Auditions for OSD Players musical “Annie” set for December 7

Auditions for this year’s OSD Players musical Annie are set for Wednesday, December 7. To audition for this year’s production, please review the following attachments and complete the audition form. One attachment describes the Annie audition process, including rehearsal and show dates, another is a listing of Annie characters, and the third is an audition form to download, print, fill out and bring with you to the auditions.

All OSD employees and their families are welcome to audition for a part in the production, directed by Colleen Powers. Auditions are from 6-9 p.m. on December 7 at Reeves Middle School, 2200 Quince St. N.E. in Olympia.

 Performances of Annie are scheduled at 7 p.m. on February 23, 24, and 25,  and at 2 p.m. on February 25 and 26 at Olympia High School.

Technology Fair logo contest entries due Friday, December 2

2017techfairlogocontestThank you to all who have encouraged students to participate in the 2017 Tech Fair Logo Contest.  The deadline for submissions is the end of the day this Friday, December 2.

The Technology department has already received a number of exciting submissions. Please remind students to name their files correctly, as as there is no other way to identify the artist. The theme for this year’s contest is “Through the Portal.”
Teachers are encouraged to talk with students about how a portal can be used in a computing sense as a doorway into different websites and services. Many students simply think of portals as they relate to video games. Feel free to share the student portal at and talk about how it is a jumping-off place for students to all of their curricula and applications. It’s a doorway to knowledge!
Click here for contest rules and entry submission information.

Read the latest Spotlight on Success district newsletter


See the latest issue of the district’s Spotlight on Success newsletter, which features students, staff and other district news. This issue includes a link to a video about Olympia High student Surabhi Mundada, photos of this year’s Classified School Employees of the Year, information about the success of McKenny Elementary’s Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, a snapshot of the new Wonders English Language Arts curriculum paired with technology at McLane Elementary, and more!

Open the latest Spotlight on Success newsletter

Safety Tip of the Week

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares tips about winter safety.

Winter Safety

The time to devise a winter safety plan is long before the cold weather hits. Frequently, when people think of winter safety, they only think of snow and ice. In the Pacific Northwest, severe wind and rain storms can often be as debilitating. Flooding, mud slides and downed trees frequently affect our ability to perform our jobs and pose the threat of accidents and injury.

The most important things to keep in mind about Winter Safety is to stay informed and keep us informed.

Stay Informed:  Make sure you have access to accurate information about weather conditions before you leave home. Early in the morning, generally before 6 a.m., our district staff contacts the Public Schools Emergency System to alert all media outlets in the event of school closures or late starts. The district also contacts families through its automated calling/email system and posts weather-related closures or late starts on the district website and its social media pages. Check the OSD website, social media, northwest TV stations and local radio stations (KGY, KXXO/MIXX) for the latest information.

Keep us Informed:  We depend on you to notify your supervisor, custodian or maintenance personnel if you see a winter hazard so we can make corrections as quickly as possible. Additionally, please keep your phone and email contact information up-to-date with the district.

Winter Wise Words…

We all need to think about preventing weather-related slips, trips and fall hazards in a proactive manner. Slippery surfaces, unrecognizable ice and frost, can cause a loss of traction that can send you to the ground in a hurry.

Tips for getting to and from activities on walkways and in parking lots:

  • Wear the proper shoes and socks; perhaps hiking boots with proper tread. If you need to wear dress shoes pack them in a bag.
  • Another layer of insurance for your feet is a set of tire chains or ice cleats for your shoes and boots. Retailers sell single pairs of snow and ice spike shoe/boot covers starting at about $7.
  • Whether it’s navigating your way around a bus in the dark at the transportation facility or crossing a parking lot to get to a building, slow down to observe your surroundings.
  • Minimize how much you carry. It is harder to navigate ice when you cannot see over things in your arms… and it’s harder to balance with a heavy load.
  • Park strategically. Look for an area with no incline. Evaluate your walk to the building. Follow the path made by custodians or look for the least slippery route.
  • Avoid snow pile runoff that has frozen overnight. Melting snow may look like water but can be an icy hazard.
  • Make sure to use the building wipe-off mats to remove water and snow from your boots as you enter a building.

Be Safe!

December Wellness newsletter

december-2016-wellness-letter-2_page_2Why is it important to wash the outside of a melon before cutting? Why is it important to wash your hands before and after an exercise session at the gym? Learn more in the latest issue of “Wellness is a Way of Life!”

Read the full Wellness newsletter. Previous issues from this year are available on the Olympia School District website Child Nutrition Web page.

The monthly newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

Two days left to contribute to this year’s United Way campaign

uwtc-finalThere are two days left to give to the Olympia School District’s 2016 United Way campaign!

United Way pledge forms have been distributed to all schools and support buildings. Completed forms need to be given to the building contact person or front office staff by this Friday, November 18.

The contact person or front office staff then need to bundle the forms and send to Kim Doherty in the district’s Communications department no later than Tuesday, November 22.

For those interested in donating, United Way is sponsoring a ’12 for 12′ Seahawks Campaign. Anyone who donates $12 (or more) during each of the next 12 months will be provided a “Live United” Seahawk green and blue T-shirt. People can give through a payroll deduction or a one-time gift of cash, check or credit card.

For more information, contact Kim Doherty at or (360) 596-6108.

Safety Tip of the Week

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares tips about ladder safety in the workplace.

Ladder Safety – Three Points of Contact

During this time of year decorations can be a very important part of the classroom and putting up decorations may include climbing a ladder. When climbing a ladder, it is safest to use “Three Points-of-Contact” because it minimizes your chance of slipping and falling from the ladder.  At all times during ascending, descending and working on a ladder, you should face the ladder. Keeping two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder steps, rungs and/or side rails.  In this way, you will be less likely to be unstable in the event you slip during climbing.  It is important to note that you should not carry any objects in either hand that can interfere with your grip on the ladder. If you are unable to grip and maintain “Three Points-of-Contact” with the ladder, the chance of falling is increased.

Some factors contribute to falls from ladders such as haste, worn condition of the ladder and your footwear.

Improper climbing posture can create clumsiness and may cause falls. Reduce your chances of falling during climbing by:

  • Wearing slip-resistant shoes.
  • Cleaning the soles of shoes to maximize traction.
  • Using an assistant to carry materials so that your hands are free when climbing.
  • Climbing slowly and deliberately and avoiding sudden movements.
  • Never attempting to move a ladder while standing on it.
  • Keeping the center of your belt buckle (stomach) between the ladder side rails when climbing and working. Do not overreach or lean while working so that you don’t fall off the ladder sideways or pull the ladder over sideways while standing on it.
  • Making sure the ladder is placed on level secure ground before climbing.
  • Making sure you do not step on the top rung on the ladder and that you choose a ladder that is the adequate size for your project.
  • Not placing ladders in front of doors where the door can be opened and knock the ladder over. Otherwise the door will need to blocked, locked or guarded.