I’m excited! I’m excited because this year has been filled with students learning about God and His world, thinking critically and Biblically, collaborating respectfully, communicating effectively and truthfully, and creating ideas and solutions. When students do these things, they get prepared to make a positive impact on God’s world.
At OCSI, we’re excited to see…
- PreK – kindergarteners identifying what part of a story doesn’t belong, working together to figure out how to reinforce bridges on train tracks with blocks, and reading to a partner during Daily 5.
- Students in grades 1-2 understanding the importance of praying for others to create community, exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing, and getting feedback from a partner before editing.
- Students in grades 3-5 using decimals to the thousandths place, thinking about people and places that are important to them in order to write small moment narratives, working in groups on posters, and designing their own inventions on paper.
- Students in grades 6-8 analyzing different soil samples in groups and collaborating to develop a list of characteristics for classifying them, debating human nature, and responding to a story by creating comics, slideshows, drawings, or inventions.
- Students in grades 9-12 connecting music and Biblical themes, studying the commercial implications of Teflon,collaboratively writing a constitution, and programming an Arduino micro-controller.
It’s also exciting to see how OCSI has grown this year, including…
- Staff deepening their understanding and implementation of OCSI’s vision.
- Increasing the number of professional memberships, including the Child Safety and Protection Network.
- Further collaboration of students, parents/guardians, and staff through the accreditation process.
- The refinement of our Schoolwide Action Plan, based on recommendations from the visiting accreditation team.
Thank you for partnering with us as we equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.
Michael B. Essenburg, head of school