• Finance Awards

    Posted by Jessica wells on 10/6/2021 11:50:00 AM

    Jeff Hollamon is recognized at the BOE meeting

    We are proud to announce that Onslow County Schools has recently received two distinguished recognitions for financial management for fiscal year 2020.  

    The first award is the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Association of School Business Officials.  It is the highest recognition for school district financial operations.  This program reviews district accounting practices as represented in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and commends school districts that adhere to sound principles and reporting procedures.  A district earning the Certificate of Excellence has demonstrated its credibility in financial management for the school system. 

    The second award is the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting presented by the Government Finance Officers Association. This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. It represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.  

    This is the 18th consecutive year that the Onslow County Board of Education has earned these two prestigious awards. 

    We would like to commend Mr. Jeff Hollamon and his dedicated staff for their continued outstanding management of our financial resources. 

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  • Fire Safety Month Activity Book

    Posted by Jessica wells on 10/6/2021 11:45:00 AM

    Those involved in the fire safety activity book were recognized

    We would like to recognize Frank Jones, Digital Design and Animation instructor at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, his students, Skills Center Principal John Shannon, and City of Jacksonville Fire Marshal Brian Kelly

    October is Fire Prevention Month – and Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3 through October 9! The goal of Fire Prevention Month is to raise fire safety awareness and help ensure our homes and families are protected. Throughout October, fire departments across the nation provide education to their communities and encourage parents and loved ones to practice fire prevention and whole home safety. 

    Over the past year, Mr. Jones and his students have been working with Mr. Kelly to develop a Fire Safety Activity Book. Tonight, we are excited to announce the publication has been completed and is ready to be distributed throughout the community. 

    Work on the activity book began following a tour of the Digital Design Lab in February of 2020 by Fire Marshal Kelly and Specialist Jerry Bowden of the Fire Prevention Division. After this tour, they met with Mr. Shannon and Mr. Jones and asked for assistance in updating their fire safety activity books using the City of Jacksonville’s bulldog theme. 

    Initial sketches of a firefighting bulldog character led to the creation of the activity book’s Captain Jack character. Work on the project was incorporated into Mr. Jones’ Digital Design lessons which brought his students into the process to help with the colorizing phase of the publication, in support of CTE community service expectations. These Level II Digital Design & Animation students coordinated with Fire Marshal Kelly to collect feedback on various color schemes which resulted in the final design of Captain Jack. Following this, Mr. Jones’ next two Digital Design & Animation classes researched and brainstormed interactive page designs for the books. Feedback from K-3 teachers and CTE staff helped the work progress through the design stage. 

    Final cover and page presentations were completed with editorial assistance and suggestions from Mr. Shannon, district staff, and Fire Marshal Kelly. The final product was shared with Dr. Collins and has been approved for publishing.  

    In addition to the students who helped with the project here at the Skills Center, Mr. Jones would like to thank the following for their assistance: 

    • Carolina Forest Elementary Teacher Emily Broughman 
    • Meadowview Elementary Teacher Natalie Kelly 
    • CTE Career Development Coordinator Tami Rosage 
    • Richlands Elementary Principal Laurie Strope 

    Mr. Kelly is working on distribution of the book through various public events such as National Night Out, and Mr. Jones and Mr. Shannon will be collaborating with our Digital Learning and Teaching staff to create an electronic version of the publication for distribution to our K-5 students. 

    Congratulations to Mr. Jones and his Digital Design & Animation students for an outstanding job on the creation of this Fire Safety Activity Book. 

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  • 2021-2022 Teacher of the Year and Finalists

    Posted by Jessica wells on 10/6/2021 11:40:00 AM

    Teacher of the Year Chelsea D'Zurilla is recognized at the BOE meeting

    Each year, the OCS Teacher of the Year Committee selects the district’s teacher of the year. This committee includes the previous year’s OCS Teacher of the Year, Principal and Assistant Principal of the year, a community member and other district staff. The committee reviews portfolios of the educators selected as school-level teachers of the year, selects 10 semi-finalists for interviews, narrows that to five finalists for classroom observations, and from this group, names the OCS Teacher of the Year. 

    We would like to recognize the OCS Teacher of the Year finalists:

    • Yajaira Diaz – Spanish II, III-Honors, IB Spanish IV – Jacksonville High School  
    • Jennifer Faasii-Smith – 8th grade Social Studies – Swansboro Middle School  
    • Arletta Knox – AP World History, Civics and Economics Honors – Onslow Early College High School  
    • Hillary Goodson-Spear – Director of Choral Activities – White Oak High School   

    Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year Finalists, and thank you for all you do to promote excellence in your classrooms every day!  

