Staff invited to free workshop February 22

All staff districtwide are invited to attend a free workshop on February 22 on “The Impact of Hearing Loss on School-Age Children.”

The Impact of Hearing Loss on School-Age Children

Knox Administrative Center 
Wednesday, February 22: 4-6 PM

This workshop will cover numerous aspects regarding the education for a deaf and hard-of-hearing child.  Audiology, appropriate accommodations, social/emotional support, American Sign Language, speech and English language support, curriculum and assessment will be discussed.  There will be several presenters, each with many years experience with deaf and hard-of-hearing students.  Come and bring any questions you may have.

Voicemail upgrade complete; reminder to reset personal greeting and passcode

Below is an email sent by the Technology department to all employees on December 27 announcing the school district’s voicemail system upgrade is complete. The email also included directions for how employees can reset their voicemail and passcode.

To all OSD Staff,

We have completed the upgrade to our new voicemail system. All voicemail boxes have had the greeting reset to the factory default, and the voicemail password has been set to the phone extension number. Please dial into your voicemail at your earliest convenience to record your name and greeting, as well as select a new passcode. The new system can be accessed from anywhere by dialing 360-596-3334, or by pressing the voicemail button on your district phone.

Due to some technical difficulties, we were unable to migrate old voicemails from the old system to the new one. The old system is currently active and reachable at 360-596-3333 so that any remaining messages can be retrieved.

If you have any questions or need assistance with accessing your voicemail, please contact the Helpdesk at x6172.


Dave Baird
Technology Department

October is Disability History Month

In recognition of Disability History Month, Kari Lewinsohn, executive director of Student Support, has encouraged staff to visit online links to access information about Disability History Month and disability awareness. Several weeks ago in this blog, we featured information and the link to the Disability History Museum.

This week, be sure to take a look at a Disability Awareness Activity Packet that outlines activities and resources for teaching students about disabilities.

Una celebración de familias set Nov. 3 at Knox Administrative Center


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Una celebración de familias will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in the Knox Administrative Center Boardroom.

The event is geared toward Spanish-speaking families to learn about Skyward Family Access and other local services and resources available in the Olympia community. Pizza and refreshments will be available to all attendees.

Community organizations attending include:

  • South Sound Reading Foundation, donating books in Spanish and English to families.
  • Centro Integral Educativo de Olympia (CIELO), providing education, social services and cultural activities for Spanish-speaking and underserved communities of South Puget Sound.
  • Thurston County Public Health, offering no-cost flu immunizations (ages 3-18 years).
  • Choice Network, providing information about affordable health care.
  • Hands on Children’s Museum, giving away free passes to the museum.
  • YMCA of Olympia, giving away free passes to the local YMCAs.


Disability History Museum

In recognition of Disability History Month, Kari Lewinsohn, executive director of Student Support, encourages staff to visit the “Disability History Museum.”

The Disability History Museum is a virtual project that aims to provide site visitors, including people with and without disabilities, with tools “to help deepen their understanding of human variation and difference, and to expand appreciation of how vital to our common life the experiences of people with disabilities have always been.”

Its mission, as printed on the museum website, is to “foster a deeper understanding about how changing cultural values, notions of identity, laws and policies have shaped and influenced the experience of people with disabilities, their families and their communities over time.”

Visit the Disability History Museum