Odyssey of the Mind is a program that teaches and encourages divergent thinking and team problem-solving. Teams of 5-7 students meet after school or in the evening to work on creative solutions to problems, both short-term and long ones for competition -- but this cannot happen without parent support. Teams form in the fall at the schools -- watch for information coming home in September or talk to the principal to learn more about it.
Through classroom groupings and parent volunteers, many students in the district participate in the Junior Great Books program.
Junior Great Books provides students experience in literary discussions, focusing on "Shared Inquiry." The discussions help students develop essential literacy skills, reading carefully, thinking critically, listening intently, and speaking and writing persuasively. Through reading selected short stories, thinking about interpretive questions, and participating discussion, Great Books students learn to read for meaning and to support their own interpretation of the text. Parent volunteers are an essential part of the Junior Great Books program in many of our schools. Training in leading Junior Great Books discussions are usually organized each September; for more information about Junior Great Books, talk to your principal.