• Instructional Technology Department Highlighted at ISTE

    Posted by Jessica wells on 8/10/2022 1:05:00 PM

    IT staff are recognized at the August Board meeting

    On Monday, June 27, Chief Technology Officer Jeff Pittman and Stephen Taylor, director of digital learning and teaching services, along with Dr. Barry Collins, represented OCS at this year’s annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference.  

    This is the largest educational technology conference and hosts over 16,000 attendees. 

    OCS was invited to present the Microsoft Spotlight session on our use of educational technology and presented a concurrent session on the usage of Microsoft Teams. Both sessions were built around how the district has been able to leverage our digital transformation to respond to various events, including Hurricane Florence and the COVID-19 pandemic.   

    They also shared about OCS’ growth over the past five years and how our district utilizes Microsoft’s education tools to enhance teaching and learning, and support communication and productivity throughout the district.  

    OCS was recognized by Microsoft as the only district in NC piloting the use of Surface SE devices – at Northwoods Elementary. We were also recognized for the use of Intune and AutoPilot to configure our 1:1 devices. This means our staff configures the devices via the cloud before they ever ship to us. This means that our IT staff can now take devices straight out of the box and hand to the end user – which saves hundreds of person-hours, since our Techs no longer have to image and configure each individual device, and allows for the remote deployment of software. 

    Dr. Collins, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Pittman also met with senior leadership at Microsoft and discussed our use of tools such as Immersive Reader and Microsoft Translator to reach ELL students. This has the impact of helping Microsoft not only impact education in OCS, but across the globe.  

    Congratulations and thank you to Mr. Pittman, Mr. Taylor, our Digital Learning and Teaching Facilitators, along with the teachers and IT staff that keep OCS at the forefront of educational technology! 

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  • Eastern Region Orchestra

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/9/2022 10:15:00 AM

    High school orchestra students are recognized

    We would like to congratulate the following students and their teachers on their selection to be part of the 2022 Eastern Region Orchestra! This is quite an achievement, and we know it reflects hard work and dedication over the years to students' music studies. 

    Swansboro High

    Teacher: Matthew Hutson

    • Claire Bamber, 10th Grade
    • Tivonah Martin, 12th Grade
    • Sydney Spencer, 11th Grade

    Jacksonville High

    Teacher: Matthew Martinez

    • Flora Castle, 12th Grade
    • Lauren Mahouchick, 12th Grade
    • Leigh Nipper, 12th Grade

    Richlands High

    Teacher: Emma Short

    • Andrew Maldonado, 12th Grade
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  • Junior Eastern Region Orchestra

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/9/2022 10:10:00 AM

    Middle school orchestra students are recognized

    We would like to congratulate the following students and their teachers on their selection to be part of the 2022 Junior Eastern Region Orchestra! This is quite an achievement, and we know it reflects hard work and dedication over the years to students' music studies. 

    Swansboro Middle 

    Teacher: Kimberly Zimmerman

    • Emily Dalrymple, 7th Grade
    • Yukano Kendall, 7th Grade
    • Haiden Merritt, 7th Grade
    • Phillip Pratt, 7th Grade
    • Alivia Squires, 7th Grade
    • Madison Almond, 8th Grade
    • Payton Battle, 8th Grade
    • Rileigh Bowman, 8th Grade
    • Sawyer Gowan, 8th Grade
    • Connor Mansir, 8th Grade
    • Rebekah Raggio, 8th Grade
    • Kennedy Reilly, 8th Grade
    • Elizabeth Schofield, 8th Grade

    Hunters Creek Middle

    Teacher: Greg Dundore

    • Carlyn Barnes, 8th Grade
    • Kaelee Rubio, 8th Grade

    Trexler Middle

    Teacher: Emma Short

    • Abigail Schmuck, 8th Grade

    New Bridge Middle

    Teacher: Jennifer Mahouchick

    • Judah Hernandez, 7th Grade
    • Emily Reese, 7th Grade
    • Carmela Rogers-Gonzalez, 7th Grade
    • Catalina Zacarias Matias, 8th Grade
    • Katie McDougall, 8th Grade
    • Hannah Mueller, 8th Grade
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  • JHS SkillsUSA Recognitions

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/9/2022 10:00:00 AM

    JHS SkillsUSA Team

    SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

    Each June, at the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. These national technical competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training.