    On Friday, September 10, Dr. Collins, Dr. Folger, Chairman Williams, Mr. Reddic and a group of district leaders were joined by the SWHS marching band drum line as they surprised  Southwest High School EC Teacher Chelsea D’Zurilla with the news she had been named the 2021-2022 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Onslow County Schools Teacher of the Year! 

    “Mrs. D,” as she is known by her students, is a graduate of Dixon High School and holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in kinesiology from UNC-Greensboro. She received her lateral entry teaching licensure from East Carolina University in 2016 and has been making her mark as an EC teacher at Southwest High since 2015, serving as the EC department chair since 2017. 

    In her classroom, Chelsea likes to focus on making a lasting impact on her students. As the teacher of students who often struggle with feeling intimidated by academics, she sees it as her duty to instill confidence and resilience.  

    SWHS Principal Tim Foster said, through her leadership in athletics, service projects, advocacy and more, D’Zurilla makes sure to always find ways to inspire and motivate students, teachers and community members. He said that she is not just a community leader, but a community builder.  

    Congratulations to our TOY finalists, and to Chelsea D’Zurilla on being selected as the 2020-2021 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Onslow County Schools Teacher of the Year. 

    Teacher of the Year finalists and their administrators

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  • Rural Teacher Leader Network

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 9/8/2021 2:35:00 PM

    Onslow representatives from the RTLN are recognized at the September board meeting

    In August, the first cohort of the Public School Forum of North Carolina's newly lauched Rural Teacher Leader Network met. The network is designed to bring together diverse groups of educators across North Carolina who seek to stengthen their practice, foster community with teacher leaders from other rural districts, and develop their own leadership capacity to guide other teachers in their schools. The network aims to create a strong and lasting community of rural educators with a focus on equal opportunities for students, trauma-informed practice, global education, and teacher leadership. 

    The RTLN is comprised of educators from Clinton City, Duplin County, Green County, Jones County, Onslow County, Sampson County and Wayne County schools. A second cohort will start in the summer of 2022. 

    More than 80 educators applied for participation in RTLN, and participants were admitted through a rigorous selection process. OCS is proud to have 10 of our teachers participating in this networking opportunity. 

    Congratulations to the following cohort members who are representing Onslow County:

    • Anna Maxwell, Blue Creek Elementary
    • Megan Hunt, Coastal Elementary
    • Arleta Maria Lupa, Morton Elementary
    • Arlisa Broadnax-Dail, Northside High
    • Albertia Burgess, Onslow Virtual Secondary School
    • Leah Jorgensen, Onslow Virtual Secondary School
    • Katelyn Williams, Richlands Elementary
    • Christopher Brothers, Dixon High
    • Meagan Stephens, Northside High
    • Kelly Dillman, White Oak High
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  • NC Athletic Directors Association Recognitions

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 8/13/2021

    Athletic Directors and their principals at the BOE meeting

    At their annual conference, the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association (NCADA) recognizes athletic directors from across the state for their contributions to athletics and for their support of our student-athletes and coaches. 

    The NCADA Athletic Director of Excellence is awarded annually to ADs that have been nominated and selected by their peers to be recognized for excellence and significant contributions in the field of athletics within their Region, State, and across the nation. The nominee must have five or more years of experience in athletic administration and be a Certified Athletic Administrator. 

    We are proud to share that White Oak High School Athletic Director Chris Grimes and Kim Miller, Co-Athletic Director at Swansboro High were recognized as NCADA Athletic Directors of Excellence at the summer conference. 

    We are very excited to recognize Mike Kelly, athletic director at Richlands High, as the NCADA ‘Braveheart’ Award winner. 

    The NCADA ‘Braveheart’ Award is given annually to an Athletic Administrator in North Carolina who has had to overcome personal hardship, adversity or tragedy in their personal life or career over the past year with courage, determination, and an unrelenting spirit. But despite their personal circumstances, has persevered in their dedication to school and students and in doing so, has continued to positively influence and lead others within their school and community. 

    During the past year, Mike Kelly suffered the loss of his father, as well as a close friend and fellow coach, to COVID-19 and had to help care for his mother who also contracted COVID.  Despite this, he continued to lead the Athletic Department at Richlands High. 


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  • Greg Grantham Recognized for Athletic Director Excellence

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 8/13/2021

    We would like to recognize Mr. Greg Grantham, the district's athletic coordinator. At the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association conference this summer, he received two recognitions.  

