Paraeducators: 12 Fundamental Courses of Study (FCS) requirements

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Attention Paraeducators!

Are you in need of fulfilling any of the 12 Fundamental Courses of Study (FCS) requirements? To see which courses you still need you can view your credits tab in Employee Access in Skyward and/or check in with your Human Resources representative. For elementary paraeducators, contact Laura Emmil at, for secondary paraeducators, contact Aja Dale at

The first day of FCS training will be on-site at Knox on March 2 for two separate course offerings:

The remaining FCS training dates and courses will be communicated in upcoming Educator Connections, so stay tuned!

February 17 is deadline to submit OEF grant application

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A limited amount of Olympia Education Foundation grant funding is available this school year for Olympia School District staff who work directly with students. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 17.

These grants, available via a simple application, are enhancing student learning, addressing opportunity gaps and funding opportunities that the district and individual schools cannot, including:

  • library and classroom books
  • musical instruments that are used in K-5 schools by all students
  • intervention tools for students who need assistance catching up as a result of the pandemic
  • art projects
  • school gardens
  • sensory tools to center students so they can engage in learning

Last month the Olympia Education Foundation Board of Trustees approved $38,400 in Teaching & LearningSEL/Mental Health and Browsers Books grants. This is in addition to the nearly $70,000 in grants approved in October.

You can find a list of grants awarded during the 2021-22 school year here. And you can learn more about how these grants are transforming students’ lives by watching this video.

Questions? Contact Olympia Education Foundation Executive Director Katy Johansson at

Remember to vote in November 8 General Election

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Ballots for the November 8, 2022 General Election have been sent to registered voters and must be mailed or dropped off in postage-free ballot drop boxes by Election Day to be counted.

While there are no Olympia School District measures or candidates on the November 8 election ballot, our district regularly shares election information with the community, including how to register to vote and a reminder to vote on Election Day.

Ballot drop boxes are open 24 hours a day during elections and will continue to accept ballots until 8 p.m. on Election Day. For a list of drop box locations in the Olympia School District, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division website.

There is still one more opportunity to register to vote or update your current voter registration for the November 8 General Election:

  • November 8, 2022: Register to vote or update your current voter registration in person only until 8 p.m. on Election Day November 8, 2022 at any county Auditor’s Office, voting center or any other designated location. The Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division is located at 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. S.W., Olympia, WA 98502.

To register to vote you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States.
  • Residing at your current address for a minimum of 30 days before Election Day.
  • A legal resident of Washington state.
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day. (Note: Citizens may pre-register to vote at age 16 and will be automatically eligible to vote and sent a ballot during the first election after their 18th birthday).

For additional voter registration information, visit the Thurston County Auditor’s Office Elections Division webpage. You may also call (360) 786-5408 or email For more information about ballot items, read the Thurston County Official Local Voters’ Pamphlet.

Please take Balanced Calendar interactive survey by noon on October 17

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The Olympia School District is continuing to consider the possibility of adjusting the school calendar to be more balanced, and has convened a new community committee (the Balanced Calendar Exploratory Committee or BCEC) to deepen our exploration of the idea.

A balanced calendar has the same number of school days (180) as our traditional calendar. The difference is that there could be more breaks added into the school year, which would then mean a summer break that isn’t so long.

Please let us know what you think about this idea by participating in this interactive survey.  There are just a couple of questions, and your thoughts will help the committee better understand what is truly important to our community. The deadline to complete the survey is 12 p.m. on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Thanks in advance for taking part!

For more information about the BCEC and work that was done last year, please visit the Balanced Calendar webpage on the OSD website.

Please take the survey

Most of Skyward unavailable July 1 and 19, 2022 for year-end maintenance

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The Student Information Systems and Child Nutrition Services departments will be conducting year-end processes on two dates in July.

Skyward will be unavailable on Friday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 19 for the following systems: Student Management, Family Access, Student Access and Educator Access. The system will be locked at 7 p.m. the night before each of these days. 

Note: Financial Management and Human Resources will remain unlocked and unaffected during these two dates.

Nearly 150 people attend OSD Annual Ice Cream Social

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Nearly 150 people, including OSD employees, families and friends attended the OSD Annual Ice Cream Social on May 23, 2022 in the Olympia High School Commons.

Guests enjoyed ice cream and toppings as they celebrated this year’s OSD retirees and school advocates, as well as the Olympia Education Association Teacher of the Year and Gary Brown Award winners.

The after-school event kicked off with a special surprise recognition: Superintendent Patrick Murphy welcomed Washington State Rep. Laurie Dolan to the podium and announced that starting this year, the school advocate awards will be presented in her honor as the “Laurie Dolan School Advocate of the Year Award.”

The event was captured on Facebook Live. View the video

Governor directs flags lowered to half-staff May 24 through May 30

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Governor Inslee directed on Tuesday afternoon, May 24, 2022, that Washington State and United States flags at all state agencies, including schools and support buildings, be lowered to half-staff immediately “in honor and remembrance of the victims who tragically lost their lives on May 24, 2022 at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.”

Flags should remain at half staff through Monday, May 30, which is Memorial Day. This federal holiday is in remembrance of those who lost their lives while serving in the country’s armed forces.

Flags return to full-staff at all OSD schools and support buildings on Tuesday, May 31.

Flags lowered to half-staff for two remembrances

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Gov. Jay Inslee directed earlier this week that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities, including schools and support buildings, be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of two individuals:

  • Flags are flying at half-staff today, Friday, March 25, 2022 in memory of Pierce County Deputy Sheriff Dominique Calata, who died in the line of duty on March 16. Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset today.
  • Flags were lowered to half staff on Wednesday, March 23 in honor and remembrance of former Secretary of State Madeleine Korbel Albright. Flags will return to full staff on Monday morning, March 28, 2022.

All flag lowerings are also posted at the top of the district Home page under Announcements.

Oly Bear preschool registration March 14-22 for OSD employees

Oly Bear Preschool registration opens on Monday, March 14 and continues through March 22, 2022 for OSD employees and their families.

Details about the preschool, including the ages served, tuition and more can be found on the OlyBear webpage on the Olympia High School website. For more information, please contact Preschool Director Shelly Wilson at or (360) 596-7021.

To register, download, fill out and return the Oly Bear registration form to Oly Bear preschool located at Olympia High School.

Author to speak at Capital HS Saturday, March 5

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Capital High School invites staff, families and the community to a presentation by author, speaker and educator Erin Jones on Saturday, March 5 at Capital High School.

Jones, author of the book “Bridges to Heal US, Stories and Strategies for Racial Healing,” will share information and strategies between 4 and 5:30 p.m. in the school’s Performing Arts Center, 2707 Conger Ave. N.W. in Olympia.

Tickets are not required; however, obtaining a ticket to this event will help the school anticipate an estimated turnout.