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Last fall, the employees of Odyssey Academy were trained on Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Last month, the staff continued training to bring out the best in our students through Covey’s “Leader in Me” program. Put in place at all of our schools, we are fostering lifelong habits of responsibility, preparedness and leadership with our students. As we enter our second year of the program, parents have already noted positive changes in their children.
This school year, Odyssey Academy students have been developing stronger leadership skills with the “Leader in Me” program. “Sharpen the saw,” the seventh habit, focuses on personal renewal and sustaining balance. The other habits are: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; and synergize.
Everyone has had the experience of sitting in a classroom, taking notes as the teacher’s words float past and occasionally through you. More effective teachers engage their students, challenge them and involve them in the lesson and create the “Ah-ha!” moments where a teacher can almost see the light bulb glow over a student’s head.
Throughout the school year, Odyssey Academy students have been developing stronger leadership skills with the “Leader in Me” program. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood,” the fifth habit, focuses on using genuine listening skills. Using our eyes, ears and heart enables us to try to understand from another point of view. The second part teaches our students to speak with confidence.
Each day, Odyssey Academy students and staff pledge to maintain high standards for ourselves and others and encourage others to be their best, do their best and achieve their best.
If you have ever started your day planning to do one thing and ended the day doing everything but that one thing, you have experienced how time can get away from you and how little you accomplish when that happens. Often schools and businesses create mission statements to focus on their “big picture” goals. Minimizing distractions benefits individuals too. In fact, prioritizing your time and efforts is one of the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” This year, we incorporated the “Leader in Me” program, which is an extension of Stephen Covey’s leadership program. Through the program, students of all ages learn skills they can apply to succeed academically and personally.
High school seniors eagerly await graduation, but not all of them plan for life after they earn their diploma. Odyssey Academy focuses on graduating students who are ready to launch into higher education, technical schools and career paths. This year, we incorporated the “Leader in Me” program, which is an extension of Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”
Odyssey Academy Galveston received $4,500 this month from best-selling author James Patterson to support its school library. Scholastic Reading Club also will match each dollar of Patterson’s donation with “bonus points” teachers can use to acquire books and other classroom materials. Odyssey was selected from 27,924 applicants for funding grants.
Texas parents have several options for raising children whose future burns brightly and who learn throughout their life. Odyssey Academy’s students are on fire for learning.
Heading into December, we finish the first semester of school and begin the holiday break. Odyssey students have an early release on Dec. 18, which is the last day of our first semester. Students return to school Jan. 4 to begin the second semester. On Jan. 5, youngsters will take their first semester report cards home.
The employees of Odyssey Academy completed three days of training on Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” in early August. As a “Leader in Me” school, the faculty regularly promotes these habits with students. Recently, our high school students put at least one of these habits into practice.
This fall, Odyssey Academy, based in Galveston, grew to include two campuses on the mainland. Our original campus serves prekindergarten through high school students in Galveston. With the addition of our Bay Area schools, Odyssey’s commitment to student success now extends to the League City and El Lago areas.