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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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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
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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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.
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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|

Another amazing year at OCSI

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

It’s that time again to look back at an amazing year at OCSI! I believe this year has been one of growth both personally and professionally for all. We have taken great strides on pushing OCSI toward even more effectively “equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.”

OCSI operated with 4 divisions, used its Schoolwide Action Plan to refine its program, used a school calendar based on 180 days of instruction, had an enrollment of over 400 and a staff of over 69 full-time equivalents, and maintained its campus through modest capital projects.

The 2017-2018 fiscal year’s audit (completed by Gentetsu Shiroma Licensed Tax Accountant Office) states: “In our opinion, the Financial Statements of the Gakko Hojin Okinawa Christian School properly display the financial position as of March 31, 2018, in all important points in conformity with the Standard of the School Corporation Accounting Principles generally accepted as fair and appropriate in our country as of March, 2018.”

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We have made some big decisions this year, including the hiring of a new secondary school principal for next school year. We have acquired new software for admissions, billing, and accounting to simplify our process. Improvements to our gymnasium were also made this year, with more campus improvements planned for this summer.

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The elementary program continued to thrive under the watchful eye of Principal Megan Roe and in response to parent feedback, offered six elementary after school clubs included cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running. Way to go, Mrs. Roe and the elementary faculty.

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It is great to see our secondary students continuing to excel. I have had the pleasure of spending some time with them this year during chapel times. This year saw the computer lab renovated to provide more hands on learning and student collaboration. Thank you, Mrs. Calvin and the secondary faculty. I also want to thank Mrs. Calvin for all of her hard work here at OCSI. OCSI has been made better with her leadership and wisdom. We wish her all the best in what God has for her in the future!

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It has been a pleasure for me to serve as the Board Chairman at OCSI, and I am looking forward to what God has planned for our school. On behalf of the board, I am looking forward to next school year!

Blessings,
Christian Siangco, board chairman

May 31st, 2018|

Let’s celebrate growth!

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Annual Report 2018: Elementary (Head of School  Secondary • Business Manager • Board)

I’m thankful to be a part of this school community and excited to share all of the growth we made in the elementary program this year. Thank you parents and guardians for all you do to support the school and for partnering with us as we equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.

  • We continue to develop and improve our curriculum so it is in line with best practice and research, including new Daily 5 classroom libraries, a Writer’s Workshop program, new social studies resources, and a robotics unit in 5th grade.  
  • Through partnership with the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) we’ve been able to provide parent Bible studies, cooking classes, a Culture Fair luncheon, Week of Reading, and provide new recess toys for the students.
  • In response to parent feedback, we were excited to be able to offer six elementary after school clubs this year- cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running.
  • Elementary and Kindergarten Christmas programs highlighted the talents and energy of even our youngest students.

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The OCSI elementary program recognizes that students are our future. They are full of potential, are responsible for their learning, and are responsible for using it to serve God and others. This school year has proved to be a time of growth not only for our school, but growth for the individual children in our classrooms as well.  Let’s celebrate their growth!

  • PreK students worked together to problem solve while playing and daily circle times encouraged participation and oral communication.
  • Kindergarten students worked together to explore their world through fun, hands-on activities and are reading on their own through our Daily 5 program.
  • 1st grade students are sharing their original stories and informational writing with peers in order to get feedback and make edits.
  • 2nd grade students have worked hard to develop a community where all students feel valued and can pray for each other and study mentor texts in order to become better readers and writers.
  • 3rd grade students developed their writing and continue to improve their reading comprehension and math fluency.
  • 4th grade students have developed research skills so they can publish informational reports and continue to work on improving their reading and writing skills daily.
  • 5th grade students worked hard in their literature circles, read and wrote biographies, and explored the world of robotics to create their own droid.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal

May 30th, 2018|

OCSI continues toward excellence

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Annual Report 2018: Business Manager (Head of School  Elementary  Secondary • Board)

I am glad to report that the 2017-2018 school year was a year in which our school continued to move in the direction of excellence:

  • Support staff displayed great commitment to making OCSI an even better school. Over the course of the school year, they spent countless hours gathering data, planning improvements, and training in new software. I’m grateful to God for placing these faithful people here and for their hard work.
  • We acquired new software for admissions, billing, and accounting. Transitioning to the new software is creating opportunities for us simplify our business office processes. We are excited that it is making it possible for us to serve families better.
  • We began accelerating the renewal of classroom technology, equipment, and fixtures. New iMacs in the computer lab, teachers equipped with convertible chromebooks, old classroom air conditioning units being replaced, and some new student desks and chairs in elementary. More asset renewal and upgrading is expected for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Several improvements to our gymnasium were completed just before the beginning of the school year. The outside walls of the building were sealed and painted, and exterior LED lighting was installed. More improvements to our campus are currently being planned for this summer.

