District News Archive (2018-19)

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Dan Lundberg to be honored Oct. 18
CHS band alumni are invited to honor Dan Lundberg on October 18.
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Remember to vote in Nov. 6 General Election
Ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election have been sent to registered voters and must be mailed or dropped off in postage-free ballot drop boxes by Election Day to be counted.
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Jefferson MS Boys & Girls Club Canceled
The Boys & Girls Club, located at Jefferson Middle School, has canceled after-school programming today (September 12) due to a leak in the water line along Conger Avenue.
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Washington MS students collecting cans for Canned Food Drive
Spotlight on Success - December 20, 2018
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; LP Brown draws big crowd at ‘Books Before Bed’ family night, Garfield students explore computer programming during ‘Hour of Code’, Visual Arts Program inspires young artists, School board honors Classified School Employees of the Year and much more!
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Upcoming Half Days
Upcoming Half Days
This is just a reminder that we have two half-days coming up this week. Here are the details:
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Schools two hours late today, February 4
Due to snow and icy roads, all Olympia School District schools will start two hours late today, Monday, February 4. Buses will also pick up children two hours late and will run this morning on snow routes. There is no out-of-district transportation.
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After-school & evening activities/events canceled
PM buses will drop off students after school on snow routes. All after-school and evening activities and events, except for the Olympia School Board meeting, are canceled.
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OSD Weather Announcement
Early Release - Wednesday, February 20
REMINDER | Wednesday, February 20, is an early release day for Olympia School District students! 🗓📍🗓
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April 12 - Half Day for Middle School Students
This is a reminder that Friday, April 12, is a half day for middle school students only, due to grading.
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Public School Volunteer Week, April 15-19
Public School Volunteer Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19.
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Spring Daffodils
Budget update from the Superintendent
As a result of legislative action in the final hours of the Legislative Session on April 28, the projected budget deficit in our district has been reduced by nearly 80 percent.
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Capital HS Football
Free Sports Physicals - June 8
Free sports physicals will be offered on Saturday, June 8 for middle and high school students planning to participate in athletic programs during the 2019-20 school year.
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Remember to vote in the August 6 Primary Election
Ballots for the August 6, 2019 Primary Election have been sent to registered voters and must be mailed or dropped off in postage-free ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
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2017 Classified Employee of the Year Marilyn Dye is presented with flowers
Now accepting nominations for CSEY
The Olympia School District is accepting nominations for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Classified School Employee of the Year.
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District offers flu shot clinics
The Olympia School District is committed to helping keep students, staff, parents/guardians and community members healthy throughout the flu season. The district has partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide flu shot clinics.
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Classroom Addition Rendering
OHS hosts meeting on building improvements
The community is invited to a neighborhood meeting to learn more about the upcoming building improvements at Olympia High School.
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School Board Recognition Thank You
January is School Board Recognition Month
Every January school districts across the state and nation honor their board of directors during School Board Recognition Month.
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WCD 3 Basketball Tournament Scheduling
After consulting with state and local athletic officials, in order to avoid forfeiture, we will be participating in basketball events tomorrow evening. Both Capital and Olympia have boys and girls teams vying for state births this year:
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Seeking input in budget survey
As preparation for the upcoming school year, the Superintendent and Board of Directors seek community, staff, parent and student input on the Olympia School District budget development. Due to recent changes in the state school funding system, the district is projected to face a deficit in the 2019-20 school year. We are hopeful that the state Legislature will address some or all of the causes, and the district may not face a deficit. Regardless, we seek community, staff and student input on instructional and operational priorities and values. The deadline to complete the survey is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 5.
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District asks state to approve one waiver day due to February snow
The Olympia School District has submitted a request to the state asking to waive one of the school days that were missed in February when all schools were closed due to snow.
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Candidate filing week is May 13-17
People interested in vying for one of three Olympia School Board seats up for election in November may submit an application online during candidate filing week May 13-17, 2019.
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Register to vote for the August Primary Election
Thurston County residents interested in voting in the August 6, 2019 Primary Election may register to vote online up to eight days prior to Election Day. Information must be received by an election official by July 29. There are three candidates vying for the District 1 seat on the Olympia School Board in the August 6, 2019 Primary Election. The top two vote-getters in this Primary Election will advance to the November 5 General Election.
