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
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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