OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 15, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 2/15/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS family! Read below for the latest updates from another great week at Onslow County Schools.  

    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

    As of today, Friday, Feb. 15, the 2019-2020 Secondary Course of Study is officially live on the OCS website.  

    This guide outlines the opportunities and coursework options available to high school students going into the 2019-2020 school year, including college-level courses provided in conjunction with Coastal Carolina Community College and advanced Career & Technical Education courses at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    Click here to see the guide. 

    BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION 

    This week is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week and we would like to thank our dedicated bus drivers and transportation staff for all of their hard work! Day in and day out, they work to get our students to and from school as safely and efficiently as possible.  

    On Monday morning, HMS Transporation Solutions sponsored a “Love the Bus Brunch” to thank OCS drivers who have won awards for Perfect Attendance, Outstanding Driver, and Clean Bus. They were treated to a spread of biscuits, juice, cake and more as a small token of appreciation.  

    To all of our drivers, bus monitors and transportation staff, we appreciate all you do for the children of Onslow County! 

    CTE HAPPENINGS 

    DID YOU KNOW? CTE prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills.  

    As CTE Month continues, we are excited to keep you updated on career and technical education news across the county.  

    FFA students and staff give thumbs up with Dr. Ron Singletary  

    • This week marked an important occasion for our Future Farmers of America organizations at White Oak and Richlands high schools. FFA students and advisers from WOHS and RHS gathered at the OCS central office on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the signing of an FFA proclamation by Interim Superintendent Ron Singletary. Dr. Singletary’s signature officially made February 16-23, 2019 FFA Week.  
    • Eighth graders at Dixon Middle got valuable career-readiness training Tuesday, as more than 15 business owners and professionals from the community came in and conducted mock job interviews. Students interviewed with professionals from many fields, such as law enforcement, military, medicine and retail, who asked them standard questions about their goals, strengths and weaknesses, as well as questions specific to their field. Interviewers were asked to grade students honestly to give the students accurate feedback on their confidence, preparedness, appearance and presentation. Leading up to the interviews, students learned about potential career paths, portfolio-building and budgeting. Instructor Alicia Dipzinski said the lessons learned from this experience will equip students for success as they go into high school, college and the workforce. 

    COMMUNITY LEADERS VISIT SCHOOLS 

    The Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber Leadership class poses with OEC students at CCCC

    Each year, the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce hosts a group of leaders and professionals in the community for a leadership class, where they learn about the businesses and government agencies in the community. Thursday, this year’s class spent the day learning all about the opportunities Onslow County Schools provides for students.  

    The day started with a welcome from Interim Superintendent Dr. Ron Singletary and an overview of the school system from Deputy Superintendent Dr. Beth Folger.  

    From there, the class toured Thompson Early Childhood Center with Director James Lanier and even took a few minutes to read to the preschoolers. Later, the visitors stopped by Clyde Erwin Elementary to observe Spanish Language Immersion classrooms. For lunch, the class met with students from Onslow Early College High School and had a chance to network and talk about the OEC experience. They finished their day with CTE students learning about the variety of career and technical programs the district offers.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 8, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 2/8/2019 5:00:00 PM

    DR. FOLGER RECOGNIZED BY NCASCD 

    Dr. Beth Folger

    Onslow County Schools is proud to announce that Deputy Superintendent Dr. Beth Folger was recently awarded the NCASCD Distinguished Educator Award.  

    NCASCD, the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, awards this honor annually to a member of the association who has made significant contributions in the areas of curriculum and instruction as a teacher or administrator.  

    Dr. Folger came to Onslow County in 2015 and has worked in public education for more than 28 years. She has taught elementary and middle school and served as an administrator at the school and district levels. Since 2016, Dr. Folger has served as the OCS Deputy Superintendent and she oversees PreK-12 Instruction, Research and Accountability, Human Resources, and Leadership Development.  

    Dr. Folger was officially recognized at the NCASCD Conference this month.  


    FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL CTE MONTH 

    DID YOU KNOW? The average high school graduation rate for CTE concentrators was 93 percent, compared to the national adjusted cohort graduation rate of 80 percent. Onslow County Schools is proud to have a 97 percent CTE Concentrator Graduation Rate! 

    This month, OCS will give you a look into the amazing work career and technical education students do across Onslow County. You can keep up with CTE happenings on the official OCS social media channels and the OCS website. 
     

    Beginning February 11, career development coordinators across the district will be taking over the Onslow County Schools Instagram account to give you an inside look at CTE classes and projects. To join in on the takeover fun, follow OCS on Instagram


    STEM COMPETITIONS MAKE LEARNING FUN 

    Students from New Bridge Middle compete in MATHCOUNTS
    Students from New Bridge Middle compete in MATHCOUNTS.

    This week, STEM was the focus for OCS students, as they competed in math and science competitions. 
     

    Elementary students from across the county gathered on Saturday, Feb. 2 to exercise their brains and compete against other schools at the Elementary Science Olympiad. Science Olympiad features several science and engineering-based events that require students to think critically and work as a team to solve problems or accomplish a goal. Click here to read more about the Onslow County Elementary Science Olympiad event.
      

    On Thursday, middle school students participated in the Onslow County Middle School MATHCOUNTS competition. All eight OCS middle schools were represented, as well as a private school here in the county. Teams participated in several events throughout the day, all designed to test students’ math skills and make learning fun.   

    Congratulations on a job well done to all who competed! 


    STUDENTS CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR 

    Children at Dixon Elementary wear the dragon they made for their Chinese New Year parade
    Children at Dixon Elementary wear the dragon they made for their Chinese New Year parade.

    Tuesday, Feb. 5 marked the celebration of the Chinese New Year, and OCS students rung in the Year of the Pig in a variety of ways.  

    Dixon and Hunters Creek elementary schools both held parades to recognize the day. The parades were full of dragons and bright colors, and Dixon Elementary even had live pigs! Beth Howard, the teacher who organized the parade at Dixon, said the event included over half of the student body and is rite of passage for the school’s 4th graders, who look forward to it all year before heading to the middle school.  

    Other schools, like Carolina Forest Elementary, celebrated by studying China’s culture and preparing performances and presentations to share with their school and families.  


    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on February 5, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 1, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 2/1/2019 5:00:00 PM

    We hope everyone in the OCS family had a great week! Read below for important notices and the latest district happenings.  

    STORM-BASED MEAL WAIVERS ENDING 

    As of today, February 1, 2019, all students in Onslow County Schools returned to pre-storm status for meal benefits.  

    This means students who paid for or were provided meals at a reduced cost will be charged from this time forward.  Students who were receiving meals at no cost before Hurricane Florence will continue to receive them for free. 

    If you would like to start receiving free or reduced meal benefits, please click on the link to complete an application: Meal Benefits Application.  

    STOUT HONORED AT RETIREMENT CELEBRATION 

    Educators, elected officials and community members all gathered at Northside High School Monday night to celebrate the retirement of Mr. Stout and thank him for his 30 years of service to the students of North Carolina and, more specifically, his 5 years of service to the students of Onslow County.  

    The celebration included remarks from OCS Executive Director of Community Affairs Brent Anderson and Board Chair Pam Thomas, who shared some of Mr. Stout’s greatest accomplishments and wished him luck as he begins the next chapter of his life and career.  

    Mr. Stout and his guests enjoyed hor d’oeuvres prepared by the NHS Culinary Academy, as well as a presentation of the colors by the NHS JROTC color guard. Guests were also treated to a performance of the National Anthem by the NHS chorus and a night of music provided by the Jacksonville High School Orchestra’s string ensemble.  

    We would like to congratulate Mr. Stout on his retirement and a successful career in education!  

    GROUNDHOG DAY AT TECC 

    Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips pets Puck the Groundhog at TECC
    Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips and
    Puck the Groundhog

    It was an exciting morning at Thompson Early Childhood Center Friday as the school held its annual Groundhog Day event. 

