• The photos above were taken at the OCS United Way Campaign Kickoff on Monday, September 30. Schools with 100% participation and the highest dollar amounts donated in last year's campaign were recognized at the event. 

OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, October 11, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/11/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another excellent week of learning in Onslow County. Read below for the latest district news and updates.

    OCS PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR NAMED 

    Mrs. Deborah Hoffman gets congratulatory hugs from her students at JCE  

    Deborah Hoffman, of Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, has been named the 2019-2020 OCS Wells Fargo Principal of the Year by Onslow County Schools.   

    When Hoffman walked into the JCE multipurpose room the morning of October 9, she was greeted by cheering staff, students and district administrators, who had organized a surprise announcement and celebration for the occasion.

    Hoffman was treated to kind words from her staff and Dr. CJ Korenek, OCS chief of human resources, two songs from the JCE chorus, and a parade around the school, where she received countless hugs from her students.   

    Mrs. Hoffman has been an administrator in Onslow County for nine years and has spent the last four as principal of JCE, where her staff say she has created an all-new culture for the school.   

    In his nomination letter, Executive Director of Elementary Education Dr. Mark Bulris said that Mrs. Hoffman has worked to build a high-performing and family-like culture within her school, saying, “The importance of community and family atmosphere is regularly on display by Mrs. Hoffman, whether it is in baking treats for the staff, organizing recognition events, or celebrating staff successes.” 

    Congratulations, Mrs. Hoffman, and good luck at the regional competition! 

    EC EDUCATOR TO BE RECOGNIZED 

    Jessie Campbell  

    The NCDPI Exceptional Children Division will hold its 69th Conference on Exceptional Children in Greensboro November 20-22, 2019, where they will pay special tribute to educators of exceptional children.   

    The organization will present the 2019 Educator of Excellence Award to one teacher or educator from each of the state’s 115 traditional school systems. The selected educators will have special seating, attend a ceremony in their honor, and have their pictures displayed at the conference.   

    Jessie Campbell, a school psychologist for multiple schools in Onslow County, has been nominated by Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins and Executive Director of Exceptional Children Services Dr. Shannon White to represent OCS and receive the special recognition.   

    In their nomination letter, Dr. Collins and Dr. White said that Mrs. Campbell, who has worked for Onslow County Schools for more than 10 years, has always had students’ best interest at heart and works to mentor teachers, psychologists and other service providers to provide the best care possible for children.   

    Congratulations to Mrs. Campbell and thank you for all you do for the children of Onslow County! 

    OCS SEEKING TUTORS  

    Are you interested in working part-time with middle or high school students in study groups? 

    Many of our middle and high schools are actively looking for current college students or adults with an Associate’s Degree or more to do just this.  Working with students to help them discover answers in areas where they are struggling is at the heart of AVID and we’d love you to join us in helping our kids grow.  Positions are part-time paid positions during the school day.  

    Visit the OCS Human Resources website or email Michael Elder at michael.elder@onslow.k12.nc.us for more information.   

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS   

    We would like to thank our families for their continued patience as the OCS Transportation department works hard to safely transport more than 15,000 students to and from school each day.    

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill several vacant driver positions.    

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information. The next bus driver class will be held in November.    

    UPCOMING EVENTS 

    • The 22nd Annual Viking Band Classic will be held October 12, 2019 at White Oak High School. Admission is $8 for adults and children grades 6-12, and $5 for children grades K-5. Opening ceremonies will being at 10 a.m. and there will be several performances and awards presentations throughout the day.
    • Onslow NCAE will hold its first Meeting of Members on October 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. in the White Oak High School Media Center. 
    • NCATA District 2 will have a mini-conference at Parkwood Elementary on November 2, 2019.  The cost is $10. 
    • OCTAA will hold a meeting on November 12, 2019 in Meeting Room 3 at the OCS Central Services office at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, October 4, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/4/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another excellent week at OCS. You can read the latest district news and updates below. 

    UNITED WAY KICKOFF 

    The three schools with the highest dollar amounts donated last year were recognized at the United Way kickoff  

    On Monday, September 30, Onslow County Schools kicked off its annual United Way campaign.   

