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Students are engaged in learning

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OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we believe that students are full of potential and that they are responsible for their learning. We are glad that…

  • PreK students are understanding the importance of keeping each other safe and are using an appropriate grip for holding pencils.
  • Kindergarten writers are producing a variety of sentence structures.
  • Second grade readers identify the main idea in passages.
  • Third grade mathematicians are solving 2-step word problems.
  • Fourth and fifth grade linguists are writing sentences in Japanese, using modifiers.
  • Sixth grade readers have increased their reading comprehension.
  • Seventh grade mathematicians understand percent markups and discounts.
  • Tenth grade historians created memes on the Great Depression.
  • Eleventh grade Bible scholars are defining what they believe and why.
  • High school producers created video ads.

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (FacebookInstagramTwitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

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Key dates:

  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30
  • 8/21: First day of classes (see calendar for further dates)

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Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

April 18th, 2019|

Help students reach their potential and live for Jesus

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OCSI Connections:

Thank you for giving us the privilege in 2019 of assisting you with the education of your child(ren). At OCSI, we want to help your child(ren) learn, reach their potential, and live for Jesus. We are excited to see

  • Pre-K students blossoming in their creative expression.
  • Kindergarten mathematician learning addition using objects and counters.
  • Second grade actors using their speaking skills as they performed a nativity play for their parents.
  • Third graders looking at maps and documents to figure out mysteries in social studies.
  • Fourth and fifth grade linguists learning stroke, stroke order, and number of strokes for writing in Japanese.
  • Elementary musicians learning that there is no H in the musical alphabet and that A comes after G.
  • Sixth grade Bible scholars studying the price Jesus paid in the crucifixion.
  • Seventh grade scientists making their own ecospheres and 7th grade artists using 1-point perspective to draw their dream rooms.
  • Tenth grade English students understanding the importance of listening to understand, instead of listening to critique.
  • High school scientists asking questions and seeking evidence.
  • High school computer scientists learning JavaScript functions.
During the January teaching staff meeting, teachers celebrated what students have learned so far this year.

During the January teaching staff meeting, teachers celebrated what students have learned so far this year.

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

Key dates:

  • 1/21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – no classes for students
  • 3/21: Conferences – no classes
  • 4/8-12: Spring Vacation – no school
  • 5/3: Golden Week Holiday – no school
  • 5/27: Memorial Day – no school
  • 6/12: Last day of classes, early student dismissal at 12:30

Please note: Please remember that we will be having class on January 25 (previously a teacher work day) and on February 18 (previously a school holiday). If you have questions or concerns about sending your child(ren) to school on January 25 and/or February 18, please contact the appropriate principal.

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Thanks again for the privilege of assisting your with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

January 10th, 2019|

Our students and staff are growing

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OCSI Connections:

Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you to help your child(ren) grow in their knowledge of God’s world, in their skills (thinking, communication, collaboration), and in their use of learning to serve God and others. We are excited that…

  • Kindergarten readers are using sounds to check words when they are reading a book.
  • First grade readers are mastering sight words.
  • Third grade readers are enjoying having 8th grade reading buddies.
  • Fourth and 5th grade athletes are improving their soccer skills.
  • Sixth grade readers are finishing The Golden Goblet, a historical fiction novel set in ancient Egypt.
  • Seventh grade scientists are testing plant growth, and 8th grade scientists are demonstrating how rocks are weathered.
  • Ninth grade historians are learning the differences between Christianity and Hinduism.
  • Twelfth grade Bible scholars are learning stewardship principles.
  • High school linguists are writing essays in Japanese.

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I’m also glad to see our staff growing. This year, for example, staff are…

Want 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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Key dates:

  • 11/17: Holiday Market
  • 11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Vacation—office closed
  • 11/30: Christmas Program—early dismissal (12:30)
  • 12/14: Early Dismissal (12:30), Christmas Vacation begins
  • 1/7: Classes resume
  • 1/21: School Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)—no classes for students

Please note: In an effort to keep our commitment to providing instructional days, we will be having class on January 25 (previously a teacher work day) and on February 18 (previously a school holiday). If you have questions or concerns about sending your child(ren) to school on January 25 and/or February 18, please contact the appropriate principal.

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Thanks again for the privilege of helping your child(ren) grow. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

November 13th, 2018|

Students are our future

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OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we believe that students are our future. We believe that students are full of potential, and that they are responsible for their learning and responsible for using it to serve God and others. Consequently, we are excited that…

  • Kindergarteners have increased their reading skills.
  • Second graders have increased their understanding of map, globes, and how to give directions using north, south, east, and west.
  • Fifth grade mathematicians focused on factorization and exponents.
  • Seventh grade scientists learned how food molecules travel through the body.
  • Ninth grade historians deepened their understanding of the role of law in society.
  • Eleventh grade writers demonstrated their understanding of The Screwtape Letters, satire, human nature, and letter organization by writing a new Screwtape letter satirizing a flaw in human nature that they see at school.
  • Twelfth graders studied how calorie intake affects body composition.

