Seniors

Senior Survey

Seniors must complete the Senior Survey before they may pick up their Graduation Tickets.


Senior Notes

Greetings to the Class of 2018! Senior Notes is a monthly newsletter designed to provide information on opportunities for seniors. Most of the information will be geared to those who are planning further education after high school, and other news will be of importance to everyone. Senior Notes is published and emailed to senior students and parents/guardians about the 15th of each month. 

 

2017-18 School Year: 

Senior Notes for May 2018 HERE
Senior Notes for April 2018 HERE

Senior Notes for March 2018 HERE 
Senior Notes February 2018 HERE
Senior Notes January 2018 HERE
Senior Notes Nov/Dec 2017 HERE
Senior Notes October 2017 HERE
Senior Notes September 2017 HERE


Olympia AP Scholar Award

The top academic honor at Olympia HS is the Olympia Scholar medal, worn at the graduation ceremony. Students with a 3.5 GPA, honors and AP classes, and community or school activities may apply for this award.  The deadline has been extended:  Seniors who are eligible must have the verification form turned into the Career Center by May 24th.  Click here for the AP Scholar Form 

 

Request for Additional Grad Tickets - form will be available here on May 29th

 

 


Save the Date - Night of the Stars - June 4, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

Save the date for this NEWLY FORMATTED EVENT in the Performing Arts Center. This will be a night to honor Olympia High School senior graduates, both past and present.  Alumni will be presenting Hall of Fame Awards, Community Organizations will be awarding scholarships, we will be recognizing seniors in the areas of memorial and community scholarships, collegiate scholarships, academic achievement, community service, and leadership.  


The plan is to make this a FORMAL EVENT for our seniors - similar to a Senior Awards Banquet.  The 2018 Senior Awards Assembly during the school day will have a NEW FORMAT!  Parents will want to schedule themselves to attend this event in lieu of the daytime assembly. Seniors will be recognized for a variety of awards - from sports to academics to activities.  This will be A NEW FORMAT All students and parents are welcome to attend this event.


Interested in planning this event?  We would like to have seniors and parents serve in supporting roles for this event to introduce speakers, alumni and performers during the evening.  If you are interested in being a part of this committee please email Jen Boelts, Senior Class Advisor and OHS Career Counselor. (see staff directory for contact information)  

 



Class of 2018 Graduation

June 13, 2018 at St. Martins Pavilion 

Graduation Speakers

What a chance to get in the last word with your classmates? 

Each year two students (or small groups of students) are chosen to present brief speeches during the graduation ceremony. Any senior who wishes to be a graduation speaker may try out on Thursday, May 24, 2018 after school  in the Career Center.   If you would like to team up with another student to present your speech, that is fine!

Speeches should be 2 – 3 minutes in length. The graduation ceremony is a festive occasion and  includes guests of all ages and areas of the world.  The ceremony and speech will also be broadcast live on FB through the OSD FB page.  Speeches can focus on: challenges specific to your generation, reflections on the graduating class, addressing ALL seniors and not a specific group. 

If you are interested in trying out as a Graduation Speaker or would like more information, stop by the Career Center. Sign-ups will begin on May 1st in the Career Center and you must turn a copy of your speech in advance to the Career Center by deadline May 18th. 


Graduation Speaker Peer Judges

Graduation speakers are chosen by selected by OHS staff and by students' peers. 

If you are interested in being a graduation speaker peer judge, please sign up in the Career Center by 
May 21st.  Tryouts are on Thursday, May 24, starting at 2:45 in the Career Center. 


Graduation Tickets NEW Distribution!! 

In order to comply with city fire codes and St. Martin’s University regulations, tickets will be required of all family and friends attending graduation on Wednesday, June 13. 

PICKING UP GRADUATION TICKETS


Students may pick up graduation tickets ONLY if they: - have completed the Senior Survey - are passing all graduation-required courses - have completed online course work, including APEX (if applicable) - have completed their High School & Beyond Plan - have paid all fees and fines - are passing Running Start classes required for graduation (if applicable)


If none of the above are issues, graduating senior students may pick up tickets starting May 29th in the Career Center. Tickets may be picked up before school, during lunchtimes, and for ½ hour after the end of school.  The Career Center will be closed on June 1st for the day.


The Saint Martin’s Pavilion has enough seats for each senior to receive 6 guest tickets to the graduation ceremony. Only seniors may pick up tickets and they may only pick up their own tickets.  Seniors must be prepared to show picture id when picking up tickets.


