Jan. 19, 2024 Newsletter

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Jan. 19, 2024 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 

January 19, 2024



Upcoming Events

  • January 26-27 and February 1-3  - CHS Winter Production
  • January 25 - CHS Financial Aid Night - 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • January 31, February 1, February 2 - 1st Semester Finals (special schedule)
  • February 15 - CHS Talent Show - 6:00 p.m.
  • February 19 and 20 - Mid-Winter Break


Brain Train - After School Bus

An after-school bus is available for those students who choose to stay after school for academic support.  The bus departs the CHS bus loop at 4:15 every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  The bus will drop students off at their normal morning/afternoon bus stop location.


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.


Class Schedule Changes

Schedule Changes:  Semester 2 will begin on Monday, February 5th. Many classrooms are at or over capacity. Therefore, making a schedule change will be difficult or impossible. It is expected that a student remains in their current classes for the duration of the school year unless there are extenuating circumstances as stated on the Class Change Request Form. All schedule change requests must be made by February 9 using the Class Change Request Form and submitted in paper form to your counselor. Requests after this date would require a failing grade in the class that is being dropped as stated in the Student Handbook.


European Travel Opportunity

Dear Interested Travelers and Parents,

It’s 2023, a year where the world has finally thrown open its doors after a long, pandemic-induced hiatus. Imagine standing under the Eiffel Tower, gazing up at its iron lattice work against the Parisian sky. Imagine yourself strolling through the quaint streets of Lucerne, feeling the pulse of history in the heart of Berlin, and breathing in the alpine air in Innsbruck. This is your call to an adventure, an invitation to join me on a journey that transcends textbooks and classrooms.

Since 2003, I have had the privilege of guiding students like you across Europe, a continent teeming with history, culture, and stories waiting to be discovered. Thirteen times we've embarked on this journey, each trip writing a new chapter in the lives of those who joined. Our last sojourn was in 2018, and though we had to put our wanderlust on hold in 2020, this year we are ready to make up for lost time.

Here's the plan: From June 25th to July 6th, we'll embark on a grand tour of France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. We'll experience the night lights of Paris, the serene beauty of Lucerne, the historic allure of Innsbruck, the vibrant energy of Munich, and the undeniable spirit of Berlin. This isn’t just sightseeing; it's an immersive dive into different cultures, an opportunity to see the world through a new lens.

I am thrilled to announce a Parent Information Meeting on November 30th at 7pm in Pod A, Room A6. This evening will be about more than dates and destinations; it's about understanding the transformative power of travel. We'll discuss the practicalities – the costs, the logistics of group travel – but more importantly, we'll explore the intangible benefits: the growth, the learning, the memories that will shape your view of the world and your place in it.

To join this epic journey, visit www.explorica.com/hamilton-169 and click the “I’m interested” link. A simple form awaits – just your name and your parent's email address – and you'll be all set to receive reminders and updates.

This trip is more than a vacation; it’s a rite of passage, a chance to step out of the familiar and into a world of endless possibilities. I've seen firsthand the impact these experiences have on students: eyes opened, perspectives shifted, lives changed.

So, will you join us? Will you take the leap into a journey that promises to be as enlightening as it is exhilarating? Use the included QR code to see more information.

Warm regards,

Steve Hamilton


CISPUS Outdoor Camp  

CHS has the opportunity to bring 44 student leaders to lead 5th-grade students from McLane, Lincoln, ORLA, and LP Brown through an amazing outdoor learning experience. CISPUS is March 18-20th, and your CHS student will miss 3 days of school, coordinate with their teachers, get valuable work experience as a camp counselor, and earn 60 hours of community service. Applications are due this week (see Mr. Disston or email [email protected]), and students must attend 7 training meetings at 8 am on Monday mornings (1/22-3/11). Email Disston ([email protected]) with questions.


World Stride’s Roman Conquest Tour  

Are you a Capital Cougar who wants to see the world? Are you currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior? Do you need a little time to save up for the adventure of a lifetime? If you answered yes to these questions, you're in luck!

Embark on World Stride's Roman Conquest tour. Depart with Ms. Samson after the school year's end in the summer of 2025.

13 lucky travelers will set out to see the sites in Barcelona, then cross into France (a great time to use the French you've learned from Madame McCann!) to visit the fortified town of Carcassonne. Explore the Nimes area and see remarkably preserved ancient ruins. Visit tiny-but-rich Monaco. Cross into Italy and visit Pisa. Marvel at artwork in Florence. Finally, enjoy Rome, where you can walk in ancient footsteps, enjoy the art of the Vatican, and eat a lot of gelato.

Are you ready to sign up? Do you want to learn more? Come to our informational meeting on January 23, 2024, 6:30-7:30 pm in room B-5 at CHS.

Spots are limited! Get yours while you can.

Happy Travels!


Community Connections

OSD Resources for Youth & Families

Looking for information about support groups, crisis lines, help with meals or bills, social and emotional wellness, or tips for taming toddler temper tantrums? You can find all that and much more in our Resources for Youth and Families webpage.

The Crisis Clinic of Thurston & Mason County

The clinic provides a 24-hour 7-day a week service to anyone who calls, offering crisis intervention and emotional support, as well as information.


