/Expected Student Outcome: Student Learning

Students celebrate learning at Authors’ Tea

At today’s Authors’ Tea at Sera En, 3rd grade reading fair winners were recognized, and 4th and 5th graders presented books they had written and published. The event, attended by parents, included a picnic lunch.

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May 19th, 2017|

What’s been happening in middle school?

Middle School Happenings: 


Good things have been happening in middle school!

  • 6th graders started adolescence classes, where they discuss the many important changes that will occur over the next several years.
  • 7th grade math class created “math mobiles” to represent geometric shapes.
  • 8th grade science students had the chance to dissect grasshoppers and frogs.
May 11th, 2017|

What’s been happening in high school?

High School Happenings:

Good things have been happening in high school!

  • The Junior Class honored and celebrated the Senior Class at the 2017 Junior/Senior Banquet.  Check out the video of all of the fun!
  • The high school health class enjoyed a visit from the local fire department who taught them CPR and first aid skills.
  • Biology students enjoyed their final lab of the year by dissecting fetal pigs.
  • Several students took the following AP exams: AP English Language and Composition, AP Statistics, and AP Japanese.
  • US History students learned about World War II and took a field trip to the Haebaru Underground Army Hospital.
May 11th, 2017|

I’m excited about physical education and health at OCSI

I’m excited that our students…

  • Mastered kicking a ball (kindergarten).
  • Students work together in teams toward a specific goal, for example, to collect and shoot as many basketball as possible (elementary school).
  •  Students work collaboratively in groups of 3 to create a tumbling routine and present the routine to the class (middle school).
  • Students learn about how their bodies are created from cells to make tissue, organs, and systems. Students also learn how to steward their bodies to better serve God in His world (high school).

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches physical education from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created us as whole people (physical as well as spiritual) in a physical creation, declared it all very good, and set a pattern alternating work with rest. He did this so we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin we idolize or fail to appreciate and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): In becoming human, Jesus affirmed the goodness of physical life. In dying and rising again, He freed us from the power of sin so that we could enjoy and care for the physical life of ourselves and our neighbors, in gratitude to God for all His good gifts.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The PE/Health Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students to develop skill in movement, to appreciate and steward the health and fitness of the body God has given them, and to collaborate with others.
April 21st, 2017|

I’m excited about Japanese language at OCSI

I’m excited that our students…

  • Expand their Japanese vocabulary so that can talk with others in Japanese.
  • Master hiragana, katakana, and kanji.
  • Learn that language is a tool for communicating across cultures and that language should be used to serve God and others.
  • Think about the relationship between language and culture.
  • Work productively in groups.
  • Give speeches on current events.
  • Understand the differences between honorific expressions and extra modest expressions, which will help them when they start a job so they know how to communicate respectfully.

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches Japanese from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created language for power (how He created the earth), connection (how He communicated with people and people with each other), and truth (Jesus is the Word—God’s clearest communication of His truth to humans). People, as His image bearers, continue to use language to develop the potential of God’s creation.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): After the fall people used language to assert human power over God’s power (Genesis 11), to separate people, and to deceive others.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus embodies how far God will go to re-establish communication. Jesus became human, sacrificed Himself to reconcile us to God, and rose from the dead so we could desire to be reconciled to others. He also sent His Spirit, and at Pentecost the Holy Spirit enabled all to hear the Gospel in their own language, thus showing us God’s vision of unity that will include people from every language praising Him in heaven.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Japanese Language Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students speak, read, and write Japanese language, and understand Japanese culture. We do this so that students will be gracious hosts and/or guests, appreciate the unity in diversity that people have developed as God’s image bearers, and appreciate the interconnection of language and culture. And we do this so that students can, in humility, love their neighbors and communicate the Gospel to them.

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April 19th, 2017|

I’m excited about kindergarten at OCSI

I’m excited that our kindergarteners…

  • Learn their letters and how to read.
  • Explore numbers, putting them in order, representing them with objects, etc.
  • Persist to solve problems by trying different configurations when building with blocks.
  • Classify things.
  • Apply Biblical principles to what they learn. For example, since God made all things, we should be thankful and use what God made the way God wants.
  • Develop social-emotional skills that prepare them for citizenship.

