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Welcome to Pine Lake Middle School!

Located in Sammamish, WA, Pine Lake Middle School serves approximately 900 students in grades 6-8. Read more about Our School.

Student Innovation!

The Incredibots are a great example of the promise of student agency in learning. Their exciting work was a series of discoveries, sparked by their sense of community and their commitment to excellence.  Pine Lake Middle School could not be prouder of these young people.

Read more about this team and their work!


A group of students collaborating in Stephanie Bullard's Social Studies class.  From Mesopotamia to Egypt to Greece, each table group transforms into a mini city-state, fostering collaboration and friendly competition among students.

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Maywood Middle School

Pine Lake @ Maywood

Administration Building, 5150 220th Ave SE, Issaquah, WA

The agenda and meeting details will be posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Please note the agenda and materials may be modified up to 24 hours prior to the meeting; after that time, any agenda modifications will be addressed at the meeting.

Issaquah Middle School

Incoming kindergarten students, current students and students from other districts are invited to a free vaccine clinic from 4 to 8 p.m. on May 29 in the commons at Issaquah Middle School. The event is a partnership between Bellevue College and Public Health – Seattle & King County. Vaccinations are required to attend school. This is a drop-in event, with no appointments necessary.

Here are some additional details about the free clinic:

  • Insurance is not required.
  • Identification is not required.
  • If you have your vaccine records, please bring them, but they are not required. It’s safe to revaccinate.
  • Parents/guardians will need to sign consent forms, which will be available at the event.
  • The vaccines are available for children and adult family members.

Our incoming kindergarten students are welcome to attend and receive any vaccines that they need for school. Seventh-grade students who need a Tdap may also want to attend.

Vaccines available will include:

  • DTap
  • Tdap
  • MMR
  • Varicella
  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B

It's possible that those who attend may also be able to receive COVID-19, HPV and Meningococcal vaccines.

If you have questions, please ask your school nurse; or, contact Director of Health Services Laura Carmichael at

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Happening Now at PLMS

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Fourteen students from Pine Lake, accompanied by six staff members, had an enjoyable outing at the Woodland Park Zoo this Monday. The trip, organized by Pine Lake, aimed to provide a fun and inclusive experience for students and their peer tutors. The zoo visit featured several attractions, but the zebras and baby monkeys were particularly popular among the group.

This educational trip not only allowed the students to learn more about wildlife but also fostered a sense of community and inclusion.

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Read More about Discovering Nature and Fostering Inclusion: Visit to Woodland Park Zoo

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By the Numbers


Students enrolled in the 2022-23 school  year.

At Pine Lake, staff and students believe in the value of Discovery, Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Community. Visitors to our campus often comment on the feeling of Pine Lake and on our friendly school culture. Pine Lake is that and so much more. At PLMS, students and staff enjoy an adventure together and challenge one another to reach beyond the known and to discover and learn whatever it is that lights their spark.


Classroom teachers in the 2021-22 school year.

In the 2021-22 school year, our teachers had an average of 18.5 years of experience.


Of our teachers have a master's degree or higher.

To find the contact information for one of our teachers or staff, visit the directory (use the menu option at the top right to access the directory).


Of our students attend regularly.

This data is from the 2021-22 school year, the most recent year available from OSPI.

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School Highlights & Programs

Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment.

Principal Michelle Caponigro

Meet Principal Michelle Caponigro

Hello, Wolverine families! If you would like to know the best thing about being a principal, I’ll tell you – it's the kids! A few fun facts about me: My current favorite young adult book is “The Hate You Give.” If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life, it would be roasted sweet potatoes. My bucket list includes the goal of living abroad for five years. I was once featured in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for being in the largest group of clarinet players ever assembled! 

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Responsible Citizenship

Students will understand and respect their freedoms and responsibilities as members of the ISD community and global world at large. They will move forward in all aspects of their lives by applying the ethical and equitable values fostered in their education.

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Comprehensive Awareness

Students will receive extensive social-emotional support each year of their educational career. In addition, they will learn life skills to support all aspects of their growth, including collaboration, goal setting, physical health, creativity, and resilience.

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