This month's newsletter includes a story of a blended student and the launch of her non-profit, National Honor's Society news, graduation information, major semester dates, college counseling events, curriculum updates, science lab information, and more.
Featured Story: Oaks Christian Senior Launches Non-profit in November
Oaks Christian senior, Catherine Michael, pursues her passion for philanthropy and aviation while completing her senior year as a blended main campus and online student.
Senior Catherine Michael has received non-profit 501(c)(3) status this week for her charitable organization, Building an Education Foundation. Catie is excited to help the El Tranisto Centro de Artes in Nicaragua as her foundation's first charitable act. Catie first visited the art center located in a rural fishing village on a week-long mission trip and then, after finding out about their education, employment and environmental missions, re-visited director Julie Sim Edwards to find out what more she could do to help. As a start, Catie's non-profit will provide a much-needed avenue for charitable donations to the center's local, annual children's art competition.
Online School Receives National Honor Society Chapter School Recognition
Oaks Christian Online has received status as a chapter school for the National Honor Society. Founded in 1921, the organization recognizes and encourages academic achievement, leadership, service and character. In this inaugural year, invitations will be extended to current 11th and 12th grade students who meet the eligibility criteria for this school year. Also, 10th and 11th grade students will be identified by late spring and be invited to participate for the 2016-2017 school year. Membership for students goes beyond honor roll and is both a recognition and a commitment. We are excited about this opportunity for our students and look forward to sharing more about the eligibility criteria.
Graduation- Save the Dates
Graduation events are right around the corner. Save the date for the three day events from May 26th - May 28th. All students are invited to our Baccalaureate on May 26th and the graduation ceremony on May 28th. Come out and support our seniors!
Courses end at 3:00 p.m. PST on Wednesday, December 16th, unless an extension has been arranged for ahead of time. Make sure to schedule your proctored final exam in order to reserve your spot. Be sure to look within your course or check with your teacher for resources that are allowed during your exam. Also, courses resume for 2nd semester on Tuesday, January 5th. Watch for a new course list during the first week of December in order to acquire any new books necessary for 2nd semester..
College Counseling Live: College Visit - Calvin College, December 14th
Calvin College is a Christian, Liberal Arts college in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Calvin has a robust science and technology program being one of the few Christian colleges nationally to offer engineering as a major. Come and join us in the College Counseling virtual classroom at 2 pm (PST).
Advent is underway at OCO! Full time students, faculty, and staff are enjoying the opportunity to journey together through our seasonal devotional in preparation for Christmas. One student, in response said: "I just received my Devotions for Advent book. Thank you so much! I feel so blessed to have teaches that care so much!" We are also all excited for our online Spiritual Life Christmas Party on December 9th which promises to be full of surprises for our students!
Curriculum Development Webinar for Christian Schools
Five Science Labs Held on Oaks' Campus, Saturday, December 5th
Christmas Holiday Wishes and Office Closures
Oaks Christian Online wishes all of its students, families and staff a blessed Christmas holiday. Students have a break scheduled on their calendar from December 16th until January 5th. The Oaks Christian Online office will also be closed from December 21-25, 31 and January 1. Have a blessed holiday season!
Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Emmanuel."
Online Information Session
Prospective families are still able to gather information and apply for the Spring semester. New families wishing to find out more about the world-class online program are invited to attend an online information session. Families will have an opportunity to hear about our college counseling and spiritual life programs as well as hear from the Director and Admissions Department. It's great to hear from other families and online teachers as well. We offer the same session at 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. PST on Tuesdays December 1st and 15th.