This month's newsletter includes information about the WACAC conference, the Online Christian Consortium, college visits, events, and upcoming information sessions.
OCO Administrators to Speak at Western Association of College Admissions Counselors Conference
Four members of the administrative staff of Oaks Christian Online will lead a panel discussion at this year's Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC) conference. WACAC will be holding its annual event on June 1st-3rd at Loyola Marymount University in Southern California, and it will be attended by hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the western region. Mrs. Vicki Conway, Dr. Christy Cleugh, Mrs. Amy Harriton and Mrs. Cyndy Locke will address the topic of "The Reality of Virtual High School", which OCO is uniquely situated to address. The theme of this year's conference is "Sea of Change", and OCO is on the cutting edge of innovation in blended and online learning. With an audience of college admissions professionals and private and public high school counselors from throughout California and Nevada, participants should be excited to hear about what is new with OCO and the Online Christian Consortium.
OCO Launches the Online Christian Consortium
Oaks Christian Online held a kick-off meeting in February for schools interested in sharing resources in order to expand the influence of online, Christian education. Three school programs met on the Oaks Christian campus and then attended the Online Educator's Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS) conference in Santa Monica together. Four of the participants - Matt Cartier from Valor Christian, CO; Matt Eggert from The First Academy, FL; and Cassandra Filippone, LA Archdiocese, CA; and Vicki Conway, Oaks Christian Online, CA - all presented about this new affinity school group at the conference. The potential partnerships are also highlighted in a new website that will continue to expand on the opportunities for schools working together to further this mission. Interested schools and students can find out more by going to the website.
OCO Bible Teacher Pursuing PhD
Joe Paxton, OCO Bible 1 and 2 teacher, is pursuing his PhD in Practical Theology with an emphasis in spiritually-integrative psychology from The Claremont School of Theology. Mr. Paxton currently has his Master's of Divinity from George Fox University and his undergraduate and Master's degrees in Psychology and Clinical Psychology respectively from California Lutheran University. Mr. Paxton will speak on March 2nd, in the Spiritual Life live session about depression, sadness, and faith. Join the beloved teacher for this special session on Mr. Paxton's area of expertise.
Annual Student Council Easter Chapel on March 23rd
Join us for the student led Easter chapel on March 23rd during the Spiritual Life live session. All teachers and staff are invited to join us at 8am PST. This tradition has become a not-to-miss event and is always one of our favorite shared experiences of the year. We hope to see you there!.
Parent Sticky-Faith Session Held on March 21st
Join us in the Spiritual Life online room at 5pm PST for our regularly scheduled Sticky Faith session; this will be our last parent event for this school year. Don't miss this investigation of the book by Kara E. Powell. Past sessions have focused on ways parents can help develop long-term faith in their students' lives. We hope to see you there. Previous sessions are also recorded; please request a recorded session link, if you are interested in this topic.
Let's Talk College, March 22nd, at 5:30 pm (PST), in the College Counseling Virtual Classroom
This month's Let's Talk College topic is special talents and the role they play in college admissions process. The session will address what role athletics, leadership and visual and performing arts play in the admissions process and how to highlight them in the college application process. Mrs. Locke, OCO Director of College Counseling, says, "Many times students focus solely on their academic accomplishments without realizing they may possess an ability that makes them a desirable applicant to colleges and universities."Join the session to see how utilizing your passion in the admissions process can benefit you. This program is for available for students at all grade levels and their parents.
Students will travel locally to visit the home of the Trojans. Students should plan on meeting at the OCO office at 10:00 am and returning by 4:30 pm. Students should bring lunch money and should RSVP with Mrs. Locke by Friday, March 18th.
Online Information Session
All students and families interested in attending OCO for either a single course, or full-time enrollment, should attend an online information session. The Admissions Director, Brittany Lindsey, will cover topics such as: college counseling, spiritual life, admissions information, and a day in the life for an online student. Upcoming sessions will be on Tuesdays, March 8th and 22nd at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. PST.
There will also be an on-campus information session for all local families on Saturday, April 16th. This is a great opportunity to meet some of our faculty and staff in person, and have a tour of our online school office and learning center.