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OCSI Middle School Blog Posts

We want students to think critically

Information is important, and thinking critically with and about information is also important. We want our students at OCSI to think critically. What, exactly, is critical thinking? The authors of Making Thinking Visible identify activities [...]

Focusing on increasing student thinking

OCSI Connections: OCSI focuses on thinking. We focus on increasing students' ability to think both critically and Biblically. It’s good to see... PreK students working together to figure out new and creative ways to build [...]

We want our students to think

At OCSI, we want our students to think. We want our students to think critically and Biblically. So, we ask our students to... Imagine, analyze, and evaluate art, in part by applying artistic principles. Consider what it [...]

Middle schoolers get to know each other

Middle School Happenings: Fall can be a stressful time for students as they cope with new teachers, new classrooms and new classmates. One way we try to ease this stress is through some activities designed [...]

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, [...]

We want to increase student understanding

We 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. [...]

Important Links

Permission Slips
Renaissance Learning – A/R
Student Handbook
Middle School Upcoming Test Calendar
Math Placement Letter to Parents of 6th graders

Our Program

Our classes (except foreign language) are taught in English, and we use an American-style program that addresses the whole person, is Biblically based, recognizes all truth is God’s truth, emphasizes sharing the Gospel and discipleship, and encourages Biblical thinking and living.

Our middle school program includes Bible, core academics, exploratories (art, computer applications, Japanese language, music, woodshop), and activities:

  • Year-round activities: servant leadership council, chapel, homeroom
  • Fall activities: school-start social, camp, walkathon, for 8th graders: girls’ cross-country and volleyball / boys’ cross-country
  • Winter activities: science fair, banquet, spirit week, service week, for 8th graders: girls’ basketball and cheerleading / boys’ basketball
  • Spring activities: 8th grade trip, for 8th graders: girls’ soccer and track / boys’ soccer and track, athletic banquet

Communication

We post grades online, send home report cards, e-mail a newsletter each month, and have conferences twice a year. We can be contacted by phone or e-mail.
Aoki, Manami Japanese Language email website
Cusumano, Dan Woodshop email website
Gsell, Paul MS Math, Science email website
Kitchens, Julie MS Social Studies, Bible email website
Lloyd, Carolyn Art email website
Lopez, Norah PE email website
Maskiewicz, Tyler MS Science, Bible email website
Meredith, Jason PE email website
Metz, Katsumi Japanese Language email website
Pallmann, Dan MS English, Social Studies, Bible email website
Reasoner, Don Secondary Chaplain email website
Robbins, Katelin MS English, Bible email website
Skarin, Brad MS Math email website
Woolery, Julie Literacy email website
Yabe, Hitomi Japanese Language email website