Middle School News
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!
We are excited to receive an invitation for our students to read their creative writing during ArtsFest for the second year! It is an honor to join University of Asheville students and professors on stage.
We are working diligently on our Writing Circles drafts as we prepare, and hope you can join us for our reading at 9:00 am on April 6th.
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!
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.
This Saturday, November 21, Mel Kelley of Soulspeak Asheville and The Fun Conspiracy are offering a free public workshop for youth poets (ages 11-19).
Please join us!
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!
Friday, May 8th, Odyssey middle school students will perform a song composed in collaboration with Thievery Corporation’s Natalia Clavier: Look for them at LEAF!
During a three day teaching residency, Natalia Clavier accompanied by artistSky White Tiger on piano, focused on creating positive change through music with our 6th and 7th grade students. Natalia translated into English the Spanish lyrics of music activist artist Manu Chao’s song “5 Razones” (5 Reasons). The group discussed Manu Chao’s career and mission to discover how he evokes the power of music, and how it can be used to send a message of justice and equality to the world. The kids then created their own English version of the chorus of the song, which will be performed on the main stage at 6:00 Friday evening.
PechaKucha is a global phenomenon that manifests in Asheville as a quarterly event. This winter, organizers have tapped into the global theme of “Design in your City” and have invited professionals in a variety of fields to represent the variety of ways Asheville designs.
The event itself offers a simple presentation format in which speakers show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically as the speaker guides the audience along with the images. The presentation format was devised by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of Klein Dytham Architecture. The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in their gallery/lounge/bar/creative kitchen, SuperDeluxe, in February 2003. Klein Dytham Architecture still organizes and supports the global PechaKucha Night network and organizes PechaKucha Night Tokyo. For more information about PechaKucha Asheville events, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Caroline Callahan started her education career working as an Outdoor Educator for Voyageur Outward Bound School in Ely, MN. She now is a homeroom, math, and science teacher at Odyssey Community School in Asheville. She works with middle school students and uses Odyssey’s integral model and design thinking to teach and inspire in her classroom.