At Okinawa Christian School International we know what a privilege it is to care for your children each day. We know that each and every child was created uniquely and in God’s image and we desire to make this school a place where children feel welcome, loved, cared for, and supported. As a member of the Child Safety and Protection Network (CSPN), we are always working to ensure that the students feel safe and that our staff and faculty are well-trained. Already this year all of our teachers and staff have received CPR and First Aid training from the on-base fire department as well as training on Child Safety and Reporting from TELL Japan. Last month, we also completed a school-wide fire and earthquake drill in which all students and staff were evacuated and accounted for in under six minutes.
This month during elementary classes and secondary life groups, we took the time to train our students on what it means to be a mandated reporter. Being a mandated reporter is an important job; it means that students have a responsibility to tell an adult if they suspect or know that another student is unsafe. On our website there is a reporting form that all students and parents can use to report unsafe behaviors. Each and every report is examined by a member of the OCSI Child Safety Team, comprised of several teachers, administrators, and the chaplain. We would like to encourage all parents to please check out the Child Protection policies and reporting form on the OCSI website; click on Resources → Downloads→ Parents Quick Links.
Thank you for partnering with us to help keep kids safe!
Consider the hopes, dreams, and expectations you have for your child. What hopes, dreams, and expectations do they have for themselves? At OCSI, we have a vision for our students and we desire to partner with parents to help us make this vision a reality in each and every one of your children’s futures.
OCSI Vision Statement
“Students achieve the expected student outcomes; use their learning to serve God and others; are prepared for college, career, and citizenship; follow Jesus and participate in the local church”.
Over the last week, I spent time in various classrooms and I saw so many ways the students here at OCSI are working toward this vision
2nd grade scientists observed the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly.
4th grader writers created their own personalized writing notebooks.
5th grade musicians worked together to create music with cups and basketballs.
7th grade writers learned what it meant to narrate a story from different perspectives.
8th grade mathematicians evaluated multiple ways to solve an equation.
High school Bible students examined at the cultural context of an Old Testament event.
High school scientists measured water and made conversions.
The teachers and principals here at OCSI are dedicated to helping teachers and families support our learners to achieve this vision. If your family or child would benefit from additional support such as college and career guidance or assistance finding a local church to attend, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Want to know more about your child’s principal?
Sarah Turner- Elementary Principal (PK-5)
Ms. Turner is a Third Culture Kid, who was born in Florida but grew up in Tokyo, Japan. Before becoming the Elementary Principal this year, she taught 1st grade at OCSI for 7 years. Her favorite part of teaching is to read aloud picture books, so she’s excited to read to all the elementary classes in an effort to teach important social emotional skills such as kindness and respect through the lens of picture books.
Brynn Childers- Secondary Principal (6-12)
Ms. Childers is excited to begin her third year at OCSI. She hears over and over again, “Your students are so nice,” and she knows that’s true. She is reminded daily that we have great students and that we also have an amazing staff that love kids and want to do all they can to help them succeed. She is humbled to be part of such a great team.