2021-22 Annual Report

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Pioneer ES Students showing off their garden


2021-22 Annual Report


A Message From Superintendent Patrick Murphy

Dear Olympia School District residents,
Patrick Murphy OSD SuperintendentWe are pleased to share our school district’s Annual Report featuring information and highlights from the 2021-22 school year.

In this report you will see a variety of data, including demographics, assessment scores, financial information, and links to school performance reports and school improvement plans. Additionally, we have included examples of success stories from throughout the district featuring students, staff and community members. Each year, for example, we recognize one or more OSD Teachers of the Year and Classified Employees of the Year. Their names and photos are included in this report, along with student accomplishments ranging from prestigious national and state honors to local and regional successes.
This report also highlights construction work around our district. Our Capital Planning & Construction team was busy in 2021-22 wrapping up several projects. Capital High School, for example, opened its beautiful new Performing Arts Center. The new PAC is a 26,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with energy efficient systems and modern technological upgrades. It was funded as part of the 2016 construction bond. Additionally, Olympia High School invited the community to a ribbon cutting marking the completion of a solar panel project, which was a partnership with Puget Sound Energy.
While this report is a snapshot of accomplishments districtwide, many more are featured on our school district website and social media platforms. I encourage you to visit the district website at osd.wednet.edu, or see the latest OSD Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube posts. You are also welcome to view a more detailed list of district wide accomplishments for the 2022-23 school year, as well as for past years, on our Accomplishments webpage.
Also, please know that we welcome family and community members to volunteer in our schools. If you are interested, please visit our Volunteer webpage to submit an application.
Again, thank you for your ongoing support as we serve the children and families of our community. It is a pleasure to partner with you in this important effort.


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Patrick Murphy




Good News From Around the District: Schools & Staff 

We are proud of the Olympia School District's many achievements made in the year 2021-2022. This report gives an opportunity to highlight some of those many accomplishments. The OSD is proud of our students and staff who achieve amazing success every day. In an effort to recognize and celebrate some of the achievements both inside and outside the classroom we have compiled a list of academic and extracurricular accomplishments that involve members of the Olympia school district community.


Our teacher are regularly recognized as among the nation's best, striving to make an impact in the community and district. The success of our schools would not be possible without the hard work of our staff. Every year, our district honors one or more Teachers of the Year and Classified of the Year.


As always, there are many more achievements in our district than we can summarize in this report, ranging from small acts of kindness to school wide accomplishments. We have included a few of these highlights from the 2021-22 year:


OSD’s Joe Dyvig named music educator of the year

Joe Dyvig, who serves as both the OSD music coordinator and a music teacher at Olympia High School, has been recognized as the 2022 Chinook Region Outstanding Music Educator by the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA)Opening in a new windowOpening in a new windowOpening in a new window Executive Board. He was presented the award on February 18, 2022, during the 2022 WMEA annual state conference.


Roosevelt’s Spencer Olmsted named a finalist in national award

Spencer OlmstedSpencer Olmsted, a 16-year veteran teacher who has taught 4th and 5th grade at Roosevelt Elementary School for six years, is one of four Washington State teachers in the running for one of the nation’s most prestigious teaching awards – the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST). He was nominated for the honor by a former Roosevelt student. Following his nomination, Olmsted undertook a rigorous process to complete a portfolio of his work.


CHS’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program nationally recognized

Capital High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program was recently recognized for expanding the program to include IB classes for all juniors and seniors at the school. Capital IB Coordinator Ken Joling has been invited to speak about the program next month at the 2021 IB Global Conference of the Americas.

Coach Creighton during a practice serving a ball to volleyball players

Laurie Creighton, beloved OHS volleyball coach, retiring after 43 years

November 20 marked the final state tournament for Olympia High School volleyball coach Laurie Creighton. Creighton retires this year after 43 years coaching at OHS. In that time, her teams went to state 24 times and won two state titles.


Carolyn Gilman named Teacher of the Year

Opening in a new windowOlympia High School English teacher Carolyn Gilman, was named this year’s Olympia School District

Teacher of the Year. Gilman started teaching in Olympia School District in the 2002-03 school year at Washington Middle School. She moved the following year to Olympia High School where she has been teaching ever since. She is a National Board Certified Teacher.


Meet OSD Classified School Employees of the Year 2021-22


Nguyen Phan, Cathy Shea and Scott Boe

Scott Boe, Paraeducator, Hansen Elementary

Patience is perhaps the most important quality that makes Scott Boe well-equipped to work with kids, he said. Boe, a paraeducator at Hansen Elementary, gets opportunities to showcase his patience regularly -- when solving playground disputes during recess, directing traffic before and after school, and coaching struggling new readers.