    United Way supports the CHEW Program, which fed 600 children facing food insecurity with weekly weekend backpacks full of food last year, Sponsors for Academic Talent, which provides scholarships to students who perform community service in the county, and an annual Stuff the Bus event to collect school supplies for OCS, in addition to supporting many individuals and organizations county wide.  

    During last year’s campaign, OCS was able to collect $128,955.10 to help United Way in its efforts to support our students and community at-large. Fifteen schools achieved 100% participation from their employees last year and were presented with a plaque at the kickoff. Those schools include Blue Creek Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Dixon High, Dixon Middle, Heritage Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, New Bridge Middle, Northside High, Northwoods Park Middle, Onslow County Learning Center, Onslow Early College, Southwest Middle, Swansboro Elementary, and Thompson Early Childhood Center.   

    Also recognized, were the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest dollar amount collected. Those schools were Heritage Elementary with $9,794, Northwoods Park Middle with $4,450.80, and Jacksonville High with $7,705.   

    Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support Onslow County through the OCS United Way campaign! This year, our goal is to raise $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it! Please see your school or department’s United Way coordinator for more information on how to donate. 

    OCS SEEKING TUTORS 

    Are you interested in working part-time with middle or high school students in study groups?  Many of our middle and high schools are actively looking for current college students or adults with an Associate’s Degree or more to do just this.  Working with students to help them discover answers in areas where they are struggling is at the heart of AVID and we’d love you to join us in helping our kids grow.  Positions are part-time paid positions during the school day. 

    Visit the OCS Human Resources website or email Michael Elder at michael.elder@onslow.k12.nc.us for more information.  

    AVID Tutor Information  

    PUBLIC SAFETY EXPLORER PROGRAM 

    The Jacksonville Police Department and Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services are hosting an open house on October 22 for students interested in the Public Safety Explorer Program. If you know a high school student interested in a career in public safety, be sure to let them know about this upcoming opportunity.  

    Public Safety Explorer Program

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS  

    We would like to thank our families for their continued patience as the OCS Transportation department works hard to safely transport more than 15,000 students to and from school each day.   

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill 21 vacant driver positions.   

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information. The next bus driver class will be held in November.   

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting on October 1, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, September 27, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/27/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Another week of excellence in education has come to an end, and you can read all about the latest news and updates below.  

    ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR 

    SWHS AP Dr. Kimberly McDuffie hugs Mr. Cruthis as he receives the news  

    Carl Cruthis, of Southwest High School, has been named the 2019-2020 Assistant Principal of the Year by Onslow County Schools.   

    Deputy Superintendent Dr. Beth Folger and a group of district administrators, surprised Cruthis at his school on September 26 and delivered the exciting news. The group was joined by school staff and the Southwest High School marching band as they announced the selection.   

    Cruthis has been an assistant principal for three years, all of which have been spent at Southwest High School.   

    Julie Pollock, a teacher at SWHS, said, “Mr. Cruthis is the type of assistant principal every teacher hopes to work for and needs as a mentor and leader. He is flexible, calm under pressure and very proficient in his actions and strong in his character.”  

    Next, he will go on to compete at the regional level. Congratulations, Mr. Cruthis! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    We would like to thank our families for their continued patience as the OCS Transportation department works hard to safely transport more than 15,000 students to and from school each day.  

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill 21 vacant driver positions.  

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information. The next bus driver class will be held in November.  

    UPCOMING SCIENCE OPPORTUNITY 

    Do you know a high school girl that loves science? Check out this upcoming opportunity from Girls Exploring Science & Technology! 

    The event is free to attend, and lunch is included. See below for more on the workshops and how to register.  

    GEST IMS Information  

    BOE MEETING OCTOBER 1 

    On Tuesday, October 1, 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.  

    Agenda items include the consideration of contractor bids for the new schools coming to the Catherine Lake and Stump Sound areas, a presentation on Ready and iReady Math Curriculum, and revisions to OCE BOE Policy 4240 regarding child abuse reports and investigations.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, September 20, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/20/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you all for making this another great week at OCS. Read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    BFE AND JCMS ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONIES 

    2nd Maintenance Battalion poses with BFE students

    This week, two OCS schools started partnerships that will last for years to come.   

    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.   

    On Monday, September 16, 2nd Maintenance Battalion adopted Bell Fork Elementary and Jacksonville Commons Middle, vowing to be a support system for the two schools however they can.   

