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Secondary music students do radio theater

Secondary music students performed a radio-theater version of A Christmas Carol, complete with dramatic readings, sound effects, and songs like “We Need a Little Christmas, “Carol of the Bells,” and “You Are the Savior of the World.”

Said Don Reasoner, music teacher, “I am proud of how the students worked together to put on this production.”

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Enjoying the view from OCSI

OCSI has grown over the past 3 years

OCSI Connections:

We value growth. We want our students to grow, we want our staff to grow, and we want OCSI to grow as an organization.

How has OCSI grown over the past 3 years? Things that come to mind include:

  • Refining our expected student outcomes: understand, think, collaborate, communicate, and create.
  • Implementing the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) for grades 1-2 and to the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) for grades 3-8.
  • Further developing and refining our curriculum.
  • Upgrading our website.
  • Revising our mission, vision, and philosophy.
  • Streamlining re-registration.
  • Implementing a 5-year financial plan.
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As you may recall, OCSI is preparing for its March 2018 accreditation visit:
  • We sharpened our vision by reviewing who we are and what we want students to learn.
  • We assessed our practice by using materials from our accreditation agency and by using input from students, parents/guardians, and staff.
  • We are now identifying 2-3 overall strengths and 2-3 growth areas.
  • We will finalize our reports before the end of January. This report will be shared with you.

Our goal is to make OCSI an even better school. Thank you for partnering with us!

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Focusing on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully

OCSI Connections:

OCSI focuses on collaboration. We focus on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully. It’s good to see:

  • Kindergarteners reading to a partner during Daily 5.
  • First grade writers getting feedback from a partner before editing.
  • Fifth grade mathematician creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts.
  • Middle school geologists analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them.
  • Middle school theologians working in teams to produce a short video identifying the major themes and lessons of the Nativity story in Matthew and Luke.
  • High school political scientists working together to write a constitution and answer questions related to criminal and civil cases.
  • High school physicists working on a group project involving force, energy, gravitation, and velocity.
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It was also good to see our community collaborating for Walkathon and Holiday Market. Thank you to all who participated. OCSI was able to raise ¥1.3 million.
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Key dates:
  • 11/22: Professional Day – no school for students
  • 11/23-24: Thanksgiving vacation
  • 12/6: Christmas program, 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/15: 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas vacation

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Did you know that…?

  • OCSI offers the ACT and SAT?
  • Part of OCSI’s vision is students collaborating with others and respecting them as God’s image bearers?
  • OCSI’s website provides links to our calendar, guidance resources, and athletics?
  • Our JV1 girls’ volleyball team was undefeated this season and that our JV2 team did a great job and improved with each game?

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Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)! Please contact us with your questions and concerns.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

Elementary students collaborate

Elementary Connections:

When we hear the word collaborate, we often think of students working on a group project or helping each other in class. In reality, however, collaboration can be so much more than that. Collaboration means that each student brings his or her strengths to help the group solve problems and tackle real issues. The ability to collaborate well with others is a skill that will not only help our children be successful in school, but also in life and work.

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 2.58.22 PMAt OCSI elementary we provide our students with opportunities everyday to develop their collaboration skills. It’s a blessing to see them learn from one another and grow as a team. Some of the ways we encourage collaboration include:

  • Circle times that encourage participation and group sharing (PreK).
  • Reading to a partner during Daily 5 (kindergarten)
  • Sharing our writing with a partner to get feedback before editing (1st grade).
  • Creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts (5th grade).
  • Designing group posters to share the setting, characters, and plot of a novel (literacy class).

Want to help your child become a better collaborator? Encourage them to listen and make eye contact during conversations, allow for unstructured play time and opportunities to be creative, and model using encouraging words so they can become an encourager as well.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Just a reminder—the elementary chaplain (Mr. Roe) is available to provide personal counseling for students.

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