    The staff and students at TECC were joined by Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips and staff from Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary when they gathered to see how long the winter season would last. 

    Puck the Groundhog, from Possumwood Acres, saw his shadow when he emerged and you know what that means... Six more weeks of winter!


    MAGNET SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES 

    If you are interested in seeing the OCS magnet schools before the application period, New Bridge Middle School will hold an open house on Monday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m., and Northwoods Elementary and Clyde Erwin Elementary will hold their open houses on Thursday, February 7 at 5:30 p.m. 

    Magnet School applications will be available February 11, 2019 and will remain available until March 1, 2019.  The lottery selection process will be held at 10 a.m. on March 4, 2019.   

    Click here to watch a video on how to submit a magnet school application.

    BOE MEETING FEBRUARY 5 

    On Tuesday, February 5, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Blue Creek Elementary School. Immediately preceding the regular meeting, the Board will meet in closed session at 5 p.m.  

    Testing policy and an update on the new elementary schools are on the meeting’s agenda.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 25, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/25/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Another week of learning and excellence is in the books for Onslow County Schools! Read below for the latest district happenings. 

    SKILLS CENTER OPENING DELAYED 

    Earlier this week, OCS announced that the opening of the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center (ENCRSC) has been delayed until August 2019.  

    While the storm itself is long gone, Hurricane Florence continues to have an impact on our community. Materials necessary for completion of the ENCRSC have been in short supply or diverted to other needs across the area. Additionally, the repair and reconstruction of existing homes and businesses has increased the demand for all types of laborers, and workers from the immediate area have been in short supply. These factors have combined with prior delays and shortages to put construction even further behind schedule making this decision necessary.
     
    In Tuesday’s special Board of Education meeting, Interim Superintendent Ron Singletary said that the facility could be partially open by mid-March, and that the project is expected to be completed by April. An April completion date, he said, would allow enough time for the building to be equipped and prepared for student occupancy by the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year in August.  
     
    During the Board’s discussion of the ENCRSC’s progress, Board members decided that, while the project is delayed, now would be a good time to look into how to outfit the upstairs space for future use, whether it be used for classrooms, offices, etc. The Board unanimously agreed to ask staff to move forward with researching the potential uses of the upstairs space and the logistics and requirements for preparing the space for future use.   


    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    In its special workshop meeting on January 23, 2019, the Onslow County Board of Education discussed three topics: the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, hurricane recovery updates and future budget planning. Click here for a summary of the meeting.

    MAGNET SCHOOL INFORMATION SESSIONS 

    Parents who are interested in their students attending one of Onslow County Schools' three magnet schools are invited to attend an information session with Dr. Brendan Gartner, Director of Student Services. Sessions will cover the new online application and lottery process used to select students for magnet schools, as well as the Dual-Language Immersion program.
        
    Sessions will be held the following upcoming dates: 

    • January 29, 6 p.m. -- Southwest Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 30, 6 p.m. -- Hunters Creek Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 31, 6 p.m. -- Swansboro Middle School Cafeteria 
    • February 1, 6 p.m. -- New Bridge Middle School Cafeteria 

    Click here for more information on OCS magnet schools.  


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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 18, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/18/2019 5:00:00 PM

    This week at OCS was full of celebration! Read below for the district's latest news.

    Have a great weekend and remember: no school on Monday!

    NMSI PROGRAM KICKS OFF IN ONSLOW 


    In a large kickoff celebration on Thursday, Onslow County Schools announced that the district was awarded a $906,121 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to implement the National Math and Science Initiative program at Richlands and Northside high schools.  

    NMSI, a program that often partners with the Department of Defense to improve educational opportunities for military children, works to improve STEM education by partnering with schools to provide training and support for teachers and give students the resources and technology they need to develop lifelong skills. NMSI offers teachers course-specific training, online curricular resources and support from AP experts, while students can benefit from focused study sessions, equipment upgrades and exam fee subsidies.  

