Welcome to Odyssey
This has been another amazing year with so many highlights and bright-spots. First, we had two welcomed additions to our already amazing team: Mary Roach joined as our receptionist and after-care leader. Ms. Hill joined the Language Arts department and has helped her students review and refine their reading and writing skills. And, it was the first full year at Odyssey for Mrs. Bowers. They have all enhanced our program and atmosphere.
2015-2016 was also a pivotal year in terms of continued accreditation status. A lot of summer-time research, planning, and writing was completed by teachers and staff to prepare and submit our accreditation materials. In April, an AdvancEd team spent many hours on campus observing classes, reviewing curriculum, reading through and analyzing course materials, and interviewing students, teachers, and parents. In the end, accreditation was approved (again) and scores were OFF THE CHARTS. Odyssey is so proud of the amazing, innovative, challenging, and energetic work that is done by students, administrators, and teachers.
Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
Fifth year in a row! We successfully prepared, facilitated, and cleaned up Water Stop #10 for the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon. Our students, staff, and parents are always full of enthusiasm and do an amazing job! Thanks to all members of Team Odyssey 2016 who helped us raise $20,000! Special gratitude goes to Head of School, John Brinson, who completed the entire marathon — this is a true testament of his dedication to Odyssey School, its students, and its mission.
Austin Youth Council
Odyssey encourages and guides students to become advocates for themselves and for others. We are proud of Claudia, Sarah, and Atlas who are all active members of Austin Youth Council. Aso, Atlas was recently elected AYC’s District 9 Representative.
Experiential learning is an integral part of our school’s curriculum and mission. This year, our students, teachers, and parents traveled many miles by car, bus, van, and on foot in and out of town to learn more and have experiences beyond the classroom. We visited The State Capitol and had a special Q & A with Representative Elliott Naishtat (special thanks to Ed Shack, parent and Board Member, for being our personal tour guide). We enjoyed the Austin Zoo, traveled to Camp Mabry, saw a movie at the Bob Bullock IMAX Theater, watched a play at The Long Center, and took a road-trip to Fredericksburg to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War (aka, The Nimitz Museum). We enjoyed and discussed an exhibit at The Blanton Museum, toured a Fish Hatchery, and visited Aquarena Springs in San Marcos. We also traveled to Camp Mabry to see the tanks and other artifacts, and we even got to practice what it’s like to be an Archivist at the LBJ Library!
Odyssey hosted a successful and fun Open House. We had scores of visiting families showing an interest in enrolling for Summer Camp and fall classes. Everyone enjoyed tours of the school, meeting teachers, watching demonstrations of the 3-D Printer, seeing the classrooms and Maker Lab, learning about curriculum, listening to music, and eating BBQ. A big thanks goes out to local favorite, Guy Forsyth, for supporting Odyssey and playing music during our Open House!
Our Odyssey Rocks! Benefit was a blast! Everyone enjoyed a night of camaraderie, good food, great music, and fun dancing while raising money to further Odyssey’s mission. One of the highlights of the night was our Fund-the-Need event where supporters generously donated nearly $12,000 for new carpet for our main building. THANK YOU!
Charity Brew & Alumni Reunion
Pinthouse Pizza hosted Odyssey’s Alumni Reunion and donated a portion of their profits from the sales of their Charity Brew (Nitro Beluga). Many of our Alumni and current families gathered to reminisce and share “life-after-Odyssey” updates. It was a great time. Thank you Pinthouse Pizza!
Our community gives back to us, and we believe in giving back to our community, therefore Service Learning is a part of our culture and curriculum. Our students and staff leave campus each month to volunteer at other nonprofits in the city. We are proud to serve the following organizations: Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Meals on Wheels, Urban Patchwork, The Capitol School, and Austin Animal Shelter. Odyssey is proud to have given nearly 1,500 service hours this school year.
Behind the Scenes
Odyssey could not fulfill its mission and successfully serve students without the support of our parents, donors, PTO, and our Board of Directors. These are the folks who are usually behind the scenes organizing events, driving for field trips or Service Learning, planning and developing, and donating supplies, time or money. Thanks to all Odyssey supporters!
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2016
Odyssey has 7 graduating seniors this year, and each of these students has a post-Odyssey plan, some plans include Austin Community College and/or post-high school jobs. We are proud of them for their hard work and accomplishments and wish them the very best.
Other 2015-2016 “Headlines:”
-New Academic Language Therapy program is a success!
-Lola Wright Foundation Grant received to improve technology program.
New Maker Lab is built!
-Ms. Bovee conducts an Asset Based Thinking workshop at Magellan International School.
-A greenhouse is built using grant monies!
-Coach Price leads our sports teams to several victories!