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  • Leadership Forum Speaker: Zaya Younan

    Posted November 24, 2014

    Younan Properties, Inc. Founder, Chairman, and CEO Zaya Younan will be the OCHS Leadership Forum speaker on December 10. Mr. Younan will inspire students with his insights about business management and strategic development in a constantly changing business climate.

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  • Students Provide Toys for Children of Veterans

    Posted November 24, 2014

    Last week, the middle school partnered with Keep America Beautiful and Vietnam Veterans of America to provide gently used toys to children of veterans.

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  • OCS Students Fight Human Trafficking

    Posted November 20, 2014

    OCS students are joining together to fight against human trafficking and its exploitation of teens. Sophomore Kendal Koorenny, a group of students--Abigal Block, Jordann Feinstein, Alex Scholefield, and Malia Szyman--and sophomore Nick Koven served at the recent Pearls of Gratitude commuity event...

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  • Brigitte Dunne Medals at State CIF Girls Golf Championship!

    Posted November 19, 2014

    At the November 18, 2014, State CIF Championship, OCS senior Brigitte Dunne earned a medal as the fifth best high school girls golfer in California! It is a great finish to Brigitte's OCS golf career as she goes on to consider college offers.

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  • OCS Alumnus and UCLA Star Receiver Jordan Payton Shares His Faith

    Posted November 19, 2014

    In a Crossmap.com interview, OCS alumnus and UCLA star receiver Jordan Payton boldly shares his faith in Christ and his enthusiasm to share his faith with many fellow Christians on the Bruins football team. Jordan Payton, Ishmael Adams, and Cameron Judge are all Bruins football players and OCS alumni who share a special bond...

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  • Matt Corral Selected for Adidas Freshman All-American Bowl

    Posted November 18, 2014

    OCS freshman quarterback Matt Corral has been selected to play in the 2015 Adidas Freshman All-American Bowl. The games will be played on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at Saint Mary's Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.

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  • Senior Alia Tompkins Wins Documentary Film Award

    Posted November 17, 2014

    At the November 2014 International Student Film Festival Hollywood, OCS senior Alia Tompkins won "Best High School Documentary" category for her entry, "Who am I?” Alia's video explores an age-old question through a modern, global lense made possible by her international travel experiences.

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  • OCMS Librarian Patricia Smart Launches Literary Website

    Posted November 17, 2014

    OCMS Librarian Patricia Smart combines reading with travel in her new launched Authoradventures.org educational website. Her website shares the stories of esteemed American writers through the lens of geography.

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  • Fostering Relationships in China and Korea

    Posted November 14, 2014

    This month, OCS International Boarding Program Director Caroline Kirchner, Vice President of Advancement John Huffman, and Director of Admissions Paul Long visited China and Korea, meeting with current OCS international parents and conducting information meetings for prospective parents. The OCS International Boarding Program has been an increasingly enriching part of the OCS school culture...

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  • National and College Water Polo Coach Jack Kocur Joins OCS Coaching Staff

    Posted November 11, 2014

    Oaks Christian School announces Assistant Men’s National Water Polo Coach Jack Kocur as the new head coach for the OCHS boys and girls water polo program. Coach Kocur will also provide leadership that will extend into the middle school water polo program.

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  • OCS Veterans Day Celebration Welcomed Special Guests

    Posted November 11, 2014

    The OCS Veterans Day Celebration welcomed area veterans and special veteran guests who were honored and thanked for their service. This year's keynote speaker was former USAF helicopter pilot Jim Bouterse who served during the Vietnam War.

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  • Alumna Kerry Manion Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

    Posted November 6, 2014

    OCS alumna Kerry Manion (Class of 2014) now attends Columbia University where she plays women’s soccer and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week as announced by the conference on Monday. As a defender, Kerry tallied a first collegiate score in a 4-0 victory over Lafayette...

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  • Special Olympics Spokesperson Lucy Meyer Spoke at Middle School

    Posted November 6, 2014

    UNICEF Official Spokesperson and Special Olympics Gold Medal Winner Lucy Meyer visited Oaks Christian Middle School on November 6. While Lucy is only in eighth grade, she has already met the president, governors, and senators as she speaks out for those who, like herself, have the challenge of a disability.

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  • In Search of Noah's Ark Seminar

    Posted November 5, 2014

    OCS resident author, explorer, and physics teacher David Larsen shared his experiences on 11 trips to Eastern Turkey and six climbs on Mt. Ararat in search of Noah's Ark. Students, faculty, parents, and guests attended his November 5 lecture...

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  • Freshman Service Day Makes A Difference!

    Posted November 4, 2014

    On November 3, the Oaks Christian School Dallas Gym was filled with more than 200 freshman students and piles of clothes, toiletries, craft supplies, and children’s backpacks. At several project stations, OCS students served...