    Col. Scott Baldwin of Camp Lejeune said that a program like NMSI will help support students that live a transient lifestyle like military children.  
    “There’s a significant number of [military] kids in the community,” Col. Baldwin said. “And the communities do give a lot to the installation. They support what we do, so it’s nice that the Department of Defense can turn around and be able to give back to the community.” 

    Ed Veiga, senior director of the Military Families Mission for NMSI, said it was important to note that NMSI resources are not only available to military children, but to all students in schools who have adopted the program. 


    TECC HOSTS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST 

    OCS maintenance workers Mike Tyndall, Joe Davis and Antonio Hooker enjoy breakfast at TECC
    OCS maintenance workers Mike Tyndall, Joe Davis and Antonio Hooker enjoy breakfast at TECC.

    Thompson Early Childhood Center hosted its annual appreciation breakfast for OCS maintenance staff Wednesday morning.  

    Dozens of workers from the district’s maintenance department gathered in TECC’s multipurpose room for food and fellowship, courtesy of the preschool’s staff. The guests of honor were treated to a large buffet of pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, casseroles and more.  
    Board members Earl Taylor, Paul Wiggins and Ken Reddic, as well as Interim Superintendent Ron Singletary joined the TECC staff in thanking the maintenance team for all they do for the students and employees of the Onslow County School System.  

    TECC Director James Lanier presented the maintenance department with a gift of appreciation: a framed print of the school’s tiger cub mascot signed by all of the school’s employees.  

    To our maintenance staff, thank you for all the hard work you do every day!

    See a video from the breakfast event here. 


    MAGNET SCHOOL INFORMATION SESSIONS 

    Parents who are interested in their students attending one of Onslow County Schools' three magnet schools are invited to attend an information session with Dr. Brendan Gartner, Director of Student Services. Sessions will cover the new online application and lottery process used to select students for magnet schools, as well as the Dual-Language Immersion program.   

    Community Information Sessions will be held on the following dates: 

    • January 22, 6 p.m. -- Trexler Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 23, 6 p.m. -- Dixon Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 24, 6 p.m. -- Jacksonville Commons Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 25, 6 p.m. -- Northwoods Park Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 29, 6 p.m. -- Southwest Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 30, 6 p.m. -- Hunters Creek Middle School Cafeteria 
    • January 31, 6 p.m. -- Swansboro Middle School Cafeteria
    • February 1, 6 p.m. -- New Bridge Middle School Cafeteria 

    Check here for more information on OCS magnet schools.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER  
     
    As the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday approaches, we would like to remind our families that schools will be closed for staff and students on Monday, January 21, 2019.   

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 11, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/11/2019 5:00:00 PM

    It has been another wonderful week of learning at Onslow County Schools! Take a look at the latest OCS happenings below and have a great weekend! 

    BOARD OF EDUCATION APPRECIATION
     

    January is Board of Education Appreciation Month, and the Onslow County BOE members received a special recognition at this month’s Board meeting.  
    Executive Director of Community Affairs Brent Anderson addressed the Board Tuesday night and said, “Many people may see our Board once a month here at the meetings. Many people don’t realize the time each of you put in preparing for these meetings, talking with constituents and attending school functions. In fact, with 38 schools in OCS, it is quite possible you could attend functions at any of our sites almost every night of the week.” 

    To recognize the Board’s commitment to the children of Onslow County and their willingness to serve, Board members were given a token of appreciation for all they do. Each Board member was given a mounted piece of artwork done by a student in Onslow County Schools. The following student works were chosen as Board gifts:  

    • “Eye of the Tiger” by Lauren Stanley, Grade 12 at JHS 
    • “Lighthouse” by Mackenzie Koehn, Grade 11 at SBHS 
    • “European Art Study” by Ashley Thompson, Grade 10 at RHS 
    • “Pointillism Symmetry” by Serenity Rader, Grade 12 at SWHS 
    • “Passing Time” by Graham Brinker, Grade 12 at JHS 
    • “European Art Study” by Kaleana Julius-Carroll, Grade 11 at RHS 
    • “Geisha” by Drayana Johnson, Grade 12 at NHS 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD
     
    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on January 8, 2019 can be found here: https://bit.ly/2LZeyxo.  

