Odyssey of the Mind teams from eight schools across the district traveled to Ames, Iowa, armed with creativity and plenty of perseverance and sportsmanship. Some of the teams created vehicles that changed emotions and appearances before your eyes, some teams solved a community problem with their “odyssey angels,” and some filled in the blanks in “to ___ or not to ___.” They came to the world finals stage with actors dressed in costumes created from old ties, garbage bags, advertisement pages, converted sheets, cereal box trees with spoon branches, full-length skirts woven completely from plastic bags, a dress that changed to a wedding gown before your eyes, and so much more! The 55 students, led by their dedicated coaches, acted, created and pin-traded, making new friends and sharing a memory-making experience never to be forgotten. World Finals 2012 was a creative extravaganza where more than 800 teams and 15 countries from all around the world shared their ideas and work. While only a few left with trophies, everyone came out a winner just by solving an Odyssey of the Mind problem and competing on the world stage. Results from Rockford schools are as follows: Rockford High School placed eighth in Problem 1 and 18th in Problem 5; Cannonsburg Elementary School placed 10th in Problem 2; East Rockford Middle School placed 13th in Problem 3 and 14th in Problem 5; North Rockford Middle School placed 18th in Problem 5, 10th in Problem 3 and seventh in Problem 2. The 2012-2013 problem synopsis are currently available online. Rockford Public Schools will begin the 2012-2013 year with information and a parent meeting in September. Look for more details online at Rockfordschools.org, “Odyssey of the Mind.”
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is getting ready for the new school year! Please consider jumping into this creative, problem-solving, confidence-building, team-player-making odyssey. If you are new to the program or just want to hear more, please plan to attend with your student one of these informational meetings. Pick the one that best suits your schedule and student’s age, schools recommended are just a suggestion, and the sessions are free. • Sept. 21 at East Rockford Middle School cafeteria, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for students and parents at Lakes, Cannonsburg, Crestwood and Meadow Ridge elementary schools; • Sept. 24 at North Rockford Middle School auditorium, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., for students and parents at Parkside, Valley View, Belmont and Roguewood elementary schools; • Oct. 15 at Rockford Freshman Center in the LGI room, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This is for parents ONLY of students in kindergarten through second grade. Odyssey of the Mind would like to again thank its sponsors who helped send five teams from Rockford to Ames, Iowa for world finals competition. They are Pegasus Sports, Aunt Candy’s Toy Co, Corner Bar, Cedar Animal Hospital, Nucraft, Dr Gary Fowle and Associates, Rockford Public Schools, Crossroads Church, Rockford Sportsman’s Club, Macaire, Rehabilitation Medicine Associates, and Ice Mountain Natural Spring Water. For questions, contact Linda Blackmore at (616) 866-6310 or your elementary building principal.