April 14 is deadline to submit referrals for high capable services

Do you know a student who:

  • Thinks up unusual ways to solve difficult problems?
  • Generates and comprehends complex and abstract ideas?
  • Exhibits feelings and opinions from multiple perspectives?
  • Thinks logically and wants things to make sense?
  • Prefers the company of intellectual peers?
  • Is an expert who abstracts beyond the field?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, please consider referring that student for identification for highly capable services. Referrals may come from the community, teachers and/or parents/guardians. The referral window is open now for student identification for highly capable services and will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Interested K-12 families are welcome to visit our Olympia School District’s Highly Capable Program webpage for complete information regarding identification and services as well as access to the referral forms. Hard copies of referral forms can be found at your student’s school building as well as the Knox Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia. Curious what the steps for identification, and timeline, look like for this process? Details can be found here.

If you have questions, please contact the Highly Capable Program at: hcp@osd.wednet.edu.

Oly Bear preschool registration March 22-April 2 for OSD employees

Oly Bear Preschool registration is from March 22-April 2, 2021 for OSD employees and their families.

Details about the preschool, including ages served, tuition and more is on the OlyBear webpage on the Olympia High School website. For more information, contact Preschool Director Shelly Wilson at mlwilson@osd.wednet.edu or (360) 596-7021.

To register, download, fill out and return the Oly Bear registration form to Oly Bear preschool located at Olympia High School.

In-person hybrid learning expands to grades one and two February 22

Hybrid Learning Status Dial (Level 3), which is when the district is in hybrid and has brought back its youngest learners

In-person hybrid learning will expand to include grades one and two starting on Monday, February 22, 2021.

Note: Kindergartners at Lincoln Options and the Olympia Regional Learning Academy will also start in-person learning on February 22 at the same time as first graders.

Full-time distance learning will continue for families that have chosen to have their students learn remotely.

The expansion of hybrid in-person learning to include first and second graders follows the initial rollout of hybrid learning on February 1, 2021 to OSD preschoolers and kindergartners. Start dates for all other elementary, middle and high school grades are to be determined.

Be sure to visit the district website In-Person and Remote Learning Updates webpage for the latest updates and guidance.

Don’t forget to complete staff survey by 8 p.m. tonight, Dec. 4

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If you haven’t done so already, we want to remind and encourage all employees districtwide to complete a survey to share their thoughts about the effectiveness of the current remote learning model. We also ask that you answer questions that relate to general topics such as school/work climate, and cultural awareness and action. Survey responses will be anonymous. Data gathered will be used to inform planning going forward during the Pandemic response and gather baseline data to use as we strive to improve all workplaces in Olympia.

The deadline to complete this staff survey is 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, December 4.

  • Certificated staff onlyClick to take the survey
  • All other OSD employeesClick to take the survey (Note: For employees who work in support buildings, when you see questions that reference “school,” please answer as they relate to your support building site).

Shift to hybrid learning surveys sent to grades 1-12

On November 20, the district emailed families of students in grades 1-12 requesting they complete a form in Skyward Family Access indicating their preference for hybrid or full-time distance learning once the district is able to shift to a hybrid learning model. The surveys are due by Friday, December 4.

Staff interested in seeing questions and background information shared with families on the form may see the information on the staff Intranet. Be sure to log in to Google to access the staff Intranet. The forms, which are formatted sightly different in the Skyward Family Access tool but contain the same information, are posted on the Surveys webpage in the Communications department folder.

Interested in working toward your National Board certification this year?

National Board Candidate Information Sessions info including times and dates listed in accompanying article

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Hello teachers and counselors!

Are you considering working toward your National Board certification this school year? Unsure of where to start or what it will look like during remote learning? To learn more, please register to join one of two September webinars scheduled at 4 p.m. on September 10 and 29 on Zoom. The webinars are hosted by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (View OSPI flyer)

Do you need to renew your certification? Starting this candidate cycle, National Board will be implementing a new, five-year Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. If you are interested in attending WEA’s MOC Jump Start, please preregister here.

