Parents and Scholars 2018-08-14T15:04:47+00:00

Parents and Guardians

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ParentVUE

ParentVUE is the parent portal giving a scholars parents or guardians web and mobile access to their scholar’s grades, assignments and communication with the teacher. In ParentVUE is easy access to your scholar’s class schedule, calendar, and additional classroom resources. Click here or on the icon to log in.

Resources

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Lunch Ordering

New lunch company information coming soon.

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Transportation

We offer a paid bussing service which has multiple stops in the Goodyear and Buckeye communities. To register for transportation, please visit the transportation portal.

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School Supplies

We look forward to seeing our returning scholars and to welcoming our new scholars to the Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools. Supply lists are created at the beginning of each year for each grade level. Please check the link for the campus your scholar will be attending for a list of recommended school supplies.

Music Rentals

Band Rentals

At the elementary school campuses, scholars in the fourth and fifth grades take band. Please contact your scholar’s music teacher for any questions regarding this program. Scholars are responsible for having their own instruments. There are several options out there. Click here for the Milano instrument rental information.

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Handbook

The Odyssey Preparatory Family of Schools provides the Parent and Scholar Handbook so that all scholars and their parents are familiar with the guidelines, operations, scholar responsibilities and policies regarding the school and enrollment.

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AZ Merit

The Odyssey Preparatory Academy follows the state of Arizona policy surrounding AZMerit testing.
Parent and scholar resources available here: azmeritportal.org.

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Read On Arizona

Reading is vital to a child’s ability to learn and be successful in school. Click on the icon for information regarding the early literacy guidelines for families.

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Future Star Sports

Future Stars International Enterprises (FSIE) was founded in 2009 and is offering a Friday Sports Academy from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Visit:www.odysseyfuturestars.com

Volleyball

Volleyball League

Sports Academy

Intramural Sports

Knight Academy

After Care & EduCare

 Fee-based before and after care programs are available Monday through Thursday. Before care is available from 6AM to 7AM and After care is available from 4:15PM to 6PM.

A Friday EduCare program is also available to all Odyssey scholars. This is a fee-based program provided by Knight Academy and will run every Friday (except holidays) throughout the school year from 6:00am to 6:00pm. This program includes lunches and any field trips. The Friday EduCare program will take place at Knight Tutoring’s new state-of-the-art facility located at: 560 N Estrella Parkway, Suite B115, Goodyear AZ 85338. For more information visit the Knight Academy website here:

educare.knighttutoring.com           Knight Auto Payment Form          Knight Enrollment Form

The Arizona Early Intervention Program, also known as AzEIP (pronounced Ay – zip), is a statewide system of support and services for families of children, birth to three, with disabilities or developmental delays. Click here for more AzEIP information.
Special education procedures and resources may be found by clicking here.
It is the general policy of The Odyssey Preparatory Academy that all scholars are to be picked up at the completion of school and from after school programs by an authorized adult. Please click here and download the waiver if you wish for your scholar to walk home without parental or guardian supervision.
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After School Clubs

There are lots of opportunities for your scholar to enrich their TOPA experience through after-school clubs and activities. Many of the clubs are run by teachers and are based on scholar demand. During the first two weeks of school, teachers will post sign-up sheets for clubs they are interested in sponsoring. Those that get sufficient interest will be offered.

All enrichment clubs have a minimum fee of $20.00 per scholar, per quarter (some clubs are more) and are held from 4:15-5:15 pm. Scholars must be picked up no later than 5:15 pm. At 5:00 pm the front office closes, and all remaining scholars will be sent to aftercare at an additional charge of $5 each time. Aftercare ends at 6:00pm.

Clubs are run quarterly, according to the following schedule:

  • Quarter 1: 9/6/16 through 10/20/16 (7 weeks)
  • Quarter 2: 10/24/16 through 12/22/16 (7 weeks) – no clubs meet week of 11/21 and 12/19
  • Quarter 3: 1/17/17 through 3/9/17 (8 weeks)
  • Quarter 4: 3/27/17 through 5/25/17 (8 weeks) – no clubs meet week of 5/22

If your scholar has an idea for a club, have them let their teacher know. There might be enough interest! Keep checking this site for updates on club availability.

Some after school programs have been made available to our scholars through third party organizations and are school-hosted but not school-sponsored. All payments, arrangements, and communications are made directly through the class sponsor.

