"Madison Lion Cubs are Always Respectful, Always Responsible, and Always Really Safe!"
OSD News & Notes: November 6, 2015
In this week's News & Notes Washington MS students open discussion on stereotypes, Capital HS Career & Tech Ed programs attend Pierce County Career Day, ORLA team volunteers at Family Support Center of South Sound...and much, much more!
Emergency Snow Routes
Below is the 2015-16 snow bulletin for the Olympia School District, which includes specifics regarding emergency bus routes.
Upgrades to District Voicemail System
On November 19, the school district switched over to a new voicemail system. During the switch, there is a brief period of time that any calls left at our district schools/offices may not have been received. If you called and left a voicemail message with any of our schools or district buildings between the time offices closed (after 3:30 p.m.) and 7 p.m. on Thursday November 19, and you haven’t received a return call, please call again.
Sorry for the inconvenience. We appreciate your understanding and continued support of our students.
The Madison Great Shakeout!
On Thursday, October, 15th, Madison was one of hundreds of schools across the globe taking part in a Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill. At on the dot, I made an announcement over the school intercom:
“Good morning Madison students and staff. Good morning Madison students and staff. This morning we will practice our earthquake drill. I repeat, this morning we will practice our earthquake drill…”
Students made their way under desks, tables, chairs, and other safe places to “drop and cover”. After one minute, the children calmly and quietly vacated the building and made their way to the designated assembly area. I must say that I was very impressed with how well our children (and adults!) performed during the drill. Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do. Gosh, the kids were so quiet in the assembly area (the field) that I didn’t even need to use the megaphone to thank them and ask them to return to class! Infact, they did so well that every single class received a “Golden DSK Dollar” for their efforts! (“DSK Dollars” are part of Madison’s PBIS, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports program.)
The safety of all our students is important to me and my staff, as it is to you too. Today’s drill was the second of the year, with the first being an intruder drill in September. We plan to review Madison’s safety plan and procedures on a regular basis, and to hold emergency drills monthly. In the meantime, please do review your own family’s emergency plans, including fire and earthquake. Also, if your contact information has recently changed, be sure to let the office know in case we need to contact you in the event of an actual emergency.
Thank you for your support!
Pick-Up and Drop Off Tips
Greetings, Madison families! Sometimes our parking area gets busy with folks picking up and dropping off students. Here are some tips to make things flow smoothly for all of us:
- Remember to keep to the right.
- Move forward as far as you can.
- Remember not to block the Handicapped Parking spaces.
- Please do not leave or park your vehicle in the pick-up zone.
- If you must park, please use one of the parking stalls.
- Watch out for children and adults who may be crossing the parking lot.
Thank you for your help!
Safe Schools Alert
Safety is our top priority. SafeSchools Alert is a reporting system that allows students, staff, and parents to submit concerns to our administration in four different ways; phone, text, email or via the web. Anyone may easily report on bullying, harassment, alcohol/other drugs, vandalism or safety concerns through the SafeSchools Alert process. Tips may be submitted anonymously.
Instances of harrasment, intimidation or bullying may also be reported by completing the "HIB Incident Reporting Form" found here on the OSD website. After completing this form it may be delivered in person, by fax, or email attachment to the school principal.
If you have questions, contact your school principal or the District Compliance Officer, Jeff Carpenter at (360) 596-8544.
- Friday, November 27
- No School - Thanksgiving Break
- Monday, November 30
- ORLA: Socks and Soup Drive
- Tuesday, December 1
- 2nd Annual Winter Festival
- Wednesday, December 2
- Elementary/Middle Early Release - Half Day