- Create and refine artworks in both conventional and innovative ways.
- Combine ideas.
- Create solutions to social problems.
- Produce writing.
- Present speeches.
- Produce plans, strategies, plays, and routines.
- Develop solutions to problems of design, production, and workplace interactions and ethics.
We also involve our students in service activities. Check out this video from last year’s Service Week:
Watch our elementary school students perform a selection of songs they learned during summer school!
At OCSI, we want students to understand the world, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to create products and solutions. Sixth through 10th graders demonstrated all of these competencies at the science fair Friday. Projects included such topics as insect behavior, neuroplasticity, and using food scraps to grow new food.
In preparation, students had followed the scientific method, posing a question or problem, forming a hypothesis, conducting a procedure, collecting data, and drawing a conclusion. Then they created a display. Friday they set up their displays at Sera-En (a facility next to the school) and used their displays to present their findings to peers, teachers, and judges.
The world is full of problems to be solved and questions to be answered. How can we clean up oil spills most effectively? How does the wording of a question influence how people answer? How does temperature affect battery life? Science is one of the ways we can solve problems and answer questions.
We want OCSI students to do science well in order to live in God’s creation with awe and wonder, to care for it, and to help others by solving the problems.
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
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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This year students and teachers used their skills to serve the student body by creatively and beautifully refurbishing the high school locker bay.
A group of students led by the art teacher painted murals on the lockers during Mission Week in March.
This week benches crafted by students in the woodshop class joined the murals.
Thank you to all who contributed to beautifying our learning space!
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.
In computer, students played games to practice math and literacy skills. Students in 4th and 5th grade could also begin learning computer programming.
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.
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!
The annual Authors’ Tea celebrated the what 4th and 5th graders learned this year in English. Students learned about genre, setting, characters, conflict, resolution, tone, and purpose in the books they read. They then wrote their own stories with all those literary elements, using all the steps of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. When everything was ready, they prepared their story for publication. They keyboarded their stories, printed them out, and pasted them into purchased blank books. Next, they prepared and pasted in their own illustrations.
Finally, on Tuesday, May 24, the young authors were ready to present their books to the public. The program, attended by many parents, included readings by the authors and a picnic lunch. Thank you to the parents and teachers who worked hard to make this year’s Authors’ Tea a success.