Weekly Community News for Odyssey Charter Jr/Sr High School

Volume 33November 27, 2023

Odyssey Jr/Sr wishes our Titan families and friends a Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the break, and see you back on campus on November 27th.

"There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits."
Michael Phelps, Olympic swimmer

WEEK OF NOV 20-24:







Socratic Discussion

Mrs. Theodore-Pharel hosted a Socratic discussion this week in her 8th-grade classes, comparing the novel Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

The novel chronicles how an epidemic of fever swept through the streets of Philadelphia in 1793. Students engaged in real-life comparisons between the historical fiction in the novel and their own experiences during the pandemic. The Socratic method, named for the philosopher Socrates, is considered one of the highest orders of thinking.

Thank you, Mrs. Theodore-Pharel, for allowing
our scholars to think like philosophers!

Middle School Social Studies

Ms. Beauchamp's class finished the 13 colonies section.  The students had to create their own colony, based on colonial times.  The colony could be anywhere, as long as they followed the guidelines for creation.  Some students even had a backstory, saying they were in one colony and wanted to move for religious or economic reasons. 

Special Guest Speaker in AVID Class

Ms. Scardino's AVID class had a special guest speaker on Friday, November 17th.  Mr. Davis, the Site Administrator, spoke to students about his passion for education and the steps he took to get here.

In true Titan fashion, Mr. Davis wore his new Titan Merch for the presentation.  He told students about his education and earlier career before coming to Odyssey in 2012.  He started with a sociology degree and was afforded the opportunity to teach.  He loved it so much that he went back for his certification.  He was the Dean of Students for Odyssey Charter School and the Assistant Principal for Odyssey Preparatory Academy before becoming the Site Administrator for Jr/Sr.  

Mr. Davis talked about the different career opportunities available in education and the criteria for becoming certified. He also spoke about careers in administration.  Students appreciated getting to know more about Mr. Davis.

Anatomy Class

Dr. Caleb's Anatomy Class examined the external features of the heart, orienting the heart in the anterior position locating the apex and left ventricle closest to the apex and the right ventricle over the sulcus. Students also located the auricles and used straws to locate the aorta, vena cava, pulmonary vein, and brachiocephalic artery. The students will also dissect the heart and examine the internal anatomy.

School Visit by the U.S. Navy to Explore Nuclear Power and Careers in the Navy

On Thursday, November 16, 2023, Officers Christopher Franchy and Sean Yarnall visited the classes of Mr. Zelonski, Dr. Grimaldi, and Dr. Caleb respectively. The Navy personnel spoke to the fact that the Navy is not just about patrolling the seas and defending nations; it offers exciting career opportunities in various fields.


Navy school visits are an extraordinary opportunity for students to gain insight into the world of Nuclear Power Engineering and careers in the Navy. Exploring the possibilities offered by a Navy career, particularly in the field of Nuclear Power, can open doors to a fulfilling and impactful professional journey. The Navy offers exciting challenges and experiences and provides the tools, training, and benefits necessary for personal and professional growth. So, are you ready to embrace the unique opportunities that a Navy career in Nuclear Power can bring?

Attention Senior Class of 2024!

Don't miss out on anything for your Senior year. Please visit our Senior Info page HERE in our Titan Times for important dates, scholarship info, and more. New scholarship info added!

Senior picture deadline 12/29  •  Appointments set at www.dsp-photo.com


The deadline to have your senior photos taken is fast approaching! If you would like to have your photo in our yearbook, then book your appointment very soon. Don't procrastinate!

Senior picture deadline 12/29

Appointments set at www.dsp-photo.com

Order Your Yearbook NOW!

2024 marks the 25th Anniversary of Odyssey Charter School. Our new Titan Legacy yearbook celebrates this milestone while documenting all the memories being made this year. You can pre-order your copy now for $55 by going to the yearbook page on this site or go directly to the publisher here: https://www.balfour.com/student-info?smi=107864

6th Grade Parent Night, December 6, 2023

A 6th grade Parent Night is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the cafe.  This evening event will assist parents and students in preparing for exams and explain what to expect in the second semester.  The goal is to guide parents so that we can work in partnership to help students become successful middle schoolers.

We look forward to seeing all our 6th-graders and their parents!

Masked Singer Talent Show

The Masked Singer Talent Show will be held on the Eldron Campus on Dec 11th from 6-8PM. Tickets will be sold for $5 during lunch when we get closer to the date. Please fill out the form here if you would consider signing up for a performance spot: https://forms.gle/edVRcQT4HbPe7Db99. Teachers are encouraged to sign up too!

Substitutes Needed

Odyssey Jr/Sr is looking for parents and community members to join our Titan family. We need positive, driven individuals looking to impact our students’ daily scholastic goals. Training is provided. 

Substitute teaching rates are as follows: HS Diploma ($100/day; $50/ half day); Bachelor’s Degree ($120/day; $60/half day); Certified Teacher Substitute ($160/day; $80/half day).

If you want to join our substitute team, please email Mike Davis, Site Administrator, at davism@odysseycharterschool.com , Maria Vargas at vargasm@odysseycharterschool.com, or Barbara Diaz at diazb@osysseycharterschool.com

Check our school calendar HERE for game schedules!

NEW Titan Merch Store

Click HERE to shop for Titan hoodies, tshirts, tapestries, blankets, bags, and more!

We have new designs uploaded often. Check back with us for other sports and team spirit merch. coming soon.

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