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Letter from the Principal

Dear Mountaineer Family:

As we enter this new school year, I want to express my deepest desire to ensure that each of you has a very successful school year. I am honored and feel privileged to be your principal this school year. For all students returning to OBI welcome back! For those new to OBI, I welcome you into a close-knit and Christ-centered family that will take you to the next level in your education.

The faculty and staff at OBI are very excited to support you in accomplishing all of your academic and spiritual goals. Always remember that you are in charge of your learning. We have amazing teachers at OBI who will provide you with everything you need to grow mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. We need your commitment to your education to ensure that you produce nothing short of excellence. As the Scriptures remind us, Do all for the glory of Christ. The routines and study habits you put in place this school year will dictate your success. I charge each of you to put systems in place at home and in school to guide you as you strive for excellence.

This year, I encourage you to rally around the theme of Excellence is the Expectation.  2 Peter 1:3-4 (ESV) states, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

To show excellence means that one possesses qualities to a high degree. Every one of you already holds qualities of excellence. You will be challenged with showing that excellence at OBI. Excellence should be visible every day in the classroom, as well as through your participation in athletics, clubs, or extracurricular activities. You will determine the degree to which the expectation of excellence is achieved through all of your endeavors. When you stare in the face of adversity, whether it be staying up late to make last-minute additions to a project, studying for an upcoming exam, completing daily homework, remaining fully engaged in class, or juggling responsibilities outside of school, remember to show nothing but excellence. Through your commitment to Christ and excellence in your education, you will quickly see that the Lord has good and wonderful things for you.

To all of our proud parents and grandparents, I invite you to model and partner with us throughout the school year as we instill excellence into our students. Research shows that students will have the greatest possibility for success if support structures are in place at home.

Let’s make this school year your best year ever as a student. If there is ever anything you need, please do not hesitate to stop by my office.

Respectfully yours,

Joseph W. Scull, III; M. Ed, M.A.R.