Olympia Garden Club seeks applicants for educator grant worth up to $500

Three pots of sprouting hyacinth bulbs

The Olympia Garden Club is offering a grant of up to $500 to elementary, middle or high school teachers interested in enhancing their horticultural or environmental science curriculum. Grants will be awarded after applications are reviewed.

Who should apply?

  • Elementary or middle school teachers
  • High school horticulture teachers (ecology, dendrology, floriculture, landscape design/management, environmental science or related subject)

The grant must be used to enhance your horticultural or environmental science curriculum.

Application deadline is Friday, March 29, 2019.

Download and fill out grant application

Tips for certificated staff to prepare for launch of Schoology Parent Access on November 30

Infographic showing four ways to make the most of Schoology Parent Access, including add due dates and events to the calendar; use course updates; create a folder of course documents; and make a page about you and your contact infoA reminder that Schoology Parent Access will be made available for families starting on Friday, November 30.  Schoology Parent Access allows parents/guardians to view their child’s course activity, as well as materials and information posted by the teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Sharyn Merrigan, Bob O’Donnell or the OSD Help Desk at Ext. 6172.

Parents/guardians will be able to:

  • View their own child(ren)’s courses and groups.
  • View their own child(ren)’s profile, including blog, portfolio and badges.
  • View their own child(ren)’s Schoology calendar to see assignments and events.
  • View their own child(ren)’s activity in courses or groups.
  • View teacher provided materials, posts and comments in their own child(ren)’s courses.
  • View media albums.
  • View tests/quizzes if they are visible to students.
  • Sign up to receive a daily or weekly emailed report of their child(ren)’s work in Schoology.
  • Sign up to receive notifications if an assignment is overdue.

Parents/guardians will not be able to:

  • View scores and grades.
  • Interact with materials.
  • Complete assignments or assessments.
  • Add posts or comments.
  • View posts or comments added by other students.
  • View student or teacher Google files (depending on share settings).

In anticipation of Schoology Parent Access, staff should:

  • Review posted course materials for personal information about students (i.e. full names, photos).
  • Review posted course materials to ensure accessibility compliance.
  • Ensure that test/quiz visibility settings are as expected.
  • Ensure all photos or videos posted that show or name students have FERPA approval.
  • Ensure that Media Albums (a material type) contain files uploaded by the teacher only.
  • Unpublish or delete Media Albums that contain files uploaded by students due to visibility problem (Note: students may share files through Discussion posts instead, as parents will only see their own child’s work).

Once Schoology Parent Access is enabled, teachers/course admin will be able to view their courses as a parent by clicking on Course Options –> View course as [parent]

On November 30, parents/guardians will receive an informational email from the OSD Communications Department, followed shortly by an email from Schoology informing them of their provisioned account log-in information.

To learn more and see examples of communication about Schoology Parent Access that will be sent to families, see an email sent to OSD certificated employees on November 5 from Instructional Technology.

See course offerings in Winter 2018 Professional Development Catalog

Icebergs against a blue sky to illustrate winter professional development catalog offeringsLearn about professional development opportunities happening within the Olympia School District in December, January and February in the newly released Professional Development Catalog Winter 2018.

Note: Employees must be signed in to OSD Intranet to view the catalog. To do so, go to the district website Home page. At the top of Home page, click the “Login” icon, then the red and white “Sign in with Google” icon. In the white menu bar of headings listed near the top of the page, click “Intranet.” Go to “Departments,” then “K-12 Teaching & Learning,” and you will find both the fall and winter professional development catalog links on the landing page.

Catalog offerings may be searched by department or within a monthly calendar listing. Each event description provides a link for registration.

If  interested in signing up for November professional development opportunities, search the Professional Development Catalog Fall 2018.

Applications due Oct. 19 for elementary teacher mini-grants

Thurston County School Retirees Association elementary school mini-grants explanation sheetThe Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its elementary teacher mini-grant program for the 2018-19 school year.

The deadline to apply for the elementary mini-grants is October 19, 2018. The grants are designed to provide an opportunity for elementary school teachers to enhance the education of their students.

Fill out the one page application, which is also available on the Thurston County School Retirees’ Association website.

For additional information, contact Jo Edwards at fastwalker1000@comcast.net.

Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.

Staff may earn clock hours for attendance at parenting workshops

Parent educator Candyce Lund Bollinger works with children at a workshop, one of many offered in the district and described in accompanying articleThe Olympia School District is pleased to offer free parent education workshops with Candyce Lund Bollinger during the 2018-19 school year. Workshops will be offered on a variety of topics, each geared to elementary or middle and high school parents.

Staff may earn clock hours for attendance at the two-hour workshops, which are offered on a variety of dates throughout the year (minimum of three hours of attendance to qualify for clock hours).

Each workshop is held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA). OSD staff will learn skills to help students succeed in the classroom. Visit the Parenting Workshop page for a full list of workshops.

Register for the workshops in pdEnroller, #82987.

Bollinger is a parent educator and private parenting counselor in Washington State and has been practicing for more than 35 years. She provides classes and consultations for schools, colleges, civic groups, private organizations and has a private practice. She is the mother of four children and has two grandchildren.

Applications due Oct. 19 for elementary teacher mini-grants

Thurston County School Retirees Association elementary school mini-grants explanation sheetThe Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its elementary teacher mini-grant program for the 2018-19 school year.

The deadline to apply for the elementary mini-grants is October 19, 2018. The grants are designed to provide an opportunity for elementary school teachers to enhance the education of their students.

Fill out the one page application, which is also available on the Thurston County School Retirees’ Association website.

For additional information, contact Jo Edwards at fastwalker1000@comcast.net.

Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.