Cathy Shea, Office Administrator, Washington Middle School

Although there’s a lot of paperwork and administrative tasks to handle in the office at Washington Middle School, office administrator Cathy Shea said her primary job is customer service.


Nguyen Phan, Lead Custodian, Pioneer Elementary

At Pioneer Elementary School, lead custodian Nguyen Phan is like a constant ray of sunshine, colleagues say. His attitude is always positive and he likes to spread good cheer among everyone he crosses paths with. For example, every Friday Phan sends out an email to all school staff wishing them a good weekend.


Nadine Owen

Nadine Owen named Regional Classified School Employee of the Year

Nadine Owen, the Restorative Room supervisor at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, was recently named 2022 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year by the Capital Regional Educational Service District (ESD 113). Owen was recognized by ESD 113 after being named OSD Classified School Employee of the Year for 2021.



Good News From Around The District: Our Students

We are incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our Olympia School District students. Here are a few highlights of their accomplishments from the 2021-22 school year:


Kendall Hooper poses with a baseball bat as a Capital HS fastpitch softball player

Capital Grad Kendall Hooper named Olympia Sports Star of the Year

Kendall Hooper, a 2021 Capital High School graduate, was recently named Girl’s Sports Star of the Year by the Olympia & Beyond Sports CommissionOpening in a new windowOpening in a new windowOpening in a new window. She was chosen for her performance in sports as a senior at Capital last year, as well as leadership, dedication, sportsmanship and good school behavior.


Olympia High School senior wins Princeton Prize in Race Relations 

Olympia High School senior Ella Sherin has been awarded the prestigious Princeton Prize in Race RelationsOpening in a new windowOpening in a new windowOpening in a new window. The honor, sponsored by Princeton University, recognizes high school students who have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity in their schools or communities.


Rahma Gaye

Capital junior Rahma Gaye wins state debate championship

It was probably the passion in her voice that the judges noticed first. Rahma Gaye, a junior at Capital High School, recently won state champion in the Washington Interscholastic Athletics and Activities Speech and Debate Tournament with her speech, “What’s in a Name?” The speech talks about her experience of being a young Black Muslim woman in America and the need for more positive representation.


Avanti, Olympia HS students win top awards in OSPI state art competition

Olympia and Avanti high school students took home a total of five awards this year during the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) annual art showOpening in a new windowOpening in a new window. A total of about 20 winners were chosen from across the state, and OSD students took about 25 percent of the awards!


Olympia robotics students from Olympia and Capital receiving an award

Capital and OHS students invited to Egypt

The Olympia Robotics Federation, a combination of students from throughout the district, competed this month in Auburn, WA and won the prestigious "Technology Innovation Award" for its hard work in starting and supporting a First Lego LeagueOpening in a new window robotics team in Cairo, Egypt. The students have been working together to mentor their counterparts in Egypt for much of the school year.


McKenny students contribute thousands of hours to the food bank

The food bank volunteer program has been a part of McKenny Elementary School for five years now. During that time the program has been responsible for packing tens of thousands of weekend food bags and contributing thousands of cumulative hours of service to the Thurston County Food Bank.


LP Brown students painting in a classroom

OSD student artwork featured in downtown Olympia

Artwork including paintings completed by students from Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), LP Brown, and NOVA private school was displayed in downtown Olympia beginning December 4.


The project featured a colorful, glow-in-the-dark collage featuring the work of several hundred students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The display will adorn empty windows downtown as part of the mission of the Olympia Artspace Alliance.


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Community partnerships benefit Jefferson MS students and salmon

Students at Jefferson Middle School got a lesson about local

conservation efforts and jigsaws during a recent salmon project in woodworking class. Students used jigsaws to cut out large Chinook salmon shapes in plywood, which will then be painted and auctioned off to benefit the Nisqually Reach Nature Center.

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Amanda Moll pole vaulting

Capital's Moll sisters are national pole-vaulting stars

Amanda Moll, a nationally ranked pole vaulter and Capital High School student, was named Gatorade Athlete of the Year in girls track and field for Washington state over the summer. Moll currently holds the national record in pole-vaulting for her age group, with a jump of 14-7. Amanda’s twin sister Hana is also a champion pole-vaulter.


