On April 22, Lake Stevens School District honored Volunteers of the Year from each of its 12 schools, and named a pair of Distinguished Service Award recipients. This school year, more than 2,000 volunteers served more than 17,000 hours.
Lake Stevens Middle School and Glenwood and Mt. Pilchuck Elementary Schools were named 2014 Washington Achievement Award winners from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Washington Achievement Award recipients are the highest performing schools in the state based on three years of academic information as reported in the Washington Achievement Index.
Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent of Lake Stevens School District, will host a community tour of Lake Stevens Middle School and Lake Stevens High School on Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour gives community members the opportunity to visit schools while they are in session to see teaching and learning in action, meet school staff and learn more about the Lake Stevens School District.
In Heidi Finley’s fifth-grade classroom at Skyline Elementary School, students are spread out around the room in small groups. Some are sitting at desks; some are lying on the floor. All are surrounded by a chaos of cardboard, foil, wires, art supplies and Chromebooks. All are using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, math, music, art, communication skills and cooperation. Their ultimate goal? To create a cardboard instrument that is wired to a Makey Makey board and programmed in Scratch to actually play music.
Due to this overcrowding in LSSD elementary schools, new enrollment for next school year is limited to those students who live within the school district boundaries. This means that new non-resident variances for elementary students will not be approved.
Lake Stevens School District’s recycling program is helping the district avoid garbage fees in schools and offices. This program, and the district’s other comprehensive energy savings, have resulted in $3 million in cost avoidance from March 2010 to January 2015.
Increased enrollment and overcrowding in some buildings caused Lake Stevens School District officials to form a new Facilities Advisory Committee to assist in the creation of a long-range district facility plan. The FAC, which began its work in October 2014, is led by long-time Lake Stevens residents Jeff and Jo-Ann Sickles, and is made up of parents, district staff members, students, administrators, two board members, community members and local business owners.
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Community Tour of LSMS & LSHS
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM LSHS Drama performance of Fame