Odyssey Family,

It is excellent timing to welcome Thanksgiving as we conclude the first marking period and trimester for our students. Rigorous curriculum, thoughtful instruction, and diligent effort are present in our classrooms every day. The fruits of these endeavors are captured in your students’ report cards. Remember that grades are not a reward or punishment, but rather a reflection of student learning. This feedback strengthens communication between students, families, and teachers.

Looking back on the first months of school, there is much to celebrate and many #OCSfirst events. Our newly minted Parade Band and Color Guard marched in their first event down Newark’s Main Street, the high school Innovation course compelled students to give back to their communities in meaningful ways, and our school garden grew pumpkins, kale, and chard to utilize in the OCS kitchen and to donate to area food banks. Occasions like this occurred as we, too, grew in size to 1,803 students and into 11th grade!

I have been asked often how we became the #1 Public School in Delaware, and my answer is always the same: it is our staff and families that make it possible. Our teachers, support staff, operations departments, and related services are truly the heart of Odyssey. They set a standard of professionalism and excellence that is tangible within and beyond the school. So, too, do our families reflect the dedication and enthusiasm that enable our success. We are creating a culture of support and community that is unparalleled in any school in Delaware.

May you and your families enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. What a wonderful day it is, to take a moment and appreciate what we have and celebrate. My sincere thanks to you, our Odyssey family, for your continued support and contributions to our school.

Yours in education,

Denise Parks

Head of School