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Middle schoolers serve others

Middle School Happenings:

Last week was Service Week. Students were assigned to one of several service groups as we put some practical application to the things we have been learning in Bible class. One great way of loving others is to provide some sort of service to them. Our students were able to experience a variety of opportunities to do just that. Service week is always a wonderful opportunity to step out of the classroom and to see the world from a different perspective. We certainly had a memorable, perhaps even life-changing, experience! Check out the OCSI Facebook page or search OCSI Service Week on Youtube for more videos and pictures of Service Week.

Each month the middle school teachers are focusing on a particular character trait among our students. To go along with Service Week, this month’s character trait is service. In addition to the service we are doing for Service Week, we are looking for spontaneous acts of service in middle school. Hopefully, we see many examples—not only this month, but even beyond!

Students involved in hands-on learning

High School Happenings:

Mr. Lloyd’s Intro to Computer Science students are currently learning how to program microcontrollers to control servo motors and read information from sensors. Advanced Computer Science students have recently made a self-watering hydroponics system growing chili plants with fish and are currently working on an “Internet of Things” motion-activated light with LEDs.

We are excited about the hands on learning that will be taking place in some of the middle and high school science classes during the 3rd and 4th quarter. Different classes will dissect such things as earthworms, fish, crawfish, frogs, and pigs. Pictures to come!

This week high school students and teachers are saying farewell to Mrs. Reihle. Mrs. Reihle has served faithfully at OCSI and will truly be missed. We also are welcoming Mrs. Lesley Cashon to the OCSI family. Mrs. Cashon recently moved to Okinawa and will be covering the Biology, Chemistry, and Marine Biology classes for the remainder of the year.

Students use their learning to serve

OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we want our students to use their learning to serve God and others. And that’s what our students are doing. Students are helping each other in the classroom and on the playground. And last week, students in grades 6-12 were involved in Service Week. They sang at a retirement home, developed web pages for churches, cleaned up beaches, collected clothing donations, and more!

Thanks to all parents and community members who helped with Service Week, including those who provided clothing donations!

Re-registrationPlease keep the following dates in mind:
  • 2/21 – 3/3: Re-registration (¥12,500)—if you wish to enroll another child, please submit a completed application at your earliest convenience. Some elementary classes have limited space, and we are expecting more applications for elementary than usual from new families. We begin accepting new students for next year in March.
  • 3/3: Seminar at Sera-En (6:45-8:00PM): Understanding and Managing ADHD: A Practical Guide for Parents
  • 3/6: Open enrollment begins
  • 3/13: OCSI Holiday – no school
  • 3/20: Elementary student-led conferences & secondary parent-teacher conferences – no school for students
  • 3/24: 3rd quarter ends
  • 3/27: 4th quarter begins
  • 3/29-31: Achievement testing (grades 1-8)
  • 4/3-7: Spring break – no school

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with your child’s education.

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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2017-02-17 Road Construction

P.S. Road construction continues along the far end of the playing field. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds so we can install poles and netting between the playing field and new road. We invite you to give a gift to the PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US.

Re-registration starts 2/21; open enrollment starts 3/6

Thanks for praying for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • Students are learning! For example, 7th grade biologists learned about bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and how to use that knowledge to protect themselves against infections.
  • Secondary students are involved in Service Week. They are cleaning up beaches, reaching out to the homeless, visiting nursing homes, collecting clothing donations, and more!
  • Students and staff have been doing outreach on Iejima.

Thanks for continuing to pray for OCSI:

  • Pray that our students will choose to do what God teaches, maintain purity, and be kept from immorality.
  • Praise God for working in the hearts of our students. Ask God to help our students walk with Him each day.
  • Pray that OCSI students and staff will speak the truth in love.

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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