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Olympus Junior High School

Home of the Spartans

2018 - 2019 School Year

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To our Spartan Family:

On behalf of the entire Olympus Junior High School staff, we want to welcome you to the Spartan Family!  It is with great excitement and anticipation that we get ready for the 2018-2019 school year. All of us at Olympus look forward to providing a rich learning experience for your child both in and out of the classroom. We encourage parent involvement in all activities and look forward to a successful partnership in the education of your students. We look forward to working with you and welcome you to Olympus Junior High School.

Sean Healy, Principal
Chris Smith, Assistant Principal

The following information is provided in hopes of answering many of the questions you may have about the opening of school.  Please visit our new website for the most up-to-date information: olympus.eurekausd.org


Office Opens

Friday, August 3,7:15 am – 3:15 pm

Annual Registration and Information Confirmation

All parents are required to complete the online registration process for the upcoming school year.This process replaces the paper forms sent home at the beginning of each school year. You will use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to access the Annual Registration.Below are the steps to follow and answers to common questions.Click here (to open a new window) and get started...........Please complete prior to Orientation and the first day of school.

First Day of School

Wednesday, August 15, 2018School starts at 7:45am!

7th Grade Student Orientation

Tuesday, August 14, 8am – 12pm.


Orientation for all 7th Graders (students only!) will take place on Tuesday, August 14th in the Gym from 8:00am – 12:00pm.

The orientation is a way to help make the transition from elementary school to junior high school a positive one. A select group of 8th graders will be serving as leaders and mentors to the 7th graders. Large and small group activities are designed to address students’ needs and concerns in a fun, engaging way.Students should wear comfortable clothes and leave backpacks and/or purses at home... Travel Light!

You can expect a phone call from a WEB Leader a few days before Orientation reminding you about this awesome event.

**NEW**

PTC Parent Orientation

Tuesday, August 14, 8:15 – 10:45 am.

All Olympus parents are invited to our PTC Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 14th in the Multi-Purpose Room from 8:15 AM - 10:45 AM.Similar to the WEB Orientation for students, parents will participate in general sessions and small group activities, led by some of our "veteran" Olympus parent leaders.

During this time you will have the opportunity to purchase items such as PE clothes, spirit shirts, and pick up student schedules.More information about Orientation will be announced before the event.

Possible Costs for Orientation

The following are some of the cost for items at Orientation:

  • Gym Clothes - $25

  • Spirit Shirt - $10

  • PTC Pledge Drive - $75

  • Being a Spartan – PRICELESS!

P.E. Clothes

P.E. clothes will be for sale at Orientation.Shirts and shorts are $12.50 each or both for $25.00. If you cannot attend Orientation, PE clothes can be purchased in the office after school starts.If you wish to provide your own PE clothes, the uniform MUST BE a grey shirt with green shorts (no pockets please!).

Schedules

During orientation, student schedules will be distributed.Parents and students must go through the orientation stations before picking up a schedule.If you are unable to attend orientation, schedules will be available in the MP room starting at 7:00 a.m. on the first day of school.

School Supplies

We know that shopping for school supplies can be an exciting time to prepare for the school year.We are not expecting our students to have all of their supplies by the first day of school. Since students in Jr. High will have different schedules with different classes and teachers, there is no “standard” grade-level supply list.We recommend you wait until after the first few days of school to know specifically what your teachers require for their classes. You can have some of the basics (pencils, pens, and paper) for the first day of school.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Olympus (and other schools throughout the Eureka Union School District) will continue a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program that started last school year.This means that families will be able to choose a device to bring to school that meets minimum specifications. Devices must:

  • connect to our network via WiFi connection (no cellular data allowed),

  • have a tactile keyboard (tablets with connected keyboards work well),

  • be able to connect to school Google Accounts (no personal accounts can be used while on campus).

Most students choose to bring a Chromebook device since they are affordable, dependable, durable, and meet all of the required specifications.

Please visit our website for more information about BYOD. http://olympus.eurekausd.org/Programs/Bring-Your-Own-Device-BYOD/index.html

Back to School Night,

Thursday, August 23

Back to School Night is Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Presentation by Mr. Healy 5:30 – 6:30 PM – in the Multi Purpose Room

Class Rotations 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Events/ Information

Every week our office will send out, via Remind, a weekly message called The Olympus Shout-Out!. This will provide school information such as athletic events, special activities, minimum days, holidays, and meetings, as well as provide critical information about what is happening at school.These are brief, but packed with information and serve in lieu of paper copies of information being sent home! We encourage parents to go to our new website olympus.eurekausd.org click on “Shout-Out” under the Parents tab.

Fall Sports Tryouts

Tryouts and practice for Flag Football, Cross Country, and Girl’s Volleyball will be held at the start of the school year.Please visit the “Sports Zone” section of the Olympus website for more detailed information: http://olympus.eurekausd.org/Sports-Zone/ A completed Emergency Card must be completed before a student may attend practice or tryouts.