    LtCol Kate Murray told the students that she and her Marines look forward to the opportunity to work with them in the months and years to come. She said that, just like the students, the Marines love sports, art, music, and learning, and are eager to share their talents and experiences in a way that will be meaningful for both the schools and 2nd Maintenance Battalion.   

    Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion take a photo with JCMS Principal Curtis Ehmann

    SKILLSUSA SUPPORTS LOCAL CHAPTERS 

    SBHS and JHS SkillsUSA chapters accept donations from SkillsUSA NC

    Last year, the devastation of Hurricane Florence affected many areas and lives in North Carolina. On September 19, SkillsUSA North Carolina came to Onslow County to show their support for OCS students in the storm’s aftermath.   

    On Thursday, the Richlands High School, Jacksonville High School and Swansboro High School SkillsUSA Chapters with checks of $500 each to support their needs.  The majority of this support came from a financial contribution from Camden County Technical School SkillsUSA Chapter in Camden, New Jersey.  

    This most recent donation brings SkillsUSA’s financial support for Onslow County Schools SkillsUSA Chapters to $3092.  

    Thank you for supporting our students, SkillsUSA! 

    The RHS SkillsUSA chapter accepts a donation from SkillsUSA NC

    BRIGHT IDEAS APPLICATIONS  

    Attention teachers! Jones-Onslow EMC is now accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants. This is the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program, which gives grants to teachers to fund ideas they have to enhance their classroom educational experiences.  

    Teachers can apply for up to $500 individually or $2000 as a team. A total of $75,000 will be granted this year.   

    Applications are due Friday, September 27 by 5 p.m. Learn more and apply here: Bright Ideas

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on September 20, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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


     
     
     
     
     

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, September 13, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/13/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Another week of Excellence in Education is in the books! Read below for the latest district news and updates. 

    OCS TEACHER OF THE YEAR 

    Daniel Scott is surprised with the news that he is the 2019-2020 OCS Teacher of the Year  

    Daniel Scott, the band director from Swansboro High School, has been named Teacher of the Year by Onslow County Schools.  Scott has been teaching for three years, all of which have been spent at Swansboro High School, where he is the band director and a music teacher for grades 9-12. 

    Superintendent Barry Collins and a group of district leaders, including district administrators, Board members and community members surprised Scott during one of his classes on September 10 and delivered the exciting news.  

    As Scott starts his fourth year of teaching, he said his greatest contribution to education is, and will continue to be, his passion to inspire his students to creatively find ways to have a bigger impact on more and more people.  

    Congratulations, Mr. Scott! 

    BRIGHT IDEAS APPLICATIONS 

    Attention teachers! Jones-Onslow EMC is now accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants. This is the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program, which gives grants to teachers to fund ideas they have to enhance their classroom educational experiences. 

    Teachers can apply for up to $500 individually or $2000 as a team. A total of $75,000 will be granted this year.  

    Applications are due Friday, September 27 by 5 p.m. Learn more and apply here: Bright Ideas

    NWES ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONY 

    Dr. Gail Pylant and LtCol Stansberry sign the proclamation of adoption partnership  

    Northwoods Elementary School held a ceremony Thursday, September 12 to celebrate and make official its adoption by 2nd Battalion 6th Marines.  

    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.  

    LtCol L. Michael Stansberry, in his address to the students, said that many of the Marines in his battalion would soon deploy to different parts of Africa and Europe, but that Northwoods Elementary would not be forgotten in their time away. While the Marines are overseas, he said, they will carry a stuffed cardinal with them on their adventures and send photos back to the Junior Cardinals at NWES.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    Onslow County Schools is currently looking for bus drivers to join the OCS Transportation team.   

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, applications to be part of the September driver class are due no later than Thursday, September 19. Read below for more information.  

    September bus driver class information  

    OCTAA MEETING 

    OCTAA, the Onslow County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants, will hold its first meeting of the year Tuesday, September 17. NCATA, whose slogan is “Helping Hands in Education,” is a statewide network of teacher assistants who are dedicated to supporting TAs through professional development, conferences and fellowship.  

    The meeting will be held in Meeting Room 3 at the OCS Central Office at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville. Food will be served at 4:15 p.m. the meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. 

