Mission Statement

The vision of the Lake Washington School District is every student future-ready.

The mission of Helen Keller Elementary is to collaborate with the community to empower students to reach rigorous, yet attainable, academic and social goals.


The Helen Keller community is committed to fostering student achievement through:

Growth: Developing intellectual abilities and social skills.

Respect: Treating others as you would like to be treated.

Integrity: Striving to make the right choices.

Perseverance: Working hard and trying your best.

School Culture

At Keller, we strive to create and nurture a Culture of Caring:

  • Caring for yourself: I am on time; I am organized; I take care of myself.
  • Caring for others: I respect schoolmates and care about them; I look for the best in others.
  • Caring for the community: I respect school property; I want to help in my community.

We are a bucket-filling school! The theory of the Dipper and the Bucket (adapted from the book How Full is Your Bucket?):

Each of us has in invisible bucket that is constantly emptied or filled depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Each of us also has an invisible dipper that can be used to fill or empty other people’s buckets. We fill buckets by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions -- when we do this we also fill our own buckets. When we use the dipper to dip from others’ buckets -- by doing or saying things that decrease their positive emotions -- we also diminish our own. Every drop in our bucket makes us stronger and more optimistic. But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy, and undermines our will. People who bully often have empty buckets. So we face a choice every moment of every day: We can fill one another’s buckets, or we can dip from them. It’s an important choice -- one that profoundly influences our relationships, productivity, health, and happiness.

Teachers and students can fill each other's buckets by filling out bucket drops. Check out our bulletin board outside the office!