Rainbow’s students at the Odyssey State Tournament

Rainbow’s students at the Odyssey State Tournament

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Last Saturday 7 remarkable Rainbow students competed at the Odyssey of the Mind state Competition at the Appalachian State College up in Boone. Odyssey of the mind is a creativity competition, designed to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, collaborative creativity and independence… Perfect for Rainbow students.

Our kids (listed at the bottom of this article) did the school proud on the day and carried themselves with maturity, responsibility and respect.

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Anyone who worked with them throughout the process commented on how astoundingly effortless their collaboration was as a team. Some of the team had been together since Kindergarten, while some had only recently joined the school, yet they all seemed like family… A true testament to the cohesive and welcoming community we have here at Rainbow.

They ended up as the highest placed team from the entire Western Region in their problem category and division. Although they didn’t place for the world competition they all came out as winners in our eyes, having represented the school while making stronger bonds and lasting memories along the way.

Please congratulate them if you see them around campus!

6th Grade students Gaby McCassim, Harmony Redford, Isabel Raustol, Willow Eshan, Lena Usner, Jonah McCloud and Sunshine Pugh from 7th Grade.

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Rainbow’s going to the Odyssey state tournament this weekend!

Rainbow’s going to the Odyssey state tournament this weekend!

Odyssey state tournament in Boone this weekend
Imagine, if you will, a creative competition that allows students to express themselves artistically, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These expressions are in alignment with Rainbow’s seven domains of child development. Now, imagine the pressure of performing for judges and parents and against other students.

This weekend our own team of sixth graders, including Isabel R, Harmony R, Lena U, Gaby M, Jonah M, and Willow E, will be heading off to the Odyssey State Tournament in Boone, NC, this weekend to compete on Saturday morning!.

We send them the best energy and courage to accomplish their goals!
Rainbow Community School Student Poetry Published in the Mountain Xpress.

Rainbow Community School Student Poetry Published in the Mountain Xpress.

It’s always a pleasure to see our students passionate for personal activities. Caleb Mcntosh​’s​ (sixth grade) and Lena Usher​’s​ (sixth grade) poetry was published in the Mountain Xpress newspaper in March. Rainbow Community School is very proud of you​!​ Below are the poems that were published by the Mountain Xpress​.​


I used to Be

I used to be squeaky, whiny, loud kid,

Now I am not,

I imagined rivers flowing, waves rolling,

I had a thick black hair, blue eyes,

I was a monkey,

Now I am not,

Now I have soft brown hair with bluish green eyes,

I used to be a little kid, now I am not.

-caleb Mcintosh, sixth grade-



Ode to Dance

Dance is like,

A spark, beginning,

Like small thing,

Creeping and growing,

Until you burst. You

Move and create,

And inspire,

Dragging me in,

And pushing me out,

I love the way you lift me

To the hidden world,

inside my heart.

Then you stop,

But with the promise of tomorrow.

-Lena Usner, sixth grade-



Rainbow Community School teacher receives national award

Rainbow Community School teacher receives national award

Jennifer Armocida

It is always exciting to hear about our staff’s personal success and this time, Rainbow Community School wants to congratulate our very own sixth grade teacher, Jennifer Armocida! Jennifer’s project, “Better Business: Socially Beneficial Entrepreneurship,” was selected by the Freedoms Foundation to receive their highest award for excellence in enterprise education. The Freedom Foundation recognizes educators for their innovative efforts to help young people better understand the function and benefits of America’s private enterprise system.

Jenny’s sixth-grader students each create a socially responsible business.  Her young entrepreneurs learn how to write a business plan, apply for loans, write a marketing plan and more.  The most exciting part is the actual launch of their businesses — some become very successful.  This year, Jennifer’s project was selected as one of the best in the nation and will receive a formal recognition and a cash award during a special award ceremony in November2015.

Congratulations, Jennifer, for this award! We are very happy you are a part of Rainbow Community School.