OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 29, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/29/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for an excellent week of remote instruction! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    COMPUTER REPAIR HUBS 

    Computer Repair Hubs  

    Today was the last day of operation for the computer repair sites, as school-issued devices continue to be collected. While computer repair service is ending, Student Nutrition Hubs will continue to serve meals through Tuesday, June 30.  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES    

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.  

    OCS EDUCATOR HIGHLIGHTED 

    Susanne Long  

    Susanne Long, OCS director of continuous improvement, has been selected as the World View Educator Spotlight for May 2020. The World View Educator Spotlight honors one exceptional educator a month, showcasing their commitment to students and education.  

    You can read more about Ms. Long and her dedication to global education in Onslow County here: https://worldview.unc.edu/in-the-spotlight/susanne-long/.  

    Congratulations, Ms. Long, and thank you for all you do! 

    NUTRITION DIRECTOR SHOUT OUT 

    Rebecca Collins Spotlight  

    This week, OCS Interim Director of Nutrition Services Rebecca Collins was selected as an NC School Hero by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. This is a recognition of Ms. Collins’ great service to the students and families of Onslow County.  

    Congratulations and thank you for being a school hero, Ms. Collins! 

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED  

    School buildings may be closed for face-to-face instruction, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Check out the fifth and final installment of “Creativity Unmasked” below!   

     

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020  

    DID YOU KNOW? It’s not too late to complete your census form! Completing the census helps our community ensure a complete count and get access to state and federal funding for transportation, social programs, and more. Learn more about the census at 2020census.gov

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 22, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/22/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week in Onslow County. See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Memorial Day reminders  

    We would like to remind our families that OCS will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25. Nutrition hubs and computer repair sites will not operate that day. Have a fun, safe holiday weekend and we will see you on Tuesday for more remote instruction! 

    GRADUATION INFORMATION  

    As a district, OCS will be moving forward with a two-part plan to honor the Class of 2020. The first part of the plan includes a virtual portion which will give each student a chance to be recognized, and honor the school’s valedictorian, salutatorian and others who would normally participate in a live graduation event. These ceremonies will be recorded and broadcast on the district’s YouTube channels at the time the original ceremony would have occurred. For the second part of the plan, principals at each of our high schools will be working with their staff on school-based graduation celebrations for the Class of 2020.    

    See below for the scheduled broadcast times and channels for the virtual portion of each school’s graduation:  

    • June 10, 2020   
      • 7 p.m.: Southwest High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube  
    • June 11, 2020    
      • 10 a.m.: Richlands High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube   
      • 6 p.m.: Northside High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube  
      • 6:30 p.m.: Dixon High -- OCS Multimedia YouTube  
    • June 12, 2020   
      • 7 p.m.: Swansboro High -- Onslow Schools Television YouTube  
      • 7:30 p.m.: Jacksonville High -- OCS Multimedia YouTube  
    • June 13, 2020   
      • 9 a.m.: White Oak High -- Onslow Schools Television 

    CALENDAR REVISIONS 

    Earlier this week, the OCS Board of Education approved revised 2020-21 calendars which are aligned with new legislation signed into law on May 4. The new law requires several changes to the traditional school calendar including a start date of Monday, August 17. The start date for students at the Onslow Early College has been adjusted one day to Monday, August 3. 

    Due to the large number of questions surrounding fall school re-entry, the Board approved a recommendation to move Clyde Erwin and Northwoods Elementary from the year-round to the traditional calendar for the 20-21 school year. This change gives all our families a definite start date for school and allows development of effective and efficient plans for safely reopening in the fall. 

    Parents who attend, or have elected to attend, either Clyde Erwin or Northwoods Elementary through the district’s magnet process should contact their child’s school if they have questions about impacts of this calendar revision. 

    Complete information on the required changes and copies of the revised school calendars have been posted here on the OCS district website: Calendar Revisions

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED 

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the fourth installment below!  

     

    PARENT WORKSHOPS 

    Next week, the OCS Military Family Life Counseling Program will host a series of parent workshops. All sessions are free and open to the public. See here for a list of session topics and times: OCS Parent Workshops. 

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING 

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 25-29!      

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020  

    Show appreciation for those who serve the children of Onslow County by filling out your census form! The data you provide could bring funding to our community for childcare and other social programs that benefit families. Visit 2020census.gov for more information. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on May 19, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 15, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/15/2020 5:10:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week. See below for the latest district news and updates. 

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES    

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information

    PURPLE STAR RECOGNITIONS 

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has launched the Purple Star Award Designation initiative this school year 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.    

