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.
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.