February 2017

This month's newsletter includes a great article about student engagement in an online setting, an article written about our offerings for parents from our spiritual life department, community service opportunities, online and on-campus college visits, OCO graduation information and admission information sessions.

Student Engagement in Online Courses Determine Success Rate!

Student Engagement in Online Courses Determine Success Rate! It may seem obvious, but it is so important that we want to be sure students and families understand how important it is to stay engaged in your online course(s)! There have been several studies that show student engagement equals successful completion. If students are not engaged in their online courses, chances are they will not finish the course with the grade they could have earned. The bottom line? Students who engaged for more than two hours per week per course had much better outcomes than students who engaged for fewer than two hours per week. This includes the habit of cramming your work in periodically (say 5 hours every other week) instead of consistently logging in and working a little bit several times per week.

Here are some suggestions for success:

Schedule several "work periods" on your calendar that equal about 4 or 5 hours per week for a CP course (5 to 6 for an Honors or AP course). If you have time scheduled, it is easier to keep that commitment. If you end up not needing the full time you scheduled, then you now have time to either work ahead in a course, or work on something else!

Even if you don't have time to work through assignments every time you login, at least go in and check your instructor feedback on your assignments! Check your Canvas Inbox. Spend a few minutes looking through your course so you can develop a game plan for the next time you login and do have time to work.

Every Sunday night, or first thing Monday morning, make a To Do list of assignments that you need to complete that week (include your past due assignments and those assignments that are due that Friday). Divide and conquer! Schedule at least 3-4 days where you will turn in a certain number of assignments throughout the week instead of waiting to turn everything in on Friday (or Saturday).

Be intentional about your time! Make a schedule. Stick to it. Plan out ahead of time what you need to do. Don't "wing it".

Spring Courses Underway

We are now 5 weeks into our Spring semester. This is the first semester where teachers will be implementing the new late policy changes. The grace period has not changed, just in how teachers will be implementing the zeros has changed. The purpose of the implementation change is to allow students and parents a more accurate, real-time, view of student progress. Students still have the 14 day "grace" period to submit assignments for up to full credit, but knowing what you grade is when those assignments are not turned in will help students understand where they actually stand at any given time. Hopefully this will encourage students to work on pace, rather than behind pace.

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, in March 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.

Winter Break: OCO Office Closed

The OCO Office will be closed for Winter Break on Monday, February 20th and Tuesday, February 21st. This includes the Help Desk. All tickets will be addressed on Wednesday, February 22nd. Thank you for your patience. If you have any urgent matters during this time, please email online@oakschristian.org. Students have the whole week off from February 20th through February 24th. This is a good time to take a break from the computer if you are on pace, or to catch up on past-due work. Teachers will be on vacation this week as well. Live sessions will pick up again the week of February 27th.

College Counseling Live is Back

College Counseling Live returns for the spring. We have a new day, Tuesdays at 1:30pm (PST) in the College Counseling Virtual Classroom. Our first session is Tuesday, February 7th with Gettysburg College.

Gettysburg College is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania the site of the famous Civil War battle and now national memorial. Gettysburg is a liberal arts college with an outstanding academic reputation. Come and join us and learn about this great school.

College Campus Tour: UCLA

This semester we will be visiting a variety of colleges that are different not only in character but different types of colleges (10th graders this will look very familiar in your College Counseling Class). Last month we visited USC, a research university and this month we will be visiting a UC college, UCLA.

The visit will take place on Thursday, February 9th. We will meet at the OCO office at 8:30am and return no later than 4pm. Students need to RSVP with Mrs. Locke no later than Monday, February 6th.

These visits are extremely valuable to the students who take advantage of the opportunities. We encourage you to join us if you can! The next visit will be Cal Poly Pomona on Thursday, March 2nd.

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, February 14th at 9am and 6:30pm PST.

For more information, email online@oakschristian.org 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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017: Welcome Reception 5:30-7:15pm and Baccalaureate 7:30-8:30pm

Friday, May 26, 2017: Senior and Parents Breakfast, Graduation Rehearsal, Magic Mountain

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Graduation

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