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. 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. 


2017-18 School Year: 

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

Senior Meeting 

Next Senior Meeting is on February 16th during Bear Time A&B.  This is the same day as SHOWCASE for underclassmen.  Don't miss out!  

SENIOR SURVEY  - COMPLETE by Feb 16th (preferred) or Feb 28th

Items to be discussed at SENIOR MEETING - Powder Puff, Senior Fundraiser, Graduation Information, OHS Scholarship, Senior Speaker, Class Game/Activity 

Mid Year Report Requests

Click here for note that went out in Skyward.


Save the Date - Night of the Stars - June 4, 2018, 7:00 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 Room TBA.   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 17th. 

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 10th. Tryouts are on Thursday, May 24, starting at 2:45 in Room TBA. 

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. Each graduate will be given 6 free tickets. Tickets will be available to be picked up in the Career Center.  Because not all graduates may need all 6 tickets, you are encouraged to inquire about availability from friends and classmates. 

To accommodate families that may need additional graduation tickets, ALL additional tickets will be distributed PRIOR to Graduation Practice June 13th (limited amount).  Information on release of additional tickets beyond the 6 allotted per student will be announced as we get closer to the date. 

Tickets distributed for Class of 2018 graduation starting June 1.

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. Thank you for adhering to this policy.

All students in the graduation ceremony will wear navy blue caps and gowns and a white stole. Please work directly with Jostens on April 12th during lunches (first graduation distribution).   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 1, pay the fee in the ASB office and bring your receipt to the Career Center. Fee TBA.  

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.  Seniors who are eligible must have the verification form turned into Mrs. Violette’s mailbox in the main office by May 10 7:45 am.  Click here for the AP Scholar Form 


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:
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. 


Awards 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, 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. 

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:

May 2nd after school and May 4 during Bear 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 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!!


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


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: 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. 

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:



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.