    This meeting is open to any teacher assistant in the county who is interested. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting on September 3, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, August 30, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/30/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our staff and students. The 2019-2020 school year is off to an excellent start, and we wish everyone a great year!  

    You can find the latest district news and updates below.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    No school on Monday for Labor Day  

    As a reminder, schools will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2. Have a great, safe holiday weekend and we will see you on Tuesday! 

    SCHOOL EXPRESS 

    To show their appreciation for Onslow County Schools employees, OCS and the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to reach out to local businesses to see if they would be interested in offering specials and discounts to OCS employees through the School Express program.  

    Through the support of our community, the Onslow County Schools education family will be able to enjoy these discount incentives at a wide range of local retail and service providers. At the time of purchase or service simply present your OCS identification badge. 

    You can find the updated list of businesses offering discounts through School Express here: 2019-2020 School Express Participants.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    A bus driver poses with one of her riders

    We would like to thank our families for their patience with the transportation process as OCS staff work to ensure that all bus routes are moving smoothly and in a timely manner. As always, we appreciate your support as we continue to work toward providing the best services possible to our students.  

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for bus drivers to join the OCS Transportation team.  

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, applications to be part of the September driver class are due no later than Thursday, September 19. Read below for more information.  

    September bus driver class information  

    NEW TRANSPORTATION APP 

    The OCS Transportation Department has a new app, Edulog Parent Portal, that will allow parents to find their students’ bus numbers, bus stops and drop-off/pick-up times. The app also allows transportation staff to send out push notifications regarding delays, updates and more. As a reminder, this app will not track school buses in real time. To get started, have your child’s District ID number ready. If you do not yet have your child’s ID number, you can visit your child’s school and the office staff there can help you.  

    To learn more about how to use the Edulog app, you can watch a video here: Edulog Parent Portal

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    As we begin the new school year, we encourage our families to ensure that their most up-to-date contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, are on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates. You can check in with your child’s school to confirm that your stored information is correct. 

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

    Attention OCS staff: The 2019-2020 First Semester and Year-Long Professional Development Publication and registration form are now available on the OCS website. Both documents can be accessed here: OCS Professional Development. To view these documents, you will need to be logged in to the county website. The publication is updated often, so please revisit it when looking for professional learning opportunities. 

    BOE MEETING SEPTEMBER 3 

    On Tuesday, September 3, 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.  

    Agenda items include a presentation on the Ready and iReady Math Curriculum, a hurricane recovery facilities update, and the consideration of an interlocal agreement with the Town of North Topsail Beach for usage of Dixon Middle School as an emergency operation center/staging area in the event of a declared, pending or extant emergency.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, August 23, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/23/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! As summer break comes to an end, we would like to share the following news and updates with our families. We will see you Monday morning! 

    SKILLS CENTER RIBBON CUTTING 

    The ribbon is cut at the Easter North Carolina Regional Skills Center  

    On Monday, August 19, Onslow County Schools celebrated the official opening of the much-anticipated Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. 

    After years of planning, building and preparation, the ENCRSC will open its doors to students on August 26. The facility will be open to students from Onslow, Jones and Duplin counties, as well as Camp Lejeune, who are interested in taking higher level Career and Technical Education courses and earning certifications in their chosen area of study. 

    The ENCRSC will offer six programs of study; Animation and design, Automotive Technology, Collision Repair Technology, Culinary Arts, Cyber Security, and Welding Technology. Nursing Fundamentals will begin spring of 2020. Students enrolled in these programs will have the opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials from organizations such as NATEF, American Welding Society, National Restaurant Foundation, ProStart and CompTia. 

    RULES FOR THE RIDE 

    With school starting on Monday morning, we would like to remind our families to be mindful of bus stop rules and best practices. Check out the Rules for the Ride video to learn more about bus stop safety.  

     Rules for the Ride

    NEW TRANSPORTATION APP 

    The OCS Transportation Department has a new app, Edulog Parent Portal, that will allow parents to find their students’ bus numbers, bus stops and arrival times. The app also allows transportation staff to send out push notifications regarding delays, updates and more. To get started, have your child’s District ID number ready. If you do not yet have your child’s ID number, you can visit your child’s school and the office staff there can help you.  

    To learn more about how to use the Edulog app, you can watch a video here: Edulog Parent Portal.  

