High School News & Events
If your child is rising into a new classroom next year, this evening is for you!
Parents of rising K-9th grade students are invited into your next year’s classroom to enjoy a presentation about classroom culture and what to expect in your new grade level. Because we are a close-knit community, you may often see your next grade level teachers around the halls, but we encourage you to take this opportunity to get to know them better! You can ask questions, see learning artifacts, and experience a deeper view into your new teacher’s philosophy and style.
Please RSVP, especially if you plan to use childcare! As always, we plan very carefully for the number of children we expect to be in our care to ensure they have a safe and fun experience. Thank you for letting us know your plans!
During our Mini-Mester, a two week break from academic classes in which students dive into independent study and immersive collaborative projects, high school students worked in four teams to produce four unique films inspired by “The greatness of a society is measured by how it treats its most vulnerable members.”
RSVP with Jen for this fun family tradition!
Join us for our annual holiday performance & pot luck: The Festival of Light!
Our classrooms prepare unique and thematic artistic expressions of how we celebrate inner, natural, and poetic light in times of shortened days and the cold of winter. Following performances, we will celebrate the light in our community with a potluck and social gathering. We hope to see you there!
Save the date for November 15th and remember to RSVP for child care!
We are excited to welcome you back to campus for pizza, swimming, and fun!
Our Annual Community Pool & Pizza Party is a great way for old friends to reunite, to meet new friends, to enjoy our swimming pool, and to 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.
We provide the dough, and we all potluck toppings, so please RSVP if you’re able to join us!
We are proud to announce our Odyssey Scholars Program, available to rising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors!
For more information about the scholarships available and application process, please visit our Odyssey Scholars page.
Director of Operations, Coranna Adams, spoke to a full house during one of Asheville’s quarterly PechaKucha events on October 9, 2015.
PechaKucha is a global movement, named for the Japanese word for “chit chat,” which encourages cities to organize events that create a platform for local voices. Coranna’s presentation has been shared worldwide and continues to spread the word about the unique, Integral Education offered at Odyssey.
View her presentation below, and please note that it is most suitable to be watched by adults as it was prepared for a Friday Night audience of adults!
You can also view it on PechaKucha’s global website here.
This is not a show to be missed!
Middle School students will perform Improvisation and OCDC’s High School performance class will offer a full length performance about reincarnation and the meaning of leading an engaged life.
Odyssey middle & high school students are offering an encore benefit performance of their series of one-act plays: Half Dozen.
Director Melanie Wester recently met Apsara, a woman who lives in Asheville and whose family is from Nepal. Her parents’ home was destroyed in the earthquake, her brother and uncle lost their homes as well. Another uncle passed and her mother, who was taking care of her husband who has Alzheimer’s was injured in the earthquake and fell into a coma. Last Friday, she was airlifted to New Delhi so that she could receive more extensive medical care.
All proceeds from tickets to this Saturday’s performance will go directly into Apsara’s hands to help her family. This encore performance was unplanned, but when they saw the opportunity to make a difference in this globally acknowledged tragedy, students rallied to produce this second showing of their widely attended one act plays.
Please, share with friends and come out to enjoy some awesome theater, support these students, their service efforts, and Apsara’s family!
Tickets are by donation and the show begins at 7:00 pm on Odyssey’s stage!
Jason Sandford | March 26, 2015 |
A quick look at what’s happening at Odyssey this spring:
Odyssey Community School offers Asheville’s only Integral Design school, which gives students opportunities that are rare for school age children: entrepreneurship, dedicated daily time for personal centering and reflection, room to rigorously investigate their passions, community building experience and true citizenship. They also learn the design thinking process, which they begin practicing in kindergarten, honing their skills and deepening their understanding through high school graduation.
This spring Odyssey students and faculty are working with the architecture program at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to design a new school. At the same time, high school students are partnering with Black Mountain College in a design challenge to create an outdoor lighting and navigation system for the BMCM’s annual Re-Happening Event. The project is funded through a grant from local electronics company Moog Music. Middle and high school students are also working together on expanding their third annual, entirely student run, student edited literary publication, Untitled Document, and are accepting music, visual art, and literary submissions for their blog and print issue, set to be released in May (send submissions to email@example.com).
New Co-Directors Megan McCarter and Cory Adams hit the ground with lots of new ideas this fall. “Our students are excited to get outside the classroom and create real world design solutions” says Director of Operations, Cory Adams. “Giving them opportunities to work with other community organizations, like BMCM, is what Odyssey is about: we want our students to learn outside-the-box. We want them to build the box, and then experiment with it.”
“The school’s focus is creating leaders for the next generation,” say Megan McCarter, Director of Programming. “We give students tools to know themselves, to know and embrace their own personal style of leadership, to think critically about their world, and because we aren’t answering to state common core standards, our teachers can really work creatively in guiding each student to meet these goals. They develop curriculum that is both academically challenging and personally rewarding. As an Integral School, Odyssey doesn’t offer one education path for every student. We offer the best path for each student.”
Category: Asheville arts
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Several of our high school students attended a simulated United Nations conference on climate change hosted by the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.