March 1, 2017
Happy spring! I am not sure it is official, but it is sure starting to feel that way around Odyssey!
We are extremely happy to be able to share with all of you the latest edition of the OCS Monthly Newsletter. Many of us are also very excited that we have a new venue for communication with our families. It is our hope that in some small way, this newsletter continues to contribute to the overall information flow from the school to our community.
There are two very exciting new developments that I wanted to share with you as an introduction to this month’s newsletter. The first has to do with the School Board’s approval of the revised Enrollment Projections for next year, and the second has to do with the approval of our new Strategic Plan.
At the February 18th Meeting, the administration recommended for approval that the School Board continue to support the organic growth trends for the high school and provide enrollment support at the lower levels until the overall school growth trends reach more normalized growth in the total school model.
The approved plan calls for a reconfiguration of Odyssey into three levels: the Lower School at Building #20 with grades K-2, the Upper School at Building #22 with grades 3- 6, and the High School in Building #21 with grades 7-10.
Under this configuration, the Lower school would have 176 students in K, and 184 in grades 1 and 2, with a total of 544 students in Building #20. The Upper School would have 184 students in grades 3 and 4, and 161 in grade 5 -6, for a total population of 690 students at Building #22. The High School would have 75 students in grade 9 and 10, 116 students in grade 8, and 161 students in grade 7 for a total of 427 students. Odyssey’s total enrollment next year under this plan would be 1661.
This enrollment plan proposes continuing with the organic growth of our school at the upper grades while building out one section at the K-4 levels to offset the enrollment differentials. The other component of this plan had to do with reducing the class size at the kindergarten level to 22 students per section for next year.
Adding these additional sectional also allows for the creation of two – four teacher teams at each grade level. This type of collaborative team arrangement has been shown to have many positives for teacher instruction and the children in these classes. We are excited about these changes and also very thankful that the parent community is so strongly supportive of the goods work we are trying to do here at Odyssey.
The other important initiative was the Boards approval of our Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan consist of nine goals to address challenges our community members have brought to us, Board level initiatives and Administrative initiatives to help meet the growth demands at our school. This plan encourages community members to get involved and bring their areas of expertise to a committee to help participate in the decisions being made about our school’s future. We need your help, we welcome it and we encourage you to get involved. The Strategic Plan is posted on our website, and you can easily obtain information about contacts for involvement on any of the nine committees reviewing the document.
In the meantime, we trust that you will have an enjoyable next few weeks. Hopefully, you are enjoying the seasonal changes as we begin gearing up for more outside activities with the arrival of spring.
Dr. Nick T. Manolakos
Odyssey Charter School