Videos and photos requested for a documentary to honor Gordon Chamberlain’s life

Gordon Chamberlain, longtime OSD educator, surrounded by streamers in his office at OHSOn behalf of the family, Marla Williams, sister-in-law of longtime OSD educator Gordon Chamberlain who passed away on May 2, will be producing a documentary tribute to Gordon. She requests that anyone who is interested share their photos and their memories to help as she makes a short film about Gordon.

Marla asks that people search through their phones and files and shoeboxes for photos, cell phone or home movies, and other recordings they may wish to share. She welcomes short cell phone videos or voice memos and has set up dedicated folders in Dropbox and Google Drive to upload photos, voice recordings, music, or videos of Gordon.

Marla also welcomes short videos of “you telling a story about Gordon, or sharing a memory about him.” These could be recorded on any type of smartphone or camera and should be roughly 90 seconds or less.

She says, “Please know it may not be possible to include everything in the film tribute but be assured that all photos and recordings will be shared with the family and carefully saved as part of his tribute.”

Some things to consider when sharing photos or recordings:

  • Send items to the Dropbox or Google Drive folder by mid-June.
  • Send the highest quality image or recording possible.
  • When uploading, send the “original” size (instead of “optimizing” for email). The Dropbox and Google Drive folder will take very large files.
  • For all still photos, the larger the size the better – ideally above 1000×1000 pixels and in JPEG, PNG or TIFF format.
  • For sound or visual recordings, please send as Quick Time, .mov or MP4 files (preferably 90 seconds or less).
  • Remember to copy your photos or recordings to one or the other of these folders: Dropbox or Google Drive

If you have any questions or need technical help, please email Marla Williams directly at marla@nwpassages.net

Gordon was well known in the community, both as an educator in OSD for nearly 20 years and as a keyboard player in the Mick Hart and the Classic Vinyl Band. He retired last June after working as a dean and teacher at Olympia High School. He also worked in various other leadership roles in the Olympia School District, including assistant principal/dean at Capital High School and Reeves Middle School.

Gordon’s family thanks everyone in advance for sharing their memories.

Wednesday is the deadline to nominate colleagues for Employee Recognition Awards

Capital High School Special Education Team holding plaque engraved as The Dream. Team

Capital High School Special Education team, one of two winners of the 2018-19 “The DreamTeam” Employee Recognition Award. The District English Language Learner Program Team also won this award last year.

Don’t forget to nominate your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. We are asking that nominations be submitted by 4 p.m. this Wednesday, May 13 so that we can officially honor the winners at the Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held as an online Zoom meeting. This annual employee awards tradition has become a great way to honor the hard work of those around you!

Fill out and submit the online nomination form, which is sent to the Communications and Community Relations Department. If you have questions, please email the Communications and Community Relations Department at communications@osd.wednet.edu.

Nominations must be received by the Communications and Community Relations Department on or before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.

Thank you!

Fill out the online nomination form

Learn about Washington State Deferred Compensation Program on May 21 webinars

Person typing on a laptop computer

The Department of Retirement Systems’ Education & Outreach team will provide two live webinars covering the Washington State Deferred Compensation Program (DCP):

DCP essentials – Thursday, May 21, at 9 a.m.

This webinar will feature the fundamentals of DCP.  Content includes:

  • Minimum and maximum deferral amounts
  • Income tax reductions
  • Overview of investment approaches
  • How to make account changes
  • Withdrawal eligibility
  • And more!

DCP distributions – Thursday, May 21, at 12 p.m.

This webinar will dive deeper into distributions from DCP and answer the following questions:

  • When can I take distributions from my DCP account?
  • What are my withdrawal options?
  • Can I leave my money in DCP?
  • Can I complete a rollover or use my balance to purchase an annuity?
  • And more!

Please select the link of the webinar you would like to attend.  It is recommended to join the webinar about 10-15 minutes prior to the start to test your connection and sound.  It is also recommended participants review how to join a DRS Webinar for tips on accessing the webinar, audio, and sending questions. Please note that the audio comes through your computer, so you will need speakers or a headset.

If you are unable to attend either webinar,  you are invited to watch the DCP online video at your convenience.

