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What encourages growth?

OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we value growth:
  • We want students to grow. We want our students to increase their understanding of God, His world, and their place in it. We want our students to enhance their skills for thinking, collaborating, communicating, and creating.
  • We want staff to grow—staff are pursuing their own professional development goals, participating in book discussions, and reading publications from over 15 professional organizations.
  • We want OCSI to grow. Our Schoolwide Action Plan targets culture, communication, key performance indicators, curriculum, and organizational stability and sustainability.
One way we encourage growth is by participating in the board-mandated ongoing improvement process (B2.4.7) that includes accreditation (B2.4.8). The focus of the process has been on 3 key steps that encourage growth: sharpening vision, assessing practice, and planning growth:
  1. Sharpening our vision helps us know what our goal is. So, staff have been reviewing OCSI’s mission, vision, and expected student outcomes; and parent newsletters have included a focus on the expected student outcomes.
  2. Assessing practice helps us see what we currently do and how effective it is. So, students, parents/guardians, and staff completed surveys. Next, high school student council, a PTF Committee, and staff used survey data as they assessed how OCSI is doing on 8 accreditation standards.
  3. Planning for growth is based on our assessment of practice. ACSI requires that we use assessment results to identify (only) 2-3 strengths and 2-3 growth areas. The Steering Committee and Leadership Team identified key strengths and growth areas (which were then used to update the ongoing Schoolwide Action Plan).
To learn more about…

What’s next? 
  • We are now preparing for the March 13-16 accreditation visit. A team of 5 educators will review our report, visit classes, study documents, hold meetings (with students, parents/guardians, staff, and the board), identify our strengths and growth areas, and report their findings to us and OCSI’s 2 accreditation agencies: the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. We will use the team’s findings to refine our Schoolwide Action Plan.
  • We are working to further involve students and parent/guardians in our ongoing improvement process.
Did you know…?
  • The College Board provides college and SAT prep materials?
  • Part of OCSI’s vision is students using their learning to serve God and others?
  • OCSI started in 1957, used to be located in Urasoe, and moved to Yomitan in 1996?
  • That dates for next school year are posted on our community calendar? School begins on August 21, 2018 and ends on June 12, 2019. The schedule is similar to this school year, except that Christmas vacation is longer.
  • OCSI publishes a variety of informative blog posts each month?
Focus on others first

Key dates:
  • 3/13-16: Accreditation visit: A team of 5 educators (led by Dr. Mohler of ACSI) will read our accreditation report, visit classrooms, look at documents, hold meetings, and identify OCSI’s overall strengths and growth areas.
  • 3/21: Conferences
  • 4/2-6: Spring vacation
  • 5/4: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/28: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/13: Last day of classes
  • 6/21: Summer school begins
  • 7/4: Independence Day – no school
  • 7/17: Summer school ends
  • 8/21: Classes begin (see the community calendar for key dates for next school year)

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

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Thank you for your patience and understanding with road construction. Road construction is scheduled to be finished in mid-March. Elementary parents, if you drop of your children by the elementary playground, please escort them from the car to the gate—thanks!

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Students serve others

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Okinawa

Through daily devotions, we’ve been encouraging our students to focus on others first. To put this into action, our students were involved in service projects:

  • Ministering to homeless people by providing food and fellowship.
  • Using the arts (drama, music, art, and dance) to present the Gospel at 5 different locations.
  • Cleaning up local beaches and a local zoo.
  • Supporting the outreach of a church in Saipan.
  • Visiting several nursing homes, where they met the residents and played games with them.
  • Doing odd jobs for 2 churches.


Please continue to pray for God’s work in Okinawa, Japan:

  • Praise God for providing opportunities for students to use their learning to serve others.
  • Praise God for providing an elementary teacher for next year.
  • Ask God to provide 3 bus drivers and 5 bus monitors.
  • Ask God for the health, energy, and wisdom staff need as they serve at OCSI.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Okinawa, Japan!

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
Calendar • Contact • Donate • Handbook • Prayer Guide • Facebook • Typhoon


Feb Prayer Letter

Join in!

PTF Connections: 
Week of ReadingJoin the fun!
  • OCSI has received new indoor and outdoor recess supplies purchased by PTF for the elementary students. We hope that these supplies will make students’ recess time even more fun!
  • We appreciate applications from parents for the Mother Read class!  This fun class by Mrs. Woolery will be filled with laughter and help you enjoy reading with your child(ren) in English.
  • PTF will host a cooking class of Korean cuisine from 11:30 to 13:30 on Saturday, February 24.  Please email us at ptf@ocsi.org for application or inquiry.  We will accept 12 participants on a first come, first served basis. The application acceptance will start on February 10 at 9 a.m. We look forward to receiving your application!
  • Family Reading Night is scheduled to be held from 17:00 to 18:00 on March 1st, and PTF will also support this event.  Please join us in having a fun time with your child(ren)!
Would you like to share your opinion with our school? PTF will prepare questionnaires so you can share your thoughts about school events and other topics of the past 6 months of the school year.  Let’s share as many opinions as possible with the school to help OCSI continue growing!  The questionnaires will be sent in your elementary child’s Friday folder this week and available via Jupiter mail for secondary parents. Your cooperation will be appreciated!
March 21st is conference day, and PTF is planning to host a flea market that day. Last year, OCSI decided not to host Bazaar anymore. If you have any un-used items at home, why don’t you sell them at this event?  You can sell handmade products with your family, or hosting a game corner would be interesting, too. The details are to be announced later, so please stay tuned.
Please also check out PTF Facebook page for updated event information.
Yumi Horii
PTF Director