February 17, 2006 marked the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Ogden City school soon to be named Odyssey Elementary. Special guests were retired NASA astronaut, Rich Clifford (former student of Ogden School District); Retired U.S. Senator and NASA astronaut, Jake Garn; Ogden City School Board of Education; Superintendent, Cathy Ortega and district office representatives.
Many people in the Ogden School District celebrated the christening of Odyssey Elementary School on August 9, 2007. Retired U.S. Senator and NASA astronaut, Jake Garn, sixth graders Nicholas Ortega and Joana Robles, with principal Charlotte Parry were lifted up to the shuttle replica on the front of the school. A champagne-shaped bottle created from sugar and filled with confetti was struck against the shuttle nose cone. Speakers were emotional as they thanked many for supporting the school. “This has been a dream for many people – an out of this world dream,” said Ogden district Superintendent Noel Zabriskie.
Life is about opportunities and this school will provide the students of Ogden the first of many educational opportunities.
On August 20, 2007 Odyssey Elementary School opened its doors to 653 anxious students from kindergarten to sixth grade.
Odyssey Visible learners are Self-Aware, Think and are Reflective, Ask Questions and Wonder, Make Connections and are Determined.
Programs offered at Odyssey Elementary include: Boys and Girls Club after school program, Lego STEM Robotics League, and ESL and physical fitness for parents. A Physical Education professional teaches the importance of health and exercise to students. Guitar lessons for 4th-6th grade students create a connection to stringed instruments and the Spanish culture.