lake Washington School District was one of four school districts honored at a Washington School Integrated Pest Management event Oct. 1.

The four districts were recognized as IPM Star Certified by Washington State University Urban IPM & Pesticide Safety Education.

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PTSA hosts Lake Washington School Board candidate forum

October 8, 2015

NEW — 2:51 p.m. Oct. 8, 2015

The Lake Washington PTSA Council is hosting a School Board candidate forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Redmond High School Performing Arts Center, 17272 N.E. 104th St., Redmond.

Three seats on the Lake Washington School District School Board are up for election in November. Eric Laliberte and Jackie Pendergrass are running for the District 1 seat, Chris Carlson and Rob Tepper are competing in District 2 and Siri Bliesner is running unopposed for District 3.

Due to the way the system is set up, everyone in the entire school district can vote on all three positions, regardless who represents their district.

Volunteers needed for math adoption committee

October 7, 2015

NEW — 5:06 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015

The Lake Washington School District’s adoption committee will review the high school math curriculum, and district officials are seeking parents/community members to serve on the committee.

Adoption committee members review standards, teaching practices and materials for specific courses and content areas. Committees take two years to develop a recommendation.

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Social media campaign promotes school hunger program

October 7, 2015

NEW — 4:14 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015

“There is an impression on the Eastside that we are all affluent,” said Janice Wilson Vache, a member of the Pantry Packs Leadership Team. “But everywhere, there are pockets of hunger.”

Pantry Packs by Hopelink has launched a somewhat unique fundraising campaign, running through Oct. 12. There is no event for people to attend. Except for some media coverage, supporters are relying strictly on social media to get the word out and attract donations.

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Nonprofit challenges school officials to walk to school Oct. 7

October 1, 2015

NEW — 4:23 p.m. Oct. 1, 2015

The national nonprofit Start School Later is challenging school officials to recognize “Walk to School Day” on October 7 by walking to school or the bus stop with their earliest starting students — typically middle or high school students.

Traditionally, school officials honor this international event by walking to school after daybreak with elementary children, but this does not create an accurate picture.

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Beaver Lake Middle School teacher honored as Symetra Hero in the Classroom

October 1, 2015

NEW — 12:43 p.m. Oct. 1, 2015

Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored Beaver Lake Middle School earth science teacher Tasha Kirby as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom on Sept. 30, during a surprise school assembly.

By Symetra/Larry Gill Tasha Kirby (left) with Beaver Lake Middle School Principal Stacy Cho (right) hold the $1,000 donation from Symetra for classroom supplies after Kirby was named a Symetra Hero in the Classroom.

By Symetra/Larry Gill
Tasha Kirby (left) with Beaver Lake Middle School Principal Stacy Cho (right) hold the $1,000 donation from Symetra for classroom supplies after Kirby was named a Symetra Hero in the Classroom.

“I am the parent of a second grader in Challenger Elementary, which is one of the feeder schools to Beaver Lake Middle School, where Tasha Kirby teaches,” Jayashree Krishnamurthy said in a nomination. “Mrs. Kirby is very dedicated about spreading science awareness and was instrumental in helping me bring a science program called Destination Imagination to Challenger. The program was being conducted in the other feeder elementary schools.

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School Facilities Task Force develops recommendations, asks for input by Oct. 11

October 1, 2015

NEW — 11:12 a.m. Oct. 1, 2015

The Lake Washington School District’s Long-Term Facilities Task Force has been studying the district’s overcrowding population since December. A smaller working subcommittee of the task force examined the details of the district’s overall needs, use of space, funding for school buildings, ways to reduce costs and other issues. The task force also reached out to the broader community through surveys and open houses for input on their work.

They have now developed a set of draft recommendations and are asking for feedback from the community. The recommendations address classroom capacity issues, cost reduction, efficient use of space and other issues. They also recommend specific projects to be undertaken in the future. Some of the major recommendations concern capacity, aging facilities and funding.

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Lake Washington Schools Foundation awards $300,000 to school district

September 25, 2015

NEW — 1:39 p.m. Sept. 25, 2015

Lake Washington students have online math support, and are able to build robots, use negative space printers and learn digital photography and moviemaking, with funding provided by Lake Washington Schools Foundation.

For the 2015-16 school year, the foundation granted the district $300,000 supporting districtwide initiatives and providing classroom tools that help all students succeed.

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Lake Washington School District SAT scores increase in all categories

September 25, 2015

NEW — 11:20 a.m. Sept. 25, 2015

Lake Washington School District students scored on average 11 points higher on the SAT reading and writing tests and nine points higher on the SAT math test from the previous year, contrary to state and national trends.

State and national average scores fell in all three areas. LWSD students continue to score well above state and national averages on all three tests.

“I am proud of Lake Washington students, and it is exciting to see the hard work of students and teachers paying off,” Superintendent Dr. Traci Pierce said in a news release.

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University of Washington graduates

September 24, 2015

NEW — 5:57 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015

The following Sammamish students graduated from the University of Washington in June:

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