Certificated Teachers: February 15 is deadline for early retirement and/or resignation incentive

The Olympia School District and the Olympia Education Association offer employees (OEA membership only) an early retirement and/or resignation incentive. Since we are always anxious to post and find the best qualified candidates for openings, we are hoping to hear from you early if you are planning to retire or resign at the end of this 2018-19 school year.

The district is offering two paid days (fill out a time slip in June) at the end of the school year for any OEA member who provides a letter of retirement or resignation to the Human Resources Department on or before February 15, 2019.

If you have already provided the Human Resources department a letter of resignation or retirement, you have done what you need to do in order to receive the two incentive days. Remember: in June you must submit a time slip for the two incentive days. On the time slip, write “Early Notice Incentive” and record 6 hours for each day — a total of 12 hours. This incentive time is intended to be paid time so you can “tie up loose ends, pack and check out of your building.” Time slips must be turned in by June 30 of this year to receive the early incentive payment.

If you submit your letter of resignation or retirement after February 15, 2019, you will not be eligible for the two incentive days.

As always, thank you for your dedication to the Olympia School District.

Congratulations OSD Classified School Employees of the Year

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Denise Pigue, behavior technician at Garfield Elementary School

Congratulations to three Olympia School District employees selected to receive this year’s OSD Classified School Employee of the Year award.

The employees learned of the honor during surprise announcements at impromptu morning staff meetings. The news was greeted with applause, standing ovations and hugs.

This year’s honorees are:

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Travis King, behavior technician at Centennial Elementary School

Travis King, paraeducator at Centennial Elementary School. This is King’s fifth year at Centennial Elementary, where he works as a behavior technician.

Denise Pigue, paraeducator at Garfield Elementary School. Pigue is in her fourth year at Garfield Elementary School, where she works as a behavior technician. She has worked for the district since 2008.

Todd Thornton, head custodian at Roosevelt Elementary School. Todd has worked as head custodian at Roosevelt for four years and for the district since 2006.

All three will be honored at a special recognition ceremony during the December 10, 2018 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

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Todd Thornton, head custodian at Roosevelt Elementary School

The annual award recognizes employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.

In September, the Olympia School District opened nominations for Classified School Employee of the Year. The district invited staff, students, parents and community members to submit nominations.

A screening committee made up of OSD employees and community members reviewed the submissions and recommended the three names to Superintendent Patrick Murphy.

Murphy, Assistant Superintendent Nancy Faaren, School Board President Frank Wilson, Board Vice President Joellen Wilhelm and school leaders announced the winners and presented them with flowers.

Classified School Employee of the Year is an annual statewide awards program through the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. It begins with local nominations from school districts throughout Washington. Those individuals have a chance of then being named a regional Classified School Employee of the Year, which allows them to advance to the state competition.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction recognizes the regional finalists and announces the state Classified School Employee of the Year at the annual spring award ceremony at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

The state award winner and regional finalists are invited to several annual recognition events including the Governor’s Reception for Exceptional Educators.

Nominate a colleague for Classified Employee of the Year by October 4

A mirrored image of colored pencil points supports a request to fill out a form nominating a colleague as Classified School Employee of the YearThe Olympia School District is accepting nominations for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Classified School Employee of the Year. The program recognizes the work of classified staff members who have made a positive difference in their profession. All school and support building employees who are categorized as “Classified” staff are eligible for nomination. Nominees should be employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.

Please include in your written nomination specifics of how well the staff member meets the following state Classified School Employee of the Year criteria:

1. The educator (classified employee) has the respect and admiration of their colleagues.
2. The educator (classified employee) collaborates with colleagues, students and families to create a school culture of respect and success.
3. The educator (classified employee) is a leader who makes connections between their daily work and student achievement.

Please complete this online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m on Thursday, October 4, 2018. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized. The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to compete for the regional Classified School Employee of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Classified School Employee of the Year selection process.

Submit your nomination

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

May 8 is application deadline for Scholarship for Paraeducators

Information on sheet of binder paper graphic about Scholarship for ParaeducatorsThe Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Loan Scholarship is a program that provides funding for paraeducators interested in earning their residency teaching certificate.

Those awarded will be required to complete their AA within two years of award date, making them eligible to enroll in an Alternative Route 1 program to earn certification, and teach for a minimum of two years. 

The deadline to submit your application is May 8.  For more information on the requirements and responsibilities of candidates, as well as application materials, visit the state Professional Educator Standards Board website.

Last call for Employee Recognition Award nominations! Deadline is April 17

2016-17 winners of The Unsung Heroes award: Hansen Elementary Food Services and Custodial Staff

Winners of one of the 2016-17 “The Unsung Heroes” award: Hansen Elementary School Food Services and Custodial Staff. Who will win the award this year?

Please consider nominating any of your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. We are asking that nominations be submitted by tomorrow, April 17, so that we can officially honor the winners at the May 7, 2018 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. This annual tradition has become a great way to honor the hard work of those around you!

Categories for this year’s awards include:

  • The Innovator (Changes Making a Difference)
  • The Unsung Hero (Goes the Extra Mile)
  • The Champion of Differences (Celebrates Diversity)
  • The Coach (Supports Others)
  • The Dream Team (Above and Beyond)

Fill out and submit the online nomination form, which is sent to the Communications and Community Relations Department. If you have questions, please call the Communications and Community Relations Department at (360) 596-6103.

Nominations must be received by the Communications and Community Relations Department on or before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17.

Thank you!

Learn about retirement planning on May 2 at Knox Administrative Center

DRS flier about retirement planning announcing workshop at OSDIt’s never too early or too late to plan for retirement!

A team member from the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) will present information about state retirement plans in an information session open to all staff on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center Board Room, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

If you are not sure which retirement plan you are in, check the payroll or benefits office before attending. You may also view your account online.