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Annual Report: Growth!

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Annual Report 2019: Head of School (Elementary • Secondary  Business Manager)

Growth! When I think of this school year, I think of growth—student growth, staff growth, and organizational growth:

  • PreK and kindergarten students made letter-sound connections for reading and writing, deepened their understanding of Jesus’ parables, and solved addition and subtraction problems.
  • Elementary students wrote poems and presented them at a poetry slam, gave team presentations to students and parents at Culture Fair, studied the effects of magnetism, properly formatted Google Docs, played guitar, and used correct stroke order for writing in Japanese.
  • Middle school students did 3D printing, learned about Ryukyu Kingdom history, increased their understanding of Jesus and His ministry, participated in a variety of athletic teams, and connected how temperature, pressure, and density affect weather.
  • High school students analyzed diet plans to determine if they are healthy and sustainable, used spreadsheets to complete research projects in math, studied Biblical principles on stewardship, and developed speeches that take into account occasion, audience, and purpose.

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  • Staff participated in book discussions on The New Art and Science of Teaching, Setting the Standard for Projected Based Learning, and How to Differentiate Instruction in Academically Diverse Classrooms; attended training for child safety, MAP testing, mentoring, and social and emotional learning; and interacted with resources from the 17 professional memberships OCSI holds.
  • Organizationally, OCSI upgraded a variety of things, including playground equipment, bus service, food service, and instructional materials for science.

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And though OCSI has until 2024 to accomplish the 5 recommendations left by the visiting accreditation team in March 2018, we have already accomplished 3 recommendations by…

  1. Re-evaluating compensation and benefits.
  2. Providing additional support staff to meet the growing needs.
  3. Establishing clear guidelines and deadlines for the completion of curriculum maps.

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

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Thank you for partnering with us as we equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him. On a personal note, I’m grateful to have been part of the OCSI community over the past 4 years. I will miss being part of OCSI as I head to the US, and I am confident that OCSI will continue to grow.

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

P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report (Elementary • Secondary • Business Manager) and our growth plans for next year:

Strategic Plan

 

May 22nd, 2019|

Annual Report: Celebrating progress

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Annual Report 2019: Elementary (Head of School • Secondary  Business Manager)

Reflection is an important aspect of both a good education and a successful life. It’s important to remember where we started from and the progress we’ve made, and to look forward with goals and hope in mind. Over the past year, OCSI elementary has worked each day to equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for him by working toward our expected student outcomes. We’ve made progress as a school, and I know your child has made progress as well.

Reflecting on this year is a great way to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made and helps us make goals for the future:

Understand God, His world, and their place in it:

  • Students learned about God and His world at camp.
  • Students learned about Biblical character traits during Service Week through Athletes in Action and Kids’ Club activities.

Think critically and Biblically:

  • New science curriculum (FOSS) challenged students to think critically.
  • Weekly chapel services encouraged students to grow in their spiritual walk.

Collaborate with others, respecting them as God’s image bearers:

  • Students worked together to share music and drama at the Christmas concerts.
  • After-school clubs taught students new skills in soccer, basketball, crafts, cooking, and literacy.
  • New playground equipment engaged students in play-based learning.

Communicate truthfully and effectively:

  • Elementary report cards are now standards-based to give parents more information.
  • Families celebrated reading during the Week of Reading and Family Reading Night.
  • Older and younger students enjoyed being reading buddies.

Create ideas, products, and solutions:

  • Students created items for the Culture Fair, Author’s Tea, Book Fair, and Kid City.
  • Project-based learning curriculum and classroom furnishings were added in Pre-K.

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We’re excited about all of the progress that was made this year and are looking forward to more growth next year! In 2019-2020, OCSI elementary will be implementing social-emotional learning and a new Bible curriculum, and will benefit from increased technology in an upgraded elementary computer lab and with 1:1 chromebooks in grades 4 and 5.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report (Head of School • Secondary • Business Manager) and our growth plans for next year:

Strategic Plan

May 22nd, 2019|

Annual Report: A growth mindset!

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Annual Report 2019: Secondary (Head of SchoolElementary Business Manager)

I’m so excited to look back over a year of growth, both inside and outside the classroom. I’m thankful to be a part of OCSI and the amazing people that make it what it is. As we remember that learning is a journey with a constantly moving target, we are focused on growing all aspects of our students as we equip them to walk with Jesus and impact the world for him.

Spiritual

  • During their time at camp, we had several students commit to follow Jesus. We celebrate their decision and commit to walk alongside them as they continue to grow with him.
  • As always, Service Week (see video) provided an opportunity for our students to love of Jesus all over the island and in a variety of settings.
Our students attend our International College Fair in March.

Our students attend our International College Fair in March.