    Eight Onslow County schools have been awarded the inaugural 2019-20 Purple Star Award Designation: Carolina Forest International Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Jacksonville Commons Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Northwoods Elementary, Richlands High, Sand Ridge Elementary, and Southwest Elementary. 

    Way to go and thank you for all you do! 

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS  

    Is your child starting kindergarten in August? Consider enrolling in a Dual Language Immersion program! DLI is a Spanish-immersion program offered at Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School, Hunters Creek Elementary, Sand Ridge Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Stateside Elementary. Learn more about DLI and how to send your child to one of the programs here: DLI Information.  

    STORIES FROM THE PANDEMIC

    JHS art teacher Bernie Rosage gives a career development talk

    OCS has a new series of articles named “Stories from the Pandemic.” This series will give you a glimpse into what OCS staff and students are doing to stay engaged remotely during the pandemic. New this week: TAs play a vital role in remote learning, career development continues virtually, and more. You can find the articles here: Stories from the Pandemic.   

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED   

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the third installment below! 

     

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING    

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 18-22!     

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.  

    CENSUS 2020 

    2020 Census  

    Did you know that the answers you provide for the census help determine how money is distributed to fund school lunch programs? Complete your census form today to show your support for our local school lunch program! Visit 2020census.gov for more information.  

    BOE MEETING MAY 19 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 9 a.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd. The purpose of the meeting will be to consider approval of a revised 2020-2021 school calendar which conforms to recently enacted state legislation. 

    In compliance with current limitations on the size of gatherings, participants present in the meeting room will be limited. A monitor will be available for limited viewing, but no more than ten individuals may congregate.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 8, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/8/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! As we bring this year’s staff appreciation week to a close, we would like to thank each and every staff member for all they do to support education in Onslow County.  

    Since the closure of school buildings in March, our staff have worked hard to launch emergency remote learning procedures for around 20,000 daily Microsoft Teams users, serve more than 400,000 meals to those who need it, repair more than 1,500 devices to keep everyone connected and ensure that our staff, students and families are taken care of.  

    To our staff, thank you for being part of what makes OCS great!  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES   

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.   

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten Information  

    Beginning May 11, parents in Onslow County will have the opportunity to complete kindergarten registration online. OCS is working with Scribbles Software to offer the ScribEnroll online enrollment solution. The addition of the ScribEnroll platform allows parents to conveniently complete kindergarten enrollment and schools can more easily manage processes and documentation while tracking and reporting on trends in real time. 

    The registration site will be housed on the OCS district website and any child domiciled in Onslow County who will reach age five on or before August 31, 2020 is eligible to enroll. 

    You can find more on kindergarten registration at https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/kinder

    STORIES FROM THE PANDEMIC 

    A kindergarten student and her "flat teacher"  

    This week, OCS introduced a new series of articles named “Stories from the Pandemic.” This series will give you a glimpse into what OCS staff and students are doing to stay engaged remotely during the pandemic. You can find the articles here: Stories from the Pandemic.  

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED  

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the second installment below! 

     

    PARENT WORKSHOPS 

    Next week, the OCS Military Family Life Counseling Program will host a series of parent workshops. All sessions are free and open to the public. See here for a list of session topics and times: OCS Parent Workshops

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING   

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 11-15!    
    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.   

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020  

    This week, we celebrated employee and teacher appreciation week. Did you know that the best way to thank a teacher is to respond to the census? The data you provide the U.S. Census Bureau determine where millions of dollars-worth of aid for education, social programs and infrastructure are allocated each year. Learn more at 2020census.gov.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD  

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on May 5, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 1, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/1/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week. Catch up on all the latest district news and announcements below. 

    SCHOOL LUNCH HERO DAY 

    School Lunch Hero Day  

    Today was School Lunch Hero Day, and we would like to sincerely thank each of our OCS school nutrition staff members for the work they have done the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the work they have always done to serve our students.  

    We love and appreciate you all! Join us next week for a full week of OCS staff appreciation!  

    Join in on the OCS love by thanking a staff member you appreciate by sending a letter, writing an email or posting about them on social media using #ocseveryday.  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES  

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.  

    CREATIVITY UNMASKED 

    School buildings may be closed, but our students are still hard at work, including our art students! Due to social distancing requirements, in-person art shows cannot be held, but that does not mean we cannot admire the work of our talented students. Each week, OCS will be sharing a virtual art show in the series, “Creativity Unmasked.” Check out the first installment below! 