Sweat, dirt, and laughter during Thurgood Marshall’s Day of Service

Hundreds of Thurgood Marshall Middle School students made the community a little brighter this spring as part of the school’s annual Day of Service. This was the first time that students have been able to take the project out into the community after two years of pandemic-related closures and cancellations. Students were divided into nearly 20 teams and visited locations throughout Olympia completing outdoor projects such as planting native plants, removing invasive species, clearing trails, garden maintenance and more. Some students also did service projects on campus.



OSD continues to boast high graduation rates

Avanti High School Graduation

The Olympia School District’s on-time graduation rate for the Class of 2022 was 91 percent. The five-years graduation rate for students in the class of 2021 was 94.1 percent. Avanti HS had a 100 percent five-year rate.


Board Continues Focus on Student Outcomes

Every year in December, the Olympia School Board elects officers for the coming year during its annual reorganization.


At its December 10, 2020 meeting, the board elected Scott Clifthorne as this year’s board president and Maria Flores as vice president.

Board members are also appointed annually to serve as liaisons with various community groups and state agencies. At it's December 9, 2021 meeting, the board elected Maria Flores as this year's board president and Justin McKaughan as vice president.


  • Darcy Huffman, board representative to the Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA)

          Huffman will serve the second year of two-year term as a Legislative Representative

  • Scott Clifthorne, board representative to Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
  • Hilary Seidel, board representative to the Thurston Regional Planning Council.
  • Justin McKaughan, board representative to the Olympia School District Education Foundation.


The OSD Board of Directors approved a list of student outcomes at the December 10, 2018 school board meeting. They read:


Our students will:


  • Lincoln Options ES Kennedy Creek field trip

    Outcome 1: Be compassionate and kind.

  • Outcome 2: Have the academic and life skills to pursue their individual career, civic and educational goals.

  • Outcome 3: Advocate for the social, physical and mental wellness of themselves and others and be hopeful about the future.

  • Outcome 4: Have the skills, knowledge and courage to identify and confront personal, systemic and societal bias.

  • Outcome 5: Discover their passions, be curious and love learning.

  • Outcome 6: Be critical thinkers who contribute to and collaborate with our local, global and natural world. 



District-Wide Construction Projects

The 2021-22 school year was a busy year with updates and construction activity at many of our school buildings and facilities. Let’s start with updates from the larger-scale projects:

Avanti High School

The Avanti High School remodel began in January, 2022. The project includes updating the building, refurbishment of classrooms, modernizing technology and energy systems, upgrading fire safety and modifying Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility for the building. The architect and designers have been diligently working to find creative ways to retain the historical features of the building, which was originally built in the early 1920s. Currently, the estimated competition date for this project is August, 2023.

Capital High School

Seating inside the new PAC

The new Capital High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) opened to the public with the inaugural performance of “PUFFS” on Oct. 21, 2021. The opening of the PAC was the culmination of over two years of construction. In addition to the completion of the PAC, the roof and HVAC system at CHS were also updated. A security vestibule was added to the main entrance of the building along with the incorporation of an Administrative and Associated Student Body office space. Updates to the Career & Technical Education room, campus signage and school readerboard were also completed.

Olympia High School

Front Entrance OHS

Olympia High School completed the addition of a 2,000-square-foot music room as well as four additional science classrooms. A newly built two-story addition to OHS added 21 classrooms and replaced 10 portable classrooms. An added benefit to this was an increase in space for both the Commons and the Developmental Learning Classrooms. In addition, secure entry areas were added both the North and South entrances to the building. These additions helped connect the 700 building to the main building, increasing security for both students and staff.

500 solar panels were also added to the roof of the OHS gymnasium. This upgrade was made possible by a partnership with the Puget Sound Energy Community Solar program. This program adds solar energy to the local power grid from a single location.

While the larger scale projects are always the most visible, there are a wide variety of updates and upgrades taking place throughout many of our buildings and facilities:

Portable classrooms were added to Boston Harbor ES, Jefferson MS and Thurgood Marshall MS.
Seismic upgrades were made to the main gymnasiums at Capital HS and Thurgood Marshall MS.
The athletic fields at McLane ES and Jefferson MS were renovated.


Several exterior projects were completed throughout the district including at Lincoln ES, Washington MS, Knox 111 Administrative Center and the Support Service Center.



    Our Students

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    • 9,777


    Special Programs

    • Special Education - 15.6%
    • Transitional Bilingual - 3.2%
    • Section 504 - 5.2%
    • Migrant - 0.3%


    Other Information

    • Regular Attendance Rate - 91.9%*
    • Homeless Student Population - 1.8%
    • Adjusted 4-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2022) - 91.3%
    • Adjusted 5-year Graduation Rate (Class of 2022) - 94.1%



    *As of 2018, OSPI now reports Regular Attendance Rate instead of previously reported Unexcused Absence Rate. For more information, please visit OSPI Report Card and enter "Olympia School District." 

