January is School Board Recognition Month

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Every January school districts across the state and nation honor their board of directors during School Board Recognition Month.

The Olympia School District will recognize its school board with a special program near the start of the meeting on Tuesday, January 22. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at LP Brown Elementary School, 2000 26th Ave. N.W., Olympia.

During the program, Superintendent Patrick Murphy will read a proclamation by Gov. Jay Inslee designating January as School Board Recognition Month in Washington State. This marks the 24th year of the annual observance initiated by the National School Boards Association in 1995.

The proclamation reads in part that school directors “are directly accountable to the citizens in their districts and regions, serving as a vital link between members of the community and their schools.”

The one-page proclamation also states that directors “play a crucial role in promoting student learning and achievement by creating a vision, establishing policies and budgets, and setting clear standards of accountability for all involved.”

Schools around the district have also posted messages of thanks on their reader boards.

Thank you school board!

Read Gov. Inslee’s proclamation

OEA Seniority List is posted on staff intranet

The OEA Seniority List is now posted on the OSD website staff intranet. Employees may access the list here (you will first be prompted to log in to the staff intranet).

Per the OEA Bargaining Agreement, employees have 20 working days (February 12, 2019) to report any dispute regarding their experience. Such disputes must be submitted in writing with supporting documentation to the district and OEA. If no such dispute is submitted, it is presumed the employee agrees with his/her placement.

This seniority list includes employees who hold continuing contracts only (employees with one-year only contracts are not included). A final list will be posted on the district staff intranet in March.

Questions?

Elementary teachers with questions may contact Stephanie Brownell at stbrownell@osd.wednet.edu.

Secondary teachers/Student Support/Itinerants with questions may contact Maureen Baker at mbaker@osd.wednet.edu.

Capital HS presents “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Capital Productions poster giving dates, times and cost of the upcoming production The Importance of being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.Capital Productions proudly presents The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.

Set in 1895 England, this Victorian classic takes the audience on a hilarious ride through the manners of old British society. John Worthing (Cameron Sandison) is set on marrying Gwendolyn Fairfax (Ana Stan). The only problem is that she thinks his name is “Earnest.” When John’s friend Algernon (Brandon Ciampi) also decides to use the name “Earnest” to win over John’s ward, Cecily Cardew (Eleanor Dahman), confusion and conflict ensue.

This play serves as Oscar Wilde’s commentary of the elite society of his time through witty dialogue and outlandish characters.

  • Dates: January 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26.
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Performing Arts Auditorium at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W, Olympia.
  • Cost: $8 for students and senior citizens; $10 for general admission.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Call the box office at (360) 596-8053 for more information.

For more information, contact Kristina Cummins at Ext. 8043.

Register for hands-on accessibility workshops at Knox

Alt=""The Communications Department is offering additional accessibility workshops at the Knox Administrative Center. These workshops cover a host of topics, from creating accessible documents to producing accessible videos. Attendees are invited to bring their own documents to the workshops for assistance.

These workshops run from 4-5 p.m. Additional information may be found at the links below:

As always, please reach out to the Olympia School District’s Website Accessibility Specialist, Robert Hardy (Ext. 6105), with questions regarding accessibility, or if there are other topics you would like to see covered.

 

Who is 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Heroes
Devin Guy, grounds crew employee, and Matt Graffagnino, substitute custodian, Support Service Center

I just wanted to send this in regards to the wind storm last weekend (December): I had received a call that a tree had fallen at Washington Middle School. On arrival, Devin Guy and Matt Graffagnino, the sub custodian, were working diligently to cut and remove the tree to unblock the driveway. It was after hours and stormy on a Saturday. They both worked above and beyond their scope and did it safely and organized. It was a pleasure to work with both of them that night.
Submitted by Paul Sierra, HVAC Technician, 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.

“Mary Poppins” opens February 1 starring OSD staff and students

Mary Poppins OSD Players poster giving show times and datesTickets are on sale for Mary Poppins, this year’s annual musical presented by the OSD Players — a group of staff and students from throughout the school district.

This year’s production will run Friday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, February 3 at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center.

The performance is a fundraiser for the Olympia School District Education Foundation, which uses the funds to provide grants to the school district, schools and educators.

There will be four shows, all at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center (1302 North St. SE, Olympia). Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, Feb. 1; 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2; 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 2; 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 3; 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are $12. Reserved seating for all performances is $15. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online on the OSDEF website  or at SeatYourself.

For more information or to request seating for those with special needs, please contact the OSDEF office at (360) 596-6110.

Read about our newest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Hero
Chris Johnston, Security Guard, Capital High School

Chris Johnston does security at Capital High School. I like the way he treats all the kids with dignity, respect and good humor. He seems to have a nice relationship with these kids even when he has to stop by their classroom and inform them they’ll have to spend lunch in suspension. The way we treat the kids often models to them the way they are expected to treat others throughout their lives. They seem to know he is concerned and always looking out for their best interests. Way to go Chris!
Submitted by Mike Pelly, Capital HS Paraeducator

Everyday Heroes
Justin Lanting, Business Manager, and Tricia Kelley, Accounting Supervisor, Business Office

I would like to thank them for ALL of their prompt responses, accurate communications and quality training. The breadth of their knowledge is truly impressive. They have helped me with everything from account code correction to Skyward reports, and the list really does go on. They are helpful, professional, timely and genuinely want all departments to succeed. They share their knowledge and have outstanding follow up.
Submitted by Christa Hilinski, Executive Assistant, K-12 Teaching and Learning

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.