    SCIENCE CAREERS NIGHT 

    On September 12, Sturgeon City will host a free Science Careers Night for students in grades 6-12 who are interested in learning more about jobs in the science field. You can read more about this opportunity below:  

    Sturgeon City science night information  

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

    Attention OCS staff: The 2019-2020 First Semester and Year-Long Professional Development Publication and registration form are now available on the OCS website. Both documents can be accessed here: OCS Professional Development. To view these documents, you will need to be logged in to the county website. The publication is updated often, so please revisit it when looking for professional learning opportunities.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
    Facebook - @OCSNC   
    Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
    Instagramonslowcountyschools   
    YouTube -  Onslow Schools Television


     
     

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, August 16, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/16/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! As we prepare to start the 2019-2020 school year, we will return to weekly updates beginning this week. You can read the latest district news and updates below. Enjoy the rest of your summer!  

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    As the new school year approaches, we encourage our families to ensure that their most up-to-date contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, are on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates. You can check in with your child’s school to confirm that your stored information is correct. 

    FIRST YEAR TEACHER TRAINING 

    2018-2019 OCS Teacher of the Year Alianna Sigler talks to first-year teachers on Wednesday morning  

    The district’s newest teachers gathered at Northside High School this week to be welcomed to the district and get training ahead of school starting later this month.  
    Each year, the OCS Human Resources and Instruction departments host First Year Teacher Training the week before teachers return to school for the new year. This year, 112 first-year teachers, as in teachers with less than 6 months of teaching experience, joined Onslow County Schools’ ranks and attended the three-day training. 

    OCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins greeted the new teachers first thing Tuesday morning and left them with words of wisdom and encouragement as they began to prepare for their first year in the classroom.  

    “On August 26, let’s tell kids what we expect and what it takes to succeed,” he said. “Tell them to believe in their goals, to believe in their possibilities. Tell them that it’s going to take hard work... Remind our students that this is the year for excellence in education, and I do hope that you have a wonderful and successful school year.” 

    Over the three days, a feeling of excitement and eagerness hung in the air as teachers looked forward to getting into their classrooms and getting started. For two-and-a-half days of the training, the teachers worked in a large group and breakout sessions to learn about HR procedures, Board policies, the licensure process, the OCS Instructional Framework, Instructional Initiatives, and more that would help them be successful in the year to come. And finally, in the afternoon of the final day, teachers entered their new schools and got started with a school-based orientation.  

    OCS welcomes all of our new teachers to the OCS family and wish you all an excellent school year!

    BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION 

    You can find a list of elementary, middle and high school open house dates on the OCS website here: OCS Open Houses.

    Please check your school website or contact your child’s school to find out more about supply lists and required materials before the school year begins on August 26.  

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION OPEN 

    Applications for free or reduced lunch are available now. A new meal benefit application is required each school year, unless a family has been directly certified. Paper applications will be available at schools closer to the start of the school year.  

    Parents are welcome to start filling out online meal benefit applications for the upcoming school year here: Meal Benefit Applications.  

    You can contact the Child Nutrition office with any questions. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting on August 13, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
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  • Summer Update - Friday, August 9, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/9/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS family! Read the latest district news and updates below.

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    As the new school year approaches, we encourage our families to ensure that their most up-to-date contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, are on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates. You can check in with your child’s school to confirm that your stored information is correct. 

    STOP THE BLEED 

    County and NMCCL representatives take a group photo at the Stop the Bleed presentation  

    On Wednesday, August 7, Onslow County Schools, Onslow County Health Department, Onslow County Emergency Medical Services and Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune hosted a joint presentation in promotion of the “Stop the Bleed” campaign and provided awareness on the Public Access Bleeding Control Kits that have been placed in all Onslow County schools, buildings, and vehicles.  

    The “Stop the Bleed” campaign teaches non-medical professionals bleeding control techniques and how to provide care until an emergency responder arrives on the scene of an accident or traumatic event. Stop the Bleed is a simple, 60-minute course that teaches participants to recognize life-threatening bleeding and how to treat it.  

    OCHD recently received a $46,756 grant through the North Carolina Public Health Preparedness & Response branch. This grant directly funded the purchase of 640 Public Access Bleeding Control Kits that were placed in all Onslow County vehicles and buildings.  