Academic

  • We continued to use MAP testing in grades 3-9 to monitor student growth in key academic areas. Next year we will extend the use of this tool through 11th grade.
  • Middle school English students had multiple opportunities to show off their products and grow in their written work and presentation skills.
  • Students in chemistry club have been meeting every Friday during their lunch to further explore God’s creation by investigating concepts of chemistry.
  • OCSI held its first college fair with guest professors speaking to students.

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Social

  • Several high school students participated in an exchange with Ishikawa High School allowing them to grow new friendships and cultural understandings. Our students enjoyed having them on our campus and then visiting their new friends on their campus.
  • Several clubs were added this year to meet the needs and interests of our students. No matter the content of the club, students have been meeting in small groups and connecting with other students and their club sponsors.
Secondary students perform during their December 7 Christmas program.

Secondary students perform during their December 7 Christmas program.

Sports and Fine Arts

  • It is always a wonderful thing to watch as our athletic teams grow in skill and character from the first game of the season to the last.
  • The Secondary Christmas Program was a great opportunity to see how our students have developed an grown in the performing arts.
  • The USAF Band of the Pacific performed for an outdoor concert for our students.

Thank you for sharing your child with us!

Sincerely,
Brynn Childers, secondary principal

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P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report (Head of SchoolElementary Business Manager) and our growth plans for next year:

Strategic Plan

May 22nd, 2019|

Annual Report: A year of progress and growth

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Elementary students enjoyed new playground equipment this year!

Annual Report 2019: Business Manager (Head of School ElementarySecondary)

The 2018-2019 school year saw unprecedented progress and growth. Enrollment is now at an all-time high, as the academic programs and organizational systems and processes have made significant advancements. Here are some snapshots of the progress since the last annual report:

  • Completed the painting of the gym building roof with heat insulating paint, greatly decreasing the temperature of the gym for the safety of students, sports participants, and audience members.
  • Successfully transitioned to new billing and admissions systems, expanding our capacity to serve the needs of families from first inquiry to graduation and beyond.
  • Completed the painting of the apartment building and beautification projects.
  • Transitioned all staff to a new streamlined compensation and benefits table that increases staff compensation.
  • Migrated all IT systems to the cloud, increasing the efficiency of our data systems and lowering costs.
  • Eliminated all identified child safety concerns on grounds, equipment, and buildings.
  • Renovated the elementary playgrounds and built a new sidewalk for the main building alleyway.
  • Transitioned all main building classrooms and offices to LED lighting.
  • Overhauled the lunch program to increase quality and options, leading to a doubling of enrollment in the program.
  • Re-mapped and optimized bus routes, keeping costs low while maximizing enrolled riders.
  • Replaced numerous assets and campus technology such as gymnasium basketball goals, wifi access points, chromecasts, classroom and office furnishings, whiteboards, weight room equipment, water tanks, and electrical lines.
  • Installed new cameras in addition to existing cameras to assist safety monitoring of school facilities.

Thank you for being part of the OCSI community and helping us equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Simburger, business manager

P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report (Head of School • ElementarySecondary) and our growth plans for next year:

Strategic Plan

May 22nd, 2019|

One month to go!

PTF Connections:

Greetings from the PTF! One month left till the end of school! It will be a busy time for everyone.

  • On June 7, the PTF will be hosting the Senior Breakfast in the cafeteria. An email went out to the high school parents to support this event. The PTF will be decorating for this event and giving away some special gifts for our seniors.
  • Kindergarten, 5th grade, and 8th grade will be having their promotion ceremonies on June 12. The PTF has prepared a fun gift for these students as well. The PTF will also be helping with the decorations for Yomitan Hall, and a sign up for that will be going out soon.
  • In addition, the PTF will be hosting a end-of-the-school-year party at Toguchi Beach on June 12. We have rented the pavilions from 11:00am – 9:00pm for everyone to enjoy during that time. It will be a picnic style party, so just come whenever it’s convenient for you and enjoy the beach and relax while the kids play after the promotion ceremony and class parties.

This year, there were nine submissions for the PTF Senior Essay Contest from our graduating class of nineteen students. This is an amazing response as it equals almost half the students. So a big thank you to the students for their participation and dedication. On May 30 at the High School Awards Ceremony, the PTF will announce the two winners and give them each a ¥50,000 Amazon gift card for their hard work. All other participants will receive an OCSI towel as a token of appreciation.

Also, a special thank you to those who participated in the potluck during Teacher Appreciation Week. We had an overwhelming amount of food and treats for the staff, and they felt truly blessed by our families.

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In addition, in this month alone, the PTF was able to financially support the 5th grade and 8th grade trips, the Junior/Senior Banquet, and the Far East Track and Field Trip, and to donate a significant number of books to both the secondary and elementary libraries. This is all thanks to our parents who support us and devote their time and effort in assisting our fundraising events. We look forward to seeing what next year will bring.

