Congratulations OSD Classified School Employees of the Year

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Denise Pigue, behavior technician at Garfield Elementary School

Congratulations to three Olympia School District employees selected to receive this year’s OSD Classified School Employee of the Year award.

The employees learned of the honor during surprise announcements at impromptu morning staff meetings. The news was greeted with applause, standing ovations and hugs.

This year’s honorees are:

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Travis King, behavior technician at Centennial Elementary School

Travis King, paraeducator at Centennial Elementary School. This is King’s fifth year at Centennial Elementary, where he works as a behavior technician.

Denise Pigue, paraeducator at Garfield Elementary School. Pigue is in her fourth year at Garfield Elementary School, where she works as a behavior technician. She has worked for the district since 2008.

Todd Thornton, head custodian at Roosevelt Elementary School. Todd has worked as head custodian at Roosevelt for four years and for the district since 2006.

All three will be honored at a special recognition ceremony during the December 10, 2018 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

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Todd Thornton, head custodian at Roosevelt Elementary School

The annual award recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.

In September, the Olympia School District opened nominations for Classified School Employee of the Year. The district invited staff, students, parents and community members to submit nominations.

A screening committee made up of OSD employees and community members reviewed the submissions and recommended the three names to Superintendent Patrick Murphy.

Murphy, Assistant Superintendent Nancy Faaren, School Board President Frank Wilson, Board Vice President Joellen Wilhelm and school leaders announced the winners and presented them with flowers.

Classified School Employee of the Year is an annual statewide awards program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. It begins with local nominations from school districts throughout Washington. Those individuals have a chance of then being named a regional Classified School Employee of the Year, which allows them to advance to the state competition.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction recognizes the regional finalists and announces the state Classified School Employee of the Year at the annual spring award ceremony at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

The state award winner and regional finalists are invited to several annual recognition events including the Governor’s Reception for Exceptional Educators.

Auditions for OSD Players Mary Poppins musical are Monday, November 19

A reminder that auditions for this year’s OSD Players musical Mary Poppins are set on Monday, November 19. All OSD employees and their family members who are at least 10 years old are welcome to audition for a part in this year’s production.

To audition, please review the following attachments and complete the audition form. It is important that everyone who is interested comes to the audition on November 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School, 3100 Cain Rd. S.E., Olympia.

Those interested in a lead role (see link to character list below) must also come to an audition on Tuesday, November 20, 6:30-9 p.m. at Washington Middle School.

One attachment below describes the Mary Poppins audition process, including rehearsal and show dates. Another is a listing of Mary Poppins characters, and the third is an audition form to download, print, fill out and bring with you to the auditions.

Performances of Mary Poppins are scheduled at 7 p.m. on February 1 and 2, and at 2 p.m on February 2 and 3 at Olympia High School.

United Way annual giving campaign continues through November 30

United Way Live United words with United Way logoOlympia School District’s annual United Way giving campaign continues through Friday, November 30. This year all pledges should be submitted online.

United Way is a national organization that provides a multitude of services to thousands of people right here in the Olympia community, including many of the students and families served by the school district.

Donations through the United Way support a variety of organizations. In past years, United Way has supported organizations such as the Thurston County Food Bank, Community Youth Services, TOGETHER, Pizza Klatch, CEILO, Behavioral Health Resources and the Olympia School District Education Foundation. United Way also supports the Reading Buddy Program on an annual basis.

Additional details about the United Way of Thurston County can be found on their website and in this video. This year’s campaign timeline is concurrent with other local school district campaigns.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Arielle Allard in the Communications and Community Relations Department at aallard@osd.wednet.edu or (360) 596-6108.

All online pledge forms need to be completed no later than November 30.

View the online pledge form

Draft dress code policy to come before school board on November 19

DSC_0033The Olympia School Board has asked the superintendent to prepare a draft dress code policy for discussion at the November 19 school board meeting.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E. in Olympia.

In preparing a draft school board policy, the board directed the superintendent to consider initial input to a 7-page district dress code recommendation submitted in October by a board-appointed District Dress Code Citizens Advisory Committee. A copy of the advisory committee’s recommendation, meeting agendas and minutes, and related resources are posted on a District Dress Code Advisory Committee webpage on the school district website.

Since the advisory committee submitted its recommendation, the board sought and received input from elementary, middle and high school principals. Some parents also spoke to the committee’s recommendation at the November 5 school board meeting. During that meeting Superintendent Patrick Murphy honored the work of the advisory committee and said it is important to get widespread feedback on any proposed dress code policy.

If draft dress code policy language is agreed upon by the board, the next step would be to invite widespread community input from OSD families, students, staff and community members before the proposed policy returns to the board for consideration.

While individual schools have rules around dress code, currently there is no district-wide policy about dress code.

Any policy that comes before the school board requires a minimum of two readings (reviews) by the board before it can be considered for approval.

View the draft dress code policy on the November 19, 2018 Olympia School Board meeting agenda.

Today is Election Day: Remember to vote

Red, white and blue VOTE logo with starsA reminder that today, November 6, is Election Day. Ballots must be postmarked today or dropped off in postage-free ballot drop boxes by 8 p.m. tonight to be counted.

The Olympia School District does not have any measures or candidates on this year’s election ballot; however, the district regularly reminds voters of upcoming elections.

The Thurston County Auditor’s Office mailed local ballots to registered voters on October 17. All Washington state elections are vote-by-mail.

Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours daily and will continue to accept ballots until 8 p.m. tonight. For a list of drop box locations in the Olympia School District, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office elections division website.

Replacement ballots are also available at the Thurston County Auditor’s Office, located at 2000 Lakeridge Dr. S.W., Building 1, Room 118 in Olympia. Voters may also contact the Auditor’s Office at (360) 786-5408 or elections@co.thurston.wa.us.

For more information, or to learn about items included on the ballot, read the Thurston County Voters Pamphlet.

United Way annual giving campaign is November 2-30

United Way Live United words with United Way logo

Olympia School District’s annual United Way giving campaign kicks off on Friday, November 2 and continues through November 30.

This year all pledges will be submitted online.

United Way is a national organization that provides a multitude of services to thousands of people right here in the Olympia community, including many of the students and families served by the school district.

Donations through the United Way support a variety of organizations. In past years, United Way has supported organizations such as the Thurston County Food Bank, Community Youth Services, TOGETHER, Pizza Klatch, CEILO, Behavioral Health Resources and the Olympia School District Education Foundation. United Way also supports the Reading Buddy Program on an annual basis.

Additional details about the United Way of Thurston County can be found on their website and in this video. This year’s campaign timeline is concurrent with other local school district campaigns.

If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Arielle Allard in the Communications and Community Relations Department at aallard@osd.wednet.edu or (360) 596-6108.

All online pledge forms need to be completed no later than November 30.

View the online pledge form