The Out-of-Door Academy and the Emmons Family are honored to announce Nevan Hernandez as the ninth recipient of the Taylor Emmons Scholarship. Nevan epitomizes Out-of-Door’s five Core Values: respect, integrity, service, excellence, and responsibility.
“Snail mail” has been traveling between the Siesta Key Campus and the Uihlein Campus as Out-of-Door Lower School and Middle School students collaborated in the Pen Pal Letters Project. The annual assignment pairs up 5th and 6th graders who write letters to their partners to share their thoughts and ideas about assigned novels they read in class with a common theme.
This year’s Upper School Musical “Songs for a New World” showcased impressive talent from a small cast who embraced this unique opportunity and performed with passion. The piece is an abstract musical in which each song shares the theme of how the choices we make impact our lives and the world around us.
The Out-of-Door Academy College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that seniors John Floersheimer and Ben Johnson have been named as National Merit Scholarship Finalists, and Nicklaus Auen, Adelaide Mahler, Kelland Timothy, and Clayton Watson have been recognized as Commended Scholars. Overall, the Class of 2019 has achieved the highest average SAT score in school history, eclipsing the previous record by 25 points!
Last week our young scientists at the Lower School had an exciting morning filled with fun, hands-on learning and experiments during the annual Science Olympiad. Many of these scientific activities occurred in outdoor spaces, keeping with the Out-of-Door tradition of students learning beyond the walls of a traditional classroom.
Ashley Sciame ‘20 was honored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers with a Gold Key award for her creative writing submission in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. She earned a Silver Key in last year’s competition. Ashley’s piece, entered in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category, “The Serpent’s Song,” follows the challenges faced by a young woman with magical abilities who leaves home to travel the world.
This year, ODA’s Modern Languages Department sent a team of 16 students to compete in the annual Florida State Spanish Conference in Orlando, Florida. ODA’s largest team ever finished the competition in second place, missing the top prize in their division by just a few points. Many students received top honors to contribute to this strong finish including Nina Giraldo 21’, Arya Bulusu 20', Kate Crump 20’, and Adelaide Mahler 19’ who each earned perfect scores!
Eighth graders in pastel poodle skirts and bobby socks, rolled up 501s and black leather jackets took the dance floor Monday to show off moves they’ve been learning at the culminating event of their cross-curricular 1950s unit.
Each year, fifth grade students participate in the World Peace Game. This hands-on political simulation gives young students the opportunity to explore the global landscape by considering the impact of economic, social, and environmental crises and the threat of war.
As the sun set behind ODA’s Uihlein Campus, soothing melodies filled the air for a picturesque Jazz Under the Stars. This annual tradition features a variety of genres performed by our talented musicians in a unique and memorable showcase.
The Out-of-Door community came out in its finest to the Ritz Carlton on Saturday, March 9, 2019 for its annual Banyan Ball—an elegant evening of festivity and fundraising. The unforgettable evening themed “World Traveler” began with an exclusive VIP event.
In ODA’s first Technology Student Association (TSA) State Competition, sophomores Kaylen Rivers ‘21 and Reece Whatmore ‘21 created an interactive, tactile, assistive technology storybook for students with physical and intellectual impairment. Their second place finish in the category advances them to the National Competition in June.
The Out-of-Door Academy has had a strong representation on the Sarasota Youth Orchestra (SYO), Symphonic Winds, and Youth Opera Programs for many years. The SYO’s program has been hailed as one of the most exemplary youth programs in the Southeast. Each year, ODA students are encouraged to take advantage of amazing opportunities with these programs -located in the heart of our city.
ODA’s ACLU Club organized a “Know Your Rights” school assembly during last week’s Ovation. The assembly was conducted in a Town Hall style, allowing the Upper School students to stand up and ask panelists questions on the spot.
The covered pavilion behind the Petrik Family Commons was filled with laughing, smiling students and faculty during the annual SPECTRUM Heritage Festival last week. Participants set up their tables with regional treats and delicacies, sweet and savory, from Israel, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, and more, prepared to share not only their foods, but information about their background with the festival’s attendees.
Last weekend’s Middle and Upper School Broadway Matinee featured a selection of well-loved songs from the classic Broadway musicals "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "The Phantom of the Opera," and "Jekyll and Hyde."
Over the last several months, the seventh grade boys and girls have had opportunities to meet in groups as part of the Out-of-Door Middle School’s mission to emphasize the importance of social-emotional well-being and learning to maintain a more balanced life.
During the 2019 Forte International Music Competition finals in New York City on February 2, The Out-of-Door Academy’s Arthur Wang ‘21, competed as one of two finalists in the 16 to 18 year old “Seniors” age group. Standing on the legendary stage in world-renowned Carnegie Hall, Arthur played “Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor,” Jean-Baptiste Accolay.
At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, students in 3rd-5th grade applied and were selected to be part of the ODA STEM Fair team. From this group, students decided whether they wanted to complete an engineering project or an experimental project, and were grouped according to interest. Students worked through the engineering design process or scientific method, defining the problem, asking questions, researching, experimenting and prototyping, analyzing the results, and finally presenting their findings.
ODA students had a spectacular showing at the Florida Junior Classical League Regional Forum this year. The 40 students, along with faculty chaperones Ms. Nicole Fafalios, Ms. Anya Grady, Ms. Alyssa Mandel, and Mr. Paul LeBras, traveled to Plant City for the day-long competition in multiple categories. ODA students took home a total of 44 awards/trophies.
Out-of-Door’s traditional Grandfriends Day was held on the Historic Siesta Key Campus on February 8, 2019. The annual event is an opportunity for students to invite their grandparents or special friends to visit ODA to experience the musical and theatrical talents of our students, participate in campus activities, and spend time together sharing what they are learning in classrooms.
At ODA, we know that equipping our parents with the knowledge and tools to help their children learn is an important part of the early childhood education process. Towards that end, kindergarten teachers recently held an in-class, hands-on literacy workshop with both students and parents.
Twelve Out-of-Door student-athletes were recently named as HT Preps All-Area High School Athletes for the Fall 2018 season. This is one of the largest groups of ODA student-athletes to be named to the list for a single season, reflecting the continued growth of all of our Thunder athletic programs.
Mira Khazanchi '20 and Paige Crittenden '20 have been selected as award recipients from a pool of 350,000 student submissions received by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Mira received two Silver Keys and one Gold Key for her photography submission “Festivities,” and Paige received a Gold Key for her mixed media drawing “Through Someone Else’s Eyes.”
Students in Mrs. Daniela Rozanes’ AP Spanish Literature and AP Spanish Language & Culture classes, and Mr. Marc Robert’s Spanish V class collaborated on an intensive project to produce a Spanish-language digital magazine, El rincón del trueno (Thunder Corner).
Tigers, bears, and monkeys have filled the Black Box Theater for this week’s Middle School production of “The Jungle Book KIDS.” The ensemble cast showcases a range of characters as they lead us through the familiar story of a young boy raised by wild animals.
Orchestra Director Nicole Young, Dr. Linda Vasilaki, eighth grade violinist Natalie Carrión, and senior violist Christian Ramos attended the 75th anniversary of the Florida Music Educators Association Conference “Artistry, Teaching and Performing” in Tampa, Florida January 9-12. These two talented students were selected to represent Out-of-Door in the Middle School and High School All-State Orchestra Programs.
Learn how to do you laundry. Develop good relationships with your professors. Appreciate what you have here at Out-of-Door! These are just some of the nuggets of advice members of the Class of 2018 had for the senior class when they returned to campus in December to meet with seniors in their Issues in Contemporary Society classes.