Mar. 15, 2024 Newsletter

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Mar.15, 2024 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 

March 15, 2024



Upcoming Events

  • March 22 - Renaissance Assembly During Coug Time
  • April 1-8 - Spring Break - No School
  • April 20 - Tolo Dance


CWU College in the High School

The decision to start college early is an important one. There are many reasons students do not start or finish college, even though they may be academically prepared. The social and emotional experiences can be an overwhelming adjustment. Also, generational, demographical, and financial reasons are becoming more prevalent nationally. Our goal is to help students overcome as many obstacles as possible while they are still in the comfort zone of their current HS setting.

With new legislation in 2023 from Washington State, this opportunity for all public HS students to earn university credit at no cost to the family is game-changing. All students with qualified HS/CWU instructors now have the option to get a jump start on their college education while eliminating future student loan debt. CWU CiHS is an opportunity for students who are self-motivated and excited to get a head start on their academic careers. If you feel this program would benefit your student, please reach out and we can answer any questions you may have.

What are the benefits?

Students can accelerate their academic studies by earning college credit while attending HS without giving up their HS experience. Students have the opportunity to experience college-level work in a familiar environment. Completing rigorous HS coursework and earning college credit can strengthen the student’s college application as well as help meet basic college and university requirements.

Additional Benefits:

  • Students applying to CWU prior to HS graduation will be given the $500 Early Scholar Tuition Waiver, provided they have earned a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher in their CWU courses
  • The undergraduate CWU application fee will be waived for students who participated in the CWU CiHS program
  • Accessibility: 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders can register and earn university credit at no cost to the students at public schools
  • Students can earn up to 15 Central Washington University credits per term in HS

CHS Course Offerings for 2024-25:

  • Personal Finance A/B [5 college credits]
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology A/B [5 college credits]
  • IB Environmental Systems & Society SL A, B [5 college credits each]
  • Advanced Theatre A/B [5 college credits]

Contact: Doug Anderson, CHS Vice Principal/Program Supervisor, [email protected], 360-596-8000


Multilingual Registration Night

  • Multilingual Registration Night is on March 18th at 6pm in the CHS Library
  • This event is for multilingual families who want help with current 9th-11th grade registration for next school year. Translators in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean will be available at this event.


Brain Train - After School Bus

An after-school bus is available for those students who choose to stay after school for academic support.  The bus departs the CHS bus loop at 4:15 every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.  The bus will drop students off at their normal morning/afternoon bus stop location.


OSSEC - Olympia Schools Supportive Educational Council

  • Please see the link regarding the OSSEC program for families of students who are receiving IEP and 504 support plans.


World Stride’s Roman Conquest Tour  

Are you a Capital Cougar who wants to see the world? Are you currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior? Do you need a little time to save up for the adventure of a lifetime? If you answered yes to these questions, you're in luck!

Embark on World Stride's Roman Conquest tour. Depart with Ms. Samson after the school year's end in the summer of 2025.

13 lucky travelers will set out for 10 days and eight nights to see the sites in Barcelona (put your Spanish classes to good use!), then cross into France (a great time to use the French you've learned from Madame McCann!) to visit the fortified town of Carcassonne. Explore the Nimes area and see remarkably preserved ancient ruins. Visit tiny-but-rich Monaco. Cross into Italy and visit Pisa. Marvel at artwork in Florence. Finally, enjoy Rome, where you can walk in ancient footsteps, enjoy the art of the Vatican, and eat a lot of gelato.

Do you want to learn more? Follow this link!

Spots are limited! Get yours while you can.

Happy Travels!


Hosting Opportunity  

A great opportunity to host Japanese Students!!

  • Capital High School is hosting up to forty 9 th  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 10 th  (pick up @CHS after school) to Monday, May 13 th
    • (Drop off @CHS before school)
    • 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 CHS.  You don’t have to know the Japanese language or have children attending CHS to be a host family. If your family is interested, please fill out the Google Form: ASAP! For more information, email Mika Katzer at [email protected]. Thank you!!


Community Connections

March is Disability Awareness Month - Looking for resources, check out the local resource fair: Thurston and Mason County Resource and Transitions Fair - Tuesday, March 19th 4:00-7:00 at Capital Event Center, ESD 113

Family Support Center - The Family Support Center is a local nonprofit organization that provides case management, support to families experiencing housing instability as well as support with meeting basic needs and parenting classes. YWCA  The YWCA Olympia hosts teen activities and clubs.


CHS Literary Magazine

Students at Capital High School are working with faculty advisors to create and publish a literary magazine this spring. The magazine will include student fiction, non-fiction, drama, art, and poetry. We are certain this will be a  powerful forum for student voice! 

