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Focusing on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully

OCSI Connections:

OCSI focuses on collaboration. We focus on helping students collaborate effectively and respectfully. It’s good to see:

  • Kindergarteners reading to a partner during Daily 5.
  • First grade writers getting feedback from a partner before editing.
  • Fifth grade mathematician creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts.
  • Middle school geologists analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them.
  • Middle school theologians working in teams to produce a short video identifying the major themes and lessons of the Nativity story in Matthew and Luke.
  • High school political scientists working together to write a constitution and answer questions related to criminal and civil cases.
  • High school physicists working on a group project involving force, energy, gravitation, and velocity.
It was also good to see our community collaborating for Walkathon and Holiday Market. Thank you to all who participated. OCSI was able to raise ¥1.3 million.
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Key dates:
  • 11/22: Professional Day – no school for students
  • 11/23-24: Thanksgiving vacation
  • 12/6: Christmas program, 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/15: 12:30 dismissal
  • 12/16 – 1/3: Christmas vacation


Did you know that…?

  • OCSI offers the ACT and SAT?
  • Part of OCSI’s vision is students collaborating with others and respecting them as God’s image bearers?
  • OCSI’s website provides links to our calendar, guidance resources, and athletics?
  • Our JV1 girls’ volleyball team was undefeated this season and that our JV2 team did a great job and improved with each game?


Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren)! Please contact us with your questions and concerns.

Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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November 17th, 2017|

Elementary students collaborate

Elementary Connections:

When we hear the word collaborate, we often think of students working on a group project or helping each other in class. In reality, however, collaboration can be so much more than that. Collaboration means that each student brings his or her strengths to help the group solve problems and tackle real issues. The ability to collaborate well with others is a skill that will not only help our children be successful in school, but also in life and work.

Screen Shot 2017-11-07 at 2.58.22 PMAt OCSI elementary we provide our students with opportunities everyday to develop their collaboration skills. It’s a blessing to see them learn from one another and grow as a team. Some of the ways we encourage collaboration include:

  • Circle times that encourage participation and group sharing (PreK).
  • Reading to a partner during Daily 5 (kindergarten)
  • Sharing our writing with a partner to get feedback before editing (1st grade).
  • Creating board games with a partner to reinforce math concepts (5th grade).
  • Designing group posters to share the setting, characters, and plot of a novel (literacy class).

Want to help your child become a better collaborator? Encourage them to listen and make eye contact during conversations, allow for unstructured play time and opportunities to be creative, and model using encouraging words so they can become an encourager as well.

Megan Roe, elementary principal
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P.S. Just a reminder—the elementary chaplain (Mr. Roe) is available to provide personal counseling for students.

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November 9th, 2017|

We want our students to collaborate

At OCSI, we want our students to collaborate. We want our students to collaborate effectively, respecting others as God’s image bearers. So, we want our students to…stick-people-2324013_640
  1. Work productively in groups to focus ideas and create artworks that address genuine local and global community needs.
  2. Discuss course content with honesty and kindness.
  3. Establish and sustain positive relationships and build Christ-centered community.
  4. Work with others to solve problems and help each other learn.
  5. Follow discussion guidelines.
  6. Respect other languages and cultures.
  7. Work in groups to serve their audience in performance and to build Christ-centered community.
  8. Demonstrate good sportsmanship that encourages both their own team and opponents to appreciate and develop their skills.
  9. Work productively in groups to design and carry out explorations and experiments.
  10. Follow debate guidelines.
  11. Use digital tools appropriately to enhance collaboration.
  12. Make purposeful suggestions to the group, as they build Christ-centered community.
To help students grow as collaborators, we use a variety of strategies, including:
  • Encouraging active listening.
  • Assigning roles within a group.
  • Debriefing how group work went.


SuperintendentSays Michael Essenburg, head of school: “Our world needs effective, respectful collaborators. Our world needs collaborators who can serve in different cultures and make an impact for Jesus. I’m glad our students are growing as collaborators.”

November 7th, 2017|

Students make impact in community during Service Week

February 24th, 2017|

Students are learning


Mrs. Roe (right) gives feedback to Government students who are collaboratively analyzing primary documents.

School is back in full swing, and students are busy learning. This week as I walked through high school classrooms, I saw students achieving OCSI’s Expected Student Outcomes.

I saw students…

  • Understanding God, His world, and their place in it: Twelfth grade readers learned about the interaction of plot, description, and narration.
  • Thinking critically and Biblically: Twelfth grade historians analyzed primary documents.
  • Collaborating with others, respecting them as God’s image bearers: Tenth grade readers built off each other’s observations to understand a text.
  • Communicating truthfully and effectively: Ninth grade writers learned how grammar makes communication more effective.
  • Creating ideas, products, and solutions: Twelfth grade Bible students began planning a presentation.

Thank you to everyone who has a part in creating this learning community:

  • Thank you, parents, for entrusting something as important as your children’s learning to us.
  • Thank you, teachers, for working hard to help students learn.
  • Thank you, students, for using every opportunity to learn.

