Academics


Mission: The mission of Odyssey Charter School is to prepare students for a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, develop a keen awareness of world citizenship and culture, and establish critical thinking and problem-solving proficiency through the added learning of the Modern Greek language and Mathematics focus.

Core Philosophy: The core philosophy of Odyssey Charter School is that students from all walks of life will establish a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, will become critical thinkers and problem solvers, and will develop a keen awareness of world citizenship when challenged with a structured bilingual and rigorous core curriculum occurring in a nurturing environment.

Focus of Curriculum: Odyssey Charter Students will understand and appreciate the ideals of Hellenism, including the continual pursuit of higher education, the adoption of democratic methods, environmental sustainability, and the respect of other’s personal beliefs through exposure to the classic Greek language and culture, in a context of mathematics, science, and philosophy.

Elementary School


The curriculum at Odyssey Charter School is designed to provide rigorous, standards-based learning opportunities for all students. Odyssey Charter School fosters lifelong enthusiasm for learning and global, critical thinking through participation in a focused foreign language immersion program.

Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, students attending Odyssey Charter School are taught critical subject matter in both English and the Greek classical language. This focused language-immersion instruction method builds key reasoning techniques, language arts skills, and significantly strengthens the mathematical comprehension and performance of our students.

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Middle School


The curriculum at Odyssey Charter School is designed to provide rigorous, standards-based learning opportunities for all students. Odyssey Charter School fosters lifelong enthusiasm for learning and global, critical thinking through participation in a focused foreign language immersion program.

Aligned to the Common Core State Standards, students attending Odyssey Charter School are taught critical subject matter in both English and the Greek classical language. This focused language-immersion instruction method builds key reasoning techniques, language arts skills, and significantly strengthens the mathematical comprehension and performance of our students.

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Academic Acceleration & Enrichment (ACE)


What grades are eligible for academic acceleration and enrichment programming?
Academic acceleration and enrichment (ACE) programming will be available to students in third through sixth grade.

 

How are students identified for Academic Acceleration and Enrichment programming?
Throughout the school year, OCS employs a combination of standardized test scores (DCAS, MAP), report card grades, portfolio assessment, and teacher recommendations for selection in ACE programming.

 

How does Odyssey Charter School support its ACE students?
In third through eighth grades, ACE programming is provided during the enrichment sessions. Students identified for ACE services will receive differentiated instruction to deepen their understanding and expression of grade-level and above grade-level standards and learning outcomes. ACE is differentiated education that is taught by two grade-level teachers in each grade during the enrichment block.

Beginning in third grade, students receive enrichment options to extend and deepen learning opportunities. These enrichment activities will occur during the special enrichment class periods. The ACE curriculum was built on the foundation of the idea that the differentiated education will help students to realize their contribution to self and society — an idea promoted by the Delaware Department of Education for the Gifted and Talented. As a result, it incorporates projects that help increase self-awareness, independent research projects, and service learning projects.

 

Benefits of being in ACE
Students participating in ACE programming are appropriately challenged with the goal of academic and developmental improvement. Working with other academically advanced students during Enrichment allows for unique collaboration and learning opportunities. ACE students in the lower grades often matriculate to honors-level coursework in fifth grade and beyond. ACE students are often well prepared, as well, to participate in after school activities such as the National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind, Math Olympiad, Noetic Learning Math Challenge, Scripts Spelling Bee, and Science Olympiad.

Who the contact person is for program implementation?
Maryann Yarram, Staff and Student Development Specialist

What is Accelerated Reader?


Accelerated Reader (AR) is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians to manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his or her own level and reads it at his or her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read. AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.

Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that interest them. Teachers and librarians help your child choose books at an appropriate readability level that are challenging without being frustrating, ensuring that your child can pass the quiz and experience success.
Adapted from “Parent’s Guide to Accelerated Reader,” Renaissance Learning

How is AR tailored to my child?

Teachers and Librarians will determine your child’s reading level using the STAR Reading test, one of the standardized assessments that students participate in three times per year at Odyssey. STAR Reading is a computerized reading assessment that uses computer-adaptive technology. With this technology, questions continually adjust to your child’s responses. If the child’s response is correct, the difficulty level is increased. If the child misses a question, the difficulty level is reduced.

After STAR Testing is completed, students are given a Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) that will help them to select appropriately challenging books from the school library. A child’s ZPD is the range of books that will challenge him or her without causing frustration or loss of motivation. A third grade student, for example, may have a ZPD range of 2.6-3.6. A second third grade student may have a different ZPD range of 2.8-4.0, depending on how each child performs on the STAR Test.