360-586-2777 Youth/Teen Helpline                                           

NAMI Thurston-Mason

NAMI Thurston-Mason (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. NAMI serves residents across Thurston-Mason counties with free mental health support, online groups, resources and education. 



CHS Literary Magazine

Students at Capital High School are working with faculty advisors to create and publish a literary magazine this spring. The magazine will include student fiction, non-fiction, drama, art, and poetry. We are certain this will be a  powerful forum for student voice! 

While we will raise funds by selling some copies of the magazine to parents and community members, we are also depending on donations to fund our project. We plan to feature donors' names in the publication. Would you be able to donate at any level? Every twenty dollars funds one copy for a student. You can click the donation link here to contribute. All contributors will receive thanks on the Donors page. If there is a particular business name you want to be featured, send me an email so I can associate your donation with the business name.

You can also pre-order copies of the magazine using the same link above ($20 per copy).

Thank you for your support,  Liz House, Literary Magazine Advisor [email protected]


After School Tutoring Now Available

After school  tutoring/homework help is available every Wednesday from 2:40 to 3:25 in the library.  Our paraeducators provide support in all subject areas!


Health Room Reminders

Now that cold, flu, and COVID season are in full swing, we wanted to remind everyone what the current guidelines are for students and staff.

  • COVID: Stay home 5 days from the onset of symptoms. Onset day is day zero. If you do not have symptoms then stay home 5 days from the positive test date. You need to be fever free for 24 hours and your symptoms should be improving. You can return to work/school on day 6 but should wear a mask on days 6-10. 
  • Flu and all other illnesses: you need to be fever, vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Please contact Joy Fulling with any questions or concerns: 360-596-8008 or [email protected]


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!


Mental Health Awareness Event and Resource Fair

The Olympia School District and National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) presents: Ending the Silence Mental Health Awareness Event and Resource Fair.

  • When: Monday, January 29, 2024: 6 – 7 p.m. NAMI Ending the Silence Presentation (for families of middle and high school students) 7 – 8 p.m. 
  • Refreshments and Resource Fair with local mental health providers                                                            
  • Where: Capital High School Performing Arts Center, 2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502                      
  • Interpreters will be available.
  • Open to all OSD Families


Capital High School Parent Organization


Senior signs are a great way to celebrate student achievement. CHSPO offers a personalized or generic sign for your family to celebrate this important milestone. The deadline to file an order is Feb. 23. To learn more and place an order, please visit https://chspo.org/store/. Contact CHSPO Secretary Michelle Grippo at [email protected] with questions.


Secure your spot for the 2024 Grad Night Celebration at the early season price of $99 while you can. These ticket prices may rise in March. Please visit https://chspo.org/store/ to secure your ticket today. Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].


The CHSPO welcomes new volunteers. This is a great chance for parents to get involved with the school community, supporting students and educators, and creating new lines of communication between the administration and the parent community.


Upcoming CHS Theatre Production

Cougar Theatre Proudly Presents She Kills Monsters, opening NEXT weekend!  More information can be found on the CHS Website: https://capital.osd.wednet.edu/news/announcements/cougar_theatre_presents__she_kills_monsters


9th-11th Grade Information Night - February 22nd 

This event is a two part event for all current 9th-11th Graders and their guardians. We will have a curriculum fair first, followed by a 30 minute presentation about registration, and the evening will end with break out sessions with information for you to consider when making decisions about your future. 

4:30pm-5:15pm Curriculum Fair in the CHS Commons

  • Meet and discuss course options with CHS teachers

5:30-7:30pm Information Event in the PAC

  • Get information about graduation requirements and registration for next year.  Attend break out sessions to help with your academic decisions. Break out sessions include presenters on the IB program, Running Start, New Market Skills Center, 2 and 4 year college information, Skyward, Schoology, Securly, College in the High School at CHS, apprenticeships, and the High School and Beyond Plan requirement.


Library News

If your student does not currently have a touch-screen Chromebook, please ask them to come to the library to swap for a brand-new touchscreen device before school, during lunch, or after school.  


Alternative Lunch Space

Capital High School has opened 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.


CHS Yearbooks On Sale

CHS yearbooks are on sale for $65.  Please see the ASB office to purchase a yearbook.


Career Center News

1-22-24 Monday:

  • CCRC: BOEING Career Day

    1. Interviews from 10:30am-11:30

    2. Career Spotlight during Lunches (overview of jobs @ Boeing) 12-1:30p

    3. More Application/Interview time if needed from 1:30-2:30pm

1-25-24 Thursday NIGHT:

  • FAFSA information night in the CHS Library 6pm-8pm

(Completing FAFSA, Information on how to get started and How to afford College)

1-29-24 Monday: 

  • In COMMONS: US AIR FORCE during both lunches

1-31-24 Wednesday: 

  • CCRC: Sierra Pacific Career Spotlight (During Both Lunches)

  • Learn about careers in Forestry, Engineering, Manufacturing


2-7-24 Wednesday:

  • Sierra Pacific will be here in the CCRC for a Career Spotlight on information about Forestry, Engineering and Manufacturing.
  • All students are welcome to attend during their lunches.

Students can register in Naviance (under College tab, College Visits) to guarantee a spot.

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