Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students of all ages. Teams of students select a problem, create a solution, then present their solution in a competition against other teams in the same problem and division.
- Kids work in teams of up to seven members under the guidance of an adult coach.
- Teams spend weeks or months, at their own pace, creating solutions to long term problems.
- Team members come up with all the ideas for their solution and do all the work themselves.
- Teams work within the cost limit stated in the problem.
- Teams have 8 minutes to present their long-term problem solution in competition.
- On the day of competition, teams are presented with a spontaneous problem and must solve it.
- A team's standing in competition is determined by its combined Long-Term score, Style score and Spontaneous score.
- To solve a problem, teams must follow the general rules in this guide, limitations in the problem, and clarifications issued during the year.
We, at Pelican, have several teams, coached by interested teachers and parents. The team members range in age from third grade to fifth grade.
Pelican Precision Jump Rope Team
The Pelican Elementary Precision Jump Rope Team is a demonstration team for the American Heart Association whose responsibility is to promote the Jump Rope for Heart Program within area schools. Through their hard work, dedication and excellence, these students proudly represent our school in more than twenty performances each school year. During the 2016-2017 school our jump rope team will celebrate 30 years of encouraging others to become physically fit through good heart health. Over the years the team has helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for the American Heart Association.
Students in fifth grade have an opportunity to participate in Pelican's Safety Patrol Program. Participation is based on teacher nominations of students who exhibit superior citizenship and responsibility. Safety patrol duties include monitoring safe passage through the hallways, on the bus ramp, and at parent pick-up. Safety patrols are supervised by designated teachers.
WPEN Morning News
Every morning Pelican Elementary produces a live news show. WPEN begins with announcements from our student newscaster and an administrator. Students from every classroom take turns saying the Pledge of Allegiance. Fifth grade students work the cameras, the audio/video board and organize any special guests, such as our Accelerated Reader achievers who are presented with their certificates and buttons on the air. Students receive an introduction to communications and some even plan to pursue it as a career!
The Pelican Pursuit
The annual run on the streets around Pelican Elementary, The Pelican Pursuit, will be held in March. Fourth and fifth graders will be running one mile and first, second and third graders will be running a half mile. This run is important since it is the culmination of our running unit in Physical Education class. We welcome parent participation, so please plan to run with your child or come cheer them on at the finish line. More information will go home as we get closer to the date.
The Pelican Elementary Chorus
The music classes at Pelican Elementary offer a little bit of everything. We are equipped with Orff instruments and a full selection of rhythm instruments. The fourth and fifth graders play recorder as well as the other instruments. Of course, we sing from day one! Creative movement, rhythmic comprehension, and a variety of listening experiences are also a part of what is taught in music class on a regular basis. The Pelican Elementary Chorus has been something in which all look forward to participating. Many students watch from kindergarten on up and can't wait for their chance to perform in our group. From the Holiday Show to the Spring Performance, we have a great time learning about using our voices and choreographing a show. We rehearse after school hours and must be dedicated to the group. We have had as many as 80 students participating at one time. As you can imagine, music at Pelican is great fun and very educational!
The Lee County Elementary Honor Choir
The Pelican Elementary Chorus has been something in which all look forward to participating. In late January, 5th grade students are given a special opportunity. From those auditions, five students will be chosen who will represent Pelican Elementary School in the 2017 Lee County Elementary Honor Choir. This is a very unique and special opportunity for our students to display their talents to the community.
Although each grade level has special activities, there are some exciting field trips that Pelican Elementary hopes will provide both fun and educational opportunities for students.