     

    VIRTUAL PARENT WORKSHOPS 

    Next week, the OCS Military Family Life Counseling Program will host a series of parent workshops. All sessions are free and open to the public. See below for session subjects and times:  

    Virtual Parent Workshops  

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING  

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for May 4-8!   

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 27, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board

    BOE MEETING MAY 5 

    The Onslow County Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday, May 5, at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. There will be a public hearing on the proposed FY2020-2021 Local Current Expense and Capital Outlay budgets at 6:00 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m.  

    In order to practice appropriate social distancing and comply with the Governor’s Executive Orders due to the current COVID-19 State of Emergency, the number of participants present in the meeting room will be limited. A monitor will be available at the Regional Skills Center for viewing, but no more than ten individuals may congregate at one time. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby of the Skills Center for those wishing to address the board during the public hearing or either comment period of the regular meeting. Speakers will be individually granted access to the meeting room at the appropriate time.  

    Agenda items for the regular meeting include a COVID-19 remote update and the approval of the FY2020-2021 local current expense and capital outlay budgets. 

    CENSUS 2020 

    2020 Census Challenge  

    It’s not too late to respond to the 2020 Census. Once you've responded, encourage your family, friends, and neighbors to complete the census, too. Responding now will minimize the need for census takers to go out into communities to follow up. 

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 24, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/24/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! We hope you had a great first week back from spring break. You can catch up on all the latest district news and updates below.  

    SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE 

    At a press conference this afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order closing all North Carolina Public Schools for face-to-face instruction through the end of the academic year. In response to the Governor’s announcement, OCS Superintendent Barry Collins releases the following statement: 

    Schools are essential to our community, and we understand Governor Cooper’s decision to close schools to face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the current school year is disappointing. This means our students will be missing out on many of those things which traditionally mark the end of our academic year. However, we understand the need to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff and families.  

    While our school facilities may be closed, OCS will continue to provide remote learning through the end of the scheduled academic year, and our Student Nutrition Hubs and Technology Repair sites will continue operating as scheduled.  

    District staff will be reviewing the governor’s most recent order and guidance from the State Board of Education to determine the impacts of this unprecedented closure. As we review today’s decision, every step will be taken to provide maximum support and ensure minimal negative impacts to our students, staff and the larger school community.  

    We appreciate the tremendous effort our staff are giving to provide remote instruction, meet our students’ nutritional needs and address their social and emotional learning. The school district remains committed to continuing support for our school community during this challenging time.  

    OCS will be reviewing today’s decision and more direction on issues important to our students, staff and parents will be announced in the coming days. We would like to thank our families and the Onslow County community for their support as we move forward. 

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATIONS 

    Meal Benefit Applications open  

    The OCS School Nutrition office is currently accepting meal benefit applications. 

    Online applications can be filled out at https://www.lunchapplication.com/

    Paper applications can be found here: Application PDF

    Spanish applications can be printed from here: Spanish Application PDF.  

    Paper applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Jacksonville NC 28540. 

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES 

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING 

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for April 27-May 1!  

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.  

    SBHS COACH HONORED 

    We would like to congratulate Swansboro High School Athletic Director Kim Miller on winning the NCHSAA's Toby Webb Outstanding Coach of the Year Award.  This is a statewide honor that would have normally been awarded at the NCHSAA's Annual Meeting of District Admin, Principals and ADs from across the state in Chapel Hill on April 29. 

    That meeting was not able to be held this year, but we are still proud of Ms. Miller and her accomplishments. Way to go, Coach Miller! 

    BOE MEETING APRIL 27 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Monday, April 27 at 9 a.m. 

    The meeting will be held in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. 

    Due to the current COVID-19 State of Emergency, to practice appropriate social distancing, and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders, the number of participants present in the meeting room will be limited. A monitor will be available at the Regional Skills Center for limited viewing, but no more than 10 individuals may congregate at one time. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Agenda items for this meeting include presentation and discussion of the 2020-2021 Capital and Local Current Expense Budgets.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 17, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/17/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! We hope you had a restful spring break and are ready to resume online learning on Monday! 

    You can find the latest district news and updates below.  

    STUDENT NUTRITION HUBS AND COMPUTER REPAIR 

    Nutrition Hub and Computer Repair information  

    The school system is acutely aware of the needs of our school community, and we are grateful for all who have provided immediate food assistance to our children during this crisis. Thanks to the amazing work of our school nutrition staff, OCS has provided more than 222,000 meals to our most food insecure children. 

    To ensure we could continue to feed our most vulnerable students through the scheduled school closure, OCS made the decision to pause serving meals at Student Nutrition Hubs during spring break. We would like to thank our community for their support and understanding during the nutrition hub closure, as it allowed the district a chance to replenish its food supplies and prioritize the safety and well-being of Student Nutrition Hub staff. 

