OSDEF is accepting grant applications; deadline is July 14 for fall grants

Official OSDEF logoThe Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) is accepting grant applications for the 2017-18 school year. Although applications may be submitted at any time of the year, if funds are needed for Fall 2017, an application must be sent to the OSDEF by July 14, 2017. Grants approved in August will be funded in September.

Grant requests will be evaluated based on commitment to the OSDEF mission: to provide programs and services to students and partners with teachers to enhance educational success and promote learning for all students of the Olympia School District.

Grant categories, guidelines and applications are available online on the OSDEF website. Questions may be directed to Bev Sperry in the OSDEF office. She can be reached by email at bsperry@osd.wednet.edu or at the office phone, (360) 596-6110. Bev is available during the summer months.

District to live broadcast several 2017 OSD graduations

Avanti HS Graduation 2016 Principal speaks to audienceCongratulations to the Class of 2017! If you are unable to attend graduations in person, you can cheer on your graduate online.

The following Olympia School District graduation ceremonies will be live-streamed on the district Facebook page. Family and friends from near and far can now partake in the festivities:

  • Avanti High School Graduation – Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m.
  • Capital High School Graduation – Tuesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Olympia High School Graduation – Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.

These live-streams will begin approximately 10-15 minutes prior to each graduation start time. To view the live-stream, make sure you follow us on Facebook.

Be sure to tell your friends and family!

Remember that all volunteers and visitors on campus need to sign in at front office

This time of year is often busy with volunteers and visitors helping at end-of-school events. This is a reminder it is best practice throughout the school year for all visitors and volunteers to enter the school through the main entrance near the school office. District Policy (5630P) requires that all volunteers and visitors must sign in when visiting schools. It is also important that volunteers and visitors wear an appropriate OSD visitor sticker or volunteer tag before going further into the building.

This applies to volunteers and visitors helping in classrooms, at school assemblies, at field day/fun runs, or other school activities.

This is also a reminder for employees to always wear their current OSD identification badges while on district grounds.

We appreciate your continued vigilance in keeping our schools safe.

Safety Tip of the Week: Storm Safety

Lightning in a residential neighborhood

This week Wendy Couture, the district’s safety and risk reduction manager, shares information from the American Red Cross about storm safety, especially what to do in the event of a thunderstorm. 

A thunderstorm is considered severe if it produces hail at least 1 inch in diameter or has wind gusts of at least 58 miles per hour. Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which kills more people each year than tornadoes or hurricanes. Heavy rain from thunderstorms can cause flash flooding, and high winds can damage homes and blow down trees and utility poles, causing widespread power outages.

Be prepared

  • Learn about your local community’s emergency warning system for severe thunderstorms.
  • Discuss thunderstorm safety and lightning safety with all members of your household.
  • Pick a safe place in your home for household members to gather during a thunderstorm. This should be away from windows, skylights and glass doors that could be broken by strong winds or hail.
  • Make a list of items to bring inside in the event of a severe thunderstorm.
  • Make trees and shrubbery more wind resistant by keeping them trimmed and removing damaged branches.
  • Protect your animals by ensuring that any outside buildings that house them are protected in the same way as your home.
  • Consult your local fire department if you are considering installing lightning rods.
  • Get trained in first aid and learn how to respond to emergencies.
  • Put together an emergency preparedness kit.

 How to respond during a thunderstorm

  • Listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio for emergency updates. Watch for signs of a storm, like darkening skies, lightning flashes or increasing wind.
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are likely to occur. Many people struck by lightning are not in the area where rain is occurring.
  • If a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, take shelter in a substantial building or in a vehicle with the windows closed. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds.
  • If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be in danger from lightning. If thunder roars, go indoors! The National Weather Service recommends staying inside for at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap.
  • Avoid electrical equipment and telephones. Use battery-powered TVs and radios instead.
  • Shutter windows and close outside doors securely. Keep away from windows.
  • Do not take a bath, shower or use plumbing.
  • If you are driving, try to safely exit the roadway and park. Stay in the vehicle and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rain ends. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that conduct electricity in and outside the vehicle.
  • If you are outside and cannot reach a safe building, avoid high ground; water; tall, isolated trees; and metal objects such as fences or bleachers. Picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT safe.

