Staff may earn clock hours for attendance at parenting workshops

Parent educator Candyce Lund Bollinger poses for the cameraThe Olympia School District is pleased to offer free parent education workshops with Candyce Lund Bollinger during the 2017-18 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. OSD staff will learn skills to help students succeed in the classroom.

Register for the workshops in pdEenroller, #48997.

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 October 20 for elementary teacher mini-grants

Information about $200 mini-grants for elementary teachersThe Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its $200 elementary teacher mini-grant program for the 2017-18 school year.

The deadline to apply for the elementary mini-grants is October 20, 2017. The grants are designed to provide an opportunity for elementary school teachers to enhance the education of their students.

The application is available on the Thurston County Retirees’ Association website.

For additional information, contact Jo Edwards at Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is a chapter of the Washington State School Retirees’ Association.

Introducing pdEnroller

The Olympia School District has joined ESD 113 to replace MyOSD with pdEnroller for staff development registration and tracking/purchasing of clock hours. This new platform is more user-friendly and will allow for easier tracking of your account history.

The first time you visit pdEnroller, you will need to activate your account.  Begin at the ESD 113 website → Classes and Workshops,

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Your MyOSD login and password were transferred into pdEnroller.  You should not need to create a new account, but some users of MyOSD logged in with personal email addresses.   It is preferable that you associate your pdEnroller account with your @osd email address. If you have forgotten your password, click on the prompt to reset your password.  You may also log in with an EDS account.

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After activating your account, pdEnroller may be accessed through the OSD website, the OSD portal, or by going directly to

For additional information, you may contact ESD 113 at 464-6700 or call Clare Tynan in the OSD Teaching & Learning Department at 596-8540.

Save the date for the Annual Ice Cream Social

Employees gather for the 2016 Annual Ice Cream Social

Employees gather at the 2016 Annual Ice Cream Social

Mark your calendars! The Olympia School District Annual Ice Cream Social is on Thursday, May 25.  The social takes place in the Capital High School Commons beginning at 4 p.m.

During the event, our school board will honor dedicated staff members who are retiring this year.  The Olympia Education Association will also recognize our Advocates of the year and honor one of our faculty members with the Teacher of the Year Award.

Staff and families are welcome to attend. We hope to see you all there!

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Jefferson MS teacher Jana Dean is featured in free webinar Thursday, April 13

Jana DeanJefferson Middle School math and science teacher Jana Dean will be featured in a free webinar on Thursday, April 13. Dean will share what she has learned about:

  • Why Singapore scores so high in math achievement
  • The Dutch roots of the most progressive math pedagogy in the world
  • What public schools in the U.S. have in common with public schools in South Africa

Join Dean in the 7 p.m. webinar as she recounts traveling last year to Hamburg, Germany to attend the 13th International Congress of Math Educators.

Register for the Webinar

The webinar is hosted by the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession.

Last fall, Dean was named a finalist for the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Read more about that honor in an article posted on the district website.

Educators invited to register for summer STEM teacher workshops

NNRI & FCD Summer WorkshopsThe Northwest Natural Resources Institute and the Franklin Conservation District are excited to announce their 2017 summer STEM teacher workshop schedule.

Workshops are offered in Olympia on July 10 and 11, as well as in other Washington cities throughout July and August. Earn STEM Washington state approved clock hours at no charge. Space is limited.

Click on the attached image of the 2017 STEM teacher workshop schedule to learn more about the offerings and how to register.


Congratulations OSD Teachers of the Year!

The Olympia School District has selected two educators to be honored as this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teacher of the Year.


OSD Elementary Teacher of the Year Nancy Hooper (center)

This year’s OSD Elementary Teacher of the Year is Nancy Hooper, a third-grade teacher at McKenny Elementary School.

Melissa Charette, a Developmental Learning Center (DLC) teacher at Washington Middle School, is this year’s OSD Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Hooper and Charette received engraved plaques and standing ovations at the Olympia School Board meeting on March 27.


OSD Secondary Teacher of the Year Melissa Charette (second from left)

The two educators were selected for the award from among 32 employee names submitted during a nomination process open in February to employees, students and the community. A selection committee made up of district staff, a community member and a school board member assumed the difficult task of reviewing the nominations of these outstanding individuals. The committee eventually decided on an elementary and a secondary OSD Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Dick Cvitanich and School Board President Eileen Thomson announced the winners and presented them with flowers in front of their colleagues during school staff meetings in April.

Both Hooper and Charette have the opportunity to participate in the regional Teacher of the Year award process. Winners selected at the regional level are then considered for the state Teacher of the Year honor.

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 for the Washington State Teacher of the Year recognition program.