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2018-19 Accomplishments


The Olympia School District is proud of our students and staff who achieve amazing successes every day. In an effort to recognize and celebrate those 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. 

OHS students help canned food drive

This list is by no means comprehensive, so please let us know if there are additional accomplishments we have missed so we can add them! With your help, we will capture all of the amazing accomplishments in our district and celebrate student achievement, continuous improvement and 100 percent commitment to quality and excellence in all things!



Please submit accomplishments to Arielle Allard, Communications Assistant, at Photos are welcomed and encouraged!


September 2018


Classroom visitors bring Constitution to life at McLane Elementary

For Constitution and Citizenship Day, Melisa Walker’s first-grade class was visited by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Chris Lanese, who is also an Olympia School District parent. Judge Lanese explained the judicial process and how he helps others in his role as a judge. He talked about working with police officers and attorneys when there is a court case and evidence.

OHS Unified

Olympia High School recognized with National Banner Recognition by Special Olympics

Over the summer Olympia High School received notification from the Special Olympics that it had received National Banner status as a Unified Champions School. OHS was one of just 220 schools (elementary through college) in the country to receive this level of recognition.

Olympia School District Education Foundation (OSDEF) Annual Breakfast raises $71,126 for the Principal's Emergency Checkbook Fund.


1:1 Initiative launches at Reeves and Marshall Middle Schools

The 2018 passage of the OSD Technology and Safety Replacement levy sets the stage to provide each student with computing tools that can be used every day, from any place, to support their learning. These tools will promote higher-level thinking, engage students in the learning process and prepare them for life after graduation.

Students grades 6-8 at Marshall and Reeves Middle Schools will receive a district-owned Chromebook to use at school and home during the school year. The 2019-20 school year will bring about more Chromebook use in the Olympia School District.


October 2018


Marshall and McLane honored with School of Distinction award

Marshall School of Distinction PhotoMarshall Middle School and McLane Elementary School have each been recognized as a 2018 School of Distinction. The award is presented annually to the top 5 percent of schools statewide that have made sustained improvement over the past five years in English language arts and math.

This is the first year that McLane Elementary has been named a School of Distinction and the second year in a row for Marshall Middle School.

Capital HS student accepted to Washington World Fellows program

Over the summer Capital High School student Daniel Neary was accepted to the Washington World Fellows program. Neary was chosen from among 300 applicants from across Washington state for his clear academic drive, his enthusiasm for new learning and his demonstrated personal determination to succeed in whatever he pursued.

This fellowship is a study abroad and college readiness program that is the result of a partnership between the Office of Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, Central Washington University (CWU), the Association of Washington Generals (AWG), and the Honorary Consulate of Spain.

OSD Communications expands to include text messaging

Mid-October, the Olympia School District offered text-messaging communications to OSD families. This was via an opt-in text that was auto-generated by School Messenger and sent to all families that have cell phone contact information entered into Skyward.

Capital High School recognizes retiring band director Dan Lundberg

Lundberg and Bands

On October 18, Capital High School put together a very special evening for long-standing Band Director Dan Lundberg. After 41 years of service to the Olympia School District, including 35 years teaching at Capital HS, Lundberg will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year.

All Capital High School band alumni were invited to meet-up prior to the CHS football game versus Central Kitsap HS, and to bring along their instruments. During the pregame, band alumni joined the CHS band as they took the field at Ingersoll Stadium.


ORLA welcomes new glass “Shelter” art

The Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) is the proud owner of a new art piece titled “Shelter.” Made possible by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission, “Shelter” is a collaborative effort between the selected artist, Diane Hansen, and the ORLA community.

Seven OSD students named National Merit Semifinalists

Seven Olympia School District (OSD) high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Students qualified for the award by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The Olympia School District National Merit Semifinalists include Jimmy Pham from Capital High School. Semifinalists also include Harry Boo, Gordon R. Elwood, Yufan R. Mou, Naisan Noorassa, Daniel P. Saelid and Addison Sterner from Olympia High School. 

