Nominations due May 6 for annual Employee Recognition Awards

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Nominations are open for the Olympia School District Employee Recognition Awards for the 2021-22 School Year.

All nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2022. Winners will be honored at the May 26 Olympia School Board meeting. Please fill out and submit the online nomination form. A screening committee will review the nominations.

Please consider nominating your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. There are five categories:

  • The Innovator “Changes Making a Difference” – Any staff member who demonstrates innovative strategies that significantly improve the district mission.
  • The Champion of Differences “Celebrates Diversity” – Any staff member who, by their actions, celebrates the values and differences of individual groups.
  • The Unsung Hero “Goes the Extra Mile” – Any staff member who continually gets results with little or no fanfare.
  • The Coach “Supports Others” – Any staff member who plays a unique role in enabling others to excel.
  • The Dream Team “Above and Beyond” – Any group of staff members working together to help students succeed in or out of the classroom.

Submit a nomination form

Fundamental Course of Study training for paraeducators hired before 2021-22 school year

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This is an update on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) training for those paraeducators hired before the 2021-22 school year. This training is part of the Paraeducator Certificate Program. You are required to take the second 14 hours of training (out of 28) during your second year as a paraeducator.

The required 14 hours are now available asynchronously. You can register on pdEnroller using the links provided below.

FCS 03 – Technology Basics (2 hours)
FCS 05 – Roles & Responsibilities (3 hours)
FCS 06 – Equity (3 hours)
FCS 07 – Behavior Management, Including De-escalation (2 hours)
FCS 08 – Child & Adolescent Development (2 hours)
FCS 09 – Emergency Health & Safety (1 hour)
FCS 12 – Communication Challenges (1 hour)

All 14 hours are due no later than July 31, 2022. You must click the attendance link at the end of each course and submit your information for tracking purposes. Once completed, you should receive a clock hour form(s) from the ESD 113. A copy of your clock hour forms should be sent via email to April Pigue at apigue@osd.wednet.edu for tracking purposes. Please keep the original clock hour forms for your records.

Synchronous training (via Zoom) for units 05, 06, 07, 08 and 09 was offered earlier in the year with the ESD 113. If you missed some of the units, you can use the links provided to complete the remaining training. Please note that FCS03 and FCS12 were always asynchronous. If you have already completed all 14 hours, please disregard. 

If you still need to complete the first 14 hours of the FCS, you may view and register for the required courses on the OSD website by clicking here.

For Questions About:

pdEnroller/Registration Help: Dianna Avery at davery@esd113.org
Tracking/Remaining Units: April Pigue at apigue@osd.wednet.edu
General FCS Inquiries (Secondary Paras): Aja Dale at adale@osd.wednet.edu
General FCS Inquires (Elementary Paras): Laura Emmil at lemmil@osd.wednet.edu

Additional Resources:

OSD Paraeducator Certificate Program FAQ
PESB Paraeducator Board Certificate Overview
OSPI Paraeducator Certification

Schoology workshops for paraeducators

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The following was submitted by the Teaching & Learning Team and Human Resources Department

Background

Olympia School District believes in supporting a Whole Child education as outlined in the vision of our six Student Outcomes within our District Improvement Plan. Similarly, we believe Whole Educator supports are important so that our classified, certificated and administrative educators are supported, engaged, healthy, safe and empowered to exercise learning courage.

Within the area of empowering paraeducators to exercise learning courage, we are working on increasing workshop offerings specific to the role of paraeducators. This is in support of the General Paraeducator Certificate.

Upcoming OSD workshop

  • Schoology for Paraeducators   
    • March 29, 4-5 p.m. via Zoom 
    • One hour synchronous Zoom workshop to learn how you, as a paraeducator, can use Schoology to support student learning. During this hour we will navigate through the Schoology platform, navigate within Schoology courses and explore resources in Schoology groups.
    • This course is facilitated by Sue Williams (Teaching & Learning Team) and Jamie Sproul (Technology Department)

Upcoming regional workshops

  • Framework for Equity in Computer Science Video Lunch and Learn
    • March 18, April 22, May 6, 12–1 p.m. via Zoom 
    • Join us to watch and reflect on four of the core components of the Framework for Equity in Computer Science from the Kapor Center. Participants will view a video panel discussion of each of the components. We will meet four Fridays beginning in March for our lunch discussion. We will meet weekly from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on these dates.
    • This course is facilitated by Shannon Thissen & Cherly Lydon (OSPI)

  • WIDA eWorkshop: The WIDA Standards Framework: A Collaborative Approach
    • Self-Paced
    • This eWorkshop is designed to strengthen instructional practices that focus on language for learning using the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition. There are six modules in this eWorkshop. Educators can use the six modules as shared professional development by going through the modules on the same weekly schedule and then meeting to discuss the topics of each module. There are discussion questions to support this approach. These modules provide self-paced learning and educators are free to engage at the pace that best fits their own needs and context.
    • This course is overseen by Virginia Morales (OSPI).

Fundamental Course of Study training for paraeducators hired in 2021-22 school year

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This is an update on the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) training for paraeducators hired in the 2021-22 school year. This training is part of the Paraeducator Certificate Program. You are required to take the first 14 hours of training (out of 28) during your first year as a paraeducator.

