Feb. 17, 2023 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

  • 2/20-2/21 - Mid-Winter Break, No School
  • 2/22 - CHS Talent Show
  • 2/23 - 9th-11th Grade Information Night - 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • 2/24 - Renaissance Assembly 
  • 2/28 - Orchestra Concert - 7:00 p.m.



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]).



Skyward Family Access

Do you need family Skyward access to view your students grades, assignments, attendance and other important school information?  Please click on the link below to sign up for Skyward family access:




Student Parking

Student parking is located in parking lot 3 and 4, the tennis courts and the parking lot located next to C/D pods. No student parking is allowed in parking lot 1 (in the upper lot by the main entrance) as it is reserved for staff parking only.  Any violators will be ticketed.




CHS Spring Sports

We are excited to announce you can now register your student for 2023 Spring Sports. Spring Sports include: Baseball, Fastpitch, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Tennis, Boys Track and Girls Track.

If your student has worked out with a CHS sport team or has played a sport before, make sure to sign into your existing account.  Click on the following link to register your student https://www.familyid.com/organizations/capital-high-school

  • Your student must have a current sports physical to participate in sports. Physicals are valid for 13 months from the date of examination.
  • Payment for all sports is $125 plus an ASB payment of $40 which is required at the time of registering your student for a sport (except for baseball and boys golf, which are a cut sport).
  • Payment for baseball and boys golf will be due 3 days after your student makes the team.  Both fees are waived for free and reduced students.
  • Please make your payment using the OSD Payment Portal.  We are no longer accepting payments over the phone. 
  • Your student is not considered “cleared” until you receive a confirmation email from our Athletic Secretary, Kathy Cognasso.  The email will originate from FamilyID website but she will confirm you are cleared for your sport season.
  • The new spring season begins February 27.  In order to attend the first day of your sport, you must be registered by February 26, 5pm..  

Please contact coaches with questions and for practice information:


CHS Spring Musical

Auditions for our Spring Musical, Little Women begin next Wednesday, February 22nd after school - starting at 3:30.  Audition and Tech Crew packets are available in the main office, Black Box, and Choir Room.  If you have any questions, see Ms. Cummins or Mr. McNabb.



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]).


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!


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

It is that time of the year to plan for next year's classes at CHS!  Here is what you can do to prepare:

  1. Come to our 9th-11th grade Information Night.  February 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm (starts in the PAC)

  2. Pre-Registration begins February 23rd with our on-line format. (Website will be shared when ready).  Guardians and students should do this together!

  3. Each student will meet with their School Counselor in a one-on-one appointment to REVIEW THEIR PRE-REGISTRATION and finalize choices for next year.  Students and guardians will be sent an email when we are ready for that grade to start scheduling their meetings.  

    • Current 11th graders will be near the beginning of March

    • Current 10th graders will be at the end of March

    • Current 9th graders will be mid April.

Current Seniors will be meeting with their School Counselor for the Spring Credit Check.  Seniors and guardians will be sent an email with details next week!


Career Center News

College and Career Readiness Center

To view full CCRC Newsletter click here

Topics Include

  • Calendar
  • Naviance - High School & Beyond Plan
  • Senior Exit Interviews
  • Scholarships
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Map Meetups
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Guaranteed Admissions Program


Sign-up in Naviance

  • Feb 16 - Oregon Institute of Technology Visit - CCRC, 12pm & 1pm
  • Feb 17th- Marine Corps- Commons 12-1:30 pm
  • Feb 22 - Career Map Meetup Healthcare & Behavioral Health - CCRC, 9:30-10:35am
  • Feb 22 - Northwest College of Arts & Design Visit - CCRC, 12pm & 12:45pm
  • Feb 23 - 9th-11th Grade Information Night - CHS PAC, 5:30pm
  • Feb 24 - New Market Skills Center Information Session - CCRC, 12pm & 1pm
  • Mar 1 - Senior Naviance Tasks Due
  • Mar 7 - ASVAB Test. For 10th-12th graders considering a Military pathway - CCRC, 9am-12pm. 

High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) Naviance Tasks

The HSBP is a  Washington State mandated graduation requirement. It is a program designed to help students answer three guiding questions: Who am I? What can I become? And How do I become that? 8-12 graders have HSBP tasks each year. The Olympia School District employs a program called Naviance, where college and career exploration tools are available and these tasks are completed. March 1st is the deadline for HSBP tasks! 


For Seniors, an Exit Interview, in the Spring, is the final step of the HSBP. Seniors will be answering the above guiding questions. Please stay tuned for more information.


Career Map Meetup - Health Care and Behavioral Health


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 Career Map Meetups (CMM) once a month! 


Wednesday, February 22nd, 9:30-10:35 am is our next CMM, with a focus on Mental and Behavioral Health and Speech Therapy. 


Sign-up in Naviance, College Rep Visits




Sign-up in Naviance

  • 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


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.


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