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Lastly, the school welcomes volunteers throughout the year. If you would like to help monitor elementary students during their lunch and recess times, please sign up through this link. It’s a great chance to serve and see your children interact with each other in our school environment. Thank you for your support 🙂

If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates.

PTF Director, Yumi Horii

May 15th, 2019|

Helping students grow strong in Jesus

On Children’s Day (May 5), Japanese parents fly carp streamers to show their hope for their children to grow strong like carp. What we think of when we see these streamers is how we want our students to grow strong in Jesus.

Thank you for continuing to pray:

  • Praise God that our students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Pray that OCSI students will earnestly seek God with their whole hearts.
  • Pray for the Class of 2019 as they prepare for the future outside OCSI.
  • Pray that our students will use their learning to serve God and others.

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

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

 

May 8th, 2019|

Students are engaged in learning

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OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we believe that students are full of potential and that they are responsible for their learning. We are glad that…

  • PreK students are understanding the importance of keeping each other safe and are using an appropriate grip for holding pencils.
  • Kindergarten writers are producing a variety of sentence structures.
  • Second grade readers identify the main idea in passages.
  • Third grade mathematicians are solving 2-step word problems.
  • Fourth and fifth grade linguists are writing sentences in Japanese, using modifiers.
  • Sixth grade readers have increased their reading comprehension.
  • Seventh grade mathematicians understand percent markups and discounts.
  • Tenth grade historians created memes on the Great Depression.
  • Eleventh grade Bible scholars are defining what they believe and why.
  • High school producers created video ads.

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

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Key dates:

  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30
  • 8/21: First day of classes (see calendar for further dates)

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Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

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

April 18th, 2019|

Greetings from the PTF

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PTF Connections:

Greetings from the PTF! It’s is a busy time as the school year draws near to its end. Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. The PTF is planning a potluck on Thursday, April 25th, for the staff to show our appreciation of their hard work throughout the year. For those who are interested in participating in this event, please sign up at this link. Students can also participate by making a cards or crafts showing their love and appreciation for their teachers throughout the week.

In addition, the PTF is hosting a Senior Essay Contest for our graduating class! Two winners will receive a ¥50,000 Amazon gift card. The due date for this is May 1st, which is just around the corner—so get typing. The topic is benefits of an international education. Please email submissions to us at ptf@ocsi.org. Winners will be announced at the High School Awards Ceremony on May 30th. 

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We would like to send a special thanks to Mr. Suzuki and Mrs. Mizoguchi for hosting the International College Fair. It was a huge success, and we truly appreciate all the parents, teachers, and students who volunteered to make this event happen. We hope we can continue to assist our students in college planning and preparing for their futures.

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Screen Shot 2019-04-15 at 7.45.17 AMWe would also like to thank our parents and students for participating in our Flea Market. We had an amazing time of camaraderie between the students, teachers, and parents. We would especially like to thank Grace and Catcus Bagel for selling delicious cinnamon rolls to raise money for books to donate to our school library. In addition, we are happy to announce our donation of $100 and supplies to the Kodomo Cafe which feeds hungry kids in Okinawa. A special thanks to the people who supported this cause by either donating their money, or their time at the booth, and/or items to sell.

Lastly, the school welcomes volunteers throughout the year. So if you would like to help monitor elementary students during their lunch and recess times, please sign up through this link. It’s a great chance to serve and see your children interact with each other in our school environment. Thank you for your support 🙂 We are truly blessed by our OCSI families. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, or concerns, please email us at ptf@ocsi.org. Please continue to check our Facebook, LINE, or the OCSI website for updates.

Sincerely,
Yumi Horii, PTF director
April 15th, 2019|

Using service projects to help students grow strong in the Lord

One way we help our students grow strong in the Lord is by involving them in service projects like cleaning up beaches and churches, visiting nursing homes, using the fine arts to share the Gospel, engaging OCSI elementary students in music and sports, and more!

Thanks for praying:

  • Praise God that Service Week went well.
  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our students and the hearts of those with whom our students interacted during Service Week.

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

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

March 14th, 2019|

We want our students to grow

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OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we want students to grow. One way we help students grow is by having students reflect on questions, for example:

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  • What does this story teach us about God or about what we should do?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • How did God make me special?
  • When faced with two conflicting instructions, how do you determine which to follow?
  • How do predictions help comprehension?
  • What does it mean for a computer/robot to be considered intelligent?

Another way we help students grow is by involving them in service projects like cleaning up beaches and churches, visiting nursing homes, using the fine arts to share the Gospel, engaging OCSI elementary students in music and sports, and more!

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

Key dates:

  • 3/21: Conferences – no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation – no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30
  • 8/21: First day of classes (see calendar for further dates)

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

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

Superintendent

March 14th, 2019|