As I walked through secondary classes yesterday, I saw students engaged in a variety of learning experiences. I saw them mastering new information, thinking critically about it, collaborating with others, refining communication skills, and creating ideas, products and solutions.

In middle school I saw…

  • 6th grade scientists planning science fair projects.
  • 6th grade readers discussing the myth of Arachne.
  • 7th grade writers polishing final drafts.
  • 7th grade geographers writing adventure stories set in the area of the world they’d just studied.
  • 8th grade mathematicians solving a problem about angles.
  • 8th grade scientists conducting an erosion lab and explaining their findings.

I saw high school underclassmen…

  • Showing their learning on an Algebra I test.
  • Examining documents to gather evidence for why Rome fell.
  • Experimenting with potatoes to discover the limits of ideal cell size.

I saw high school upperclassmen…

  • Examining texts from John to infer information about the author.
  • Collaborating to solve pre-calculus problems.
  • Revising sample paragraphs to improve sentence transition.

I enjoy seeing all the ways OCSI students are being equipped to walk with God and impact the world for Him.


Kim Essenburg, curriculum coordinator
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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