Paraeducator ‘Alternative Route Programs’ seminar materials posted on staff intranet

Materials shared during a recent OSD “Alternative Route Programs Seminar” for paraeducators, including an audio recording of the seminar, is available on the district website staff Intranet.

To view the seminar materials, including program and contact information, log onto the staff Intranet from the district website Home page. Click Departments, Human Resources and then Paraeducator Staff Information. All information is organized by presenting schools.

If you have any questions, you may contact the presenting schools listed, or call the Olympia School District Human Resources office at (360) 596-6185.


Remember to vote in the February 13 Special Election

Red, white and blue VOTE logo with starsThe Olympia School District has one measure on the February 13, 2018 Special Election ballot: a proposed four-year technology and safety replacement levy.

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division has mailed election ballots to registered voters. To be counted, ballots must be postmarked or dropped in postage-free ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, February 13.

Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours a day and close promptly at 8 p.m. on Election Day. For a list of ballot drop box locations, visit the Thurston County Elections Division website.

The replacement levy would raise an estimated $35.4 million over four years (2019-2022) to help pay for increased student access to technology, as well as safety projects districtwide.

The proposed levy is not a new tax. The measure would replace an expiring four-year technology and safety levy approved by voters in 2014 and adds safety and technology resources.

To learn more specifics about the levy, visit a technology and safety replacement levy election information page on the Olympia School District website. An informational video about the proposed levy may also be viewed on the district website or any of the 19 school websites.


Countdown to Kindergarten event is this Saturday, February 10

Countdown to Kindergarten flier with photos and informationDo you know of neighbors or friends who have a child who will enter kindergarten this fall in OSD? Invite them to the Countdown to Kindergarten event starting at 10 a.m. this Saturday, February 10, at Capital High School.

The event begins at 10 a.m. in the high school theater with a welcome by Superintendent Patrick Murphy. Families will then have until 11:30 a.m. to visit school booths set up in the Commons and learn about a variety of topics related to kindergarten and school in general. Here are a few things you can learn about:

  • Registering for kindergarten
  • Using Skyward Family Access (Student Information System)
  • Riding the bus
  • Alternative kindergarten program options
  • Before and after school childcare
  • Community partner services

Capital High School is located at 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia.

Nominations due by February 15 for district Teacher of the Year

The Olympia School District is accepting nominations through Thursday, February 15, for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Teacher of the Year.

The program recognizes the work of teachers who have made a positive difference in their profession. Any Washington public school teacher who has a current certificate and works directly with students for at least 50 percent of his/her time is eligible to be nominated.

Please complete the online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized based on who best exemplifies the following Teacher of the Year criteria (please include examples of the following in your nomination):

  • The teacher has the respect and admiration of their colleagues;
  • The teacher is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
  • The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
  • The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
  • The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning;
  • The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to be considered for the regional Teacher of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Teacher of the Year selection process.

View the online nomination form

Who are this week’s Everyday Heroes?

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

We invite all employees districtwide to let us know about a colleague in any school or department who has done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Here are this week’s honorees!

Everyday Hero Bryan Keister
Algebra and Geometry Teacher, Capital High School
“Thank you, Bryan, for your strident love of mathematics and mathematical rigor. You make a strong team stronger by focusing on the leading edge of possibility and challenge. You are an everyday hero when you ask the world of your students, and then help them deliver through their own strength.”
Submitted by: Louis Avden

Everyday Hero Candi Koch
Behavior Technician, McLane Elementary School
“I am writing about Candi Koch, behavior tech at McLane Elementary. She is amazing! Candi goes above and beyond what her job duties are. She always has a smile on her face. The students adore her! She really is a hero at McLane!!!”
Submitted by: Amy Long

Nominate a new Everyday Hero

The process is simple:

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department ( a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
  • Write Everyday Heroes in the subject heading of the email.
  • Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
  • Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
  • Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.

All submissions will be posted in this blog and archived each week.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, teachers, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

Flags lowered to half-staff Feb. 9-13 in memory of former Gov. John Spellman

Flag at half staff in front of Knox Administrative CenterGov. Jay Inslee directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities, including schools and support buildings, be lowered to half-staff from February 9 through February 13 in memory of former Gov. John Spellman.

The former governor passed away on January 15 at the age of 91 from pneumonia. Memorial services will be held on February 12 at noon at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, 804 Ninth Ave., Seattle; followed at 2:30 p.m. by a Celebration of Life for former Gov. John and Lois Spellman at the Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle.

Flags will remain at half-staff from Friday, February 7 through close of business on Tuesday, February 13.

We want all staff to be aware of the reason for flag lowerings, as often families or community members will ask for this information when they enter our schools. This information is also posted as an announcement on the district website.