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I’m excited about technology at OCSI

I’m excited that…

  • Middle school students have just completed learning all the keys on the computer keyboard.
  • High school students are using Adobe Premiere to make a music video for “Believer” by Imagine Dragons; they are also developing OCSI’s yearbook.
  • High school computer scientists are creating lighting while learning about electricity and programming micro-controllers.

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches technology from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • 1 (1)Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God made people in His image, with the ability and responsibility to creatively develop the potential of creation. This includes making tools (for example, technology) that help us further develop God’s creation and serve our neighbors.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, we put our trust in the tools rather than in God, and we use the tools to gratify our own desires, to avoid community, and to lie, manipulate, and hurt.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Because Jesus died and rose again to bring us a salvation more sure than the false promises of technology, we are free to use technology as God intended: under His authority, with wisdom, to further develop creation and serve our neighbors.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Technology Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students understand how to operate technology, evaluate content, work with others, and think critically and creatively as responsible digital citizens. We do this so that students can humbly and creatively use the tools of technology to further develop God’s creation and serve their neighbors.


Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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March 24th, 2017|

Staff focus on mission, vision, and philosophy

As part of OCSI’s professional development program, new teachers participate in 12 hours of training on OCSI’s mission, vision, and philosophy. They reflect on the following 12 questions:
  1. Philosophy 3What’s your perspective?
  2. What’s true?
  3. What’s the Bible about?
  4. What’s distinctive about Christian education?
  5. How does OCSI compare?
  6. How does understanding our students’ perspective help?
  7. What are the implications of OCSI’s philosophy?
  8. What are the implications of OCSI’s vision?
  9. What are the implications of creation-fall-redemption-restoration?
  10. What does/doesn’t connecting God’s world/Word look like?
  11. How does God’s Word connect to the part of God’s world your students study?
  12. How can you help your students connect God’s world/Word?

Philosophy 1They also focus on the following key ideas:

During the final session, teachers develop a lesson plan designed to help students connect the part of God’s world they are studying with God’s Word.
March 24th, 2017|

Another great view from OCSI

March 21st, 2017|

Culture Fair is a success!

OCSI’s elementary school had its Culture Fair Friday, March 17. Third, fourth, and fifth graders made group presentations to the kindergarteners and first and second graders who cycled through their classrooms.

Upper elementary students have been preparing for weeks. Each group of 4 students was assigned a country, and the groups collaborated to research their country, create displays, and communicate in their presentation. The displays included many hands-on models to engage the younger children, including games, musical instruments, money replicas, houses, clothing, and food.

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a success!


Parents prepare a delicious lunch for students!

March 17th, 2017|

Middle school students are learning!

Middle School Happenings:

What have middle schoolers been learning?

  • 6th grade science students have begun studying Newton’s Laws of Motion. As part of their studies, they built their own “Newton’s Cradles.”
  • In 6th grade social studies, during a unit on China, students learned about Confucianism and morality. Students also delved into the topic of relativism and discussed how people decide what is right or wrong.
  • In 8th grade social studies, students participated in a U.S. Civil War simulation. They tried to imagine what it would be like to be a soldier fighting against one’s own countrymen.
March 15th, 2017|

Good things are happening in high school

Students and teachers from the AmerAsian School recently visited.

High School Happenings:

2017-03-15 DissectionThe marine biology class had the opportunity to dissect rays and sharks on one day and bony fishes another. Each dissection group had a different organism, and students were able to compare and contrast their specimen with those of the other groups. This was a great opportunity for the students to see (and even touch and smell!) some of the animals they have studied in class.

We had students and teachers visit from the AmerAsian School in Ginowan, Okinawa. Their students shadowed a few of our 8th and 9th graders for the day. They attended class with our students and experienced a different culture of education while creating new bonds of friendship!

The Student Store is open once again! The Junior class is learning about inventory, ordering, and calculating profit margins as they sell chips and candy items during lunch. Proceeds from the store will fund part of the cost of the Junior/Senior Banquet.

2017-03-15 Student Store

March 15th, 2017|

God is at work at OCSI

OCSI Connections:

How is God at work at OCSI?

  • Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Some students have been inviting their classmates to church.
  • A student asked about a Scripture she had read earlier in the day. A good conversation followed.
  • A student is interested in making Christianity his own belief.
  • High schoolers are leading worship and teaching Sunday school.

Thanks for continuing to pray for OCSI:

  • Pray that our alumni will continue to grow closer to God.
  • Ask God to help staff use a Biblical perspective to guide their work.
  • Pray that our students will think critically and Biblically.

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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2017-03-15 Field

P.S. Road construction along the far end of the playing field is finished, and now we are installing poles and nets. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds to cover these costs. We invite you to give a gift in Japan or the US.

March 15th, 2017|

Good things are happening!

5th graders are learning how to communicate through oral biography reports.

OCSI Connections:

Yes, good things are happening at OCSI! For example, students continue to learn about God, His world, and their place in it:

  • K5 students are learning to compare height, length, weight, and capacity.
  • 2nd graders are learning to take surveys and use the data.
  • 8th grade mathematicians are collaborating and communicating with one another to apply systems of equations to real-world scenarios.
  • High school computer scientists are building a robot capable of sensing and following a line.

Another good thing that is happening is that we are putting forms online so parents can get a copy without having to go to the office or wait until they are sent home. For example, each spring we ask parents to update information. While some of the information forms will be sent home later in March with the oldest child, other forms are available now online.

  • Please review our Spring Packet.
  • Please note that students entering grades 5 and 9 next year need to submit a satisfactory Tuberculosis Screening Form by the first Friday in Augustunless they submitted a satisfactory TB screening when entering grade 4 or grade 8.

And finally, poles and netting are being installed on our playing field! This will help our students PlaySafely. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US to help cover installation costs.


March 9th, 2017|

Grade 5 read-in a success

2017-02 Read-in BThe 5th grade did an all-day read-in at the OCSI library Friday, February 24. The book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Students came at 8:25 a.m. in their pajamas and brought their sleeping bags. Activities included readers’ theater, excerpts from the old movie, silent reading, and discussion and summarizing.

Parents participated in the activities, and at dinner time, they provided food in the Cathedral. The activity wrapped up around 8:00 p.m. Thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped make this a success!

March 3rd, 2017|

Important and exciting things are happening

Read-In students enjoy the dinner brought in by our wonderful parents!

PTF Connections:

Hello, Parents! We have only a few months of school left in this school year, but some important and exciting things are happening soon.
  • Please remember to re-register your children for next school year! Open enrollment starts next week, and classes are filling up.
  • Also, continue to tell your friends about OCSI, and encourage them to apply. Your personal recommendation is very effective in reaching new families.

One of the things I love the most about OCSI is our loving and dedicated teachers. We will have Teacher Appreciation Week April 10-13 (the week after Spring Break).

  • Plan to do something special for your children’s teachers that week. You can give a small gift or write a thank you card.
  • We will be posting ideas of ways to say thank you on the PTF Facebook page.
  • We will also host a brunch for the teachers on Thursday, April 13. Please bring brunch items (breakfast, lunch, snacks, etc.) to the office that morning, and the teachers will be able to enjoy it throughout the day.
  • If you have any questions, please email ptf@ocsi.org.

Thank you for your continued support for your children and our school community!

Julie Woolery
PTF Director


2017-02-27 Open House
We enjoyed having prospective parents come for open house on February 27!
March 1st, 2017|