August / September 2019 Newsletter

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August/September Upcoming Events

  • August 23rd - 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Freshman/New Student Orientation
  • September 4th First Day of School
  • September 6th Sports Assembly During Coug Time
  • September 10th Picture Day (during the school day)
  • September 25th CHS Open House
  • October 1st Senior Information Night 5:30 p.m.

Important Attendance Information

To report absences/late arrival/early dismissal:(360-596-8019

  • Students full name with spelling of the last name
  • Reason for absence/tardy/early release
  • Your name and relationship to student
  • Please call at least 45 minutesPRIORto early dismissal.

In order for your student to be EXCUSED they must sign out and in at the attendance office or their absence will be marked as unexcused.

IB News

IB Success, IB Impact

Well done CHS IB Class of 2019! The results are in, and the Class of 2019 CRUSHED it! With 26 diplomas awarded, it had the largest number of diploma recipients since 2005. The 84% success rate in achieving the diploma (26 of 31) was an improvement of 16% over last year and surpassed the international average. And the Class of 2019 beat the international averages in English (4.93 to 4.67), French (5.29 to 5.03), History (4.71 to 4.29), Psychology (5.00 to 4.39), Business Management SL (6.00 to 4.79), Math Studies (4.53 to 4.17), Film (4.40 to 4.38) and Theater Arts (6.00 to 4.87). But what difference does that make? After all, you may have heard the myth that IB isn’t really recognized by universities. Well, the results say otherwise! The newly enacted IB equity law in WA led to the awarding of over $375,000 in credits to CHS students attending UW, WWU and WSU alone. And beyond credits, take a look at the list of selective universities the Class of 2019 will be attending. Besides our state public universities, our alumni will be attending Gonzaga, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, US Air Force Academy, Olin College, MIT, Johns Hopkins, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Boston University, Swarthmore UPS and Seattle Pacific to name a few. So while some may ask, “Why do IB, the Class of 2019 would answer, “Why not IB?”. And what’s that you say Class of 2020? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet?

Cost of the IB Drops

Now one can get even more credits via IB exams for even less cost! Beginning this year, the IB will no longer charge a candidate a registration fee - which last year was $172! Test fees were $119/exam last year, so even a diploma candidate will not have to pay more than $714 total. With ESB5410 now in place, CHS IB students - even course candidates depending on the school you attend - will have a legitimate opportunity to enter WA state universities with sophomore standing - a savings of over $25,000 when one takes into account tuition, fees, books, room and board! Pay $714, save $25,000! Now that’s a ratio one can get behind!

IB Advantage FAQs

What are the SL classes my student could take just this year and how much credit is each worth?

  • SL World Language*: UW 5 credits ($1592), WWU 5 credits ($1090)
  • SL Business Management: UW 4 credits ($1578)
  • SL Environmental Studies: WWU 3 credits ($654)
  • SL Mathematics (Calculus): UW 5 credits ($1952), WWU 5 credits ($1090)
  • SL Math Studies (Discrete): UW 5 credits ($1952),
  • SL Theater: UW 5 credits ($1952), WWU 9 credits ($1962)
  • SL Visual Arts: UW 5 credits ($1592)

What HL classes may my student have taken last year and be qualified to take and test in as a senior, and how much credit might they be worth?

  • HL English: UW 5 credits ($1592), WWU 15 credits ($7500)
  • HL Business Management: UW 5 credits ($1592)
  • HL History of the Americas: UW 5 credits ($1592), WWU 15 credits ($7500)
  • HL Chemistry: UW 5-15 credits ($1592-$9000), WWU 15 credits ($7500)
    HL Mathematics: UW 5 credits ($1592), WWU 5 credits ($1090)
  • HL Film: UW 10 credits ($3822)
  • HL Theater: UW 5-10 credits ($1592-3822), WWU 9 credits ($1962)

If my student isn’t registered for one of these classes, may they still transfer in?

  • Yes, but no later than the second Friday of the school year based upon availability and scheduling conflicts.

Quick Tips:

  • 10th—12th grade student schedules are available on Skyward Family Access. 9th graders will be receiving their schedules at the new student orientation on August 23rd.
  • Parents please mark your calendars for the CHS open house on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 p.m.
  • CHS encourages students to leave expensive electronic items at home. CHS is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal items.
  • Students may sign up for lockers beginning September 10th. Students must have a locker partner as lockers are not available for individual assignments.

Health Room News

  • If your child will be taking medication when school begins next fall, a new Authorization for Administration of Medication at School form is required. The new authorization form must be completed and signed by both you and your child’s health care provider, and brought to school with the prescribed medication. By law, no medication may be administered without a current, completed, and signed authorization form.
  • In case of an emergency situation when students must remain for an extended period of time, you will need to provide the school with a three (3) day supply of medications and indicate on the authorization form the procedure for administering the medication over a 24-hour period.

