Congrats to our newest Everyday Hero!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Jamie Sproul, Technology TOSA, Technology Department

I believe that Jamie Sproul is an Everyday Hero because she has helped me so many times this year with technology questions and problems. She responds quickly and has walked me through each technology problem I have asked for help with. My questions seem to have a common theme — the interface of my document camera with my computer, compounded with Zoom and Screencastify! Jamie has shown me how to do what I want to do, and has taught me with step-by-step instructions. There have been days when everything seems to crash at once and Jamie has responded quickly and got me up and running in time for my next class! Jamie handles my requests with grace and a smile on her face. She ensures that I feel comfortable with whatever problem we’ve been working on before she finishes. At times there have been challenges we couldn’t figure out in the moment, and Jamie researches an answer and gets back to me the same day.  Jamie, you have a great “Customer Service” attitude and have given me confidence with the many new technology issues I have had this year. Thank You!
Submitted by Carol McKay, Teacher, Capital High School

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Kudos to two new Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Hero
Callie Jones, Special Education Resource Room Teacher, and Behavior Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Roosevelt Elementary School

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate and admire the support you lend to the Roosevelt community. You are a ROCK STAR! This year, during a pandemic, you have led the family support team in our building with grace and compassion. From visiting families at their houses to ensure that they had what they needed for learning, to organizing the materials team to distribute supplies at the school, you have never wavered in your commitment to the families in our community. This year, when our school desperately needed a special education teacher, you took that role on as well. The work you are doing with the students in our resource room is transforming the way that students are able to perform in the classroom. You are a close listener, a quick learner, and hard worker whose attention to detail ensures the job gets done correctly the first time.

Callie, we are so lucky to have you working in our school community. Thank you for always being there for our students and families.  
Submitted by Sean Shaughnessy, Principal, Roosevelt ES

Everyday Hero
Carrie Blackwell, Supervisor, Student Information Systems

Carrie is the new Student Information Supervisor. In the 2020 school year, she was responsible for the Skyward COVID grading, new attendance taking and getting all students and families connected to Family Access. It was a very busy year! Then came the 2021 school year; online enrollment, wellness screenings for staff and students, new grading setups… the list can really go on, because everything with Skyward has changed!

Carrie is a go-getter and has brought to the District her smile, her knowledge, compassion and non-stop dedication to keeping our students, staff and families connected.

We are so lucky to have her with us.
Submitted by Donna Lamont, Data Management Analyst, SIS

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Two thumbs up for two new Everyday Heroes this week

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Recognition of outstanding OSD colleagues continues with two new Everyday Heroes this week. Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Heroes
Kristi Bonds, Teacher Librarian, and Jody Chipman, Administrative Assistant, Capital High School

Kristi Bonds and Jody Chipman, our Teacher Librarian and Administrative Assistant, are the best at supporting our students and staff each day with a warm smile and welcoming attitude when providing them with books and even supplies. Since September, Kristi and Jody have been extremely helpful at setting up book checkouts for students. Kristi has even set up her chair and book cart outside on Wednesdays so families can drive by and pick up a bag full of books so carefully packaged just like a Christmas present!

Kristi has also had students do book reviews and posts them online for students to encourage them to want to check out more books. Additionally, Kristi and her OHS colleague, Stacy Udo have created some great schoolwide lessons to help educate youth on the many facets of how the media influences us in the world today!

I can’t thank you, Kristi and Jody enough for being here every single day for students to get what they need with a warm and welcoming attitude. 
Submitted by Michelle Anderson, Assistant Principal/Construction Manager, Capital HS

Everyday Heroes
OSD Custodial Staff

I want to thank you for all of the hard work you have been doing since the beginning of the pandemic. This has been an unusual and stressful time for many. Your solid commitment to your schools, students and staff have helped to create a safer and less stressful environment at the schools

I appreciate that you are willing to learn so much in such a short time with new disinfecting procedures/equipment. You put yourself out there on the front lines to clean and prepare the schools so that others doing critical work (like nurses, police and teachers) can continue to do so.