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  • Admissions Open House: Sunday, November 2

    Posted October 17, 2014

    The Admissions Open House is an excellent opportunity for prospective students and families to become familiar with Oaks Christian School. On Sunday, November 2, from 1:00 to 4:00pm, bring the whole family and invite your friends to this open house event that features presentations from OCS students, head of school, principals, admissions staff, and others...

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  • Don't Miss the Post-Golf Festivities!

    Posted October 27, 2014

    While we have sold out of foursomes for the November 10, 2014 OCS Golf Tournament at Sherwood Country Club, we can still accommodate parents and friends for the fun-filled post-golf festivities. Register to attend the cocktail-dinner reception with silent auction, raffles, and helicopter golf-ball drop drawing! Hole sponsorships are still available...

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  • Invite Veterans to OCS Veterans Day Celebration

    Posted October 6, 2014

    OCS will hold its annual Veterans Day Celebration Assembly on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, from 9:15 to 10:15am with a veterans reception to follow. Invite all veterans to attend as our special guests!

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  • Grandparents Day: November 26

    Posted November 4, 2014

    Grandparents Day is a cherished OCS annual tradition. On Wednesday, November 26, 2014, grandparents and other special relatives or family friends are invited to be our guests for the morning...

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  • Multicultural Potluck Celebrated Diversity

    Posted October 28, 2014

    The OCS Diversity Committee hosted its annual OCS Multicultural Potluck on Sunday, October 26. The potluck gathered many families and was held at the home of OCMS Spanish teacher Mrs. Violetta Valadares. Throughout the year, events sponsored by the OCS Diversity Committee provide an opportunity for OCS families of different backgrounds to connect.

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  • MS Tackle Football Team and 8th Grade Students Raise Funds for Cancer Research

    Posted October 14, 2014

    On Saturday, October 11, the MS Tackle Football Team, along with nearly 40 other 8th grade students came together to raise research support and awareness for Leukemia, Lymphoma and various other types of blood cancers. Students participated in an annual Light the Night Walk fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills.

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  • Introducing VISION

    Posted October 27, 2014

    The VISION Campaign focuses on ensuring the mission of Oaks Christian School for today and the future. Current and new parents, alumni and alumni parents, and our valued grandparents are invited to participate in annual giving, capital giving, and estate and planned giving through the newly launched Oaks Christian School Endowment.

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  • Pink Equals Love

    Posted October 22, 2014

    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the middle school declared October 23 to be Pink Day! Boys and girls, faculty and staff wore pink and celebrated both Mrs. Violeta Valladares and Mrs. Sherry Armstrong who are both breast cancer survivors.

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  • OCS Reaches Out to Students in China and Korea

    Posted October 13, 2014

    In November, OCS Director of International Student Programs Caroline Kirchner, Admissions Director Paul Long, and Vice President of Advancement John Huffman will visit OCS international families in China and Korea, while hosting information meetings in both countries. If you know of students from these areas who might be interested in the OCS International Student Program, please share this information with them.

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  • Homecoming Coin Toss Honored Young OCS Fan Battling Cancer

    Posted October 8, 2014

    Jeffrey Hughes, also known as Titanium J, was escorted onto the field by OCS football players to participate in the opening coin toss for last month's Homecoming Game. Battling a rare cancer, 11-year-old Jeffrey has the strength of titanium and is full of faith!

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  • 8th Grade Students Learn CPR

    Posted October 8, 2014

    As part of the OCS health curriculum, MS and HS Health Teacher Sue Holtsnider provides the opportunity for every 8th grade student to be CPR certified. Mrs. Holtsnider takes health students through the steps of child and adult CPR instruction with video and practice training.

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  • TONIGHT is Admissions Information Night

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Prospective students and families are invited to the Admissions Information Night on Thursday, October 2, from 7:00 to 9:00pm at Oaks Christian School. Drop by TONIGHT to learn more about a quality OCS education. OCS students, Head of School Scott Lisea, HS Principal Kirk Miyashiro, MS Principal Scott Rockney, and Director of Admissions Paul Long will be presenting valuable school information.

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  • MS Students and Parents Link LEGOs in Support of Special Needs Children

    Posted October 2, 2014

    On September 27 at a Sunrise Rotary Club fundraising event, several OCS middle school students and their parents participated in building the world’s longest LEGO chain. The proceeds from the event will go towards building the DreamCatcher playground in Thousand Oaks, which will be designed for children with special needs.

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  • OPAS Fall Food Festival - October 12

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Oaks Performing Arts Society (OPAS) presents the Second Annual Fall Food Festival and Performing Arts Music Festival at Oaks Christian School on Sunday, October 12, from 12:30 to 4:30pm. Bring your picnic blanket and enjoy an afternoon of great music, performances, and games, while sampling delicious cuisine from a special collection of gourmet food trucks.

