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Good News Spotlight Highlights Jan. 3, 2017
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Dr. Barry Collins recognized Maria Johnson, principal at Northside High School, as the district 2017 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year. She has served the district for 27 years, 14 of those as a principal. She has been the principal at Northside High School for six years. Johnson is now in the running for Southeast Region Principal of the Year.


Michael Elder, the director of Academic Innovation and AIG Services, recognized Neako Ramirez-Villamil, a senior at Richlands High School, for being selected to represent the National Beta Club at the National Association of Gifted in Orlando, FL last November. Neako is the vice-president of the North Carolina Beta Club, and serves as a local officer at RHS.


Elder also recognized Michelle Chadwick, the coordinator of Academic Innovation. The2016 NC Science Teachers Association presented the Ann and Bill Palmer Administration/Supervision Distinguished Service Award to her for exceptional service to science education in North Carolina.


Brittany Norman, our military transition counselor, recognized Brooke Gruber, a junior at Northside High School. Brooke earned a coveted spot in an exclusive leadership program because of her hard work and dedication to the Student2Student Monarch Ambassador program at Northside High School. She was selected as one of 14 students in the nation to attend the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York Oct. 24 -28, 2016.


Each year we invite our students to submit artwork for the district Christmas Card. There were several great submissions, four were selected. Dr. Lisa Peele, director of Cultural Initiatives, recognized the following four students whose artwork appeared on the card and their teachers. The students also received a framed print of the card.

Susannah Castle, Jacksonville Commons Elementary, 4th grade    

Amber Curry, Dixon Middle, 8th grade

Peyton Foster, Southwest High School, junior

Jalen Stone, Jacksonville High School, junior


Each year the North Carolina Department of Public Instructions recognizes schools across the state for high implementation success of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support). Schools earning recognition are able to document ongoing administrator participation, an active PBIS team and in-school coach. These schools also regularly measure implementation progress. There are three levels, Green Ribbon, Model, and Exemplar.

Susanne Long, director of Curriculum, Research, and Global Development Services announced the following schools for achieving Green Ribbon status:

Clyde Erwin Elementary, Jacksonville Commons Middle, Meadow View Elementary, Northside High, Northwood Park Middle.

And, the following schools receiving Model School status: Blue Creek Elementary, Southwest Middle, Trexler Middle.

Long was pleased to announce Onslow County Schools was also awarded a plaque for its presentation on PBIS entitled “Support for Bus Change” and in appreciation for participating in the 2016 PBIS Recognition.


Dr. Lesley Eason, assistant superintendent of Instructional Services and Continuous Improvement, acknowledge the amount of giving and volunteering provided by students and staff throughout the district to insure everyone had a good holiday. According to Christmas Cheer leaders, the school system donated over 31,000 food items and thousands of toys and other supplies.  There were high school students who ran the test shopping days prior to the holiday, which is a great responsibility, and hundreds of our kids volunteered at Christmas Cheer to serve our families and students.  She also expressed gratitude to the cheer squads and to the middle and high school principals who worked so diligently to have their schools participate in Cheering for Charity.  At the end of the day OCS donated over $3000 to Christmas Cheer. She expressly thanked Greg Grantham, Dr. Chris Barnes and the WOHS staff for their contributions.


Greg Grantham, the Health and Physical Education Coordinator, acknowledged the following OCS athletes and coaches recognized by their respective conferences as being the player or coach of the year during the Fall season.

East Central 2A Conference with Players of the Year:

  Girls Cross Country- Haley Russell (Dixon)

  Girls Tennis- Maddie Brannan  (Dixon)

  Boys Soccer- Jerrod Duell (Dixon)


Players of the Year from the Coastal 3A Conference:

  Girls Golf- Kaitlyn Maready (Jacksonville)

  Girls Tennis- GraceAnne Piner (Swansboro)

  Boys Soccer- Cadence Tootle (Swansboro)


Coaches of the Year:

  East Central 2A Volleyball- Heather Moore (Dixon) 

  East Central 2A Boys Soccer- Kevin Hart (Dixon)

  Coastal 3A Boys Soccer- Doug Kidd (Swansboro)

  Coastal 3A Girls Golf- Darlene Rappa (Swansboro)

  Coastal 3A Girls Tennis- Dave Fleischer (Jacksonville)

  Coastal 3A Volleyball- George Folger (Jacksonville)


He also congratulated the Richlands High JV Cheer Squad for capturing first place in their division at NCHSAA State Cheer Competition; the football team at Jacksonville High for reaching the Eastern Championship game (Final Four in the state); and the football team at Northside High for reaching the State Championship game in Raleigh.


School Board Appreciation Month

January is School Board Recognition Month in North Carolina and on behalf of Onslow County Schools Superintendent Rick Stout thanked the members of the Onslow Board of Education for giving their time and support to our community, our schools, and our children.

The following are the remarks he made to the board:

“While serving our children, employees, and community, our board members face complex and demanding challenges, yet few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of their responsibilities. Every day they are involved in events, conversations, and discussions that create change and that make a difference. They are difference-makers.

These seven servant leaders have laid out a vision for our district, put together a structure to achieve that vision, made sure our schools had the tools to get the job done, and strongly advocated for continuous improvement in student learning.

Their job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals, and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make. And why do they do all this? Because they care and because they want to make a difference.

This is a board of education that deserves great appreciation for their collaborative work with our county commissioners that secured a funding formula, (often held up as a model in the state and nation), that fairly funded our schools and ensured our teachers had the necessary tools to teach our children. This is the board that influenced state leaders to help fund a new career and technical education center that will be built on a parcel of land given to the district by the county; the board that set the expectation for district leaders to partner with Coastal Carolina Community College to give our students the opportunity to attend an early college. These are only a few of the highlights of our talented board and the ways they continue to make a difference.

Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation for our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment.

They generously give of themselves and they face difficult choices and shoulder critical responsibilities. But their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district. We applaud their willingness to serve as advocates for our children and the voice of public education. We applaud them for being difference makers.

In recognition of their service, I invite each of you and our greater community to make a special effort to tell each school board member that his or her hard work, dedication, and commitment of time has been noticed and is truly appreciated and valued.”

He added it was an honor to serve as their superintendent.

There were colorful banners made by children with sentiments of thanks. Seven children from Blue Creek Elementary provided each member with a bag filled with notes of appreciation submitted from students and staff all over the county. Each board member also received a children’s book, each one different, but each one with a main character who is a difference maker, just as they are.

The commemoration culminated with cake and punch enjoyed by all guests in attendance.

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