Looking for local National Board support throughout the school year? Usually, we facilitate a National Board cohort in Olympia but we know this upcoming school year is going to be unique. We aren’t sure what our National Board cohort will look like, but we hope to have enough interest to offer an opportunity for both new and renewal National Board candidates to come together to deepen their understanding of their own teaching with the guidance of trained facilitators. Please let one of us know asap if you are interested!

Teresa Bond, tbond@osd.wednet.edu
Stacy Brown, sbrown@osd.wednet.edu
Anita Roedell, aroedell@osd.wednet.edu
Erica Kinsel, ekinsel@osd.wednet.edu

Capital High math teacher Carol McKay wins prestigious national award

Carol McKay portrait photoCapital High School math teacher Carol McKay has been recognized nationally with the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

McKay is one of only two award winners statewide selected from a field of five finalists named last fall. She represents Washington state as the math award winner, while a Lynwood middle school teacher is the science honoree. Nationwide, there are 107 winners honored this year.

The veteran educator is also the second Olympia School District teacher to win the national honor in the past five years. Reeves Middle School teacher Jana Dean received the award in the 2016-17 school year.

“It has always been my goal to help all students have opportunities to be successful mathematicians and to learn to love mathematics as I do,” McKay said. “The Presidential Award is an incredible honor. It recognizes the challenging yet rewarding work I do alongside my talented colleagues, with the support of district leadership. This award reinvigorates my desire for ongoing professional growth and teacher leader opportunities. I am thankful for the support and encouragement of my family in this profession.”

The Olympia School Board will honor McKay at its next regular meeting on Monday, August 24. The virtual meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom, and the recognition will take place near the start of the meeting. Zoom meeting links will be posted on the district website the Friday before the board meeting.

Read more about Carol and this high honor

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EdCamp Oly set 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 21

Quasar Surprise, CTE and science teacher at Avanti High School, asked us to share the following:

What:  a discussion-based “unconference” in the EdCamp format. No keynote speakers, no PowerPoints, no homework. Learn more about EdCamps.

Who:  Secondary and Middle School paras and teachers in the Olympia area.  Others (administrators, TOSAs, etc.) welcome to attend but most participants will likely be teachers.

Where:  Register on PDEnroller — we will be using Zoom.

Why:  We know that educators are craving open dialogue in order to reflect on distance-learning from the past spring and start thinking about the fall (before we get overwhelmed!).  This EdCamp is for teachers by teachers with no agenda or set topics (we do have 2 anchor discussions planned: A Student Panel and Grading).  Bring an idea for a discussion room or just come with an open mind!

Check out our Landing Page for more details.

Spread the word and we hope to see you there!

IPGG grant applications open

close-up-of-text-on-table-248360The K-12 Teaching and Learning Department is pleased to announce the opening of  Individual Professional Growth Grants (IPGG) for the period of June 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020 (only courses completed during this time frame will be considered).

Grant Applications Closes: April 1, 2020 by 5 p.m.
Award Notifications:  June 1, 2020
Documentation of Personal Payment Due:  August 30, 2020 (final date for submission)

For IPGG applications to be considered applicants must:

Examples of Professional Development the IPGG Grants can fund:

  • Conference Registration Fees
  • Workshop Registration Fees
  • Tuition for Coursework
  • Fees for National Board Certification

Supports for writing the IPGG grant application:
IPGG Rubric: Rubric for Prompts and examples of Distinguished, Proficient, and Basic answers.

IPGG Application Writing Support Sessions
Stop by anytime between these hours and bring your laptop.

  • Thursday March 5 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.; Knox 111, Room 271
  • Monday March 23 from 3 – 4:30 p.m.; Knox 111, Room 271

The IPGG is only available to active members of the OEA bargaining unit.

For the complete IPGG grant information and to apply for the IPGG grant:
IPGG Application Packet

If you have further questions about the application process, please call or email Christa Hilinski at chilinski@osd.wednet.edu (360) 596-8545 or Anne Gallagher at agallagher@osd.wednet.edu  (360) 596-8544.