2021 - 2022 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 2021-2022 school year.  After 2 unprecedented years in education, we are all looking forward to resetting our school back to the collaborative, student-centered culture we are known for at Olympus.  We are planning for a full day of in-person instruction for the coming school year.  As we get closer to the first day of school, we will make all of the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of our students and community. 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
Jennifer Deslaurier, Assistant Principal

The following information is assuming a normal school opening without significant restrictions.  As we get closer to the start of the school year, updated information will be provided in case we need to make any adjustments to our plans based on health and safety restrictions.  Please visit our new website for the most up-to-date information: olympus.eurekausd.org 

Office Opens
Thursday, August 4,  7:15 am – 3:15 pm
First Day of School
Wednesday, August 11 - School starts at 7:45 am
2021-22 School Calendar
Immunizations
All students will only be allowed to start school in August if they have provided the appropriate documentation for Tdap, Varicella (chickenpox), and/or any additional required school immunizations. This is in compliance with California state law. Please refer to ShotsforSchool’s website for additional information: https://www.shotsforschool.org/ 
The office will be open beginning August 4th, and the office staff will be prepared to receive your child’s paperwork.
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 
Tuesday, August 10, 8 am – 12 pm.
Orientation for all 7th Graders (students only!) will take place on Tuesday, August 10th in the Gym from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
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.
PTC Orientation for Parents
Tuesday, August 10, 8 am - 12 pm
All Parents, you are welcome to stop by the Multi-Purpose Room to handle the “business stuff”.  PE clothes, planners, spirit shirts, and our PTC Pledge Drive can be taken care of at this event.  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.

This event is put together by our PTC volunteers to welcome parents to the Spartan Family.  Please consider volunteering to help when we reach out over the summer!
Possible Costs for Orientation
The following are some of the cost for items at Orientation:
  • PE Clothes - $25 *Some discounted items are available
  • Spirit Shirt - $10
  • Student Planner - $5
  • 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!).  We do have some clothes with older designs that can be sold for a discounted price.
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 on PowerSchool after 4 PM on Tuesday, August 10, and hard copies in the MP room starting at 7:00 a.m. on the first day of school.  The schedules will have the room numbers along with the Google Classroom codes. 
Bell Schedules
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.  
Lockers
One skill that ALL of our students will need to master is the use of a combination lock.   Students will have 3 lockers assigned to them - a book locker, a small PE locker, and a large PE locker - all with different combinations!  We want to encourage you to find and practice opening a combination lock over the summer.  Book locker combinations will be assigned on printed schedules handed out at Orientation and the first day of school.  PE locker assignments will be made during PE classes before students start dressing for PE.
District-Issued Chromebooks
All students that attended a EUSD school last year should still be in possession of a district-owned Chromebook and charger for their use at school and at home for academic work.  New students will have a Chromebook checked out to them in the first few days of school.  We will update parents on any necessary forms or documentation as we get closer to the start of the school year.
Back to School Night, 
Thursday, August 19
Back to School Night for Jr. High is scheduled for Thursday, August 19.
Presentation by Mr. Healy 5:30 – 6:25 PM – in the Multi-Purpose Room
Class Rotations 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Events/ Information
Every week our office will send out a weekly message called The Olympus Update!. 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 serves in lieu of paper copies of information being sent home!  We encourage parents to go to our new website olympus.eurekausd.org click on “Olympus Updates” 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 Athletic Packet must be completed before a student may attend practice or tryouts.  Please know that we request a Voluntary Athletic Contribution of $150 for each sport.
Food Service
EUSD contracts food service through the Roseville Joint Union High School District.  Students may purchase items from our snack bar 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 - Updated for the 2021-2022 School Year
Olympus JHS’s Dress Code supports the school as a place of educational business and is intended to provide equitable educational access for all students.  It has been thoughtfully written in a manner that does not reinforce stereotypes and does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group.
 
The student dress code supports our goal of inspiring students to learn while leaving primary decisions around student clothing and style to students and their parent(s)/guardian(s). Olympus’s expectation is that parents and guardians are responsible for ensuring student compliance with the school’s dress code, and students are responsible for knowing the student dress code and for complying during school hours and school activities.
 
To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group.

Staff (teachers and administration) used student feedback as well as researched options to support an updated Dress Code policy.
Cell Phones on Campus
Our policy is “away for the day”.  During the instructional time (7:45 am - 2:20 pm) no student is allowed to use their phone on campus.  Phones should be turned off and put away until the end of the school day.  If a student needs to contact home during the school day, they may make the call to their family from the office.  Teachers require students to leave their turned-off cell phone on the teacher’s desk as their “hall pass” to use the restroom during the school day.  This ensures a safe environment where cameras are not allowed in the restrooms.  
Homework
Homework assignments will be posted to 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/ 
We encourage parents to set up weekly automated emails to continuously monitor their student’s progress.  We recommend you check the boxes for “Summary of Current Grades and Attendance” and “Detail Report Showing Assignment Scores for Each Class”.  Teachers usually update scores weekly, so we recommend you set the emails to arrive either “weekly” or “every 2 weeks”.
Dropping Off Items for Students
Mornings can be hectic and it is not uncommon for students 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. In preparation for the 2021-22 school year, health staff will be available on August 9 between 10-2 pm, at the EUSD District Office, to receive medication and forms for students. All medication forms are available on our EUSD Health Services page. 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. 
 If you have questions concerning bus passes or routes, please call 916-774-1231.

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. 
Sean Healy, Principal

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