At Odyssey, we stand for:
Academic Excellence with rigorous curriculum that follows district standards to prepare your student for further study in any academic environment. Odyssey students study topics similar to those in other public schools in the Bainbridge Island School District; the delivery model is different. In the elementary program, all students receive instruction in Art, Music and PE, as well as core academic subjects.
In the middle school program, subjects include Algebra,CMP Math, Honors Geometry, CTE STEM Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts. Every semester, middle school students also receive Art, PE/Health, and Music (General Music, Band and/or Marimba Performance Ensemble).
Self-Directed Learning encourages students to invest in their own education through projects, presentations and personal inquiry. Project-Based Learning allows students to pursue their interests and communicate their discoveries using multiple forms of expression, including technology, the arts, and live demonstration. Students begin developing skills in independence in first grade and develop them throughout the program.
Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom enrich academic learning, build leadership skills, and provide an opportunity to build community with fellow students and teachers. All students, grades 1-8, participate in overnight outdoor education expeditions and field trips.
Middle school students also have the opportunity to participate in all sports/clubs offered at Woodward Middle School.
Service Learning also extends beyond the classroom, encouraging responsible, caring civic participation in the local community,environment and the wider world. Odyssey Elementary students farm to provide food to the food bank and school lunch program, as well as participating in other community projects.
Odyssey Middle School students work with local scientists, researching and protecting our near-shore environment through the Blakely Harbor Park project. The Marimba Ensemble partners with a school in Uganda, shipping classroom supplies and raising money for Uganda students to bring their traditions to Bainbridge Island.
School Environment creates an inclusive, inspiring classroom setting where every student is valued and has a voice. Teachers get to know students at a deeper level, developing strong relationships over multiple years.
"Odyssey is a great school. We get to help make decisions; they are not always made for us. The school is smaller and less intimidating. Consequently, we get more individual attention and get to know our teachers better."-An Odyssey student
High Parent Involvement of the program supports teachers and supplements student learning. Parents volunteer their time and talents, coordinating class projects and field trips, or sharing their expertise and strengths in and out of the classroom.
Core Teaching Team:
Amy Gulbranson teaches Kindergarten
Anne Willhoit and Margretta Murnane teach the two first and second grade clusters.
Todd Erler and Serena Zyskowski teach the two third and four grade clusters.
Barry Hoonan teaches the fifth and sixth grade cluster. Winner of the 2004 Hoey Award as Outstanding Educator in English Language, he has taught at all levels of elementary for twenty-eight years. He earned his Master's in Education from Lesley College in Cambridge Massachusetts and his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Advertising and his teaching certificate from University of Washington.
Liz Finin teaches Language Arts, Social Studies, World Languages and Project-Based Learning. She has a Master's in Teaching from Teachers' College, Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Russell Sage College. She began teaching twenty years ago in the Peace Corps, in Mauritania, West Africa. She has taught in New York City, Seattle, Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. She has worked with English Language Learners of all ages, K-adult, from every continent.
Paul Sullivan teaches Math classes at Odyssey Middle School. He has a Bachelor in Science for Mathematics, Computer Science and Economics from The University of Puget Sound, and is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University. Paul has taught for 19 years in New York City; Swaziland, through the Peace Corps; Renton and Bainbridge Island.
Support Teaching Team includes Siri Miller, Art, Susan Tolley, Music; Michele Shields, PE/Health Grades 1-6, and Cammy McDowell, Special Education.