Superintendent Portrait PresentationPosted by Jessica Coston on 3/11/2020 1:30:00 PM
There is a long tradition in OCS of having portraits of our past superintendents on display in our front lobby. We are excited to announce another will soon be added.
Former OCS Superintendent Rick Stout’s retirement in January 2019 marked the end of a 32-year educational career serving students across the state of North Carolina. He spent nearly 12 years as a superintendent, including his last five years successfully leading the Onslow County School District.
In his time as an educator, Rick Stout worked as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, assistant superintendent of finance and human resources, and assistant superintendent of instruction and auxiliary services. In 2008, he became superintendent of the Scotland County School System in Laurinburg, NC, where he worked until being named OCS superintendent in January 2014.
During his tenure as OCS superintendent, Mr. Stout was an advocate for 21st century learning, presenting locally and nationally regarding technology innovation and the importance of early college partnerships. He was selected by the White House to be recognized as one of a hundred school superintendents leading the way for technology. He was nominated by his peers as president of his regional superintendent association, as well as being a recipient of the prestigious NC Lighthouse Award and the Golden Apple Award for technology.
In May 2017, Mr. Stout was selected as the Regional Superintendent of the Year by the Southeast Region Superintendents’ Council.
Rick Stout served as a leader for local, regional, state education issues, and on several national level boards and organizations focused on educational leadership and student opportunities. This includes the:
- League of Innovative Schools,
- Global Schools Network,
- North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Board,
- North Carolina Association of School Administrators,
- North Carolina Interstate Compact Board,
- Military Affairs Committee,
- Economic Development Board,
- The Innovative Project of North Carolina,
- Eastern North Carolina Workforce Development Board, and
- Served as the State Chair for Military Impacted Schools Association.
He has previously served as President of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators and as a member of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Committee.
As OCS superintendent, he was responsible for, or oversaw, several initiatives focused on addressing the continuous growth of the county, and providing opportunities for our students, including:
- Opening of the Onslow Virtual Academy in the spring of 2017,
- Overseeing the massive redistricting process approved by the BOE in January 2015 - after just coming on Board with OCS in winter of the previous school year,
- Opening of new facilities at Dixon Middle School and Richlands Elementary School, and transitioning K-3 Richlands Primary to K-5 Heritage Elementary,
- Working with our partners at Coastal Carolina Community College to open the Onslow Early College High School in August 2017, and
- Developing partnerships with state and local legislative leaders, neighboring school districts and business leaders on this amazing facility – the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, which opened for students this school year.
Most notably, Mr. Stout led OCS during recovery from the most unprecedented event to ever impact this county - Hurricane Florence.
Mr. Stout, we thank you for your service to OCS and our school community and look forward to having your portrait being displayed in our front lobby.
Southwest Middle AVID RevalidationPosted by Jessica Coston on 2/6/2020 11:00:00 AM
The philosophy behind Advancement Via Individual Determination, better known as AVID, seeks to provide first-time college-going students the tools, skills and support they need to develop into motivated, confident and productive students.
As a result of their diligent and focused work, we are excited to announce that Southwest Middle School has been revalidated as a National Demonstration Site through the 2022-2023 school year.
Following a December site visit, the school has been revalidated because it exemplifies a school-wide approach to AVID. The AVID visiting team noted they “observed thoughtful instruction and engaged students everywhere in the building.”
The school was commended for its integration of one-to-one computing devices and AVID best practices –especially note-taking and interacting with notes; collaboration of school administration and AVID team showing leadership from within; and, ensuring schoolwide usage of AVID methods.
Congratulations to Principal Joycelyn Cassidy, AVID Coordinator Emily Fanning, AVID Coordinator Heather Wells and the Southwest Middle School site team for this recognition.
Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition AwardPosted by Jessica Coston on 2/6/2020 11:00:00 AM
We are excited to announce that Teddye Park, a Heritage Elementary School kindergarten teacher, has been selected as the Fall 2019 recipient of the UNCW Watson College of Education Roy E. Harkin Teacher Recognition Award.
This award was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Roy E. Harkin who served as the chair of the Education Department at UNCW from 1976 to 1979, and then as Dean of the School of Education until 1991. Sponsored by the family and friends of Dr. Harkin, the award is designed to recognize a public school teacher and/or site coordinator who has contributed to the preparation of future teachers by demonstrating excellence as a Professional Development System partner.
Ms. Park holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from East Carolina University, and completed a K-6 add on certificate in Elementary Education from UNCW in 2003. Ms. Parke began her career with OCS in 1997 as an EC teacher assistant, and for the past 14 years, has worked as a kindergarten teacher.
Congratulations to Ms. Park for her commitment to her students and her dedication to her school, her colleagues and to the Watson College of Education students placed in Onslow County schools.
Red Ribbon Week Contest WinnersPosted by Jessica Coston on 2/6/2020 11:00:00 AM
Throughout the United States, the last full week of October has been designated as Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon Campaign has become a symbol of support forour law enforcement agencies’ efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs. By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs and drug usage. They pay homage to all the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation's struggle against drug trafficking and abuse.
