Stay informed of district news over summer on the OSD website and social media

Children doing cartwheels and playing in summer sun

Happy last week of school!

To stay informed of school district news over summer, be sure to check the Olympia School District website and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube). The Communications department will continue to update our community about news, including the progress of our mini-building construction projects, as well as back-to-school information and photos of summer events and programs.

Thank you for another great school year!

District social media: #Hashtag etiquette

This is the next in a series of tips and information related to school social media accounts. This week, Communications Assistant Kim Doherty shares about hashtag etiquette.

Copy of OSD Social Media (1)What Are Hashtags? According to Sprout Social, a Hashtag is a word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#), used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it. So whenever a user adds a hashtag to their post, it is immediately indexed by the social network and searchable by other users.

You can significantly improve the reach of your posts by including relevant #hashtags and by tagging (@) relevant people and organizations in your posts.

Remember to keep tags relevant to your topic. You can search Google (or any other search engine) for popular hashtags on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Here are a few tips on using #hashtags and @tagging on social media pages that you manage professionally in the Olympia School District.

When to # and when to @:

  • The #Hashtag
    • A hashtag links to all other instances where anyone (whether you “follow” them or not) mentioned that specific hashtag.
    • Use #Hashtags on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
  • The @ symbol
    • The @ symbol should be used to tag specific friends or organizations in your posts and photos. Use the @ symbol to notify them about posts they may be interested in.
    • Adding the @ symbol followed by a popular page/organization is a great way to reach them with your comments or suggestions. If they are active on social media, they may read/see your post/tweet, and you might even get a response, share or retweet – ultimately increasing engagement on your page!

More on Hashtags

  • Consider creating unique hashtags for your school/class/page/organization.
  • Popular Hashtag examples: #FlashbackFriday, #MotivationMonday #MusicMonday.
  • Keep hashtags simple and general #LearningIsFun #LibraryTime #Read30Minutes….you get the idea.
  • DO keep hashtags simple. Don’t make them too long. Don’t use more hashtags than words.
  • Once you determine a few hashtags you will use regularly, market them. Let your audience know those are your hashtags. And use them frequently.
  • Our customized district hashtag is #OSDFriends. This unique hashtag for the Olympia School District helps us tell the story of our schools and it crosses over to all our social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook).
  • Use 1-3 hashtags per post for the highest engagement.

School-Specific Hashtags in the Olympia School District

Elementary:                          Middle Schools:                   ORLA:

#BostonHarborES                 #JeffersonMS                         #ORLAOrcas

#CentennialES                       #MarshallMS

#GarfieldES                            #ReevesMS

#HansenES                             #WashingtonMS


#BrownES                              High Schools:

#MadisonES                           #AvantiHS

#McKennyES                         #CapitalHS

#McLaneES                            #OlyHS



Remember to post consistently and frequently to engage your followers and grow your audience! #GoodLuck

Open the latest issue of Spotlight on Success district newsletter


See the latest issue of the district’s Spotlight on Success newsletter, which features students, staff and other district news. In this edition of ‘Spotlight on Success,’ Olympia High AVID students connect virtually with Kenyan tribe, Washington MS teacher Melissa Charette is named regional Teacher of the Year, ORLA students explore vital role of the honey bee, Reeves Middle School band performs for college band directors, and much more!

Open the latest Spotlight on Success newsletter

District to live broadcast several 2017 OSD graduations

Avanti HS Graduation 2016 Principal speaks to audienceCongratulations to the Class of 2017! If you are unable to attend graduations in person, you can cheer on your graduate online.

The following Olympia School District graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on the district Facebook page. Family and friends from near and far can now partake in the festivities:

  • Avanti High School Graduation – Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Capital High School Graduation – Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Olympia High School Graduation – Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

These live-streams will begin approximately 10-15 minutes prior to each graduation start time. To view the live-stream, make sure you follow us on Facebook.

Be sure to tell your friends and family!

Remember that all volunteers and visitors on campus need to sign in at front office

This time of year is often busy with volunteers and visitors helping at end-of-school events. This is a reminder it is best practice throughout the school year for all visitors and volunteers to enter the school through the main entrance near the school office. District Policy (5630P) requires that all volunteers and visitors must sign in when visiting schools. It is also important that volunteers and visitors wear an appropriate OSD visitor sticker or volunteer tag before going further into the building.

This applies to volunteers and visitors helping in classrooms, at school assemblies, at field day/fun runs, or other school activities.

This is also a reminder for employees to always wear their current OSD identification badges while on district grounds.

We appreciate your continued vigilance in keeping our schools safe.

Farewell gathering for Superintendent Cvitanich tomorrow, June 1

All employees and community members are invited to drop by the Knox Administrative Center board room anytime between 4 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, to bid farewell to Superintendent Dick Cvitanich. After five years in Olympia, he will retire at the end of June.

This farewell is a casual drop-in format with no program, so feel free to stop by anytime to wish him well. Light refreshments will be served.

Thank you, and hope to see you on June 1 at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

Graduation dates and guest information

Photo of Avanti HS 2016 graduation capGraduation season is upon us! The following are a list of this year’s graduation dates, times and locations, as well as information about which ceremonies are open to all district employees to attend. Congratulations to the many staff around the district who have worked over the years with students in the Class of 2017!

Thursday, June 8
Avanti High School, 6 p.m., Knox Administrative Center: The auditorium has limited space, so if district staff are interested in attending, they need to contact the Avanti HS office at 360-596-7900 to inquire about tickets.

Friday, June 9
Transition Program, 7 p.m., Knox Administrative Center: This graduation is open to all district staff (no ticket needed for staff members with their OSD ID badge). Teachers and other staff who have worked with Transition Program students throughout their time in the district are encouraged to attend. Reception to follow, in the board room.

Tuesday, June 13
Capital High School, 7 p.m. St. Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion: This graduation is open to all OSD staff (no ticket needed for staff members with their OSD ID badge). Only OSD Staff with their badge will be able to sit in a special section next to the Capital High School staff.

Wednesday, June 14
Olympia High School, 7 p.m., St. Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion: District employees interested in attending this graduation are welcome, on a space available basis, and need to R.S.V.P. to Wendy Rae at if interested in attending. Employees who attend need to wear their OSD ID badge and tell the usher they are to sit in the faculty/staff section.

Thursday, June 15
Olympia Regional Learning Academy, 6 p.m., Indian Summer Country Club: Due to limited space at this venue, the ORLA graduation is not open to all district employees.