    ACT PREP INFORMATION 

    With testing and college preparation season upon us, OCS would like to share with our staff and families a free resource for ACT prep.  

    ACT Academy is a free, online instructional content platform that provides a variety of content and resources for students and educators. Students have access to personalized ACT test prep with self-guided plans based on PreACT and ACT test results, as well as official ACT practice tests.  

    Educators can find resources like educational videos and games, assessments, homework assignments and lesson plans.  

    ACT Academy can be accessed at https://academy.act.org/. An overview of ACT Academy services can be found here: ACT Academy Overview.

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

    As a reminder to our OCS staff, there are frequent professional development opportunities available for you to hone your skills as an educator. The 2018-2019 Winter/Spring Professional Development Publication and registration form are now available on the OCS website. You can find all PD-related information, including upcoming opportunities and how to register, here: https://bit.ly/2D62MyJ. You will need to be logged in to the OCS website to access this page. 

    Remember to check back often, as opportunities are added and updated frequently!  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    As the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday approaches, we would like to remind our families that schools will be closed for staff and students on Monday, January 21, 2019.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 4, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/4/2019 5:00:00 PM

    WELCOME BACK! 

    After what was hopefully a joyful and restful holiday break, we would like to extend the warmest welcome back to our staff and students! The new year is here, and 2019 promises to be another year of excellence and opportunity for OCS.  
    We wish a Happy New Year to all of our OCS families! May 2019 be your best year yet.  


    MEET THE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT 

    Dr. Ron Singletary  
    As the new year begins, we are excited to welcome Interim Superintendent Dr. Ron Singletary back to Onslow County Schools. 

    Dr. Singletary, who served as the OCS superintendent from 1991 to 2006, has returned to the district to serve as interim superintendent following the retirement of former Superintendent Rick Stout. Dr. Singletary also served as interim following the retirement of former Superintendent Kathy Spencer in 2013.  

    "It is a distinct honor to have been asked to serve as your interim superintendent," he said. "During this period of transition, I am proud to be working alongside the district’s extremely dedicated and talented educators as we continue to focus on the system vision of Excellence in Education." 

    Dr. Singletary will lead the district while the Onslow County Board of Education continues its search for a new permanent superintendent.  

    The Board has begun reviewing applications for the superintendent opening and is currently preparing for initial interviews with prospective candidates. 


    FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS THROUGH JANUARY 

    Students in Onslow County Schools will all be eligible to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge through January 31.    

    The OCS Department of Nutrition has been granted an extension from the USDA to continue to offer our students meals at no cost -- and you do not need to fill out an application for your child to enjoy this benefit.  However, beginning on February 1, 2019, all students will return to pre-storm status.  This means students who paid for or were provided meals at a reduced cost will be charged from that time forward.  Students who were receiving meals at no cost before the storm will continue to receive them for free.  If you would like to receive free or reduced meal benefits after January 31, please click on the link to complete an application: Meal Benefits Application  


    BRIGHT IDEAS GRANTS AWARDED 


    We are proud to share with you that this year, educators in Onslow County received a cumulative $45,000 in Bright Ideas grants from Jones-Onslow EMC!  

    Each year, Jones-Onslow provides grant applications to teachers and principals, grades K-12, in Jones and Onslow counties, as well as the Topsail area of Pender County. This year, JOEMC awarded a total of $75,500 to educators across the entire region.  
    Bright Ideas grants help students learn through innovative scholastic projects that are not covered by regular school funds. Educators submit proposals for what they would like to do with a Bright Ideas grant, such as projects, activities, etc., and may apply for individual grants up to $500 or in teams for grants up to $2,000.  

