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Good News Spotlight December 2, 2014
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Summit on digital learning at the White House

Board Chair recognized Superintendent Rick Stout. He and more than 100 other exemplary superintendents from across the country were selected to participate in the first ever National Connected Superintendents Summit on digital learning hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House Nov. 20. The President recognized the district leaders in attendance for their efforts to expand classroom technology and transition their districts to digital learning. Thomas pointed out that the Board is and has been fully committed to a district effort to get technology into the hands of our students as the district moves forward toward full integration of 1:1 devices for all students by 2017. The convening provided opportunities for leaders to share lessons learned with each other and with ConnectED to help disseminate promising approaches across the nation. At the summit, Stout and other superintendents signed a pledge promising to work with fellow educators, parents and students in transitioning to digital learning and to share their successful technology plans with other districts that could benefit from them. Over the next few years the White House will hold more than a dozen regional summits for updates on the progress made by districts.



Recognition of Retirees

Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Barry Collins invited this past year’s retirees to step forward to be recognized for their goal attainment.

Earlier in the evening the district hosted a reception for them, but also wanted to publicly acknowledge and thank them for all their years of service, support and dedication to the Onslow County School System.

Collins said, "Whatever you choose to do with your time, we hope that you will enjoy good health and happiness. We hope too that you take with you many happy memories of your time with the school district."


Hunters Creek and Bell Fork Elementary Schools among 2014-15 Title I Reward Schools


Each year, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the NC State Board of Education recognizes “Title I Reward Schools” across the state. The Reward School recognition is awarded in two categories: A “high-progress school” and a “highest-performing school”.

A “highest-performing school” is a school among the top ten percent of Title I schools in the State that has the highest absolute performance over a number of years for the “all students” group and for all subgroups on statewide assessments. This year, 78 schools were selected based on assessment data from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years.

Title I Director Dr. Mark Bulris announced to the board that once again the district is fortunate to have two schools in Onslow County who have been recognized as Reward Schools. This makes three years in a row that Onslow County Schools has had two schools recognized by the state as Title I Reward Schools.

He recognized Hunters Creek Elementary and Bell Fork Elementary and presented each school with a banner to hang at their respective schools. He also noted that Bell Fork Elementary has been recognized as a Reward School each year since the inception of the program and congratulated the principal and staff on being recognized as a Title I Reward School for the 3rd consecutive year.


Trexler retains status as AVID National Demonstration School

Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services Dr. Lesley Eason told the audience and Board that three years ago Trexler Middle School was validated as one of 120 Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) National Demonstration schools by the AVID Center because it exemplified a school-wide approach to AVID. She said she was proud to announce that once again, after the revalidation process, the Avid Center sent the district the great news that the school will retain its AVID National Demonstration School status for another three years. Qualifying as a Demonstration School through the initial validation process is a tremendous challenge, but maintaining those high standards through the course of successful revalidation can be even more challenging and represents an outstanding accomplishment, she said.

"Implementing a successful AVID program is a team effort that requires dedication and a coordinated effort from every administrator, teacher and student involved. For our students, being part of the AVID program can be life-changing.

As one of a select group of sites so honored throughout the U.S., Trexler is in an elite category to be among the more than 4,900 AVID schools in 46 states, the District of Columbia and 16 countries and US territories."

She presented the principal and staff in attendance with a  certificate denoting the achievement.


Re-connected Grant Award from Qualcomm

Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services Dr. Lesley Eason was excited to announce an expansion of the district's recent work with Qualcomm and Wireless Reach. Onslow County Schools has been named the recipient of a $250,000 grant to support digital teaching and learning in four of our middle schools. Funds from this grant will be used to provide 50 Samsung Galaxy 4 tablets each to Jacksonville Commons, New Bridge, Northwoods Park and Trexler middle schools. The tablets – equipped with both Wi-Fi access and a mobile data plan – will be used with 6th grade students for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year. Project Tomorrow – a research partner on our existing TRAAC Grant – will be evaluating this initiative to study the impact of 24/7 mobile online access on student learning and digital citizenship.

In addition to the digital devices, the grant funds will be used to help establish a partnership between Onslow County Schools and the teacher education programs at East Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington on how to better prepare teachers for integration of digital resources in the classroom.

She congratulated the districts four middle schools, their principals and staff and the students who will be working with these digital learning devices.



Bridget Grady named 2014-15 NC Outstanding Elementary Principal of the Year


Onslow County Schools Superintendent Rick Stout said he was proud to announce that  Bridget Grady, assistant principal at Sand Ridge Elementary School, was selected as the 2014-15 North Carolina Outstanding Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year. This award serves as a way to honor assistant principals who are doing a superb job, according to a release from Shirley Prince, the executive director for North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principals Association.

Grady has been the assistant principal at Sand Ridge Elementary School for eight years; prior to that she was AP at Swansboro Middle School.

Grady will serve as North Carolina’s representative for the NAESP National Outstanding Assistant Principal Award Program, which promotes educational excellence for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade schooling and calls attention to the fundamental importance of the assistant principal. Recipients of this award had to demonstrate exceptional leadership in a particular school program and high expectations for their school.

The NAESP will be sharing the successes and best practices of each state recipient in a document to be disseminated to all members.

Grady will also be recognized at the Spring 2015 NCASA/NCPAPA Conference.


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