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

Click here for the April/May 2017 Senior Notes

Senior Survey

Please complete the this survey by May 30, 2017.

Final Transcript Request/Scholarship & Awards Form

Every senior needs to complete the Final Transcript Request/Scholarship & Awards Form now available in the Career Center. You can have your one free final transcript sent to the college of your choice or to your home by filling out this form. Along with sending your final transcript to the college you will be attending next year, we would like to recognize all scholarship and award winners at the Awards Assembly and in the Class of 2017 Commencement Program. So if you have received (and plan to accept) any scholarships from a college or outside organization, please list those on the form. This form is DUE MAY 26, 2017. If you turn in the information after that date, we are unable to guarantee the information will make the print date. Click here for a copy of the Final Transcript Request/Scholarship & Awards Form 

Graduation Speakers

Here’s a chance to get in the last word with your classmates! Each year two 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 25, after school in Room 109/111. Speeches should be 2 – 3 minutes in length. The graduation ceremony is a festive occasion and often includes guests from throughout the nation so the speech should be positive. Challenges specific to your generation, reflections on the graduating class, etc. are typical subjects. If you are interested in trying out as a Graduation Speaker or would like more information, see Mrs. Dale in the Career Center. Sign-ups will begin on May 2nd in the Career Center and you must turn a copy of your speech to Mrs. Dale by the start of school on Monday, May 22.

Graduation Speaker Peer Judges

Each year, there are two student graduation speakers. One is selected by OHS staff and the other by their peers. Sign up in the Career Center if you are interested in being a graduation speaker peer judge. Tryouts are on Thursday, May 25, starting at 2:45 in Room 109/111.

Graduation Tickets Required

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 14. Each graduate will be given 6 free tickets. Tickets will be available to be picked up in the Career Center on: 

  • May 30 – during lunches and after school
  • May 31 – before school and during lunches
  • June 1, 6, 7 & 8 – before school and during lunches
  • June 2, 5 & 12 – before and after school and during lunches

SENIORS MUST SHOW PICTURE ID TO PICK UP TICKETS. Tickets can only be given to senior students and cannot be released to family or friends. A limited number of additional tickets will be available the day of graduation if families need extra tickets, but we cannot guarantee how many. Since not all graduates may need all 6 tickets, you are encouraged to inquire about availability from friends and classmates. 

Graduation Attire

All students in the graduation ceremony will wear navy blue caps and gowns and a white stole. Please talk directly to our representative from Jostens when they are here on May 27th if you have any remaining amount due or still need to order your cap and gown (or just a stole and tassel). The only ornamentation allowed will be honor cords, Drama cords, AVID cords and Olympia Scholar medals. 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. Pay the $7.00 fee in the ASB office and bring your receipt to Mrs. Dale in the Career Center on the following days:

  • May 30 – during lunches and after school
  • May 31 – before school and during lunches
  • June 1, 6, 7 & 8 – before school and during lunches
  • June 2, 5 & 12 – before and after school and during lunches

If you are not sure whether you are eligible, see Mrs. Dale in the Career Center. 

Senior Walk

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 at 9:00 am. 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. We are in need of a parent to coordinate Madison Elementary - all other schools are secured. Please contact Kelli Jackson at if you have questions.

Night of Stars

The Night of Stars will be on June 5, at 7:00 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center. This is a night to honor Olympia High School graduates, both past and present. Students receiving OHS Scholarships will be invited to attend, as well as their families. All students and parents are welcome to attend this event.

Awards Assembly

The Awards Assembly will be on June 9th, at 10:50 a.m., in the gym. At this assembly, we will be recognizing seniors in the areas of memorial and community scholarships, collegiate scholarships, academic achievement, community service, and leadership. Parents are welcome to come to this assembly. 

Senior Men

When you turn 18, senior men need to register with the Selective Service system. You can register online at You cannot receive federal financial aid without being registered.

Baccalaureate Tryouts 


The Senior Baccalaureate will be held at Westwood Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm, with doors opening at 6:00pm. All are welcome and tickets are not needed. 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. The ceremony will last from an hour to 1 ¼ hours, with a reception following. 

We are planning to have a professional photographer, as Baccalaureate is a great opportunity to take family photos before the craziness of graduation night. (A donation of $5-$10 per family is requested for photos. We will use a website or email to get photos to families.) 

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. 

Tryouts for performing or emceeing at Baccalaureate will be held in the Orchestra/Music room on:

  • Wednesday, May 24th from 7:30-8:30am
  • Friday, May 26th during Bear Time, 9:30-10:30am 

If you would like to tryout, please email Connie Harper at by Friday, May 19th to schedule the date and time. 

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 teh ceremony begins. Complete this form and bring your payment on Graduation Night to the O'Connor Photography table at the main entrance at St. Martin's Pavilion.

Pre-Order 2017 Graduation Video at St. Martin's Pavilion

Spiritborne Productions, Inc. will be videoing the entire 2017 graduation ceremony. Complete this form and either turn it in at the sales desk in the lobby on graduation night or mail it in before graduation night.

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 still on sale: ticket sales are every Friday in May in OHS cafeteria during both lunches. The cost is $195 per 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 - contact

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!!

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.


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.

Centralia College will be in the Career Center on May 5th during Bear Time B. Stop by to learn more about the amazing hands on programs offered. They also have Bachelor of Applied science degrees in Diesel Tech, IT, Management, Teacher Education and a new Associates Degree in Music


May 24 Baccalaureate Tryouts: 7:30-8:30 pm in the OHS Music Rooms 

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

May 26 Baccalaureate Tryouts: Bear Time, 9:30-10:30 am in the OHS Music Rooms 

May 26 Final Transcript and Scholarship & Awards form due 

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, 10:00 am (seniors only)

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

June 13 Baccalaureate ~ Westwood Baptist Church at 6:30 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm (Seniors wear Cap & Gown)

June 14 Mandatory 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)

May 26 during Bear Time A Finance Your Future


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

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 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: Go to “Counseling Center” for Senior Class info. and much more! Order SAT scores to be sent directly to colleges. The official website for filing FAFSA as early as January 1, 2014. College application, financial aid and scholarship info. for students and parents. Order class rings, caps & gowns and graduation announcements here. Scholarship search website specifically for Washington students Community college search website ~ has links to 4-year college programs too! 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:



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

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.