2019-20 Fees and Prices

  • ASB Card - $40.00 at the ASB Office
  • Parking Permit - $11.00 with ASB card, $17 without ASB card. Juniors and Seniors Only: Applications are available in the ASB office. Students parking on the CHS campus must have a parking permit.
  • Pay to Play - $125 for all school sports. This is turned in with sports clearance paperwork at the ASB office during designated clearance times.
  • School Photos price varies. CHS school photo day is September 10th. If you did not receive a photo order form in the mail from O’Connor Photography this summer, you may pick one up at the new student orientation or in the main office.
  • P.E. T-Shirt (Required for Class) - $5.00 at the ASB office
  • Official Transcripts - $5.00 at the Registrar’s Office
  • Safety Glasses for Shop Classes - $1.00 at the Registrar’s Office
  • CHS Yearbook - $55
  • Anatomy Class Fee - $20
  • Advanced Art/Ceramics $10
  • Band Uniform Cleaning Fee
    • $45 (New Students)
    • $35 (Returning Students)
    • $50 Drummers


  • How do you get a PE/Sports locker?
    • Contact your PE teacher or team coach. Always keep it locked.
  • What are the options for lunch?
    • The cafeteria using your lunch card or student id #, Student store using cash or bring your own
  • What if my student is late?
    • Check in at the Attendance desk. Located past the front office, by the compass on the floor
  • What if I need to pick my student up early?
    • Call Kim Swanson at 596-8019 and/or read the policy in the Newsletter on the CHS website.
  • Where can I buy Cougar Wear?
    • The ASB office and the Student Store with cash or check
  • How do I get an individual tickets for the games?
    • Buy them at the gate or go to the Purple Pass website. Contact Stacy Sharp at 596-8071
  • What about Season tickets/convenience cards for all home games?
    • Pay for them at the beginning of the season in the ASB office. Contact Stacy Sharp at 596-8071
  • Why do I need an ASB card?
    • This allows you to get discounts on sporting events and dances.
  • What is the Capital High School Parent Organization?
    • The CHSPO is a group of parents who volunteer and organize events for the CHS community. The money raised is given back to the teachers and school programs. Sign up forms are in the office. Contact the parent organization at [email protected].
  • What is the CHS Booster Club?
    • The CHS Booster Club is a group of parents who support all WIAA activities and teams at Capital. They volunteer to sell tickets and concessions at games for the ASB. The money they raise at their annual Spring Auction supports all 25 WIAA groups. [email protected].
  • What is Academic All American?
    • Special recognition given each semester to students who have a 3.5 GPA or above, participate in a WIAA activity, ASB sponsored activity, 30 hours of Community Service or are recommended by the Music Dept. Contact Bridget Culley at [email protected]
  • How do I get a yearbook?
    • You can buy them from the ASB office for $55.
  • What if I want to bring a guest to a school dance?
    • Pick up a required guest pass permission form in the ASB.

Capital High School Parent Organization


Who are we?

  • We are a group of parents who work together to enrich our students' high school experience.
  • We promote communication between the school and families.
  • We facilitate parent involvement in school-wide community events.
  • We raise and allocate funds for a wide variety of educational programs and teacher grants.

When do we meet?

  • We meet the1st Monday of the month, September (second Monday due to Labor Day) through June, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the CHS Library.
  • All meetings are attended by Michelle Anderson, Vice Principal, who updates us on what's happening at Capital during the respective month.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • We provide parent volunteer opportunities in conjunction with the school, helping staff many different activities including:
  • Father/Daughter Dance (February)
  • Arts Recognition Night (May)
  • Staff Appreciation Breakfasts (quarterly)
  • Teacher Luncheon (last day of school)
  • and more events that need parent involvement

Where does the money go?

  • Our major fundraiser, the Father/Daughter Dance, helps raise funds for teacher grants which have allowed us to purchase such things as a spot welder for Woodshop along with safety goggles, educational programs for English classes and material for the Science curriculum.
  • We support the School Climate Fund which involves activities and events that help address the school's social environment.
  • We fund special requests from the school Administration and provide funds as needed for student needs

$20 annual membership fee which helps fund the above mentioned charitable donations to the school.

We are a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization registered with the State of Washington.

Yes, I want to join the CHSPO: Go (PayPal) or return this form to the office at CHS with your check made out to CHSPO.

Parent's Name:


Student's Name and Year Graduation:

Phone Number and Address:;

OSD 2019-20 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 following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, reports of alleged sexual harassment, concerns about compliance, and/or grievance procedures:

All four individuals may also be contacted at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA, 98501.