Feb. 2, 2024 Newsletter

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Feb. 2, 2024 Newsletter


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Capital High School Family Communication 

February 2, 2024



Upcoming Events

  • February 15 - CHS Talent Show - 6:00 p.m.
  • February 19 and 20 - Mid-Winter Break


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.


Class Schedule Changes

Schedule Changes:  Semester 2 will begin on Monday, February 5th. Many classrooms are at or over capacity. Therefore, making a schedule change will be difficult or impossible. It is expected that a student remains in their current classes for the duration of the school year unless there are extenuating circumstances as stated on the Class Change Request Form. All schedule change requests must be made by February 9 using the Class Change Request Form and submitted in paper form to your counselor. Requests after this date would require a failing grade in the class that is being dropped as stated in the Student Handbook.


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!


Community Connections

Mary Bridge Center for Grieving Children

We believe that every family who has experienced a loss should be able to grieve in a compassionate, informed environment. Through age-appropriate support groups led by trained facilitators, we provide a safe place for children and families to heal.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Each February, young adults and their loved ones nationwide raise awareness about teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long effort focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts.

Safe Place

SafePlace strives to stop sexual and domestic violence and advocate for personal and societal change through crisis intervention and education. 

Also offered at Safe Place is their SPEAK (Safe Place Peer Education Action and Knowledge) group.  This is a volunteer group for high school students who want to learn and take action about issues impacting their community.


CHS Spring Sports

We are excited to announce you can now register your student for 2024 Spring Sports. Spring Sports include: Boys and Girls Track, Girls Tennis, Baseball, Fastpitch, Boys Soccer and Boys and Girls Golf.

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 sport physical to participate in sports.

Payment for all sports is $125 plus an ASB payment of $40 which is all required at the time of registering your student for a sport. ASB is purchased once a year.

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 26th. In order to attend the first day of practice, you must be registered by February 25th, 5pm.

Please contact coaches with questions and for practice information:


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]


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 Capital High School Parent Organization will meet this Monday, Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the library to discuss the Capital High principal selection process for the 2024-25 school year. CHSPO members will likely take action and select delegates to represent CHSPO on the new principal selection interview committee. If you're interested in joining CHSPO, this is a great way to get involved. Contact Andrew Lenderman at [email protected] with questions.


Senior signs are a great way to celebrate student achievement. CHSPO offers a personalized or generic sign for your family to celebrate this important milestone. The deadline to file an order is Feb. 23. To learn more and place an order, please visit https://chspo.org/store/. Contact CHSPO Secretary Michelle Grippo at [email protected] with questions.


Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Cougar Craft Fair, scheduled for Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the CHS commons. This is a great chance to support local small businesses and the CHS community. Sixteen vendors and three food trucks have committed already. Event organizers are also considering hosting a car show. If you're interested, please contact Michelle Grippo and Rebecca Cornelius at [email protected]. Learn more at https://chspo.org/cougar-craft-fair/.


Secure your spot for the 2024 Grad Night Celebration at the early season price of $99 while you can. These ticket prices may rise in March. Please visit https://chspo.org/store/ to secure your ticket today. Questions? Please contact us at [email protected].


Upcoming CHS Theatre Production

Cougar Theatre Proudly Presents She Kills Monsters, opening this weekend!  More information can be found on the CHS Website: https://capital.osd.wednet.edu/news/announcements/cougar_theatre_presents__she_kills_monsters


9th-11th Grade Information Night - February 22nd 

This event is a two part event for all current 9th-11th Graders and their guardians. We will have a curriculum fair first, followed by a 30 minute presentation about registration, and the evening will end with break out sessions with information for you to consider when making decisions about your future. 

4:30pm-5:15pm Curriculum Fair in the CHS Commons

  • Meet and discuss course options with CHS teachers

5:30-7:30pm Information Event in the PAC

  • Get information about graduation requirements and registration for next year.  Attend break out sessions to help with your academic decisions. Break out sessions include presenters on the IB program, Running Start, New Market Skills Center, 2 and 4 year college information, Skyward, Schoology, Securly, College in the High School at CHS, apprenticeships, and the High School and Beyond Plan requirement.


CHS Dance Competition - Saturday, February 24th


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  • Olympia, WA 98502

Library News

If your student does not currently have a touch-screen Chromebook, please ask them to come to the library to swap for a brand-new touchscreen device before school, during lunch, or after school.  


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 HOSA is putting on a coat drive from Feb 1st - Feb 28th

  • We are looking to receive warm jackets, hats, gloves, and socks
  • We are donating to an organization called FESS of Olympia
  • All items can be dropped off in room G-1, the commons or school front lobby


CHS Yearbooks On Sale

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


Career Center News

Students who are signed up to take the ASVAB on Tuesday, February 6th 2024, will need to be in the CCRC 1st period. The test will start at 9am. Please talk with Mrs. Smith if you have any questions or haven't signed up and want to.

Sierra Pacific will be in the CCRC on Wednesday, February 7th during both lunches. Students will have the opportunity to learn about Forestry, Engineering and Manufacturing opportunities and Job Training or Summer Internships.

Senior Families: Please remember it is time to complete your FAFSA if you are planning on doing any post secondary education. Also, you can find a lot of Scholarship and Scholarship Engines on the CCRC website. If you have difficulty finding the scholarships, please make an appointment with Mrs. Smith and she can help you navigate the website. 

ALSO, Seniors, your High School and Beyond Plan is due March 1st. Please get all of your tasks completed in Naviance.  If  you are needing help with any of the tasks, please make an appointment with Mrs. Smith as soon as possible. March is a month away!!!

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