Sign up for hands-on accessibility trainings

Computers in a classroom setting with students typingStarting in December, OSD staff will have the opportunity to attend additional trainings focused on creating accessible content.

Each training will be led by Robert Hardy, the district’s Website Accessibility Specialist, and will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center, Room 308.

Accessibility – MS Word and Google Docs

December 5, 2018 and February 27, 2019
Class Size: 20

Accessibility – MS PowerPoint and Google Slides

December 11, 2018 and February 20, 2019
Class Size: 20

Accessibility – SchoolMessenger Teacher Pages

December 13, 2018
Class Size: 20

Accessibility – Alt Text

January 8, 2019
Class Size: 20

Accessibility – Headings

January 9, 2019
Class Size: 20

Accessibility – Acrobat Pro

January 23, 2019
Class Size: 10

Accessibility – Advanced Acrobat Pro – Tables and Forms

February 5, 2019
Class Size: 5

Accessibility – Multimedia Accessibility

February 12, 2019
Class Size: 20

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops, as well as any documents they have questions about.  More details can be found in the Professional Development Catalog Winter 2018  located on the staff intranet.

Schoology Parent Access launches November 30

Schoology Parent Access will be made available for families starting on November 30.  Schoology Parent Access allows parents/guardians to view their child’s course activity, as well as materials and information posted by the teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Sharyn Merrigan, Bob O’Donnell or the OSD Help Desk at Ext. 6172.

Parents/guardians will be able to:

  • View their own child(ren)’s courses and groups.
  • View their own child(ren)’s profile, including blog, portfolio and badges.
  • View their own child(ren)’s Schoology calendar to see assignments and events.
  • View their own child(ren)’s activity in courses or groups.
  • View teacher provided materials, posts and comments in their own child(ren)’s courses.
  • View media albums.
  • View tests/quizzes if they are visible to students.
  • Sign up to receive a daily or weekly emailed report of their child(ren)’s work in Schoology.
  • Sign up to receive notifications if an assignment is overdue.

Parents/guardians will not be able to:

  • View scores and grades.
  • Interact with materials.
  • Complete assignments or assessments.
  • Add posts or comments.
  • View posts or comments added by other students.
  • View student or teacher Google files (depending on share settings).

In anticipation of Schoology Parent Access, staff should:

  • Review posted course materials for personal information about students (i.e. full names, photos).
  • Review posted course materials to ensure accessibility compliance.
  • Ensure that test/quiz visibility settings are as expected.
  • Ensure all photos or videos posted that show or name students have FERPA approval.
  • Ensure that Media Albums (a material type) contain files uploaded by the teacher only.
  • Unpublish or delete Media Albums that contain files uploaded by students due to visibility problem (Note: students may share files through Discussion posts instead, as parents will only see their own child’s work).

Once Schoology Parent Access is enabled, teachers/course admin will be able to view their courses as a parent by clicking on Course Options –> View course as [parent]

On November 30, parents/guardians will receive an informational email from the OSD Communications Department, followed shortly by an email from Schoology informing them of their provisioned account log-in information.

To learn more and see examples of communication about Schoology Parent Access that will be sent to families, see an email sent to OSD certificated employees on November 5 from Instructional Technology.

Are you within 5 years of retirement? Planning seminar on December 1 in Centralia

Open notebook with words "My Plan" at the top and person preparing to write with a penAre you within 5 years of retirement? Are you wondering what you should be doing to prepare?

Consider signing up for a Department of Retirement Systems Planning Seminar from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 in Centralia.

For information about DRS seminars and how to register, visit the DRS website.  Specific location information will provided within two weeks of the event.  If you have questions about registration or if you would like to cancel a reservation, please email

Basic retirement plan information will not be covered at the seminar, but it’s important that you understand how your plan works prior to attending. To brush up on your state retirement plan, please review your plan handbook which can be found by selecting the Members tab on the DRS website at  You may also watch a video, or attend a live webinar.


Today is Election Day: Remember to vote

Red, white and blue VOTE logo with starsA reminder that today, November 6, is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked today or dropped off in postage-free ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. tonight to be counted.

The Olympia School District does not have any measures or candidates on this year’s election ballot; however, the district regularly reminds voters of upcoming elections.

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office mailed local ballots to registered voters on October 17. All Washington state elections are vote-by-mail.

Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours daily and will continue to accept ballots until 8 p.m. tonight. For a list of drop box locations in the Olympia School District, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office elections division website.

Replacement ballots are also available at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. S.W., Building 1, Room 118 in Olympia. Voters may also contact the Auditor’s Office at (360) 786-5408 or

For more information, or to learn about items included on the ballot, read the Thurston County Voters Pamphlet.

United Way annual giving campaign is November 2-30

United Way Live United words with United Way logo

Olympia School District’s annual United Way giving campaign kicks off on Friday, November 2 and continues through November 30.

This year all pledges will be submitted online.

United Way is a national organization that provides a multitude of services to thousands of people right here in the Olympia community, including many of the students and families served by the school district.

Donations through the United Way support a variety of organizations. In past years, United Way has supported organizations such as the Thurston County Food Bank, Community Youth Services, TOGETHER, Pizza Klatch, CEILO, Behavioral Health Resources and the Olympia School District Education Foundation. United Way also supports the Reading Buddy Program on an annual basis.

Additional details about the United Way of Thurston County can be found on their website and in this video. This year’s campaign timeline is concurrent with other local school district campaigns.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Arielle Allard in the Communications and Community Relations Department at or (360) 596-6108.

All online pledge forms need to be completed no later than November 30.

View the online pledge form