The 2016-17 school year is off to a good start!

Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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August 26th, 2016|

Summer school students enjoy enrichment activities

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Elementary summer school enjoy outdoor games in the beautiful weather.

Elementary summer school wrapped up a good second week. After a morning of Bible, literacy, and math, students spent each afternoon enjoying enrichment activities where they had the opportunity to collaborate, communicate, and create.

What does the afternoon program look like? Students spend 30 minutes at each of 4 activities—outdoor games, computers, indoor games, and art.

What did students do in the afternoon this week? In outdoor games, students collaborated in teams. They played capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, and a version of dodgeball combined with tag. They also had a water day involving squirt guns, water balloons, and sponges, which everyone enjoyed in the hot weather.

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Students help each other learn with computer games in the elementary computer lab.

In computer, students played games to practice math and literacy skills. Students in 4th and 5th grade could also begin learning computer programming.

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Students work together to stand up while linking arms back-to-back.

In indoor games, students practiced communicating respectfully with both their words and their hands, and playing honestly so everyone had fun. In one game, teams built castles made of paper cups and defend their castle from the projectiles of an opposing team. They also played circle games and running games.

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Students explore the creative process in the art room.

In art, students created pictures using different types of lines, patterns, and watercolor.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful second week of summer school!

July 1st, 2016|

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May 30th, 2016|

Elementary Field Day builds community


Two elementary students enjoy Field Day.

April 29 marked a great day at OCSI! Why? Because April 29 was Field Day, an annual event that builds community in many different ways as elementary students, high school students, and parents have fun together. Mr. Jernberg (elementary principal) says, “Children learn that games are fun, but people are more important than games.”

What happened on Field Day? Elementary students practiced teamwork as classmates cheered each other through various relays and competitions. They practiced throwing, hitting, kicking, and balancing. They used frisbees, bean bags, bats, balls, and cups of water.


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Meanwhile, high school members of National Honor Society (NHS) practiced service and leadership as they helped elementary Mr. Meredith (PE teacher) run all the events.

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Many parents came out to enjoy watching their children, to fellowship with other parents, and to picnic in the park at lunch.


Thank you to National Honor Society students and to Mr. Meredith for making this day possible!

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April 30th, 2016|

Students collaborate to learn and demonstrate their learning


Seventh grade English students share a discovery about the reliability of online sources.

At OCSI we want students to collaborate because collaboration drives learning and is how the world is changed in the 21st century.


An Algebra II student uses his learning to help another student.

Collaboration drives learning because when students are asking the questions, whether of teachers or of other students, they want the answers. When students answer each others’ questions, the asker doesn’t have to wait in line for the teacher, and the answerer has used his or her learning to serve. When other students don’t know the answer, they collaborate with the teacher. When students work on questions together, motivation is contagious. And together is how we make the products and solutions that impact the world.


A chemistry student brings his question to the teacher when group mates can’t answer it.

This week I saw students collaborating in many settings: 6th grade science, 7th grade English, Algebra II, chemistry, the high school dinner theater/talent show called Cafe Dolce.


Sixth grade scientists studying heat collaborate to insulate a home.

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High schoolers collaborated in many ways (including a hula dance) to entertain their audience and raise money for the seniors at Cafe Dolce on March 24.

It was great to see students actively engaged in their learning, helping each other learn, and using their learning to bring joy to their community.

March 25th, 2016|

Students impact the world

At OCSI, we value students using their learning to serve others. While the typical school day at OCSI has its opportunities for service (from making a contribution to a class discussion that furthers everyone’s thinking, to managing an athletic team, to helping a visitor find the office), we think this is such a significant goal of student learning that we devote a whole week to it.

We call it M-Week. In place of regular class March 14 – 18, students in grades 6 – 12 were divided into nearly 20 different mixed-age groups where they learned, collaborated, created, and used their gifts to serve:

  • Monday began with a kick-off assembly and message from the week’s special speaker, Jordan Escusa, youth pastor, DJ, and voice-over specialist from the Philippines. The rest of Monday students worked with their groups get to know each other, learn about their service project, and prepare for it.
  • Tuesday – Thursday, some groups served the OCSI elementary students with athletic mini-camps, with Kids’ Club activities, and as teacher assistants. Some learned about issues like clean water scarcity, creation care, poverty and homelessness and did something to help. Some used their gifts in music, art, and dance to delight audiences. Some served local churches with cleaning and repairs. Some served the elderly, handicapped, and young children by spending time with them.
  • Friday morning the groups debriefed, reflected, and prepared presentations on their projects. In the afternoon, all secondary students gathered in the gym to celebrate the week’s learning and service by sharing their presentations. The crowning piece was the video of the week (see above), created by the media team. Many thanks to the media team for using the skills they learned to capture what all the other groups were doing and serve us all by putting together a great video about what OCSI students learned this week about being world changers with God.

Thanks to all those in the community who provided service opportunities for our students. We’re already looking forward to next year.

Check out the M-Week T-shirts!

Check out the M-Week T-shirts!

March 19th, 2016|