Roosevelt Elementary joins in October Walk N Roll

Roosevelt Elementary students participated for the first time this year in a Walk N Roll program sponsored by Intercity Transit. Olympia now has six elementary schools participating in this walk to Roosevelt ES Principal Sean Shaughnessy participates in Walk n' Rollschool event. Jefferson Middle School also joined our October Walk N Roll, celebrating International Walk to School Day.

Musicians crossing street

Olympia HS students perform in “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown”

When the show “Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown” came to the Washington Center on October 26, four Olympia High students played alongside the professional musicians on stage.

The show pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against Beatles tribute band Abbey Road in a musical showdown for rock dominance.

Student views materials at career fair

District hosts annual Career & College Fair 

More than 80 colleges & universities, community and technical colleges, military, apprenticeship programs, scholarship, career and volunteer organizations were on hand at the annual Career & College Fair to answer questions and provide information about programs and opportunities available. Students were encouraged to bring questions regarding their pathway options, as well as a list of representatives they were interested in meeting.

OSD Partners with the Olympia Police Department to present A.L.I.C.E Training

The Olympia School District has partnered with the Olympia Police Department to present the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) training to our staff and students. 

The number one goal of A.L.I.C.E. and our school is to keep students and staff safe and away from harm. The training is basically an enhanced lockdown drill. A.L.I.C.E. gives staff or students the option to evacuate or flee an area if that is the best course of action.

This training also teaches staff and students, particularly in middle and high school, to be prepared as a last resort to “counter” – apply skills to distract, confuse and gain control.

We have given careful consideration to presenting the A.L.I.C.E. training in an age-appropriate way. Students in grades 6-12 will be trained by staff and/or Olympia Police officers on the full A.L.I.C.E. protocols.



November 2018


ORLA and CHS students selected as 2018-19 Student Board Representatives

Anna McClatchey, a junior at Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), and Grant Erickson, a senior at Capital High School, are this year’s student representatives for the Olympia School District Board of Directors.

Classified School Employees of the Year selected

Congratulations to three Olympia School District employees selected to receive this year’s Olympia School District Classified School Employee of the Year award.

Classified Staff Member Honored

This year’s honorees are:

  • Travis King, paraeducator at Centennial Elementary School. This is King’s fifth year at Centennial Elementary, where he works as a behavior technician.

  • Denise Pigue, paraeducator at Garfield Elementary School. Pigue is in her fourth year at Garfield Elementary School, where she works as a behavior technician. She has worked for the district since 2008.

  • Todd Thornton, head custodian at Roosevelt Elementary School. Todd has worked as head custodian at Roosevelt Elementary for four years and for the district since 2006.


December 2018


Visual Arts Program inspires young artists

The Visual Arts Program is in its fourth year, bringing a variety of art techniques and expertise into elementary school classrooms throughout the school district. This program began in 10 classrooms and has grown to 52, giving students the opportunity to learn from volunteer art docents and emulate famous pieces of art.

Canned food drive raises thousands of cans

WMS Students Fundraising for Canned Food Drive

Olympia schools have been busy with canned food drives in the weeks leading up to Winter Break. Friendly competitions between classes and schools, as well as all-school challenges, have generated a flurry of activity throughout the school district. With help from elementary and middle schools in the Olympia High School attendance area, Olympia High School donated a total of 71,390 cans to the Thurston County Food Bank. In a similar collaborative effort, Capital High School donated just under 15,000 cans to the Thurston County Food Bank.

Olympia School District creates custom app

The new Olympia School District custom app was made available in December 2018 for download on iPhone and Android. Parents can use this app to search breakfast/lunch menus, bus routes, upcoming events, staff directory information, school announcements, district news and more. Anyone can use this free app to stay up-to-date on news and information from our district.

School board approves student outcomes at December board meeting

Members of OSD Board of Directors

The school board shared the draft student outcomes beginning in August with staff, students, families and the community and asked for input during in-person focus groups and on an electronic feedback form. After reflecting on that initial input, the board made some revisions to the draft student outcomes on October 1 and again on October 29, 2018. 

Directors approved the outcomes at the December 10, 2018 school board meeting. They read:


Our students will:

  • 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.