Complete 2022-23 budget survey by June 3

Each spring as the district plans the next school year’s budget, students, staff, parents/guardians and community members are asked to share their priorities for how the district should spend its local and state resources.

This year, we ask that participants complete several short sections of an online budget survey to help us plan for the 2022-23 school year. The deadline to complete the survey is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Please submit one survey per person.

Take the survey

Scenic photos of the week

Normal oxidization of copper piping in ORLA mechanical room
“Normal oxidization of copper piping in ORLA Mechanical Room,” by Matthew Murdock, Maintenance Electrician, Support Services Center

OSD employees are encouraged to send us a photo of their artwork portraying nature (e.g., landscapes, sunrises or sunsets, an interesting cloud formation, a close-up of a flower) for consideration in this staff blog. Your image can be something you captured on canvas, in a photograph, on a textile, in a pencil, charcoal or pastel drawing, with wire — the possibilities are endless!

Guidelines:

  • Nature/scenic images only (no people or pets please).
  • Attach a photo of your original art in jpeg or png format to an email and send to communications@osd.wednet.edu. The higher the resolution, the better.
  • Photos must be in-focus and cropped so the art is visible.
  • Include your name, title, work location, and if applicable, where the image was taken (you can name the city, for example, or provide even more specific details (e.g. sunset taken from Long Beach, WA). This information will be included with each image published.

Depending on the number of images submitted, we will print one or more in each issue of the staff blog.

Sunrise photo with trees in the foreground
“Sunrise in Snohomish, WA,” by Amanda Whitehouse, Second Grade Teacher, LP Brown Elementary

DRS announces Nearing Retirement Seminar-webinars

White ceramic teacup sits on railing with mountains and lake in the distance

Is retirement around the corner? The Department of Retirement Systems’ Education & Outreach team offers Nearing Retirement Seminar-webinars.  The next one is Saturday, May 21, 2022.

Although the Nearing Retirement Seminars are open to all employees, they are designed for those who plan to retire within the next few years.  Basic retirement plan information will not be provided at these seminars, but it’s important to understand the basics of your plan prior to attending.  If you would like to brush up, we encourage you to select your retirement plan and watch the recorded webinar video:

PERS Plan 1
TRS Plan 1
Plan 2: PERS, SERS, TRS
Plan 3: PERS, SERS, TRS
Plan 3 withdrawals
DCP withdrawals

Select Nearing Retirement Seminars for more information and how to join.  Be advised that while you can pre-register, you don’t have to.  From the seminar page, just select ‘Join’ 10-15 minutes prior to start. 

If you are unable to attend a live event, scroll down the seminar page and you will find recorded seminar videos you can watch at a time that is more convenient.

If you are a member of SERS or TRS, in addition to attending a seminar I encourage you to review: When is the best time to retire? 

Scenic photo of the week

Oregon Coast near Waldport
Oregon Coast near Waldport by Lisa Hall, Transportation Department

OSD employees are encouraged to send us a photo of their artwork portraying nature (e.g., landscapes, sunrises or sunsets, an interesting cloud formation, a close-up of a flower) for consideration in this staff blog. Your image can be something you captured on canvas, in a photograph, on a textile, in a pencil, charcoal or pastel drawing, with wire — the possibilities are endless!

Guidelines:

  • Nature/scenic images only (no people or pets please).
  • Attach a photo of your original art in jpeg or png format to an email and send to communications@osd.wednet.edu. The higher the resolution, the better.
  • Photos must be in-focus and cropped so the art is visible.
  • Include your name, title, work location, and if applicable, where the image was taken (you can name the city, for example, or provide even more specific details (e.g. sunset taken from Long Beach, WA). This information will be included with each image published.

Depending on the number of images submitted, we will print one or more in each issue of the staff blog.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6

Teacher educates class at whiteboard in classroom with student in the front row raising her hand

Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy will read a proclamation at the April 28 school board meeting designating the week as Teacher Appreciation Week.

The proclamation states in part that teachers serve in partnership with parents to ensure the appropriate education for all children; provide opportunities for students to develop basic skills for success in life and work, connect with the world around them, and experience the realization of high expectations and the fulfillment of steps toward achievable goals; and inspire students to think strategically and to integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments.

Nominations due May 6 for annual Employee Recognition Awards

A row of ceiling spotlights

Nominations are open for the Olympia School District Employee Recognition Awards for the 2021-22 School Year.

All nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022. Winners will be honored at the May 26 Olympia School Board meeting. Please fill out and submit the online nomination form. A screening committee will review the nominations.

Please consider nominating your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. There are five categories:

  • The Innovator “Changes Making a Difference” – Any staff member who demonstrates innovative strategies that significantly improve the district mission.
  • The Champion of Differences “Celebrates Diversity” – Any staff member who, by their actions, celebrates the values and differences of individual groups.
  • The Unsung Hero “Goes the Extra Mile” – Any staff member who continually gets results with little or no fanfare.
  • The Coach “Supports Others” – Any staff member who plays a unique role in enabling others to excel.
  • The Dream Team “Above and Beyond” – Any group of staff members working together to help students succeed in or out of the classroom.

Submit a nomination form

Join us as we celebrate retirees and school advocates at OSD Ice Cream Social May 23

Staff gather at annual OSD Ice Cream Social in 2019

The Annual Olympia School District Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2022. This year the social will be taking place, in person, at the Olympia High School Commons from 4:30-6 p.m.

During the event, the Olympia School Board will honor dedicated staff members who are retiring this year. An advocate of the year from each of our schools will also be recognized, and the Olympia Education Association will recognize its Teacher of the Year.

Don’t forget to bring an appetite because ice cream (with all the fixings) will be served! OSD staff and families are encouraged to attend and support our retirees and advocates. We hope to see you all at OHS on May 23!

Congratulations to this week’s Everyday Hero

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Give a shout-out to one of your colleagues at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.

Here is our newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Theresa Jones, Grounds Crew, Capital High and Jefferson Middle schools

Theresa Is part of our Grounds staff and has been taking care of the grounds at Capital High School and Jefferson Middle School. Theresa does a stellar job keeping these sites looking beautiful for the staff and students to enjoy! She goes above and beyond tackling things like the famous “blackberry hill” by the baseball fields at Capital High School.

The Support Service Center office recently received a call from a community member who said, “the Capital High School campus has never looked so good.”

As one of our senior Teamster members here at the Olympia School District, she sets a great example for everyone and shows true dedication to our district with her hard work. She does this rain or shine and always with a smile.
Submitted by Paul Sierra, Maintenance and Grounds Supervisor, Support Service Center

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (communications@osd.wednet.edu) 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 on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Scenic photo of the week

Close up of white flowering tree
Photo taken in Olympia by Phyllis Price, LPN, School Nurse,
Garfield Elementary School

OSD employees are encouraged to send us a photo of their artwork portraying nature (e.g., landscapes, sunrises or sunsets, an interesting cloud formation, a close-up of a flower) for consideration in this staff blog. Your image can be something you captured on canvas, in a photograph, on a textile, in a pencil, charcoal or pastel drawing, with wire — the possibilities are endless!

Guidelines:

  • Nature/scenic images only (no people or pets please).
  • Attach a photo of your original art in jpeg or png format to an email and send to communications@osd.wednet.edu. The higher the resolution, the better.
  • Photos must be in-focus and cropped so the art is visible.
  • Include your name, title, work location, and if applicable, where the image was taken (you can name the city, for example, or provide even more specific details (e.g. sunset taken from Long Beach, WA). This information will be included with each image published.

Depending on the number of images submitted, we will print one or more in each issue of the staff blog.