    The SkillsUSA Team Works competition gives teams of four students three days to build a construction project which demonstrates their ability to work together as a team. As part of the project, they must write and present an "action plan" and utilize a variety of construction skills. Judging is based on several factors, including presentation skills, ability to construct the project per competition-specified building codes, jobsite safety and cleanliness, organization and correct ordering of materials from the competition material depot, proper use and accountability of tools and equipment, and the rate of completion of the project. 

    Congratulations to the following members of the JHS Team Works competition team and their Skills USA advisor Kenny Kellum for their 3rd place finish at the state conference: 

    • Kendall Kellum, 9th Grade
    • Angel Velez-Galan, 11th Grade
    • Kelize Velez-Galan, 9th Grade
    • Nate O'Day, 9th Grade
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  • RHS SkillsUSA Recognitions

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/9/2022 9:55:00 AM

    SkillsUSA students from Richlands High are recognized at the June meeting

    SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations, and for further education. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

    Each June, at the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. These national technical competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers. SkillsUSA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a successful model of employer-driven youth development training.

    We would like to recognize the following Richlands High School students for their achievement at this year’s state SkillsUSA State Leadership Conference. State first-place – gold medal – winners are eligible to compete at the SkillsUSA Championship coming up later this month in Atlanta. 

    • Ayden Quinn - 11th Grade - Architectural Drafting, 1st Place
    • Landon Adams - 10th Grade - Architectural Drafting, 5th Place
    • Karly Jarman - 10th Grade - Basic Health Care, 1st Place
    • Hadley Brinson - 10th Grade - First Aid-CPR, 1st Place
    • Vanessa Bigford - 12th Grade - Medical Assisting, 1st Place
    • Madilyn Haskett - 10th Grade - Mobile Robotics Technology (Team), 3rd Place
    • Ryker Meeks - 10th Grade - Mobile Robotics Technology (Team), 3rd Place
    • Sydney Ries - 12th Grade - Nurse Assisting, 3rd Place
    • Dylan Ribott - 12th Grade - Photography, 3rd Place
    • Maggie Adams - 12th Grade - Practical Nursing, 1st Place
    • Isabelle Proffitt - 10th Grade - T-Shirt Design, 5th Place
    • Ian Hudson - 12th Grade - Related Technical Math, 5th Place

    Ian Hudson also earned the Dr. Willis M. Parker Award, which is given to a student who has shown outstanding dedication to their chapter and its members and has expressed a sincere dedication to the organization and its members. 

    Ken Brown was named SkillsUSA Region 2 Advisor of the Year. Region 2 is comprised of thirteen states in the Southeastern United States. Mr. Brown is one of five finalists who will be competing for National Advisor of the Year at the national conference in June. 

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  • NC Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Recognitions

    Posted by Jessica wells on 5/5/2022 10:40:00 AM

    Science and Humanities Symposium Recognitions

    On Monday, March 21, 2022, OCS had 4 students participate in the 60th Annual NC Junior Science and Humanities Symposium held on the UNC-Charlotte campus. To participate in the symposium, students had to narrow down topics of interest to a research question, and then design and carry out their own investigation. 
     
    This work was completed during after-school hours and on designated Saturdays with assistance from teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Martin and Greene counties along with staff from UNCC and Lenoir-Rhyne University. Onslow County Schools has been an active member in the STEM Research Academy East for five years. 
     
    We would like to recognize four students for their work in the symposium. 

