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Annual Report: Celebrating progress

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Annual Report 2019: Elementary (Head of School • Secondary  Business Manager)

Reflection is an important aspect of both a good education and a successful life. It’s important to remember where we started from and the progress we’ve made, and to look forward with goals and hope in mind. Over the past year, OCSI elementary has worked each day to equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for him by working toward our expected student outcomes. We’ve made progress as a school, and I know your child has made progress as well.

Reflecting on this year is a great way to celebrate all of the progress we’ve made and helps us make goals for the future:

Understand God, His world, and their place in it:

  • Students learned about God and His world at camp.
  • Students learned about Biblical character traits during Service Week through Athletes in Action and Kids’ Club activities.

Think critically and Biblically:

  • New science curriculum (FOSS) challenged students to think critically.
  • Weekly chapel services encouraged students to grow in their spiritual walk.

Collaborate with others, respecting them as God’s image bearers:

  • Students worked together to share music and drama at the Christmas concerts.
  • After-school clubs taught students new skills in soccer, basketball, crafts, cooking, and literacy.
  • New playground equipment engaged students in play-based learning.

Communicate truthfully and effectively:

  • Elementary report cards are now standards-based to give parents more information.
  • Families celebrated reading during the Week of Reading and Family Reading Night.
  • Older and younger students enjoyed being reading buddies.

Create ideas, products, and solutions:

  • Students created items for the Culture Fair, Author’s Tea, Book Fair, and Kid City.
  • Project-based learning curriculum and classroom furnishings were added in Pre-K.

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We’re excited about all of the progress that was made this year and are looking forward to more growth next year! In 2019-2020, OCSI elementary will be implementing social-emotional learning and a new Bible curriculum, and will benefit from increased technology in an upgraded elementary computer lab and with 1:1 chromebooks in grades 4 and 5.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
Equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report (Head of School • Secondary • Business Manager) and our growth plans for next year:

Strategic Plan

May 22nd, 2019|

Annual Report: A year of progress and growth

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Elementary students enjoyed new playground equipment this year!

Annual Report 2019: Business Manager (Head of School ElementarySecondary)

The 2018-2019 school year saw unprecedented progress and growth. Enrollment is now at an all-time high, as the academic programs and organizational systems and processes have made significant advancements. Here are some snapshots of the progress since the last annual report:

  • Completed the painting of the gym building roof with heat insulating paint, greatly decreasing the temperature of the gym for the safety of students, sports participants, and audience members.
  • Successfully transitioned to new billing and admissions systems, expanding our capacity to serve the needs of families from first inquiry to graduation and beyond.
  • Completed the painting of the apartment building and beautification projects.
  • Transitioned all staff to a new streamlined compensation and benefits table that increases staff compensation.
  • Migrated all IT systems to the cloud, increasing the efficiency of our data systems and lowering costs.
  • Eliminated all identified child safety concerns on grounds, equipment, and buildings.
  • Renovated the elementary playgrounds and built a new sidewalk for the main building alleyway.
  • Transitioned all main building classrooms and offices to LED lighting.
  • Overhauled the lunch program to increase quality and options, leading to a doubling of enrollment in the program.
  • Re-mapped and optimized bus routes, keeping costs low while maximizing enrolled riders.
  • Replaced numerous assets and campus technology such as gymnasium basketball goals, wifi access points, chromecasts, classroom and office furnishings, whiteboards, weight room equipment, water tanks, and electrical lines.
  • Installed new cameras in addition to existing cameras to assist safety monitoring of school facilities.

Thank you for being part of the OCSI community and helping us equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Simburger, business manager

P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report (Head of School • ElementarySecondary) and our growth plans for next year:

Strategic Plan

May 22nd, 2019|

We are off to a good start!

It's great to see students using our new playground equipment.

It’s great to see our students using the new playground equipment.

