Dear Odyssey Charter School Family,

I consider it a true privilege to be entrusted with the honor and responsibility of leading Odyssey Charter into the next chapter of our growth and development. In my first few days at Odyssey, I have been so impressed with the spirit of collaboration, dedication to our community, and the desire to create an excellent learning environment for our students.I witnessed the extraordinary sense of pride each of the faculty and staff members, parents, students and residents have for our school. Please know that I will make every effort to foster and cultivate this spirit to ensure the continued success of our students, school, and community.

We are off to a great start in 2021 with the implementation of our reopening strategy, the certification of our school as a COVID testing center, the first round of testing for students and staff, and the welcoming back of our students to school in a hybrid model beginning January 19th. My initial experience confirms my belief that we have never been better positioned than we are now to make our school even greater than it already is.

At our core, we are united by the mission of our school to prepare lifelong learners who are culturally aware global citizens that utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills grounded in the classical teachings of Greek education and language. This approach trains students to use the Socratic Method and inquiry approach to learning while leveraging their unique skills and talents in an equitable and democratic manner to create a positive culture where all students can find success. Our growing dual immersion program, innovative green Initiative, community food program, and high academic outcomes are just a few examples of how far we have already come.

Odyssey Charter School has now transitioned from an emerging school to a full scale K-12 option that serves 2,000 students. I believe it is important to set strategic goals to focus our actions on continued growth and development. Academic achievement, facilities expansion, and community partnerships will serve as the foundation for our comprehensive vision and strategic plan. In the coming weeks, I will be visiting our classes, engaging our community through coffee and chats, and building partnerships that will serve as the framework for our success.

The future is brighter than ever for Odyssey Charter School and I am so excited to collaborate with staff, faculty, parents, and our larger community. If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me at 302-516-8000 x478 or elias.pappas@odyssey.k12.de.us.

With gratitude and excitement,

Elias Pappas
Head of Schools, Odyssey Charter School

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