Jefferson teacher is finalist for national award

Jefferson Middle School math teacher Jana Dean is one of six teachers selected as a state-level finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).

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Avanti High named a School of Distinction

Avanti High School joins an elite group of less than 100 schools statewide that have been named a School of Distinction for being among the top 5 percent of highest improving schools.

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Nominations open for Classified School Employee of the Year

The Olympia School District is accepting nominations for one or more staff members to be honored as Classified School Employee of the Year. The program recognizes the work of classified staff members who have made a positive difference in their profession. All school and support building employees who are categorized as “Classified” staff are eligible for nomination. Nominees should be employees who consistently demonstrate outstanding work performance, professional leadership and collaboration.

Please complete this online nomination form and submit by 4 p.m on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. A committee will review the applications and select the individual(s) to be recognized. The individual(s) chosen will be eligible to compete for the regional Classified School Employee of the Year selection process. The winner at that level advances to the state Classified School Employee of the Year selection process.

Healthy Youth Survey

Parents- The Healthy Youth Survey will be given  to 6th and 8th graders on October 13th in your student's social studies class.  This survey is  anonymous and optional.  The information collected from the survey is used to help us make sure that students at Jefferson Middle School feel safe and have the resources they need to keep them healthy.  A sample survey will be available at the Jefferson Middle School office after September 30th for parents to review as well as an opt-out form if you prefer that your student not participate in the survey. The attached flier provides detailed information and a website that can be accessed to learn more about the survey.

Jefferson Handbook Online

Questions about Jefferson’s policies and procedures? Consult the latest edition of the Jefferson Handbook regularly available as a link under “About Us” on the webpage menu bar.

Flags lowered to half-staff through September 30

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, to honor the memory of former President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres.

Flags will remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Volunteer art docents needed

Volunteers are needed to serve as art docents in an expanded elementary school visual arts program this year.

This is the second year of the visual arts program, which started last year in 10 elementary classrooms and is being expanded this year to 30 classrooms throughout the district’s 11 elementary schools.

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Washington State Healthy Youth Survey will take place in October

Students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 across Washington State and in OSD middle and high schools will participate in the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 10 to 21, 2016.  The survey asks questions about risk for injury, health outcomes, and alcohol and drug use. Schools, communities and state and local health departments use survey results to support our youth and reduce their risks.  The Healthy Youth Survey is voluntary and anonymous.

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Library and district partner to bring students greater resources

Timberland Regional Library (TRL) and the Olympia School District (OSD) have formed a partnership to bring students access to a wider range and depth of information via the library’s vast electronic services collection.

Both organizations met for several months last spring to determine the feasibility of offering TRL materials to K-12 OSD students. From those meetings, the concept of an online-only Timberland library card was born and named “MyTRL.”

The MyTRL program, which launches September 21, provides students in elementary, middle and high schools access to the public library’s large and updated collection of research resources, eBooks, digital magazines, downloadable music, videos, and kids and teen homework help. While the first partnership of its kind for TRL, it is patterned after other similar library/school district partnerships statewide.

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In-person school registration starts September 2

Effective today, September 2, families who need to register children for school should visit the school in their attendance area to submit necessary registration forms in person. The district’s online registration is now closed to help schools expedite the registration process before and after school opens.

If you need additional information, please contact the district administrative office at (360) 596-6100.

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