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Focusing on increasing student understanding

OCSI Connections:

OCSI focuses on learning. We focus on increasing student understanding of God, His world, and their place in it. It’s exciting to see students grow in their understanding of things like…

  • Story sequence by identifying what part of a story doesn’t belong (kindergarten).
  • The importance of praying for others to create community (2nd grade).
  • Place value of decimals to the thousandths place (5th grade).
  • The value of reading (grades 6-8), as part of our Drop Everything and Read Program.
  • Commercial implications of chemistry in the invention of Teflon (high school).
  • How we can extrapolate principles from the Bible that are applicable today in spite of all the ways life has changed in the thousands of years since it was written (high school Bible).

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It’s also exciting to see staff increasing their understanding as they participate in professional development on student safety, engaging instruction, and differentiation. It’s exciting to learn that staff are reading books like All Things Bright and BeautifulThe Advantage, Visit the Sick, Third Culture Kids, and The Bronze Bow.

We know that our parents/guardians want to increase their understanding about what is happening at OCSI. So, we provide an online handbook, send emails, post on our blog and social media, use Jupiter, post board minutes and policy, and post key dates on our calendar, including:

  • 10/9: Professional Development Day – no school for students
  • 11/3: Parent-teacher conferences – no school for students
  • 11/11: Walkathon and PTF’s Holiday Market—see you there!
  • 11/13: OCSI Holiday – no school for students

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Check your understanding: Did you know that…?

  • OCSI’s chaplains (Mr. Roe and Mr. Reasoner) provide counseling to elementary and secondary students?
  • Last year’s college-bound seniors received US$1,339,116 in college scholarships and grants?
  • OCSI’s guidance counseling supports the college application process. To learn more, click here.
  • In situations away from school, parents/guardians are responsible for their children’s behavior, but continued public disregard for the school’s standards will result in administrative involvement?
  • OCSI provides a list of virtual tours for Japanese colleges?
  • PTF is starting a parenting Bible study on October 6.
  • OCSI’s website provides links to previous parent newsletters and to local churches?
  • OCSI has 5 expected student outcomes, one of which is “understanding God, His world, and their place in it”?

On behalf of the Leadership Team, I want to thank you for the privilege of assisting your with the education of your child(ren)! Please feel free to contact appropriate staff with your questions and concerns.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
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Staff on School Improvement

P.S. OCSI has its 6-year accreditation visit in March 2018. Staff are preparing for the visit by analyzing how OCSI is doing in 8 areas. Staff are using data (including data from surveys: secondary studentsparents/guardianssupport staffteaching staff) to assess current practice and to determine growth areas. September 7-8, Dr. Mohler of ACSI visited OCSI to check on our progress and gave us a good report.

September 28th, 2017|

Middle school students and teachers Drop Everything and Read

Reading grows your brain like exercise grows your muscles! As reading grows your brain, it helps you understand God, His world, and our place in it. In addition to increasing knowledge, achievement, motivation, vocabulary, writing, and empathy (see blog here), it also strengthens concentration, relieves stress, prepares students for the world of college and work, provides a challenge, and can be enjoyable.

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Middle school students and teachers Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) for 25 minutes every Thursday afternoon. Enjoy seeing everyone reading!

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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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September 14th, 2017|

Elementary is off to a great start

Elementary Connections:

reader-310398_640What a great start to the school year! One of our goals for our elementary students here at OCSI is to understand God, His world, and their place in it. I’ve already seen our students grow in their understanding of things like…

  • How God made each child unique through the song “I Am Special” (pre-K).
  • Story sequence by identifying what part of a story doesn’t belong (kindergarten).
  • God as Creator of this world and worthy of praise (1st grade).
  • The joy of reading to others during Daily 5 (2nd grade).
  • The importance of praying for others to create community (2nd grade).
  • How our individual gifts and talents help us work together and help one another (2nd grade).
  • Steps of the writing process, starting with brainstorming (3rd grade).
  • The impact of Jesus’ short life here on Earth through the book Who Is This Man (5th grade).
  • Place value of decimals to the thousandths place (5th grade).

As students grow in their understanding of the world God has made for us, I hope it will encourage them to keep reading and learning. Parents, you can support your child at home by reading to them and by encouraging them to ask questions and learn more about topics they’re interested in. Need some ideas?

Thanks for helping us get off to a great start!

Sincerely,
Megan Roe, elementary principal
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September 7th, 2017|

We want to increase student understanding

reader-310398_640We want to see students understanding God, His world, and their place in it. This is one of our expected student outcomes, and I’m excited about understandings I’ve seen OCSI secondary students grappling with this week. Things like…
  • There is more to individuals, events, and societies than appears on the surface—by reading a short story, taking notes on it, and discussing it (English 7).
  • The phases of the moon—by holding a golf ball in front of an electric bulb, sketching what is observed, and discussing it with classmates (Science 8).
  • How absolute and relative location help us understand the world (Geography 7).
  • Parallelism (synthetic and antithetic) in the Psalms, in a quotation from John F. Kennedy, and in the opening of A Tale of Two Cities (English 12).
  • The probability of a recent PowerBall win (Honors Geometry).
  • The impact of geography on culture of native Americans—by giving a researched group presentation (US history).
  • The relationship between mass and volume (physical science).
  • Commercial implications of chemistry in the invention of Teflon (chemistry).
  • Personal connections with Bible verses—by designing a postcard (Bible Application).
  • How we can extrapolate principles from the Bible that are applicable today in spite of all the ways life has changed in the thousands of years since it was written (Bible Apologetics).
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Our world is an amazing place—created by an amazing God who loves to see us use it with delight, gratitude, humility, creativity, and compassion. We love to see the students developing those understandings!
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Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
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P.S. To learn more about what we want our students to understand, check out this blog entry!

September 1st, 2017|

We want our students to understand

reader-310398_640At OCSI, we want our students to understand. We want our students to understand God, His world, and their place in it. More specifically, we want students to understand…

  1. That art communicates personal and cultural meaning.
  2. The plan of salvation.
  3. Their own emotions and behavior.
  4. That language should be used to serve God and others.
  5. How to speak, read, and write Japanese.
  6. The connections between numbers, operations, and patterns.
  7. That music should be used to worship God and communicate with others.
  8. The importance of motivation.
  9. The process of scientific inquiry that led scientists to their current level of understanding of the natural law by which God sustains His creation.
  10. How they can use their rights and responsibilities as local, national, and global citizens to build flourishing communities characterized by peace and justice.
  11. Why and when to use technology.
  12. Workplace skills.
To increase student understanding, we use a variety of strategies, including:
  • Asking open-ended questions.
  • Helping students master key vocabulary words.
  • Providing students with feedback.
  • Having students work in small groups.
  • Helping new students feel comfortable.
Says Michael Essenburg, superintendent: “In today’s world, it’s vital that students understand. I want our students to learn that they should care for God’s creation, love God and others, make disciples, and participate in the body of Christ. I want our students to learn that we are to be content with what God provides and that God’s Word is true.”

 

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During the August 28 staff meeting, staff discuss what they want students to understand about God, His world, and their place in it.
August 28th, 2017|

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!

2017 Kid City

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
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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
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August 26th, 2016|