    Mr. Grantham recieved the 2020 Athletic Director of Excellence Award for Significant Contributions in the field of Athletic Administration in North Carolina and he was inducted into the NCADA Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2021. 

    The NCADA Hall of Fame was created to honor Athletic Administrators who had exemplary careers in athletic administration both prior to as well as after the formation of the National Certification Process. Selection to the NCADA Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame is a three-step process including nomination, rated by the Selection Committee and finally, the NCADA Board of Directors selects those individuals to be inducted. This honor is the highest an athletic administrator can receive from the NCADA for his/her contributions and accomplishments at the local, state and national level. Further, this award sets a standard for athletic administrators to emulate. 

    Congratulations, Mr. Grantham! 

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  • BTOY, MTOY and Gladys Stafford Award

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 7/1/2021 10:15:00 AM

    Each year, the district recognizes stand-out teachers and staff who make a difference in their school communities. While we were unable to host the 2020-2021 Beginning Teacher of the Year, Mentor Teacher of the Year and Gladys Stafford Award recipient tonight, we would like to recognize them tonight.  

    In May, Hunters Creek Middle School’s Elizabeth Cook was named the OCS Beginning Teacher of the Year. In the nomination letter submitted by HCMS Assistant Principal Michelle Napier, Cook was described as a natural. Ms. Napier said, “She is an artist in the classroom with the special ability to communicate her passion for the content area in such a way that all the students are motivated to become fully invested.” 

    Later in May, Meadow View  Elementary’s Alyssa Moistner  was named the OCS Mentor of the Year. In her nomination,  Moistner’s mentee said that having her as a mentor has “emphatically influenced her third year of teaching.” 

    In June, Swansboro High receptionist Felicia Hill was named the Gladys H. Stafford Award winner for the 2020-2021 school year. Dr. Helen Gross said that Ms. Hill is an integral part of everything they do at Swansboro High, saying that she knows all the students, parents, grandparents, and even members of the community. Ms. Hill has been the face of SBHS for the past 18 years, and recently celebrated her retirement.  

    Congratulations to all three of these valued members of the OCS team! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for students and staff.  

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  • OCS Principal Completes Leadership Program

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 7/1/2021 10:15:00 AM

    Betsy Castle, principal of Southwest Elementary School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program, a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association (NCPAPA) and sponsored by the North Carolina Alliance for School Leadership Development (NCASLD). 

    The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program uses a non-traditional professional development model that is aligned to the performance evaluation standards adopted by the State Board of Education for North Carolina’s school leaders. This unique cohort-based program is designed to limit principals’ time away from their schools by allowing them to attend synchronous sessions once every other month while accessing online assignments, materials and coaching in between sessions. Principals engage in a series of authentic activities throughout the year-long experience that are designed to build the capacity of their schools and their own capacity as “Distinguished” school leaders. 

    We would like to congratulate Ms. Castle on this accomplishment and thank her for her commitment to quality leadership for her school.  

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  • OCS CFO Receives Distinguished Service Award

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 7/1/2021 10:15:00 AM

    In January, OCS Chief Financial Officer Jeff Hollamon was  awarded the Lou Thompson Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials. On Friday, January 15, OCS staff worked with the NCASBO to surprise Mr. Hollamon with the news via video call.    

    Each year since 1995, NCASBO has recognized one member who has made substantial contributions to improve the organization and the school business official profession.   

    NCASBO said in its announcement that “Jeff has always been a great resource for our organization. He has an immense understanding of the complexity of public school finance. Our organization is fortunate to have Jeff’s leadership, knowledge and expertise.” 

    Congratulations, Mr. Hollamon! 

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  • Military Child of the Year Semifinalists

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 7/1/2021 10:15:00 AM

    In April, the district observed Month of the Military Child. With thirty-four percent of Onslow County Schools students federally connected, our schools are home to many military children.  

    We are proud to say that, among the military-affiliated students we celebrated this year, were three students who were named semifinalists in the national Operation Homefront Military Child of the Year awards program.  

    Each year, Operation Homefront selects seven students from military families, one to represent each branch of the armed forces, to be named a Military Child of the Year. Students are selected for their excellence in scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular activities while facing the challenges of military life.   

    Cameron Davis of Onslow Early College High School, Tatihana Loya, of Swansboro High School, and Michayla Wittner, of Southwest High School, were all chosen as semifinalists for Military Child of the Year for the Marine Corps.  

    Cameron and Tatihana later went on to be chosen as two of the five national finalists for the Military Child of the Year title for the Marine Corps.   

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