Accessibility Tip of the Week: Additional benefits of captioning videos

This week Robert Hardy, our district website accessibility specialist, shares about the additional benefits of captioning video content. Please call Robert with any accessibility questions at (360) 280-5978. He is more than happy to talk by phone or schedule a time to meet with you.

Note: Robert Hardy is offering a Zoom training this Wednesday, May 13, about captioning videos (see information at end of this post).

Providing accurate captions is a necessary step in making most video content accessible. Like other elements of accessible design though, the benefits of captioning videos extend beyond just accessibility.

Captions within YouTube are translatable into dozens of languages using YouTube’s automatic translation tool. While not imperfect, these automatic translations provide greater access to our content. To enable translations, users can turn on the captions, go to settings, select the captions menu and then select Auto-translate.

YouTube Captions menu - Auto-translate is selected

Captioned videos are also easier for users to find. Google regularly crawls online content for their search results. Traditionally, video content has been very challenging for search engines to parse. By providing captions, Google is able to more accurately index the content, ensuring it shows up in users’ search results.

Captioned videos are also easier to search within. Rather than watch an entire video, users can use the transcript function within YouTube to skim through a video. To open the transcript tool, open the three-dot menu and select Open Transcript. This is particularly helpful when watching step by step guides.

YouTube video menu - Open transcript is selected

Finally, captions themselves are beneficial to everyone. Say, for instance, that you are staying in your home for several weeks with your entire family. Captions enable you, and all of your family members, to watch videos muted. In fact, up to 85% of videos watched on platforms such as Facebook are watched without sound.

If you are interested in posting accessible video content and creating captions using YouTube, you can attend this Wednesday’s (May 13, 2020) Enhancing the Accuracy of Automatically-Generated Captions workshop:

  • Meeting link
  • Time: 1-2 pm
  • Meeting ID: 913 4627 2957
  • Password: 012344

Thank you for your work in captioning videos and ensuring they are accessible! If you have any additional accessibility tips or questions, please reach out to Robert Hardy, the district’s website accessibility specialist at (360) 280-5978.

Information regarding Notice of Separation from the district

Any employee who will be resigning or retiring from the district will be required to complete a Notice of Separation form. This form will notify the Human Resources and Payroll departments of your decision to leave and will guide them on how to process your benefits and/or retirement upon your exit from the district.

Please note: Employees will still be responsible for submitting a resignation/retirement notice to their supervisor.

The form is located on the staff intranet in the Human Resources section of the Forms page. To access the staff intranet from the Olympia School District website, you must be signed into Google. Go to the Home page of the district website and click Login, then click the large red rectangle “Sign in with Google.”

Fill out the form

Please contact the Human Resources Department with any questions at knox-humanresources@osd.wednet.edu.

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8

Banner from National PTA that says I celebrate My Teacher! Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2020. #ThankATeacherTeacher Appreciation Week is being celebrated throughout the Olympia School District Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation at the April 20 school board meeting designating the week as Teacher Appreciation Week.

The proclamation states in part that teachers serve in partnership with parents to ensure the appropriate education for all children; provide opportunities for students to develop basic skills for success in life and work, connect with the world around them, and experience the realization of high expectations and the fulfillment of steps toward achievable goals; and inspire students to think strategically and to integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments.

Nominations due May 13 for Employee Recognition Awards

Capital High School Special Education Team holding plaque engraved as The Dream. Team

Capital High School Special Education team, one of two winners of the 2018-19 “The DreamTeam” Employee Recognition Award. The District English Language Learner Program Team also won this award last year.

It is that time of year again! We are ready to recognize our employees who make the Olympia School District a special place.

Please consider nominating any of your colleagues for an Olympia School District Employee Recognition Award. We are asking that nominations be submitted by Wednesday, May 13 so that we can officially honor the winners at the Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Olympia School Board meeting. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held as an online Zoom meeting. This annual employee awards tradition has become a great way to honor the hard work of those around you!

Fill out and submit the online nomination form, which is sent to the Communications and Community Relations Department. If you have questions, please email the Communications and Community Relations Department at communications@osd.wednet.edu.

Nominations must be received by the Communications and Community Relations Department on or before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13.

Thank you!

Fill out the online nomination form