Food Service

EUSD contracts food service through the Roseville Joint Union High School District.Students may purchase items from our snackbar at break and lunch. Parents may load the student’s account online rather than carrying cash.The students will need their 5-digit Student ID number to purchase items. Go to the Parents tab on the Olympus website, then select MySchoolBucks to create or update your accounts.

Policies

Attendance

ATTENDANCE HOTLINE: 786-6006 orhttp://olympus.eurekausd.org/About/Attendance/

If your child is ill, please call and leave a message. PLEASE STATE YOUR STUDENT’S NAME, REASON FOR ABSENCE, DATE, YOUR NAME, AND YOUR PHONE NUMBER.The attendance secretary will listen to the messages each day. The District is only paid for students in their seats. We encourage parents to plan their trips and vacations around school hours. We do provide Independent Study Contracts for vacations (5 days or more from school) – please obtain these from the main office a minimum of 5 days in advance to leaving.

Dress Code

Please keep the following guidelines in mind when shopping for school clothes:

School is considered a place of business and student dress and behavior should be consistent with the situation.The school encourages students to use good taste and common sense when dressing for school. Under no conditions should clothing or personal grooming be a distraction, unsafe, immodest, or disruptive to the educational program.If a student is found to not follow the above guidelines, they will be asked to fix the issue on their own. If necessary, they may borrow PE clothes in the office.

  • For health and safety reasons shoes must be worn at all times.Flip-flop sandals may be worn but you should have running shoes available for PE.

  • No torn or sheer clothing above the knee that may show skin beneath it.Sheer tops may not show skin beneath it.

  • Students may not wear spaghetti straps, strapless or backless tops/dresses. Midriffs must be covered.

  • Pants/shorts/skirts must be worn with the waistband of the pants/shorts up around the waist – no “sagging” pants/shorts.

  • Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length at minimum (arm dropped to the sides, hem should reach fingertips)

  • Emblems, words and pictures on clothing should be appropriate for Junior High School students (i.e. no obscenities, vulgar language, indecency, innuendos, violence or drug and alcohol references).

  • No pajamas or slippers are to be worn to school unless for a “Spirit Day” designated by the Stu-Crew.

Homework

Homework assignments will be posted to Teacher calendars and Google Classroom sites by the teacher.Students will subscribe to the calendars in the first few days of school. Students can always check assignments by logging in to their school Google account and checking their calendar.

PowerSchool

Parents and students may check grades online through PowerSchool: https://eureka.powerschool.com/public/


Dropping Off Items for Students

Mornings can be hectic and it is not uncommon for student to forget items.To help our students learn responsibility, we must offer them opportunities to be responsible and learn from their choices, decisions, and actions.If you have to bring an item to school that your student forgot at home, please place the item on the table near the front office with their name on it.We make every effort to limit the number or classroom disruptions - we will not send call slips to students for items that have been forgotten. Please remind your student to check the front table near the office for items that you drop off for them.

Medication at School

By State Law, no child is allowed to take medication, including over the counter, at school without a form signed by the doctor and the parent. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS! These forms are available at the school office. Please do not send any medication with your child in his/her backpack.This law is to protect all students and your cooperation is appreciated.

Check Out Procedures

If students must leave school at any time for any reason, the parent or guardian must come into the office and request to have the student released from class. It is recommended that the parent or guardian arrive a little early to allow time for the student to finish any tests or assignments they are working on. A note can also be sent with the student to present to the teacher so that preparation for that class are made at the beginning of class time. When it is time to leave school, parents must complete the sign-out sheet in the office. We cannot call a student out of class until the parent is in the office. Upon return, the parent and student must sign in at the office.PLEASE TRY TO SCHEDULE APPOINTMENTS AFTER 2:20 P.M.

If someone other than the parent is picking up the student, we must hear from the parent either by phone or by a note.

Transportation

As a reminder, the Board has placed priority on providing the safest form of transportation for our students.If you would like to take advantage of district bus transportation, you must submit your completed application and payment to the Transportation Department.You may find all application information at our website at.

http://www.eurekausd.org/Departments/Transportation/Bus-Pass-Application/index.html

Applications and payment may be dropped off at the Transportation Office between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. or, if paying by credit card, please visit our School Store in Myschoolbucks.com.If you have questions concerning bus passes or routes, please call 916-774-1231.

Free Milk/Lunch Program

The District provides free lunches for qualified students. This is not a federal program and you must fill out an application for both milk and lunch. Applications are available in all school offices and at the district office

Insurance

Insurance is not required, but you should realize the school does not carry accident insurance on individual children. California law requires that students participating in an interscholastic athletic event have insurance coverage of at least $15,000 for hospital medical expenses. This includes all athletic team members.There is an insurance policy that is offered through the schools that meets these requirements. The brochures are available in the office.

Please call 782-1667 or visit our website if you have any questions.  olympus.eurekausd.org

Again, welcome to Olympus Junior High School. With your involvement, we look forward to an excellent year.

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