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A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meetings
The safety and security of our students and staff are always of the utmost importance. Subsequently, we continuously review our policies and procedures to ensure that recent research and best practices support our safety protocols. As we see a need to modify our practices, we do so after careful research, consultation with our law enforcement partners and consideration of what is best for students.
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Draft dress code policy to come before board
The Olympia School Board has asked the superintendent to prepare a draft dress code policy for discussion at the November 19 school board meeting.
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Skyward Family Access is down
Skyward Family Access is currently down due to a network outage that is affecting access to the system statewide. Vendors are working to restore service.
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Olympia School District School Board
Board approves Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action resolution
The Olympia School Board unanimously approved a resolution on February 4 supporting the national Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action February 4-8.
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Input sought in next step of Strategic Planning
The community is invited to comment on the next step of the school district’s Strategic Planning process.
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OSD Teachers of the Year - 2019
Spotlight on Success - March 21, 2019
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Cristy Havens selected as Elementary Educator of the Year, Board recognizes Teachers of the Year and National Board Certified Teachers, Hansen ES student's "Green Monster" art wins international competition, College Bound Scholarship Program opportunity for low-income families and much more!
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Centennial Elementary Mini-Building
Upcoming mini-building dedications
The newly constructed two-story classroom mini-buildings at Centennial and McLane elementary schools will open their doors for classes on the first day of school, September 5 and be the site of community dedication ceremonies the previous day.
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Teachers working on Draft Student Outcome options
Share Your Thoughts
Share your thoughts on the school board's Draft Student Outcomes as part of our strategic planning process. Click below to fill out our feedback form!
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K-8 Conferences and Half Day Schedule Oct 23-26
A reminder to our families that Tuesday, October 23 through Friday, October 26 is K-8 fall conference week. Elementary and middle schools are on a half day schedule. Please check with your resident school for release times. High schools are on normal schedule.
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Nomination for Teacher of the Year
Nominations for district Teacher of the Year
The Olympia School District is accepting nominations through Friday, February 15, for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Teacher of the Year.
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Skyward Access Restored
Skyward Family Access has been restored. We thank you for your patience during this extended outage.
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Committee to study calendar and school start times
The School Year Calendar/School Start Times Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting has been rescheduled. The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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Message from the Superintendent
As many of you may already know, the Legislature concluded its 105-day session on time just before the midnight deadline last night. During the final hours of the session, lawmakers approved several bills related to K-12 funding.
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Committee seeks input on school start times
A Citizens Advisory Committee invites OSD students, families, employees and community members to complete an online survey about potential changes to start and end times in the Olympia School District.
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Wanz visits Marshal Middle School
Spotlight on Success - May 30, 2019
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Parents, students and staff dedicate Pioneer Garden, Wanz inspires Marshall Middle School songwriters, Committee seeks input on school start times, Stories of stars and choreographed dancing at Lincoln Elementary School, Garfield families celebrate school cultures at Heritage Night and much more!
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OSD Furniture Sale
Elementary furniture sales June 27 and July 3
The district is selling good quality elementary-size furniture from three elementary schools that are undergoing a remodel and complete change of furniture. Items available include desks, chairs, file cabinets and bookshelves. By law, the district must first offer the items to public school districts and private schools serving K-12 students. Those sales are happening in advance of the two public sales.
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CHS hosts meeting on building improvements
The community is invited to a public meeting to learn more about the upcoming Performing Arts Center construction and building improvements at Capital High School.
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Olympia School District Freedom Farmers
Spotlight on Success - August 30, 2018
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Summer Freedom Farmers produce fresh food for schools and community, students learn and achieve through summer months, Middle schoolers “Earn-A-Bike” through Intercity Transit Program, September is Attendance Awareness Month and much more!
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K-1 Highly Capable Information Meeting Oct. 18
Kindergarten and first grade parents/guardians are invited to a Highly Capable informational meeting on October 18, from 6-7 p.m., in the library at Washington Middle School, 3100 Cain Rd. Olympia, 98501.