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  • OCS Golf Tournament and NEW Ladies Tennis Tournament

    Posted September 24, 2014

    You are invited to the OCS 2014 Golf Tournament and NEW OCS Ladies Tennis Tournament and Luncheon, which will both be held at Sherwood Country Club on Monday, November 10, 2014...

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  • JV Dance Team Dances for a MS Cure

    Posted September 16, 2014

    OCS JV Dance Team members participated in the 2nd Annual Beat MS Dance Walk in Pacific Palisades on Saturday, September 13. They danced and walked alongside professional dancer Courtney Galiano who is one of the event co-chairs.

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  • OCS Cheer Team Serves Community

    Posted September 19, 2014

    For seven years, the OCS Cheer Team has served the community by hosting the annual OCS Cheer Clinic for girls ages 3 through 13. On September 13, more than 40 girls attended the 2014 OCS Cheer Clinic to learn the fundamentals of cheerleading, OCS cheers, and chants. The participants will perform at the OCS vs. Antelope Valley varsity football game halftime at OCS Thorson Stadium.

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  • OCS Hosts International Boarding Symposium

    Posted September 19, 2014

    The International HomeStay Boarding Symposium was hosted on the OCS middle school campus. From September 17 through 19, the event welcomed schools and families from around Southern California to learn about the many aspects of hosting international students.

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  • National Christian College Fair - September 30

    Posted September 23, 2014

    The OCS community and the public is invited to the National Christian College Fair hosted on the OCS Campus on Tuesday, September 30, from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the Bedrosian Pavilion. This event is open to the public, so invite your friends and family and meet admissions representatives from Christian colleges across the nation.

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  • APU Gallery Show Features Art by OCS Teacher Bethany Picone

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Azusa Pacific University's Exit Gallery features a beautiful collection of art by our own OCS Art and Yearbook Teacher Bethany Picone. The show opened on September 8 and will continue through September 26. The show is called "Somatic Substratum" and features a collection of abstract expressionist paintings by Mrs. Picone.

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  • 5th Annual International Student HomeStay Boarding Symposium

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Oaks Christian School is excited to host Wheaton Academy's 5th Annual HomeStay Boarding Symposium, September 17-19! We have been eagerly anticipating your arrival and making preparations for your time here.

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  • Daniela Iezza Interned in Neuroscience at UCLA

    Posted September 11, 2014

    While working as a senior advisor for the Small Wonders charity, senior Daniela Iezza learned about a neuroscience internship offered at UCLA. At the end of her junior year, she quickly put together her application to the program and was one of only 15 students chosen...

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  • Junior Anthony Valdez "Practiced" Law This Summer

    Posted September 9, 2014

    OCS junior Anthony Valdez recently enjoyed a full-time summer internship at Edsall Law in Camarillo. Working four days a week, he received an inside education in the legal profession. He observed several depositions and plea-bargain meetings and attended several courtroom hearings. He also learned...

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  • OC Learning Center Open House on Sunday

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Meet the OC Learning Center staff, take a tour of the center, enjoy FREE In-N-Out Burgers, and win prizes at the OC Learning Center Open House on Sunday, September 21, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. The OC Learning Center recently launched its website where you can learn about single-subject tutoring, test preparation, and study-skills mentoring brought to you seven days a week from a team of expert staff members.

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  • Beau Russell Develops "Remedy Solutions" App

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Recently, sophomore Beau Russell attended the National Student Leadership Council (NSLC) summer program at American University in Washington, D.C. While in the program and studying international diplomacy, Beau came up with the idea to create an iOS app that would facilitate an easy, one-click method for people to contribute to worthy causes around the world...

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  • Senior Natalie Glover Plays Softball for French Junior National Team

    Posted August 27, 2014

    Senior Natalie Glover's dual citizenship made her eligible to play softball on the French Junior National Team in the XIII European Championships, which were held in the Netherlands this past summer. Natalie's outstanding performance earned her an invitation to return next summer to join the French Women's National Team...

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  • Welcome Back to School!

    Posted August 16, 2014

    We welcome all our new and returning students back to school! The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start with students engaged in new and challenging courses, exciting electives, and fun, community-building extracurricular activities.

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  • OCS/UCLA Health Physical and Cardiac Screening Events Serve Hundreds

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Spearheaded by our OCS High School Nurse Linda Latham and Middle School Nurse Leslie Heimbuch and serving with OCS Athletic Trainer Wes Smith and parent volunteers, Oaks Christian School has partnered with UCLA Health in Thousand Oaks to offer all OCS students and student-athletes low-cost physicals and cardiac screenings.

