Scenic photos of the week

Normal oxidization of copper piping in ORLA mechanical room
“Normal oxidization of copper piping in ORLA Mechanical Room,” by Matthew Murdock, Maintenance Electrician, Support Services Center

OSD employees are encouraged to send us a photo of their artwork portraying nature (e.g., landscapes, sunrises or sunsets, an interesting cloud formation, a close-up of a flower) for consideration in this staff blog. Your image can be something you captured on canvas, in a photograph, on a textile, in a pencil, charcoal or pastel drawing, with wire — the possibilities are endless!

Guidelines:

  • Nature/scenic images only (no people or pets please).
  • Attach a photo of your original art in jpeg or png format to an email and send to communications@osd.wednet.edu. The higher the resolution, the better.
  • Photos must be in-focus and cropped so the art is visible.
  • Include your name, title, work location, and if applicable, where the image was taken (you can name the city, for example, or provide even more specific details (e.g. sunset taken from Long Beach, WA). This information will be included with each image published.

Depending on the number of images submitted, we will print one or more in each issue of the staff blog.

Sunrise photo with trees in the foreground
“Sunrise in Snohomish, WA,” by Amanda Whitehouse, Second Grade Teacher, LP Brown Elementary

Scenic photo of the week

Oregon Coast near Waldport
Oregon Coast near Waldport by Lisa Hall, Transportation Department

OSD employees are encouraged to send us a photo of their artwork portraying nature (e.g., landscapes, sunrises or sunsets, an interesting cloud formation, a close-up of a flower) for consideration in this staff blog. Your image can be something you captured on canvas, in a photograph, on a textile, in a pencil, charcoal or pastel drawing, with wire — the possibilities are endless!

Guidelines:

  • Nature/scenic images only (no people or pets please).
  • Attach a photo of your original art in jpeg or png format to an email and send to communications@osd.wednet.edu. The higher the resolution, the better.
  • Photos must be in-focus and cropped so the art is visible.
  • Include your name, title, work location, and if applicable, where the image was taken (you can name the city, for example, or provide even more specific details (e.g. sunset taken from Long Beach, WA). This information will be included with each image published.

Depending on the number of images submitted, we will print one or more in each issue of the staff blog.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6

Teacher educates class at whiteboard in classroom with student in the front row raising her hand

Teacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy will read a proclamation at the April 28 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.

Nominations due May 6 for annual Employee Recognition Awards

A row of ceiling spotlights

Nominations are open for the Olympia School District Employee Recognition Awards for the 2021-22 School Year.

All nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022. Winners will be honored at the May 26 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

Join us as we celebrate retirees and school advocates at OSD Ice Cream Social May 23

Staff gather at annual OSD Ice Cream Social in 2019

The Annual Olympia School District Ice Cream Social is scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2022. This year the social will be taking place, in person, at the Olympia High School Commons from 4:30-6 p.m.

During the event, the Olympia School Board will honor dedicated staff members who are retiring this year. An advocate of the year from each of our schools will also be recognized, and the Olympia Education Association will recognize its Teacher of the Year.

Don’t forget to bring an appetite because ice cream (with all the fixings) will be served! OSD staff and families are encouraged to attend and support our retirees and advocates. We hope to see you all at OHS on May 23!

Scenic photo of the week

Close up of white flowering tree
Photo taken in Olympia by Phyllis Price, LPN, School Nurse,
Garfield Elementary School

OSD employees are encouraged to send us a photo of their artwork portraying nature (e.g., landscapes, sunrises or sunsets, an interesting cloud formation, a close-up of a flower) for consideration in this staff blog. Your image can be something you captured on canvas, in a photograph, on a textile, in a pencil, charcoal or pastel drawing, with wire — the possibilities are endless!

Guidelines:

  • Nature/scenic images only (no people or pets please).
  • Attach a photo of your original art in jpeg or png format to an email and send to communications@osd.wednet.edu. The higher the resolution, the better.
  • Photos must be in-focus and cropped so the art is visible.
  • Include your name, title, work location, and if applicable, where the image was taken (you can name the city, for example, or provide even more specific details (e.g. sunset taken from Long Beach, WA). This information will be included with each image published.

Depending on the number of images submitted, we will print one or more in each issue of the staff blog.

Public School Volunteer Week is April 18-22

Poster of different ways of saying thank you in different languages

Public School Volunteer Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation during the April 14 Olympia School Board meeting recognizing April 18-22 as Public School Volunteer Week. The local recognition coincides with both the state and national Public School Volunteer Week.

Murphy recognized OSD Volunteer Coordinator Steve Desselle on behalf of all volunteers throughout the district and thanked him for his work.

The proclamation states in part that volunteers “are an integral part of student learning, play an important role in the education of students and provide a valuable partnership link with our community.” It also states that volunteers “inspire success in students while nurturing and challenging them to extend beyond their reach.”

Thank you, volunteers, for all you do for our schools!

Zoom recording of Equity Policy webinar is posted on district website

Photo of the outside of the Knox Administrative Center building

Superintendent Patrick Murphy and several members of the Equity Policy Steering Committee shared information in a one-hour community webinar on April 13 about work underway to develop an OSD Equity Policy.

All of this year’s community webinars, which have been held monthly since October, are posted on the Superintendent’s Messages webpage. More information, including links to board study sessions on this topic, a list of all steering committee members, a tentative timeline for this work, and resource links, is on the Equity Policy Development webpage.

Special thanks to all of the panelists who participated in this latest Equity Policy webinar.

View the Equity Policy webinar