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  • Check out the latest progress on the new Thomas Jefferson High School!

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 6/18/2021

    This new building is getting close to being ready to welcome students this fall. Here are some highlights of the work happening now:

    • Greenery added to outdoor areas and school garden sign installed and common area landscaping is underway
    • Hallways being polished and cleaned in preparation for furniture move in
    • Finishes being added on stair ways, theatre, and outdoor common area walls
    • Furniture installation underway throughout classrooms  

    interior staircase of TJHS  exterior building with greenery  interior classroom 

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  • Construction Update: Mirror Lake and Olympic View

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 6/11/2021

    Mirror Lake Elementary School

    The new Mirror Lake Elementary school is nearly complete! The inside of the new building is going through one final clean, and crews are working to complete all site work by August 2021. Here are a few highlights of what you’ll see happening at the site:

    • Irrigation systems are being installed
    • Walking path is being paved
    • Right of way work is underway
    • Landscaping is ongoing

    exterior construction mirror lake elementary  construction of outdoor learning area at mirror lake elementary

    pathway construction at mirror lake elementary


    Olympic View K-8

    Join us for a virtual community meeting on Friday, June 18 at 5 p.m. to review current design concepts and learn more about upcoming construction on the new Olympic View K-8! Email or call 253-945-2663 to register.

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  • Olympic View K-8

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 6/4/2021

    We’ve hit the milestone of 100% Design Development on the new Olympic View, which is being rebuilt as a K-8 school. This is an exciting milestone that gives us a good look at what the new school might look like. In this stage, the site and building layouts are complete, and it’s the beginning of the final stage of the design process.

    Over the next few weeks, the design team will be meeting with all stakeholders – including maintenance and operations, school staff, scholars, and community members – to review the design and gather their input. We’re excited to be one step closer to a brand-new school, scheduled to serve scholars in fall 2023.

    exterior design rendering olympic view

    exterior design rendering garden area of olympic view

    design rendering of interior family resource center

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  • Check out the Latest Progress on the New Star Lake Elementary and Evergreen Middle School!

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 5/28/2021

    These two schools are right on schedule! Here are a few highlights of the where we’re at with construction:

    • The drywall installation has been completed in the classroom wings of both schools
    • Light fixtures are being installed at Evergreen
    • Casework installation has begun at Evergreen
    • Bathroom tile has been installed at Evergreen and installation is in progress at Star Lake
    • The exterior covered play area at Star Lake has been built and roofing is being installed.

    construction outside totem middle school

    construction of covered play area for Star Lake

    cabinet installation beginning inside Totem

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  • The New Thomas Jefferson High School is preparing to welcome students in the fall!

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 5/21/2021

    Construction crews are working on finishing touches of the new building, including:

    • Cleaning and preparing classroom buildings for the architect’s punch list review
    • Finishes and rails are being installed in the Commons
    • Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems are being tested and adjusted
    • Sitework and landscaping is ongoing

    We’re excited for this new high school to be filled with students in the 2021-22 school year!

    staircase inside the new Thomas Jefferson High School

     inside classroom at new TJHS

    CTE Courtyard under construction at Thomas Jefferson High School


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  • Mirror Lake Elementary Almost Done!

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 5/14/2021 5:30:00 PM

    Work on the new Mirror Lake Elementary school is nearing completion. Interior finishes are completed, mechanical and electrical systems are operational, and furniture is coming soon. 

    The parent pick-up and drop off area, as well as the bus loop are nearing completion, and staff and visitor parking are complete. The outdoor play and learning areas are also coming along – both big toys are installed, the covered play area is complete, the outdoor learning area is complete, and crews are preparing the playfield.

    Thanks to our voters and everyone who supported making this happen for our scholars!


    interior hallway of the new Mirror Lake Elementary

    bus loop at new Mirror Lake Elementary School

    covered play area at new Mirror Lake Elementary

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  • Memorial Stadium is Looking Good!

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 5/7/2021 5:00:00 PM

     One of the future projects to be completed with School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) funding received as a result of the phase 2 bond is improvements to Memorial Stadium, which is scheduled to begin the planning phase in 2024. While this project is still a few years out, our team got a jump on some early work in anticipation of Graduation 2021, which is being held at this venue. Brand-new fencing, fresh paint and other improvements will have Memorial Stadium looking great for our grads!


    exterior fencing memorial stadium  interior fencing memorial stadium

    concessions memorial stadium

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  • The new Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School are making great progress!

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 4/30/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Right now you’ll see:

    • The covered play structure at Star Lake has been installed.
    • Roofing has been installed.
    • Drywall installation has been completed at Totem and is underway at Star Lake.
    • Interior painting is in progress at Totem.
    • Exterior siding has been installed at Totem and is underway at Star Lake.

    Next month, contractors are scheduled to begin installing cabinets at Totem, and the new roadway improvements in front of the school along 40th AVE are scheduled to begin.

    exterior image of classroom wing

    exterior image of entry area

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  • We’re excited to share with you the latest update for the new Thomas Jefferson High School!

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 4/23/2021 5:00:00 PM

    As you can see in the photos below, our community’s tax dollars are hard at work with this latest progress:

    • The new gym was completed in December 2020, and the old gym was demolished allowing for construction to begin on the commons, administration wing area, and the theater. 
    • Interior framing and roofing installation are happening now for the theatre, commons and administration building areas.
    • Sitework has been completed including the installation of concrete walkways for the Career Technical Education (CTE) Courtyard and the South Parking lot.
    • Some classrooms are completed and ready for furniture installation, while others are getting the final touches of carpet, paint and trim.

    The project is currently on track to welcome students in fall 2021.

    As a result of efficient project management and strong collaboration, we’re also seeing modest savings on this project which will allow us to upgrade some of TJHS’ fields.

    We’ll continue to keep you updated along the way!


    exterior construction overview

    exterior construction view of theater commons and courtyard

    interior view of construction of classroom hallway

    interior view of classroom construction

    interior view of science classroom

    interior view of completed gym

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  • See the progress of the new Mirror Lake Elementary

    Posted by Nicole Soto on 4/20/2021

    Check out the latest developments of our community’s tax dollars at work at the new Mirror Lake Elementary!

    The interior and exterior of the building is approaching substantial completion, and you can see this progress in the photos below.

    Work continues on the site with the paving of the parking lots, installation of the irrigation system and landscaping, and the completion of the onsite storm water system.

    We’re on track for the school to be completed this summer. We’ll continue to keep you updated along the way!


    Mirror Lake Construction

    Mirror Lake Basketball court

    Mirror Lake Kitchen

    Mirror Lake Mural

    Mirror Lake Classroom

    Mirror Lake Classroom 

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