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October 19, 2016


Career & College fair offers a wealth of resources

Hundreds of high school students and their families from around the district attended the annual Career & College Fair on October 18 at Capital High School.

Admissions officers from more than 70 colleges, universities, community colleges and technical schools answered questions about degrees and programs offered and explained application requirements.

In addition, workshops were held on diverse topics such as scholarship tips and  tricks, financial aid, ROTC opportunities, college test prep (SAT/ACT) and alternative pathways.

Representatives from local businesses, government agencies, military branches, apprenticeship programs and nonprofit organizations were also on hand to talk with teens about employment and training opportunities available to them after high school.

The annual event is sponsored each fall by the Olympia School District and moves location each year between Olympia and Capital high schools.


Capital High leadership students attend AWSL conference

Several Capital High School leadership students recently attended the annual Association of Washington Student Leadership (AWSL) State Conference at Kalama High School in Kalama, WA. Chaperoned by Leadership Teacher Angel Elam and Graduation Specialist and Administrative

Intern Jane Allaire, Capital High students presented workshops, participated in a regional community service project and collaborated with more than 800 students from 70 schools across the state.

During this year’s service project, students prepared 100,000 meal packages that were distributed to five local food banks and community service agencies. Participating students gained skills and ideas to bring back to their school by attending small group workshops, listening to keynote speakers, and participating in the conference service project.

“Service learning is associated with academic gain,” Allaire said. “Volunteering allows students to take what they have learned and apply it beyond the classroom. By working as a team, the students learned how to better solve problems and enjoy the satisfaction of overcoming a hurdle. This is valuable not just for schoolwork, but for higher education, careers and further community involvement.”

The AWSL State Conference promotes empathy & service toward others and aims to improve school culture by breaking down barriers.


Centennial hosts annual Pumpkin Fund Run

The weather held out for the annual Centennial Elementary Pumpkin 'Fund Run” on October 13. It was a spectacular day to get out and run around.

The "Fund Run" is a benefit for the Centennial Elementary Associated Student Body (ASB). Students work hard to gather pledges of financial support from friends, relatives and neighbors. They then participate in this monitored running event, dressed in pumpkin and fall-themed clothes, of course! Money raised during this event goes directly back into the school for cultural, athletic, recreational and social events.

The run not only raises money for the school, but also promotes physical fitness and school spirit.  This is a much-anticipated event every year!


Olympia High School Volleyball gives back to community

September 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year the Olympia High School Volleyball Program worked at the Thurston County Food Bank as part of its community service efforts. The varsity, junior varsity and C team students spent their practice time on, September 20 working at the Mottman Road Food Bank warehouse location. The players packaged individual bags of beans, unpacked product and sorted boxes by similar categories. It was an afternoon well-spent helping support those in need in the community.

The teams also sponsored a food drive during their September 22 volleyball match with Graham Kapowsin. Students collected donations and sold tickets to a “serving contest” held between the second and third set of the  varsity match. Serving contestants won prizes for hitting targets such as pizza boxes, T-shirts and other apparel. According to Head Coach Laurie Creighton, the campaign raised $70 and brought in more than  90 canned food items. Way to go Bears!


Flu shot clinics available on October 25 and 26

The Olympia School District is committed to helping keep students, staff, parents and community members healthy throughout flu season. The district has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide annual free flu shot clinics.

The clinics are open to all OSD staff, students, families (children must be 4 years of age or older) and community members. Please note that students under 18 need a Patient Consent Form signed by their parent/legal guardian. The SVNA will bill most insurance plans, including Group Health, for the flu shot. Insurance plans not billed include Cigna and Kaiser.

Students under 18 without insurance coverage will be offered a flu shot at no cost. Adults without current coverage may pay $30 by cash or check.

Clinic dates and locations:

For information contact Jeff Carpenter, director of health, fitness and athletics, at 360-596-8544 or jcarpent@osd.wednet.edu


Garfield students experience the new MyTRL program

Garfield Elementary first graders were recently introduced to the new “MyTRL” program with their Teacher-Librarian Katy Beattie.

Timberland Regional Library (TRL) and the Olympia School District have formed a new partnership this year to bring students access to a wider range and depth of information via the library’s vast electronic services collection.

Beattie said students “loved that there were audiobooks” and that “they could search for topics like castles and find books that we don’t have in our library.” She said R.L. Stine’s “Goosebumps” series on audiobook is a student favorite. First grader Atticus said, “I liked it that it read to us. It was kind of like when my parents read ‘Magic Treehouse’ to me at home.”

Fifth graders at Garfield read e-books almost daily during Silent Sustained Reading (SSR), while a third-grade group plans to use the online system for biome research in the near future.

The MyTRL program, which launched last month, provides elementary, middle and high school students access to the public library’s large and updated collection of research resources, eBooks, digital magazines, downloadable music, videos, and kids and teen homework help. Click here to learn more about MyTRL.


Una celebracion de familias set for November 3

Una celebración de familias will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in the Knox Administrative Center Boardroom.

The event is geared toward Spanish-speaking families to learn about Skyward Family Access and other local services and resources available in the Olympia community. Pizza and refreshments will be available to all attendees.

Community organizations attending Include:


Lincoln Options Elementary Harvest Festival

At the annual Harvest Festival on September 30, Lincoln Options Elementary students celebrated the results of their hard work in the Lincoln garden and shared the bounty of their harvest. Students recognized the shift of the seasons, the abundance of harvest and the importance of nature and earth.

Lunch was provided with contributions from each class using produce grown in the Lincoln garden. Assisted by numerous volunteers and staff, Lincoln students participated in fun activities including operating a cider press, creating nature-inspired crafts, shucking and eating fresh corn, bobbing for apples, jumping in a haystack and much more!


Register to vote in person by October 31

Thurston County residents not yet registered to vote in Washington state can register in person through Monday,
 October 31 to participate in the November 8, 2016 General Election.

In-person voter registration is done at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Bldg. 1, Room 118, Olympia.