    On Monday, April 20, all OCS Student Nutrition Hubs and computer repair sites will reopen, at their original locations and hours. The only exception will be the nutrition hub at Dixon Elementary, which will now operate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

    You can find a full list of meal sites here: Student Nutrition Hubs. For more information on computer repair sites, click here: Instructional Technology Information and Resources.  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES   

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.  

    UNC-TV AT-HOME LEARNING 

    Are you preparing for more at-home instruction next week? UNC-TV's At-Home Learning programming information is now available for April 20-24! 

    Check out UNC-TV's learning-from-home resources and television schedule here: UNC-TV At-Home Learning.  

    OCS PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS 

    Preschool applications now available online  

    Online preschool applications are now available. You can find the online application and more information on the application process here: OCS Preschool Applications.  

    CENSUS 2020 

    The 2020 Census is still happening! If you have not yet filled out your census form, be sure to do so soon and help our community get an accurate count. You can learn more about the census at 2020census.gov

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools 

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  • Weekly Update - Thursday, April 9, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/9/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family. You can see the latest district news and updates below. 

    SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE 

    On behalf of the Onslow County School system, I would like to share how truly humbled we are by the support and understanding of our community in the face of this current crisis. There is no substitute for having our students and teachers in their classrooms, performing in our auditoriums or competing on our athletic fields. However, until COVID-19 is defeated, our staff have stepped up to provide excellence in this new educational environment. 

    The dedication shown following Hurricane Florence to move forward and do whatever is needed to get the job done is being demonstrated now  by our staff across the district. I am proud of the instructional staff, bus drivers, custodians, student nutrition staff and other OCS team members who have made our school buildings and vehicles safer, fed children who depend on school meals, implemented our remote learning  and kept the school system up and running. I am also grateful for the leadership of our teachers, principals and other school-based staff who have worked to meet the social and emotional needs of our students during this challenging time. 

    We are proud to serve our entire OCS family. While we do not know what the rest of the school year holds, I know we will come through this stronger as a school system and as a community. 

    Thank you, 
    Barry Collins, Superintendent 

    BOARD CHAIR MESSAGE 

    Your Board of Education is proud of and thankful for the unified efforts of all the OCS team in this most difficult time. The COVID-19 crisis has made the job more difficult, but our staff have worked diligently to address the needs of our community. We are grateful for all that has been done during the school closure. Because of this commitment and dedication, we will weather this storm and be better for it on the other side. 

    We appreciate the support of our parents, the community and all those who have been positively impacted by the great things being done every day by our outstanding OCS staff. We are also grateful for the understanding that although our schools are operating differently, everyone connected with your school system continues to have the same commitment to excellence in education. 

    Thank you, 
    Pam Thomas, Chair – Onslow County Board of Education 

    SPRING BREAK REMINDERS 

    Spring Break Information  

    We would like to remind our families that spring break for schools on the traditional calendar will begin on Friday, April 10. Virtual instruction will resume on Monday, April 20. Year-round schools will observe a break April 10-13, with online instruction resuming Tuesday, April 14.   

    To ensure we can continue to feed our most vulnerable students through the scheduled school closure, OCS will pause serving meals at Student Nutrition Hubs during spring break from Friday, April 10 through Friday, April 17. Student technology repair will also be paused during this time.  

    Meals at our Student Nutrition Hubs, as well as technology repair, will resume on Monday, April 20. 

    You can find information regarding community food resources here: Food Resources

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES  

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.  

    PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS 

    Applications for preschool will be available online beginning April 14. See below for more information:  

    Preschool application information  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagram - onslowcountyschools 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 3, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/3/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family. Thank you for another week of flexibility and successful remote learning. See all the latest district news and announcements below.  

    SPRING BREAK REMINDER 

    Spring Break Information  

    We would like to remind our families that spring break for schools on the traditional calendar will begin on Friday, April 10. Virtual instruction will resume on Monday, April 20. Year-round schools will observe a break April 10-13, with online instruction resuming Tuesday, April 14. No device repair sites or student nutrition hubs will be open on the Friday, April 10 holiday. 

    Further information about the spring break schedules for repair sites and nutrition hubs will be announced next week.  

    COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES 

    As the district continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest COVID-19 updates and information regarding services available during the school closures here on the OCS website: OCS COVID-19 Information.  

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    April is Month of the Military Child! We may not be together on campus this month, but we can still celebrate and (virtually) paint the town purple! Check out the themed days for the April 6-10 virtual spirit week below and use #PIPOnslow to participate and help us paint it purple! 

