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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|

Secondary students showcase accomplishments


The first OCSI Fine Arts Showcase provided the opportunity for secondary students to share their accomplishments with the community. The Robotics Club and art classes displayed the products and solutions they had created. The Gospel Choir and theater class entertained the audience with musical numbers and short dramatic performances. The event was held at Sera-en at 6:00 p.m. on May 14.

Art and neighbors

Community members view a display of student art.


The Gospel Choir sings.


Actors perform a vignette.


All the students who performed gather on stage for the closing.

Thank you to Ms. Freese, Mr. Bivins, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd for helping students create and communicate, and for giving them the opportunity to showcase their achievements.

May 16th, 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|

Student scientists inquire, collaborate, create, and communicate

Student scientists prepare to present at the high school science fair on Friday.

Student scientists prepare to present at the high school science fair on Friday.

At OCSI, we want students to understand the world, to think critically, to collaborate with others, to communicate effectively, and to create products and solutions. High school students demonstrated all of these competencies at the science fair Friday.

Projects included such topics as aquaponics, the gravitational slingshot effect, and DNA testing.

Projects included such topics as aquaponics, the gravitational slingshot effect, and DNA testing.

In preparation, students had worked in groups to pose a question, do research, perform an experiment or build a model, and create 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.


A student scientist explains her project.

A student scientist explains her project.

Four guests from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) judged the projects, listening to each group’s presentation, asking questions, and offering feedback.


The judges listen to a presentation.

The judges listen to a presentation.

The world is full of problems to be solved and questions to be answered. How can we more efficiently grow more food? How does the electricity I use every day work? Could Wolverine really exist? Science is one of the ways we can solve problems and answer questions.


A scientist demonstrates how the muscles and tendons of the hand work.

A student scientist demonstrates how the muscles and tendons of the hand work.

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 other by solving the problems.

March 5th, 2016|

What are the walls saying?

“If these walls could talk….” Sometimes people say that in English when they mean that many interesting things have happened in a place, but we’ll never really know because there isn’t a record. However, at OCSI the walls do talk. How? By showing what OCSI students are learning!

According to the walls, here are 5 things students are learning:

(1) They are learning about ancient Rome and how this knowledge helps them understand the world today.


(2) They are learning to avoid common math mistakes.


(3) They are learning to express gratitude.


(4) They are learning about Japanese proverbs.


(5) They are learning to write poetry.


I love seeing what the walls have to say about what OCSI students are learning. Through their learning, OCSI students are being equipped to walk with God and impact the world for Him.

January 23rd, 2016|

Students reach out during M-Term

March 19th, 2015|