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2014 Red Ribbon Week honorees receive trophies

During the last week in October Americans wear a red ribbon to express their opposition to drugs and to honor the men and women who risk their lives to fight trafficking and abuse.

In the Onslow County School System, students do a variety of week-long activities and they participate in a contest sponsored by Community Prevention Services to show their support for continuing efforts in drug prevention and education programs. Students worked together in groups to create “banners” epitomizing their anti-drug messages and feelings about drug abuse.

Kelli Glynn, with Community Protection Services, presented trophies to the following contest winners:


Elementary - Silverdale Elementary School for “Life is Beautiful without drugs”

Middle – Jacksonville Commons Middle School for “Don’t get wrapped up in drugs”

High School – Jacksonville High School for “Want a Future as Bright as can be”


Northwoods Elementary for “Drugs are Corny”

Meadowview Elementary for “Drugs will turn you into a monster”

Blue Creek Elementary for “Detecting Drug Free Students

Hunters Creek Elementary for “Life is an Amazing Ride”


Morton Elementary

Students recognized for being selected for 2014 district digital Christmas Card

In November OCS invited  students to participate in a Christmas Card Art Contest and selected four of the submissions for its annual digital Christmas Card to staff and shareholders.

Janae Copeland, the director of Cultural Initiatives and Services recognized the following students. The students received a framed copy of the digital card with their art work on it.

Sophia Tromba from Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School

Keyshawn Johnson from Hunters Creek Middle School

Audrey Alderman and Stephen Barajus from Southwest High School

OCS National Board Certified Teachers

CJ Korenek, Director of Human Resources, recognized a very special group of educators who have taken on the national challenge of excellence in teaching. The National Board for Professional Teaching Certification is the highest credential in the teaching profession and participation is voluntary. Teachers achieve certification through a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete and measures what accomplished teachers and counselors should know and be able to do. As a part of the process, candidates build a portfolio that includes student work samples, assignments, videos and a thorough analysis of their classroom teaching.She presented the following educators with their new OCS identification badge that acknowledges their National Board accomplishment. Their administrators join them, as their support for completing this process is critical in candidate success.

Jason Barnes – Queens Creek Elementary

STEM Lab teacher / 3rd – 4th – 5th grade math – Seventh year teaching at Queens Creek, with OCS for nine years.

Maria Burdette – Jacksonville Commons Elementary

Title I reading teacher – this is her 22nd year with OCS and her fourth year at JCES

Casey Nelson – Jacksonville Commons Elementary

Kindergarten – this is her third year teaching at JCES and her sixth year with OCS

Ginger Pockette – Sand Ridge Elementary

Fourth grade – this is her ninth year teaching at Sand Ridge.


NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards

Brent Anderson, director of Secondary Services, recognized 

Lauri Crowder, the district multimedia coordinator. Crowder garnered two Blue Ribbon Awards this year for her photography. One entitled “A little bit of this with a little bit of that” and another she calls “Measure twice, cut once.”

The North Carolina School Public Relations Association offers annual statewide recognition of its members for outstanding publications, Internet Home pages, photographs, as well as special programs and marketing campaigns.

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