Feb. 3, 2023 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

  • 2/9, 2/10, 2/11 - CHS Dramafest
  • 2/15 - Senior Class Meeting - 9:35-10:35 a.m.
  • 2/20-2/21 - Mid-Winter Break, No School
  • 2/23 - 9th-11th Grade Information Night, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • 2/24 - Renaissance Assembly



FIRE Youth Summit

Students with Native American heritage have the opportunity to attend the FIRE Youth Summit at SPSCC on March 14. Lunch and transportation to and from SPSCC from Capital will be provided. Reach out to Mx. Mikinaak to register ([email protected]).


Sadie Hawkins Dance - February 3rd

We will be hosting an informal Sadie Hawkins Dance on Friday February 3rd in the CHS Commons.  Details to know:

  1. Tickets are on sale now!!  $15 each in the ASB/Athletic office.
  2. Guest passes are available outside both the ASB and Athletic windows. They are due February 1st by 3:30 and will not be accepted after that.
  3. The theme is Pajama Dance!!  
  4. The dance is from 7-9:30 PM in the Commons.
  5. Students will park or be dropped off in the lower lot and enter the doors by the breezeway across from the Performing Arts Center.
  6. There is no entry after 8 PM and no re-entry if students choose to leave the dance.

We would LOVE to have some parent volunteers for some chaperoning fun!  Please email Amanda Beers at [email protected] if you are interested.


CHS Host Families Needed

  • Another great opportunity to host Japanese Students!!
  • 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 19th  (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 the Capital.  If your family is interested, please email me at [email protected] ASAP!



HOSA is hosting a fundraiser at MOD Pizza, Friday, February 16th all day, at the new location on Cooper Point. Please stop by to support CHS HOSA as we travel to Spokane, WA for the state conference. To participate, tell them you are there for CHS HOSA or use this fundraiser code if you order online: MODGIVES20.


CHS Traffic Safety Information

Parents/guardians:  Please help us with traffic congestion before and after school.  Always pull your vehicle as far forward in the traffic lane as possible when picking up your student from the upper parking area of the school. 


CHS Theatre Awards

Congratulations to our Theatre Excellent Awards (The Spy) playwriting winners:

    • Linh Gia Konoski and Rain Anderson
    • Kai LaBuda and Josie Ward.

These students, along with the other The Spy Performance and Tech winners will be recognized at our State Thespian Festival!


CHS Dramafest

Cougar Theatre proudly presents Dramafest! Come see 4 student-written and directed one-acts, ranging from musicals to horror, with plenty of comedy and touching stories in between. The show runs for one weekend: February 9, 10, and 11 at 7 p.m. at Capital High School’s new Performing Arts Center: 2707 Conger Ave NW, Olympia. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased online or at the door.  Visit https://www.purplepass.com/#u45261/Olympia_School_District_-_Theater_Productions.html to purchase tickets online.



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]).



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!  

February 15th - There will be a mandatory Senior Class Meeting during advisory on February 15th in the CHS PAC. Updates on graduation and the Senior Information document will be distributed.

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.



Career Center News

Career Map Meetup Health Care and Behavioral Health

  • Career Map Meetups (CMM) are casual career exploration events. Students are invited to meet with local professionals to learn about opportunities in their career field, learn about the work they do and how to become employed in the industry. CHS will be hosting one each month! 
  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 9:30-10:35 am is our next CMM, with a focus on Healthcare and Behavioral Health. Sign-up in Naviance.
  • Did you make it to our CMM last month? We hosted The Olympia Fire and Police departments and a Life Flight EMT! We had such student interest that we have invited them back for more Q&A. If you missed the Meetup, or have further questions, please join us in the Career Center:
  • Friday, Feb. 10th, both lunch times, Olympia Police Department
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15th, both lunches, Life Flight EMT
  • Sign-up in Naviance, College Rep Visits

Leadership Opportunities

  • United States Naval Academy offers several opportunities for students:
  • 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
  • UDOC  is a free, residential three-week summer education program that aims to foster, affirm, and encourage high school juniors interested in health careers.  UDOC runs from July 9th – 29th 2023 on the University of Washington Seattle campus (in-person, depending on COVID-19 University of Washington and CDC guidance.) Deadline to Apply March 1st.



American Indian Endowed Scholarship- Applications due March 1st Click here for information

Rotary Olympia Capital Centennial, District 5020, People of Action Resilience Scholarship- Click Here for Information Due Apr 28, 2023

Study.com Student Scholarships -May 1st deadline

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 . 


Central Washington University On-the-Spot Admissions at Capital High School

    • Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 9:30 - 10:30 am in the CCRC
    • Are you a senior who plans on attending Central Washington University (CWU), but haven’t applied yet? Qualified students can attend this event and get admitted to CWU ON THE SPOT! As a special treat to students, CWU will be waiving their $60 application fee AND awarding merit scholarships to students who qualify based on their cumulative GPA!  
  • Who Qualifies? Students Who:
    • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Have less than 3 missing CADR courses (Visit this page to see CADR requirements for public universities) 
    • Not sure if you qualify? Check with your counselor to find out. 
  • Students, to attend this event you should: 
    • Ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements
    • Sign up for the event in Naviance
    • Begin your CWU application via the CWU admissions portal (NOT in Common App)
    • Bring your laptop/chromebook
  • The College Success Foundation webinars 

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

Grad Night Sponsored by the CHSPO

Tickets on sale for Grad Night at https://chspo.org/grad-night-2023/

Grad Night, a longstanding CHS tradition, is an epic, professionally-produced, overnight celebration for graduating Seniors only. Scholarship requests are also available through the website. Save $20 and buy your ticket before March 31st!

Venues and activities will be revealed over the next few months, but the fun is guaranteed to be non-stop. Follow classof2023gradnight on Instagram for more details.




  • Feb. 7th-U.S. Army Career Exploration, CCRC, 12 & 1pm
  • Feb. 8th-CWU On-the-spot Admissions, CCRC, 9:30-10:35 am
  • Feb. 10th-Olympia Police Department Career Exploration, CCRC, 12 & 1 pm
  • Feb. 15th-Life Flight EMT Career Exploration CCRC, 12 & 12:45 pm
  • Feb. 22nd-Career Map Meetup Healthcare and Behavioral Health CCRC, 9:30-10:35 am
  • Feb. 24th-New Market Skills Center, Information Presentation, CCRC, 12 & 1pm



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