Secondary teachers invited to apply for $250 mini-grants by January 13, 2020

Thurston County Secondary Mini Grant applicationThe Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its annual $250 middle and high school teacher mini-grants.

The deadline to apply for the mini-grants is January 13, 2020. The grants are designed “to provide an opportunity for school employees to acquire materials or provide experiences for their students above and beyond what is paid for by district funds. The materials or experiences should supplement and enhance building or district goals.”

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

As a reminder, OSD staff interested in applying for grants should make sure their principal is aware of the request and that the request supports and does not supplant curriculum. If there are online elements to the grant request, please also be mindful of accessibility and confidentiality requirements.

Download the application
Learn more about the mini-grant program

Applications due Oct. 25 for elementary teacher mini-grants

Elementary School Mini Grant Information FlyerThe Thurston County School Retirees’ Association is accepting applications for its elementary teacher mini-grant program for the 2019-20 school year.

The deadline to apply for the elementary mini-grants is October 25, 2019. The grants are designed to provide an opportunity for elementary school teachers to enhance the education of their students.

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.

OSD staff interested in applying for grants should make sure their principal is aware of the request and that the request supports and does not supplant curriculum. If there are online elements to the grant request, please also be mindful of accessibility and confidentiality requirements.

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

Learn more about National Board Certification at summer jump starts

Numerous computers in what appears to be a computer lab or professional development classBelow is a message from Stacy Brown to those interested in National Board certification:

Are you curious about National Board certification? Have you already committed to pursuing certification but are looking for support? Are you up for renewal of your certification?

Becoming (and renewing) a National Board Certified Teacher is an excellent way to improve any and all facets of your teaching. It is a reflective process that fulfills professional development in many areas. It even allows you to keep and renew your Teaching Certificate without worrying about clock hours, and don’t forget we still have a very nice state stipend for NBCTs!

If you are beginning or continuing your National Board journey, we encourage you to attend a Jump Start event this summer.

Washington Jump Start Events will be held:

  • June 25-28 in Pasco
  • July 29-Aug 1 in Vancouver
  • Aug 5-8 in Auburn

Oregon Jump Start Events will be held:

  • July 16-19 in Salem
  • July 22-25 in Medford
  • Aug 5-8 in Bend

AND we invite you to come to our cohort informational meeting here in the fall.

WHEN: 7:15 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
WHERE: Olympia High School Choir Room

We facilitate cohorts to support candidates working toward certification, as well as those working toward renewal. This will be a 30-minute informational meeting. We will introduce our trained facilitators, talk about what kind of support we offer in our cohort and explain how the National Board process works. Our cohort is open to both Olympia School District and out-of-district educators.

Review the tentative schedule for cohort meetings. You will receive notification soon with a live link and information on how to register.

Please contact us with any questions you may have:

We look forward to meeting you!

Registration for Summer School is underway

Sign reading Summer School with sun graphic in backgroundRegistration for Summer School is underway! Classes begin on Wednesday, June 26.

High School Summer Program

  • Grades 9 – 12, including select courses for incoming 9th graders.
  • Registration started June 3, 2019.
  • All courses utilize computer-based instruction and students have the choice to work remotely or at school; however, assessments must be taken at ORLA.
  • Attendance is mandatory for first 2 days of course start & test taking only.

For all summer school related information, including courses, visit our Summer School webpage on the district website.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10

Superintendent Patrick Murphy hands OEA President Adam Brickell copy of Teacher Appreciation Week proclamationTeacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation at the April 22 school board meeting designating the week as Teacher Appreciation Week. Murphy presented a copy of the proclamation to Olympia Education Association President Adam Brickell, who accepted it on behalf of teachers throughout the district.

The proclamation states in part that teachers serve in partnership with parents to ensure the appropriate education for all children; provide opportunities for students to develop basic skills for success in life and work, connect with the world around them, and experience the realization of high expectations and the fulfillment of steps toward achievable goals; and inspire students to think strategically and to integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments.

Copies of the proclamation will be posted in schools and support buildings throughout the district the week of May 6-10.

Board recognizes Teachers of the Year and National Board Certified Teachers

The Olympia School Board recognized this year’s Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year, the new National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT), as well as those who have renewed their NBCT certification during the March 11 school board meeting.

Teachers of the Year

Three OSD Teachers of the Year pose after being honored by school board

The board recognized:

Olympia School District Elementary Teacher of the Year: Devin Alexander, reading intervention specialist at LP Brown Elementary School. Alexander has worked at LP Brown Elementary since 2006.

Olympia School District Secondary Teachers of the Year: Lorraine Manning and Marion Sheridan, Special Education Life Skills teachers at Olympia High School. Manning joined the district in 1996 and has worked at both Olympia and Capital high schools. Sheridan started in 1998 and has worked at Olympia High School ever since.

National Board Certified Teachers

School board poses for photo with new and renewed National Board Certified TeachersThe NBCT recognition began with two OSD educators providing an overview of the process to become certified and to renew certification. Erica Kinsel, an Olympia High School teacher, a Regional NBCT facilitator and a facilitator of the Olympia NBCT cohort teamed with Cindy Johnson, a Pioneer Elementary School teacher who is currently going through the NBCT renewal process.

The school board recognized:

  • New NBCTs: Emily Hamilton of McLane Elementary School, Amy Hill of Pioneer Elementary School (on leave this year) and Marisa Castello of Olympia High School.
  • Renewals: Tania Albert, Kelly Boyer and Kristen Soderberg of Olympia High School; Charleen Hayes and Trisha Douay of LP Brown Elementary School; Melissa Johnston-Cota of Capital High School; and Candyce Burroughs and Jodi Boe of Washington Middle School.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!

Professional Development Opportunity: Register for social emotional learning presentation March 26

Social Emotional Learning: Not just one more thing to add to the plate; it IS the plate.

SEL presentation invite for Tuesday March 26 featuring TOY Robert Hand and Ryan Healy. All registration information is in accompanying article.Director of Teaching and Learning Anne Gallagher shares the following information about a presentation March 26 at the Knox Administrative Center by 2019 Washington State Teacher of the Year Robert Hand (Mount Vernon) and 2019 Regional Teacher of the Year Ryan Healy (Yelm).

Education is pivoting away from an exclusive focus on test results in reading and math to a more balanced approach that acknowledges the whole child and helps students learn how to build skills, relationships and community. Social emotional learning is no longer just something else to add to the plate; it is the plate. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore with Teachers of the Year Robert Hand (Mount Vernon) and Ryan Healy (Yelm) how we can weave SEL throughout the day and into every classroom. You’ll leave energized and with practical tips and activities for your building and classroom!

When: Tuesday, March 26th from 4-5:30 p.m.
Where: Knox Administrative Center Board Room
Who Should Attend: Anyone in the Olympia School District who works with students!
RegistrationpdEnroller event #86815