October 8-11th, 2018

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October 8-11, 2018

Monday, October 8, 2018 - Thursday, October 11, 2018



Click here to fill out the Haunted School Volunteer Form
Avanti scholars who volunteer for the Haunted School can earn Service Learning Hours. 

Olympia Girls Softball Off-Season Year Round Conditioning and Open Gyms

If your home high school is Olympia and you are interested in information about playing softball for Olympia High School for the 2019 Spring season, see Nikki, she is a coach for the program.  Students can earn Physical Education credit.

Teacher In-Service Day on Friday October 12th, 2018 - SCHOOL AT HOME

SPEAK for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

SPEAK (SafePlace Peer Education Action & Knowledge) will be presenting an art exhibit & spoken word performance for Domestic Violence Action month at SafePlace on 10/23, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Free to attend!


Dress Code Conversation

Are you interested in seeing a draft of the new dress code that was created by our first conversation?  Do you want to give input on how this new dress code can be implemented at Avanti? Come to Nikki's room (101) at 11:40am after advisory on Wednesday October 24th for part two of our discussion.  1.5 hours of Cultural Awareness available if you are present for the entire discussion.


Stay Woke- First Meeting

Oct. 15 at 6 pm at Olympia High School 1300 North Street. We’ll plan to have pizza and make the first meeting a brainstorm party so bring your creativity!  See Heather if you are interested in attending. Stay Woke is organized on 4 different themes:

  • Identity: Pride and awareness of ourselves, our histories and our communities

  • Diversity: Learning about one another with respect

  • Justice: Learning about the issues that impact our lives

  • Action: Meeting other students who want to commit to changing our community and changing the world

Share Your Avanti Story

Please write a brief statement about the reason or reasons you chose Avanti and the circumstances that brought you here.  Email this to Heather for 2 hours of service learning, due by October 12th.  Click here and please read this.


Florence Brewer Scholarship


If you are a senior planning to attend a college/university in Washington next year, this scholarship may be available to you.  You must be in good scholastic standing, have financial need, demonstrate community involvement and have evidence of motivation and dependability.  See Heather in the counseling office to pick up an application. Scholarship amounts are $3,000, $2,000 and & $1,000.

2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Award

If you have done a significant amount of volunteering or community service over the past year, consider applying for this award athttps://spirit.prudential.com/apply/2019.  Submit a copy of this to Heather by November 6, 2018. Students in any grade can apply. There is the possibility of winning $1,000 and also a chance to win an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Community Advisory Committee for Intercity Transit
If you are interested in being on the community advisory committee for Olympia's Intercity Transit, see Heather for an application.  It's a 2 hour per month time commitment for one year. Great opportunity for service learning and resume building.

2018 WA Unified College Auditions

Seniors can now submit their application for the 2018 WA Unified College Auditions, happening Saturday, October 13 at Roosevelt High School. Representatives from around 20 BA and BFA theatre & film programs from around the country will be attending to see performance auditions and conduct technical theatre portfolio interviews.

This is an affordable and accessible alternative to flying to individual campuses or to other national unified college auditions.  Students on the fence about doing theatre in college are encouraged to try out, meet with representatives, and learn more about their options!  

Click here for more information.

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Are you a senior who is who is involved in your community, has a 2.0 or higher GPA, has demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity and has a family income of $55,000 or less?  If so, you're eligible for this national and state level scholarship.  Click here to apply.  Deadline October 24, 2018.

Western Aerospace Scholars

Western Aerospace Scholars (WAS) is an online distance learning course and summer experience specifically designed for high school sophomores and juniors interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The online curriculum is a University of Washington college course focused on NASA’s space exploration program as well as topics in earth and space science.

Junior Program Application Available Now:

Students apply the fall of their junior year with the program beginning November 1st and ending in early April. There is no cost for students to participate in Phase One of the program and students can apply for tuition assistance to cover the cost of the University of Washington credit ($225) and the Summer Residency tuition ($975). Last year, over 40% of students received some form of tuition assistance.

Student Requirements:

· Students must currently be a junior in high school.

· Students must have Internet access and be a Washington State resident.

· Students who have a GPA of below 3.0 will be admitted on a conditional basis.

The student application deadline is Thursday, October 30, 2018. The application is available by clicking here.

Sophomore Program:

The sophomore level program serves as an introduction to the junior course. It is an online course containing the first two lessons of the junior program that takes place in the spring of sophomore year.

Students who successfully complete the online coursework are invited to participate in a three-day summer experience and are granted automatic admission into the junior program. There is no cost for students to participate in either phase of the sophomore program.

Applications for the 2019 sophomore program will be available online in December 2018. The online programming will occur in March 2019 and the summer experiences will occur in June/July/August 2019.


ACT and SAT Information

Registration for the SAT and the ACT is done through an on-line registration system.

Avanti’s CEEB Code, is 480827.  It is important to use this code when registering for college tests so your scores will be sent to Avanti.

Because students are likely to perform better on one of the two major college entrance tests, one strategy is to take both the SAT and the ACT in the spring of the junior year, and then take one of the tests again in the fall of the senior year. Look at the test schedule well ahead of time to avoid paying late fees. Students who meet eligibility guidelines may qualify for a fee waiver. (ACT fee waiver, SAT fee waiver.)  See Heather to request a fee waiver.


Check out these websites for test-prep information. We also have test-prep books for you to borrow from the Library or from Nikki:

Local companies are also available for tutoring for a fee.





Remember to eat the most important meal of the day at school! Avanti serves breakfast from 8:00-8:30 am each morning in the lunchroom.

Make an appointment with the counselor

Heather Kazda has created a link to a form on the Counselor's page that students can fill out and send to her when they need to meet with her, either for academic or personal reasons. Once you've sent the form, please be sure to check your email for her response!

Bee Club

Bee Club will be meeting Tuesdays after school 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the AgLab starting this week. Ask Quasar for more information.

MOSAIC Tuesdays at  Lunch in Hendrix’s Room

Join October Surprise at Lunch every Tuesday to talk about social justice topics and current events.  Topics vary every week. Come by anytime and stay for as long as you can. Every complete meeting counts as 30 minutes towards your 15 Graduation Required Cultural Awareness Hours.

Student Council Meetings

Student Council will be meeting at lunch on Tuesdays in Mr. Sogn or Mr. Hanby's room. Student Council also meets on Fridays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in Nikki’s room. All students are invited to attend.

STEP Program Service Learning Opportunity

STEP is an award-winning multi generational program where teens and elders gather to inspire through the Art of Conversation. STEP was one of 100 projects selected from across the US for the AARP Communities Where We live publication.

We are recruiting and have an upcoming teen training. Ages 13-21 accepted.

We meet with elders once a month on Saturdays at the Olympia Senior Center. Call Linda at (360) 480-1894 for more information.

YMCA Service Learning Opportunity

The South Sound YMCA is looking for students to become a part of our volunteer family.  We have opportunities in our Youth and Teen Center helping elementary school kids with their homework and being a part of the activities we will host after homework time.  

The Youth and Teen Center will host a different themed activity Monday – Thursday for kids to have fun, get creative and learn.  Homework time will be from 4pm – 5:30 p.m. and activities will start at 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. with 15 min before and after for set up and clean up.

Please contact Jennifer Veitch at 360-918-0314 or veitchj@ssymca.net for more information or to become a volunteer.  


Heather will be eligible to answer questions about anything college/post graduation related from 12:20-2:20 p.m. on Fridays.  No need to make an appointment just come to 101-C during this time period!

Weekly Bulletin Form

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