    Virtual Spirit Week Information  

    STUDENTS COMPETE IN VIRTUAL CONTEST 

    Elizabeth Shannon and Colin Davis  

    In the fall of 2019, a group of students from Onslow Early College High School and Jacksonville High School joined the NC STEM Research Academy East, which has student members from OCS and four other area districts. The goal of this program was to increase authentic student science research or engineering design work. The year was supposed to conclude with every student participating at the North Carolina Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, which was to be held at UNCC in March.  

    After the recent school closures, the committee decided to hold the competition virtually.    

    Colin Davis, a junior from Onslow Early College High School, submitted his research project entitled “Explanation of the Relationship between the Oxygen Uptake Efficiency Plateau and the Ratio between Heart Rate and Respiratory Frequency.” Elizabeth Shannon, a senior at Jacksonville High School, submitted her project called “The Developmental Effects of Perchloroethylene on Artemia Salina.” 

    When the results were reported, we learned that Elizabeth Shannon was awarded an honorable mention for her research.  

    Congratulations to Elizabeth and Colin for their hard work, dedication, and willingness to continue their academic pursuits in the face of great change! 

    WIGGINS TO SERVE ON NCSBA COMMITTEE 

    The North Carolina School Boards Association has named Onslow County Schools Board Member Paul Wiggins an at-large member of the NCSBA Legislative Committee.  

    “These individuals will do the work that leads to the adoption of the association’s legislative agenda,” remarked NCSBA President Brenda Stephens. “They will help us design a survey to gather information from our members and then develop a draft agenda for adoption at the 2020 meeting of NCSBA’s delegate assembly.” 

    In addition to the agenda, committee members will review ongoing legislative activity and provide guidance to the Board of Directors on legislative matters. This year’s legislative committee is comprised of a subset of the NCSBA Board of Directors, the eight district presidents, and ten at-large school board members that were nominated by their school board and appointed by the NCSBA president. 

    The committee will meet later this year, and its members will serve a two-year term. 

    Congratulations and thank you for serving, Mr. Wiggins! 

    CENSUS 2020 

    National Census Day was Wednesday, April 1! That means that you now should have received your invitation to complete the census. If you have your form and have yet to fill it out, do so soon to help our community get much-needed resources. If you have not yet received a form, a representative from the U.S. Census Bureau should be following up with you in the coming weeks. Learn more about the census and its importance at 2020census.gov.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 27, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/27/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family. Please see the latest district updates below.  

    OCS COVID-19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES   

    Thank you for your patience and flexibility as the district continues to navigate these unprecedented circumstances.  

    We are aware of Governor Cooper’s announcement earlier this afternoon regarding a stay-at-home order which will go into effect beginning at 5 p.m. Monday evening. More on what this will mean for OCS will be shared with you as it becomes available.  

    In the meantime, we would like to remind our families that they can find the latest school-related COVID-19 updates at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/covid19 and that the following resources are available to them during the school closures: 

    Student Nutrition Hubs  

    Since the Student Nutrition Hubs started operating on Tuesday, March 17 the district has served a total of 99,814 meals to children free of charge. As we move forward, we will continue operating the 10 nutritional hubs Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., as resources permit. In addition to these sites, we will continue looking at other opportunities to provide satellite nutrition hub sites throughout the county. Locations for the nutritional hubs and satellite feeding stations can be found here: Student Nutrition Hubs

    We would also like to remind those who are picking up meals that, in accordance with federal and state guidelines, all meals being served must be for children ages 1-18 who are in economically disadvantaged areas.  

    Instructional Technology  

    To maintain the continuity of digital instruction, the OCS Instructional Technology Department has implemented a plan to repair broken or malfunctioning district-issued student devices. Students will be able to drop off a broken or malfunctioning laptop, have an IT Technician repair the device and have it ready to be picked up within 24 hours. You can find more information and a list of drop off/pickup times and sites here: IT Information and Resources

    Student Counseling Services  

    During this challenging time, OCS school counselors and social workers will be available for virtual counseling sessions to help our children cope with the many questions and uncertainties they have. You can find more information and links to each school’s counseling services here: Student Counseling Services

    CENSUS 2020 

    National Census Day is April 1! 

    DID YOU KNOW? Census forms and invitations to complete the census began arriving at homes in Onslow County earlier this month. If you have received you form, please be sure to fill it out at your earliest convenience. If you have not received any information from the Census Bureau yet, be sure to keep an eye out for it in the coming days. Learn more at 2020census.gov.  

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