On June 8, the OCSI community celebrated the high school graduation of the 30 members of the Class of 2018. Seven seniors were National Honor Society members, 15 seniors were honor graduates, and college-bound seniors received US$1,035,748 in college scholarships and grants.
Graduates’ plans include joining the work force (3) and attending college (22), while some are not yet decided (5). Colleges acceptances and fall enrollments* are as follows:
Summer is almost here! It’s been a great school year here at Okinawa Christian School International and we’re looking forward to welcoming you all back in August for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. The Summer Packet with information about next school year will come to you via your Jupiter mail this July, thank you for your attention to this important mail and for helping us save paper by going digital.
Summer can be a great time for children to be outside and having fun, but it’s also a great opportunity to join one of the great children’s programs at one of Okinawa’s local churches. If you’re looking for an exciting, safe, and fun opportunity for your child this summer- check out any of the events below:
Neighborhood Church Okinawa Mega Sports Camp: July 23-27, to register: http://bit.ly/NCOMSC2018
Koza Baptist Church VBS: July 30-August 3, to register: http://kozabaptistchurch.org/
Calvary Chapel Okinawa VBS: August 6-10, to register: http://www.calvaryokinawa.com/vbs.html
Want to help your child continue making progress? Make reading a priority this summer… take your child to the library, take them to the beach to read, beat the heat and head to a coffee shop with a book. Need more books? Our library will be open from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as well as Thursday evening from 7:30-8:30 p.m., during the summer school term (June 21-July 17).
This year we say goodbye to Mrs. Cleek and her family! We have been so blessed by her time here at OCSI, please join us as we wish her well as she moves back to the United States.
We’re so blessed to have amazing teachers here at OCSI and three new teachers will be joining us in elementary which means there will be some shifting around.
Mrs. Anna Lyons is from the United States and is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute; she will be joining us in Okinawa with her husband.
Mr. Andrew Logan is from the United States as well, but has been living in the Kobe area for several years; he will be joining us here in Okinawa with his wife and 1 year old daughter.
Ms. Lindi Barkman is joining us from Wheaton College in the United States but grew up in Japan and graduated high school from Christian Academy of Japan in Tokyo.
It’s that time again to look back at an amazing year at OCSI! I believe this year has been one of growth both personally and professionally for all. We have taken great strides on pushing OCSI toward even more effectively “equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.”
OCSI operated with 4 divisions, used its Schoolwide Action Plan to refine its program, used a school calendar based on 180 days of instruction, had an enrollment of over 400 and a staff of over 69 full-time equivalents, and maintained its campus through modest capital projects.
The 2017-2018 fiscal year’s audit (completed by Gentetsu Shiroma Licensed Tax Accountant Office) states: “In our opinion, the Financial Statements of the Gakko Hojin Okinawa Christian School properly display the financial position as of March 31, 2018, in all important points in conformity with the Standard of the School Corporation Accounting Principles generally accepted as fair and appropriate in our country as of March, 2018.”
We have made some big decisions this year, including the hiring of a new secondary school principal for next school year. We have acquired new software for admissions, billing, and accounting to simplify our process. Improvements to our gymnasium were also made this year, with more campus improvements planned for this summer.
The elementary program continued to thrive under the watchful eye of Principal Megan Roe and in response to parent feedback, offered six elementary after school clubs included cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running. Way to go, Mrs. Roe and the elementary faculty.
It is great to see our secondary students continuing to excel. I have had the pleasure of spending some time with them this year during chapel times. This year saw the computer lab renovated to provide more hands on learning and student collaboration. Thank you, Mrs. Calvin and the secondary faculty. I also want to thank Mrs. Calvin for all of her hard work here at OCSI. OCSI has been made better with her leadership and wisdom. We wish her all the best in what God has for her in the future!
It has been a pleasure for me to serve as the Board Chairman at OCSI, and I am looking forward to what God has planned for our school. On behalf of the board, I am looking forward to next school year!
I’m thankful to be a part of this school community and excited to share all of the growth we made in the elementary program this year. Thank you parents and guardians for all you do to support the school and for partnering with us as we equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.
We continue to develop and improve our curriculum so it is in line with best practice and research, including new Daily 5 classroom libraries, a Writer’s Workshop program, new social studies resources, and a robotics unit in 5th grade.
Through partnership with the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) we’ve been able to provide parent Bible studies, cooking classes, a Culture Fair luncheon, Week of Reading, and provide new recess toys for the students.
In response to parent feedback, we were excited to be able to offer six elementary after school clubs this year- cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running.
Elementary and Kindergarten Christmas programs highlighted the talents and energy of even our youngest students.
The OCSI elementary program recognizes that students are our future. They are full of potential, are responsible for their learning, and are responsible for using it to serve God and others. This school year has proved to be a time of growth not only for our school, but growth for the individual children in our classrooms as well. Let’s celebrate their growth!
PreK students worked together to problem solve while playing and daily circle times encouraged participation and oral communication.
Kindergarten students worked together to explore their world through fun, hands-on activities and are reading on their own through our Daily 5 program.
1st grade students are sharing their original stories and informational writing with peers in order to get feedback and make edits.
2nd grade students have worked hard to develop a community where all students feel valued and can pray for each other and study mentor texts in order to become better readers and writers.
3rd grade students developed their writing and continue to improve their reading comprehension and math fluency.
4th grade students have developed research skills so they can publish informational reports and continue to work on improving their reading and writing skills daily.
5th grade students worked hard in their literature circles, read and wrote biographies, and explored the world of robotics to create their own droid.
I am glad to report that the 2017-2018 school year was a year in which our school continued to move in the direction of excellence:
Support staff displayed great commitment to making OCSI an even better school. Over the course of the school year, they spent countless hours gathering data, planning improvements, and training in new software. I’m grateful to God for placing these faithful people here and for their hard work.
We acquired new software for admissions, billing, and accounting. Transitioning to the new software is creating opportunities for us simplify our business office processes. We are excited that it is making it possible for us to serve families better.
We began accelerating the renewal of classroom technology, equipment, and fixtures. New iMacs in the computer lab, teachers equipped with convertible chromebooks, old classroom air conditioning units being replaced, and some new student desks and chairs in elementary. More asset renewal and upgrading is expected for the 2018-2019 school year.
Several improvements to our gymnasium were completed just before the beginning of the school year. The outside walls of the building were sealed and painted, and exterior LED lighting was installed. More improvements to our campus are currently being planned for this summer.
Thanks to our parents, students, staff, and board members for playing a role in this truly amazing work that God is doing at OCSI.