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  • Kirchners Serve in Zimbabwe

    Posted July 30, 2014

    This summer, Dr. Mike Kirchner (OCS biology teacher), Mrs. Caroline Kirchner (OCS International Boarding Program director), and their three daughters spent six weeks visiting Africa. The Kirchners spent a month in Zimbabwe serving...

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  • OCS Health Class Restores Wildlife Habitats

    Posted July 28, 2014

    OCS Health Teacher Sue Holtsnider took her 10th grade summer school health class on a recent field trip to participate in the Southern California Mountains Foundation's Great Seeds Restoration Program. OCS sophomores spent the day restoring plant and wildlife habitats while learning about forest ecology and water management. The day also included a canoe tour of Big Bear Lake.

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  • Brandon Ishak Practices Kindness in Ethiopia

    Posted July 24, 2014

    OCS sophomore Brandon Ishak visited Ethiopia this past June, joining his parents to practice kindness and medicine. Brandon's father, Andre, is an orthopedic surgeon and his mother, Jeanine, is a nurse practioner who partnered with Samaritan's Purse for this medical mission trip to Ethiopia...

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  • Wes Smith Nominated for State Coach of the Year

    Posted July 24, 2014

    OCS Girls Track and Field Coach Wes Smith was recently nominated for state coach of the year by the California Coaches Association. The OCS girls won their first CIF-Southern Section championship in 2014. Coach Smith also coaches...

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  • Joel Perttula Nominated State Coach of the Year

    Posted July 31, 2014

    Coach Joel Perttula has been leading the OCS Boys and Girls Tennis teams these last two seasons with both teams winning Tri-Valley League titles. This year the OCS Boys Tennis team won its first CIF-South Section championship, finishing with a 18-3 record. Coach Perttula was named the Tri-Valley Coach of the Year for 2013-14...

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  • Brooke Bryan and Sarah Spaeth Take Lacrosse Honors in Colorado

    Posted July 28, 2014

    OCS sophomores Brooke Bryan (pictured right) and Sarah Spaeth (pictured left) competed in the July 2014 U15 US Lacrosse National Championships in Aurora, Colorado, and their leadership and character contributed to their Coast to Coast elite team earning the coveted sportsmanship award...

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  • Senior Summer Smith Interns at USC

    Posted June 19, 2014

    OCS senior Summer Smith was selected to participate in the USC Dornsife School of Science Summer Research Program 2014. Summer is one of four high school students selected to partner with the professors of molecular and computational biology in current research.

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  • Zack Bornstein Takes Another Decathlon Championship

    Posted June 19, 2014

    OCS 2014 grad Zack Bornstein recently raced to victory and earned the title of the 2014 Great Southwest Decathlon Champion. This is one of many track and field, cross country, and football honors that Zack has achieved. Zack will attend UCLA in the fall and will compete on both the UCLA track and field and football teams. He is also training to compete in the decathlon event for the 2016 Olympics.

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  • Mary Kay Altizer Named HS Teacher of the Year

    Posted June 19, 2014

    At the 2014 Commencement Ceremonies, OCS music teacher and Orchestra Director Mary Kay Altizer received the Atsinger Award for Teaching Excellence, which makes her the OC High School Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.

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  • Nissa Hatfield Named MS Teacher of the Year

    Posted June 19, 2014

    At the 2014 OC Middle School Graduation, Nissa Hatfield took honors as the MS Teacher fo the Year. Mrs. Hatfield teaches yearbook graphic design and guides middle school students through the creative process, computer design, and print production process.

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  • Class of 2014

    Posted May 14, 2014

    The OC High School Class of 2014 has graduated and our newest alumni are getting ready to attend college. You may be interested to see where this year's graduates have been accepted for the fall. The list of colleges is really quite remarkable.

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  • Academy V is Oaks Christian's 5th Grade Program

    Posted October 16, 2014

    Oaks Christian's 5th grade program serves top students in its Academy V, a special academy for fifth grade students to prepare minds for leadership and hearts for service. Limited openings for qualified students...apply October 1, 2014!

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  • OCS Theatre Department Takes Top Honors at Ninth Annual National Youth Arts Awards

    Posted May 19, 2014

    The Ninth Annual National Youth Arts Awards announced awards recipients for its May 25 awards ceremony, which was held at the Hamilton Academy of Music’s Norman J. Pattiz Auditorium in Los Angeles. At that ceremony, the OCS Theatre Department received top honors for its 2013-2014 productions...

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  • Oaks Christian's Jan Hethcock Named AD of the Year

    Posted April 30, 2014

    For the 2013-14 school year, Jan Hethcock has been selected as the California Coaches Association (CCA) Boys Southern California Athletic Director of the Year!

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  • Oaks Christian's Position on Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

    Posted March 19, 2014

    Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are coming in the fall of 2014. Common Core is often misunderstood, so please "read more" for details...

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