    Most recent data provided by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in October 2018.



    LP Brown students on grass group photo

    • Hispanic/Latino of any race(s) - 13.7%
    • American Indian/Alaskan Native - 0.5%
    • Asian - 7.4%
    • Black/African American - 3.2%
    • Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander - 0.6%
    • White - 63.2%
    • Two or More Races - 11.4%


    OSD Diversity Pie Chart

    Most recent data provided by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction(OSPI) in October 2019.



    Academic Performance & Testing

    Students in grades 3-11 are typically administered the following required assessments for state and federal accountability in the spring. 1) Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA): English language arts (ELA) and math tests for grades 3–8 and 10. 2) Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS): Science test for grades 5, 8, and 11 3) Washington - Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM): ELA, math, and science alternate assessments for students in grades 3–11 with significant cognitive disabilities documented in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). The tests for the 2020-21 school year were administered in fall 2021.

    This table provides detailed information about student performance on the Spring assessments. Student performance in each subject is scored as a level 1, 2, 3, or 4. Level 3 or 4 scores indicate that students demonstrate the skills expected for that grade. Level 3 or 4 scores are counted as meeting state standards in that subject.


    For more information about test scores, visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website. Simply type in "Olympia School District" under "I want to see data for a school or school district" and select "Go." 


    2021-22 Smarter Balanced Assessment Results

    Grade Level





    3rd Grade
    47.2% 47.4% 51.3% 49.1%
    4th Grade 54.4% 48.9% 50.1% 45.5%
    5th Grade 55.2% 51.6% 40.5% 38.0%
    6th Grade
    54.8% 43.9% 44.5% 34.2%
    7th Grade 61.2% 51.0% 50.7% 35.4%
    8th Grade 63.3% 49.2% 46.3% 32.1%
    10th Grade 74.7% 62.2% 46.9% 30.8%

    Grade Level 

    WCAS Science 


    6th Grade
    57.9% 50.0%
    8th Grade 57.6% 40.0%
    11th Grade 42.9% 38.5%


    School Performance Reports



    School Improvement Plans



    Financial Report


    2021-22 District Operating Budget 





    Building Administration
    $9,729,991 6.21%
    Maintenance & Operations   $10,433,756 6.66%
    District Support
    $4,961,628 3.17%
    $4,693,322 2.99%
    Technology $1,445,474 0.92%
    Utilities & Insurance $4,671,394 2.98%
    Food Service
    $3,661,102 2.34%
    Other $253,503 0.16%
    Total Expenditures $156,709,220 100.00%




    $27,886,583 18.07%
    Federal   $18,097,725 11.72%
    Other Sources                          
    $1,196,587 0.78%
    Total Revenue $154,354,720 100.00%


    OSD Budget Chart 2021-2022




    Invitation to the Community

    Boston Harbor Volunteer

    There are many ways in which you can get involved in our schools. We invite you to contact your local school to ask how you can help or participate. When you access this website you will find a multitude of opportunities to assist in shaping our district's future.


    Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you. We hope to see you in one of our buildings soon!

    Volunteer at the OSD!


    OSD Notice of Nondiscrimination

    The Olympia School District will provide equal educational opportunity and treatment for all students in all aspects of the academic and activities program without discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, honorably-discharged veteran or military status, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. District programs will be free from sexual harassment. Auxiliary aids and services will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

    The Olympia School District offers many Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs/courses in the following areas:  Skilled and Technical Sciences/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics); Agriculture/Natural Resources; Business Marketing; Family and Consumer Sciences; and Health Sciences. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact Pat Cusack, Director of College and Career Readiness, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506, (360) 596-6102. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs.

    The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures:

    Elia Alailima, Title IX Officer

    Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506
    (360) 596-8545

    [email protected]


    Autumn Lara, Executive Director of Elementary Education

    Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506
    (360) 596-8534
    [email protected]


    Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator (Students)

    Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506 
    (360) 596-7530
    [email protected]


    Starla Hoff, ADA Coordinator (Staff)

    Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506

    (360) 596-6185

    [email protected]


    Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator

    Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506
    (360) 596-6185
    [email protected]

    Paula Perryman, Director of College and Career Readiness

    Knox 111 Administrative Center, 111 Bethel St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98506
    [email protected]