Patton's PandamoniOM

Now that your kid is in OM... what's next Edition

Incase you didn't see the flyer last time... What is Odyssey of the Mind?

Odyssey of the mind is an international creative problem solving program that teaches students creative problem-solving methods, while having fun in the process. This program teaches students to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. In Odyssey of the Mind students are free to express their ideas and suggestions without fear of criticism. This organization encourages you to think outside of the box in a fun and engaging environment.

Odyssey of the Mind competitions consist of two parts. Part one is the long term problem, which the students will have 5 problems their team can choose from. The team will spend the year working on this problem. Aside from having a list of governing rules for the problem, the students are also only allowed a budget of $120-$145, depending on their problem.

The second part is spontaneous. This is a problem or set of problems that will be given out the day of the competition. There is no way to know what type of spontaneous problem the students will get, until the day of the competition.

Oh Lordie... What did my kid get themselves into...

  • Weekly after school meeting, day will be determined by the Students and Coaches
  • TEAMS Time and some Advisory periods
  • Occasional Saturday Practices
  • Those lovely half days when we release at 11:30
  • Fundraisers Starting in September
  • Spontaneous Day (November 7)
  • Regional Competition (March 12)
  • World Finals (May 25-28, If Invited)

Ok, now what did my kids get ME into...

The most important thing to remember is that Odyssey of the Mind is a parental HANDS OFF experience. All products have to be created by the students, and penalties are accrued if outside help is provided.

This doesn't mean we don't want your help. You can help by:

  • Supporting your students and making sure they make the meetings
  • Advertising for and bringing your kids to the Fundraisers
  • Volunteer for supply runs, taking your kids to the thrift shop, etc.
  • Providing supplies (The students have a limited budget, anything we can get from home we can list as "yard sale pricing" which helps with their challenge)
  • Paint - We will always need this of all colors
  • Food - We will always need this of all types

Things you cannot do are:

  • Give ideas on how to solve the problem
  • Build things for the team
  • Create things for the team
  • Sew things for the team
  • Paint things for the team
  • I think you get the idea now... :)

State, the Competition

All students will go to the State Competition at Bethal College in Newton, KS on Saturday, March 12, 2016. We will leave Patton by bus at approximately 4:30 AM and will not arrive back to the school till after 9 pm.

While I don't mind if parents want to dive out to the college to watch, I want all students to ARRIVE at the college together on the bus. Parents who come out to watch are free to take their son/daughter home in their own vehicle after the award's ceremony at the end of the day.

What in the world is Worlds?

Worlds is also known as World Finals. Any team that places First or Second in their Problem and Division at the State Competition will receive an automatic invite to attend the World Finals at Iowa State University in May.

Worlds is an amazing experience for these kids. They spend a week competing, observing, and interacting with students just like themselves from across the globe. When the students aren't actively competing or preparing to compete there are creativity fairs, inter national festivals and NASA sponsored events that the kids can participate in. It is a fun and busy week for everyone.

Cost... if we don't go to Worlds.

For the standard year, we will not ask you for any sort of fee for the students participating in Odyssey of the Mind. Things you may end up spending money on are:

  • Supplies that you donate or fundraiser items
  • Food money for Saturday Practices, Spontaneous day and State
  • Team t-shirt for State (required if we go to Worlds)
  • School OM t-shirt (required if we go to Worlds)
  • District OM t-shirt (required if we go to Worlds)
  • Kansas Odyssey t-shirt (required if we go to Worlds)
  • Pins

Cost... if we do go to Worlds

There is no way to say for sure how much we might ask you to pay should your student be invited to World's. In the past we have had a very generous board that has helped cover most of the cost. Honestly, it all comes down to how many teams get invited and how much we make during our fundraising this year. Last year, aside from the cost of the shirts, we requested the parents pay only $150 of the $1500 per student cost. You may be asked for up to $500 for your student, should we be attending World Finals this year.

FUN! Fundraisers

Ok that was bad.. Here is the list of fundraisers we are currently planning. Check the Upcoming Events below for more information.

  • Trash bag Sale (9/21 - 10/5)
  • Autozone Carwash
  • IHOP Dinners
  • Spagetti Dinner
  • Holiday Gift Wrapping
  • Bake Sale

I looked this all over, but I REALLY don't want my kid doing this

We can only have 7 kids per team. Once teams begin solving their long term problem, we CANNOT replace them. We need to know before this point if you do not want your kid participating so that we can invite someone else to take their place, if this is the case then please e-mail Mrs. Arnold at or Mrs. Correll at immediately.

Coming Soon:

AutoZone Carwash

Saturday, Oct. 3rd, 10am-4pm

1600 South 4th Street

Leavenworth, KS

Please sign up to bring supplies HERE.

The proceeds from this car wash will go towards State Competition Registration fees, supplies and if we are invited to World Finals.

IHOP Fundraiser

Tuesday, Oct. 27th, 4-9pm

484 North Main Street

Lansing, KS

BRING EVERYONE YOU CAN! We receive 10% of the profits for the evening. We will also have a table set up at the entrance to collect donations.

Spontaneous Day

Saturday, Nov. 7th, 5am-6:30pm

Patton Circle

Leavenworth, KS

We will be taking a bus to Campus High School in Haysville, KS. Students need to bring a sack lunch and snacks and drinks will be sold there for $1 each.

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Coaches: Tomi Correll & Cassie Arnold