April 26, 2024 Newsletter

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April 26, 2024 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 

April 26, 2024



Upcoming Events

  • May 3, 4, 9 10, 11 - Spring Musical - Mamma Mia
  • May 14, 16, 21, 24 - SBA Testing
  • May 27 - Memorial Day - No School


CHS Dance Team Tryouts

  • Capital High School Dance Team Tryouts!  
  • May 20, 21 and 22! 6-8 pm in the CHS Main Gym
  • Applications open April 24th
  • Join the State Champion Nationally Ranked Capital Cougarettes Dance Team!
  • Go to https://www.capitalcougarettes.com/capitaldancetryouts for all the information


Kicks Soccer Camp

Please click HERE for more information regarding our CHS/OHS soccer summer camp.


Congratulations to CHS Cougar Aria Cornwall!

Congratulations to 2024 graduate, Aria Cornwall, who received the Levine Scholarship from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. This scholarship provides full tuition, room & board, a grant to implement a service with a local non-profit and a paid semester to study abroad. Total scholarship is $172,000. Aria will graduate with her AA from SPSCC while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Aria has played basketball for CHS all 4 years and is a 3 year letter earner. She also tied the record this year with most steals in a game. CHS and the girls basketball team are very proud of Aria and all of her accomplishments. Her future is very bright!


Cougar Theatre News

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION of MAMMA MIA! Tickets are now on sale. For more information visit: https://capital.osd.wednet.edu/news/announcements/cougar_theatre_presents_m_a_m_m_a_m_i_a_


CHS Performing Arts Center Now Hiring

The CHS PAC is now hiring!  Please click here for more information.


Summer Volleyball Camp

OC Summer Volleyball Camp will be held June 20th, 21st, 22nd at Olympia High School. High School Camp is from 9am-12pm for incoming 9th-12th graders. Middle School Camp from 1:30-4:30pm for incoming 6th-8th graders (incoming in the FALL 2024). Registration and payment must be made in order to save your spot. Space is limited. Sign up early.

Capital OC Volleyball Camp Registration Link


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.


SBA Testing in May

Washington State Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) will occur this May 14th, 16th, 21st and 23rd. Testing will take place within the school day for all 10th graders in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. All 11th graders will take the Washington Comprehensive Science Assessment (WCAS). These tests will fulfill the graduation pathway requirements for Capital High students. We are looking forward to supporting your student as they partake in state exams this year! More information will be in this newsletter as testing day approaches. Go Capital!


Community Connections

OSD Resources for Youth & Families  Looking for information about support groups, crisis lines, help with meals or bills, social and emotional wellness, or tips for taming toddler temper tantrums? You can find all that and much more here at our Resources for Youth and Families webpage.Whether you're a family that's brand new to the Olympia School District, or just wondering where to go to find answers to specific questions you've never known how to answer, here is a great place to start!


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!


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

Cougar Craft Fair and Car Show Delivers Record Attendance Community Pride 

The April 20 craft fair and car show was an enormous success, and likely the biggest CHS community event since the pandemic.


CHSPO shares a big shout out to 45 craft show vendors, 100 car show registrants and 1,000 visitors who convened on the CHS campus for a beautiful spring Saturday.


The FTC Robotics team amazed us with hands-on demonstrations, while SWDA's EDGE team showed and taught the crowd how hip hop, Olympia style, is done. Future CHS Principal Condee Wood and her family also attended.


Thank you to truck vendors Voyager's Espresso, Sweetlee's Ice Cream, La Esquinita Taco Truck, and All Around Towne Photos for their fantastic event support.


We appreciate Community K9 Bentley, OPD's patrol car and OFD's 62 foot ladder truck teams for sharing the day with us, along with the stunning array of show vehicles who came as far as 1.5 hours away.  


We are also incredibly grateful to the long list of Olympia advisors and businesses who generously contributed towards our inaugural Cougar Car Show, now billed as the "Spring Opener of 2024!" Our dedicated student, teacher, staff, and parent volunteer team worked tirelessly from idea and planning for a job well done--many thanks to each of you for all your efforts.


What a special day to gather our CHS family, Olympia and Greater Puget Sound community together to support our CHS students and teachers...one to be remembered for a long time.


Grad Night less than two months away -- purchase your ticket today! 

Grad Night is a safe and sober celebration for graduating seniors, and it's happening June 14 -- less than two months away. Please visit https://chspo.org/store/ to secure your ticket today. CHSPO also offers scholarships so that all seniors may attend the event. Please contact us at [email protected] about scholarships.


CHSPO seeks Grad Night 2025 chair  

The class of 2025 needs parent volunteers to lead next year's 2025 Grad Night event. Planning for next year's event begins this month. Please contact us at [email protected] if you're interested.


Library News

The Olympia School District is bringing local Native author Christine Day to CHS for three presentations on May 7th.  One way for your student to secure a seat for Day's school visit with secondary students is to let their artistic side shine in the bookmark creation contest.  Students should visit the library for an entry sheet with the rules.  Bookmark entries are due very soon, by March 28th, to be voted on and produced in bulk by May 7th.

There will also be a free community event from 6:30 - 8:00 in our PAC that evening for all ages to attend.


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.


Message from Jostens for Seniors and Parents

Forgot, time got away from you or just hearing about this for the first time, we got you covered.  You can still order your cap and gown unit.  We suggest that you order no later than April 30th as pricing does increase on May 1st   Please visit www.jostens.com  choose your school affiliation and place your order.  Orders placed by May 10th we will do our best to have in the Mid-May delivery to the school.  If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]


Counseling Center News

Registration for 2024-25 school year:

Juniors (11th graders) who have not yet registered for next year (even Running Start students) will need to:

  1. Register at this LINK
  2. Then make an appointment with their counselor to review their choices at this LINK 

Sophomores (10th graders) need to:

  1. Register for next year's classes NOW at this LINK
  2. Counselors will be meeting with students in their 10th English class between March 25th -29th to discuss their choices.

Freshman (9th graders) need to:

  1. Register for next year's classes NOW at this LINK
  2. Counselors will be meeting with students in their 9th English class between April 8th - 12th to discuss their choices.


Career Center News

SENIOR FAMILIES: Remember that this is the final weekend to apply for the CHS Foundation Scholarship. If you fill out this ONE application, you can be considered for over 20 different scholarships. The CHS Foundation Scholarship closes on Sunday April 14th at 11:59pm.

There are other scholarships posted on our website. 

HSBP- The High School and Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement. The tasks in Naviance were due on March 1st for Senior students. If you have not completed the tasks, you will not be able to do your Senior Exit Interview. Please talk with Mrs. Smith in the CCRC if you are needing help completing these tasks. 


Senior Exit Interview

Mrs. Smith will be contacting Senior students via school email to complete their Exit interview after the Naviance tasks are completed. Here is some information regarding the interview:


What to Remember About Your Interview: 

  • Go over the rubric before the interview. See a copy of the rubric HERE Opening in a new window.
  • The interview lasts approximately 15 minutes.

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