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Capital HS Band Director Dan Lundberg and family
Spotlight on Success - October 24, 2018
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Marshall and McLane honored with School of Distinction award, Capital HS student accepted to Washington World Fellows program, Seven OSD students named National Merit Semifinalists, Capital High School recognizes retiring band director Dan Lundberg and much more!
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Elementary classroom at McLane Elementary School
Spotlight on Success - November 27, 2018
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; another Bearzaar is in the books, schools across district celebrate our Veterans, Classified School Employees of the Year are recognized, Hansen Alternative Program (HAP) hosts 12th Annual Author Night and much more!
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Education Support Professionals Week March 11-15
The Olympia School District is joining the state in recognizing Education Support Professionals Week March 11-15.
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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10
Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10.
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Join us for the screening of "LIKE"
As part of our commitment to providing awareness and education around digital health and well-being, the Olympia School District is excited to provide an opportunity for you and your family to watch “LIKE”, a film that explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain.
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Earth Day at Pioneer Elementary
Spotlight on Success - June 21, 2019
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Capital High School marketing students host annual trade show, Pioneer ES 4th graders showcase environmental awareness, Reeves MS bands study music in Tacoma and Seattle, WMS Tech Arts student creates model of cafe on 3D printer and much more!
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Spotlight on Success - June 20, 2018
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Olympia HS students help rebuild homes and connect hearts in New Orleans, Twin Star donation eliminates elementary lunch debt, CIELO Education Director receives Community Leadership Award, Olympia School Board approves Pride Month resolution and much more!
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OSD Board of Directors
Strategic Planning Update
Olympia School District’s 5-year Strategic Plan expires at the end of 2018, and work is underway to develop a long-term strategic direction for the district based on shared values and agreed-upon student outcomes. A Strategic Planning webpage has been created on this district website to update the community about the district's progress. The page includes a description of work to date, as well as links to information and resources, including recent survey results.
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Spotlight on Success - September 28, 2018
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Capital High School football team recognizes active and former military members, District hosts Career & College Fair October 9, Olympia High School recognized with National Banner Recognition by Special Olympics, Classroom visitors bring Constitution to life at McLane Elementary and much more!
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Capital High School Teachers Celebrating the Holiday at Assembly
Festive holiday concerts throughout the district
Friends, family and the public are invited to attend our holiday concerts. A nominal entrance fee may be charged at some of our evening concerts taking place at our high schools.
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Student Outcomes drive Strategic Plan
The Olympia School Board unanimously agreed in December to approve a set of Student Outcomes as part of its Strategic Planning process.
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In-person new voter registration ends February 4
There is still time to register to vote for the February 12, 2019 Special Election.
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Snow in the forecast
In case of snow, please familiarize yourself with the snow routes for the east side of Olympia and the west side of Olympia.
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Elementary School Menu Changes
Elementary school menus for Wednesday, February 20 through Friday, February 22, have been altered due to weather-related delivery issues.
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Meet Johanna Chhay - Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County Youth of the Year
Spotlight on Success - February 25, 2019
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Meet Johanna Chhay - Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County Youth of the Year, JAMS students at Jefferson Middle School REACH new heights, OSD welcomes new School Resource Officer,Sky Dome Planetarium visits Madison Elementary and much more!
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Board requests plan for possible budget reductions
The Olympia School Board unanimously agreed on April 8 to authorize the superintendent to prepare a “Reduced Educational Plan” that outlines possible budget reductions for the 2019-20 school year to address a projected $8.5 million deficit.
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Science fair winner from Jefferson Middle School
Spotlight on Success - April 19, 2019
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Students win top awards at state science fair, Capital High School Thespians win multiple awards at 2019 Festival, Student and librarian named 2019 Literacy Champion Award winners, High school students work alongside legislators to program LEGO robots and much more!
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Summer School 2019
Register for Summer School
Registration for Summer School is now available. Classes begin on Wednesday, June 26. For all Summer School related information, including courses, visit our Summer School webpage.
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OSD Board of Directors
Board seeks input on proposed dress code
The Olympia School Board is seeking input from OSD students, families, employees and community members about a proposed districtwide student dress code policy and procedure. While individual schools have rules around student dress code, currently there is no districtwide policy or procedure.
