/Expected Student Outcome: Understand

Kid City helps elementary students learn about community

Each year our gym is transformed into Kid City, a simulation for 1st and 2nd graders that helps them understand how a community works. Students run a variety of services, and when they are not busy offering a service, students take on the role of customer. They are issued play money which they use at the various services.

Thanks, parents and teachers, for making Kid City a success!

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April 27th, 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|

Student scientists inquire, create, and communicate

At OCSI, we want students to understand the world, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to create products and solutions. Sixth through 10th graders demonstrated all of these competencies at the science fair Friday. Projects included such topics as insect behavior, neuroplasticity, and using food scraps to grow new food.

In preparation, students had followed the scientific method, posing a question or problem, forming a hypothesis, conducting a procedure, collecting data, and drawing a conclusion. Then they created a display. Friday they set up their displays at Sera-En (a facility next to the school) and used their displays to present their findings to peers, teachers, and judges.

The world is full of problems to be solved and questions to be answered. How can we clean up oil spills most effectively? How does the wording of a question influence how people answer? How does temperature affect battery life? Science is one of the ways we can solve problems and answer questions.

We want OCSI students to do science well in order to live in God’s creation with awe and wonder, to care for it, and to help others by solving the problems.

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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January 13th, 2017|

Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • K3 students learned that God created the world and drew pictures of God’s creation.
  • First grade readers learned how making predictions helps their reading comprehension.
  • Second grade scientists learned about electricity in the home.
  • Middle school P.E. students improved their passing skills in volleyball.
  • High school marine biologists learned about the geology of the ocean floor.

It’s exciting to see our students increasing their understanding of God, His world, and their place in it.

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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September 23rd, 2016|

Students are learning

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Mrs. Roe (right) gives feedback to Government students who are collaboratively analyzing primary documents.

School is back in full swing, and students are busy learning. This week as I walked through high school classrooms, I saw students achieving OCSI’s Expected Student Outcomes.

I saw students…

  • Understanding God, His world, and their place in it: Twelfth grade readers learned about the interaction of plot, description, and narration.
  • Thinking critically and Biblically: Twelfth grade historians analyzed primary documents.
  • Collaborating with others, respecting them as God’s image bearers: Tenth grade readers built off each other’s observations to understand a text.
  • Communicating truthfully and effectively: Ninth grade writers learned how grammar makes communication more effective.
  • Creating ideas, products, and solutions: Twelfth grade Bible students began planning a presentation.

Thank you to everyone who has a part in creating this learning community:

  • Thank you, parents, for entrusting something as important as your children’s learning to us.
  • Thank you, teachers, for working hard to help students learn.
  • Thank you, students, for using every opportunity to learn.

The 2016-17 school year is off to a good start!

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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August 26th, 2016|

K4 Bridge prepares students for kindergarten

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Elementary summer school ended 2 weeks ago, but the K4 Bridge program just ended today. The purpose of K4 Bridge is to prepare students socially, physically, and intellectually for OCSI’s English speaking kindergarten. It is open to children who have attended OCSI’s preschool and to children who are new to OCSI.

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During the 6-week program, students engaged in hands-on learning experiences in Bible, language arts, math, social studies, and science.

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Many parents and OCSI staff attended today’s closing program. At the program, students sang songs about God, body parts, numbers, and colors. They also recited what God made on each day of creation, and the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Judging from today’s program, the Class of 2029 will be quite the performers!

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Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this year’s K4 Bridge program a success.

July 28th, 2016|

New math books arrive

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Math is a weighty subject. How weighty? Well, over 2 tons of it was delivered to OCSI today. And that is just for elementary!

So at least 14 staff and students showed up to help in the bright, hot Okinawa sunshine. We unloaded 131 boxes from 4 pallets and stored them in climate controlled places where the workbooks will be pristine and ready to help kids learn this fall, and for several falls to come! It took us 45 minutes of intense collaboration. Many thanks to all those who came out to help!

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This is where I should have a picture of all the helpers carrying boxes, but I got too busy helping to move boxes to take photos. So here I am, with their finished work neatly stacked behind me and a few of the books in my hands.

