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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 2019-2020 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:

Office Opens
Thursday, August 8,  7:15 am – 3:15 pm
Annual Student Information Update
All parents are required to complete the online Annual Student Information Update for the upcoming school year.  A notification was sent by our District Office in early May and more reminders will be sent throughout the summer.  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 Student Information Update.   (to open a new window) and get started...........Please complete prior to Orientation and the first day of school.
Orientation Events
We're looking forward to seeing everyone for our Orientation events.  We have different programs for our New Parents, 7th-grade students, 8th-grade students, and returning parents.
7th Grade Student WEB Orientation
Wednesday, August 14, 8am – 12pm.

Orientation for all 7th Graders (students only!) will take place on Wednesday, 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 Parent WEB Orientation
Monday, August 12, 5:30 - 7:30pm.
All Olympus parents are invited to our PTC Parent Orientation on Monday, August 12th in the Multi-Purpose Room from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.  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 meet the PTC.  More information about Orientation will be announced before the event.
PTC Orientation for Parents
Wednesday, August 14, 8am - 12pm
All Parents, you are welcome to stop by the Multi-Purpose Room to handle the “business stuff”.  You can come in anytime between 8 am - 12 pm. This is where you can pick up everything you will need to start the year and get class schedules.
8th Grade Parents - We have something for you, too!  Plan to be in the MP Room at 11:30 AM for an opportunity to learn about all the fun and exciting graduation activities that will be occurring this year and ways that you can get engaged. Also, we will cover the timeline and process for High School Registration for next year.

Possible Costs for Orientation
The following are some of the cost for items at Orientation:
  • Gym Clothes - $25
  • Spirit Shirt - $10
  • Student Planner - $10
  • PTC Pledge Drive - $75 or more
  • 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.
First Day of School
Thursday, August 15, 2019  School starts at 7:45am!
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 2 years ago.  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.
Back to School Night,
Tuesday, August 20
Back to School Night is Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
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 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: 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 or   http://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 a work environment.  The school encourages students to use good taste and common sense when dressing for school. Under no conditions should clothing or personal grooming be unsafe, immodest, a distraction, 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 without the need to contact home. If necessary, they may borrow PE clothes in the office.
  • Hems of any shorts or skirts must be near fingertip length (arm dropped to the sides, hem should reach fingertips).  Any clothing where the hem is above the thumb may be considered a violation of our dress code.
  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • 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:
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.
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 916-782-1667 or visit our website if you have any questions.  
Again, welcome to Olympus Junior High School. With your involvement, we look forward to an excellent year.
 
Sean Healy, Principal

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