OCSI Connections:

Classes started on August 21, and things are going well:

  • We have over 425 students—thanks for continuing to recommend OCSI!
  • PreK-grade 5 students are enjoying the new playground equipment.
  • Bus monitors are serving on morning and afternoon routes on all buses.
  • New sidewalks make it easier to get from the parking lot to the classroom building and gym.
  • Our new food service is providing almost 200 meals each day. Thank you to all those who completed our food service survey during the summer!
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Mr. Novak and Ms. Miyagi discuss meal distribution while students enjoy their lunches.

What else is going well?

  • As part of our Keep Each Other Safe program, students are reviewing emergency drills and the importance of being kind, respectful, and self-controlled.
  • Volleyball and cross-country teams are practicing. Be sure to come and watch our athletes bump, set, spike, and run!
  • Parent/guardians attended open houses on August 17 and 24. A big thank you to all who came!
  • The PTF Committee held its first meeting on August 29. To learn more about PTF, check out PTF’s Facebook page.
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Good to see so many smiles on the first days of classes!

We really appreciate your involvement at OCSI events. In addition to parent/teacher conferences, we encourage you to participate in a variety of events, including:

  • PreK and kindergarten: sports day, Christmas program, character parade, and picnic.
  • Grades 1-5: learning trips, Christmas program, kid city, culture fair, and authors’ tea.
  • Grades 6-8: sports events, science fair, and concerts.
  • Grades 9-12: sports events, homecoming, science fair, concerts, and speech contest.
Parent talk with staff at the August 24 Open House.

Parent talk with staff at the August 24 Open House.

Key dates:

  • 9/3: Labor Day – no school
  • 9/17: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 10/8: Professional Development Day—no school for students
  • 11/2: Parent/Teacher Conferences—no school for students
Middle schoolers listen as Ms.Robbins tells a story.

Middle schoolers listen as Ms.Robbins tells a story.

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your student(s). Please continue to partner with us by…

  • Keeping your contact information current in Jupiter.
  • Contacting appropriate staff with your questions and concerns. Please contact teachers about attendance, the principals about curriculum and policies, the business manager about operations, and the chaplains about personal counseling.
  • Praying for OCSI. Try using our prayer guide and/or our monthly prayer letters.

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

August 30th, 2018|

How did OCSI grow during the past school year?

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OCSI Connections:

I’m excited that as an organization, OCSI grew this year. Ways that come to mind include:

  1. Elementary offered six after school clubs (cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running).
  2. Secondary students participated in the drop-everything-and-read program.
  3. We renewed classroom technology, equipment, and fixtures—new iMacs in the computer lab, teachers equipped with convertible chromebooks, old classroom air conditioning units being replaced, and some new student desks and chairs in elementary.
  4. Students, parents/guardians, and staff worked together on the accreditation process.
  5. OCSI increased the number of professional memberships, including the Child Safety and Protection Network.
  6. We improved our curriculum so it is further in line with best practice and research.
  7. Elementary purchased instructional materials for science.
  8. We implemented MAP testing for grades 3-8.
  9. We made improvements to our gym—the outside walls of the building were sealed and painted, and exterior LED lighting was installed.
  10. We refined our Schoolwide Action Plan, based on recommendations from the visiting accreditation team.

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Did you know that…?

  • We celebrated graduations for kindergarten, grade 5, grade 8, and grade 12?
  • Our library is open during summer school?

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Key dates:

  • 6/21: Summer school begins
  • 7/4: Independence Day – no school
  • 7/17: Summer school ends
  • 8/21: Classes begin (see the school calendar on our website for key dates for next school year)

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
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Superintendent

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June 15th, 2018|

Another amazing year at OCSI

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Annual Report: Board (Head of School • Elementary • Secondary • Business Manager)

It’s that time again to look back at an amazing year at OCSI! I believe this year has been one of growth both personally and professionally for all. We have taken great strides on pushing OCSI toward even more effectively “equipping students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.”

OCSI operated with 4 divisions, used its Schoolwide Action Plan to refine its program, used a school calendar based on 180 days of instruction, had an enrollment of over 400 and a staff of over 69 full-time equivalents, and maintained its campus through modest capital projects.

