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Financial Awards Recognition

Recently, the North Carolina State Board of Education recognized Onslow County Schools for the outstanding manner in which the district managed its financial transactions of state public school funds totaling over $100 million dollars for fiscal year 2015. This award is in addition to the two awards for Excellence in Financial Reporting that were presented at the September Board meeting.

 Of the 115 school districts in North Carolina, Onslow County Schools was one of only 12 districts to receive all three of these financial awards in one year.

The Board congratulated Chief Financial Officer Jeff Hollamon and his outstanding staff for their continued success as responsible stewards of our financial resources.

 

2016-17 Military Friendly School of the Year

General Thomas Weidley, Commanding General, Marine Corps Installation East, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Donna Grady and Julie Fulton recognized Swansboro High School as the 2016-17 Military Friendly School of the Year.

With military connected children making up more than 40 percent of Onslow County School’s student population, we know that easing their transition and creating a sense of belonging is very important. The Military Child Coalition created a Student2Student program as a means to do just that.

Each year Onslow County Schools holds a Military Friendly School of the Year Contest as a way to acknowledge these programs. S2S teams are asked to share how they support military and transitioning students at their school.

On September 8, Brittany Norman, our district military transition counselor, and Camp Lejeune School Liaisons Donna Grady and Julie Fulton selected Swansboro High School for the 2016-17 Military Friendly School of the Year Award. S2S members were surprised with a cake and ice cream celebration and received a banner to hang proudly at their school.

Swansboro High School was one of the first schools in the district to implement the S2S programn now many of our high schools and middle schools have the program.

General Weidley commended the  Swansboro HS S2S program and its members, saying the program is invaluable to our military students transitioning into new schools as often as they do - and it contributes greatly to their emotional wellbeing and academic success.

 

CFIE Global Award

In Sept. 2011, the North Carolina State Board of Education formed a Task Force on Global Education to assess the state’s effort to produce globally competitive graduates ready to live, work and contribute in an interconnected world to ensure that public school students are well prepared. As part of that effort they created criteria and a process for district designation including “prepared” or “model” levels of achievement.

The Board recognized CFIE for achieving NC Global-Ready Model School Status. CFIE is the first to receive “model” status in the state. This took years of work that started in 2012 when the school became an International-themed school and partnered with VIF International. Since then the school has continued to expand its international teacher cadre and has a strategic plan in place annually that supports global opportunities for all students and global pathways to developing globally competent students.

They acknowledged the contributions of Dr. Helen Gross, Leanne Ervin and Susanne Long.

 

Teacher of the Year

The formal announcement was made that Lisa Godwin was selected as the district's 2016-17 Teacher of the Year.

She is a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School. She joined the OCS family in 2012 and was the assistant principal at Meadow View Elementary for two years. Although she enjoyed being an administrator, she knew her heart was in the classroom, so in 2013 she returned to teaching – and became part of the Dixon Elementary family.

Also introduced was the following four finalists:

Southwest High School, Julie Pollock, science department chair, biology, biology honors and biology II AP

Dixon High School, Michael Perry, social studies, journalism

White Oak High School, Michael Larose, social studies, American history, and American history honors

Swansboro High School, Erin Walsh, math department chair, AP stats, honors math III, math I, Math III

 

Rotary Announcement

There are 7 Rotary Clubs in Onslow County. They have all been involved with our schools in one way or another including having two Interact Clubs for high school students, and sponsoring the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference for high school juniors from all Onslow High Schools and Camp Lejeune.

Walter Scott, President of Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary, and some of his colleagues from other clubs announced they will begin offering an opportunity for student scholarships for high school students. The purpose of the scholarship is to introduce young leaders to community service and civic awareness.

 

 Upcoming academic opportunities

 In keeping with Onslow County Schools’ Number one goal ~ that every student in the school system has a personalized education and graduates from High school prepared for work, further education and citizenship, Superintendent Stout  was excited to announce several upcoming academic opportunities that will soon beavailable to our students.

The district recently received a Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grant to partially fund a virtual academy.

 Students enrolled in Onslow County Schools will be able to take courses online from their own home virtually beginning in January 2017. Students will be required to enroll in at least two courses per semester. To enroll, students must demonstrate that they are capable of independent and self-directed learning.

 This opportunity will allow military students who relocate during a semester to complete coursework virtually when transitions occur so they do not lose credits. There will also be Student2Student components and outreach for parents.

 There will be a public information meeting on the virtual academy on Nov. 14, at Northside High School at 6 p.m.

 

 

OCS and Coastal Carolina Community College will collaboratively open the Onslow Early College High School on CCCC's campus in August 2017. Fifty high school freshmen will be admitted in the first year with 50 more admitted each year until total enrollment reaches 200 students.

 

 Students attending Onslow Early College High School will earn their high school diploma and a two year college degree simultaneously!

 

 Planning teams have been meeting regularly to work through all the details. Regional information sessions will be scheduled soon.

The planning has begun for a regional CTE Skills Center opening the fall of 2018. A $5 million grant from the state of North Carolina along with the County Commissioner's willingness to convey a parcel of property in N.A. Burton Park puts OCS on its way to implementing the center.

All of these are exciting initiatives our district has begun implementing in 2016-17 to help Onslow County students achieve career and college readiness.

 

 

 

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