At OCSI we want students to learn math. We want them to feel a comfortable familiarity with and even delight in the numbers and patterns with which God has ordered His creation. We want them to be able to discern and use those numbers and patterns in ways which will help them appreciate, care for, and further develop God’s creation—in ways that will help them love God and serve their neighbors.

July 22nd, 2016|

Elementary summer school is off to a good start

Students are excited about the books they selected in the library.

Students are excited about the books they selected in the library.

Elementary summer school is off to a good start!  This past week, our eager students engaged in meaningful activities that helped them build on what they learned during the regular year. Each morning they focused on Bible, literacy, and math; each afternoon they participated enrichment activities—art, computer, indoor games, and outdoor games.

Enthusiastic volunteers help lead chapel singing.

Enthusiastic volunteers help lead chapel singing.

What did the morning program look like this past week? Good question! Each morning began with chapel led by Mr. Spencer. Students actively engaged in praising God through songs and in learning about living for Jesus’ return. They then went to their separate classes for the rest of the morning.

What did students do after chapel? K4 Bridge students increased their English proficiency as they studied colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet. (K4 Bridge is a program designed to help 4-year-olds transition into an English-speaking school.)

Students learn the letter "G."

Students learn the letter “G.”

K4 students reviewed letter names and sounds, learned about maps and globes, and used play dough to make a the island of Okinawa. K5 students put letters together to make words and learned reading comprehension strategies (such as making predictions and answering questions about the story). Students also practiced skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s to 100, and worked on their addition and subtraction skills.

Students hone literacy skills together.

Students hone literacy skills together.

Students in grades 1-5 developed the skills they need to become even more successful readers. How? By using CAFE strategies (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, expand vocabulary) as they read independently, read with someone, or conferenced with their teachers. Students also learned about telling time, compared fractions, and practiced their math facts using drills and games.

Even at recess, children continue to explore the world and learn about it.

Even at recess, children continue to explore the world and learn about it.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a successful first week of summer school!

June 25th, 2016|

Check out the 3rd grade Reading Fair!

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Third graders demonstrated their understanding of elements of literature at the annual Reading Fair on Friday, May 20, in the OCSI cafeteria. Students chose a favorite book, designed a creative tri-fold display, and made presentations to the three adult judges.

Presentations included analysis of major and supporting characters, setting, conflict, resolution, author’s tone, and author’s purpose. Books chosen included picture book classics like Millions of Cats and chapter book classics like The Wizard of Oz and The Secret Garden. Also popular were several Magic School Bus and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books.

Many parents came, and younger elementary classes toured the display. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.

May 21st, 2016|

Middle schoolers work to understand the world

An 8th grader conferences with her English teacher.

An 8th grader conferences with her English teacher.

God’s world is a beautiful, complex, challenging place. There is so much to understand about it—how animals interact with their environment, how history affects the way we think about news today, how language changes us, and how math reflects patterns.

Yesterday, I saw middle schoolers coming to understand God’s world and their place in it as I walked through their 7th period classes.

Another 7th grader works on math flash cards.

Creating math flash cards helps a 7th grader.

I saw 6th graders demonstrating in math how a function is like a machine, and I saw them taking notes in world history on how European despots changed during the Enlightenment.

When Ms. D (left) puts 2 into the function machine (center), out comes 24. Next she put in 3, and out came 36. What does the function machine do?

When Ms. D (left) puts 2 into the function machine (center), out comes 24. Next she puts in 3, and out comes 36. What does the function machine do?

I saw 7th graders working independently on a variety of math assignments and engaging in a class discussion of animal behavior in life science.

7th graders take notes on animal behavior: competition, predation, and symbiosis.

7th graders take notes on animal behavior: competition, predation, and symbiosis.

I saw 8th graders studying for a quiz on the Jazz Age in American history and working in groups on various reading and writing projects in English.

While 8th graders work at stations, they can check the board for the assignment they are working on.

While 8th graders work at stations, they can check the board for the assignment they are working on.

It was exciting to see middle schoolers working to understand this amazing world and their place in it.

May 7th, 2016|