Congratulations to our newest Everyday Heroes. Kudos to you!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesEveryday Heroes is a regular feature in this staff blog. Remember to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Give a shout out to one of your colleagues at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.

Here are our newest honorees:

Everyday Heroes
Several Support Service Center Employees

I would like to recognize several colleagues working out of our Support Services Center. Having had many opportunities to call upon their skill and support, I want to give a shout-out to: Jeff Smith, Darin Pfaff, Devin Guy, Ben Amidon, Ben Swick, Theresa Jones, Cory Greene, Rod Greene and Matthew Murdock. These individuals have been responsive to emergent needs at Garfield. Each time I have requested their help they arrive soon, ready to understand our needs and always come with a positive attitude. I personally appreciate their patience and ability to explain very technical problems in a way that I understand. They keep our school safe, looking good and ready for both students and staff. On behalf of the Garfield community, I want to thank these individuals for being an important part of our community.
Submitted by Brendon Chertok, principal at Garfield Elementary School

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (communications@osd.wednet.edu) a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
  • Write Everyday Heroes in the subject heading of the email.
  • Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
  • Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
  • Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.

All submissions will be posted in this blog on a weekly basis and archived each week.

We can’t wait to hear about all of our Everyday Heroes, because we know that every day our teachers, bus drivers, child nutrition staff, custodial employees, paraeducators, school and district office staff, and others are doing amazing work on behalf of students.

 

Common Sense PD and Certification for OSD Educators

Common Sense Certification for OSD Educators is a self-paced, supported pathway toward integration of digital citizenship awareness and practices into your instruction.

Earn up to 6.5 hours of compensation and clock hours as you develop digital citizenship and media literacy resources for your school community.

Attend one of these 30-minute orientation sessions to get started:

Spring cohorts will be listed in pdEnroller soon.

New one-page accessibility guides posted on district website

Hands using keybaord to communicate to accompany article about worksheets that direct staff to learn how to create accessible documents.As part of the district’s ongoing efforts to further enhance the accessibility of our content and engage more of our community, the Communications Department has put together a series of one-page guides on authoring accessible content.

These guides are available on the district’s Website Accessibility Resources page, and currently cover:

These guides are not definitive, but they cover the steps involved in authoring and publishing most content in an accessible format. If you have feedback, or suggestions for other guides, please send them to RHardy@osd.wednet.edu.

Learn how to create a teacher webpage on October 22

Caron Stehr webpage example showing classroom news for the week of Oct 1-5 and a photo of a student at the school's Harvest FestivalCertificated staff interested in creating a teacher webpage on their school’s website are invited to attend a two-hour class on October 22. During the class, teachers will learn how to use the tool to create content, post photos and more. Note: This is not a Schoology training.

The SchoolMessenger teacher website training is from 4 to 6 p.m. in Computer Lab 308 at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia. Please bring your district-issued laptop. Desktop computers and Chromebooks will also be available.

If you have not already watched the 1.5 hour Website Accessibility Webinar, you will need to do so prior to the training. The webinar is located in Safe Schools under the “Policy” section. Safe Schools can be accessed through the OSD Portal.

To sign up for the class, go to pdEnroller and search for event #83355 in the “Olympia” region. The event title is “SchoolMessenger Webpage Training for Teachers.” Teachers who take this two-hour training on how to create a teacher webpage and watch the 1.5 hour Website Accessibility webinar may use Technology Professional Development hours for 2018-19, General Staff Development hours for 2018-19, or Curriculum Rate at the 2018-19 school year rate. Time slips will be provided at the end of the training.

Please note, staff may only be paid once for the 1.5 hour Website Accessibility Webinar. Also, teachers who have already taken the 2-hour Teacher Page Training and want to take it again as a refresher may use Technology PD or Staff PD, but not Curriculum Rate, for reimbursement.

Meet our new OSD Everyday Hero

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD EmployeesThank you to all who continue to submit names of employees districtwide who have done something deserving of encouragement and praise. Remember to give a shout out to one of your colleagues at your school or support building and watch for it to appear in an upcoming Everyday Heroes blog post.

Here is our latest honoree:

Everyday Hero
Todd Thornton, Custodian, Roosevelt Elementary
“Todd, you are a rock star custodian! You keep our building clean, neat, and in excellent repair. Every day you come to work with a positive attitude. Whenever we need something, our requests are met with a smile and a timely response. While you already have more than enough work to do, you frequently go above and beyond your expected duties, often anticipating our needs and taking care of things before we even ask! You look out for everyone in the building, including students and staff. Our building has never looked so good, and the credit for that goes to you and your custodial staff. Thank you for working so hard for our school and doing such a great job. You are an important part of what makes Roosevelt such a great place to be.”
Submitted by Jean Schuna

How to nominate an Everyday Hero

  • Email the Communications and Community Relations Department (communications@osd.wednet.edu) a few sentences, and no more than 200 words, about why the person deserves recognition. It’s easiest to write as if speaking directly to the colleague, such as “Thank you for helping with…” or “I really appreciated when you…”
  • Write Everyday Heroes in the subject heading of the email.
  • Include your first and last name as the person submitting the comments.
  • Include the first and last name of the OSD employee you are recognizing.
  • Include the job title and work location (school or department) of the person you are recognizing.

Roosevelt classroom mini-building ribbon cutting is Monday, April 30

Exterior of new Roosevelt Elementary two-story classroom mini-buildingThe newly constructed two-story Roosevelt Elementary classroom mini-building opened its doors to students on Friday, April 20 and will be the site of a dedication ceremony on Monday, April 30.

The community is welcome to join Roosevelt Elementary students and staff, Superintendent Patrick Murphy, school board members, district staff, and the architect and contractor in a ribbon-cutting ceremony starting at 4 p.m. on April 30.

Guests are welcome to walk through the new classroom building following the ribbon cutting.

Roosevelt Elementary is the third of five two-story classroom mini-buildings to open its doors. Construction continues on the McLane and Centennial elementary school mini-buildings, approved by voters as part of the 2016 school bond. Pioneer Elementary School’s mini-building opened in January, followed by Hansen Elementary’s two-story classroom addition in March.

Each of the mini-buildings has eight classrooms, a music room, a commons/general classroom space for multiple uses, small learning areas between classrooms for small-group teaching and learning, a musical instrument storage area, and an administrative office and storage area. Each building also has a covered walkway connecting it to the main school building at each site, an elevator, two sets of stairs, and restrooms on each floor.

Exterior finishes and colors are designed to coordinate with the main one-story school buildings on the same campus.