Nominate the next OSD Teacher of the Year

Directive to "Nominate the Next OSD Teacher of the Year"The Olympia School District is accepting nominations through Friday, February 15, for one or more staff members to be honored as OSD Teacher of the Year.

The program recognizes the work of teachers who have made a positive difference in their profession. 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 to be nominated.

Please complete the online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized based on who best exemplifies the following Teacher of the Year criteria (please include examples of the following in your nomination):

  • The teacher has the respect and admiration of their colleagues;
  • The teacher is an expert in their field who guides students of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve excellence;
  • The teacher collaborates with colleagues, students, and families to create a school culture of respect and success;
  • The teacher deliberately connects the classroom and key stakeholders to foster a strong community at large;
  • The teacher demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside of the classroom walls that embodies lifelong learning;
  • The teacher expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way.

The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to be considered for the regional Teacher of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Teacher of the Year selection process.

View the online nomination form

Spring Professional Development catalog is available on staff intranet

Numerous computers in what appears to be a computer lab or professional development classThe spring 2019 OSD Professional Development catalog is available on the staff intranet and features an extensive lineup of class offerings.

To log in to the staff intranet, remember to first click “login” near the top of the district Home page. On the next screen, click the large red “Sign in with Google” tab. Once signed in, click the Intranet heading on the Home page and scroll down the left pane to click Staff Development. Once the page opens, click the link for the Professional Development Catalog Spring 2019.

Capital HS presents “The Importance of Being Earnest”

Capital Productions poster giving dates, times and cost of the upcoming production The Importance of being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.Capital Productions proudly presents The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.

Set in 1895 England, this Victorian classic takes the audience on a hilarious ride through the manners of old British society. John Worthing (Cameron Sandison) is set on marrying Gwendolyn Fairfax (Ana Stan). The only problem is that she thinks his name is “Earnest.” When John’s friend Algernon (Brandon Ciampi) also decides to use the name “Earnest” to win over John’s ward, Cecily Cardew (Eleanor Dahman), confusion and conflict ensue.

This play serves as Oscar Wilde’s commentary of the elite society of his time through witty dialogue and outlandish characters.

  • Dates: January 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, and 26.
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Performing Arts Auditorium at Capital High School, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W, Olympia.
  • Cost: $8 for students and senior citizens; $10 for general admission.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Call the box office at (360) 596-8053 for more information.

For more information, contact Kristina Cummins at Ext. 8043.

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

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