District News

Feedback sought on 3000 & 5000 Board Policy Series

The Olympia School Board welcomes feedback about policies that are currently being reviewed by the Citizen's Advisory Committee (CAC) - Policy Review. The Advisory Committee is made up of students, family members, staff and community members who are leading the work of the district policy review in preparation for adoption by the school board. ​ Feedback will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 20 through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2024 for the 3000 "Students" Policies and the 5000 "Personnel" Policies.
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OSD Teachers of the Year to be honored Feb. 22

Congratulations to this year’s Olympia School District Teachers of the Year: Centennial Elementary School PE teacher Kristen Draper, and Olympia High School Environmental and Physical Science teacher Heidi Heiser.
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Levy passing in early election returns

More than 67% of voters have approved Olympia School District’s Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy in the February 13, 2024 Special Election, according to early unofficial election results. ​ The first set of results released on election night show the measure received 9,187 yes votes (67.61%) compared to 4,397 no votes (32.36%). A levy requires 50 percent-plus one yes vote for approval. ​ “We are so grateful to Olympia School District voters who continue to support our students, staff and families,” said Superintendent Patrick Murphy. “We can’t thank the community enough for their partnership.”
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2024 Legislative Priorities

The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Olympia School District No. 111, Thurston County, Washington (the “District”) identifies that the Olympia School District will face funding shortfalls in the 2024-25 school year and beyond. The shortfalls are caused, in part, by long-term structural inequitable funding mechanisms and underfunded state or federal requirements. These shortfalls are exacerbated by enrollment declines.
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Spotlight on Success: January 2024

In our most recent edition of Spotlight on Success; Students honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – his work and his legacy, Social Media Roundup from around the District, OSD Fourth graders ‘Link Up’ with Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Theatre and Robotics, a partnership made for center stage, Jefferson Middle School is rowing it’s way to great health and much more!
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Oly Ed: Parent Education Series with parent coach Emily McMason

The Olympia Education Foundation is proud to present the 2023-24 Parent Education Series with parent coach Emily McMason. This yearlong parent education series is open to all Olympia School District families at no cost!
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Congratulations OSD Classified School Employees of the Year

Congratulations to Amy Long and Jairus Torres, two elementary school paraeducators named as this year’s Olympia School District Classified School Employees of the Year. ​ The employees learned of the honor during surprise announcements at impromptu after-school staff meetings. The news, shared by Superintendent Patrick Murphy, was greeted with applause, standing ovations and hugs. Board President Darcy Huffman also presented each of the honorees with flowers.
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School Facility Efficiency Review Update

The following is an update of work that has been done, as well as next steps, in the School Facility Efficiency Review process. ​ Background In late August 2023, the Olympia School Board received an analysis of enrollment trends and a long-term enrollment forecast from Flo Analytics in Seattle. That analysis showed that districtwide enrollment has declined in recent years and is projected to continue to decline by nearly 1,000 students over the next 10 years. The lower enrollment projected is due to a variety of factors, including housing trends and declining births — issues not unique to our district. View the complete Flo Analytics report posted on the district website.
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Guaranteed Admissions Program available for qualifying students

Olympia School District has partnered with the Guaranteed Admissions Program (GAP) and two private universities which provide increased access to college admissions. Juniors will receive information about the GAP program. Qualifying seniors will receive guaranteed admission letters for up to eight Washington state colleges and universities.
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