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.

Nominations due April 17 for Employee Recognition Awards

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 Tuesday, 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!

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!

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?

Paraeducator ‘Alternative Route Programs’ seminar materials posted on staff intranet

Materials shared during a recent OSD “Alternative Route Programs Seminar” for paraeducators, including an audio recording of the seminar, is available on the district website staff Intranet.

To view the seminar materials, including program and contact information, log onto the staff Intranet from the district website Home page. Click Departments, Human Resources and then Paraeducator Staff Information. All information is organized by presenting schools.

If you have any questions, you may contact the presenting schools listed, or call the Olympia School District Human Resources office at (360) 596-6185.

 

Nominations due by February 15 for district Teacher of the Year

The Olympia School District is accepting nominations through Thursday, February 15, for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Teacher of the Year.

The program recognizes the work of teachers who have made a positive difference in their profession. Any Washington public school teacher who has a current certificate and works directly with students for at least 50 percent of his/her time is eligible to be nominated.

Please complete the online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized based on who best exemplifies the following Teacher of the Year criteria (please include examples of the following in your nomination):

  • The teacher has the respect and admiration of their colleagues;
  • The teacher is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
  • The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
  • The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
  • The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning;
  • The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to be considered for the regional Teacher of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Teacher of the Year selection process.

View the online nomination form