This school year OCSI elementary is implementing the Next Generation Science Standardsfrom kindergarten through 5th grade. Our new curriculum includes both hands-on experiences and literacy connections. Science and engineering education includes investigations into the natural world as well as how engineers design and build systems. We hope to encourage all students to build, deepen, and apply their knowledge of core ideas in the following domains: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering.
What does this look like in your child’s classroom?
Pre-K: Students have the opportunity to take care of stuffed animals in the dramatic play center which is set up like a pet store, and they are learning how to care for animals.
1st grade: Students investigated how an apple tree grows and changes. They made predictions and then looked at the inside of an apple and counted the seeds and made homemade applesauce. Next, they’ll be exploring how an animal’s body parts help it live, grow, and find and catch food.
2nd grade: Students learned about habitats and biomes and created a classroom pond habitat they could develop and add their own animals to.
4th grade: Students began an investigation with magnets and explored the question, “What sticks to magnets?” Students made predictions about what materials would stick to the magnets, as well as discovered the two sides of a magnet and the invisible magnetic field.
At OCSI, we believe that students are our future. We believe that students are full of potential, and that they are responsible for their learning and responsible for using it to serve God and others. Consequently, we are excited that…
Kindergarteners have increased their reading skills.
Second graders have increased their understanding of map, globes, and how to give directions using north, south, east, and west.
Fifth grade mathematicians focused on factorization and exponents.
Seventh grade scientists learned how food molecules travel through the body.
Ninth grade historians deepened their understanding of the role of law in society.
Eleventh grade writers demonstrated their understanding of The Screwtape Letters, satire, human nature, and letter organization by writing a new Screwtape letter satirizing a flaw in human nature that they see at school.
Twelfth graders studied how calorie intake affects body composition.
We’re off to a great start! Thank you for allowing OCSI to partner with you in your child’s education! If you know others that might be interested in joining the OCSI family, please use the Referral Coupon for a possible tuition discount.
Today is progress report day. Please check your student’s grades online through Jupiter, as paper report cards will no longer be sent home. If you have any issues with your Jupiter login, please let me know.
Our College and Career Counselors, Mr. Suzuki and Mrs. Lopez, have been meeting with student to help them in meeting their post-high school goals. We have already had several universities visit and share with our students. If you are interested in attended college information sessions, please refer to the OCSI calendar for dates.
Dress code is always an issue for students, and I want clarify a couple of things:
Skirts/shorts should reach mid-thigh in front and back.
Ripped jeans are acceptable as long as no skin is showing. For example: there are tights under them or a patch has been sewn to cover the hole. 3) Skinny jeans, for both boys and girls, must fit in a modest manner. Administration reserves the right to determine if pants are too tight and need to be changed.
There have been a few questions about attendance:
If your child needs to leave campus early for any reason, please come to the office and let them know you will be taking your child. The office staff will contact your child’s class and have them sent to the office. Please allow at least 10 minutes for your child to make it to the office after your arrival. Students must check-out in the office, with a parent, before leaving campus. Please keep your student informed, as much as possible, so they can communicate with their teachers about missing class.
Students may only miss 7 periods of any class, each quarter, to receive credit. These are any absences that are not school related (excused/unexcused). If your child will be absent for an extended period, please notify the office ahead of time so we are aware and teachers can prepare classwork for you child before leaving. In cases of 8 or more absences, extenuating circumstances will be considered.
Please remember that morning supervision does not begin until 8:00 am. In addition, students should be off campus by 3:30 pm.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. Have a fantastic weekend!
We want our students to learn about Jesus! So, we provide Christian teachers, teach the Bible, and go to camp—check out the video! One elementary teacher shared, “Four of the students in my cabin said they had not ever made decisions for Christ yet and weren’t ready to pray with me at the time, but were doing much reflection as our speaker shared about the different soils.”
Pray that these 4 students would follow Jesus.
Pray that God will use high school camp (September 24-26) to work in students’ hearts.
Praise God that 9 elementary students are attending a lunchtime Bible study.
We count it a privilege to assist you with the education of your children by providing Christian education (Deuteronomy 6:1-7). We partner with you to help your child grow and reach his/her potential.
We also partner with you by communicating about what’s happening at OCSI. We post grades online, email newsletters, have open house, and have conferences twice a year. We also share good things that are happening, for example:
PreK-kindergarten students are mastering daily routines.
2nd grader writers are adding details to help the reader make a mental picture.
4th grade scientists are soaking up our new science curriculum and showing much excitement through Tuesday “investigation days.”
8th grade social scientists are practicing discussion skills, and our 8th grade mathematicians worked in groups to solve 2-step equations.
High school media designers are making a virtual yearbook that will come to life through video.
11th grade Bible scholars are analyzing passages in Genesis.
Another way we partner with you is through PTF. We are excited about PTF’s plans for Holiday Market on Saturday, November 17. While plans are not yet finalized, there will be good vendors, good food, good fellowship, and more—see you there! (Last year, Holiday Market was combined with Walkathon. This year Walkthon will not be held. This Leadership Team decision followed a review of staff and parent input, an assessment of Walkathon results and staff workload, and PTF’s decision to focus on Holiday Market and to not take on Walkathon.)
10/8: Professional Development Day—no school for students
11/2: Parent/Teacher Conferences—no school for students
11/12: OCSI Holiday — no school for students, office closed
11/17: Holiday Market
11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students