The Out-of-Door Academy College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that seniors Sloan Arslaner, Jack Bancroft, Natalie Carrión, and Victoria Woodruff have been named as 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, while Luke Pfahler, Daniel Szor, and Thomas Vicente have been named Commended Scholars.
Each year from September 15 to October 15, our country celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month. ODA's Spanish classes celebrate the history, cultures, language, and contributions that Hispanic and Latin people have made in the United States during this time.
Taking care of yourself is important so that you can take care of your family. Living through the experience of a hurricane or natural disaster is stressful, nerve wracking, and exhausting. As you begin to settle back into your lives and routines, you and your family may continue to experience stress reactions–which are natural–over the next few days and weeks. This will change over time. You may find feelings of fatigue, exhaustion, and a low tolerance for stress. In the wake of Hurricane Ian, your children are also watching, listening, feeling, and processing what has occurred, and it isn’t always easy to know how to respond or what to do. Self-care can help you instill the calmness and focus you need to help you handle problems and manage this stress. Self-care is taking care of our bodies, our hearts, and our minds. It is important for our own recovery and also important to be modeling for our children.
Self-care strategies after a natural disaster:
Take care of your body. Eat healthy foods, stay hydrated, exercise gently, rest, and get plenty of sleep.
Connect with others. Maintain healthy relationships with friends, family, and coworkers.
Stay informed with what you need to know, while minimizing repeated exposure to news (including social media), pictures, and videos of the aftermath.
Take small breaks. Take a quick walk, stop and take 10 deep breaths, listen to a favorite song or short podcast, or take time for a creative or artistic outlet.
Recognize and acknowledge your feelings and reactions; allow yourself time for support.
Get help when you need it. If your reactions are impacting your daily life for several weeks, reach out to a counselor for additional support.
Below you will find three helpful resources as you continue to navigate these physical, emotional, and behavioral reactions so that you can continue to be gentle and kind to yourself while supporting your children. The ODA Counseling Department is available and will continue to provide support to you and your family. Please reach out to your division level counselor if we can be of any assistance. We are keeping you close at heart and wishing you peace and restoration as you recover from Hurricane Ian.
The Out-of-Door Academy College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that seniors Sloan Arslaner, Jack Bancroft, Natalie Carrión, and Victoria Woodruff have been named as 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, and Luke Pfahler, Daniel Szor, and Thomas Vicente have been named Commended Scholars.
This week our Lower Schoolers arrived at the Siesta Key Campus carrying a special bag. Each bag contained books they had either outgrown or had read so many times they knew them by heart and were ready to share them with someone else. These books were perfect candidates for donation to the Lower School Book Swap, a program that gives used books renewed impact for our students and children less fortunate.
The tradition of Convocation at The Out-of-Door Academy began in 2002 to acknowledge the senior class as the leaders of the school community. The event initially focused around the graduating class signing the School’s honor pledge in front of the Middle School and Upper School student body, but within two years Convocation had evolved to include the kindergarteners—just beginning their educational journey at ODA—into the celebration. Click for photos from the event.
Each fall, seniors are matched with kindergarten “buddies” to mentor throughout the year. This year, they got to know one another at the Senior-Kindergarten Picnic held on the Siesta Key Campus. Then, Lower Schoolers came to the Uihlein Campus for Convocation, a feel-good tradition that exudes a sense of unity as the student body comes together to honor our eldest students as they begin their final year at ODA. Seniors make their entrance hand-in-hand with their kindergarten buddies.
Eighth graders step out of their comfort zones and leap into new challenges. Click for photos.
As the oldest students in the Middle School, ODA’s eighth graders know that they play an important role as leaders and role models for the younger students. To prepare the class for this responsibility and ready them for the increased rigors of their final year in Middle School, eighth graders spend a few days away at ODA’s Leadership Camp held at DaySpring Conference Center. The students explore the high and low ropes courses and complete a multitude of group activities focused on team building, communication, and problem solving.
Out-of-Door’s Middle School trips are planned to complement what our students have learned in all of their classes throughout the year. The goal of each excursion is to expand upon classroom lessons and broaden their knowledge and experiences in new, exciting, and often challenging ways. Click for photos from the sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade trips.
Congratulations to this year’s outstanding student-athletes! Each sport named a Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and Athletic RISER, which have been posted on our social media channels and can be viewed in their entirety here.
On Tuesday, fourth grader Bethany Cox arrived at the Siesta Key Campus ready to push up her sleeves and act as the Head of Lower School for the day. The unique opportunity offered at Banyan Ball gives students the chance to step into each division head's shoes to experience what it is like to keep the school running smoothly. Click here for photos of her day.
The sound of wailing guitars and rhythmic percussion combined with harmonized vocals, strings, and horns filled the vast space at Woodland Community Church at last week’s 90s Rock Concert. Click here to view photos from the concertand view a video of the performance here.