Thanks to our parents, students, staff, and board members for playing a role in this truly amazing work that God is doing at OCSI.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Simburger, business manager

Campus

 

May 30th, 2018|

Students work together

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Annual Report 2018: Secondary (Head of School  Elementary  Business Manager  Board)

It has been a great year of seeing the students working together in and outside of the classroom. The Bible reminds us that by joining together we can achieve much. Ecclesiastes 4:9 states, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.” This year the middle and high school students were blessed to be able to work together in a variety of ways.

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The middle and high school students worked together by serving others through our 4th year of Service Week. They also learned and worked together through hands on learning activities such as science labs and creating websites. The 7th grade English class also created their own Okinawa magazine!  Students have also grown in their leadership skills and worked as a team through participation in sports, National Honor Society, spirit week activities, and the middle school robotics club. OCSI also became approved members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. We continue to improve our facilities by renovating the secondary computer lab in order to assist with more hands on learning activities and student collaboration.

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This year all middle and high school students as well as teachers also increased their love of learning through reading. Every Thursday afternoon, secondary students Dropped Everything And Read (DEAR) material of their choice for a sustained, silent 25 minutes. The DEAR program supports many positive outcomes—from vocabulary growth, better writing, and understanding of the world, to mental health and the ability to focus, to increased empathy. It has been great to see students and teachers enjoying a good book together.

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We will end the school year of celebrating our students by honoring them at the high school graduation on Friday, June 8th at 7:30 pm at the Yomitan Cultural Center and at the the 8th grade graduation on Wednesday, June 13th at 6:00 pm at Sera-en). Thank you to the parents, students, teachers, and staff for a great school year!

Blessings,
Latasha Calvin, secondary principal

 

May 30th, 2018|

This year has been filled with learning!

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Annual Report 2018: Head of School (Elementary  Secondary  Business Manager  Board)

I’m excited! I’m excited because this year has been filled with students learning about God and His world, thinking critically and Biblically, collaborating respectfully, communicating effectively and truthfully, and creating ideas and solutions. When students do these things, they get prepared to make a positive impact on God’s world.

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At OCSI, we’re excited to see…

  • PreK – kindergarteners identifying what part of a story doesn’t belong, working together to figure out how to reinforce bridges on train tracks with blocks, and reading to a partner during Daily 5.
  • Students in grades 1-2 understanding the importance of praying for others to create community, exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing, and getting feedback from a partner before editing.
  • Students in grades 3-5 using decimals to the thousandths place, thinking about people and places that are important to them in order to write small moment narratives, working in groups on posters, and designing their own inventions on paper.
  • Students in grades 6-8 analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them, debating human nature, and responding to a story by creating comics, slideshows, drawings, or inventions.
  • Students in grades 9-12 connecting music and Biblical themes, studying the commercial implications of Teflon,collaboratively writing a constitution, and programming an Arduino micro-controller.

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It’s also exciting to see how OCSI has grown this year, including…

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Thank you for partnering with us as we equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report: Elementary  Secondary • Business Office • Board

May 30th, 2018|

Parent Update: May

I’m excited about how students have grown this year! They’ve increased their understanding of God, His world, and their place in it. They’ve developed and demonstrated their thinking, communication, and collaboration skills in a variety of ways, including writing essays, doing science labs, and giving group presentations. And they’ve created artwork, given performances like the Christmas Program and Fine Arts Showcase, and completed service projects.

I’m also excited also about this year’s annual report. You can read about how students, staff, and OCSI as an organization have grown. You can see photos, watch videos, see parent survey results, and more! There are articles by Mr. Jernberg, Mrs. Calvin, Mr. Jerome, Mrs. Kennedy, and me. Check it out!

Finally, I’m excited about being part of a supportive community. Thank you, parents, for supporting your children and OCSI staff. Thank you for being involved in a range of activities, including sports events, Walkathon and Bazaar fundraisers, Field Day, Holiday Market, and more. We invite your continued support through school activities, PTF, prayer, and gifts.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
P.S. Be sure to check out our annual report.

May 27th, 2016|