    Madison Butts, a sophomore at Onslow Early College, completed a research investigation of the impacts of alfalfa and soybeans being used as a buffer crop to reduce nitrate runoff from fertilizer application. Madi plans to continue pursuing this project into the future by expanding her data collection and looking at numerous other variables. She looks forward to presenting her expanded work on this project again next year at the NC Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. 

    Joshua Olan, a freshman at NSHS, pulled from his experience as a student-athlete to identify his research question: “What is the most common method of motivating and tracking physical fitness in different age groups and is it seen as effective?” Next year, Joshua is planning to investigate how positive peer pressure plays a role in a person’s ability to complete a task.

    Matthew Ayala and Khang Pham, juniors at Northside, combined their shared interests in physics, environmental science, and engineering to derive their research question. Through research, Matthew and Khang knew that the cost of ceramic used to make thermoelectric generators has consistently increased over the past few years, which inspired them to ask: “Would replacing the standard ceramic substrate of thermoelectric generators with a copper substrate improve efficiency?” 

    Matthew and Khang, placed 2nd in the state, which means their research project moved on to the national competition in Albuquerque, NM. As for next steps with their research, the team says, “We plan on exploring TEGs even further with potentially different materials and designs such as nanotechnology implementation, we are determined to improve on our study to find what is most effective.” 

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  • Trades Day 2022 Winners

    Posted by Jessica wells on 5/5/2022 10:25:00 AM

    Trades Day winners are recognized at the May BOE meeting

    On March 26, over 60 OCS students made their way to Coastal Carolina Community College to compete in the annual Trades Day event.  

    Trades day was created more than a decade ago to help local companies and contractors connect with talented and skilled youth. This event is a partnership between Coastal Carolina Community College, the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, and many other supporting businesses and organizations. 

    Through competing at Trades Day, high school students taking CTE courses can show off their skills and work ethic in their chosen fields of study. Competitions this year included automotive, construction teams, culinary arts, drafting, electrical, masonry and welding.

    Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all OCS students who participated.

    At the May Board meeting, we were excited to recognize our first-place winners from this year’s event:

    • Dixon High
      • Welding -- SMAW (shielded metal arc welding) -- Daniel Richardson
      • Welding -- Torch Cutting -- Lexi Smith
    • ENC Regional Skills Center
      • Automotive Technology -- Elayna Samson
    • White Oak High
      • Construction Technology -- Riley Melville and Austin Waters
    • Richlands High
      • Architectural Drafting -- Landon Adams
      • Culinary Arts -- Markeya Freeman
      • Masonry -- Julian Thiel
    • Northside High
      • Technical Drafting -- Corey Cupsta
    • Swansoboro High
      • Electrical Trades -- Dakota Stohr

    Trades Day winners are recognized at the Board meeting

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  • 2021-2022 NC School Public Relations Award Recognitions

    Posted by Jessica wells on 4/6/2022 3:50:00 PM

    The North Carolina School Public Relations Association (NCSPRA) has honored Onslow County Schools for excellence in communications. OCS earned a total of nine Blue Ribbon Awards for outstanding and effective communication. NCSPRA presented the awards during a virtual ceremony on February 11, 2022.

    NCSPRA recognizes outstanding communications through its Blue Ribbon Awards program each year. OCS was one of 37 school districts statewide to receive a Blue Ribbon Award. This year’s submission categories included: Marketing, Digital Media Engagement, Electronic Media, Excellence in Writing, Publications, Image/Graphic Design, Photography, and Special Projects and Events. The Georgia School Public Relations Association judged NCSPRA’s 2021 Blue Ribbon entries.