Stay safe

  • Never drive through a flooded roadway. You cannot predict how deep the water may be.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of severe thunderstorms.
  • Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or to local radio and television stations for updated information or instructions, as access to roads or some parts of the community may be blocked.
  • Help people who may require special assistance, such as infants, children and the elderly or disabled.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately.
  • Watch your animals closely. Keep them under your direct control.

Read more about thunderstorm safety from The American Red Cross, which has many helpful tools for emergency planning.

End-of-year computer procedures

Desk with laptop computer and other office tools

The following end-of-year computer procedures are provided by the district Technology Department.

Textbooks are turned in, chairs and desks line the hallways, your bulletin boards are bare, and you are waving goodbye to your students as the buses pull away. But what about your laptop and computer carts?  

Returning to your school next year?

You may take your laptop home with you for the summer or arrange with the Technology HelpDesk to store it. If you take it home with you, you are agreeing to abide by the OSD Acceptable Use Policy and are financially responsible for its care and security. Leave your document camera, classroom microphone, and related cords and remotes together in a classroom drawer or cupboard.

Changing schools within the district?

If you are moving to another school in the Olympia School District, you will take your laptop with you, along with its charging cord, dongle, and other computer peripherals. You may take your laptop home with you for the summer or arrange with the HelpDesk to store it. Leave your document camera, classroom microphone, and related cords and remotes together in a classroom drawer or cupboard.

Retiring or moving to another district?

If you are not returning to the Olympia School District, please call the HelpDesk x6172 to arrange return of your laptop, along with charging cord, dongle, and any other computer peripherals. Leave your document camera, classroom microphone, and related cords and remotes together in a classroom drawer or cupboard.

What about the computer carts and desktops in my classroom?

Fully charge and then unplug COWs and Chromebook carts. Lock carts and store them for the summer in a locked room. OSD techs will plug in the carts in late August, but you should also check that the device charges before passing them out for student use.

OSD techs will disassemble lab and library desktops. Place classroom machines on countertops or leave in place, with cords and keyboards available.

Farewell gathering for Superintendent Cvitanich tomorrow, June 1

All employees and community members are invited to drop by the Knox Administrative Center board room anytime between 4 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, to bid farewell to Superintendent Dick Cvitanich. After five years in Olympia, he will retire at the end of June.

This farewell is a casual drop-in format with no program, so feel free to stop by anytime to wish him well. Light refreshments will be served.

Thank you, and hope to see you on June 1 at the Knox Administrative Center, 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia.

Graduation dates and guest information

Photo of Avanti HS 2016 graduation capGraduation season is upon us! The following are a list of this year’s graduation dates, times and locations, as well as information about which ceremonies are open to all district employees to attend. Congratulations to the many staff around the district who have worked over the years with students in the Class of 2017!

Thursday, June 8
Avanti High School, 6 p.m., Knox Administrative Center: The auditorium has limited space, so if district staff are interested in attending, they need to contact the Avanti HS office at 360-596-7900 to inquire about tickets.

Friday, June 9
Transition Program, 7 p.m., Knox Administrative Center: This graduation is open to all district staff (no ticket needed for staff members with their OSD ID badge). Teachers and other staff who have worked with Transition Program students throughout their time in the district are encouraged to attend. Reception to follow, in the board room.

Tuesday, June 13
Capital High School, 7 p.m. St. Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion: This graduation is open to all OSD staff (no ticket needed for staff members with their OSD ID badge). Only OSD Staff with their badge will be able to sit in a special section next to the Capital High School staff.

Wednesday, June 14
Olympia High School, 7 p.m., St. Martin’s University Marcus Pavilion: District employees interested in attending this graduation are welcome, on a space available basis, and need to R.S.V.P. to Wendy Rae at wrae@osd.wednet.edu if interested in attending. Employees who attend need to wear their OSD ID badge and tell the usher they are to sit in the faculty/staff section.

Thursday, June 15
Olympia Regional Learning Academy, 6 p.m., Indian Summer Country Club: Due to limited space at this venue, the ORLA graduation is not open to all district employees.