Nominations sought for OSD Classified School Employee of the Year

sharpened colored pencils lined together to encourage readers to fill out Classified School Employee of the year nominationsThe Olympia School District is accepting nominations for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Classified School Employee of the Year. The program recognizes the work of classified staff members who have made a positive difference in their profession. All school and support building employees who are categorized as “Classified” staff are eligible for nomination. Nominees should be employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.

Please include in your written nomination specifics of how well the staff member meets the following state Classified School Employee of the Year criteria:

1. The educator (classified employee) has the respect and admiration of their colleagues.
2. The educator (classified employee) collaborates with colleagues, students and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
3. The educator (classified employee) is a leader who makes connections between their daily work and student achievement.

Please complete this online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m on Thursday, October 4, 2018. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized. The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to compete for the regional Classified School Employee of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Classified School Employee of the Year selection process.

Submit your nomination

Volunteer art docents needed for elementary visual arts program

Colorful artwork of flowers created by students in the elementary visual arts program, which is expanding this yearVolunteers are needed to serve as art docents in an expanded elementary school visual arts program this year.

This is the fourth year of the visual arts program, which started in 10 elementary classrooms and has been expanded to more than 50 classrooms throughout the district’s 11 elementary schools.

Art docents deliver an art lesson once or twice a month while assisted by staff members. Each art lesson is between an hour and 75 minutes long, and lesson-specific art supplies are provided to classrooms ahead of the scheduled presentation for the docent to use. The art curriculum features engaging and easy-to-follow lessons.

The district offers convenient and flexible schedules for docents, who work closely with Kirstin Holstrom, art teacher at Washington Middle School and creative director of the visual arts program. Volunteer art docents begin in October and end in May.

If you know of anyone interested in volunteering, please have them contact Kirstin Holstrom at


Tips for opening an OSD social media account

Graphic titled Olympia School District SoDo you maintain or wish to open a professional social media account on behalf of the Olympia School District? Social media is a great way to share information and increase engagement in your school or activity.

Please follow the process outlined below to ensure you are in compliance with district policy when using social media on behalf of the OSD.

Social Media Account Creation & Archiving Process

  • Employee notifies building administrator or department head.
  • Employee contacts Communications & Community Relations Department for further instructions at or (360) 596-6103
  • Communications Department shares relevant Policy 4007, Procedure 4007P, and Social Media Best Practices with employee.
  • Employee creates social media account(s) using their district email address.
  • Employee emails with the account type(s) (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube), name of the account, link to the account and email address associated with that account.
  • Communications Department sends a connection request via ArchiveSocial to add the account to the archive portal.
  • Employee receives email from ArchiveSocial and follows a few quick steps to connect the account.

If you already maintain a district social media account/page and are not signed up for archiving, or if you need assistance with setting up an account, please contact Communications & Community Relations at (360) 596-6103 or by email at

Gathering September 15 to celebrate life of Chris Sonnenstuhl

Photo and text about gathering to celebrate Chris Sonnenstuhl.A gathering to celebrate the life of Chris Sonnenstuhl is scheduled on Saturday, September 15 at 2 p.m. in the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center.

Sonnenstuhl, who taught special education classes at Olympia High School, passed away earlier this month. He also was the school announcer at high school football and basketball games.

Attire for the celebration is casual, and participants are invited to bring a potluck item to share. Donations will be accepted for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Be cautious of phishing scams

Person holds cell phone to emphasize need to avoid fraudulent callers participating in phishing scamsWe have received several reports of employees being contacted this week at their schools by phishing scams. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, credit card details and money, often for malicious reasons, by someone disguising as a trustworthy entity. Common phishing scams include people impersonating as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service, law enforcement or the courts.

Callers inevitably demand money to resolve “outstanding debts” or “legal issues” and often demand payment on reloadable gift cards, other prepaid credit cards, or wire transfers. Sometimes, they direct the person who answers the phone to a nearby store or bank to get and send money. A reminder that these are fraudulent calls. Hang up on these fraudulent callers.

Phishing scams can come in all forms, including phone calls, emails, letters and more. If you are ever unsure about the credibility of a call or other communication, you may always contact local law enforcement. You can also block future calls from a particular number on your mobile devices.

For calls of people impersonating the IRS, you may also report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration website. The website includes a list of scam alerts at the top of the Home page and a link to report fraudulent calls.