To learn more about what’s happening at OCSI, check us out on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and check out PTF on Facebook.

On October 8, OCSI hosted an open house for parents interested in enrolling their children. The open house included an opening presentation and campus tour. Thanks for continuing to recommend OCSI!

On October 8, OCSI hosted an open house for parents interested in enrolling their children. The open house included an opening presentation and campus tour. Thanks for continuing to recommend OCSI!

Key dates:

  • 11/2: Parent/Teacher Conferences—no school for students
  • 11/12: OCSI Holiday — no school for students, office closed
  • 11/17: Holiday Market (note: We will not be holding Walkathon this year.)
  • 11/21: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/22-23: Thanksgiving Vacation—office closed
  • 12/14: Early Dismissal (12:30), Christmas Vacation begins
  • 1/7: Classes resume
  • 1/21: School Holiday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)—no classes for students
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Secondary teachers focus on ways to differentiate instruction for students.

Thank you for allowing us to assist you with the education of your children. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate staff member.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
Calendar • Contact • Donate • Handbook • Prayer Guide • Facebook • Typhoon

Superintendent

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October 11th, 2018|

We want our students to create ideas, products, solutions

At OCSI we want all of our students to create. Sometimes people hear that word create and think that it is only for artists. Or it is only about the real standouts, like Einstein and Thomas Edison. Or it is only about the sudden “ah-ha!” moments, like the apple on Sir Newton’s head or the lightening bolt on Benjamin Franklin’s kite. Or that it’s something some people have and some don’t.

However, recent research contradicts all of these common myths. We now know that all children have a capacity to create, and that we can nurture that capacity at all levels and in all classes by cultivating curiosity, flexible thinking, imagination, persistence, discipline, collaboration, and self-evaluation.

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At OCSI we want our students to create ideas, products, and solutions. And we’re excited that middle school students are doing just that:

  • 6th grade readers responded to a story by creating comics, slideshows, drawings, or inventions.
  • 7th grade geographers taught classmates about the Indian subcontinent. To do this, they created their own lessons plans and solutions to problems they came across as they prepared to teach.
  • 7th grade mathematicians created a work proposal to repaint the basketball courts at Sera-en. They used composite figures and geometry to calculate surface area for paint, and then considered labor and overhead as well.
  • 7th and 8th grade scientists used research to find an unanswered question they are interested in. Next they will create a science fair project to answer it.
  • 8th grade Bible students created a timeline of the book of Acts, visualizing events and drawing them.

In high school…

  • Computer apps students created a new website for Keystone Nazarene Church that addresses each of the needs of the client in creative ways.
  • PE students learned the basics of line dancing and then worked in groups to create their own line dance, which they performed for and taught to their classmates.
  • 10th grade readers and writers created another “book” of The Odyssey where Odysseus lands on Okinawa and the ancient Greeks meet the ancient Ryukyuan people, which is a way to connect local culture into our reading and writing.
  • Biologists created booklets to process their learning about cell structure and function.
  • Bible students created ideas connecting music and Biblical themes. They did this by listening to a series of symphonies and responding in writing and drawing to the question “What effect does music have on inspiration, reflection, joy, or sorrow?”
  • Computer scientists have been combining different sensors (light, temperature, touch) and actuators to create useful tools for automation.
  • 12th grade economists brainstormed a product to create for the market.
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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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March 5th, 2018|

