Congratulations to our latest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Jenifer Baker, Administrative Specialist, Support Services Center

During the recent snow event, SSC’s Jenifer Baker was the center of coordination of crews and equipment to clear the snow. It was very much like watching the conductor of an orchestra directing with their baton (although she had a two-way radio in one hand and a phone in the other). It was her first “all hands on deck” event with this department, and she handled it like a pro. On behalf of the SSC staff (and the entire district), THANK YOU Jenifer!!
Submitted by Joanne Friddle, Assistant, Capital Planning and Construction

Everyday Hero
Bryan Carter, Bus Driver, Transportation Department
(Two Submissions)

Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 were the days of the WIAA Boys State swimming meet. The OHS boys took 18 (swimmers) each day. On Feb. 15 we rode up to Federal Way on a Durham bus and back on an OLY bus. On the return trip on the OLY bus one of the swimmers lost his wallet and a message from his family asked if we could find it. By the time I received the message it was late and the driver would have already left the bus garage area, so I told the parent we would notify the bus garage “next week.” On Saturday the 16th we had a different driver/bus, but he took us both ways. I mentioned the missing wallet to the driver and inquired where the wallet search should go next. I told him I would call Monday the 18th, forgetting about the holiday. The team exited the bus and proceeded to a restaurant for a post-meet dinner. About 45 minutes later who should appear but our driver with lost wallet in hand. He had returned to the bus garage, cleaned and serviced his bus, found the bus from the day before and found the missing wallet. He could have stopped there and placed the wallet in the bus garage lost and found. But having heard us say where the team was headed to eat, he did a personal delivery to the swimmer.
Submitted by Mel Smith, Coordinator/President, Olympia Education Association Activities and Athletics Association and boys and girls swim coach, Olympia High School

With a recent spike in school bus stop paddle violations by vehicles around the city, Bryan (Carter) has recently spearheaded efforts to bring attention to student safety. He has collected vital data and partnered with law enforcement & Seattle news media to shine a light on this critical issue of child safety. He is leading an initiative to raise awareness with state legislators in hopes of bringing more severe penalties to those that threaten the safety of our children. As a regular route & field trip driver, Bryan has a strong passion for his daily duties, and is constantly looking for innovative ways to enhance the safety & security of our most precious resource: the students and children of the Olympia School District. Bryan is a shining example of the meticulous care our district drivers show for the lives of our students every day.
Submitted by Dean Hoopes, Bus Driver

 

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 this week’s Everyday Hero; thanks for what you do!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Patty Upton, Math Specialist, Madison ES

Patty, I want to thank you for all of your tireless dedication to our staff and students. You never hesitate to lend a helping hand or an ear to listen. I cannot thank you enough for everything you do. Your leadership, collaboration and positively are infectious. I hope you know how valuable to are to each of our lives and the community at Madison!
Submitted by Jessica Martin (Duncan), 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.

Kudos to this week’s Everyday Hero; tell us about someone who makes a difference at your building!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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 Gajkowski, Behavior Technician, Roosevelt ES

I really appreciate the way Heather has jumped into her new role this year with both feet running and a HUGE smile! Not only does she brighten the lives of our students, she brightens my life as well. As our behavior tech she is constantly looking for innovative ways to support our students and is ready to tackle any challenge. She is a true partner in responding to the needs of our students and her heart is big enough to stretch around all of our students, and staff as well. I am very grateful for her leadership in our building.
Submitted by Ruth Middlebrook, Administrative Intern and School Counselor/Psychologist, Roosevelt 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.

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 are our newest honorees:

Everyday Heroes
Devin Guy, grounds crew employee, and Matt Graffagnino, substitute custodian, Support Service Center

I just wanted to send this in regards to the wind storm last weekend (December): I had received a call that a tree had fallen at Washington Middle School. On arrival, Devin Guy and Matt Graffagnino, the sub custodian, were working diligently to cut and remove the tree to unblock the driveway. It was after hours and stormy on a Saturday. They both worked above and beyond their scope and did it safely and organized. It was a pleasure to work with both of them that night.
Submitted by Paul Sierra, HVAC Technician, 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.