Thank you!
Submitted by Wendy Couture, Custodial and Safety Supervisor, Support Service Center

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Kudos to our newest Everyday Hero

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Mimi Arnett, English Language Teacher, Garfield Elementary School

I would like to nominate Mimi Arnett, Garfield’s fabulous ELL teacher for an everyday hero.  Besides being in constant contact with our ELL students on a daily basis to see what they need, fill any gaps and assist in testing; her quick resolve saved our portable from a fire.  Thankfully, the damage was minimal and isolated to the ramp walkway. Thank you Mimi for saving our Art Portable!!
Submitted by Office Manager Michell Orwig and Garfield ES staff

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Meet our newest Everyday Hero!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Joan Moore, Teacher-Librarian, McLane Elementary School

Here at McLane, I would like to nominate JOAN MOORE, our school librarian. She has worked hard to connect with students. She has a Zoom book club, which is really cool. Students are checking out books via our webpage. She sits by the front door of the school at certain times so families can pick up books. When books are returned she has a process for them to be in quarantine. AND last week was MAP testing, oh ya she did it! She organized, solved tech issues, popped in and out of each classroom Zoom session, and supported teachers the whole week. Thank you Joan for what you do for the students and staff. Your hard work is noticed and appreciated! You rock!
Submitted by Amy Long, Paraeducator, McLane ES

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Kudos to newest Everyday Hero; send us yours!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Heather Muske, Teacher, Special Education, Madison Elementary School

Heather, I want to thank you for being an outstanding addition to Madison Elementary. Being new, and during this crazy time, you have been the support we have all needed. You spend countless hours loving our students, making plan after plan, supporting teachers and being truly dedicated to serving the community. I just want you to know how amazing I think you are and how much I really do appreciate all of your hard work!
Submitted by Jessica Martin, Teacher, Madison ES

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Two more colleagues honored as Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Recognition of outstanding OSD colleagues continues with two new Everyday Heroes this week. Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Hero
Alex Jacobson, Student and Family Support Specialist, McLane Elementary School

Alex has been a huge help in getting our Community Connections program up and running. She is dedicated and the kids love her! Thank you for all of your help, Alex! You are our hero, truly!
Submitted by Emily Hamilton, Teacher McLane ES

Everyday Hero
Heather Randolph, District EL Coordinator

I want to take a moment to thank Heather Randolph who is most certainly an everyday hero! She was able to coordinate with multiple schools to help students. This has made a huge difference in attendance and engagement, to connect these children with the support they needed.
Submitted by Chelsea Peterson, EL Specialist, English Teacher, Olympia HS

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Who is this week’s Everyday Hero?

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 newest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Denise Hammer, Counselor, Madison Elementary School

I would like to nominate an Everyday SuperHero.  While I feel that everyone in every department of the Olympia School District should receive an award,  as everyone has gone out of their way to help, advise and support all of the changes going on in the district; whether it is training on new/different ways of doing the same jobs in light of the every changing COVID world we live in, to just being a comforting ear to bend or shoulder to lean on; or teachers going out of their way to make the world a little better and familiar to their students.  We are all in this together and we get through this.

That being said, as much as I would like to nominate all of my teachers and staff at Madison, I have noticed that our counselor, Denise Hammer, has been going out of her way to take Chromebooks, school supplies and even food and other needed items to some of our most at-risk students.  Thank you Denise!
Submitted by Jodi Cox, Lead Secretary, Madison Elementary School

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

Congratulations to our newest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Now more than ever, let’s hear about all of our Everyday Heroes around the district. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Heroes
All Staff Supporting DLC and Life Skills Programs
I have to nominate the extraordinary heroes and recognize the staff teaching and supporting in-person learning at our district level programs. It is not every day that a person volunteers to come back during a pandemic and help the students most in need of in-person education. I have to commend each and every person who has stepped up and offered their skills and their patience as the first staff to return under new and uncertain times.

To quote Shannon L. Alder, “Heroes are not made. They are born out of circumstances and rise to the occasion when their spirit can no longer coexist with the hypocrisy of injustice to others.”

Such circumstances we find ourselves in, and your service cannot be understated. You have my deepest respect and gratitude.
Submitted by Denise Hammer, Social Services Coordinator, Madison and Boston Harbor ES

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

A new weekly blog record! Congratulations to 5 new Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Thank you to everyone who sent in names this past week recognizing Everyday Heroes in their schools and support buildings. We received five outstanding recognitions, which is a record for one week since the Communications and Community Relations department launched this feature several years ago in the staff blog.

