Kudos to this week’s Everyday Hero

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday 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 Hero
Miguel Hernandez, Custodian, Capital High School

I would like to nominate Miguel Hernandez of the Capital High School custodial department. As the head custodian, I can tell you that I would not have survived this summer, if it wasn’t for the relentless work ethic of Miguel. He kept things moving forward with a ferocious tenacity that is rarely seen. 

His ability to scope out what needs to be done, without being told, is downright magical. We are honored to have him to keep things moving forward.
Submitted by Mark Carras, Head Custodian, Capital High 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.

Register to vote for the November General Election

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Thurston County residents may register to vote online, by mail or in person for the November 2, 2021 General Election.

There are two Olympia School Board positions on the ballot:

  • Mark Boyer and Darcy Huffman are vying for the District 3 seat that will be vacated by Director Leslie Huff.
  • Scott Clifthorne and Don Mitchell are running for the District 5 position, currently held by Scott Clifthorne.

Election ballots are scheduled to be mailed on October 7, 2021.

The following are voter registration deadlines for the upcoming General Election:

  • October 25, 2021: Last day to register to vote or update your current voter registration by any means other than in person.
  • November 2, 2021: Register to vote or update your current voter registration in person and drive-thru only until 8 p.m. on Election Day November 2. In-person/drive-thru voter registration is done at the Thurston County Elections Division, 2400 Evergreen Park Dr. S.W., Olympia.

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 elections@co.thurston.wa.us.

Grants available from Thurston County School Retirees’ Association

Applications are being accepted for the Thurston County School Retirees’ Association Elementary, Middle School and High School Mini-Grant for 2021-22. Grants are provided for school employees to acquire materials or provide experiences for their students above and beyond what is paid for by district funds.

This year, members are eligible for awards of up to $500 and non-members are eligible for up to $250. Applications can be found and submitted online at www.wssra-units.org/thurstoncounty.

Applications must be received by October 13, 2021.

OSD adult meal prices change for 2021-22

The 2021-22 OSD adult meal prices have changed this year. Prices are:

  • Adult Breakfast $2.90
  • Adult Lunch $4.75
  • Milk price remains the same at $.60

As a reminder, the Olympia School District will continue to offer free meals to all children through the 2021-22 school year as part of an extension of federal program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates

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View the latest COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols, including a list of frequently asked questions and links to the most current local and state COVID-19 resources, on the In-Person and Remote Learning Updates page on the OSD website.

This page also includes links to two new videos, each just over a minute in length, focusing on COVID-19 Health and Safety protocols in our schools.

Oly Bear preschool openings

There are still openings in the morning and afternoon Oly Bear preschool classes at Olympia High School. The morning session is from 8:45 a.m. until noon, and afternoon sessions are from 12:30 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

To register, please email Preschool Director Shelly Wilson at mlwilson@osd.wednet.edu.

New version of Return to Work Safety Plan posted on website

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Read the latest version (Version 5.21) of the OSD COVID-19 Pandemic Return to Work Safety Plan. The most current version of the plan is posted on both the staff Intranet and on the district website. Be sure to bookmark the link above for easy access. For those who prefer to visit the webpages where it is posted, the plan is shared in the following locations:

The latest updates to the plan include:

  • Page 1: Language added at the end of first paragraph noting the use of volunteers and outside of school activities will be limited.
  • Page 5: Update to Isolation Room location at ORLA.
  • Page 8: Update noting COVID-19 attestation is no longer a requirement. References to wellness checks/attestations have also been removed elsewhere in the document.
  • Page 11: Link added to the most current Thurston County Public Health and Social Services COVID-19 Student and Employee pathway.

SSC launches new work order system

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The Support Service Center (SSC) has launched a new work order system, effective August 30. As a result, School Dude Maintenance Direct is no longer available to enter work orders.

Access to the new work order system, called Asset Essentials, is open to custodial staff, maintenance and grounds staff, building administrators, and Knox 111 department administrators. They have each been set up with a Dude Solutions account to enter work orders. Please contact your supervisor if you need to submit a work order.

New Everyday Heroes: Congratulations!

Everyday Heroes Logo with the words: Celebrating OSD Employees

Everyday 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
Matthew Murdock, Electrician, Paul Sierra, HVAC Technician, and Derek Kramer, HVAC Technician, Support Service Center

Garfield would like to recognize Matthew Murdock, Paul Sierra and Derek Kramer from the Electrical/HVAC OSD Team. They promptly came to fix our Reader Board problem and discovered other issues in our building that needed to be fixed.  Thank you for taking such good care of our school!!
Submitted by Brendon Chertok, Principal, and Michell Orwig, Office Manager, 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.

Foundation provides free Internet access for students who qualify

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The Olympia School District Education Foundation will continue to provide Internet Essentials to any student who qualifies for free and reduced-price meals and resides in a Comcast service area.

Through Dec. 31, 2021, any debt the family might owe Comcast will not be a barrier to qualification. (After that date, with your building principal’s prior approval, the Principal’s Emergency Fund may be used to pay down or pay off that debt.)

Interested families may reach out to the Foundation at info@osdef.org or (360) 596-6110.