District plans to launch new district website tomorrow evening, October 12

A reminder to all employees that the new OSD website is expected to launch on Thursday, October 12, 2017. The new site will feature pages both for the public to view, as well as a staff intranet visible to employees logged into the site.

Information formerly in Staff Resources, as well as forms and other staff-related content, will be available on the new intranet pages.

Information on the current OSD WebManager district and school sites will no longer be updated or visible to the public after October 12, 2017. After the switchover, the content on the WebManager sites will be available for one year to OSD employees who need to view or copy information. Employees will only be able to access the former WebManager site from inside the OSD network. The Communications department will email all staff on Friday, October 13 with a list of URLs to the WebManager sites.

An additional training date has been scheduled for certificated staff  interested in having a teacher webpage on the new site. Please note that the date was changed from the original announcement so that it did not conflict with conference week in October.

Teachers are invited to sign up for the next website training on November 1. The SchoolMessenger Presence website training is from 4-6 p.m. in Room 303 at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

To sign up for the class, please email communications@osd.wednet.edu.

District offers flu shot clinics

 

Doctor holds sign stating Flu Shots HereThe Olympia School District is committed to helping keep students, staff, parents/guardians and community members healthy throughout the flu season. The district has partnered again this year with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association (SVNA) to provide flu shot clinics.

The clinics are open to all OSD staff, students, families (children must be four years of age or older) and community members. Please note that students under 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent/legal guardian.

Students under 18 without insurance coverage will be offered the shot at no cost. Adults without coverage must pay $30 by cash or check.

Clinic dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, Olympia High School, 2:45-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 25, Capital High School, 2:45-6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Jeff Carpenter, director of health, fitness, athletics at 360-596-8544 or jcarpent@osd.wednet.edu.

Flags lowered to half-staff in honor of victims of Oct. 1 attack in Las Vegas

Flags at half-staff in front of Knox Administrative Center buildingPursuant to the Presidential Proclamation issued this morning, October 2, Gov. Inslee directs that Washington state and United States flags at all state agency facilities, including schools and support buildings, be lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of the October 1 attack in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Flags will remain at half-staff from today through close of business this Friday, October 6, 2017.

District plans to launch new website on Oct. 12, including staff intranet

A reminder to all employees that the new OSD website is expected to launch on October 12, 2017. The new site will feature pages both for the public to view, as well as a staff intranet visible to employees logged into the site. Information formerly in Staff Resources, as well as forms and other staff-related content, will be available on the intranet.

Information on the current OSD WebManager sites, including all schools, will no longer be updated or visible to the public after October 12, 2017. The content on the old site will be available for one year to OSD employees who need to retrieve information.

An additional training date has been scheduled for certificated staff  interested in having a teacher webpage on the new site. Teachers are invited to sign up for the next website training on Thursday, October 26, 2017. The SchoolMessenger Presence website training is from 4-6 p.m. in the Computer Lab (Room 308) at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

To sign up for the class, please email communications@osd.wednet.edu.

Applications due Oct. 20 for elementary teacher mini-grants

Information about $200 mini-grants for elementary teachersThe Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its $200 elementary teacher mini-grant program for the 2017-18 school year.

The deadline to apply for the elementary mini-grants is October 20, 2017. The grants are designed to provide an opportunity for elementary school teachers to enhance the education of their students.

The application is available on the Thurston County Retirees’ Association website.

For additional information, contact Jo Edwards at fastwalker1000@comcast.net. Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.

Remember to nominate OSD Classified School Employee of the Year by Oct. 5

The Olympia School District is accepting nominations for one or more staff members to be honored as 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 complete this online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

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.

October is Walk to School Month and Disability History Month

Eileen Thomson reads a proclamation for Walk to School Month in OctoberOlympia School Board President Eileen Thomson read a proclamation at the September 25 school board meeting designating October 2017 as Walk to School Month in the Olympia School District.

Read the full proclamation and visit the school district website to learn about related Walk to School events planned for October.

October is also Disability History Month, as set forth in school district policy 2336 “Required Observances,” and is recognized by many school districts throughout the state and nation. Stay tuned to this weekly blog for posts throughout October containing information about disabilities, teaching strategies and accessibility.