It has been a great year of seeing the students working together in and outside of the classroom. The Bible reminds us that by joining together we can achieve much. Ecclesiastes 4:9 states, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” This year the middle and high school students were blessed to be able to work together in a variety of ways.
The middle and high school students worked together byserving others through our 4th year of Service Week. They also learned and worked together through hands on learning activities such as science labs and creating websites. The 7th grade English class also created their own Okinawa magazine! Students have also grown in their leadership skills and worked as a team through participation in sports, National Honor Society, spirit week activities, and the middle school robotics club. OCSI also became approved members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. We continue to improve our facilities by renovating the secondary computer lab in order to assist with more hands on learning activities and student collaboration.
This year all middle and high school students as well as teachers also increased their love of learning through reading.Every Thursday afternoon, secondary students Dropped Everything And Read (DEAR) material of their choice for a sustained, silent 25 minutes. The DEAR program supports many positive outcomes—from vocabulary growth, better writing, and understanding of the world, to mental health and the ability to focus, to increased empathy. It has been great to see students and teachers enjoying a good book together.
We will end the school year of celebrating our students by honoring them at the high school graduation on Friday, June 8th at 7:30 pm at the Yomitan Cultural Center and at the the 8th grade graduation on Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 pm at Sera-en). Thank you to the parents, students, teachers, and staff for a great school year!
I’m excited! I’m excited because this year has been filled with students learning about God and His world, thinking critically and Biblically, collaborating respectfully, communicating effectively and truthfully, and creating ideas and solutions. When students do these things, they get prepared to make a positive impact on God’s world.
At OCSI, we’re excited to see…
PreK – kindergarteners identifying what part of a story doesn’t belong, working together to figure out how to reinforce bridges on train tracks with blocks, and reading to a partner during Daily 5.
Students in grades 1-2 understanding the importance of praying for others to create community, exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing, and getting feedback from a partner before editing.
Students in grades 3-5 using decimals to the thousandths place,thinking about people and places that are important to them in order to write small moment narratives, working in groups on posters, and designing their own inventions on paper.
Students in grades 6-8 analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them, debating human nature, and responding to a story by creating comics, slideshows, drawings, or inventions.
Students in grades 9-12 connecting music and Biblical themes, studying the commercial implications of Teflon,collaboratively writing a constitution, and programming an Arduino micro-controller.
It’s also exciting to see how OCSI has grown this year, including…
Staff deepening their understanding and implementation of OCSI’s vision.
Thank you again for showing your appreciation to our teachers and staff in many ways in the last month! Teachers were moved by so many presents and heart-warming cards from the students. The potluck was filled with plenty of delicious food and sweets—more than ever! It was so great that the teachers and staff did not even know which food to start with.
Now, the school year is coming to the end. Every school year, PTF awards scholarships to 2 senior students. Application acceptance has started for this school year. The scholarships will be awarded to 2 students based on their essays. The winners are to be announced later. We also plan to prepare senior breakfast on graduation morning.
PTF’s Bible study classes are also being held every week. In the Thursday morning class from 9:00 to 10:00, Mr. Roe breaks down the Old Testament with simple explanations. In the Friday afternoon class from 13:30 to 15:00, Mrs. Roe gives us guidance for parenting from a biblical perspective in English. If you are interested, please come and join us! (There is no Bible study class on Thursday, May 24.)
It has been wonderful for me to see so many parents help at recent school activities such as Kid City, Field Day, and Junior/Senior Banquet. Thank you for your support for your children and our school community!
Thank you to all the parents who have served as class parents and helped with classroom events throughout the school year! Thank you also to all the parents who helped for Holiday Market in November. The Holiday Market is a special event for our school community to come together and celebrate the unique talents in our school and island community. Your involvement in these events makes a difference in your child(ren)’s education, and we appreciate you!
Additionally, a very special thank you to our PTF Committee of 2017 – 2018! These parents met regularly throughout the school year to plan and organize all the PTF events, and very little would have happened without their service and commitment. Thank you, Takako Manzaki, Carrie Young, Kiomi Novak, Ryoko Sharpe, Fumino Gosh, Mizuho Takanashi, Weiling Kline, and Jen Friebel! Thank you for the privilege of working with you to help our school community!
We are sad to announce that Mrs. Manzaki and Mrs. Young are leaving after this school year. Mrs. Manzaki has served with PTF for 7 years, and she will be leaving as her daughter is graduating from OCSI this year. Mrs. Young has served for 2 years, but it’s time for her family to PCS to Hawaii. THANK YOU, Mrs. Manzaki and Mrs. Young, for all your dedication and hard work over the years!
PTF is looking for parents and guardians to help with our activities for the next school year.
If you are interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you next school year!
On May 5, we celebrated Children’s Day, a Japanese national holiday. As part of the celebration, people flew carp streamers (see 34-second video). Why fly carp streamers? Because Japanese parents want their children to grow strong—just like carp.
At OCSI, we want children to grow strong, and we want them to grow strong in Jesus. To help children who attend OCSI grow strong in the Lord, OCSI provides role models, Bible class, chapels, and biblically integrated instruction.
Please keep praying for God’s work in Japan:
Ask God to help each OCSI student grow strong in the Jesus.