Open the latest issue of 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. In this edition of ‘Spotlight on Success’: Marshall Middle School celebrates MLK Day with ‘Day of Service’; LP Brown students travel the world through geography enrichment program; OSD teams dominate FIRST Tech Challenge and qualify for State; Capital and Olympia high school students excel at FBLA Conference; and much more!

Open the latest Spotlight on Success newsletter

February 2 is last day to complete superintendent search online survey


Reminder: Thursday, February 2, is the last day to fill out and submit an Olympia School District superintendent search online survey. Tomorrow is also the final day of a series of 18 focus groups held throughout the district to gather input from staff, students and community members.

Parents, students, employees and community members throughout the district are invited to complete a superintendent search survey. The brief survey will assist the Olympia School Board and the superintendent search firm in developing a leadership profile and position description that will guide the board’s selection of the next superintendent.

The survey, developed by the superintendent search firm, asks questions about the district’s strengths and challenges, as well as professional qualifications and personal qualities desired for the next superintendent.

Respondents are asked at the end of the survey to identify the group that best represents their role and/or relationship to the district (such as parent, student or community member); however, no names are requested to keep the responses anonymous.

Survey responses are submitted online directly to Northwest Leadership Associates, the superintendent search firm selected by the school board to assist with the search process.

Copies of the survey are available in school offices and support buildings for those unable to complete online. The district will forward surveys turned in at schools and support sites to the search firm.

Take the online survey by Thursday, February 2

Photo: The school district and CIELO co-hosted a superintendent search focus group meeting earlier this week for Spanish-speaking families. The event was held at CIELO in Olympia.

February Wellness newsletter: Let’s talk hearts!

February Wellness Newsletter front page Happy Face = Healthy Heart

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Don’t miss this month’s issue of the “Wellness is a Way of Life!” newsletter. The newsletter is provided by the Child Nutrition department as a wellness resource for all employees.

The February newsletter includes articles about heart health and the health benefits associated with having a positive, happy mood.

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

Save the date for OSD Night at the Tacoma Rainiers


Saturday, April 15 is the third annual Olympia School District Night at the Tacoma Rainiers. The Rainiers will take on the Albuquerque Isotopes beginning at 5:05 p.m. at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

All students, families, teachers, staff and the Olympia School District community are invited to join us for this fun-filled district event. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us and show support for the Rainiers and our schools. Last year we sold more than 200 tickets. Let’s see if we can surpass that this year!

Be sure to arrive on time to watch Superintendent Dick Cvitanich throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Then stick around after the game for “Kids Run the Bases.”

Ticket purchase information will be available soon. We hope to see you there!

Safety Tip of the Week

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, provides safety tips related to distracted walking.

Distracted Walking a Case for Safety?

We are all too familiar with the phrase “distracted driving” and the safety ramifications that come from it. In this time of handheld technology, it is time to consider the safety risks of distracted walking. This happens while crossing intersections or walking down the hallway at school between classes. You can see people focused more on their smartphones in dangerous situations than on their surroundings. There have been near-miss incidents, injuries and even some fatalities from walking distracted.

According to Travelers Insurance, injuries from walking while using a cell phone have more than doubled over the last five years.

When distracted walking meets the workplace, employees and students can suffer. Walking in hallways, down stairwells or across lawns or fields while texting, for example, can cause people to injure themselves or others, which can lead to job time loss or student absences.

Tips for walking safe:

  1. Maintain a volume on your phone which allows you to still hear your surroundings.
  2. If a phone call, message or text comes and you must answer, stop and find a safe place to complete the task and then continue on your way.
  3. Look up, not down, when stepping off curbs.
  4. While walking focus on people, objects and obstacles in your surroundings.
  5. Stay alert in hallways, stairwells and sidewalks.

The solution to distracted walking is a fairly simple one: do not use your cell phone or engage in other distracting activities while walking. Focus solely on the task at hand. You will appreciate getting from point A to point B in one piece and injury free. There is no mail, message or game more important than your safety!