The 2017-2018 fiscal year’s audit (completed by Gentetsu Shiroma Licensed Tax Accountant Office) states: “In our opinion, the Financial Statements of the Gakko Hojin Okinawa Christian School properly display the financial position as of March 31, 2018, in all important points in conformity with the Standard of the School Corporation Accounting Principles generally accepted as fair and appropriate in our country as of March, 2018.”

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We have made some big decisions this year, including the hiring of a new secondary school principal for next school year. We have acquired new software for admissions, billing, and accounting to simplify our process. Improvements to our gymnasium were also made this year, with more campus improvements planned for this summer.

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The elementary program continued to thrive under the watchful eye of Principal Megan Roe and in response to parent feedback, offered six elementary after school clubs included cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running. Way to go, Mrs. Roe and the elementary faculty.

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It is great to see our secondary students continuing to excel. I have had the pleasure of spending some time with them this year during chapel times. This year saw the computer lab renovated to provide more hands on learning and student collaboration. Thank you, Mrs. Calvin and the secondary faculty. I also want to thank Mrs. Calvin for all of her hard work here at OCSI. OCSI has been made better with her leadership and wisdom. We wish her all the best in what God has for her in the future!

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It has been a pleasure for me to serve as the Board Chairman at OCSI, and I am looking forward to what God has planned for our school. On behalf of the board, I am looking forward to next school year!

Blessings,
Christian Siangco, board chairman

May 31st, 2018|

Let’s celebrate growth!

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Annual Report 2018: Elementary (Head of School  Secondary • Business Manager • Board)

I’m thankful to be a part of this school community and excited to share all of the growth we made in the elementary program this year. Thank you parents and guardians for all you do to support the school and for partnering with us as we equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.

  • We continue to develop and improve our curriculum so it is in line with best practice and research, including new Daily 5 classroom libraries, a Writer’s Workshop program, new social studies resources, and a robotics unit in 5th grade.  
  • Through partnership with the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) we’ve been able to provide parent Bible studies, cooking classes, a Culture Fair luncheon, Week of Reading, and provide new recess toys for the students.
  • In response to parent feedback, we were excited to be able to offer six elementary after school clubs this year- cooking, STEM, crafts/puppets, basketball, soccer, and running.
  • Elementary and Kindergarten Christmas programs highlighted the talents and energy of even our youngest students.

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The OCSI elementary program recognizes that students are our future. They are full of potential, are responsible for their learning, and are responsible for using it to serve God and others. This school year has proved to be a time of growth not only for our school, but growth for the individual children in our classrooms as well.  Let’s celebrate their growth!

  • PreK students worked together to problem solve while playing and daily circle times encouraged participation and oral communication.
  • Kindergarten students worked together to explore their world through fun, hands-on activities and are reading on their own through our Daily 5 program.
  • 1st grade students are sharing their original stories and informational writing with peers in order to get feedback and make edits.
  • 2nd grade students have worked hard to develop a community where all students feel valued and can pray for each other and study mentor texts in order to become better readers and writers.
  • 3rd grade students developed their writing and continue to improve their reading comprehension and math fluency.
  • 4th grade students have developed research skills so they can publish informational reports and continue to work on improving their reading and writing skills daily.
  • 5th grade students worked hard in their literature circles, read and wrote biographies, and explored the world of robotics to create their own droid.

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal

May 30th, 2018|

OCSI continues toward excellence

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Annual Report 2018: Business Manager (Head of School  Elementary  Secondary • Board)

I am glad to report that the 2017-2018 school year was a year in which our school continued to move in the direction of excellence:

  • Support staff displayed great commitment to making OCSI an even better school. Over the course of the school year, they spent countless hours gathering data, planning improvements, and training in new software. I’m grateful to God for placing these faithful people here and for their hard work.
  • We acquired new software for admissions, billing, and accounting. Transitioning to the new software is creating opportunities for us simplify our business office processes. We are excited that it is making it possible for us to serve families better.
  • We began accelerating the renewal of classroom technology, equipment, and fixtures. New iMacs in the computer lab, teachers equipped with convertible chromebooks, old classroom air conditioning units being replaced, and some new student desks and chairs in elementary. More asset renewal and upgrading is expected for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Several improvements to our gymnasium were completed just before the beginning of the school year. The outside walls of the building were sealed and painted, and exterior LED lighting was installed. More improvements to our campus are currently being planned for this summer.

