April 12, 2024 Newsletter

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April 12, 2024 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 

April 12, 2024



Upcoming Events

  • April 20 - Tolo Dance
  • April 20 - CHSPO Cougar Car Show and Craft Fair
  • April 23 - 8th Grade Info Night - 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • May 3, 4, 9 10, 11 - Spring Musical - Mamma Mia


Tolo Dance Information

  • Tolo will be Saturday, April 20th from 7-10pm
  • Must have ID for entry into dance
  • Students can purchase tickets before and after school, ten minute break and at lunch.
  • Tickets are sold individually:
    • $15 with ASB
    • $20 without ASB
  • Last day to purchase is Apr 19, 2024
  • If you are taking a guest to Tolo, please make sure and submit a completed Guest Pass form.  Turn in the completed form with guest ID to the front office. 
  • Guest Pass forms are due by Wednesday, April 17th.
  • 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! 
  • Go Cougs!


CHS Dance Team Tryouts

  • Capital High School Dance Team Tryouts!  
  • May 20, 21 and 22! 6-8 pm in the CHS Main Gym
  • Applications open April 24th
  • Join the State Champion Nationally Ranked Capital Cougarettes Dance Team!
  • Go to https://www.capitalcougarettes.com/capitaldancetryouts for all the information


8th Grade Parent Information Night

Families of current 8th graders, please join us for 8th grade Parent Information Night on Tuesday 4/23/24 at 5:30PM in the PAC.  Families will receive an overview about High School, and then get a brief tour of the school as well as an opportunity to meet with subject area department leads to learn about Academics offered at CHS.  


Kicks Soccer Camp

Please click HERE for more information regarding our CHS/OHS soccer summer camp.


CHSPO Cougar Car Show and Craft Fair is Coming!

Please join CHSPO for our Cougar Craft Fair and Car Show Fundraiser on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.--3 p.m. We will have 40 handcraft vendors and our inaugural Cougar Car Show!


Volunteers are needed to make this event a success. Sign up here to help.


Our very own Cougarettes Dance Team will perform as well as Studio West Dance Academy. Sweetlee's Ice Cream, La Esquinita Taco Truck, Camper's Coffee, and a photo booth truck will be out front.  Go to chspo.org and click on Craft Fair/Car Show for more information if you would like to be a vendor or bring your car to show. Proceeds go back to students and teachers. We look forward to a successful event with everyone's help!


Cougar Theatre News



THE CAST LIST: Our 4th period Intro to Theatre class is producing, The Cast List. This short One-Act takes a humorous look at the anxiety and challenges of waiting for the cast list to be posted. From the over eager student awaiting the posting, to the sly actor seeking some assistance from the costumer, to the parents with their own agenda, this play speaks to all of us who have ever awaited their dream role. Performing in the Black Box Theatre (park in the lower lot, and enter between the PAC and music wing), at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12th. This is a free performance, although cash donations will be accepted at the door.



TROUBLE AT THE TALENT SHOW: Our 3rd period Improvisational Theatre class is producing Trouble at the Talent Show! An Audience-Participation Mystery. It is time for a great talent show, featuring students and staff at Capital High School; however, when something goes terribly wrong, it is up to the audience to help solve the mystery. This production includes talent, a clue hunt, and dessert! Come join us on Friday, April 19th at 7 p.m. in the CHS Performing Arts Center. Recommended donation is $10 (at the door).



MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION of MAMMA MIA! Tickets are now on sale. For more information visit: https://capital.osd.wednet.edu/news/announcements/cougar_theatre_presents_m_a_m_m_a_m_i_a_


CHS Performing Arts Center Now Hiring

The CHS PAC is now hiring!  Please click here for more information.


Summer Volleyball Camp

OC Summer Volleyball Camp will be held June 20th, 21st, 22nd at Olympia High School. High School Camp is from 9am-12pm for incoming 9th-12th graders. Middle School Camp from 1:30-4:30pm for incoming 6th-8th graders (incoming in the FALL 2024). Registration and payment must be made in order to save your spot. Space is limited. Sign up early.

Capital OC Volleyball Camp Registration Link


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.


SBA Testing in May

Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) will occur this May 14th, 16th, 21st and 23rd. Testing will take place within the school day for all 10th graders in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. All 11th graders will take the Washington Comprehensive Science Assessment (WCAS). These tests will fulfill the graduation pathway requirements for Capital High students. We are looking forward to supporting your student as they partake in state exams this year! More information will be in this newsletter as testing day approaches. Go Capital!


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 here at our Resources for Youth and Families webpage.Whether you're a family that's brand new to the Olympia School District, or just wondering where to go to find answers to specific questions you've never known how to answer, here is a great place to start!