The required 14 hours are now available asynchronously. You can register on pdEnroller using the links provided below. 

Introduction to Cultural Identity & Diversity (4 hours)
Methods of Educational & Instructional Support (4 hours)
Data Collection & Use (1 hour)
Safe, Positive Learning Environment (3 hours)
Communication Basics (2 hours)

All 14 hours are due no later than July 31, 2022. You MUST click on the attendance link at the end of each course and submit your information for tracking purposes. Once completed, you should receive a clock hour form(s) from the ESD 113. A copy of your clock hour forms should be sent via email to April Pigue at apigue@osd.wednet.edu for tracking purposes. PLEASE KEEP THE ORIGINAL CLOCK HOUR FORMS FOR YOUR RECORDS.

Synchronous training (via Zoom) for units 01, 02, 04 and 11 was offered earlier in the year with the ESD 113. If you missed some of the units, you can use the links provided to complete the remaining training.  Please note that FCS10 was always asynchronous. If you have already completed all 14 hours, please disregard. 

For Questions About:

pdEnroller/Registration Help: Dianna Avery – davery@esd113.org
Tracking/Remaining Units: April Pigue – apigue@osd.wednet.edu
General FCS Inquiries (Secondary Paras): Aja Dale – adale@osd.wednet.edu
General FCS Inquires (Elementary Paras): Laura Emmil – lemmil@osd.wednet.edu

Additional Resources:

OSD Paraeducator Certificate Program FAQ
PESB Paraeducator Board Certificate Overview
OSPI Paraeducator Certification

Olympia School Board honors new and renewed National Board Certified Teachers

Olympia School Board members pose with three of this year's new or recertified National Board Certified Teachers. NBCT honorees shown include Jason Finney, Erica Kinsel and Corrine Taiji.

The Olympia School Board honored this year’s new and renewed National Board Certified Teachers during a special recognition at the start of the March 10 regular board meeting.

Created by teachers, for teachers, the National Board Standards represent a consensus among educators about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. Board certification is available in 25 certificate areas spanning 16 disciplines from Pre-K through 12th grade.

The certification process requires that teachers demonstrate standards-based evidence of the positive effect they have on student learning in alignment with Five Core Propositions. They must exhibit a deep understanding of their students, content knowledge, use of data and assessments and teaching practice. They must also show that they participate in learning communities and provide evidence of ongoing reflection and continuous learning.

Congratulations to:

NEW NBCT

  • Jason Finney, Garfield Elementary School, Generalist/Middle Childhood

RECERTIFIED NBCT

  • Erica Kinsel, Olympia High School, World Languages/Early Adolescence Through Young Adulthood
  • Hallie Meaney, Olympia High School, Mathematics/Adolescence and Young
  • Chelsea Peterson, Olympia High School, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence
  • Corrine Taiji, McLane Elementary School, School Counseling/Early Childhood Through Young Adulthood
  • Danelle Wright, Washington Middle School/Mathematics/Early Adolescence

Employee Assistance Program provides support to employees and dependents

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Personal issues, planning for life events or simply managing daily life can affect an employee’s work, health and family.

First Choice Health provides 24/7 support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. Services include support for anxiety and depression, couples/relationship/parenting, crisis support, alcohol/drug problems, grief and loss, domestic violence, and more.

Learn more by viewing the Employee Assistance Program flyer

OSD Community Resources Webpage

Additionally, community agencies are available to assist youth and families.

A compilation of resources and information, including a list of local and national crisis hotlines, support groups, counseling resources and more are posted on the district website.

Certificated staff: Early retirement/resignation incentive

The following is a message from Human Resources

The Olympia School District and the Olympia Education Association offers employees 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 2021-22 school year.

The district is offering two paid days (fill out a timesheet 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 18, 2022.

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 timesheet for the two incentive days. On the timesheet, 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.” The timesheet 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 18, 2022, you will not be eligible for the two incentive days.

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

School year calendar correction: School is in session on January 3, 2022

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The 2021-22 Olympia School District school year calendar has been updated to reflect that school is in session on Monday, January 3, 2022.

A previously published version of this calendar mistakenly stated that there was no school on January 3, 2022. The updated OSD school year calendar is available on our School Year Calendar page.

Please also be sure to update your copy of the OSD 12-month printed wall calendar to reflect that school is in session on January 3, 2022.

We apologize for the confusion.

Employee Assistance Program provides support to employees and dependents

White ceramic teacup sits on railing with mountains and lake in the distance

Personal issues, planning for life events or simply managing daily life can affect an employee’s work, health and family.

First Choice Health provides 24/7 support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. Services include support for anxiety and depression, couples/relationship/parenting, crisis support, alcohol/drug problems, grief and loss, domestic violence, and more.

Learn more by viewing the Employee Assistance Program flyer

OSD Community Resources Webpage

Additionally, community agencies are available to assist youth and families.

A compilation of resources and information, including a list of local and national crisis hotlines, support groups, counseling resources and more are posted on the district website.