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Academic Corner 1/11/16


Mrs. Carleen Maurer

Mrs. Carleen Maurer

We hope all of our families enjoyed a fabulous holiday break! It has been so fun to hear all of the stories from the kids this week about their different Christmas and New Year celebrations! Our teachers have wasted no time getting back into the swing of things.

One of the most exciting happenings on campus K-6 is the introduction of our very FIRST school-wide writing event, called the Winter Wonderland Writing Contest. Over the course of the next few weeks, it will be our pleasure to keep you up to date about this exciting academic endeavor.

As part of our desire to grow Christian Leaders at OC, we work hard to equip our students with the skills necessary to be successful writers. Over the course of an academic year, our students will be exposed to four different genres of writing – narrative, persuasive, expository, and literary response and analysis. All four of these genres allow students to express themselves in different ways according to their topics, purpose, and audience.

Our Winter Wonderland Writing Contest will take place this month, and will specifically be focused on the Narrative genre of writing. This is where our students can let their creative juices flow, as they become their own authors! How fun will it be to have every student, school wide, participating in this important skill together? Better yet, what if we made it into school wide celebration?

Two of our teachers, Julie Bykerk and Kim Mesman, have been passionate about something we used to do at Ontario Christian, called Young Authors. This was a time where students would celebrate their creativity by becoming authors, and we as faculty would celebrate their talents as well. Our Winter Wonderland Writing Contest helped us to reignite the Young Authors event, which will take place the first week of February, 2016.

Stay tuned for many more details in the weeks to come as our OC students put on their author hats, and work together through the writing process of brainstorming, pre-writing, self and peer editing, revising, and eventually publishing their very own stories! We can’t wait to celebrate their creativity!