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month Safe Place strives to stop sexual and domestic violence and advocate for personal and societal change through crisis intervention and education. We're here for you, day or night. If you need to talk to an advocate right now, please call our 24-Hour HelpLine for more information, safety planning and support: (360) 754-6300


Monarch  Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center is a program of Community Action Council.  Child Advocacy Centers work to reduce the incidence and impact of child abuse by providing a coordinated, multidisciplinary response to victims of child abuse and their families. This response includes prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment and includes community partners who are experts in those areas.


Olympia Educational Foundation is on a mission to support every student through community support.   Be sure to check out the remaining 2023-2024 Parent Education Series opportunities


Community Action Council Community Action Council of Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties is dedicated to addressing the systemic issues of poverty and promoting health and well-being. Programs focus on Health, Housing, Energy Assistance and Weatherization. Energy Assistance appointments are available staring April 5th, 2024


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]


Food and Other Items Available for Students in Need

Basic necessities available at CHS

  • Weekend Food Bags 
  • Hygiene Products 
  • Limited Clothing Closet
  • School Supplies

If you or your family could benefit from any of these items or have other needs please contact your School Counselor, the front office staff or the School Social Worker.


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!


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!


Capital High School Parent Organization

Don't miss the Cougar Craft Fair and Car Show on Saturday April 20

Join CHSPO for the Cougar Craft Fair and Car Show fundraiser on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Volunteers can sign up here to help make it an enormous success, with proceeds going to our CHS students and teachers!

Details include:

  • 45 craft vendors in the commons
  • Inaugural Cougar Car Show in lower lot, rain or shine
  • Cougarettes and Robotics teams, plus Studio West Dance Academy 
  • Campers Coffee, La Esquinita Taco Truck, Sweetlee's Ice Cream, photo booth, OFD and OPD with Community K9 Bentley, multiple raffles, prizes, and more! 

**Please note: Parking will be adjusted to accommodate the event.  


Grad Night ticket sale extended one last time; contact CHSPO for scholarships

The discounted price of Grad Night tickets has been extended after Spring Break. Secure the early season price of $99 while you can. This event is a great way for seniors to celebrate their milestone. Please visit https://chspo.org/store/ to secure your ticket today. CHSPO also offers scholarships so that all seniors may attend the event. Please contact us at [email protected] about scholarships.

CHSPO seeks Grad Night 2025 chair 

The class of 2025 needs parent volunteers to lead next year's 2025 Grad Night event. This long-standing tradition is a safe and sober celebration for graduating seniors. Planning for next year's event begins this month. Please contact us at [email protected] if you're interested.


Library News

The Olympia School District is bringing local Native author Christine Day to CHS for three presentations on May 7th.  One way for your student to secure a seat for Day's school visit with secondary students is to let their artistic side shine in the bookmark creation contest.  Students should visit the library for an entry sheet with the rules.  Bookmark entries are due very soon, by March 28th, to be voted on and produced in bulk by May 7th.

There will also be a free community event from 6:30 - 8:00 in our PAC that evening for all ages to attend.


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.


Counseling Center News

Registration for 2024-25 school year:

Juniors (11th graders) who have not yet registered for next year (even Running Start students) will need to:

  1. Register at this LINK
  2. Then make an appointment with their counselor to review their choices at this LINK 

Sophomores (10th graders) need to:

  1. Register for next year's classes NOW at this LINK
  2. Counselors will be meeting with students in their 10th English class between March 25th -29th to discuss their choices.

Freshman (9th graders) need to:

  1. Register for next year's classes NOW at this LINK
  2. Counselors will be meeting with students in their 9th English class between April 8th - 12th to discuss their choices.


Career Center News


Remember that this is the final weekend to apply for the CHS Foundation Scholarship. If you fill out this ONE application, you can be considered for over 20 different scholarships. The CHS Foundation Scholarship closes on Sunday April 14th at 11:59pm.

There are other scholarships posted on our website. 

HSBP- The High School and Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement. The tasks in Naviance were due on March 1st for Senior students. If you have not completed the tasks, you will not be able to do your Senior Exit Interview. Please talk with Mrs. Smith in the CCRC if you are needing help completing these tasks. 

Senior Exit Interview

Mrs. Smith will be contacting Senior students via school email to complete their Exit interview after the Naviance tasks are completed. Here is some information regarding the interview:

What to Remember About Your Interview: 

  • Go over the rubric before the interview. See a copy of the rubric HERE Opening in a new window.
  • The interview lasts approximately 15 minutes.

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