Oct. 12, 2023 Newsletter

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Oct. 12, 2023 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 



Upcoming Events

  • October 12 - Homecoming Assembly
  • October 13 - Non Student Day - No School
  • October 14 - Homecoming Dance
  • October 19, 20, and 21 - Fall Drama Production
  • October 24 - School Photo Retakes
  • October 24 - Choir Concert
  • October 26 - Orchestra Concert


CHS Fall Drama Production

  • Please see information regarding the upcoming CHS fall drama production October 19. 20, and 21st:    The Play That Goes Wrong


OSSEC - Olympia Schools Supportive Educational Council

  • Please see the link regarding the OSSEC program for families of students who are receiving IEP and 504 support plans.


Staff and Student Yoga

  • Staff and Student Yoga! Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. in B9 with Ms. House. Mats and props provided, but feel free to bring your own.  Please contact Mrs. House at [email protected]  for more information.


CHS Homecoming Information 

  • Homecoming tickets are on sale NOW!
  • Tickets are sold individually:
    • $20 with ASB
    • $25 without ASB
  • Last day to purchase is October 11th, 4pm
  • The ASB/Athletics Office is closed 10/12 due to training and there is no school 10/13.
  • If you are taking a guest to homecoming, please make sure and submit a completed Dance Form to the ASB/Athletic Office.
  • We are looking for volunteers to help chaperone the dance. Please email [email protected]. It's a really fun time and a great way to get involved in our school community! If your student will be attending the dance please find below all the information you need to know:
  • Go Cougs!


Ridwell Recycling Program 

In the world today, plastic pollution is a massive environmental threat. Not only this, but in the US 79 percent of plastics that are supposed to be recycled are just thrown in the landfills after being collected for recycling! Ridwell is a monthly subscription program that collects plastics–and materials that wouldn’t normally be able to be recycled–and guarantees to recycle them!  CHS has partnered with Ridwell for a program where Ridwell will recycle all of our school’s multi-layered plastics from the month of October for free! There will be bags in classrooms where students can put their plastics for recycling, AND if students collect their own multi-layer plastics at home throughout the month of October they can bring them into the school from November 1st-3rd. We want to make sure everything collected can be recycled, so please shake out any crumbs and wash anything that is sticky/greasy with soap/water and add to your collection once dry!

  • More information can be found about which types of plastics can be collected in the Ridwell program here.  For those interested in learning more about Ridwell and how to get many-material recycling for your own home, more information here
  • Sign up for Ridwell between now and 11/17/2023 using https://get.ridwell.com/capital-hs and Ridwell will donate $20 to our school! These funds will be used to continue sustainable projects at CHS.


Parents on Deck at School (PoDS) 

  • Parents, please see the PoDS program flier.  We would love to have you join our new parent volunteer program!


Attendance Information

  • If you wish to have your student released from class early, Please call the attendance line at 360-596-8019 and leave a message at a minimum of 2 hours prior to the time you wish for your student to be dismissed.  
  • Please see the  link for more detail.
  • All absences should be reported to attendance at 360-596-8019 within 48 hours.


PSAT - October 14th 

Only two days left to sign up for the PSAT! The last day to sign up for the PSAT is Tuesday 10/10. Sign up at the ASB office. $30 for most students. The PSAT at Capital is Saturday 10/14 from 9:50 AM to 1:00 PM.

  • Digital PSAT 2023 at Capital
  • The test will take place Saturday, October 14th in the Commons!
  • Register at the ASB office. $30 for most students.
  • Limited space, so register today!
    • Registration open to Juniors only 9/25-10/2
    • Registration open 9th-11th grade beginning 10/2
  • Be prepared to conduct a Digital Readiness check on your Chromebook PRIOR to testing day. 
  • You must test on district-issued Chromebook in the Blue Book App (found on login screen)
  • You can even try out some practice questions in the Blue Book app before test day.
  • Testing check-in starts at 9:50 AM and testing should conclude by 1 PM on Oct 14th.


CHS Winter Sports 

FamilyId is open!  If you are registering your student for a winter sport (girls bowling, gymnastics, boys and girls basketball, boys swimming, boys and girls wrestling) please continue reading this entire email.

  • YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR STUDENT FOR  "2023-2024 Winter Sports" using FamilyId, www.familyid.com
  • If you have previously used FamilyId, please log into your existing account.
  • Registering your student for a sport does not "clear" them for participation.  You must upload a current physical (valid 13 months from the date of the examination), purchase an ASB Card AND make the Pay to Play payment. We can take care of the asb card/pay to play for free/reduced students on our end.  *Running Start/Homeschool/New Market students please see the message at the end of this email.
  • Once we receive your registration, we will review it and notify you through FamilyId that your student is cleared.
  • Bowling athletes first day of practice is October 30th.   You must register by October 30th, 8:00am to attend the first practice.
  • All other sports, first practice is on November 13th and must be registered by November 12th, 5pm to attend the first practice.
  • Payment is made using the OSD Payment Portal, 
  • https://wa-olympia.intouchreceipting.com/
You must sign in using your Skyward Family Access Username.  This is important so your payment/purchase links to your student's account.

