Student Life

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Math Club

Odyssey’s Math Club focuses on participation in the AMC 8, a national competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America with a goal of increasing interest in mathematics and developing problem-solving skills in middle school students. During October and November, Odyssey students gather weekly after school to practice for the competition, working through problems from prior exams and discussing various approaches and strategies.

In 2012, a total of 19 Odyssey students in 2nd through 8th grade chose to take the AMC 8. The competition’s 25 questions, solved over 40 minutes, cover a wide range of topics in varying levels of difficulty.

Odyssey had many top scorers in 2012. Two were in the top 5% nationally with a total of five participants placing among the top fifth of all participants. The higher performing students were invited to participate in the AMC 10 (based on common 10th grade math knowledge) in February.

Environment Club

The Environment Club is a student-run program focused on helping make Odyssey “greener.” Through their leadership and good planning, Odyssey now has a composting program for much of our lunch waste and a small garden at the back of school, planted and tended by club participants. In addition, the Environment Club students participate in fun field trips, such as hikes in Breakheart Reservation.

Student Council

Student Council offers Odyssey elementary students the opportunity to actively participate in school-wide initiatives, lend their hands to community causes, and see democracy in action. Each classroom has student council representatives and there are four elected student leaders for the entire student body. Over the last few years, the student council has effectively opened and run a school store to sell Odyssey spirit wear, organized and conducted food drives for the WIFP (Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry), entered a float in the Wakefield Independence Day parade, organized the school’s yearly Spirit Week and fundraised through yearly events such as the much anticipated Dance-a-thon.

Rock Band

The Rock Band club, run by a volunteer parent, is a group comprising 5-8th grade children who learn how to play popular songs (often creatively edited for content) such as Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain.” Each year, the group chooses a new name (recent choices have been “Randomized” and “Unicorns of Doom”), and selects three to four songs to learn how to play together. At the end of the year, the group plays a mini-concert for the student body and any parents who wish to attend. The focus of the group is on teamwork and building the skill of playing music together.

Library Club

The Library Club helps maintain and expand the school library. Under the direction of the school librarian, the club processes donations and returns of books, shelves them in their proper sections, and learns the basics of the Dewey Decimal System. They maintain a list of student requests for library acquisitions and notify the rest of the school about new arrivals.

Ski Club

The Ski Club is a parent- run winter club. On Wednesday afternoons for six weeks starting in January, parents and students venture to Nashoba Valley to ski for the afternoon. Students new to skiing have the opportunity to take lessons, and skilled students have the chance to ski with their friends. Equipment can be rented at Nashoba Valley.