Hello Olympic community! My name is Lynsie Castellano and I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Olympic staff this year as the newly appointed Principal. As I settle in and learn more about the site and my responsibilities in this new position, I look forward to meeting with students, parents and staff to hear and discuss your vision and thoughts!
I am a product of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District, having attended school in the Mt. Diablo High School feeder pattern until graduating and heading off to college. I attended undergraduate school at San Diego State University and then earned my Master’s in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. While in San Diego, I had the unique experience working at a reservation based alternative middle/high school and developing programs and implementing services from the ground up. After moving back to the Bay Area, I had the opportunity to work both in school based and child welfare social work settings. My love for supporting students in a school setting has remained.
I began working as a Student Services Coordinator/ Vice Principal during the 2006-2007 school year at Riverview Middle School in Bay Point and spent the next 8 years there. Last year I worked as the Vice Principal at Valley View Middle School. I am so excited to be here at Olympic serving the student population and community I love.
At Olympic we are committed to developing lifelong learners, independent thinkers, caring individuals and responsible adults.
We are going to have an awesome year!
Notes from the Vice Principal, Rick Correa
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. I am pleased to be here at Olympic High School as your Vice Principal. Last year went very well and it was a pleasure to be a part of so many success stories. We were able to help students set and meet their goals of passing the California High School Exit Exam, earning a diploma, and continuing their education after high school. I am looking forward to adding many more this year. It is my goal to do anything and everything I can to help our students succeed and meet any goal. I encourage you to hit the ground running this year! Keep in mind that if you still need to pass the Exit Exam the first administration of the test will be November 4th and 5th. Start preparing now!
Please do not hesitate to talk to me about any questions, concerns, or help you may need. Again welcome back and let’s have a great year.
Rules, Rules, Rules - Vice Principal Sandy Spaulding
Schools have rules. So does every business, office and home! And, of course, we have them here at Olympic. Most of them are easily understood. However, we do have a few things that make sense if you know why they are important. First, and perhaps most important to the school, is attendance. All students and parents agree that students will attend at least 90% of the time. That means you cannot miss more than 2 days in a month. Attendance is a large portion of how our school is funded so this is a vitally important component. Beyond that, and more importantly, we know that any child in alternative education that attends less, is far more likely to fail classes and not graduate. Since we do not require homework, students MUST be in class to gain the mastery necessary to complete his/her credits.
Secondly, we do not allow backpacks on campus! This can be a safety concern. All that is needed at OHS daily is notebook paper and a pen or pencil. We do not require homework so textbooks rarely go home with students. There is no reason to bring a backpack to a school like ours.
Finally, wearing red or blue. If any part of your outfit is mostly red or blue, we ask ALL students to change clothes by either going home or getting a tshirt or jacket. This is to protect our kids! While gang violence is not a part of Olympic, it is in some areas nearby. In the rare circumstance that gang activity spills over to Olympic, ANYONE wearing the wrong color could be in danger. Our first concern is always safety.
We look forward to a fun, safe school