Good things continue to happen at OCSI:
- This year’s student-led conferences were exciting! Why? Because students and parents had good conversations about learning. To prepare for these student-led conferences, students selected samples of their work, assessed what they had learned, reflected on what made a piece of work satisfying or challenging, and set goals. Students then presented their findings to their parents.
- First and 2nd graders participated in Kid City, a simulation that helped them understand how a community works, some of the services that a community needs, and some beginning economics lessons. The students ran a variety of services including a bank, a doctor’s office, a grocery store, and a park.
- Students are collaborating to learn and to demonstrate their learning. Sixth grade scientists worked in groups to study heat. An Algebra II student used his learning to help another student. High schoolers collaborated in many ways (including a hula dance) to entertain their audience and raise money for the seniors at Cafe Dolce.
- Students demonstrated their public speaking skills in Japanese in the annual high school Japanese speech contest on April 22 in the OCSI’s cafeteria. Students from all 6 levels of Japanese participated.
- Today was Elementary Field Day (see photo). Students, parents, and teachers enjoyed being outside doing a range of activities.
Another good thing that is happening at OCSI is the refinement of our school improvement plan. We are doing this because we want OCSI to be an even better school, and we are doing this as part of being an accredited school. Our improvement plan now focuses on 5 areas—culture, communication, key performance indicators, curriculum, and financial planning:
- Culture: Further develop an organizational culture that reflects operational values (Christ-centered community, focus on mission, empowerment, best practice, and growth).
- Communication: Increase effective communication with current and potential stakeholders, resulting in improved recruitment and retention of both students and staff, and in increased donations.
- Key Performance Indicators: Systematically use key performance indicators to improve decision-making, drive achievement of mission and vision (which includes the expected student outcomes), and demonstrate the degree of compliance with accreditation standards and board policy.
- Curriculum: Further developing a standard-based, Bible-based curriculum with appropriate standards-based assessment and culminating events for each division; implementing it with engaging, differentiated, backward-designed instruction and with increased student use of technology for learning; and resulting in increased student English language proficiency.
- Financial Planning: Increase financial stability and sustainability by implementing a 5-year financial plan designed to carry out the board’s approach to finances.
To learn about more good things that are happening at OCSI, please visit our blog and our Facebook page.
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him