Don’t miss Class of 2021 Livestreams

Photo of ORLA 2021 Graduates with Principal Celeste Waltermeyer and Asst Principal Kristy Grinnell outdoors  with graduates dressed in caps and gowns
Congratulations Class of 2021!

Dates and times have been finalized for all of the 2021 Olympia School District high school graduations (see below). Due to the nature of our non-traditional, social distancing graduation ceremonies, things continue to look a little different this year. That said, we are thrilled to be able to livestream all five of our graduations on the OSD Facebook page so that families, friends and community members can partake in the festivities.

Included below are graduation specifics for each school’s ceremony. Please remember, to view any of our graduation livestreams you simply visit the OSD Facebook page at the times indicated below. We will start the livestream roughly 15 minutes before each graduation ceremony kicks off.

Be sure to Like/Follow our page to receive automatic notifications when we ‘Go Live’. We hope you are able to tune in and enjoy the celebrations!

Congratulations to Employee Recognition Award winners honored at board meeting

Congratulations to each of the 2021 Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award winners honored at the May 27 school board meeting.

The annual awards program is designed to recognize employees from throughout the district in several categories. All employees districtwide were invited to send in nominations, and a screening committee reviewed the entries and selected the winners.

Superintendent Murphy presents award plaque to Melissa Wood.
The Champion of Differences: Melissa Wood, English Language Specialist and Department Chair (Jefferson, Marshall, Reeves and Washington middle schools).
Superintendent Murphy presents plaque to Paul Rae
The Coach: Paul Rae, Teacher, Coach and Department Head, Olympia High School
Superintendent Murphy presents plaque to RES LEAP and Academy Team members
The Dream Team: Roosevelt Elementary School LEAP and Academy Team (team members joined the board recognition in-person or on Zoom). The team includes Jessica Pickert, Debbie Haddon, Jesse Garner, Sonja Moniodis, Emily Dixon, Heidi Brown-Ordillas, Mark Prince, Haley Buono, Landry Gajkowski, and Dave Marsh
Jane Lane holds up award plaque for The Unsung Hero
The Unsung Hero: Jane Lane, Paraeducator, L.P. Brown Elementary School
Mimi Arnett holds up plaque for The Innovator
The Innovator: Mimi Arnett, English Language Specialist (Garfield, Madison, McKenny elementary schools)

Employee Recognition Award winners to be honored at May 27 board meeting

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Congratulations to each of the 2021 Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award winners, who will be honored at the May 27 school board meeting.

This annual awards program is designed to recognize employees from throughout the district in several categories. All employees districtwide were invited to send in nominations, and a screening committee reviewed the entries and selected the winners.

The school board will recognize the winners at the start of the board meeting on Thursday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in person and on Zoom. View meeting details and Zoom links.

The Innovator
“Changes Making a Difference” – Any staff member who demonstrates innovative strategies that significantly improve the district mission.”
Mimi Arnett, English Language Specialist, (Garfield, Madison, McKenny elementary schools)

The Champion of Differences
“Celebrates Diversity” – Any staff member who, by their actions, celebrates the values and differences of individual groups.
Melissa Wood, English Language Specialist and Department Chair (Jefferson, Marshall, Reeves and Washington middle schools)

The Unsung Hero
“Goes the Extra Mile” – Any staff member who continually gets results with little or no fanfare.
Jane Lane, Paraeducator, LP Brown Elementary School

The Coach
“Supports Others” – Any staff member who plays a unique role in enabling others to excel.
Paul Rae, Teacher, Coach and Department Head, Olympia High School

The Dream Team
“Above and Beyond” – Any group of staff members working together to help students succeed in or out of the classroom.
Roosevelt Elementary School LEAP and Academy Team

Join us for the annual OSD Ice Cream Social May 25 on Zoom

OSD retires fill ice-cream cups with toppings during a prior year's ice cream social

Mark your calendars for the Olympia School District’s Virtual Ice Cream Social from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25 on Zoom.

This year’s online event will honor district retirees and recognize the Olympia Education Association Teacher of the Year.

All are welcome to attend this special recognition event to honor our outstanding educators. Those who have announced to date are listed on this Ice Cream Social program.

The following is the information to access the Ice Cream Social on Zoom:

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://osd111.zoom.us/j/87185065017

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Or Telephone:

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Webinar ID: 871 8506 5017

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7

OEA President Jodi Boe joins Superintendent Patrick Murphy and the board to display a copy of the Teacher Appreciation Week proclamation at the April 22 Olympia School Board meeting.

Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation at the April 22 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.

Read the full proclamation

Talking points when asked about COVID-19 vaccinations

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Below are some talking points about the COVID-19 vaccine that employees may find helpful if asked for information by students and/or families, especially about student vaccinations.

  • The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available to people age 16 and older. Since this announcement was made nationally, we have reached out to families via email to make them aware of Pfizer vaccination opportunities in Thurston County. There is also an article in the April issue of the district’s Spotlight on Success newsletter about upcoming student vaccination clinics that OSD is hosting, and a direct email was sent today (May 3, 2021) to families of students age 16 and up. If students approach you for information, you are welcome to share that the vaccine is now available for people 16 and older.
  • You may also remind students that minors (16 and 17 years old) must receive parent or guardian consent to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This can be done when registering for an appointment or at the time of vaccination. Parents or guardians do not have to be present at the time of vaccination if they signed the consent form online during registration.
  • Information on the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines can be found on the Washington State Department of Health website.
  • The best source for locating vaccine availability is the Washington State Department of Health Vaccine Locator. For the COVID-19 Information Hotline, dial 1-800-525-0127. Language assistance is available.

Please complete 2021-22 budget survey by May 7

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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 2021-22 school year. The deadline to complete the survey is 11:59 p.m. on Friday May 7, 2021.

After some initial baseline questions, participants are asked to prioritize items that could be funded with new state and federal money that has been set aside for school districts to help students recover from the pandemic. This one-time funding is designated specifically to help students with their learning acceleration and emotional well-being recovery.

Additionally, the online survey asks participants to prioritize budget items that are typically funded every year and to identify improvements. 

Please submit one survey per person.

Take the survey

Community Budget Town Hall April 27 6-7:30 p.m.

In addition to the online survey, the community is invited to provide feedback during an online budget town hall from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27.

Participants may access the forum online or by phone:

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Meeting ID: 832 0850 2399

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Nominations due May 10 for annual Employee Recognition Awards

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Nominations are open for the Olympia School District Employee Recognition Awards for the 2020-21 School Year.

All nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021. Winners will be honored at the May 27 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