As summer rolls to a close, teachers and administration are busy preparing for the new school year. This week, our Faculty Orientation began! Your teachers are creating beautiful spaces, planning, stand-up paddle boarding, and learning how to be better teachers together.
This year in particular, faculty are learning new strategies for teaching math and undergoing resiliency training (in PreK)! Teachers also write professional goals, choose Action Projects (which can vary between research or reflection, group or independent study), collaborate on curriculum planning, and jump start the growth and joy of our learning community.
We are so excited to share pizza and swim together at the Community Pool Party, August 24th. Soon we will circle around the sword and the stone, celebrate Founders Day, and get back to school!
Our annual Elders Day celebration continues this Oct. 26th!
Please invite your child’s grandparent(s), other relative, or close family friend to this sweet celebration of intergenerational wisdom, play, and connection.
Our Annual Community Pool & Pizza Party is a great way to welcome back old friends, meet new friends, enjoy our swimming pool, and get ready for the first day of school! Some time will be just for play, and we will also spend some time together in our classroom communities so you feel all ready for that first day back.
Please check out our newsletter for class party times (there are two parties this year!) and for the RSVP link.
Can’t wait to see you!
The Odyssey Creative Drama Collective are hard at work rehearsing the upcoming comedic play, Somebody/Nobody by Jane Martin. Come see the final product on Friday, April 27 at 7:30, Saturday, April 28 at 1:30 and 7:30 and also Sunday, April 29 at 2:30!
An intimate play setting has been created in Odyssey’s lower level, so seating is limited. Reservations are highly suggested. Please contact Melanie Wester for reservations!
This show is recommended for middle school ages and up.
Tickets are $12.00 for ages 22 and over, and $10.00 for ages 21 and under.
Student organizers, Bella Wells-Fried, 10th, and Kaiya Nilsson, 9th, led Odyssey 4th-12th grade students and area schools Hangar Hall and French Broad Academy, in a march from campus to Pack Square on Friday, April 20th. There they met with students from Asheville High, Asheville Middle, and Carolina Day School to gather in a peaceful protest for gun law reform.
When presented with the request to participate in this nationwide walk out, faculty and administration guided students through this learning experience in civic engagement. Students learned how to acquire permits for protest, wrote and distributed press releases, researched legislation, researched and brainstormed messaging for protest signs, and prepared for public speaking. They also sent a representative to our faculty meeting to receive feedback about how younger students, parents, and teachers will experience this day – incorporating empathy into the design-thinking process. One student’s Independent Research Project on the history of protest music this past fall prepared him well for his contribution that day.
Odyssey’s administration and faculty also spent class and meeting time preparing students to explore their viewpoints from multiple perspectives and aimed to create a safe space for differences in values and beliefs. Students who chose not to protest worked on studying legislation that inspired them and other strategies of civic engagement in democracy.
News Coverage of Asheville’s Student Protest
We are excited to welcome local virtual reality firm Better Than Unicorns to our campus this month!
4th-12th Grade students will get an introduction to virtual design tools like Tilt Brush, a program that allows students to paint with fire, snow, smoke, and other incredible materials. Another program, developed for architectural design, will allow students to build and construct. This first demonstration aims to prepare students to engage real creativity and solutions in virtual spaces.
As virtual reality technology advances so does its potential application. In education, having a virtual reality resource means there are practically limitless methods for instruction. Better Than Unicorns, a firm which specializes in such immersive experiences, is offering students at Odyssey School a chance to explore art and design beyond any physical limitations.
We look forward to celebrating the light with performances and potluck tonight!
Tickets are now on sale! We hope you can join us for this fun event for Odyssey grown-ups!
This is one of Odyssey’s biggest celebrations of the year, as we create a fun carnival-like event out on our tennis courts, complete with bounce houses and pie throwing! Autumn Faire is open to the public – all family and friends are invited!
Each class creates a booth – which students, teachers, and family volunteers help run – with activities or homemade wares for sale, in addition to local vendors. This is a great time to start holiday shopping, to come and support classroom fundraisers, to throw a pie at our pie-throwing booth, and to be a judge in our annual Chili Cook-Off.
When: Saturday, October 28th from 11 am – 2 pm
Where: On Odyssey’s Tennis Courts
Who’s Invited: Everybody!
Do we need to RSVP? Nope, not for attendance. However, if you’re interested in volunteering, please let your classroom teacher know.
We are excited to welcome and celebrate Odyssey elders on October 27th! This Fall Festival is a coming together of generations as we invite grandparents, or another special elder in our students’ lives, to join us in celebrating the coming autumn. Together, we find the beauty in changing leaves, cooler weather, longer nights, and the wisdom that follows a full spring and summer.
Elders will get to experience Integral Education, visit classrooms, enjoy a picnic lunch, and celebrate the changing of the seasons with us!
Teri Adams is offering adult classes! The series begins on October 10th and runs through December 12th.
You are invited to join us on Saturday, September 30th, from 12:00-5:00! This party is brought to you by Odyssey’s Garden Committee, led by Chelsea Potter and Carrie Chisholm, and is sure to be a great time had by all.