WANT MORE THAN 6 TICKETS?

Starting May 29th senior students may request extra tickets using a Google Form which will be available on the OHS website under Counseling/Career Center/Seniors.  Each senior student may make ONE request for extra tickets. Lottery drawings for extra tickets will be conducted school days June 4-13 until all tickets are given out.  Students will be contacted via email when their name is drawn to receive extra tickets. Each student will receive no more than 6 tickets at one time. If extra tickets are still available on June 13th, they will be given out at the morning rehearsal at Saint Martin's.


NEED FEWER THAN 6 TICKETS?

If a senior does not need all 6 graduation tickets, they may turn in their extra tickets to the Career Center and be entered for a drawing for priority seating for their guests. Each ticket turned in is a chance to be selected. Two seniors will be selected and their guests will be seated in prime seats up front!  This drawing will be held on June 12th.



OTHER SENIOR CLASS CELEBRATIONS TO CONSIDER, NO TICKETS REQUIRED, ALL INVITED!


Night of the Stars - June 4th, 6pm in the PAC - Celebrating our Seniors and inducting Alumni to our Hall of Fame


Baccalaureate - June 12th, 6:30pm at Westwood Baptist Church - Celebration of our Seniors (a non- denominational event hosted by Senior Parents)


Graduation Ceremony - June 13th 7pm from the comfort of your home!  The graduation ceremony will be on the OSD web page through Facebook Live GRADUATION CEREMONY: WHAT (AND WHAT NOT) TO BRING & WHAT TO WEAR

 


All students in the graduation ceremony and going to baccalaureate wear navy blue caps and gowns and a white stole, available from Josten's.  Please work directly with Josten's, either online at www.jostens.com or call them at 1-800-JOSTENS.   The only ornamentation allowed will be honor cords, Arts/Drama cords, AVID cords, Olympia Scholar medals and cords from SPSCC Associate Degree earning students. Students cannot wear or carry leis or flowers or any other decoration into the ceremony. The graduation cap cannot be decorated. Also, St. Martin‘s does not allow balloons in the Pavilion.


Honor Cords

Seniors with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA at the end of the seventh semester will have the opportunity to wear an honor cord during the graduation ceremony. Students with a 3.75-4.00 GPA wear gold, students with a 3.50-3.749 wear silver and students with a 3.00-3.499 wear bronze cords. After June 2, pay $7 in the ASB office and bring your receipt to the Career Center. 
  

Senior Walk Back in Time Through Elementary Schools

This tradition is for seniors who attended OHS feeder elementary schools. It’s a walk through the elementary school they attended in their cap & gown; meet at your elementary school  before the schools start time.   Elementary School Start Times:  https://osd.wednet.edu/our_district/schools
This is organized by senior parents; no district transportation is provided. Seniors who did not attend a feeder school are still welcome to walk with their friends.  Seniors choosing to not walk will attend classes, as usual. 

 

Senior Assembly

The Senior Awards Assembly will be reformatted this year.  Please check the NIGHT OF THE STARS information.  This assembly will be shortened and reformatted.  Most awards will be distributed at the NIGHT OF THE STARS.  

Baccalaureate Tryouts 

 

Last year some family and friends said that Baccalaureate was better than the Graduation ceremony!  It is a more intimate experience and everyone can attend -- no ticket needed!!

The Senior Baccalaureate will be held at 
Westwood Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 12th at 6:30 pm, with doors opening at 6:00pm. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational spiritual service that allows time to reflect upon senior students’ personal growth and achievement. It is often a moving and emotional experience for all attending (bring tissues!). In addition to a few short speeches, the event is filled with musical performances, drama, and readings by students. Each student may perform for 2-3 minutes. The ceremony will last from an hour to 1 ¼ hours, with a reception following. 

In addition to having senior students perform at Baccalaureate, we would like to have a senior student serve as emcee/master of ceremonies to introduce speakers and performers during the evening. Students may involve friends and family in their performance. Each performance should be limited to no more than 5 minutes. 


IIf interested, please come to the Career Center.


Pre-Order Graduation Pictures at St. Martin's Pavilion

O'Connor Photography will be photographing EVERY senior as they accept their diploma. You can treasure this moment forever! Please remind your graduate to look at the camera and smile. Order your picture packages BEFORE the ceremony begins. More information will be coming.


Pre-Order 2018 Graduation Video at St. Martin's Pavilion

Spiritborne Productions, Inc. will be videoing the entire 2018 graduation ceremony.  More information to come.

Grad Night Party Update 

Students will load onto the busses in the St. Martin’s parking lot about 15 minutes after the graduation ceremony ends. Students will return the next morning for pick-up around 6am and they will have their cell phones and be able to give you a better estimated time of arrival. 

Tickets are on sale.  The cost goes up as we get closer to the end of the year ($175 in January), the price is person and includes transportation, two full meals, snacks, prizes, professional entertainment, reserved venues for just our seniors, professional security, & surprises!!!  Full & partial scholarships available.   

Want to sponsor a senior? Your donation is tax deductible.  Check in with Wendy Rae in the main office for more information.  

 

Print Your Vaccination Records from Family Access

This is a reminder to print your vaccination records from Family Access before you graduate and no longer have access. Due to this information being available online, vaccination records are no longer sent home. Most colleges and universities require proof of immunizations BEFORE you register for fall classes. Please download/save/print a copy before you graduate!!

 


CLASS OF 2018 IMPORTANT DATES!
See the latest Senior Notes.

  


Common Application 

The Common Application allows you to fill out one application and submit it to several different private colleges across the country. For the form and list of participating schools, go to

 www.commonapp.org

 

For the Common Application, you will use email to “invite” your counselor and teachers to upload a recommendation and secondary school report. Your counselor and teachers email address are available on the OHS website. You will need to complete the Student Information Sheet, aka “green form”, and give a copy to your counselor and teachers so they can write your letter of recommendation.  

Click here for the OHS Counseling Center Letter of Recommendation (Green Sheet)

This form helps your counselor and teachers write a more personal letter of recommendation. 


Washington Public Baccalaureate Colleges

Each of the public 4-year colleges in Washington State has its own application available online at the school’s website. Some of the schools have scholarships for those who apply early. Give yourself the best chance for acceptance and apply now! All of the colleges require a personal statement as part of the application. 


Click on the links below for the handouts that were available at senior parent night


Tips for Finding Your College Match

College Students and Parents: What You Need to Know About the 2017-2018 FAFSA

Three Steps to a Great College Essay

College Application Essay Writing: Common "Traps" to Avoid

College Application Checklist

Checklist for Applying to a 4-year College 

Click here for the Senior timeline bookmark

Click here for the senior question answers and a schedule of Career Center Workshops

 


Important websites for Seniors and Parents:

www.olympia.osd.wednet.edu Go to “Counseling Center” for Senior Class info. and much more!

www.collegeboard.org Order SAT scores to be sent directly to colleges.

www.fafsa.edu.gov The official website for filing FAFSA as early as January 1, 2014.

www.inlikeme.com College application, financial aid and scholarship info. for students and parents.

www.auto-grad Order class rings, caps & gowns and graduation announcements here. 

www.thewashboard.org Scholarship search website specifically for Washington students

www.checkoutacollege.com Community college search website ~ has links to 4-year college programs too!

www.shop.jostens.com Order yearbooks, class rings and graduation announcements here. 


College Admissions Testing

 

Most colleges will accept either the SAT or the ACT tests for admission. Information, registration, and practice tests are available online at:

SAT: www.collegeboard.org

ACT: www.actstudent.org


Pay attention to registration deadlines so you do not have to pay late fees. 
There will no longer be a standby option so get registered on time!

The school code for OHS is 480835.


College Admissions Interviews

Are you scheduled to interview with your college of interest?  Here are some links to documents you may want to review PRIOR to your interview.  If you would like to schedule an appointment PRIOR to your interviews to practice a MOCK INTERVIEW, contact Ms. Boelts in the Career Center & we are happy to help you through this process. 

Interview Tips & Questions 
Advice for Acing the College Interview


Accuplacer/Compass Testing - 2 year schools 

Washington State 2-year Community Colleges also require testing prior to enrollment. There are different placement tests used by our Community Colleges, so check the school's website for more information. SPSCC uses the Accuplacer exams in Math and English to determine placement in college classes.


ASVAB Testing 

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is the most widely used multiple-aptitude test battery in the world. As an aptitude test, the ASVAB measures your strengths, weaknesses, and potential for future success. The ASVAB also provides you with career information for various civilian and military occupations and is an indicator for success in future endeavors whether you choose to go to college, vocational school, or a military career.  ASVAB is offered once a semester.  Check in at the Career Center for the next test date.