Read about our newest Everyday Heroes

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday 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
Chris Johnston, Security Guard, Capital High School

Chris Johnston does security at Capital High School. I like the way he treats all the kids with dignity, respect and good humor. He seems to have a nice relationship with these kids even when he has to stop by their classroom and inform them they’ll have to spend lunch in suspension. The way we treat the kids often models to them the way they are expected to treat others throughout their lives. They seem to know he is concerned and always looking out for their best interests. Way to go Chris!
Submitted by Mike Pelly, Capital HS Paraeducator

Everyday Heroes
Justin Lanting, Business Manager, and Tricia Kelley, Accounting Supervisor, Business Office

I would like to thank them for ALL of their prompt responses, accurate communications and quality training. The breadth of their knowledge is truly impressive. They have helped me with everything from account code correction to Skyward reports, and the list really does go on. They are helpful, professional, timely and genuinely want all departments to succeed. They share their knowledge and have outstanding follow up.
Submitted by Christa Hilinski, Executive Assistant, K-12 Teaching and Learning

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 more Everyday Heroes recognized by colleagues

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
Jennifer Huff, Sixth-Grade Math Teacher, Marshall MS

Thank you for being such an amazing and supportive neighbor-across-the-hall, math teacher, mentor and inspiration to both students and staff. In addition to the high-level, rigorous, and generally demanding math instruction you bring to 6th graders, I appreciate how you teach the whole child. With your help, they not only leave with math skills, students walk away prepared for life with a toolbox of strategies and a general awareness of the world around them. I love how you help them see the big picture and how the day-to-day fits into that. Students know how math relates to the rest of their day in school and beyond. Furthermore, you bolster student confidence in what they CAN do, building resilience and grit from their struggles. Thank you for helping our 6th graders become responsible contributors to Marshall and the larger community. It is a privilege to work with you.
Submitted by Eric Durbin, Teacher, Special Education, Marshall MS

Everyday Hero
Tim Ketter, Custodian, Marshall MS

Tim, I want you to know how much the entire Marshall staff appreciates you! Not only do you keep the school clean, but you are incredibly responsive every time you are asked to do anything. Last week when I asked if a work order had been placed to fix the rattling light fixture in C Wing, you not only checked to see if a work order was in, but you also climbed into the attic to see if you could fix it. While up there, you checked other rattles as well. When I asked for your help putting clothing racks together for our coat giveaway, you took the initiative to put two more together to display our Lost and Found. In addition, you went above and beyond helping us prepare for our first wrestling match at Marshall. Not only did you make sure we had all the equipment we needed but you also stayed throughout the entire event doing the scorekeeping. And, this was after a full day of work!  These small examples are just several of hundreds of ways that you go “above and beyond” in your job every day. Not only that, but you do it all with a smile on your face! Students and staff alike appreciate all that you do, and we cannot thank you enough.
Submitted by Condee Wood, Principal, Marshall MS

Tim Ketter, Custodian, Marshall MS

Tim takes such great care of us.  He is always wearing a smile and often doesn’t even wait for us to ask — he anticipates our needs.  Tim is great with our students, and is always willing to go above and beyond to do whatever needs to be done to ensure the kids have what they need. There’s no request that ever phases him. We never know what time of day we will see him — either his regular afternoon shift, or filling in on days. We do know that when we see him, it’s going to be a great day. Thank you, Tim, for working so hard!
Submitted by Mimi Peradotto, Office Manager, 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.

Congratulations 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
Matt Graffagnino, substitute custodian, Support Service Center

Dear Matt,

I just wanted you to know how much we really appreciate having you at our school. Your presence is always so positive; you always put our students and faculty first and not to mention your work spaces always look amazing!

However, this afternoon we saw a different side of you — the softer side of Matt G! A student got injured walking to school and you found him outside a building, laying on the ground and trying not to cry. You were able to assess the student’s needs, get help for him, find him a safe and dry place to be and then you stayed with him, comforting him when he was visibly upset.

It is this thoughtfulness and student first care that makes you stand out. We will all be so happy to have you back full time at OHS and part of our FamOly, and I just thought everyone else should know how great he is!

Submitted by Matt Grant, Olympia HS Principal

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.