    You can find a list of this year’s Onslow County Bright Ideas grant recipients here: Bright Ideas Grant Winners 2018-2019

    Congratulations to all grant winners!


    BOE MEETING JANUARY 8 

    On Tuesday, January 8, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Blue Creek Elementary School. 

    Policy revisions, a beginning teacher support program, a resolution supporting calendar flexibility and an architect agreement for hurricane recovery are on the meeting’s agenda.  


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  • Weekly Update - Friday, December 21, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/21/2018 5:00:00 PM

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 

    As the Christmas and New Year holidays approach, we would like to remind our families that schools will be closed for students December 24-January 1. OCS district offices will be closed to the public during this same time. School will resume on January 2. 

    There will not be a weekly update for the week of Christmas, but never fear, we will be back with more OCS news and updates in 2019! Enjoy your break and have a safe and happy holiday! 
     
    FAREWELL MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT STOUT 

    The end of December not only brings 2018 to a close, it will mark the end of my time as superintendent of Onslow County Schools and as an educator in North Carolina.

    During my time with OCS, we have developed partnerships and relationships which have allowed us to address continued population growth and expanded opportunities for our students. These include opening the Onslow Virtual Academy, the Onslow Early College High School and new schools in the Dixon and Richlands areas. We have transitioned Richlands Primary to K-5 Heritage Elementary and completed an extensive redistricting process. We worked on developing partnerships with state and local legislative leaders, our military partners, neighboring school districts and business leaders on the creation of the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, which is scheduled to open later this school year.

    These accomplishments have all been extremely rewarding. However, the most challenging event in my educational career came with the arrival of Hurricane Florence. This storm caused unprecedented damage throughout Onslow County and created challenges in our school system the likes of which have never been seen. As has been the case throughout my time in OCS, during the recovery process from Florence, I have been fortunate to work with a strong team – from the school level to the district level – filled with individuals who understand the value of teamwork. The importance of working together for a common purpose and having a willingness to spend the time and do whatever it takes to get the job done for our school community.

    If asked what I am most grateful for during my time in OCS, I would say it has been the opportunity to work for, and with, the staff and students of this great school system, and build relationships which have made our successes possible. I would like to thank the Onslow County Board of Education for their support over the years and my staff for their hard work and dedication to the district vision; district staff, administrators and teachers for their willingness to do those things which have made our schools stronger and our students better prepared; and the community for the chance to make connections and provide opportunities for our children.

    During my thirty-plus years in public education, I have worked in several school districts in the central and eastern portions of the state and have enjoyed my time in each of them. I will fondly remember my time in the Onslow County School System and will cherish my experiences both here and in other systems as a teacher, coach and administrator. It has been a rewarding career filled with good people and amazing memories.

    A VISIT FROM SANTA 

    Preschoolers at Thompson Early Childhood Center got a surprise visit from Santa Claus himself Tuesday morning. With him, he brought an early Christmas gift for each of the roughly 180 children at Thompson. 

    Joy and laughter filled the school’s multipurpose room as the children were delighted to see that Santa came to town a week early just to see them. After singing a few holiday songs, each student had the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a present and a candy cane from him. 

    Santa’s special helpers, the members of the Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club, made this magical event possible by providing enough toys for each student at the school. 

    When asked why he and Americas Guardians helped Santa bring joy to TECC, one of the club members said: “Especially with this last hurricane, we know there are a ton of families who have been displaced. Their money is going to other options other than buying Christmas presents. We have the means and the resources in the community to gather Christmas presents, and it absolutely brings joy to our hearts to see a child that may not have the opportunity to have a really good Christmas like other children, and for us to bring a little joy to their life.” 

    TECC Director James Lanier said this is the second year in a row Americas Guardians has provided toys for Santa to hand out at Thompson and the event is a sign that the Christmas spirit is alive and well.   
     