In the Onslow County School System, Red Ribbon Week is recognized in severaldifferent ways. One of the most popular is a contest sponsored by Community Prevention Services, featuring student-created banners. The banners focus on creativity, with students developing the concept and doing allthe work. There are four different categorieswewill be recognizing tonight: Best Overall, Most Creative, Most Original and Most Red Ribbon School Spirited.
Congratulations to the following winners:
- "Don't Let Drugs Blow Your Future," Stateside Elementary, Frank Marzullo and Kenia Posadas
- "Cap and Gown," Richlands Elementary, Christina Savage and James Orr
- "Drugs Can Carve You," New Bridge Middle, Ange Bender and Michelle Mueller
- "Send the Message," Swansboro High, Nicole Loya and Hali Moritz
- "Drugs Don't Fit into Our Puzzle," Swansboro Elementary, Carrie Jackson and Tori Christmas
- "Don't Let Drugs Haunt You," Heritage Elementary, Angela Thomas
- "Send a Message - Be Druge Free," Northwoods Park Middle, Robert Holt
- "Iron Man," Richlands Elementary
Most Red Ribbon School Spirited
- Heritage Elementary
We would like to thank Mrs. Kelli Knapp and Community Prevention Services for sponsoring this worthy contest!
OCS listed on AP District Honor RollPosted by Jessica Coston on 1/9/2020 2:00:00 PM
Last month, the College Board announced their 2019 AP District Honor Roll list. We are very excited to share that OCS was recognized as one of only two districts in the state of North Carolina, and one of 250 districts in all the U.S. and Canada to be on the list.
In just one year, OCS has increased AP participation by 16 percent, from 762 students participating in AP courses in 2018 to 884 in 2019. We have also increased the percentage of under-represented populations taking AP exams by 53 percent and increased the percentage of those same students scoring a level 3 or higher on the AP exam by 106 percent. We attribute this largely to our budding relationship with the National Math and Science Initiative, or NMSI, which is now in place in four of our high schools.
We are extremely proud of our educators who opened access to challenging courses and provided supports to help our students succeed. This recognition demonstrates their focus and dedication to college and career readiness.
We would like to recognize a few of those educators who made this achievement possible. First, we would like to thank Richlands High School Principal Brad Staley and Northside High School Principal Lynn Jackson for their dedication to growing their schools’ AP programs and for fully embracing NMSI, which has made all the difference for their students.
We would also like to recognize Mr. Michael Elder, OCS director of college and career readiness, and Mr. Will Laine, OCS executive director of secondary education, for their work with principals, teachers, district staff and NMSI representatives to facilitate the introduction of the NMSI program and support AP growth district wide.
Thank you to all who have played a role in helping OCS reach these goals and to those who continue to make growth possible every day.
2019-2020 Fall Athletics RecognitionsPosted by Jessica Coston on 1/9/2020 2:00:00 PM
At the January 2020 Onslow County Board of Education meeting, Athletic Coordinator Greg Grantham presented the 2019-2020 fall athletic recognitions.
The recognitions for this season included conference players of the year and conference coaches of the year.
Congratulations to the following coaches and student-athletes on their accomplishments this athletic season:
Conference Players of the Year
- Antonio Simmons -- Coastal 1A/2A Conference, Football, Defensive Player of the Year, Southwest High
- Sam Ames -- Coastal 1A/2A Conference, Men's Soccer, Player of the Year, Dixon High
- Emily Matthews -- Coastal 3A Conference, Women's Golf, Player of the Year, Swansboro High
- Philip Seed -- Coastal 3A Conference, Men's Soccer, Player of the Year, Jacksonville High
- Jayda Hunter -- Coastal 3A Conference, Volleyball, Player of the Year, Jacksonville High
- JaQurious Conley -- Coastal 3A Conference, Football, Player of the Year, Northside High
Conference Coaches of the Year
- Kevin Hart -- Coastal 2A Conference, Men's Soccer Coach of the Year, Dixon High
- Chris Mueller -- Coastal 3A Conference, Cross Country Coach of the Year, White Oak High
- Andrea Mason -- Coastal 3A Conference, Women's Golf Coach of the Year, Swansboro High
- Dave Miller -- Coastal 3A Conference, Men's Soccer Coach of the Year, Jacksonville High
- Doug Clark -- Coastal 3A Conference, Volleyball Coach of the Year, White Oak High
ECU Educators Hall of FamePosted by Jessica Coston on 12/6/2019 4:00:00 PM
We are excited to announce that long time OCS educator and CTE proponent, Madeline Tucker, was one of 18 ECU alumni recently inducted into the East Carolina University College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame. The ECU Beta Kappa Chapter of Pi Omega Pi Business Education Honor Society and Dr. Ivan G. Wallace sponsored Mrs. Tucker for the award.
