November / December 2019 Newsletter

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November/December Upcoming Events

  • November 5th – Band Concert – 7:00 p.m.
  • November 8th – Veterans Day Assembly During Coug Time
  • November 11th – Veterans Day – No School
  • November 21st -23rd – Dramafest – 7:00 p.m.
  • November 25th – Winter Sports Parent Meeting – 6:00 p.m.
  • November 27th – 29th – Thanksgiving Break – No School
  • December 3rd – Student Store Secret Shopper Night – 4:00-7:30 p.m.
  • December 17th – Winter Concert I – 7:00 p.m.
  • December 19th – Winter Concert II – 7:00 p.m.
  • December 20th – Winter Assembly During Coug Time
  • December 23rd – January 3rd – Winter Break – No School


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 minutes PRIOR to 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.


Our DECA season has begun and we are so excited to have many opportunities and events coming up that students can participate in. One of our events we already had was on September 16th. Washington DECA hosted a Pro Sports Career Day at CenturyLink Field, where our DECA students had the privilege to go to a Sounders game and learn the business behind the scenes of a game day. They had the honor of holding the Sounders flag on the field during the National Anthem and speaking with the Sounders staff.

As one of our first event of the competitive DECA season, we will be taking 36 students to Fall Leadership Conference in Bellevue. This is much like our state competition with students from all around the state who come to learn and grow in order to prepare for their events that they will start competing in January. Out of our thirty-six students attending, eight of them were awarded scholarships. Our students will have 3 days in Bellevue to hear from exceptional leadership figures in our community as well as practice competitive events.

Health Room News

If your child will be taking medication when school begins next fall, a new Authorization for Administration of Medication at School form is required.  The new authorization form must be completed and signed by both you and your child’s health care provider, and brought to school with the prescribed medication.  By law, no medication may be administered without a current, completed, and signed authorization form.

In case of an emergency situation when students must remain for an extended period of time, you will need to provide the school with a three (3) day supply of medications and indicate on the authorization form the procedure for administering the medication over a 24-hour period.

CHS Sports

Online registration for winter sports is open!  Register online going to   You must be registered by November 1 for bowling, November 8 for gymnastics and November 15 for all remaining sports.

Winter Sports Parent Meeting is November 25, 6pm.

Carol McKay - Finalists for STEM Teaching Award

Capital High School math teacher, Carol McKay, has been selected as a state-level finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).  This award is the highest award bestowed on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science teachers.  The finalists were selected over the summer by a statewide selection committee comprised of content area experts and award-winning teachers.

After being selected as state-level finalists, the PAEMST committee will determine national awardees based on content mastery, use of effective instructional methods, effective use of assessments, reflective practice and life-long learning, and leadership in education inside and outside of the classroom.  Congratulations, Mrs. McKay!

News from the CHS Library – Chromebooks – We love ‘em!!!

“With freedom comes responsibility…” Eleanor Roosevelt
Classrooms have established their routines and so have most students. If a student forgets to charge their Chromebook, chargers are available for student use at the middle tables in the library.  If a student needs the library to charge theirs during a class or if they need to borrow a Chromebook because they forgot theirs at home, the library will help.  On the 3rd request for help, the student will be calling home to work on a plan to get their routine.  Please help your student with establishing this new routine for their school success.

A THANK YOU to the OSD Education Foundation for funding a grant for our library program to support Battle of the Books and the Cavalcade of Authors West writing workshop.  Students are learning about and signing up for these extra-curricular events now.  If you have a student with a gift for writing stories or a passion for reading them, encourage that student to be involved with these programs.  They can ask for more info in the library. 

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 (PayPal) 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:

Theatre News

Our seventh annual Drama Festival will feature student playwrights, directors, technicians, and performers.  Come ready to enjoy the work of many talented students in an evening of One-Act performances.

Performances:  November 21, 22, & 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Almost, Maine
By John Cariani
This romantic comedy is comprised of a series of metaphorical vignettes that take us to the small town of Almost, Maine where the northern lights are illuminating the winter sky.  Cleverly written, this show takes us into the lives of many residents who are experience love, heartbreak, and the challenges of relationships.  This show continues to be the most produced high school show in the US.

Auditions: November 25 & 26
Performances: January 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 at 7:00 p.m. 

Counseling Center News

PSAT Results.  On October 19th, many 9th -11th graders elected to take the PSAT as a way to better prepare for the college SAT entrance test that they will take in the spring of their junior year.  When their results are ready, students should be contacted via the email that the student provided to College Board when they took the test. The scores are generally available to them in December.
Save the date: February 6th - 9th / 10th / 11th Grade Family Information Night - 5:30 - 7:30 pm at CHS.  This event is designed to help communicate the academic options available to students as well as provide knowledge on future planning. 
Breakout sessions will include: 

  • Running Start, 
  • International Baccalaureate, 
  • New Market Skills Center, 
  • Apprenticeship programs, 
  • 2 year and 4 year college admissions,  
  • Financial Aid, 
  • Beginning the college application process

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:

All four individuals may also be contacted at 1113 Legion Way S.E., Olympia, WA, 98501.