    EXCELLENCE IN GROWTH 

    At OCS, we are always excited to share with you the accomplishments of our staff and students. This week, we would like to congratulate four schools in our district on an outstanding academic achievement.  

    Meadow View Elementary School, Northside High School, Swansboro High School and Trexler Middle School all placed in the top 5 percent in academic growth in the state for the 2017-2018 school year. The schools ranked near the top of the list in growth out of nearly 2,500 public schools in all of North Carolina.

    Excellent job, students and staff! Keep up the good work! 
     
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, December 14, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/14/2018 5:00:00 PM

    We would like to send best wishes to the Jacksonville High School varsity football team as they take on Charlotte Catholic for the state 3A championship on Saturday. The game will be held in Kenan Stadium on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill and kickoff will be at 11 a.m. Go Cards!!

    OCS 2018 SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR

    The Onslow County Schools 2018 Science and Engineering Fair, held Tuesday at Blue Creek Elementary, was a great night of celebrating young, STEM-minded students.  Students from 2nd grade through middle school participated this year, and while the Fair was scaled back a bit due to Hurricane Florence over 30 projects showcasing interesting and diverse topics were on display.

    The Science and Engineering Fair provides an opportunity for students to pursue personal areas of interest in science or technology where they create a research project and then display their findings in a public competitive forum. Projects selected at the school level move on to compete at the county-level fair. This year 10 county-level projects were selected to represent Onslow County Schools at the Regional Science Fair to be held at UNCW in the coming year.

    Congratulations to the following students whose projects will advance to the regional competition:

    • Chloe Nelson, Bell Fork Elementary
    • Kaleah Turner, Hunters Creek Elementary
    • Jasmine Varner, Richlands Elementary
    • Wyatt Pike, Richlands Elementary
    • Jason Strope, Richlands Elementary
    • Emma Petsch, Richlands Elementary
    • Kamdyn Dickerson, Heritage Elementary
    • Sean Nakao & Haustyn Lunsford, Jacksonville Commons Middle
    • Riley Nelson, New Bridge Middle
    • Ian Martin & Aubrianna Martin, New Bridge Middle

    PARKWOOD ELEMENTARY ADOPTED BY BATTALION 

    On Thursday morning, Parkwood Elementary School held a celebratory ceremony to mark its adoption by 2d Transportation Support Battalion from Camp Lejeune. 

    The Adopt-a-School program promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing a military unit to "adopt" a school. The units support schools by helping with field days, family nights, Month of the Military Child events, proctoring tests and more. In return, schools help their adopting units by sending them letters and care packages while they are deployed. 

    “This is a great opportunity for us to really give back to you,” LtCol Jonathan T. Baker said to the students and staff of Parkwood Elementary. “To be someone you can look up to, someone you can trust. And it’s a reminder every day of the wonderful nation that we live in and the great people in our youth that are going to be part of that nation.” 

    HCMS HOLDS TECHNOLOGY NIGHT

    On Tuesday night, Hunters Creek Middle School students had the opportunity to show the community the technology they use every day in class at their 3rd annual technology night.

    The student-led event, called the “Technology Leaders Un-Conference,” invited parents and the greater HCMS community into the school to see the innovative ways in which students and teachers are using technology to improve their learning. Students across all grade levels showed how technology helped them in subjects like math, science, social studies, ELA and even the arts.

    Some students displayed the artwork and music they made using computer programs and coding, while others explained how Microsoft products like Teams have made it easier for them to keep up with homework and stay connected to their teachers. Some students even took visitors on a journey to Egypt through virtual reality goggles they use in their social studies classes.   

    Event organizers said it is impressive to see how well students take to technology and integrate it into everything they do. 

    HURRICANE RESPONSE FEEDBACK REQUESTED 

    The deadline to share your feedback on Onslow County Schools response’ to Hurricane Florence is Monday, December 17. Following any such event, it is important to take a look back on our reactions and responses and assess what went well and what can be improved. To gather your feedback, we are using a tool called Thoughtexchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued. 

