/Expected Student Outcome: Create

Students serve others

February 19th, 2018|

We want our students to create

At OCSI, we want our students to create. We want our students to serve others by creating ideas, products, and solutions. So, we ask our students to…
  1. cartoon-1294877_640Create and refine artworks in both conventional and innovative ways.
  2. Combine ideas.
  3. Create solutions to social problems.
  4. Produce writing.
  5. Present speeches.
  6. Produce plans, strategies, plays, and routines.
  7. 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:

SuperintendentSays Michael Essenburg, head of school: “Our world needs creators. Our world needs creators who serve God and others by creating ideas, products, and solutions. I’m glad our students are growing as creators.”


January 31st, 2018|

Check out our summer school finale

Watch our elementary school students perform a selection of songs they learned during summer school!

July 18th, 2017|

Students make impact in community during Service Week

February 24th, 2017|

Student scientists inquire, create, and communicate

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.


Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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January 13th, 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
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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August 26th, 2016|

OCSI Connections: July

Check out the new benches woodshop students made using materials purchased with Walkathon/Bazaar funds!

Check out the new benches woodshop students made using materials purchased with Walkathon/Bazaar funds!

Like you, I love my children. My two daughters are grown and married now, and when they were younger, I sent them to school because I wanted them to…
  • Understand God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Think critically and Biblically.
  • Collaborate with and respect others.
  • Communicate truthfully and effectively.
  • Use their learning to serve God and others.
I’m grateful for the education my daughters received, and I count it a privilege to work to provide you the kind of education I wanted for my daughters. Here at OCSI our mission is to equip your child(ren) to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To carry out our mission, we provide a program that…
  • Addresses the whole person.
  • Is communicated in English.
  • Uses an American-style approach.
  • Is Biblically based.
  • Encourages Biblical thinking and living.

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of you child(ren). We are looking forward to seeing them on Thursday, August 18!

Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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July 29th, 2016|

Enjoy our refurbished high school locker bay


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!


July 15th, 2016|

Summer school students enjoy enrichment activities

1 Outdoor games all

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.

2 Computer 2 boys

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.

3 Indoor games 2 girls

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.

4 Art all

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|

Celebrating 4th and 5th graders as authors

Parents read books written and illustrated by 4th and 5th graders.

Parents read books written and illustrated by 4th and 5th graders.

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.

Mr. Lopez shares a book.

Mr. Lopez shares a book.

The mystery table displays a popular genre.

The mystery table displays a popular genre.

A student enjoys reading a peer's book.

A student enjoys reading a peer’s book.

May 28th, 2016|