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|

We want students to communicate truthfully and effectively

At OCSI, we want students to communicate truthfully and effectively. What do I mean?
  • “Communicate” includes how we receive (listening, reading) and send (speaking, writing) communication.
  • “Truthfully” includes integrity, accuracy, and alignment with what God has revealed about Himself, His creation, and how He intended for us to relate to Him and to His creation.
  • “Effectively” includes clarity, beauty, and persuasiveness, accomplishing the goal.
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Here are some ways middle school students are growing toward this goal:
  • Woodworkers are not allowed to advance on their projects without using woodshop vocabulary to describe what they are doing and why.
  • 6th grade Bible students created and performed a skit based on one of 12 resurrection appearances of Jesus. 
  • 7th grade scientists are practicing using data as a method of truthful communication as they learn how tables of numerical data convey information.
  • 7th grade geographers discussed in small groups the question “How does geography influence the way of life for people?” Students were able to communicate their ideas in a safe environment.
  • 7th grade mathematicians wrote journals using academic vocabulary (discounts, retain, wholesale, etc.) answering the prompt “Do stores lose money when they have a sale? Explain with details and examples.” 
  • 8th grade Bible students read scripture and look for (1) the speaker, (2) the audience, (3) the main characters, (4) the big idea, (5) the enduring truth. 
  • 8th grade readers debated human nature with information from The Pearl and the Bible, focusing on listening to understand and on responding rather than reacting.
  • Middle school readers participated in our Drop Everything and Read Program on Thursdays.
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Here are some ways high school students are growing toward this goal:
  • 9th grade writers composed news articles incorporating multiple perspectives and avoiding bias.
  • 10th grade Bible students submitted anonymous questions, then dialogued these openly within the classroom. This was done in a respectful, helpful way.
  • 11th grade historians worked in teams to research and create a documentary.
  • High school mathematicians worked on projects in partners and then presented those projects to the class. They prepared their presentation according to a rubric of communication expectations.
  • High school PE students have learned to communicate effectively on the field during games of ultimate frisbee. They’ve experienced that communication helps them score, referee themselves, and encourage each other.
  • High school artists give verbal critiques of one another’s artwork on a regular basis. They discuss in advance how to construct thoughtful, helpful, meaningful critique comments, and the students are required to make a minimum number of verbal comments and encouraged to make additional comments.
  • High school computer scientists worked in peer programing teams.
  • High school readers participated in our Drop Everything and Read Program on Thursdays.
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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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January 25th, 2018|

Focusing on helping students communicate truthfully and effectively

OCSI Connections:

OCSI focuses on communication. We focus on helping students communicate truthfully and effectively. It’s good to see:

  • Students listening to devotions on encouraging each other.
  • Pre-K students learning winter vocabulary words.
  • Second graders discussing how to communicate empathy and respect for each other.
  • Fifth graders creating original vocabulary sentences each week before the spelling test.
  • Sixth graders performing a skit based on the 12 resurrection appearances of Jesus.
  • Eighth graders debating human nature, using information from the Bible and The Pearl.
  • High schoolers creating documentaries, using academic vocabulary as they write in their math journals, and programming an Arduino micro-controller.

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Did you know…?

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Key dates:

  • 1/26: Teacher work day – no school for students
  • 2/5: Open enrollment, with new students being given available seats
  • 2/19: Presidents’ Day – no school
  • 3/13-16: Accreditation visit: A team of 5 educators (led by Dr. Mohler of ACSI) will read our accreditation report, visit classrooms, look at documents, hold meetings, and identify OCSI’s overall strengths and growth areas.
  • 3/21: Conferences

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Please complete re-enrollment (re-registration) by Friday, February 2:

  • Please note that re-enrollment (re-registration) is earlier than last year. This is because we have several classes that are nearing capacity, and we want to help incoming families to be able to apply starting February 5 so they can make informed decisions before the Japanese school year starts in April.
  • Please reserve your seat by February 2 for next school year before new students are admitted (starting February 5). Please come to the office to make payment (8:00-3:30). Please bring your completed re-enrollment form. For further information, please see this lettertuition/fee schedule, and re-enrollment form, all of which were mailed and emailed to you in December.

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Road construction: January 30 – mid March, the stretch of road from our front gate to the road at the top of the hill will be closed (see photo, yellow highlights).

  • Parents dropping off their children will need to (A) come up the hill from Route 6 to the front entrance (see blue highlights) or (B) use the back entrance (see blue highlights).
  • Our buses will be parked along the elementary playground. So 8:00 – 845AM, everyone should refrain from using the road between the front drop-off area and the elementary playground. OCSI will post orange cones and provide further directions.

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

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

P.S. Check out photos of how students are communicating!

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January 24th, 2018|

We want our students to communicate

chat-1294839_640At OCSI, we want our students to communicate. We want our students to communicate truthfully and effectively. So, we ask our students to…
  1. Use language and art to communicate about and through art.
  2. Read the Bible with attention to internal consistency, historical context, literary genre, and study helps.
  3. Follow directions, clearly express thoughts and needs, and speak the truth in love.
  4. Use accurate research, share Biblical teaching, and use language ethically and to serve others.
  5. Refine their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.
  6. Communicate in Japanese both effectively and truthfully.
  7. Interpret and use data accurately and ethically.
  8. Refine their music-related skills and effectively perform music that communicates truth about God, His world, and the human experience of living in it.
  9. Speak respectfully to teammates, opponents, and authority figures.
  10. Report accurately and effectively, based on quality research and responsible experimentation.
  11. Use accurate research, share Biblical teaching, participate effectively in civic discussion, and use their voices as citizens to promote peace and justice.
  12. Communicate information and ideas ethically and effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  13. Express and interpret information and ideas using woodworking vocabulary in ways that are appropriate to colleagues, customers, and employers.

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SuperintendentSays Michael Essenburg, head of school: “Our world needs truthful, effective communicators. Our world needs communicators who serve others. I’m glad our students are growing as communicators.”

January 3rd, 2018|