Convocation is an Out-of-Door tradition that began in 2002 as a way to acknowledge the responsibilities of the senior class as the leaders of the school community. In 2004, Convocation became an all-school event where each class participated in the ceremony. This year, students in grades 6-12 gathered to honor these student body leaders. For photos from Convocation, visit our Facebook photo album. Meet the Class of 2022 as they process in this short clip from the ceremony.
The Out-of-Door Academy College Counseling Office is pleased to announce that senior Connor Lea has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. In addition, Megan Dowdell ’22 and Samantha Malcolm ’22 have been recognized as Commended Scholars, and Andres Espinel ’22 was named a National Merit Hispanic Scholar.
Each year, the Lower School chooses a theme that is woven throughout the academic, athletic, and arts curriculum. This year’s theme,“Gratitude,” was introduced during an all-school assembly in the shade of the Dart Family Pavilion.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” –John F. Kennedy
ODA’s Thunder Cup is a fun-filled, yearlong tournament between the four grades in the Upper School. Now considered one of the school’s most exciting traditions, the concept for the class competition was created in 2006 by Mr. Tim Brewer, ODA’s Upper School Director of Student Activities, in an effort to increase school spirit, help connect students to the school and bond with classmates, and inject an element of fun into the school day.
The past 17 years at Out-of-Door under Mr. David Mahler’s strong leadership have been truly transformational. With a student body of 750 students, an innovative and comprehensive Pre-K-12 educational program, college preparatory curriculum, more than 200 employees, and two thriving campuses covering more than 90 acres, ODA’s growth since the early 2000s has been nothing short of impressive.
Heading into the Class 2A State Championship Tournament on a seven-game winning streak and a 23-3 record, ODA's Varsity Baseball team knew they were walking into uncharted territory. As the first Thunder baseball team to advance to state final four, every player knew there was the potential to make school history. Click here to view photos from the game. Click here to watch SNN's coverage of the game.
The Out-of-Door Academy baseball program finds themselves two wins away from the programs first ever state title. The way the Thunder arrived in the Class 2A final four was no easy task. Watch the video on SNN
This week, 11 members of the Class of 2021 were recognized for their dedication to their sports and their commitment to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level including three seniors that will compete at the Division One level at Eastern Michigan University, Princeton University, and Temple University. These outstanding student-athletes were surrounded by proud parents, siblings, coaches, faculty, and staff as they took the next step toward furthering their education.
Over the last four years, Lower School teachers have worked alongside our Lower School Literacy Specialist, Mrs. Brittany Mann, to develop an individualized reading assessment that is unique to Out-of-Door. ODA students have shown an impressive average increase in reading comprehension of one full year over just a five-month period, reflecting the quality and strength of our early childhood literacy program.
Although this year’s Spirit Day looked a little bit different than prior years, the level of enthusiasm and excitement was as strong as ever. This year students competed by division on the Siesta Key and Uihlein Campuses. One of Out-of-Door's oldest school traditions, the day was filled with games, camaraderie, and friendly competition for every student from pre-K to our soon-to-graduate senior Class of 2021. Click here to view photos from the event.
A dedicated cast and crew of 29 Middle and Upper School students worked under the direction of Ms. Thayer Greenberg to produce a magnificent performance of “The Children of Eden” for a closed audience of family members. Click for photos.
Greek pottery is easily identifiable in the modern day–people largely tend to recognize this style of Greek art when they see it. This quarter, sixth graders worked on a cross-curricular project uniting the history and artwork of Greek pottery, becoming artisan storytellers.
The Class of 2026 created a new tradition this spring as the first Out-of-Door students to participate in the NPR Student Podcast Challenge. The exciting nationwide competition is open to middle school students in grades 5-8, and requires a combination of creativity, academic skills, and technological prowess.
Service–one of the five core values at Out-of-Door–is integral to the foundation of our School’s commitment to community. This month, ODA partnered with the national nonprofit organization Blankets of Hope (BoH) in a schoolwide service learning initiative to demonstrate kindness, empathy, and hope to the homeless population in Sarasota through the donation of 875 blankets to our local community.
In January, Head of School David Mahler recognized two members of the ODA faculty and staff for their service and commitment to Out-of-Door. This week features our second honoree, Mrs. Renee Pitts, marking her amazing 30 years of service!
At the beginning of the new year, Head of School David Mahler recognized two members of the ODA community for their outstanding service and commitment to Out-of-Door. This week features Michael Salmon’s 10-year anniversary at ODA.