This month's newsletter includes an article about one of OCO"s current sophomores and her adventures in through the sport of soccer, mid-semester information, an online parent seminar, on-campus college visits, ash Wednesday and the season of Lent, a special teacher training, student council led chapel, OCO graduation information and admission information sessions.
Soccer Protege and OCO Student Sammy D'Ambrosio Returns from English Premier League's Rotherham United Training Academy
Oaks Christian Online (OCO) student Sammy D'Ambrosio recently returned from a three-week intensive soccer training academy in England. The training academy is hosted by the English Premier League which includes world renowned soccer teams such as: Manchester United, Rotherham, Liverpool, Arsenal, to name a few. The goal of the training academy is to prepare aspiring soccer players for professional-level competition.
Mid-term Grades and 2nd Half of Spring Semester
Believe it or not, we are already half way through our spring semester! Mid-term grades will be coming out mid-March, with the cut-off date of March 10th. It is important that all assignments through March 3rd are submitted so they can positively factor in your overall grade. Any assignments not submitted by their due dates up to March 3rd will factor as a zero in your mid-term grades. However, you may still turn assignments in even after mid-term grades come out, and as long as they are within the 14 day grace period, can factor up to 100% credit.
The second half of the semester will go much more quickly, so it is important you put in the time necessary to get caught up and/or stay on track, or even work ahead. Remember, your academic courses are designed to meet UC and NCAA requirements of 5 hours per week. If you are spending less than that, you may not be putting in enough time! Don't get caught in the end playing the catch-up game. Put the hours in now so the end of the semester will go smoothly! If you need help creating a catch-up plan, please contact your Student Advisor or Mrs. Thompson, the OCO Dean of Students.
Sticky Faith Seminars for Parents Support Adolescent Faith Development and a Positive Transition into Adulthood
Oaks Christian Online (OCO), one of the finest college preparatory online schools in the nation and the founding school of the Online Christian Consortium (OCC), is in its third year of providing specialized seminars for parents on practical strategies to help nurture life-long faith in teens.
Oaks Christian Online's Spiritual Director Samantha Farinacci leads these seminars two times per year, on March 21st, and in November. Ms. Farinacci's seminars are based on the Fuller Youth Institute's Sticky Faith research studies on the developmental phase of adolescence and spirituality. The Fuller Youth Institute is associated with The Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, one of the most influential Christian seminaries in the world.
Cal Poly and APU Campus Tours
Thursday, March 23rd we will be visiting both Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific University. Cal Poly is a part of the California State University system and sister school to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Like SLO, Cal Poly is noted for engineering, technology, animal science and agriculture programs. A distinctive of the Pomona campus is a national recognized hospitality management program where students run a conference center which is open to the public. Cal Poly is also known for its outstanding business program and as a part of the Kellog Foundation (yes, as in the corn flakes) runs an Arabian Horse ranch.
Azusa Pacific University is one of the largest Christian colleges in the nation. APU is noted for its outstanding nursing and teacher education programs. APU is also the recipient of national awards for its athletic programs, having won a number of national championships in track and field, soccer among other sports.
We will be meeting at the OCO office at 10am and returning by 8pm. Students will need to bring money for both lunch and dinner. You will need to RSVP with Mrs. Locke (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, March 20th.
Ash Wednesday and Lent
March 1st marked the first day of Lent (Ash Wednesday), which is the 40 day period leading up to Easter. To commemorate this time we held a live Spiritual Life Ash Wednesday chapel where we were able to implement our school-year theme of listening in some powerful ways. If you would like access to the recording from this session in order to see how prayer, scripture, art, and reflection can pull you deeper into this season, please contact Samantha Farinacci, email@example.com
Special Teacher Training on April 3
On April 3rd, we will be holding a special enrichment teacher training about prayer in an online setting. This is part of a biannual effort from OCO to equip our teachers with faith practices that can inform their Christian pedagogy as well as strengthen and nourish themselves spiritually. We love these opportunities to come together in Christ as a school! Teachers can join this session as they would all other teacher meetings or may contact Dana Thompson or Samantha Farinacci for more help.
Annual Student Council Easter Chapel on April 5
Join us for the student-council led Easter chapel on April 5 during the Spiritual Life live session. All teachers and staff are invited to join us at 9am 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! For information about how to join, feel free to contact Samantha Farinacci, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Information Session
All students and families interested in attending OCO for either a single course, or full-time enrollment for the summer or fall, should attend an information session. 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 Tuesday, March 14th and 28th at 9am and 6:30pm PST.
For more information, email email@example.com or click here to visit our information session page on our website for additional event dates.
Graduation 2017: Save the Dates!
Graduation is fast approaching and the Class of 2017 should plan on saving the following dates below for our graduation festivities. All events take place on the Oaks Christian main campus. Details regarding times, locations and costs along with graduation announcements will be available later this month.