Monday Clubs:

Young Rembrandts. This club is hosted by Odyssey but is sponsored by the Young Rembrandts Organization.  They meet in the large flex room at 4:15.

Tuesday Clubs:

None currently

Wednesday Clubs:

Pokemon Club will meet in Room 9 at 4:15. Please email Mr Wagner with any questions. zwagner@topamail.com.

Art & Soul AZ Club – 4:15 to 5:15, open to scholars K-5

We are excited to continue our amazing after-school programs with Future StarsFuture Stars is one of the fastest growing youth organizations in the valley. Future Stars programs teach athletes the importance of hard work, training on fundamentals and conditioning. Registration for Spring After-School programs is now open. All three elementary campuses will come together at the Goodyear Campus Wednesdays from 4.30-6.00pm. Choose your sport: Volleyball Soccer or Track & Field. Click here to register!

Thursday Clubs:

Ambassadors Club (5th Grade Only) – Contact Ms. Jenkins at aljenkins@topamail.com.

Girl Scouts – 4:15 to 6:00. Open to scholars 2nd through 5th. Contact Heather Nellis at (623) 203-1743.

CrossFit Kids – Available for grades K-5. Click here for the flyer or call Cole McGuire at (623) 932-4338.

Check back for more opportunities as the school year begins!

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Field Trips

Classrooms Without Walls

At The Odyssey Preparatory Academy, off-site field experiences are an integral part of our curriculum.  Field experiences are purposefully designed to integrate and extend classroom learning and either introduce or conclude curriculum concepts.

Rocker 7 Farm – Kindergarten

Rocker 7 Farm patch offers an engaging educational experience with an interactive farm tour. Scholars have an opportunity to apply their knowledge of life cycles to agricultural education.

Children’s Museum – Kindergarten

At the Children’s Museum of Phoenix scholars spend time engaged in joyful and constructive educational activities such as the Texture Cafe, Noodle Forest, and Market. According to the Children’s Museum, “Learning needs to be concrete before it can be abstract. Meaningful learning is best facilitated in an environment that is free of criticism and comparisons, where there is freedom to make choices, to take risks, to explore within clear boundaries, and where respect and basic values are encouraged.”

Theatre Opportunities – Kindergarten

Our scholars will have opportunities to experience exciting, age-appropriate theatre of the highest artistic quality from a variety of sources, including the theater programs at Odyssey Institute.

Wildlife World Zoo – 1st grade

At the Wildlife World Zoo our scholars utilize their knowledge of habitats of the world as they make connection to the environments suited for a variety of animal species. Scholars observe natural animal behaviors and the life systems they support.

AZ Museum of Natural History – 1st grade

On a visit to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, scholars will take a step back in time and experience history in a hands-on way.  They’ll become mini geologists and paleontologists. Scholars will explore geology, including the layers of the earth and types of rocks. Scholars will view actual armor and other historical pieces from the Spanish Colonial collection. Scholars will lean more about the lives of Native Americans. They’ll see Native American art and models of early homes. Scholars will see how our world has changed over time as they view the prehistoric collection. They’ll also specifically see the history of the desert habitat.

Science Center – 2nd grade

At the Arizona Science Center, scholars have the opportunity to extend their learning of the human body by:

  • Walking through an enormous “working” stomach, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of the digestive process.
  • Watching surgeries being performed, featuring the techniques of Dr. Edward B. Diethrich, in the Heart Surgery Theater
  • Testing their  heart muscles in the Wheelchair Racers
  • Exploring the systems of the human body – from defense and immunity to cardio and pulmonary, digestive and skeletal
  • Hearing their actual heartbeat as it is translated into sound on a bass drum

Pioneer Village – 2nd Grade

At Pioneer Living History Village our scholars will step back in time to the Arizona Territorial period, 1863 to 1912, to see and feel how the early pioneers lived and worked in the harsh, unforgiving environment of this diverse land.

Desert Botanical Gardens – 3rd grade

Scholars tour the Desert Botanical Gardens to understand how Native Americans utilized their natural resources in order to survive. Native American Unit how they lived of their natural habitat

Pueblo Grande – 3rd grade

Scholars leave the classroom and walk through a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological village. Scholars gain an understanding and appreciation for how archaeology, Arizona history and culture studies can further our understanding of our how and why the past is relevant to the present.