ZPD Ranges correspond to color coordinated labels, which have been placed on all library books at the Odyssey. Students will go to the library once per week to check-out books. During this time, students will be allowed to check-out two books: one within their ZPD and one book for interest. Students can also choose to check out two books within their ZPD. Each AR book is assigned a point value, based on its complexity, the number of words and difficulty level. Once a student has read a book within the assigned ZPD, he or she will then take the appropriate computerized AR comprehension test to earn points.

My child’s ZPD range is different than last year. Why?

Your child’s ZPD may have changed for a number of reasons. The first reason that your child’s ZPD range may have changed is that he/she has gained additional skills and comprehension strategies in reading. In this case, your child’s ZPD may have increased to reflect additional skills and to be appropriately challenging for him or her. If you have noticed that your child’s ZPD range is narrower than last year, for example going from an 5.0-11.0 to 5.0 to 8.3, this can be explained by a change in the Accelerated Reader Program itself. The ZPD numbers roughly correspond to grade-level—meaning that an 11.0 difficulty is typically an 11th grade book. In this case, AR has decided to narrow students’ ZPD ranges to reflect developmentally appropriate book choices for elementary and middle school students.

Goal Setting Model

This year, AR at Odyssey Charter School is set-up as a “Goal Setting” model. This is different than the incentive-based model that students participated in during the 2013-2014 school year. With the new “Goal Setting” model, students will be given an individualized goal that is based on their independent reading level and amount of independent reading practice. Goals are written in terms of “number of points” per marking period. To earn prizes or qualify for AR parties, students must earn 100% of their goal. They must also have 85% average correct on their AR quizzes. For example, if a child’s goal is 10 points, he or she must have 85% correct across all tests to qualify for prizes. Students will not be “cashing out” for AR prizes like they did last year.

In addition to the prizes and parties, any student who earns more than 100% of their goal each marking period will have their name entered into a raffle for a Kindle Fire HD. The raffle will be held during the last week of school, with the winner announced by Dr. Manolakos. Two Kindle Fire HDs will be raffled off—one for the lower school and one for the upper school.

Finally, prizes will be given to the top scoring readers in each grade-level. The student in each grade-level who earns the greatest cumulative number of points will be given a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstore. If one of the top scoring readers is chosen for the Kindle raffle, the gift card award will be given to the second highest points value reader in that grade-level.

For additional resources about the Accelerated Reader program, check out the Renaissance Learning website at Renaissance.com

You can also contact Kirsten Belair, Accelerated Reader Chair, at Odyssey Charter School with any questions.

Special thanks to the Odyssey Charter School PTO for sponsoring prizes and parties for the Accelerated Reader Program!

 

AR Parent Newsletter

AR October 2014

Library


Odyssey students have access to our library at the Upper and Lower School sites. Both have picture books, fiction, and nonfiction, appropriate for the reading levels of the students. In addition, the Lower School has a good collection of beginning readers, or “easy-to-read” books.

Lower School Information

  • Hours: The library is available to teachers and their classes Monday through Friday, all day.
  • Checkout Procedure: The teachers facilitate the checkout, leaving a sign-out sheet with the barcodes of the books their children have borrowed. The librarian is part-time and comes in one day a week to enter the barcodes of the borrowed books into the library circulation system. She also returns the books to the system, clearing the titles from the individual student’s account.
  • Overdues: Lower School students check out one book at a time. Books should be returned on the next weekly class visit to the library. Then another book can be selected. Overdue notices are sent out as friendly reminders when the book is overdue by two weeks. This will be followed by a second notice which lists a replacement cost for the book in case it is lost. There are no fines for overdue books, but weekly return is appreciated so that other children can enjoy our books.

Upper School Information

  • Hours: The library is open to students Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during lunch and recess times.
  • Checkout Procedure: Students may borrow two books at a time for a period of one week. Books that are needed for a longer period of time should be renewed. There is no limit on the number of times a book is renewed, within reason. Students bring their selected books to the circulation desk where their last name is entered and the barcode of the book scanned into their account.
  • Overdues: Overdue notices are sent out as friendly reminders when the book is overdue by two weeks. This will be followed by a second notice which lists a replacement cost for the book in case it is lost. There are no fines for overdue books, but weekly return is appreciated so that other students can enjoy our books.

Donations of books that students have outgrown or are no longer using are cheerfully accepted! If the books can be used in the library, they will be cataloged and put on the shelves for the students to borrow. Books that cannot be used in the library will be either offered to the teachers for classroom libraries or taken to 2nd & Charles for credit. Credit will be used to purchase new books for the library or to provide classroom sets as needed for reading groups.

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School Supply Lists 2018–2019


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