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Monday, Oct. 21 2019 | Signups, forms and more

 

Signups for snacks, skill-sharing and volunteering are now available on the left-hand side of the page, along with the parent-student agreement for 2019. Please sit down with your student and read through the agreement and sign together. Did you miss the parent information night? A PDF of the presentation is also available in the "Forms and Files" section.


 

Monday, Oct. 14 2019 | Welcome to another year of OotM

 

The Westgate Community School banner from the March 11 regional competition for Odyssey of the Mind. As part of the day’s activities, the students collaborated on a banner to be used during a team parade. The students decorated it with a selection of things they value about their school, including the zipline, chickens and freedom.

 

We are thrilled that you’re interested in joining an Odyssey of the Mind adventure at our school. This program provides creative problem-solving opportunities that complement classroom curriculum and are aligned with STEAM-related standards. OMERs (Odyssey of the Mind participants) practice creative story-telling, theatrical skills, hands-on “making” and more in a manner that cultivates confidence in their ability to come up with solutions, and how they present them. And best of all, it’s really FUN!

 

PARENT INFORMATION NIGHT, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 6:30 p.m at Westgate Community School

 

Joining Odyssey means you and your student are committing to be there for their teammates and on the following dates. Give your calendar a double check to make sure these dates work for you:

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 or Jan. 11, 2019 (Workshop date, only one will be chosen for WCS)
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Regional competition to qualify for State)
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 (State competition)

 And you should check your calendar for this time window, just in case:

  • May 27 – 31, 2020 (National competition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA)

 

We will have a team agreement for parents and students to sign. These will be available at the information night, at the first club meeting and on the club site after the first information night. The agreement reflects the following points:

  • Constructive behavior and cooperation create successful teams
  • Committing to attend team meetings as best they can
  • Cooperating on whatever solution to the team chooses, even if it’s not their first choice
  • Creating the solution, props, costumes and signs without outside assistance
  • Competing with respect for teammates, the volunteers and other teams

 

For parents, we ask commitment of volunteer time (time with the teams, volunteering at tournaments) and engagement (but no outside assistance) with your student’s team. Odyssey of the Mind does not happen solely during club meeting time and you and your student should expect outside work, workshop days and tournament commitments.

 

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to working with you and your students to express their creative, outside-of-the-box selves!

 

David Rowan,

Westgate Community School Restorative Practices Coordinator,
Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator, Coach

 

Erin Frazier,
Parent Volunteer,

Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator, Coach

Odyssey
of the Mind
Tuesdays
3:45 - 5:30 p.m.
in the
High School area

 
Important 2019-2020
WCS OotM dates
 
  • Odyssey of the Mind Information Night
    Thurs., 10/17/19 at 6:30 p.m. at Westgate Community School

  • First day of OotM
    Tues., 10/22/19

 

Forms and files:

 
Contact:
 
Mr. David Rowan
Restorative Practices Coordinator,
Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator, Coach

 
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