Dec. 16, 2022 Newsletter

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Dec. 16, 2022 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 



Upcoming Events

  • December 17 - January 2 - Winter Break
  • January 3 - School Resumes
  • January 13 - MLK Jr. Assembly
  • January 16 - MLK Jr. Day - No School


Parent Pick-Up Information

Parents, please help us keep our students and staff safe by pulling forward as far as possible at the student drop off area.  Do not stop in front of the building when there is room to pull forward.  Our goal is to relieve congestion on Conger Ave. Thank you for your cooperation!


DramaFest Auditions

Students interested in participating in our Annual DramaFest (Student Directed One-Act Festival) should attend auditions on Tuesday, January 3rd from 4 p.m. - 5:30, or submit a Tech Form by Wednesday, January 4th..  Information packets are available on campus, or students can email Ms. Cummins for more information at [email protected].


Olympia Schools Supportive Education Council (OSSEC)

Do you have a student receiving support through an IEP or 504 plan? Please join the newly restructured Olympia Schools Supportive Education Council (OSSEC) on the third Wednesday of the month throughout the school year for resources, community building, and a welcoming space to share ideas! 

OSSEC is similar to a PTA/PTO for families, students, and staff supporting OSD students with disabilities from birth through post-high school, but without any fundraising or volunteering requirements usually associated with a PTO. We have planned a mix of social events and informative meetings, including a focus group session to help inform the OSD school board’s equity policy, a resource fair event with community partners, a sensory-friendly family movie night, and more!

Our next meeting is a caregivers’ class with local parenting coach, Emily McMason, on January 18th 6-7:30pm on zoom . Emily will be focusing on answering questions submitted by our community members that apply to our unique parenting situations. Questions can be submitted here. Please email [email protected] with any questions, follow us on Facebook, and join our email list here to get monthly meeting reminders and zoom links.


Career Center News

Career Map Meet-Ups

CHS will host our first Career Map Meet-Up in the CCRC on January 18th. The Career Hub and the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce have teamed with CHS CCRC to make this possible. This is a career exploration and networking event. Interested students will have this opportunity to come to learn about career pathways from local professionals. Students can sign-up in Naviance under College rep Visits. Wednesday, January 18th we will welcome Firefighters, Police Officers and EMTs!

Volunteer/Hands on Tech Training Opportunity

Are you seeking hands-on tech experience for a resume or to fulfill community service hours? The Tech Team at First United Methodist Church, Olympia is offering opportunities for students to join their volunteer tech team who is responsible for video directing (operating three cameras & switching), running slides, and sound board each week when we LiveStream a worship service for those who can't attend in person. CHS has no affiliation with this or any church but would like to make this opportunity available for some hands-on training to any students who enjoy technology and/or are interested in learning more about video production. Lauren Fontanilla serves as the Multimedia Coordinator at FUMCO and is a product of the Olympia School District. For more information and to volunteer contact her via email [email protected] 



A list of scholarships and search tools can be found in Naviance.  There are scholarships for everyone! You must apply to be considered! Deadlines come and go each month. See Ms. Kimari and Mrs. Proctor in the CCRC for help. 

There are many scholarship resources available including


Want to work on your FAFSA or WASFA over break? Visit the 12th Year Campaign website for resources and support.


Capital High School Attendance Information

ATTENDANCE OFFICE (360) 596-8019 Attendance Secretary: Rebekah Grods  

  • When calling the office voicemail, please speak clearly and include the following information in your message: 
  • Student name (please spell last name) 
  • Parent or guardian name 
  • Reason for the absence/specific type of appointment (it is not excused without a reason) 

EXCUSING YOUR STUDENT: A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST CALL THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE TO EXCUSE A STUDENT’S ABSENCE OR AN EXCUSED TARDY (excused tardy: late from medical appointment, dental). Calls must be received within 48 hours of a student’s absence or tardy. The voice mail is available at any time of the day to leave a message. For attendance purposes a note will not be accepted. 

ARRIVING LATE or REMOVING YOUR STUDENT FOR AN APPOINTMENT: Advanced notification to the attendance office saves disruption to the teachers, students and staff in trying to locate the student on short notice. It is very important to understand that a parent/guardian must call AND the student must sign out AND back in with the Attendance Office.  PLEASE CALL the attendance office ahead of time to arrange those details-the earlier the better. 

  • State your student’s name, spelling the last name. 
  • State the type of appointment: Doctor, Dentist, Legal, Professional etc… 
  • State the time your student needs to leave or approximate time your student will be arriving at school.
  • When given advance notice we will send a note to have your student dismissed for their appointment. Your student then goes to the Attendance Office to SIGN OUT. When your student returns from their appointment they will sign back in at the Attendance Office and receive a pass to class. 

EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE: ANY ABSENCE OVER THREE DAYS (NOT INCLUDING ILLNESS) MUST HAVE PRIOR APPROVAL THROUGH THE Extended Leave of Absence form. Signatures from the Dean of Students, parents and teachers are all required. This process may take a couple days to complete so please plan in advance. Forms may be obtained in the attendance office. 

EXCESSIVE EXCUSED ABSENCES: Excessive excused absences MAY result in a Dr Note being required to excuse all absences. CHS Administration will contact the parent/guardian


CHS Parent Organization Links


OSD Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2022-23 School Year

A Federal USDA waiver that permitted school districts to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students during the pandemic expires in August 2022. Therefore, for the 2022-23 school year, the Olympia School District will resume charging regular prices for school meals, with free/reduced price meals for qualified families with an approved application on file.  For more information, please visit:


Senior Information

  • Seniors, please complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  Many Scholarships will need this information. To complete your FAFSA go to:
  • If a teacher recommendation is needed for your college applications, please speak to the teacher two(2) weeks in advance and provide them your resume. Update your Naviance account, so that teachers will be able to send your letter by the due date through Naviance
  • If a counselor recommendation or a "Secondary School Report" is needed, please send/deliver answered questions from the Counselor Recommendation Letter Directions document on the CHS website, including a copy of your resume to your counselor at least two(2)weeks before any deadlines.
  • Ordering caps, gowns and other graduation items: go to .  Don't forget to order ASAP to save on the prices.


Grad Night 2023 - Sponsored by the CHSPO

Don’t miss this long standing CHS tradition!  Grad Night is an epic, professionally produced, overnight celebration for graduating Seniors only!  Buses will depart from Saint Martin’s at approximately 10 pm the night of Graduation. After an all-night extravaganza with incredible games and activities, professional entertainment, great food, and much more, students will return to Capital High School the following morning at 5:30 am.  Tickets will go on sale in January, and we cannot wait to celebrate you - our CHS Grads of 2023


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