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February 2020
In your mailbox: Building on Success Progress Report
2020 mailer coverHouseholds around the district received the Building On Success Progress Report in mailboxes this month.

It included an overview and progress updates on construction projects funded by the 2016 bond and the 2019 capital projects levy. If you missed it in the mail, be sure to view it online to learn more about:
  • LWSD climbed to the second largest district in the state.
  • The 2016 bond program is within our planned program budget.
  • Timberline Middle School students are defining what it means to be Timberwolves.
  • LWSD received a 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award.
  • While students attend Phase 1 of the new Juanita High School, construction on Phase 2 is in full swing.
  • Excitement was in the air during Grand Opening ceremonies at Peter Kirk and Margaret Mead elementary schools.
  • Kirk Elementary received a first place award in concrete masonry.
  • The last steel beam was placed for the Lake Washington High School classroom addition.
  • Improvements are continuing for preschool classrooms at Old Redmond Schoolhouse.

2019 Capital Projects Levy Updates
Construction begins this summer on LWHS gymnasium and commons
gym rendering

Posters at info nightThe community had its first glimpse of the plans for the new auxiliary gymnasium and expanded commons at Lake Washington High School. If you missed the information night on February 5, you can see the architectural renderings of the gym and commons expansion on the school’s project page. (Click the slideshow on the right side of the page to view it in full screen.)  

Construction on the gymnasium (architectural rendering shown in top photo) and commons expansion will begin this summer. The commons will open in fall 2020 along with the new 20-classroom addition. The auxiliary gymnasium will open in fall 2021.

No summer building use at four schools

Construction will begin at the following schools this summer:

  • Lake Washington High School: No building use summer 2020. The stadium will remain open.
  • Franklin Elementary: No building use summer 2020
  • Rose Hill Elementary: No building use summer 2020
  • Twain Elementary: No building use and no field use summer 2020
2016 Bond Project Updates
Old Redmond Schoolhouse: Inclusive preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds

classrooms and exterior

Teachers in front of a group of preschool students“Every Student Future Ready” starts with our youngest students. In LWSD’s inclusion preschool, special needs students learn and play with typically developing 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.

Each class has a special education teacher, a general education preschool teacher and a paraeducator. This co-teaching and inclusive model of instruction allows students to learn from each other and to respect the differences of others.

Like the rest of LWSD’s preschool classrooms, the 10 preschool classrooms in Old Redmond Schoolhouse will be set up for students to enjoy circle time, centers and creative play. Snack time and recess will help keep little bodies moving.

The priority deadline to submit interest forms for the tuition program for the 2020-21 school year is March 5. In addition to Old Redmond Schoolhouse, preschool classes will be held at these elementary schools: Bell, Carson, Juanita, Muir, Sandburg and Wilder. Preschool locations are assigned based on home address.

There are also limited openings remaining for the 2019-20 school year. Contact the preschool program to learn more.

Construction Updates

Workers at Old Redmond Schoolhouse have been repairing windows and bricks and installing interior wall boards. Metal panels for the roof are nearly complete and exterior siding is being upgraded.


Juanita High School
JHS courtyard

The final phase of Juanita High School is scheduled to open on time for the first day of school this fall:

  • All underground utility work will be complete by the end of February.
  • New parking lots to the east and south of the building are beginning to take shape.
  • Exterior brick façade is complete.
  • Exterior metal siding is complete.
  • Casework is being installed throughout the building.
  • Utility connections between phase 1 and phase 2 are complete.
  • Concrete floor polishing has begun.
  • Interior paint and wall finishes are underway.

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