Mrs. Oechsle is retiring from OCSI after 22 years of service!
Reading grows your brain like exercise grows your muscles! As reading grows your brain, it helps you understand God, His world, and our place in it. In addition to increasing knowledge, achievement, motivation, vocabulary, writing, and empathy (see blog here), it also strengthens concentration, relieves stress, prepares students for the world of college and work, provides a challenge, and can be enjoyable.
Middle school students and teachers Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) for 25 minutes every Thursday afternoon. Enjoy seeing everyone reading!
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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- We started classes on August 22 with 410 students. Our goal is to equip our student to walk with God and impact the world for Him.
- Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it. For example, students are grappling with things like personal connections with Bible verses, the relationship between mass and volume, and how absolute and relative location help us understand the world.
- Teachers are helping students increase their understanding by asking open-ended questions, helping students master key vocabulary words, and providing students with feedback.
- Through our Keep Each Other Safe Program, we are helping students understand the importance of speaking the truth in love and respecting each other as God’s image bearers.
To learn more, check out these blogs entries:
- We want our students to understand
- Elementary is off to a great start
- Middle schoolers excited to be back at school
- High schoolers are in the swing of things
Thanks for praying for OCSI:
- Praise God for working in the hearts of our students. One student recently shared about becoming a Christian!
- Ask God to use the parent Bible study that starts on October 6 to help parents understand Biblical parenting.
- Ask God to provide staff.
- There is more to individuals, events, and societies than appears on the surface—by reading a short story, taking notes on it, and discussing it (English 7).
- The phases of the moon—by holding a golf ball in front of an electric bulb, sketching what is observed, and discussing it with classmates (Science 8).
- How absolute and relative location help us understand the world (Geography 7).
- Parallelism (synthetic and antithetic) in the Psalms, in a quotation from John F. Kennedy, and in the opening of A Tale of Two Cities (English 12).
- The probability of a recent PowerBall win (Honors Geometry).
- The impact of geography on culture of native Americans—by giving a researched group presentation (US history).
- The relationship between mass and volume (physical science).
- Commercial implications of chemistry in the invention of Teflon (chemistry).
- Personal connections with Bible verses—by designing a postcard (Bible Application).
- How we can extrapolate principles from the Bible that are applicable today in spite of all the ways life has changed in the thousands of years since it was written (Bible Apologetics).
At OCSI, we want our students to understand. We want our students to understand God, His world, and their place in it. More specifically, we want students to understand…
- That art communicates personal and cultural meaning.
- The plan of salvation.
- Their own emotions and behavior.
- That language should be used to serve God and others.
- How to speak, read, and write Japanese.
- The connections between numbers, operations, and patterns.
- That music should be used to worship God and communicate with others.
- The importance of motivation.
- The process of scientific inquiry that led scientists to their current level of understanding of the natural law by which God sustains His creation.
- How they can use their rights and responsibilities as local, national, and global citizens to build flourishing communities characterized by peace and justice.
- Why and when to use technology.
- Workplace skills.
- Asking open-ended questions.
- Helping students master key vocabulary words.
- Providing students with feedback.
- Having students work in small groups.
- Helping new students feel comfortable.