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

Employee Assistance Program provides support to employees and dependents

Personal issues, planning for life events or simply managing daily life can affect an employee’s work, health and family. “GuidanceResources” provides support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. The program is company-sponsored, confidential and provided at no cost to employees and their dependents.

Services provided include: confidential counseling; financial information and resources; legal support and resources; work-life solutions; free online will preparation; and help for new parents.

Learn more by viewing the GuidanceResources information flier on the OSD staff intranet on the district website. Once logged into the intranet, go to “Departments,” then “Human Resources.”  Scroll to the bottom of the page to the heading “Helpful Links.” The flier is called “Free Confidential Guidance Resources.”

February 16 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 2017-18 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 16, 2018.

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 29 to receive the early incentive payment.

If you submit your letter of resignation or retirement after February 16, 2018, you will not be eligible for the two incentive days.

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

Sincerely,

Scott Niemann
Executive Director of Human Resources

‘Alternative Route Programs Seminar’ is Tuesday, January 30

OSD Paraeducator Alternative Route Programs Seminar registration informationAre you an OSD paraeducator interested in pursuing your teaching certificate? The OSD Human Resources Department is hosting an “Alternative Route Programs Seminar” on Tuesday, January 30, from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Knox Administrative Center Board Room.

This is a great opportunity to discover alternative route programs for current OSD paraeducators to receive residency certification. Presenters include City University of Seattle, Northwest Educational Development, Seattle Pacific University and Pierce College Education Programs.

These programs are open to all OSD paraeducators regardless of education and experience. Enrolling in any one of these programs allows you the ability to continue working for the Olympia School District while you earn certification.

Register for the seminar via pdEnroller: Session ID #50413

Please contact the Olympia School District Human Resources office at 360-596-6185 for further information.

Register by March 5 for retirement planning seminar in Tumwater

Thinking about retirement in the next five years? Consider attending this year’s retirement planning seminar to learn about your retirement plans (Plan 2 or 3), medical/dental options, sick leave buyout (VEBA), and social security options.

The seminar will be held from 4 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 at the New Market Skills Center, 7209 New Market St. in Tumwater. Registration fee is $10 (pay at the door, and spouse is free).

Register and RSVP on or before March 5 by contacting Ronald Crawford at 360-236-9305 or ronaldwcrawford1@comast.net.

The seminar is sponsored by the Thurston County School Retirees’ Association.

View more information about the event and directions

OSD and OEA offer employees 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 2017-18 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 16, 2018.

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 29 to receive the early incentive payment.

If you submit your letter of resignation or retirement after February 16, 2018, you will not be eligible for the two incentive days.

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

Sincerely,

Scott Niemann
Executive Director of Human Resources