The Spartan Family Scoop
December 1, 2023
Hello Olympia Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday break! This week was a busy but pretty incredible week here at Olympia. Our students continue to do amazing things daily. More recently, I have been discussing with the staff on how negativity and negative thinking/perceptions about Olympia can cause such a burden on productivity, student achievement and pride in our school. I talked about how for every one undesired incident there are 100 more positive things taken place in our building at the exact same time, but that we and the community seem to overlook those moments. I am reminded of saying I first heard from my grandmother, "a car doesn't make the news unless it is on fire." That is so true, and I think I see that with the perception of Olympia. Therefore, I have challenged the staff to acknowledge the great things that happen at Olympia daily, check out our social media posts for highlights on the everyday awesome things that happen here. We cannot let the day-to-day, minute-to-minute celebrations be drowned by the negativity. I also encourage you to ask your child each day about a positive experience they have had at school that day.
Also, don't forget to see below for important information!
Your Proud Principal
Moments From This Week
Winter Music Concerts
The music department has a series of evening music concerts coming up over the next two weeks! All families are invited to attend. Below is the schedule, I hope you can at least make one!
- Wednesday, December 6th at 7pm- High School Band and Orchestra Winter Concert
- Thursday, December 7th at 7pm- 6th, 7th/8th Grade Choruses, Treble Choir, Jukevox, and Select Choir
- Wednesday, December 13th at 6pm- Middle and High School Jazz Bands, OLY Student and Staff Chamber Groups
- Thursday, December 14th at 7pm- 6th, 7th/8th Grade Bands, Middle School Orchestra
PTA Olympia Gear Sale
The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has put together an Olympia spirit wear store. Check out the link below to see what items are up for sale. Orders are due December 6th and will be available at school for pick up on December 21st.
24-25 Course Selection Process
The course selection process is fully underway. Students are meeting individually with their counselors between now and January to select their courses for next year. Don't worry, decisions made at these meetings will be shared with families at a later date.
Attached below is a copy of the 2024-2025 Course Guide for GCSD. Check it out and review it with your child to help them make an informed decision.
Check Olympia's 2023 Craft Show- Details in Flyer Below!
FREE FAMILY PHOTOS AND GRAND OPENING OF OUR SPARTAN COMMUNITY CENTER (See below)
Holiday Meals For Families in Need (see flier below)
Financial Education Seminar Invite (see flier below)
Electronic Device Policy- Reminder
All cell phones, earbuds, and Smart Watches should be placed in a Yondr pouch upon arrival to school. If this rule is not followed, then the following consequences occur:
- Phone is confiscated by a staff members and returned to the student at the end of the school day. Parent/Guardian is notified.
- If there is a second violation to the policy, then the administrator confiscates the device, parents must come and retrieve it AND the student receives one day of suspension.
- If there is a third violation to the policy, then the administrator confiscates the device, parents must come and retrieve it AND the student receives two days of suspension.
- If there is a fourth violation to the policy, then the administrator confiscates the device, parents must come and retrieve it AND the student receives three days of suspension.
Our goal is to create a learning environment where all students are free from distractions AND are focused on learning. Our goal is also to keep students in class and engaged in instruction. Families, we need your help enforcing the policy at home.
The Greece Central School District has made improving student attendance a priority for the 2023-24 school year. Since the pandemic, students are missing more school days, which means they are also missing out on more instructional time and opportunities to make meaningful personal connections. Each month, we will be sharing this Make Every Day Count newsletter with you. It includes information about why regular school attendance is important, as well as tips for promoting positive attendance habits at home. Our staff are here to help families overcome any obstacles to regular school attendance. Please reach out to your child's teacher, counselor, or social worker if you need help and we will develop a plan together. Our school community is always better when we are all together!
English New Language Family Program
The English New Language Family Program is being offered again this year for all students and families of ELLs. It is every Thursday night for three 7-week sessions from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at 200 Alcott Road. Students receive homework help and engage in a variety of project-based learning opportunities with GCSD teachers while adults attend learning sessions in the Phoenix Academy Library on a variety of topics ranging from School, District, and Community resources. Check out the newsletter for more information.
2023-2024 Yearbook Information
Yearbooks can be purchased anytime between now and May 1st. The deadline is May 1st 2024. And all purchases are online only at https://jostensyearbooks.com/
- If purchased before September 29th the price is $55
- If purchased between 9/30/23 and 1/26/24 the price is $60
- If purchased between 1/27/24-5/1/24 the price is $65
More details about the Yearbook can be found here: 2024 Senior Yearbook Info
Family and Community Engagement
Deanna Nix is our Community School site Coordinator and Amanda Yoder is our Parent Engagement and Support Coordinator. Their contact information is in the documents attached.
Olympia Sports Schedule
Of note- students in grades 6-8 must have a parent with them to attend any sporting event.