Update to Annual Notifications packet mailed to employees

Sticky notes in different colorsRecently, the Olympia School District’s Annual Notifications packet was mailed to all active OSD employees. The cover letter provided a list of district contacts designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures.  Please note the additional contact information below:

Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia, WA 98506
(360) 596-8534

You may view the updated cover letter here.

Employee Recognition Award winners to be honored at May 6 board meeting

Congratulations to each of the 2019 Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award winners, who will be honored at the May 6 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 6, 6:30 p.m at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy. 

The Innovator
“Changes Making a Difference” – Any staff member who demonstrates innovative strategies that significantly improve the district mission.”
Candi Koch, Behavior Technician, McLane Elementary School

The Champion of Differences
“Celebrates Diversity” – Any staff member who, by their actions, celebrates the values and differences of individual groups.
Inger Owen, Assistant Director of Programs and Special Projects, K-12 Teaching and Learning

The Unsung Hero
“Goes the Extra Mile” – Any staff member who continually gets results with little or no fanfare.
Connie Harper, Career Center Specialist, Olympia High School
Daniel McCartan, Speech and Language Therapist, Lincoln Elementary School
Paul Sierra, HVAC Technician, Support Services Center – Maintenance

The Coach
“Supports Others” – Any staff member who plays a unique role in enabling others to excel.
Tania Albert, English Teacher, Olympia 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.
Capital High School Special Education Team
District English Language Learner Program Team

Deadline extended to April 19 for annual Employee Recognition Awards


CHS employee Jill Johnson poses with Principal Curtis Cleveringa. Johnson holds a wooden plaque engraved with her "The Unsung Hero" award.

Capital High School employee Jill Johnson, winner of last year’s (2017-18) “The Unsung Hero” Employee Recognition Award, with Principal Curtis Cleveringa.

The deadline for the annual OSD Employee Recognition Awards nominations has been extended to 4 p.m. this Friday, April 19.

Do you know someone who champions differences? Goes the extra mile? Enables others to excel? Consider nominating them for one of the five categories listed in the electronic form. You may nominate up to three individuals (one per form), for all available awards.

We will be honoring the winners of the Employee Recognition Awards at the May 6 Olympia School Board meeting.  This annual tradition has become a great way to honor the hard work of those around you.If you have questions, please call the Communications and Community Relations Department at (360) 596-6103.

Nominations due April 15 for Employee Recognition Awards

CHS employee Jill Johnson poses with Principal Curtis Cleveringa. Johnson holds a wooden plaque engraved with her "The Unsung Hero" award.

Capital High School employee Jill Johnson, winner of the 2017-18 “The Unsung Hero” Employee Recognition Award, with Principal Curtis Cleveringa.

It is that time of year again! We are ready to recognize our employees who make the Olympia School District a special place.

Please consider nominating any of your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. We are asking that nominations be submitted by Monday, April 15 so that we can officially honor the winners at the May 6, 2019 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!

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 4 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

Thank you!

Board recognizes Teachers of the Year and National Board Certified Teachers

The Olympia School Board recognized this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, the new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT), as well as those who have renewed their NBCT certification during the March 11 school board meeting.

Teachers of the Year

Three OSD Teachers of the Year pose after being honored by school board

The board recognized:

Olympia School District Elementary Teacher of the Year: Devin Alexander, reading intervention specialist at LP Brown Elementary School. Alexander has worked at LP Brown Elementary since 2006.

Olympia School District Secondary Teachers of the Year: Lorraine Manning and Marion Sheridan, Special Education Life Skills teachers at Olympia High School. Manning joined the district in 1996 and has worked at both Olympia and Capital high schools. Sheridan started in 1998 and has worked at Olympia High School ever since.

National Board Certified Teachers

School board poses for photo with new and renewed National Board Certified TeachersThe NBCT recognition began with two OSD educators providing an overview of the process to become certified and to renew certification. Erica Kinsel, an Olympia High School teacher, a Regional NBCT facilitator and a facilitator of the Olympia NBCT cohort teamed with Cindy Johnson, a Pioneer Elementary School teacher who is currently going through the NBCT renewal process.

The school board recognized:

  • New NBCTs: Emily Hamilton of McLane Elementary School, Amy Hill of Pioneer Elementary School (on leave this year) and Marisa Castello of Olympia High School.
  • Renewals: Tania Albert, Kelly Boyer and Kristen Soderberg of Olympia High School; Charleen Hayes and Trisha Douay of LP Brown Elementary School; Melissa Johnston-Cota of Capital High School; and Candyce Burroughs and Jodi Boe of Washington Middle School.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!

Thank you to all of our Educational Support Professionals

BargainingUnitReps2019Today is the last day of Education Support Professionals Week.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation during the February 25 Olympia School Board meeting recognizing March 11-15, 2019 as Education Support Professionals Week. He also presented copies of the proclamation to the following members of the district’s employee bargaining units:

  • Cindy Davidson and Denise Pigue, Olympia Paraeducator Association (OPA)
  • Mimi Peradatto, Olympia Educational Administrative Professional Association (OEAPA)
  • Mel Smith, Olympia Education Association – Activities and Athletics Association (OEA-AAA)
  • Julie Voorhees, Olympia Technical Professional Administrative Association (OTPAA)
  • Rick Englehart, Teamsters

More than 800 education support professionals work with and help children throughout our district. They are involved in nearly every aspect of education, including maintaining school buildings and school grounds; providing administrative support; preparing and serving meals; providing safe transportation; keeping school facilities clean; assisting in the classroom; providing a secure environment; providing information technology and media services; and offering other specialized services.

The resolution states in part that “education support professionals are instrumental in fulfilling the state’s responsibility to educate all students.” The one-page resolution, which will be posted in every school and support building from March 11-15, also states that by supporting the learning environment, “education support professionals are crucial partners with teachers, parents, administrators and school boards.”

Read the full Olympia School Board proclamation.

Register by March 4 for Retirement Planning Seminar on March 7

Open notebook with words "My Plan" at the top and person preparing to write with a penThinking about retirement?

If you are within five years of retirement, you will want to attend this annual Retirement Planning Seminar to learn about your retirement plans (Plan 2 or Plan 3), medical/dental options, sick leave buyout (VEBA), social security options and how to use a retirement planner.

Register by March 4 for the seminar, sponsored by the Thurston County School Retirees Association. The seminar will be held from 4-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 7 at the New Market Skills Center, 7299 New Market St. S.W. in Tumwater.

To register, contact Ronald Crawford at ronaldwcrawford1@comcast.net or (360) 236-9305. Registration fee is $10 (pay at the door, and spouse is free).