•                                                     Owen J. Roberts Odyssey of the Mind 2017/2018 Season


                Friday, October 27th, a creativity exam will be given to choose the students who will form this year’s Owen J. Roberts middle school and high school Odyssey of the Mind teams.  Odyssey of the Mind is a worldwide problem solving competition involving students as young as kindergarten up through the high school level.  The students from our district have proven themselves to be very competitive on all levels of competition by winning numerous regional competitions, multiple state titles, and several world championships since joining Odyssey 26 years ago.

                To qualify as a member of our problem solving team, a student must complete an exam which measures his or her ability to think fluently, elaborate on her or her ideas, and create original ideas.  In addition, your child will be asked to list any special talents they might have, such as artistic or musical abilities, on the reverse side of the written examination.  Finally, your child’s current and former instructors will be interviewed to gather information regarding academic ability and work ethic of the student.  The test is open to all interested 6th through 12th grade Owen J. students.  As in the past, the financial burden of sending a student to state or world finals competition; transportation, hotel, and meals, lies with the guardian of the child.  This year's regional competition is Saturday, March 10th at Millersville University.  The state finals competition will be held in Swiftwater, PA Saturday, April 7th.  World finals is scheduled for May 23rd through the 26th at Iowa State University.

               The Odyssey test will be held at East Vincent Elementary.  Drop off and pick up is outside the gym lobby of the school.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the site.  The test begins approximately at 3:30 PM and ends about 4:30 PM.  Students should bring at least two sharp pencils with them to the test.

              If you have any questions regarding the test or Odyssey feel free to contact me at East Vincent (610) 469-5106 or at cpalochak@ojrsd.com.

    Information about Odyssey of the Mind can be found on the site www.odysseyofthemind.com




    Thank you,

    Chris Palochak

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