FCS stipend to appear in November paycheck for paras eligible

The OPA Leadership and District received information from OSPI that the reimbursement to the District for those paras who completed the FCS 14 hours during the 2021-2022 school year has been delayed. Therefore, those eligible for the stipend will be paid in their November paycheck. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely,

OSD and OPA Leadership 

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.

Paraeducators: Note change in due date for asynchronous FCS training

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There has been a change to the due date for the asynchronous FCS training through the ESD 113.  The current system that provides the training will be going through an update beginning in July and the old system will no longer be available. 

The new due date for the asynchronous FCS training will now be June 30, 2022.

As a reminder, please send a copy of your completed clock hour forms to April Pigue for tracking/attendance purposes no later than July 31, 2022.  Please keep the original form for your records. In order to be eligible for the stipend, you must have completed 14 hours of FCS during the 2021-22 school year.

Registration links to the courses can be found on the OSD Paraeducator Certificate Program FAQ found here.  

Reasonable Assurance Letters in Skyward Employee Access

Below is a copy of an email sent today, June 14, 2022, to OSD classified employees that meet specific criteria outlined below:

Human Resources will be issuing reasonable assurance letters to classified employees that meet the following criteria:

  • Your work calendar has less than 260 workdays per year and
  • You have a continuing position for the 2022-2023 school year

Letters will be issued via Skyward today, June 14, 2022. Classified employees will need to check their OSD email for notification on when their letter is available for review and signature. Once available, employees need to log in to Employee Access on Skyward. There will be a pop-up with a link to the letter and instructions for each step.  Letters need to be reviewed and signed no later than June 30, 2022.

You may find step-by-step instructions on how to access and sign your RA Letter by clicking here.

If you plan to resign or retire prior to the 2022-23 school year, please complete the Notice of Separation form and send it to the Human Resources department.

Please note: The employee is still responsible for notifying the administrator.

For questions, please contact:

Laura Emmil
Classified Contracts Coordinator (Elementary Paras, Bus Monitors & Knox Paras)
Email: lemmil@osd.wednet.edu

Aja Dale
Classified Contracts Coordinator (Secondary Paras)
Email: adale@osd.wednet.edu

Cassie Lewis
Labor Relations/Classified Contracts Coordinator (OEAPA & OTPAA, Transportation, Maintenance, Grounds & Food Service)
Email: calewis@osd.wednet.edu

Thinking about retiring or resigning from OSD?

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At this time of year, the Human Resources department begins to receive numerous resignation/retirement notifications from employees. The district would like to assist in making the transition as easy as possible. A Notice of Separation form helps to ensure that your separation from the district is processed how you envision. Your last physical working day and/or your effective separation date (if different) can have an impact on the timing of your last paycheck, when your benefits will end (if applicable), and your retirement benefits (if applicable).

If you have decided to separate from service, please complete a Notice of Separation form and submit the completed form to the Human Resources Department for processing. Please note that the employee is still responsible for informing their building principal and/or supervisor.

For questions, please contact your HR contract specialist:

Cassie Lewis – calewis@osd.wednet.edu
OTPAA, OEAPA, and Teamster units (Food Services, Technology, Transportation, Custodians, Maintenance and Grounds)

Laura Emmillemmil@osd.wednet.edu
Elementary Paraeducators, Knox Paraeducators, Bus Monitors, Classified Administrators, and Non-Represented positions

Aja Daleadale@osd.wednet.edu
Secondary Paraeducators (including ORLA) and Coaches

Maureen Bakermbaker@osd.wednet.edu
OEA (Teachers & Itinerant Staff), Principals, and Certificated Administrators

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