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Mrs. Oechsle, thank you for 22 years of service!

Mrs. Oechsle is retiring from OCSI after 22 years of service!

September 19th, 2017|

Middle school students and teachers Drop Everything and Read

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!



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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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September 14th, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:
  • 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.
  • Keep Each Other Safe LogoTeachers 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:

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.
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Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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September 8th, 2017|

Elementary is off to a great start

Elementary Connections:

reader-310398_640What a great start to the school year! One of our goals for our elementary students here at OCSI is to understand God, His world, and their place in it. I’ve already seen our students grow in their understanding of things like…

  • How God made each child unique through the song “I Am Special” (pre-K).
  • Story sequence by identifying what part of a story doesn’t belong (kindergarten).
  • God as Creator of this world and worthy of praise (1st grade).
  • The joy of reading to others during Daily 5 (2nd grade).
  • The importance of praying for others to create community (2nd grade).
  • How our individual gifts and talents help us work together and help one another (2nd grade).
  • Steps of the writing process, starting with brainstorming (3rd grade).
  • The impact of Jesus’ short life here on Earth through the book Who Is This Man (5th grade).
  • Place value of decimals to the thousandths place (5th grade).

As students grow in their understanding of the world God has made for us, I hope it will encourage them to keep reading and learning. Parents, you can support your child at home by reading to them and by encouraging them to ask questions and learn more about topics they’re interested in. Need some ideas?

Thanks for helping us get off to a great start!

Megan Roe, elementary principal
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September 7th, 2017|

Check out the sunset!

September 6th, 2017|

We want to increase student understanding

reader-310398_640We want to see students understanding God, His world, and their place in it. This is one of our expected student outcomes, and I’m excited about understandings I’ve seen OCSI secondary students grappling with this week. Things like…
  • 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).
Our world is an amazing place—created by an amazing God who loves to see us use it with delight, gratitude, humility, creativity, and compassion. We love to see the students developing those understandings!
Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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P.S. To learn more about what we want our students to understand, check out this blog entry!

September 1st, 2017|

Welcome to PTF

PTF Connections:

Welcome to PTF PTF (Parent Teacher Fellowship) is a great way for parents to get involved in their child’s education at OCSI. The purpose of PTF is to support teachers, strengthen our school community, and connect with other parents. There are many opportunities for service throughout the year in the classroom, at Holiday Market, and during Teacher Appreciation Week. We invite and encourage every family to become an active part of the PTF.

We are going to have a PTF information meeting on Friday, September 8, at 2:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Even if you think you can only help once during the school year, please come to the meeting! All parents are welcome to attend. We will get to know each other and talk about our plans for the year.

We will also start the weekly English Bible study for parents from October 6 at 1:30 p.m. in the PTF room. This is a great opportunity to improve your English skills and to learn about and discuss Biblical parenting values.  All parents are invited to join.

Please check our Facebook page for updates.  If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please email ptf@ocsi.org.

Yumi Horii, PTF director
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August 31st, 2017|

Middle schoolers excited to be back at school

Middle School Happenings:

Well, for many the summer was w-a-y too short. Still, most students were excited and glad to be back at school! These first couple of days saw friends reunited, many new faces (both students and a few teachers, as well), and getting used to different schedules. While we did have a few confused or temporarily misplaced students, we were able to avoid any major issues as we kicked off the 2017-2018 school year.

Students have received many papers to be signed. These should have already been turned in. Teachers will be in contact if there is anything missing.

Here are a few upcoming events to be aware of:

  • Open House – This is a great time to meet your child’s teachers. Please join us on the evening of September 1, 2017, at 7 p.m.
  • MAP Testing – This is the replacement to the Terra Nova tests. MAP tests will begin in September. There is nothing to prepare for, but please ensure students get enough rest and a good breakfast.
  • Friendship Friday – September 22nd – This is an after school event (3:00-6:00) that all middle school students are highly encouraged to attend. It is a great chance to get to know new students and to begin new friendships. More information will be sent out soon.
August 30th, 2017|

High schoolers are in the swing of things

High School Happenings:

With the beginning of school, all the high school students are back in the swing of things. On the first day of school the National Honor Society students welcomed new students and helped direct them to their classes. There was excitement in the air as students greeted old friends and made new friends. Students are already steadily working on projects and various assignments. The 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start!

We would like to welcome the following teachers to high school:

  • Mrs. Angela Doerkson: 9th & 10th grade English
  • Dr. Deena Vardhini: biology, chemistry, and marine biology
  • Ms. Brynn Childers: 11th & 12th grade social studies and dean of students.

We are excited to have them and they are a wonderful addition to the high school faculty.

High school has the following events on the horizon:

  • Open House – September 1st at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria
  • Friendship Friday – September 22nd at 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. (permission slips will go out soon)
  • PSAT Testing – October 11th during the school day
August 30th, 2017|

We want our students to understand

reader-310398_640At 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…

  1. That art communicates personal and cultural meaning.
  2. The plan of salvation.
  3. Their own emotions and behavior.
  4. That language should be used to serve God and others.
  5. How to speak, read, and write Japanese.
  6. The connections between numbers, operations, and patterns.
  7. That music should be used to worship God and communicate with others.
  8. The importance of motivation.
  9. The process of scientific inquiry that led scientists to their current level of understanding of the natural law by which God sustains His creation.
  10. How they can use their rights and responsibilities as local, national, and global citizens to build flourishing communities characterized by peace and justice.
  11. Why and when to use technology.
  12. Workplace skills.
To increase student understanding, we use a variety of strategies, including:
  • 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.
Says Michael Essenburg, superintendent: “In today’s world, it’s vital that students understand. I want our students to learn that they should care for God’s creation, love God and others, make disciples, and participate in the body of Christ. I want our students to learn that we are to be content with what God provides and that God’s Word is true.”


During the August 28 staff meeting, staff discuss what they want students to understand about God, His world, and their place in it.
August 28th, 2017|