Jan. 6, 2023 Newsletter

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Jan. 6, 2023 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 



Upcoming Events

  • 1/13 - MLK Assembly (Special Schedule)
  • 1/16   MLK Day No School
  • 1/19 - Pack The Gym
  • 1/20 - Theatre Improv Show 7pm
  • 1/27 - Advanced Theatre Production 7pm


Career Center News

What is the High School and Beyond Plan?

The High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) process is a Washington State graduation requirement* that supports students in exploring their interests, planning high school coursework that is aligned to those interests, exploring career clusters and profiles, making a post-secondary plan, and logging work and other relevant experience. The requirements to fulfill this plan include specific tasks for each grade level, concluding with an exit interview during senior year.


The CHS College & Career Readiness Center (CCRC) is currently teaching lessons in 9th-12th grade classrooms to guide students through HSBP tasks, explore post high school pathways, and answer questions students may have throughout the way. Lessons will be conducted from January - April in core classes at Capital High School.


Student's HSBP work is conducted in the Naviance platform. Lessons presented are available (by grade level) on the CHS High School & Beyond Plan webpage, and provide guidance on how students can log into Naviance and move through completing their required tasks. Additionally, in late January each student and family will receive an email with information relevant to their specific grade level, next steps, and resources for support. 


If a student was not able to attend their grade's HSBP lesson (either due to Running Start or New Market Skill Center enrollment, absence, or some other reason), there are options and support services available for students to get the information they need. Students and/or families can follow up in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Review the lesson plan for their grade level on the CHS High School & Beyond Plan webpage, and complete tasks independently.
  2. Read the follow up email from the CCRC regarding the High School & Beyond Plan requirements, resources, and additional support.
  3. Schedule a one-on-one meeting with the CCRC Specialist, Marcy Proctor, here.

We look forward to assisting students in developing their High School and Beyond Plan this year! For more information, please contact Marcy Proctor (CCRC Specialist) at [email protected].

*Please remember that the HSBP is a graduation requirement mandated by the state of Washington. For more information on WA State Graduation Requirements, please visit the OSPI Graduation Requirements webpage. Students in Running Start or earning an IB Diploma may be eligible to have the HSBP requirement waived. Please contact your high school counselor or the CHS CCRC for more information.

Career Map Meet-Ups

CHS will host our first monthly Career Map Meet-Up in the CCRC on January 18th! The Career Hub and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce have teamed with CHS CCRC to make this possible. This is a career exploration and networking event. Each month we will host this opportunity to learn about career pathways from local professionals. Interested Students can sign-up in Naviance under College rep Visits. Wednesday, January 18th, from 9:30-10:30 am, we welcome Firefighters, Police Officers, EMTs and Flight Paramedics!


A list of scholarships and search tools can be found in Naviance.  There are scholarships for everyone! You must apply to be considered! Deadlines come and go each month. See Ms. Kimari and Mrs. Proctor in the CCRC for help. 

There are many scholarship resources available including...


If you still haven’t completed the FAFSA, visit the 12th Year Campaign website for resources and support, or stop in the CCRC if you need help getting started.

REP VISITS: sign-up in Naviance

1/11/23    United States Army recruiter 12:00-1:30 pm in CHS Commons

1/18/23  Career Map MeetUp 9:30 Firefighters, Police, EMT’s, Flight Paramedics in the CCRC

Grad Night 2023 - Sponsored by the CHSPO

Don’t miss this long standing CHS tradition!  Grad Night is an epic, professionally produced, overnight celebration for graduating Seniors only!  Buses will depart from Saint Martin’s at approximately 10 pm the night of Graduation. After an all-night extravaganza with incredible games and activities, professional entertainment, great food, and much more, students will return to Capital High School the following morning at 5:30 am.  Tickets will go on sale in January, and we cannot wait to celebrate you - our CHS Grads of 2023.


New CHS Course for Next Year:  Personal Finance

Currently, students are able to learn personal finance content through Financial Algebra which offers them not only the finance material but an option to earn a 3rd-year math credit for graduation (see your counselor re this option/course). For next year, 'Personal Finance' will also be an option on the course selection sheet - this will be strictly finance content without the math included. It will be available to students in any grade. Content will cover: planning for your future self/retirement; banking; savings tools; budgeting (inc. renting an apt; buying a car/house); credit; insurance; taxes; and investing. It's the course that every student should have before graduating into the real world! If you're interested in being a speaker for this class (or Street Law) or if you have any questions, please contact Allison McFadden at [email protected].


Olympia Schools Supportive Education Council (OSSEC)

Do you have a student receiving support through an IEP or 504 plan? Please join the newly restructured Olympia Schools Supportive Education Council (OSSEC) on the third Wednesday of the month throughout the school year for resources, community building, and a welcoming space to share ideas! 

OSSEC is similar to a PTA/PTO for families, students, and staff supporting OSD students with disabilities from birth through post-high school, but without any fundraising or volunteering requirements usually associated with a PTO. We have planned a mix of social events and informative meetings, including a focus group session to help inform the OSD school board’s equity policy, a resource fair event with community partners, a sensory-friendly family movie night, and more!

Our next meeting is a caregivers’ class with local parenting coach, Emily McMason, on January 18th 6-7:30pm on zoom . Emily will be focusing on answering questions submitted by our community members that apply to our unique parenting situations. Questions can be submitted here. Please email [email protected] with any questions, follow us on Facebook, and join our email list here to get monthly meeting reminders and zoom links.



Capital High School Attendance Information

ATTENDANCE OFFICE (360) 596-8019 Attendance Secretary: Rebekah Grods  

  • When calling the office voicemail, please speak clearly and include the following information in your message: 
  • Student name (please spell last name) 
  • Parent or guardian name 
  • Reason for the absence/specific type of appointment (it is not excused without a reason) 

EXCUSING YOUR STUDENT: A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST CALL THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE TO EXCUSE A STUDENT’S ABSENCE OR AN EXCUSED TARDY (excused tardy: late from medical appointment, dental). Calls must be received within 48 hours of a student’s absence or tardy. The voice mail is available at any time of the day to leave a message. For attendance purposes a note will not be accepted. 

ARRIVING LATE or REMOVING YOUR STUDENT FOR AN APPOINTMENT: Advanced notification to the attendance office saves disruption to the teachers, students and staff in trying to locate the student on short notice. It is very important to understand that a parent/guardian must call AND the student must sign out AND back in with the Attendance Office.  PLEASE CALL the attendance office ahead of time to arrange those details-the earlier the better. 

  • State your student’s name, spelling the last name. 
  • State the type of appointment: Doctor, Dentist, Legal, Professional etc… 
  • State the time your student needs to leave or approximate time your student will be arriving at school.
  • When given advance notice we will send a note to have your student dismissed for their appointment. Your student then goes to the Attendance Office to SIGN OUT. When your student returns from their appointment they will sign back in at the Attendance Office and receive a pass to class. 

EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE: ANY ABSENCE OVER THREE DAYS (NOT INCLUDING ILLNESS) MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL THROUGH THE Extended Leave of Absence form. Signatures from the Dean of Students, parents and teachers are all required. This process may take a couple days to complete so please plan in advance. Forms may be obtained in the attendance office. 

EXCESSIVE EXCUSED ABSENCES: Excessive excused absences MAY result in a Dr Note being required to excuse all absences. CHS Administration will contact the parent/guardian


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