An Important Reminder to All Odyssey Volunteers

In our current environment, we felt it necessary to remind all participants that Odyssey of the Mind is an Equal Opportunity Organization.  It is something we have been discussing with our board, and we hope all coaches, judges and volunteers will take a moment to reflect as well.  Odyssey of the Mind works to encourage creativity and promote respectful work of diverse teams so they are able to think outside the box.  We want all voices to be heard and honored.
We wish to remind all participants that regardless of one’s personal heritage or experiences home or abroad, it is important that we refrain from making statements that seem innocuous or innocent but could be considered as profiling or stereotyping a race, religion, gender, etc.
In Virginia, we are fortunate to have OMers and parents from a very wide spectrum of international cultures who are very interested in what Odyssey of the Mind has to offer in providing valuable life skills.  Odyssey of the Mind teams and team members continuously defy stereotypes all of the time. American history is filled with individuals who defied stereotypes.  There is only a glass ceiling when we install one. Thank you all for your continued service to the mission of Odyssey of the Mind.


Thank you to all who attended training on Saturday.  Hopefully, you gained information that will be helpful in the process.  If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to send them to

Also, our webmaster has posted the training manual and two PowerPoints we used at the training session for all to use or refer back to.  In addition, the document Coaches-Training-2014  on our Resources page has some suggestions listed for the first few meetings that you may find helpful.  Good luck as you begin your coaching journey with this year’s team.

Schedule for Saturday’s Training

  • 8:00-8:20 Registration and a Light Breakfast

  • 8:20-8:50 Introduction

  • 8:50-9:15 Problem Overview – Problem Captains (5 minutes each)

  • 9:20-10:05 Long-Term Coaching Sessions

    • BEGINNING (Coaches who have never coached a competitive problem (1-5) before)

    • EXPERIENCED (Coaches who have coached a competitive problem (1-5) in the past)

    • PRIMARY (Coaches who are coaching K-2 students doing the non-competitive problem)

  • 10:10-11:25 Creativity/Style or Spontaneous (red nametags go to Creativity/Style first, blue goes to Spontaneous first)

  • 11:30-12:45 Creativity/Style or Spontaneous

Hamilton: The Haunted House

The Glebe Elementary School Odyssey teams (including the one that went to World Finals!) will be hosting a “haunted house” fundraiser Sunday, October 28th, from 5 to 8 PM, at 4909 16th Road North, near Virginia Hospital Center.
Proceeds will support scholarships for students participating in Odyssey of the Mind locally.
Please consider stopping by to enjoy some fun with the local Odyssey community!!
If your Odyssey team might like to assist with creating the haunted house Friday when there is no school, or Saturday, please contact Christina Headrick at

Coaches’ Training

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Nova East Odyssey of the Mind will be having their Coaches’ Training at St. Louis Catholic School from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The cost is $25.  No pre-registration is necessary, but school Odyssey of the Mind coordinators are encouraged to contact coaches and get a ballpark number and email the school’s name and number of expected attendees to by Wednesday, October 31.  The training is helpful to new as well as experienced coaches so they can get a sense of what coaching entails and how to do it effectively.


Coordinators’ Meeting next Monday, September 24th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at Campbell Elementary.  It’s a great time to review what’s expected for the new Odyssey of the Mind Year, pay your school’s reduced registration (a $100 check made out to CCI), and ask questions or share ideas with other coordinators.  Hope to see you Monday night!

Set Up Your Odyssey Calendars Now!

We have selected dates for our major meetings and events for the Odyssey of the Mind Year, so be sure to check the calendar on the website and add them to your personal calendars.  The first one coming up is in September, so make sure your school’s Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator is aware of the date.

The Odyssey of the Mind Regional Coordinators’ Meeting for NovaEast will be held at Campbell Elementary School’s Library in Arlington from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 24, 2018.  This is a great time to hand in your school’s registration form and pay for your school’s membership at the reduced rate of $100.  Pamela Clark will again be collecting school registrations and bundling them to send in so schools can save a bit of money.  When registration is done online, the cost is $135, so if you’re chomping at the bit to get your school’s packet, go ahead and do it, but if you’re willing to wait until early October to receive it, you can bring the $100 check made out to CCI (not Novaeast OotM since this fee goes directly to the company that creates the problems)  and 2018 – 2019 Membership Application to the coordinator’s meeting or make sure it’s postmarked by Saturday, October 6 to Pamela Clark, 3229 S. Utah St. Arlington, VA 22206.  She will then mail in the registrations that following week. Please be sure to write in the shipping information as well as the school information so CCI knows where to ship the packet.

Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Report

Nova East’s Division 1 team from Glebe Elementary placed 7th in Problem 2.  After reviewing the final scores for the 34 VA teams:

  • 16 teams placed in top 10 (47%)
  • 31 teams placed in the top 20 (91%)
  • 33 teams placed in the top 30 (97%)
  • & one placed a very respectable 32nd place.

Given there are 45-70 teams in each division of each problem, these results reflect extremely great performances by the entire Virginia Team!!  You may review the 2018 World Finals scores at this link:   You can sort on VA teams.

Good Luck, Glebe!

In case you didn’t hear the good news, Glebe Elementary School is sending a team to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals this week in Ames, Iowa.  As members of the NoVaEast Odyssey of the Mind family we couldn’t be prouder!

Check out this article about the team from the Washington Post:  Glebe OM Team