    OCS received one bronze, one silver and seven gold level awards in the following categories:

    Photography:

    • Bronze Award – Best of the Best 2021 – Thompson Early Childhood Center
    • Silver Award – Teacher of the Year Showcase

    Digital Media Engagement:

    • Gold Award – OCS Weekly Update

    Electronic Media:

    • Gold Award – Captain Jack
    • Gold Award – Opening Day Highlights
    • Gold Award – Teach in Onslow County
    • Gold Award – Dual Language Immersion
    • Gold Award – Eastern Regional Skills Center – Your Career Begins Here!
    • Gold Award – Pam Thomas Memorial
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  • Month of the Military Child - Purple Star Awards

    Posted by Jessica wells on 4/6/2022 3:45:00 PM

    Jacksonville area schools are recognized for receiving the Purple Star Award

    Dixon area schools are recognized for receiving the Purple Star Award

    Jacksonville Commons area schools are recognized for receiving the Purple Star Award

    Onslow County Schools has had a long and positive relationship with our military. The growth of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and their associated schools and facilities has had a tremendous impact on the growth of the school system, as well as the local community.

    April is designated as the Month of the Military Child – a time when we applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome. Schools throughout OCS have dedicated events planned throughout the month to honor our military children and families.

    North Carolina is home to a large population of active duty, guard, reserve, and veteran armed services members, and the state’s public schools reflect that. In 2019, The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction launched the Purple Star Award Designation initiative to recognize the state’s strong military presence and its support for military families. The Purple Star designation is awarded to schools that demonstrate military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families.

    In its inaugural year, 2019-2020, OCS had 9 schools earn Purple Star recognition. Across the state, only 10 districts had schools earn the Purple Star recognition for that academic year.

    In its second year, 2020-2021, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, OCS had 19 schools receive Purple Star recognition. These schools were recognized at the November 2021 Board of Education meeting.

    We are proud to share that OCS had 25 schools receive Purple Star recognition for 2021-2022

    Congratulations to the following schools on their commitment to our military children and their families:

    • Carolina Forest Elementary
    • Jacksonville Commons Elementary
    • Northside High 
    • Coastal Elementary
    • Dixon Elementary
    • Dixon Middle
    • Clyde Erwin Elementary
    • Northwoods Elementary
    • Summersill Elementary
    • Northwoods Park Middle
    • Heritage Elementary
    • Richlands Elementary
    • Trexler Middle
    • Richlands High
    • Blue Creek Elementary 
    • Meadow View Elementary
    • Southwest Elementary
    • Southwest Middle
    • Sand Ridge Elementary
    • Swansboro Elementary
    • Swansboro Middle
    • Swansboro High
    • Morton Elementary
    • Silverdale Elementary
    • Hunters Creek Middle

    Richlands area schools are recognized for receiving the Purple Star Award

    Southwest area schools are recognized for receiving the Purple Star Award

    Swansboro area schools are recognized for receiving the Purple Star Award

    White Oak area schools are recognized for receiving the Purple Star Award

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  • OCLC Coastal Carolina Envirothon Team

    Posted by Jessica wells on 4/6/2022 3:35:00 PM

    The OCLC Envirothon team was recognized at the April meeting

    The 23rd Annual NC Coastal Envirothon was held on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County. This is a competitive event for five-member high school and middle school teams to compete in a natural resource knowledge and ecology field day against other middle and high school teams. The events reinforce and enhance students’ interest in the environment and our state’s natural resources.

    Teams were required to engage in practical application and paper tests in five specific areas involving the environment: forestry, soil conservation, current environmental issues, aquatic life, and wildlife. At each station, the teams had 45 minutes to answer 26 test questions and perform hands-on application. The top seven teams were invited to go to the Envirothon competition which will be held in Burlington on April 29 and 30.

    We would like to recognize the Onslow County Learning Center’s “Scientific Method” Team who competed against 18 other teams and was one of the seven selected to go to the state competition.

    Congratulations to the members of team “Scientific Method”:

    • Joseph Bell – 9th grade
    • Noah Marsh – 9th grade
    • Marlee Minasi – 9th grade
    • Robbie Gegenheimer – 10th grade
    • Devon Wilson (Team Captain) - 10th grade
    • Dr. Patrick Curley – Team Advisor
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