Take the Educational Summit survey by 4 p.m. Monday, May 21

Sign with white letters that read "Survey" with a checkbox checked next to the wordsOlympia School District’s 5-year Strategic Plan expires at the end of 2018. Later this month, nearly 150 people representing a cross-section of the community — students, staff, family members and community members — will come together for an intensive two-day Educational Summit. This Summit will mark the beginning of our exciting work to develop an educational road map for the next five years and beyond.

While not everyone can be in the room for this two-day Summit, we value everyone’s input.  We invite you to share your voice by taking the time to answer the OSD Educational Summit Survey. Input will be shared with those at the Summit.

Please complete this online survey and submit by 4 p.m. on Monday, May 21. Thank you for your time completing this survey.

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Don’t miss the Annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday, May 24!

Staff and guests smile and eat ice cream at table during annual ice cream socialAll staff are welcome to attend the Olympia School District’s Annual Ice Cream Social to help honor district retirees and celebrate advocates of the year and the Teacher of the Year selected by the Olympia Education Association.

The event is scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the Olympia High School Commons, 1302 North St., Olympia.

Ice cream will be served at 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow.

Flags lowered to half-staff May 18-22

Flags at half mast outside the Knox Administrative Building in OlympiaPursuant to a Presidential Proclamation, Gov. Jay Inslee has directed that Washington State and United States flags at all state agencies, including schools and district support buildings, be lowered to half-staff May 18-22 in solemn respect for those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Tuesday, May 22.

As a reminder, we post all flag lowering announcements on the district website and social media.

Congratulations to this week’s Everyday Hero … tell us about your hero today!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesThank you to all who continue to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Remember to give a shout out to one of your colleagues at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.

Here is our latest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Michelle Maurer, paraeducator, Garfield Elementary
“​Our heartfelt gratitude to our dedicated Paraeducator Michelle Maurer at Garfield Elementary — a constant on our Kindergarten Team for over 17 years. Michelle daily teaches the High level Small Group Reading students (achieving First-Grade level reading by May). She also supervises playground and lunch duties and works on Intervention.  Michelle provides structure, stability and high expectations for our students. Her smile and compassion brighten our days!”
Submitted by Tara Otonicar-Mock

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (communications@osd.wednet.edu) a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
  • Write Everyday Heroes in the subject heading of the email.
  • Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
  • Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
  • Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.

Congratulations 2018 Employee Recognition Award winners!

Crowded OHS Commons, full of staff from around the district to congratulate 2017 Employee Recognition Award winners.

A scene from last year’s OSD Employee Recognition Awards night at Olympia High School. This year’s winners will be honored at the Monday, May 7, 2018 Olympia School Board meeting. All staff are invited to attend and support the winners!

Congratulations to each of the 2018 Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award winners, who will be honored at the May 7 Olympia School Board meeting.

This annual awards program is designed to recognize employees from throughout the district in several categories. All employees districtwide were invited to send in nominations, and a screening committee reviewed the entries and selected the winners.

The school board will recognize the winners at the start of the board meeting on Monday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. at Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), 2400 15th Ave. S.E., Olympia.

This year’s award winners include:

The Coach
“Supports Others” – Any staff member who plays a unique role in enabling others to excel.

  • Nikolai Gurda, Upper Elementary Teacher, Olympia Regional Learning Academy

The Champion of Differences
“Celebrates Diversity” – Any staff member who, by his or her actions, celebrates the values and differences of individual groups.

  • Maribeth Wheeler, 2/3 Teacher, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Leslie Gowell, McKinney-Vento Program Support Specialist, Knox Administrative Center

The Innovator
“Changes Making a Difference” – Any staff member who demonstrates innovative strategies that significantly improve the district mission.

  • Elizabeth “Beth” Wilson, 2/3 Teacher, Boston Harbor Elementary School

The Unsung Hero
“Goes the Extra Mile” – Any staff member who continually gets results with little or no fanfare.

  • Sean Mullin, Paraeducator, Special Education, Pioneer Elementary School
  • Jill Johnson, ELL Teacher, Capital High School

The Dream Team
“Above and Beyond” – Any group of staff members working together to help students succeed in or out of the classroom.

  • Madison Elementary School Multidisciplinary Team: Omar Flores, Denise Hammer, Karen Froelicher, and Kristin Sundsten

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11

Superintendent Patrick Murphy and OEA President Adam Brickell pose with copy of Teacher Appreciation Week proclamationTeacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 11.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation at the April 16 school board meeting designating the week as Teacher Appreciation Week. Murphy presented a copy of the proclamation to Olympia Education Association President Adam Brickell.

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.

Join us at the annual Ice Cream Social May 24 at Olympia HS

Staff and guests smile and eat ice cream at table during annual ice cream socialAll staff are welcome to attend the Olympia School District’s annual Ice Cream Social to help honor district retirees and celebrate advocates of the year and the Teacher of the Year selected by the Olympia Education Association.

The event is scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Olympia High School Commons, 1302 North St., Olympia.

Ice cream will be served at 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow.