High School

1302 North Street
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: (360) 596-7000
Attendance: (360) 596-7003
Fax: (360) 596-7001

  Senior Notes

Greetings to the Class of 2017!  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.  Look for copies of Senior Notes in the Career Center and online about the 15th of each month.  We will also email it to students and parents who provide an email address. 

Click here for the September 2016 Senior Notes  

Click here for the October 2016 Senior Notes

Click here for the November 2016 Senior Notes 

Click here for the December 2016 Senior Notes

Click here for the January 2017 Senior Notes

Click here for the February 2017 Senior Notes

Click here for the March 2017 Senior Notes


Now is the time to request your mid-year report/transcript!  For colleges requesting mid-year information, please come into the Career Center to do so.  If you would like your counselor to write a short update about you, complete a MidYear Student Information form.  Colleges have often commented that the strong MidYear Report from OHS helps boost a student’s chance of admission.  

The transcripts will be available to be sent to your colleges beginning February 6th once grades have been posted.  All the necessary forms are in the Career Center.  Dates and times to order transcripts are:     

Monday from 7:30-2:45 pm

Tuesday from 7:15 am-12:15 pm

Wednesday from 7:15 am-12:15 pm

Thursday from 7:15 am-12:15 pm

Friday from 7:15 am - 2:45 pm 

Running Start students must always send separate transcripts of their college credits for all college applications.  



The Class of 2017 High School and Beyond Plan is DUE!  Seniors need to be at 100% in their Career Cruising Portfolio by 3:00pm on Friday, April 14, 2017.  Students not done as of that date will be temporarily placed on the Graduation No-Walk list until they complete this graduation requirement. 

  • Students can log-in to www.careercruising.com using “ohs-“ in front of their normal OHS computer system login and their lunch ID# as their password (EX: ohs-dalecj).  By clicking on “My Progress” from their “My Plan” page, students will access the list of components that must be completed, and can finish whatever is not yet done. 

In addition to the work in Career Cruising, seniors are also expected to complete theirSenior Reflection” as part of their High School and Beyond Plan. 

  • The make-up option for any senior who did not complete this reflection in an OHS Senior English class last fall is on the OHS website.  Click on Counseling Center, then High School and Beyond Plan, and scroll down until you reach the Class of 2017 information.  
  • Any senior needing to complete their Senior Reflection must write out answers to the Senior Reflection Questions and then upload your paper to “My Journal” or “My Files”.  
  • Full-time Running Start/NCSC students may complete the above-referenced essay OR schedule a Senior Exit Interview with their high school counselor OR you can upload a college application essay to your “My Journal” in your Career Cruising portfolio.  

Mrs. Dale (cdale@osd.wednet.edu) and Mrs. Boelts ( jboelts@osd.wednet.edu ) are available in the Career Center for students needing help with their High School and Beyond Plan. 


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 will wear gold, students with a 3.50-3.749 GPA will wear silver and students with a 3.00-3.499 GPA will wear bronze cords.  The cords will be available for sale in late May.  See Mrs. Dale in the Career Center if you have questions. 

Baccalaureate Information 

Baccalaureate, an inspirational, spiritual, nondenominational celebration honoring graduating seniors, will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Westwood Baptist Church and doors will open at 6:00 pm. This is a time for family and friends to celebrate and acknowledge the many talents, experiences and dreams of the class of 2017 through vocal, instrumental, dramatic, artistic and literary works.   More information to come regarding try-outs to be a performer.

Olympia 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 will receive this award at the Awards Assembly on June 9.  Seniors who are eligible must have the verification form turned into Mrs. Violette’s mailbox in the main office by 9:00 am on Thursday, May 18 2017.  Click here for a copy of the Verification Form. 


Cap & Gown and Graduation Announcements can be ordered online at www.jostens.com or www.auto-grad.com.  Final payment will be due February 26, 2017.  All orders will be available to be picked up on April 12th before school and during both lunches in the Commons.

* IF a senior had a sibling who graduated in the LAST FOUR YEARS (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) and is planning to use that gown, then only a cap, tassel and  stole needs to be purchased. If you plan to use a sibling’s cap and gown, then your order is considered to be custom and you need to order by calling 1-800-JOSTENS.   

 Grad Night Tickets and Bus Signups  

Grad night party update: Have you purchased your ticket for your senior to attend the all-night graduation party? Statistics show that graduation night is the most dangerous night of the year for a high school student. There is proven data that schools who host all-night graduation parties for seniors save lives. Our party will head north and includes multiple stops, tons of great food, really amazing prizes, professional entertainment, and cool venues reserved entirely for our senior class. More information is available here. We have 180 kids signed up to attend and full and partial scholarships available for kids who need them. 


In the fall, many colleges send representatives from their admissions office to OHS to talk with interested students. These meetings offer the opportunity for you to meet with someone who has the answers to all your questions about a specific school. Teachers are usually cooperative in excusing serious students from class for this purpose, but always remember to check with your teacher before coming to the Career Center. Schools pay attention to which students attend their presentation, so it’s always a good idea to meet with the representative if you can.

All visits are in the Career Center unless noted otherwise. Visits listed as “lunches” means that the representative will be available for both first and second lunch.    


May 1-12             AP Exams (go to www.collegeboard.org for schedule)

May 25                Graduation Speaker tryouts ~ 3:00-4:00pm in a TBD location

May 30                Honor Cord purchasing and Graduation ticket pick up begins during lunch & before school

June 5                 Night of Stars ~ 6:00-7:00 Alumni Reception; 7:00-8:30pm awards program in OHS PAC 

June 9                 Senior Breakfast ~ OHS Commons, Time TBD (seniors only ~ event not finalized yet)

June 9                 Senior Awards Assembly ~ 10:50 am in the Gym

June 13               Baccalaureate ~ Westwood Baptist Church at 7:00 pm (Seniors wear Cap & Gown)

June 14               Graduation Practice ~ 10:00 am @ St. Martin’s Marcus Pavilion (do not wear cap & gown)

June 14               Graduation at St. Martin’s Marcus Pavilion (Wear Cap & Gown)

                                *Students arrive at Worthington Center at 5:45pm; doors open to family and friends at 6:00pm, ceremony starts at 7:00pm

                                 Grad Night Party ~ after graduation; sponsored by Senior parents         




Career Center Workshop Schedule During Bear Time (some dates TBD)

April 14   SPSCC Registration (12th only)  Get enrolled at SPSCC with the Admissions staff.  Get all of your registration questions answered.  Complete required documents and financial aid information so you can sign up for classes in September 2017.   


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. 


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. 


The UW Seattle application is only available online at http://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Freshman/Apply.  Students self-report classes and grades, thereby eliminating the need to send a high school transcript. However, Running Start students will need to send an SPSCC transcript.  Be sure to send your SAT or ACT scores officially from the testing service.  Application deadline is December 1, 2016.

                                                 University of Washington Bothell application deadline is January 15, 2017 (priority date)

                                                 University of Washington Tacoma application deadline is January 15, 2017 (priority date)


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. 




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.




The Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) is required for most students who are planning to enroll in first-year math courses at several of the state’s public universities.  The MPT is used for course placement and for college readiness testing.  Statewide test administration takes place in May and June each year.  The test fee is $15.  For more information or to register for a test, visit www.placement.washington.edu.

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.