Flags lowered to half-staff through September 30
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres.
Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.
Nominations open for Classified School Employee of the Year
The Olympia School District is accepting nominations for one or more staff members to be honored as Classified School Employee of the Year. The program recognizes the work of classified staff members who have made a positive difference in their profession. All school and support building employees who are categorized as “Classified” staff are eligible for nomination. Nominees should be employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.
Please complete this online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized. The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to compete for the regional Classified School Employee of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Classified School Employee of the Year selection process.
Olympia School Board meets on Monday, October 3
The OSD Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2016, in the Knox Administrative Center Board Room at 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia 98501.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
The state of Washington is joining a nationwide effort this month to call attention to the importance of regular school attendance. September is Attendance Awareness Month in Washington, where one out of every six students was absent at least 18 days in the 2014-15 school year.
The passing of former OSD Superintendent Howard Coble
Howard Coble, superintendent of the Olympia School District from 1973 to 1980, passed away this morning, Thursday, September 22.
In addition to leading the Olympia School District, Coble was a superintendent in the Snohomish School District, served as executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) from 1980 to 1991, and served on the Capital Region Educational Service District 113 Board of Directors since 2000, according to a message from Bill Keim, WASA executive director.
Capital High math teacher honored at state awards ceremony
It was a day filled with anticipation and excitement as the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction honored regional Teacher of the Year finalists, including Capital High math teacher Carol McKay, before announcing the 2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year.
While the top honor went to a Quincy School District educator, Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said he couldn’t be more proud of McKay, one of eight finalists for the state award.
Volunteer art docents needed
Volunteers are needed to serve as art docents in an expanded elementary school visual arts program this year.
This is the second year of the visual arts program, which started last year in 10 elementary classrooms and is being expanded this year to 30 classrooms throughout the district’s 11 elementary schools.
Washington State Healthy Youth Survey will take place in October
Students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington State and in OSD middle and high schools will participate in the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 10 to 21, 2016. The survey asks questions about risk for injury, health outcomes, and alcohol and drug use. Schools, communities and state and local health departments use survey results to support our youth and reduce their risks. The Healthy Youth Survey is voluntary and anonymous.
Library and district partner to bring students greater resources
Timberland Regional Library (TRL) and the Olympia School District (OSD) have formed a partnership to bring students access to a wider range and depth of information via the library’s vast electronic services collection.
Both organizations met for several months last spring to determine the feasibility of offering TRL materials to K-12 OSD students. From those meetings, the concept of an online-only Timberland library card was born and named “MyTRL.”
The MyTRL program, which launches September 21, provides students in elementary, middle and high schools 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. While the first partnership of its kind for TRL, it is patterned after other similar library/school district partnerships statewide.
Get to Know Dr. Mark Connolly - New Pioneer ES Principal
We recently took a few minutes to sit down with Dr. Mark Connolly, new principal of Pioneer Elementary School, and ask him a few hard-hitting questions! Check it out...
In-person school registration starts September 2
Effective today, September 2, families who need to register children for school should visit the school in their attendance area to submit necessary registration forms in person. The district’s online registration is now closed to help schools expedite the registration process before and after school opens.
If you need additional information, please contact the district administrative office at (360) 596-6100.