    You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to the ideas shared by others, and learn what is important to the group. Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your perspectives and ideas at the following link so we can continue to refine our emergency response procedures:

    FEMA DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Families across our region continue to recover from Hurricane Florence. The deadline for North Carolina residents to apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2018.   

    You can apply for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. The Onslow County Disaster Recovery Center is located at 175 Freedom Way, Suite 18A Midway Park, NC 28544.

    HOLIDAY REMINDER

    As the Christmas and New Year holidays approach, we would like to remind our families schools will be closed for students December 24-January 1. School will resume on January 2.

    December 24-26 and January 1 will be holidays for OCS 12-month staff.

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, December 7, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/7/2018 5:00:00 PM

    NEW BOARD MEMBERS SWORN IN 

    At its December 4 meeting, the Onslow County Board of Education welcomed two new Board members. Jeff Hudson and Bill Lanier, who are new to the Board, and recently re-elected member Bob Williams, were administered the oath of office by Chief District Court Judge Paul Hardison Tuesday night.  
    Mr. Jeff Hudson is a longtime Onslow County resident who has worked as the town manager of Holly Ridge, served as county manager, was the assistant superintendent of schools for auxiliary services for Onslow County Schools, and is currently the chief executive officer of ONWASA. He also serves on the Trail Life USA Board of Directors, the State Employee’s Credit Union Advisory Committee and the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee, and as a deacon at Tar Landing Baptist Church. His goal while serving on the Board of Education, he said, is to “serve in such a way that I never tarnish the dignity of the office, or the trust of my constituents.” 
    Mr. Bill Lanier is a retired member of the United States Marine Corps, who dedicated his time after retirement to serving as a behavioral healthcare paraprofessional and as a special needs teaching assistant with Onslow County Schools. His is committee member for both the NCGOP and the Onslow County GOP, as well as a chief judge and chairman for voting precincts with the Onslow County Board of Elections. When speaking to why he has chosen to serve on the Onslow County Board of Education, Mr. Lanier said, “I simply love to see happy and productive people and serving the children of Onslow County is a perfect way to do it.” 
    Mr. Bob Williams was first elected to the BOE in 2014 and won re-election this year. He said he serves on the Board because “the children of Onslow County deserve the best education they can receive, and their parents should feel their tax dollars are spent on a quality education.” 
    You can find full bios for all Board members here: https://bit.ly/2zJHF36.  
     
    NEW 2018-2019 CALENDAR APPROVED
     
    The new calendar for the 2018-2019 school year is officially in effect after getting the approval of the Onslow County Board of Education in its December 4 meeting.  
    The calendar was designed to maximize lost instruction time and make up necessary days after Hurricane Florence. You can find the revised calendar here: https://bit.ly/2rlAXvo
     
    GOVERNOR COOPER VISITS WHITE OAK HIGH 

    Just 43 days after his first visit, Gov. Roy Cooper made his way back to White Oak High School to see the progress the school has made since Hurricane Florence.  
    During his first visit, Gov. Cooper saw WOHS in the process of cleaning rooms, getting an inventory of all items in the building and figuring out how to move forward after unprecedented damage. This time, he was greeted by students, staff and administrators learning and coming together to make the most of a difficult situation.  
    Gov. Cooper visited with teachers who lost their classrooms to the storm and with students who were excited to finally be back in class and assured them that he feels strongly about supporting the recovery process in Onslow County.  
     
    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education Meeting on December 4, 2018 can be found here: https://bit.ly/2PqAxxh.  
     
    HURRICANE RESPONSE FEEDBACK REQUESTED 

    Our district is committed to providing our students with the best education possible. Hurricane Florence seriously impacted our ability to do that and has challenged us on many fronts. Following any such event, it is important to take a look back on our reactions and responses and assess what went well and what can be improved. As we continue to move forward, the district is looking at lessons learned from this event.  
    Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your perspectives and ideas at the following link so we can continue to refine our emergency response procedures: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#297560871 
     

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