Welcome! In addition to its full-time academic programs, ISA offers after school enrichment opportunities which allow our students to further flex their minds and bodies through a wide selection of classes. All programs are open to ISA students and their friends from the community.
This will be a chance for our 5th grade - Middle School students to participate and play competitive sports in a fun and safe environment. ISA is committed to teaching students the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and self-discipline through sports.
We hope to build this program up to become a place where the ISA community can participate in weekend games together and rally the school to cheer on their peers. Being a part of a team is a big responsibility for the students and their parents / guardians. Commitment to weekend games is a necessity for this program and participation in practice is required in order to play in the games. Uniforms will be provided by ISA.
A fun way for your child to learn the techniques of soccer in a competitive environment. They practice fundamental skills like passing, receiving and controlling the ball, shooting and dribbling. Games are on the weekends and are a fun way to show some Palomino Pride! This activity is off campus at Scottsdale Ranch Fields. ISA does not provide transportation.
A one-hour art and expression class combining creative and educational practices to help children discover and develop their inner creative self. Various art practices will be part of the process, among which: drawing, painting, mixed media practices.
The activity is designed to have a great time with music, while developing the voice, expanding vocal range and experiencing a varied repertoire. Plus, they get to perform from time to time at school!
Tournament info:Odyssey of the Mind Central Regional Tournament
March 2, 2019 from 8am-6pm
Location: PH Gonzales Elementary School
9401 W Garfield St, Tolleson, AZ 85353
Links for more information about the OM program:
Odyssey of the Mind International creative problem solving program website
AZ Odyssey of the Mind – State organization page with competition information
Odyssey of the Mind Student created video explaining what Odyssey of the Mind is
Odyssey of the Mind video
Overview of the philosophy of this International program:
Creative Problem Solving Facebook page:
STEM Challenges Facebook Page:
Examples of performances by teams at various levels of the competition. There are 5 different problems released each year, vehicle, technical, classic, structural, and theatrics.
Vehicle problem – No Cycle Recycle 2016
Teams will build, ride on, and drive a no-cycle, recycling vehicle. It will pick up discarded items, adapt them in some way, and then deliver them to places to be re-used. The vehicle must travel without pedaling for propulsion. In addition, the driver will have an assistant worker riding on the vehicle that will help process the trash items being re-purposed. They will make an unplanned stop along the way to perform a random act of kindness.
Structure problem - Tumblewood 2013
Teams will design and build a structure made of only balsa wood and glue that will balance and support as much weight as possible. Before weight placement begins, the team will present a commercial that includes the structure rolling down a ramp. The structure will be scored for how far it rolls and for how much weight it holds. The team will integrate the placement of the weights into the performance.
Bio: Brian Calaway, Odyssey of the Mind educator, coach and participant.
Brian Calaway, BIS degree from ASU, and is working Masters Program in science and engineering. Has taught elementary, middle school and high school level science classes for several years in public and charter schools around the valley. Member of the SCC Odyssey of the Mind creative problem solving team placing 2nd , 3rd, and 5th at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in 2011 through 2015. Competed in Lego Robotics Avnet competitions and was a leader on the SCC VEX State Champion team three years in a row. Is a regular attendee of any science related lecture, program, event, exhibit in the Phoenix area. Has coached many teams that have participated in all levels of the OM program from the regional tournaments to the World Final level.
See Mr. “C” plays Dr. Who at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals – SCC college team took 3rd place in 2013.
For this problem, teams created an original performance that included replicas of a documented architectural structure that was built between 1,000 AD and 1,600 AD. The performance included three works of art that "disappeared" and two characters that go on a quest to find them. When the works of art are found, they are incorporated into the replica. The performance must also include two songs that are accompanied by some type of choreographed movement.
This class is designed to engage students, at the beginning and intermediate levels, to the basics of Music Theory. Following the methods of Albert’s Kid’s Complete Piano Course, students learn bout and explore the elements of music including beat, rhythm, pitch, scale, chords, harmony and form. The club has room for 6 students.