Musical Instrument Museum – 3rd grade Musicians

In preparation for choosing their first instrument, scholars visit the Musical Instrument Museum where they have an opportunity to explore the musical instruments and music of the world. In addition to an interactive guided tour, scholars have the opportunity to interact with a variety of instruments in the Experience Gallery.

Mesquite Wildlife Oasis – 4th grade

Scholars visit The Mesquite Wildlife Oasis to study Arizona’s natural resources. The wildlife and habitat trail system provides our scholars with a learning experience that connects classroom lessons to their natural world.

Grand Canyon – 4th grade

The Grand Canyon trip is the first school sponsored overnight trip for our scholars. Chaperones and scholars spend two nights on the south rim of the canyon. They participate in educational programs and park rangers guide them through Grand Canyon geology, ecology, and human history.

ASU – 5th grade

The visit to ASU provides scholars the opportunity to tour the LROC facility where they learn about the moon, past, present and future space exploration, as well as the ability to watch live satellite feeds from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbital Camera.  Scholars will also visit the Mars Space Flight Facility where scholars get to learn more about Mars exploration and the Mars Rover.

Pali Institute – 5th grade

The Pali Institute, in the mountains north of San Bernardino, California, is an exciting outdoor education camp which is offered to all TOPA 5th graders. This two-day trip allows students hands-on experience with many aspects of biology and ecology. To learn more about the Pali experience go to: www.paliinstitute.com.

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Uniforms

The Odyssey Preparatory Academy Family of Schools uniforms may be purchased at Absolute Screen Printing.

Spirit Shop

The Odyssey Preparatory Academy Family of Schools P.E. uniforms, outwear, t-shirts and other school accessories may be purchased online or at the Odyssey Spirit Store located at 1495 S. Verrado Way (OI Campus).

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Uniform Policy

The Odyssey Dress code contributes to our culture. It is the belief that the wearing of a school uniform by scholars of The Odyssey Preparatory Academy assists in creating an environment conducive to a quality learning opportunity. It fosters an environment in which scholars focus on contributing their talents to the classroom and a are appreciated and valued for their hard work.

The ONLY APPROVED shirts for boys and girls enrolled in grades K – 5 are the short sleeved or long sleeved green uniform shirt with the Odyssey logo.
Uniform shirts: Have only a short-sleeved undershirt or WHITE, BLACK OR DARK GREEN long-sleeved Shirt (Optional). Shirts will be tucked in at the waist at all times.

Uniform Pants: The ONLY APPROVED pants/shorts for boys and girls grades K – 5 are Dickie’s uniform line black pants/shorts. Capri pants are available for girls. Skirts and tights/leggings are NOT approved wear at The Odyssey Preparatory Academy.

Pants will:
Be pulled up and snug above the hips
Be pulled up and snug above the hips
Be no longer than just above the sole of the shoe

Shorts will:
Be no shorter than knee length
Be no longer than the top of the knee

Outerwear:  Any appropriate jacket may be worn to school but only the approved Odyssey sweatshirts may be worn in the classroom. Odyssey sweatshirts and hoodies may be purchased at the Odyssey Spirit Store located at 1495 S. Verrado Way (OI Campus) or through the parent portal.

Dress Code: 

All clothing will:

Be clean and neat
Be the appropriate size (not skin tight or too large)
Not be torn, tattered or written on
Not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard as determined by The Odyssey Preparatory Academy administration

Jewelry/Piercings will:

Be kept to a minimum
Not include any piercing of visible body parts other than the ear/ears
Include only appropriate neckwear, bracelets and belts
Not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard

Footwear will:

Be required at all times
Be lace up athletic shoes tied snugly at all times

Hair will:

Not be an extreme style (ex: no Mohawks)
Be only natural hair colors
Not interfere with the educational process or present a safety hazard as determined by 20 the Odyssey administration

Headwear will:

Only be worn outside the building and can be worn during recess and P.E.
Be restricted to school appropriate designs that are not vulgar, violent, obscene, or gang related
Not include “do-rags”, bandanas or sweatbands

Tattoos and body art will:

Not be allowed (including permanent, temporary, henna or any other types of tattoos or body art)
Temporary tattoos or body art will be washed off immediately
Permanent and henna tattoos or body art will be covered at all times

Backpacks and binders will:

Be free of patches and any student writing
Be free of logos, symbols or pictures that represent something illegal, violent, illicit or suggestive
Subject to search by an Odyssey employee at any time, with our without warning