Remember to submit the names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. 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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Hero
Scott Boe, Paraeducator, Hansen ES
I really appreciate that you jumped right in to help out your first grade colleagues in September. With very little notice, you took on distance learning like a pro. You handled setting up and figuring out a Schoology classroom and learning the ways of Zoom meetings, while organizing and handing out supplies and preparing to teach eager first graders, with grace and calm. I appreciate that you have always been willing to help out at Hansen. We have always counted on you to be there when we needed an emergency substitute or a steady presence for an emotional student. We have always counted on you to be there supporting our students in small groups or out on the playground refereeing kickball games. Your positive attitude, concern for others, and kind words make me thankful that I work at Hansen. Thank you. You are an Everyday Hero.
Submitted by Cynthia Johnson, first-grade teacher, Hansen ES

Everyday Hero
Bob O’Donnell, TOSA, Instructional Technology Knox 111 Administrative Center
As an Instructional Technology TOSA, Bob has been instrumental in supporting our staff as they provide remote instruction to students. This week Bob took an hour to help a Mom who is new to Garfield, with 3 kids, learn how to navigate Schoology and support her kids. The teacher in Bob came out. He was thoughtful, patient and demonstrated all of those experiences important to  learning (at any age) – observe, practice and apply with support. In short time she was working all 3 Schoology pages. It was a great thing to witness. Thanks Bob!
Submitted by Brendon Chertok, Principal, Garfield ES

Everyday Hero
Kathy Cognasso, Athletic Secretary, Capital HS
Recently Kathy (Cognasso) sent out an email to the staff asking for their bitmoji. In keeping with the Open House theme this year, Kathy has created an AWESOME staff photo. It has really put a smile on our staff’s faces.
Submitted by Stacy Sharp, School Fiscal Officer, Capital HS

CHS staff photo containing bitmojis for each staff member

Everyday Hero
Olympia HS Administration Team
I would like to nominate the entire OHS Administration team of Matt Grant, Andra Kelley-Batstone, Jake Tyrrell, and Lindsay Welsh!  They have worked tirelessly all summer long getting ready for our faculty and students to return to school, either in the building or virtually.  They are always happy to help, are supportive, encouraging, and dedicated to the education of all students. Thank you, Admin Team!  You are simply the best!
Submitted by Wendy Rae, Administrative Assistant to the Principal, Olympia HS

Everyday Hero
Cassie White, Teacher/Librarian, Marshall MS
(Note: Cassie White received two nominations from Marshall MS)

Cassie, we really appreciate how you constantly go above and beyond as our Teacher/Librarian at Marshall. (Are you even human?!) We appreciate your commitment to ALL of our students inspiring literacy, digital citizenship, critical thinking, and being upstanders in our community and the larger world. We appreciate your ability to always see other approaches to solving problems. We appreciate you voicing the needs of marginalized and underrepresented populations. We appreciate your sense of humor as you so graciously put all of our tech issues at the forefront. We appreciate that you make it all look so easy (like a rock star!), while sweating it out in the trenches right along with us. We appreciate your sense of humor and dedication to making our school and world a better place to be. Cassie, we appreciate you everyday, although you may only hear: “Cassie, can you fix this!”  Thank you!
Submitted by Eric Durban on behalf of Marshall MS staff

Cassie deserves a huge shoutout for everything she did to ensure a smooth start to the school year for all our students and teachers. Cassie spent days upon days prior to our materials pickup days finding, issuing, naming, and putting into student piles all the books that us teachers wanted the students to have for distance learning. With the possibility of distance learning for the entire first semester, this was not a small job! Cassie then fielded many technology calls and emails from students, families, and teachers to ensure we were all able to connect. I know myself and my fellow coworkers all appreciate Cassie’s knowledge, her enthusiasm, her positive attitude, her smile, and her hard work. You make our jobs so much easier to do. Thank you for all you did and do on a daily basis.
Submitted by Jo Nilsen Badami, Teacher and Testing Coordinator, Marshall MS

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.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.