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Olympia High School Unified Team
Spotlight on Success - January 24, 2019
In this most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Olympia High School truly "Packs the Gym", Students remember the life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Avanti hosts Student Led-Ed Camp, Boston Harbor ES Parents share about STEAM-related professions, Directors honored during School Board Recognition Month and much more!
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Optional MS Program Nights - Feb. 26/28
Olympia School District optional middle school program nights are right around the corner. Come check out all our wonderful middle school options!
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Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
The Olympia School District is excited to provide an opportunity for you and your family to watch Screenagers, a film about the impact of the Digital Age on our children, and strategies to find balance within it. Join us March 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Olympia High School PAC for this screening of Screenagers.
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Congratulations OSD Teachers of the Year
Congratulations to this year's Olympia School District Teachers of the Year.
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Elementary classroom at McLane Elementary School
School board to vote on student outcomes
After more than six months of extensive community input, the school board is ready to consider approving a set of student outcomes that will drive the more specific goals of the district’s new Strategic Plan.
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Flags lowered to half-staff through December 31
Acting Governor Duane Davidson has directed that all Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities, including schools and support buildings, be lowered to half-staff, December 2, in memory of former United States President George H.W. Bush who passed away on November 30, 2018. Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Monday, December 31, 2018.
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Students enjoying 'Hour of Code' at Garfield Elementary School
‘Hour of Code’ at Garfield Elementary School
Ozobots, robots and algorithms, oh my! Garfield Elementary students learned about all of this and more as they delved into the world of computer programming during the school’s first-ever “Hour of Code” event.
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Countdown to Kindergarten
Countdown to Kindergarten moved to March 2
Parents and guardians who will have children in kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year are invited to learn about transitioning to kindergarten by attending this year's Olympia School District "Countdown to Kindergarten" event.
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OSD Night with the Rainiers is coming up!
Looking for an evening of fun with friends and family? The OSD Night with the Rainiers is just a few weeks away. Come watch the Tacoma Rainiers take on the Reno Aces on Thursday, May 9.
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LP Brown hosts ‘Books Before Bed’ family night
A cold winter’s night didn’t prevent more than 160 people, many of them students dressed in comfy pajamas and carrying their favorite stuffed animals, from enjoying a “Books Before Bed” family night at LP Brown Elementary School.
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Last day of school this year moved to Friday, June 21
The state has approved the school district’s request to waive one of the school days missed in February when schools were closed due to snow. Assuming there are no more missed days this school year, the new last day of school is Friday, June 21, 2019.
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Marshall & McLane receive School of Distinction
Marshall Middle School and McLane Elementary School have each been recognized as a 2018 School of Distinction. The award is presented annually to the top 5 percent of schools statewide that have made sustained improvement over the past five years in English language arts and math.
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Kindergarten learning in the classroom
Developmental preschool seeks non-disabled peers
Olympia School District's Developmental Preschool Program is seeking non-disabled peers for the 2019-20 classes that start this fall.
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Text Message Opt-In
Text Messaging Opt-In
The Olympia School District recently began offering text-messaging communications to our families. This was via an opt-in text that was auto-generated by SchoolMessenger and went to all families that have cell phone contact information entered into Skyward Family Access.
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Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age
Screenagers - Growing up in the Digital Age
As part of our commitment to providing awareness and education around digital citizenship and digital health and well-being, The Olympia School District is excited to provide an opportunity for you and your family to watch 'Screenagers', a film about the impact of the digital age on our children, and strategies to find balance within it. This film follows a Seattle doctor and her teenage daughter, as they navigate their way into and through the digital age.
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2018 Classified School Employee of the Year
Classified School Employee of the Year
Congratulations to three Olympia School District employees selected to receive this year’s Olympia School District Classified School Employee of the Year award. The employees learned of the honor during surprise announcements at impromptu morning staff meetings. The news was greeted with applause, standing ovations and hugs.
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2018 Annual Report
We are pleased to share our Annual Report, featuring highlights of the past year from throughout the Olympia School District.
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