March / April 2020 Newsletter

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March/April Upcoming Events

  • March 3 – Orchestra Concert – 7:00 p.m.
  • March 4 – 8th Grade Sports Open House – 6:00 p.m.
  • March 5 – Choir Concert – 7:00 p.m.
  • March 5 – Spring Sports Parent Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
  • March 10 – Band Concert – 7:00 p.m.
  • April 6-10 – Spring Break - No School
  • April 30–May 2 and May 7-9 – Spring Musical



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News from the CHS Library


Attention Seniors:

Top 5 resources from your public library -TRL!!!

Working with our partners in library at the downtown Olympia branch of the Timberland Regional Library, we bring you the


Top five items you need to know as you go out into the real world!

  1. Free wifi and printing at all TRL branches (100 pgs/wk)
  2. Free access to great streaming and downloadable content – books and audiobooks, magazines and movies.
  3. Free online courses to beef up your resume including software, technical, business and creative courses!
  4. Free test prep and career readiness resources – both in print and in digital formats.
  5. Free gathering space for meetings/study groups. 

Don’t let your tax dollars go to waste!  Make use of your local public library wherever you land in your future! 


Freshmen getting trained up for high school level research

All Freshmen English classes will have completed a two-week unit on doing research at a high school level by the end of March.  Then they return to their classrooms to write their research paper.  Classes that completed it 1st semester were Mr. and Mrs. House.  2nd semester Mrs. Cummins, Ms. Donnelly, Mr. McAuley and Ms. Katzer will be working hard. They should be able to tell you about how to efficiently find information in books and databases they accessed, how to evaluate websites using the acronym C.A.R.D.S, how to cite and annotate their sources in an MLA formatted bibliography and how to avoid plagiarism. They deserve a pat on the back or a high five when completed!


Keep'em Circulating!

Please encourage your student turn in any library books and textbooks so they will be available for others.  Also, check Skyward to see if they have any fines for library or textbooks.  Contact the library at 596-8038 with any questions in regards to fines.  Thanks for your help!


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.


CHS Construction Update

Firstly, Thank You Capital High School families for voting to support our new Performing Arts Center and other capital improvements. In addition to the large PAC you see in the lower lot, we've been busy doing other work around CHS. All classrooms in Pods A, B, C, D that have exterior windows have now had their windows replaced. This helps retain the heat and also provides some additional ventilation as some of the windows in each room open as well. We've replaced the heating and ventilation units on the roof. The siding is still undergoing completion and you will see our school colors reflected in the siding color choices. We are also in the process of ordering new student/teacher furniture for over 36 classrooms which will arrive for next school year. All of this and the new PAC! Due to construction and weather delays, the PAC opening date has been pushed back to the Fall of 2020. We are hoping to host our Winter Concerts next Fall in our new PAC.

- Michelle Anderson, Construction Manager


Counseling Center News


When choosing classes for next year, please investigate all of the options and make the best decision possible.  Schedule changes will be limited!


Spring Registration

  • February 21: Registration overview (11th grade Theater during Coug Time.)
  • February 24-25: Registration materials to 11th graders during lunches for those who missed the meeting
  • March 3-12: Counselors meet with 11th  graders for credit check and registration
  • April 17: Registration Overview and distribution of materials (9th  &  10th in Main Gym)
  • April 20-May 8: Counselors meet with 10th & 9th  graders for credit check and registration (10th graders are first)

TO ACCESSCOURSE CATALOG on CHS website: “Counseling” then  “Course Catalog


Health Room News


Upcoming CHS Athletic Dates

  • March 2: Spring Sports start
  • March 6: Spring Sports Parent Night @ 6pm
  • March 11: CHS 8th Grade Open House 6:30 in gym
  • March 27: Sports grade check
  • April 20: CHS Baseball plays at Cheney Stadium
  • April 25: CHS Baseball Fundraiser, "Night at the Rainiers"


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:

  • Mick Hart, Title IX Officer,[email protected], (360) 596-8545
  • Ken Turcotte, Section 504 and ADA Coordinator,[email protected], (360) 596-7530
  • Scott Niemann, Affirmative Action Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator,[email protected], (360) 596-6185. All three individuals may also be contacted at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA, 98501.


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 to 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:________________________________