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches kindergarten from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): Because God created people in His image, even the smallest child deserves respect and love. They are creative, communicative meaning-makers and truth seekers. They have gifts, and they are able to learn. 
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, society can neglect or misuse children, or simply fail to support their flourishing. Children may face physical, social, emotional, and learning challenges. Children themselves can misuse or abdicate responsibility for their own and their peers’ gifts.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Because Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me,” we follow His example of valuing children in their whole beings—physical, social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual—and we introduce them to Jesus. Because Jesus died and rose again to free them from the power of sin, they are free to build meaning in the world God has given them, with the gifts God has given them, in the communities God has placed them, with gratitude to God and love for their neighbors.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): Kindergarten equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we seek to meet each child where he/she is, support their flourishing as whole beings, ignite their God-given gifts and curiosity, and prepare them to effectively and joyfully rise to the challenges of a formal education.

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April 13th, 2017|

I’m excited about Bible at OCSI

I’m excited that our Bible scholars…

  • Learn about who made them (kindergarten).
  • Explore the miracles of Jesus and how they can grow in the fruit of the Spirit  (elementary).
  • Focus on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, how the early Church started, and how the Gospel has spread (middle school).
  • Apply Biblical principles to finances and compare creationism and evolution (high school).

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches Bible from the perspective of the overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created all things very good for His own glory. Adam and Eve lived in right relationship with God, creation, each other, and themselves—they glorified and enjoyed God, cared for and developed creation, nurtured flourishing community with each other, and experienced psychological and emotional wholeness.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, our relationships with God, creation, each other, and ourselves are broken. We worship false gods, abuse creation, hurt and fail each other, and experience psychological and emotional brokenness.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus lived life as God intended it to be lived—sinlessly and for God’s glory. Jesus died and rose again to free us from the power of sin. All who believe in Jesus are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, restored to right relationship with God, and empowered to live as Jesus did—in healthy relationship with creation, others, and self.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Bible Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we emphasize sharing the Gospel and discipleship by meeting students where they are spiritually and by helping them (a) to read the Bible, (b) to develop Biblical literacy and a Christian worldview, (c) to think Biblically, and (d) to make and live out an informed commitment to Jesus.
April 11th, 2017|

I’m excited about technology at OCSI

I’m excited that…

  • Middle school students have just completed learning all the keys on the computer keyboard.
  • High school students are using Adobe Premiere to make a music video for “Believer” by Imagine Dragons; they are also developing OCSI’s yearbook.
  • High school computer scientists are creating lighting while learning about electricity and programming micro-controllers.

I’m also excited that OCSI teaches technology from the perspective of the Bible’s overarching story of creation-fall-redemption-restoration:

  • 1 (1)Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God made people in His image, with the ability and responsibility to creatively develop the potential of creation. This includes making tools (for example, technology) that help us further develop God’s creation and serve our neighbors.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, we put our trust in the tools rather than in God, and we use the tools to gratify our own desires, to avoid community, and to lie, manipulate, and hurt.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Because Jesus died and rose again to bring us a salvation more sure than the false promises of technology, we are free to use technology as God intended: under His authority, with wisdom, to further develop creation and serve our neighbors.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Technology Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students understand how to operate technology, evaluate content, work with others, and think critically and creatively as responsible digital citizens. We do this so that students can humbly and creatively use the tools of technology to further develop God’s creation and serve their neighbors.

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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March 24th, 2017|

Culture Fair is a success!

OCSI’s elementary school had its Culture Fair Friday, March 17. Third, fourth, and fifth graders made group presentations to the kindergarteners and first and second graders who cycled through their classrooms.

Upper elementary students have been preparing for weeks. Each group of 4 students was assigned a country, and the groups collaborated to research their country, create displays, and communicate in their presentation. The displays included many hands-on models to engage the younger children, including games, musical instruments, money replicas, houses, clothing, and food.

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a success!

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Parents prepare a delicious lunch for students!

March 17th, 2017|

Middle school students are learning!

Middle School Happenings:

What have middle schoolers been learning?

  • 6th grade science students have begun studying Newton’s Laws of Motion. As part of their studies, they built their own “Newton’s Cradles.”
  • In 6th grade social studies, during a unit on China, students learned about Confucianism and morality. Students also delved into the topic of relativism and discussed how people decide what is right or wrong.
  • In 8th grade social studies, students participated in a U.S. Civil War simulation. They tried to imagine what it would be like to be a soldier fighting against one’s own countrymen.
March 15th, 2017|