Thanks to our parents, students, staff, and board members for playing a role in this truly amazing work that God is doing at OCSI.

Sincerely,
Jonathan Simburger, business manager

Campus

 

May 30th, 2018|

This year has been filled with learning!

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Annual Report 2018: Head of School (Elementary  Secondary  Business Manager  Board)

I’m excited! I’m excited because this year has been filled with students learning about God and His world, thinking critically and Biblically, collaborating respectfully, communicating effectively and truthfully, and creating ideas and solutions. When students do these things, they get prepared to make a positive impact on God’s world.

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At OCSI, we’re excited to see…

  • PreK – kindergarteners identifying what part of a story doesn’t belong, working together to figure out how to reinforce bridges on train tracks with blocks, and reading to a partner during Daily 5.
  • Students in grades 1-2 understanding the importance of praying for others to create community, exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing, and getting feedback from a partner before editing.
  • Students in grades 3-5 using decimals to the thousandths place, thinking about people and places that are important to them in order to write small moment narratives, working in groups on posters, and designing their own inventions on paper.
  • Students in grades 6-8 analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them, debating human nature, and responding to a story by creating comics, slideshows, drawings, or inventions.
  • Students in grades 9-12 connecting music and Biblical themes, studying the commercial implications of Teflon,collaboratively writing a constitution, and programming an Arduino micro-controller.

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It’s also exciting to see how OCSI has grown this year, including…

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Thank you for partnering with us as we equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school
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P.S. Check out the other sections of our annual report: Elementary  Secondary • Business Office • Board

May 30th, 2018|

Daily 5 classroom library arrives

We’re excited! Why? Because 1200 new books have arrived for K-5 classroom libraries! The books cover 60 topics and support our Daily 5 literacy instruction.

Says Megan Roe, elementary principal, “At OCSI, we value reading. These new books will help students engage with topics they are interested in. Each topic includes fiction and non-fiction.”

 

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October 19th, 2017|

We’re getting ready for next school year

OCSI Connections:

We are celebrating all the good things that happened last school year, and we are already preparing for next school year:
  • New textbooks are being processed.
  • Student schedules are being developed.
  • The summer packet is being prepared and will be sent out in late July. (Please return your forms by Friday, August 11.)
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Did you know that…?
  • Work being done on the gym (see above photo) so that our students can enjoy more years of play? We are sealing the roof and painting part of the exterior.
  • You can contact principals with your questions about policy and curriculum?
  • OCSI’s mission is to equip students to walk with God and impact the world for Him?
  • OCSI is moving to MAP testing for grades 3-8 next school year? MAP testing fits more with what we teach, is less disruptive to the teaching schedule, and provides more useful data reports for parents/guardians and teachers. For additional information, please see the parent guide.
  • All students entering grade 5 and grade 9 must submit a satisfactory tuberculosis screening (skin test or x-ray), unless they submitted a satisfactory tuberculosis screening when entering grade 4 or grade 8?
  • Parent/guardian survey results have been reviewed by the Leadership Team and Steering Committee and that they are already being used to help OCSI get ready for its spring 2018 accreditation visit? (In response to survey feedback, this “Did you know that…?” section is being added to OCSI Connections. This section is designed to provide parents/guardians with helpful information.)
Please keep the following dates in mind:
  • 7/4: Independence Day observed – no school, office closed
  • 7/13: Summer School ends
  • 7/14-21: Office closed

Thank you for being part of our school community and for the privilege of assisting you with the education of your child(ren). 

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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June 22nd, 2017|