Mrs. Tucker is a proud three-time pirate having earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Education and Educational Specialist Degrees from East Carolina. She is a National Board-Certified teacher and began her career as an educator in 1990 with Onslow County Schools. She taught business education at both the middle and high school level until she assumed a leadership role in 1997, when she became the CTE technology coordinator, and in 2002 became the CTE Curriculum and Instructional Management Coordinator. In 2008, Mrs. Tucker was named the North Carolina Business Education Member of the Year followed by being named the North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education Outstanding Career and Technical Professional in 2009. In 2013 she was named the North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education Instructional Management Coordinator of the Year. She has served as president for the National Business Education Association as well as membership director for this organization. She has additionally served on the Southern Business Education Association Board of Directors and as president of the North Carolina Association of Career and Technical Education Division.
Befitting the role Mrs. Madeline Tucker has played to strengthen career and technical education locally and across the State of North Carolina, the Hall of Fame plaque honoring her reads: “A dedicated lifelong learner and committed advocate for career and technical education which expands career options affecting and changing the lives of students and families.”
Congratulations Mrs. Tucker and thank you for your work with OCS!
NCSTA Region Two Science Teacher of the YearPosted by Jessica Coston on 12/6/2019 4:00:00 PM
We are very proud to announce that OCS teachers Jeannine Fernandez and Emily Kelly have been selected to receive the District Two Outstanding Science Teaching Award for their respective grade levels by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association. They received their recognition on Thursday, November 14 during a ceremony at the annual NCSTA Conference in Winston-Salem.
NCSTA District Outstanding Science Teacher Awards are presented to recognize excellence in science teaching in North Carolina, to teachers who exemplify excellent, creative and innovative teaching of science. This honor is determined by other science educators and serves as recognition of their professional excellence and contributions to science teaching and learning.
Jeannine Fernandez teaches science at Richlands Elementary. During her 10 years with RES, Mrs. Fernandez has taught third grade, fifth grade and the RES Science Lab. She was the 2014-15 RES Science/STEM Teacher of the Year and was the 2015-16 RES Teacher of the Year. In her nomination, Hunters Creek Elementary teacher Kristie Waller, noted, “Ms. Fernandez is an excellent teacher and a great asset to science in Onslow County.”
Emily Kelly teaches 8th grade science at New Bridge Middle School. Ms. Kelly’s classroom instruction focuses on providing her students with engaging learning experiences. Ms. Kelly was the 2016 OCS STEM/STEAM Teacher of the Year and represented NBMS as their 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. NBMS Science Lab Coordinator Julie Baile said, “Ms. Kelly sets the bar high through her dedication and hard work consistently fostering caring relationships with her students and excelling in producing excellent work.”
Congratulations to Ms. Fernandez and Ms. Kelly on receiving the 2019 NCSTA Region Two Outstanding Science Teaching Award!
RHS Becomes Unified Champion SchoolPosted by Jessica Coston on 12/6/2019 4:00:00 PM
Richlands High School Consumer Science teacher Joyce Leonard and RHS Occupational Course of Study Job Coach and ECTA Karen O’Brien recently applied for the RHS campus to be a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools bring youth with and without intellectual disabilities together through sports and education to create school communities of acceptance and respect with a focus on social inclusion for all students.
Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. O’Brien met with our local Special Olympics representative to receive funding for club t-shirts, and items to be given away to students during an Inclusion Rally which was held during Power Hour on November 13. The club asked students stop by and sign two large banners with their names, pledging to include all students. They worked collectively with the RHS Adaptive EC Teacher, Dr. Walters, and also received approximately $500 worth of Adaptive Physical Education Equipment for student use from Special Olympics. This equipment will promote inclusion within the gymnasium and have a huge impact for all RHS students. Their work continues with the Unified Champion School Club which meets during Power Hour on Wednesdays.
Other OCS Unified Champion Schools include Jacksonville Commons Middle, Southwest High, Swansboro High and White Oak High.
Congratulations to RHS for their commitment and to all of our Unified Champion Schools for working to ensure an inclusive environment for all students.
DHS 2019 Men's Soccer 2A State ChampionsPosted by Jessica Coston on 12/6/2019 4:00:00 PM
We are very excited to recognize the Dixon High School men's soccer team as the 2A state men’s soccer champions.
The Bulldogs claimed the school’s second state championship with a 4-3 victory over previously unbeaten and untied East Lincoln at the WakeMed Soccer Park on Friday, November 22.
Dixon finished the season 25-1-1 overall and were 14-0 as the champions of the Coastal 8 1A/2A Conference. This team won the school’s fourth Eastern Regional Championship, appearing in their fourth State Championship Match. This was the Bulldog’s second state championship and first since a 3-1 victory over Polk County in the 2006 1A Championship.
While soccer is a team sport, the state does take the opportunity to recognize outstanding individual efforts. This year, the NCHSAA selected Dixon senior Matthew Hardison as the game’s Most Valuable Player. The NCHSAA is also committed to recognizing good sportsmanship both on and off the field and has partnered with North Carolina Farm Bureau to recognize a deserving player from each championship team that has excelled in this area. Congratulations to Matthew Hardison as the recipient of this year’s 2A North Carolina Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award.
Congratulations to the DHS Men’s Soccer team for this outstanding achievement!
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