Jan. 20, 2023 Newsletter

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Jan. 20, 2023 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 



Upcoming Events

  • 1/20 - Theatre Improv Show 7pm
  • 1/27 - Advanced Theatre Production 7pm
  • SPECIAL 1ST SEMESTER FINALS SCHEDULE 2/1 Early Release, 2/2 Half Day, 2/3 Half Day 2/9, 2/10, 2/11 - CHS Dramafest
  • 2/15 - Senior Class Meeting - 9:35-10:35

Parents on Deck in School (PODS) - Parents on Deck at School

Capital High School recognizes the importance of parents and guardians and the role they play in a successful educational experience for our students. We would like to invite parent/guardian volunteers – you - to be part of our Parents on Deck at School (PoDS) program.


The goal is to have more adult presence in our hallways to meet, greet and encourage students. The time commitment on your part would be very flexible, but we will focus on the key transition times: school day, lunch times and the end of the day. If you are interested in being a participant in the PoDS program, please submit a volunteer application on the district website. Here is the link to the online volunteer application, along with some other information about volunteering in the Olympia School District: https://osd.wednet.edu/community/volunteer


We also ask that you call the school directly and let Suzanne or Val (our trusty office professionals) at 360-596-8000 and let them know you are interested. Once we have established a short list – we will arrange a meeting to discuss the particulars! This is a work in progress. We welcome your ideas and suggestions. Thank you for your willingness to engage and help Capital High School.


If you have any questions please contact assistant principal Doug Anderson ([email protected]).


Health Occupations Students of America Club News

HOSA is putting on a winter clothing drive January 11th-25th. We will accept coats, scarves, gloves and hats. All items can be dropped off in room C-10 or the front office. All items will be donated to the Thurston County Foodbank.


HOSA has also teamed up with Teens in the Driver's Seat to promote safe driving at Capital High School. Please use the following link to complete a survey. The survey is anonymous and takes about 5 minutes to complete. 


Survey link: http://www.t-driver.com/survey

School code: CAPIWA


2023 Japanese New Year’s Card Contest

Mrs. Katzer’s Japanese 1, 2, 3, and 4 Classes created New Year's Cards for the Year of the Rabbit!  Around 100 staff and students voted, and the results are in!  


Japanese 1

  1. Alina Salmon
  2. Isabella Solomon
  3. Bianca Turner

Japanese 2

  1. Mary Bayle
  2. Delilah Marsh-Gates
  3. Samantha Garrett

Japanese 3 & 4

  1. Sophie Young
  2. Claire Lattimore
  3. Nick Genge

CHS Family Hosts Needed

Capital High School is hosting up to forty 9th graders from Japan in May.  These students are from Shukutoku Sugamo Jr. High School, a private school in Tokyo. 


Here are additional details.

  • From Friday, May 19 th  (pick up @CHS after school) to Monday, May 22nd
  • (Drop off @CHS before school) – We can help transport students from
  • Capital to your house and back if needed.
  • Must host 2 students – 2 boys or 2 girls (they may share a room but must
  • have separate beds)
  • A stipend of $30/student/night (= $180 for each family)

Students will be staying and doing some sightseeing in the Seattle area before coming to Capital.  If your family is interested in hosting, please email Mika Katzer at [email protected] ASAP!


IB Diploma Information

On Wednesday, January 25th, at 2:45 in room B-6, there will be an informational meeting for anyone considering pursuing the IB Diploma.  The meeting is geared toward juniors enrolled in IB classes, but anyone is welcome.  Come find out about course requirements and planning as well as what is involved in the IB CORE: Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay, and Creativity, Activity, Service.



Support for CHS Students

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.  

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].


Counseling Center News

Save the date: February 23rd --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.  This is an invaluable resource for families as students as they develop and choose their classes for next year.   The night will begin by showcasing our new class offerings, providing access to our course catalog, providing important updates and answering questions.  This will be followed by a number of breakout sessions to include: 

  • Running Start, 
  • International Baccalaureate, 
  • New Market Skills Center, 
  • Apprenticeship programs, 
  • 2 year and 4 year college admissions,
  • And More!  
Starting February 16th -- Senior Credit Checks Graduation Review with Counselor.  Stay tuned for more information.
Starting March 7th -- Junior Registration/Credit Checks.  Stay tuned for more information.



Extended Absence Form

If your student will be absent for 3 days or more, please complete the form below and return it to the main office: Extended_Absence_Form.pdf


Career Center News

Job Opportunities

  • The City of Olympia Parks Arts and Recreation is accepting applications to fill 22 seasonal Parks Maintenance positions. The salary is $21 per hour! Must be at least 18 to apply. Click Here to for The City Of Olympia's jobs website.
  • Chuck E. Cheese is hiring for many positions. Stop in the CHC CCRC for more info.

Leadership Opportunities

  • The Association of Student Leaders is seeking a current high school sophomore to serve a two-year term on the AWSL Student Voice & Advisory Council, who will also serve as the student representative to the State Board of Education (SBE).  Applications due March 31st.
  • RYLA (the Rotary Youth Leadership Award conference) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your leadership skills while having fun and making connections. Student application/registration is now open for High School Sophomores and Juniors. Please share the link below with your student. Click here for more RYLA information


A list of scholarships and search tools can be found in Naviance

Please also see the Scholarship page on the CHS/ Counselors/CCRC website.

Ms. Kimari and Ms. Marcy can be found in the CHS CCRC and are available to help with your scholarship questions . 


  • 1/31/23 WSU Rep Visit in the CHS CCRC 12-1:30
  • 2/7/23 US Army RepVisit in the CHS CCRC 12-1:30



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