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High School Academic Derby 2015/16

OCS Academic Derby tournaments between schools challenge students to use higher order thinking skills while being questioned on any number of subjects including English, language arts, history, pop culture, geography, science and mathematics to mention a few.

Mark Bulris, director of Title I Services, announced this year’s winning high school Academic Derby team. He said this year's team proved they were outstanding in their preparation and knowledge. They achieved what few teams have been able to achieve, ending their season undefeated. He congratulated, Jacksonville HighSchool’s Academic Derby Team coached by Tony Zirnheld. Receiving the trophy were Team Captain, Owen Schnitzler, Mini Arcot, Dianna Luther, Hugh Nezat, Kyra Nosow, Reina Romero, Bryan Rusch, Davis Long, Roman Peterson, Daye’Vion Simmos, Lizzy Coleman, Austin Daugherty, Cale Quintero and Mani Arcot.


Middle School Academic Derby 2015 /16

Bulris went on to announce the winners of the middle school Academic Derby.

He said Dixon Middle School and Trexler Middle School ended up in a playoff match. The two teams went head-to-head three rounds. It was very exciting, and the champions, Trexler Middle School, garnered first place with a one point lead.


He awarded the first place trophy to Team Trexler, coached by Susan Rogers, and the following students, Samantha Anthony, Hailey Futrell, Tyler Marting, Corin Nossow, J.T. Sandlin, Sydney Davis, Jolene Hutchinson, Will Mills, Makayla Selby, Riley Stone, Macausey Bidell, Caroline Cubas, Lily Miracle, Annabelle Rocha and Azel Soloman.



Lynn Jackson selected for AVID Center's National Principal and District Leader Design Team

Dr. Beth Folger, chief of Community Affairs, announced that Lynn Jackson, the principal at Trexler Middle School, is among some 20 educators from across the country selected by AVID Center to serve on its Design Team.

She explained that AVID was implemented at Trexler during the 2004-05 school year. Under Jackson’s leadership the school earned recognition as a National AVID Demonstration School in 2010 and has maintained that designation since. The school has full buy-in from instructional staff so all students even those not in an AVID classroom receive AVID instructional techniques, strategies and best practices to increase student achievement.

Jackson and other members of the Design Team will travel to San Diego March 3rd and 4th to discuss how to best involve principals/district leaders in implementing AVID in his/her school district. Also on the agenda is how can Principal Collaborative groups help to spread the word of the AVID program across the country.


CFIE selected to receive the 2016 NCASCD Lighthouse School Award


Dr. Folger announced Carolina Forest International Elementary School received The Lighthouse School Award.This award is presented annually to three schools in North Carolina that are leading the way for excellence in student achievement and innovative programs.

She explainedthese awards were developed to celebrate the success of our educators on behalf of our students in North Carolina.

CFIE was awarded a plaque and a cash prize of $1,000 during an award ceremony at the NCASCD Annual Conference Feb. 4, in Pinehurst NC.  



Golden Rule/Lightkeepers awards

As a community we know there are many unsung heroes among us. Up until this year, the Onslow County United Way Golden Rule Awards was the only program to recognize and thank/acknowledge those who give freely of their time and talents. In alignment with the nomination process used to select Golden Rule Awards recipients, GateHouse Media, the new owners of The Daily News, partnered with Onslow County United Way to broaden the pool of those so deserving of recognition and introduced its inaugural Lightkeepers program this year. Like the Golden Rule Awards, those individuals selected as Lightkeepers were chosen for their volunteer efforts in the community.

Dr. Folger recognized five of our own unsung heroes, one teacher and four students, who were selected to receive these awards.

 Shanta "Tae" Cooks recently received the 2016 Golden Rule First Place Award in the category of Education. She is a teacher at Clyde Erwin Elementary School and she volunteers within the school to supplement the students’ education. She also coaches the Clyde Erwin Eaglettes, a step/dance team and teaches etiquette classes to young girls in the school. Outside school walls she has acted as the president of ASPIRE since founding it in 2009.

Folger noted we are so fortunate to have a teacher who is so passionate about youth that she is willing to mentor them and become a catalyst for change both inside and outside the classroom. She thanked her for what she does for our children.

 The 2016 Golden Rule Youth Awards was also a first to the ceremony.

Dr. Folger said the award is for youth and youth groups and families.

Four of our students were recognized for their services to the community.

Justin Condry, a student at Dixon High School, worked with school age children during the summer in the Onslow County Parks and Recreation program and he is very active in Teen Court. He is involved in many clubs and organizations at Dixon and is a Student2Student group leader.

 Jeffrey Condry, also a student at Dixon High School, and you probably see the resemblance and shared last name. Jeffrey worked with school age children during the summer in the Onslow County Parks and Recreation program and he is very active in Teen Court. Like his brother he is involved in many clubs and organizations at Dixon and is a Student2Student group leader. He is also president of the National Honor Society at the school.

 Reina Abruzzo, also a student at Dixon High School, worked with school age children during the summer program at the Onslow County Museum and assisted setting up for events and activities at the Onslow County Public Library.

 Dan Linh Ngueyn, a student at Northside High School, participated in Christmas Cheer, is a VolunTEEN at Onslow Memorial Hospital, is the president and founding member of the school’s KEY Club, and frequently plans and leads community outreach projects.

 She congratulated them all for their accomplishments and for giving back to the community.


NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards for Effective Communications


Dr. Beth Folger was pleased to inform the Board that Onslow County Schools received several NCSPRA (which stands for North Carolina School Public Relations Association) Blue Ribbon Awards — 4 gold awards, 3 silver awards, and 4 bronze awards overall!  I feel fortunate to be a part of this talented team and I am excited for OCS to be so well represented.

The Blue Ribbon Awards recognize school districts for their outstanding publications, marketing campaigns, excellence in writing, electronic media, photography and other communication efforts.

 She gave a special congratulations to Lauri Crowder and Nader Aboulhosn for receiving 3 Golds! 

Electronic Media

CTE - Why Not CTE? – Gold Award

The Learning Curve (Series) – Silver Award

Why I Teach (Series) – Bronze Award

Highlights from the Retirement Reception - Retirement Explained by Kids – Bronze Award


Goal 4 - Our Future – Gold Award

Proud to be 1:1 – Gold Award – Ross Friebel

Is It Moving? – Silver Award


Teach Like You Tweet – Gold Award – Brent Anderson and Susanne Long

Why a 1:1 District Rollout is About More than Devices and Software – Silver Award

Onslow Connection – Bronze Award

Instructional Friday Focus – Bronze Award – Instructional Services

The awards were presented at the NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards Brunch held Jan. 29th at the O. Henry Hotel in Greensboro















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