Once you have entered the portal:

  1. select the student you are shopping for
  2. select "Items At Student's School including School Lunch"
  3. select "High School"
  4. select "Capital High School"
  5. select "Athletics"
  6. Buy "ASB Cards sold to Athletes" and select the Pay to Play for the sport you are registering your student in.
  7. Make payment

Running Start students must complete this form and turn it in prior to being cleared:

Home Schooled students must complete this form and turn it in prior to being cleared:

New Market students must complete this form and turn it in prior to being cleared:


CHS Little Cougar Boys Basketball

Little Cougar basketball is a recreational basketball league for West Olympia area boys in grades 3-6.  The emphasis is on sportsmanship, having fun, and allowing all to participate.  Our goal is to give our future CHS Cougars a chance to learn basketball fundamentals and develop skills through practice and games.  Every boy will receive a Little Cougar reversible jersey, a basketball, instruction at weekly practices, and lots of encouragement. Registration is Saturday, October 21st and Saturday, October 28th from 9 to Noon in the Capital High School main entrance lobby. Registrations can also be turned in (during school hours 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.) at the Capital ASB Office.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian Vandiver at [email protected].


Capital High School Parent Organization

Attention Parents!

  • The Capital High School Parent Organization needs your help. CHSPO is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the students and staff at CHS. Major projects include the Grad Night event, Holiday Giving Tree, staff appreciation and more. All parents and voices are welcome. There are many opportunities to volunteer.
  • CHSPO is also a great communication channel between Capital parents and school administrators.
  • Learn more and join today at https://chspo.org or contact us at [email protected]



  • Senior signs are a great way to support students, school spirit, and the Grad Night 2024 event sponsored by the Capital High School Parent Organization. Basic signs will sell for $35 and individualized signs with photos sell for $40. Please note, grandparents, aunts, uncles and family friends are welcome to purchase signs as well. Proceeds support the Grad Night 2024 event, a safe celebration for graduating seniors.
  • Email [email protected]  to get on the list. More details will be shared soon. Thanks to CHSPO Secretary Michelle Grippo for leading this effort.



  • CHSPO is proud to partner with MOD Pizza for a fundraiser on Wed., Oct. 18, all day. MOD will donate 25 percent of fundraiser sales during this event. If you order online, be sure to use the code MODGIVES25. Learn more.


Senior Night for Athletes

  • Senior Night for all teams involved with football (cheer, dance, etc,) is the evening before the game on October 13th.  The gates open at 6:00 p.m.


Attendance Reminders

  • If you wish to have your student released from class early, Please call the attendance line at 360-596-8019 and leave a message at a minimum of 2 hours prior to the time you wish for your student to be dismissed.   Please see the link for more details.
  • All absences should be reported to attendance at 360-596-8019 within 48 hours.


Girls Bowling Team Information

  • Have fun!
  • Meet nice people!
  • Learn a lifelong skill!
  • The Girls' Bowling Team is a Winter Sport that will allow you the opportunity to earn a Varsity Letter and a PE waiver!
  • We have a ton of serious fun mastering the sport of bowling while hanging out with friends.
  • Our pre-season meeting will be Thursday, October 26, at 3:30 in Room A-12.
  • The season runs from November through January. Come check it out!

CHS Student Parking Pass

  • All students attending CHS will need to have a parking pass on their car.  This is a safety issue and we will be enforcing parking passes starting October 2.
  • If you have purchased an ASB Card the parking pass is free.
  • Students without an ASB Card the parking pass is $5.
  • Stop by the ASB/Athletic Office to pick up an application while parking passes are still available and avoid getting a fine.


Counseling Center News

Seniors who have not met with their school counselor for a one-on-one appointment for all things graduation and post high school planning must do so immediately.   Encourage your senior to read their email or at least make an appointment with their counselor on our site:  https://capital.osd.wednet.edu/counseling


Support for CHS Students

Capital High School Counseling Center


School Social Worker

Kim Senger is the Olympia School District Social Worker assigned to Capital High School.  She can provide students and families with community and school based connections such as mental health referrals and resource navigation.  Kim works in collaboration with our school counselors, administration, families/caregivers and community organizations to remove barriers and create equitable opportunities for student success.  If  families.caregivers or students have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call her or your students counselor.  

Kim Senger


[email protected]

Sea Mar Community Health Center

In an effort to support student wellbeing and mental health, Olympia School District has a partnership with Sea Mar Community Health Centers to provide mental health services.  A Mental Health Therapist with Sea Mar will be onsite at Capital High School to provide ongoing therapy to students who are enrolled in their services.   Sea Mar is able to accept clients who have Washington Apple Health plans.  If you or your student is interested in hearing more about this service, please direct questions to your school counselor or Kim Senger, School Social Worker, at 360-239-7413 or [email protected].


Alternative Lunch Space

Starting September 12th - Capitol High School will be opening an alternative space during lunches for students who are seeking a quiet space to enjoy their lunch period. The “Alternative Space” will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during both lunches, and located in E-1 next to the student store.


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