While we will raise funds by selling some copies of the magazine to parents and community members, we are also depending on donations to fund our project. We plan to feature donors' names in the publication. Would you be able to donate at any level? Every twenty dollars funds one copy for a student. You can click the donation link here to contribute. All contributors will receive thanks on the Donors page. If there is a particular business name you want to be featured, send me an email so I can associate your donation with the business name.

You can also pre-order copies of the magazine using the same link above ($20 per copy).

Thank you for your support,  Liz House, Literary Magazine Advisor [email protected]


Food and Other Items Available for Students in Need

Basic necessities available at CHS

  • Weekend Food Bags 
  • Hygiene Products 
  • Limited Clothing Closet
  • School Supplies

If you or your family could benefit from any of these items or have other needs please contact your School Counselor, the front office staff or the School Social Worker.


After School Tutoring Now Available

After school tutoring/homework help is available every Wednesday from 2:40 to 3:25 in the library.  Our paraeducators provide support in all subject areas!


Health Room Reminders

Now that cold, flu, and COVID season are in full swing, we wanted to remind everyone what the current guidelines are for students and staff.

  • COVID: Stay home 5 days from the onset of symptoms. Onset day is day zero. If you do not have symptoms then stay home 5 days from the positive test date. You need to be fever free for 24 hours and your symptoms should be improving. You can return to work/school on day 6 but should wear a mask on days 6-10. 
  • Flu and all other illnesses: you need to be fever, vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

Please contact Joy Fulling with any questions or concerns: 360-596-8008 or [email protected]


Parents on Deck at School (PoDS) 

  • Parents, please see the PoDS program flier.  We would love to have you join our new parent volunteer program!


Capital High School Parent Organization



The price of Grad Night tickets will increase in a few weeks. Secure today's early season price of $99 while you can. This event is a great way for seniors to celebrate their milestone. Please visit to secure your ticket today. Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].



Please join CHSPO for our Cougar Craft Fair and Car Show Fundraiser on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.--3 p.m. We will have 40 handcraft vendors and our inaugural Cougar Car Show!

Our very own Cougarettes Dance Team will perform as well as Studio West Dance Academy. Sweetlee's Ice Cream, La Esquinita Taco Truck, Camper's Coffee, and a photo booth truck will be out front.

Go to and click on Craft Fair/Car Show for more information if you would like to be a vendor or bring your car to show. Proceeds go back to students and teachers. We look forward to a successful event with everyone's help!



Parents are welcome to volunteer for a variety of tasks to support the school community this spring. Grad Night 2024, the Craft Fair and other events are on the calendar for the next few months. Send us a note at [email protected] or stop by the next meeting on March 19 to say hello. Learn more:


Library News

On Wednesday in advisory, our students will discuss screen time and its effect on their mental health.  One tip that will be introduced is to grayscale the screen.  Making screens visually less stimulating has been found to help people spend less time randomly scrolling online.  Other tips might be emailed to their school account if they have enough time to use Stanford University's ScreenTime Genie website at the end of the lesson.  All family members 13 and older might try it out to get personalized digital well-being recommendations based on goals you want for yourself.   For more details about our district's K-12 scope and sequence of digital well-being lessons, contact Mrs. Bonds.


Alternative Lunch Space

Capital High School has opened an alternative space during lunches for students who are seeking a quiet space to enjoy their lunch period. The “Alternative Space” will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, during both lunches, and located in E-1 next to the student store.


CHS Yearbooks On Sale

CHS yearbooks are on sale for $65.  Please see the ASB office to purchase a yearbook.


Counseling Center News

Registration for next year:

  • Pre-Registration for the 24-25 school year is now open.  Start choosing the classes now at this LINK.  Please see your email for details.

  • Counselors are now meeting with juniors who have completed their pre-registration.  See the email from your counselor for details.


Career Center News


High School and Beyond Plan tasks in Naviance Deadline for Seniors was March 1st 2024.

Juniors, Sophomores and Freshman have until June 1st to complete their tasks in Naviance for their High School and Beyond Plans.


Scholarships are available and Deadlines are occurring daily:

Please take a look on our Website under OSD Scholarship List and CHS Foundation Scholarship Application



FAFSA information can be found on their website

FAFSA Issues that are being resolved can be found on this part of their website


CCRC upcoming visits 

  • University of Idaho is here on Friday March 15th 2024
  • Clover Park Technical College visit is Wednesday March 20th 2024
  • Central Washington University will be here Tuesday March 26th 2024
  • Port of Seattle: Construction/Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Spotlight will be here on April 10th 2024
  • Running Start help from SPSCC will be on April 11th, May 2nd and May 16th from 2:30-3:30pm.

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