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January 2020
Building on Success: A Year in Photos

The year 2019 was one to remember: We celebrated the grand openings of Timberline Middle School and the newly rebuilt Peter Kirk and Margaret Mead elementary schools. Progress continued on the remaining 2016 bond projects: Juanita High School and Old Redmond Schoolhouse. Construction also began on the addition at Lake Washington High School, funded by the Capital Projects Levy passed by voters in April 2019.

Thank you to the communities of Lake Washington School District. With your ongoing support, we are providing students with great places to learn! Watch the video.

Facility Advisory Committee Update

A new Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) began working in November 2019. This group will make recommendations for future facility planning, informed by enrollment trends, community expectations and district programs. The facility strategy will align with the District’s strategic plan and make recommendations to accommodate our rapid enrollment growth and continue to provide quality learning environments.

The Superintendent and School Board will consider these recommendations as it plans for future ballot measures to fund construction. The FAC will open its first community survey at the end of January. Watch for more information on the Facility Advisory Committee page of the LWSD website.

In this edition of Building On Success:

2016 Bond Projects
Video: Juanita High School students and staff share their new school

“Being in a new building has allowed for some new opportunities,” Principal Kelly Clapp told LWSD School Board members on December 9. The new classrooms are meant to be flexible to accommodate the changing needs of the school. “Our shared learning spaces … allow for flexible groupings and a differentiated learning experience,” she said.

Before the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem visited with students and staff at the new Juanita High School (Phase 1). The school is scheduled to be completed in September 2020.

During the video featured at the Board Meeting, Clapp said, “I think having the school be a hub of the community is really important. I want that everyone feels warm and welcome.”

One student said his favorite part of the school is the cafeteria. “It just looks so cool that you can look over and see everything.”

“Most of our kids are in here during lunch and there are lots of interesting, different spaces for kids to be sitting in,” Clapp said. “Kids have all found a place to be.”

Across the hall from the main office, the College and Career Center is bustling with activity. Kendra Phillips, College and Career Specialist, likes the location. “It’s been so nice to be so visible for students,” she said. “They can pop in, ask questions, on their way to class.”

JHS Phase 2 exteriorThe JHS community is also watching the final phase of construction go up on the other side of the courtyard. “There’ll be oohs and aahhs when they put in the windows,” Clapp said. “When different things happen, people notice.”

Dr. Stavem also visited special education teachers and paraeducators. They love the new space, Clapp said. There is also a dedicated conference room for Individualized Education Program (IEP) and other family meetings.

The library is another safe place for students. Librarian Mike Fleming hopes the inviting space will encourage more students to become readers.

One student expressed pride in his school and his community. “This new building … kind of inspires me to work a lot harder and be more successful in my life.”

Watch the video.

Old Redmond Schoolhouse

At Old Redmond Schoolhouse, construction continues on the outside of the 98-year-old historic building. Construction crews have also turned their attention to the school’s interior. Workers are preparing the building for mechanical and electrical systems, in addition to drywall and finishes.

Outside, the roofing has been replaced. Most of the brick masonry has been repaired and window repairs are in progress. Work on the roof’s metal trim is underway.

The building will house 10 preschool classrooms, along with City of Redmond activities, when it opens in fall 2020.

2019 Capital Projects Levy Construction Update
Information night at Lake Washington High School on February 5

Topping out at LWHS

Join us to hear about the addition of a new auxiliary gym and commons space at Lake Washington High School. A community information night is set for February 5 from 6-7 p.m. in the LWHS commons. Construction on the auxiliary spaces is scheduled to begin this summer.

This will be an open-house style poster session. Feel free to drop by any time during this one-hour event.

Construction on 20 additional classrooms has already begun. The new classroom wing will open in fall 2020.

Last steel beam placed for LWHS addition
Students sign the last steel beam

Workers placed the last steel beam at the school’s 20-classroom addition on December 4. Students enjoyed signing the beam before it was hoisted to the top of the two-story building after school. The last beam is traditionally accompanied by an American flag and an evergreen branch during a “topping out ceremony.” See more photos and watch the video.

LWSD hosts information nights about classroom additions at three schools

Levy information session

LWSD hosted three information nights for the communities of Twain, Franklin and Rose Hill elementary schools. Construction on these projects will start this summer and open for students in fall 2021.

View the posters for each school:

Rachel Carson Elementary’s information session will be held next fall. Construction at Carson is expected to begin in summer 2021.

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