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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
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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|

Good things are happening in high school

Students and teachers from the AmerAsian School recently visited.

High School Happenings:

2017-03-15 DissectionThe marine biology class had the opportunity to dissect rays and sharks on one day and bony fishes another. Each dissection group had a different organism, and students were able to compare and contrast their specimen with those of the other groups. This was a great opportunity for the students to see (and even touch and smell!) some of the animals they have studied in class.

We had students and teachers visit from the AmerAsian School in Ginowan, Okinawa. Their students shadowed a few of our 8th and 9th graders for the day. They attended class with our students and experienced a different culture of education while creating new bonds of friendship!

The Student Store is open once again! The Junior class is learning about inventory, ordering, and calculating profit margins as they sell chips and candy items during lunch. Proceeds from the store will fund part of the cost of the Junior/Senior Banquet.

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March 15th, 2017|

Good things are happening!

5th graders are learning how to communicate through oral biography reports.

OCSI Connections:

Yes, good things are happening at OCSI! For example, students continue to learn about God, His world, and their place in it:

  • K5 students are learning to compare height, length, weight, and capacity.
  • 2nd graders are learning to take surveys and use the data.
  • 8th grade mathematicians are collaborating and communicating with one another to apply systems of equations to real-world scenarios.
  • High school computer scientists are building a robot capable of sensing and following a line.

Another good thing that is happening is that we are putting forms online so parents can get a copy without having to go to the office or wait until they are sent home. For example, each spring we ask parents to update information. While some of the information forms will be sent home later in March with the oldest child, other forms are available now online.

  • Please review our Spring Packet.
  • Please note that students entering grades 5 and 9 next year need to submit a satisfactory Tuberculosis Screening Form by the first Friday in Augustunless they submitted a satisfactory TB screening when entering grade 4 or grade 8.

And finally, poles and netting are being installed on our playing field! This will help our students PlaySafely. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US to help cover installation costs.

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March 9th, 2017|

I’m excited about science at OCSI

IMG_1623I’m excited that our student scientists are…

  • Posing and testing hypotheses about the effect of the height of a ramp on force and movement (kindergarten).
  • Classifying mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians and researching the characteristics of each (elementary).
  • Collaborating with partners to create models for teaching classmates about geological formations in the ocean (middle school).
  • Calculating acceleration and velocity of road bikes vs. mountain bikes in their unit on motion (high school).

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

  • Creation (What’s God’s purpose?): God created the universe to operate in an orderly system to show His nature and to provide a hospitable home for people. God created people in His image to live in grateful, dependent relationship with Him and to care for His creation as His regents.
  • Fall (What’s wrong?): Because of sin, our relationships with God, creation, and each other are broken. We glorify the creation (including ourselves) over the Creator. We abuse creation (out of arrogance or ignorance) for our own profit. The creation is not hospitable to us.
  • Redemption (What difference does Jesus make?): Jesus submitted Himself to physical laws (He was tired and hungry; He suffered and died) and rose above them (He did miracles and rose from the dead). Because Jesus died and rose again to free us from the power of sin, we are free to live in grateful, dependent relationship with the Creator, to delight in and care for creation as His regents, and to further develop creation’s potential in order to serve God and our neighbors.
  • Restoration (What will you do?): The Science Department equips students to walk with God and impact the world for Him. To do this, we help students to understand how creation operates and to apply scientific inquiry to learn more in order to develop creation’s potential for God’s glory and to help our neighbors.

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Mrs. Cashon arrived in Okinawa in late November and began teaching high school biology, chemistry, and marine biology in late January. What does she like about teaching at OCSI? “I love the students,” she says.

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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February 24th, 2017|

Students make impact in community during Service Week

February 24th, 2017|

Students involved in hands-on learning

High School Happenings:

Mr. Lloyd’s Intro to Computer Science students are currently learning how to program microcontrollers to control servo motors and read information from sensors. Advanced Computer Science students have recently made a self-watering hydroponics system growing chili plants with fish and are currently working on an “Internet of Things” motion-activated light with LEDs.

We are excited about the hands on learning that will be taking place in some of the middle and high school science classes during the 3rd and 4th quarter. Different classes will dissect such things as earthworms, fish, crawfish, frogs, and pigs. Pictures to come!

This week high school students and teachers are saying farewell to Mrs. Reihle. Mrs. Reihle has served faithfully at OCSI and will truly be missed. We also are welcoming Mrs. Lesley Cashon to the OCSI family. Mrs. Cashon recently moved to Okinawa and will be covering the Biology, Chemistry, and Marine Biology classes for the remainder of the year.

February 22nd, 2017|

Students use their learning to serve

OCSI Connections:

At OCSI, we want our students to use their learning to serve God and others. And that’s what our students are doing. Students are helping each other in the classroom and on the playground. And last week, students in grades 6-12 were involved in Service Week. They sang at a retirement home, developed web pages for churches, cleaned up beaches, collected clothing donations, and more!

Thanks to all parents and community members who helped with Service Week, including those who provided clothing donations!

Re-registrationPlease keep the following dates in mind:
  • 2/21 – 3/3: Re-registration (¥12,500)—if you wish to enroll another child, please submit a completed application at your earliest convenience. Some elementary classes have limited space, and we are expecting more applications for elementary than usual from new families. We begin accepting new students for next year in March.
  • 3/3: Seminar at Sera-En (6:45-8:00PM): Understanding and Managing ADHD: A Practical Guide for Parents
  • 3/6: Open enrollment begins
  • 3/13: OCSI Holiday – no school
  • 3/20: Elementary student-led conferences & secondary parent-teacher conferences – no school for students
  • 3/24: 3rd quarter ends
  • 3/27: 4th quarter begins
  • 3/29-31: Achievement testing (grades 1-8)
  • 4/3-7: Spring break – no school

Thank you for the privilege of assisting you with your child’s education.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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2017-02-17 Road Construction

P.S. Road construction continues along the far end of the playing field. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds so we can install poles and netting between the playing field and new road. We invite you to give a gift to the PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US.

February 21st, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Students are learning at OCSI! In kindergarten…

  • Children behaved as a community that loves and cares for each other.
  • Athletes mastered kicking a ball.
  • Mathematicians made and took apart the numbers 5-10.
  • Readers began to recognize the letter combinations shch, and th.

In elementary…

  • 1st grade readers made connections between the text they were reading and other texts, their own life experiences, and the world.
  • 2nd grade researchers learned how to take notes and put information in their own words.
  • 3rd grade artists learned industrial design, making creative new designs for everyday objects and building models to show how they would look and work.
  • 4th grade writers developed ideas in a logical sequence and increased the number of paragraphs they can develop.
  • 5th grader learners grew in effective work habits, study stamina, and research skills.

In middle school…

  • 6th grade learners identified their learning style and types of intelligence to become more effective learners.
  • 7th grade biologists learned about bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and how to use that knowledge to protect themselves against infections.
  • 8th grade historians analyzed historical sources for reliability.

In high school…

  • Computer scientists programmed micro-controllers and made electrical circuits.
  • Dietitians learned that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can aid in disease prevention.
  • Economists prepared questions for a guest speaker on entrepreneurship.
  • Linguists mastered Japanese verb conjugations and developed a positive attitude toward honorific expressions (keigo).
  • Mathematicians learned what to look for and how to budget when renting or buying a house.
  • Physicists compared road bike and mountain bike gears by analyzing acceleration and speed.
  • Readers applied strategies (setting a purpose, envisioning images, asking questions) to grapple with the difficult text of The Scarlet Letter.
  • Woodworkers understood that reputation trumps price when bidding on a contracting job.

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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February 10th, 2017|