    As part of the grant, 100 of those Stop the Bleed kits were given to Onslow County Schools to place throughout our buildings. The kits will provide the school system with a first line of defense in the event of an injury to a student or staff member. 

    RETIREMENT RECEPTION 

    Dr. Collins speaks to retirees at the August 6 retirement reception  

    On Tuesday, August 6, OCS retirees from the 2018-2019 school year gathered at SWHS for the annual OCS Retirement Reception, where they were honored and thanked for their service to the children of Onslow County over the years.  

    Retirees heard from Chief of Human Resources and Student Services Dr. CJ Korenek, who assured them they would be missed and told them they were welcome back any time, Chief Communications Officer Brent Anderson, who presented them with a certificate and token of Onslow County Schools’ appreciation, and Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins, who left them with final words of gratitude and well wishes.  

    Thank you to all of our retirees for your service! 

    BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION 

    You can find a list of elementary, middle and high school open house dates on the OCS website here: OCS Open Houses

    Please check your school website or contact your child’s school to find out more about supply lists and required materials.   

    BUS DRIVERS NEEDED 

    Bus driver class information  

    The next class for those interested in becoming an OCS bus driver will start on August 19. Please contact the OCS Transportation Office for more information.  

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION OPEN 

    Applications for free or reduced lunch are available now. A new meal benefit application is required each school year, unless a family has been directly certified. Paper applications will be available at schools closer to the start of the school year.  

    Parents are welcome to start filling out online meal benefit applications for the upcoming school year here: Meal Benefit Applications.  

    You can contact the Child Nutrition office with any questions.

    BOE MEETING AUGUST 13 

    On Tuesday, August 13, 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.  

    Agenda items include the presentation of the 2019-2022 AIG plan, a request for transfer of property related to new school construction, and proposed revisions to OCS policies 3420 and 3460 related to student progression and placement and graduation requirements.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS 

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
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  • Summer Update - Friday, July 26, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 7/26/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! We hope your summer break has been fun and restful so far. You can find the latest news and updates below. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    As the new school year approaches, we encourage our families to ensure that their most up-to-date contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, are on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates. You can check in with your child’s school to confirm that your stored information is correct. 

    ONSLOW EARLY COLLEGE STARTS SOON 

    OEC Logo  

    Onslow Early College High School students will return to class on Tuesday, August 6. Owls, enjoy the rest of your summer and we will see you soon! 

    SEA SUMMIT 

    Teachers collaborate at the SEA Summit  

    On Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23, nearly 200 educators from across the Southeast region of North Carolina gathered at Swansboro High School to collaborate and learn from one another ahead of the new school year.   

    The Southeast Education Alliance is made up of educators from 13 school districts across Southeastern North Carolina, including Onslow County Schools. The SEA is dedicated to developing and supporting education leaders, from district level staff to teachers.   

    In a series of breakout sessions at this teacher-focused conference, educators had the opportunity to network with other teachers while learning from their peers’ experiences. Sessions covered topics such as technology, serving military children, math strategies, community and classroom culture.   

    SKILLS CENTER TOUR 

    Community leaders tour the Skills Center  

    On Monday, July 15, a group of leaders in the community had the opportunity to tour the new Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. 

    The ENCRSC, which will open to students in August, will offer CTE courses in culinary arts, cybersecurity, automotive technology, collision and repair, animation, welding and more. The facility will be open to students from Onslow, Jones and Duplin counties who are interested in taking higher level CTE courses and earning certifications in their chosen area of study.  

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION OPEN 

    Applications for free or reduced lunch are available now. A new meal benefit application is required each school year, unless a family has been directly certified. Paper applications will be available at schools closer to the start of the school year.  
    Parents are welcome to start filling out online meal benefit applications for the upcoming school year here: Meal Benefit Applications.  

    You can contact the Child Nutrition office with any questions.  

    PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    If your child will turn 5 before August 31, now is the time to register them for kindergarten. You can register your child in person at their school. You can find more information on registration requirements and how to determine which school your child will attend here: Kindergarten Registration FAQs.

    Onslow County Schools is still accepting applications for preschool programs. You can find information on where and how to apply below:  

    Preschool registration information  

    SCHOOL EXPRESS 

    The School Express program allows businesses in our area to partner with the school system by offering discounts to OCS employees. If you own a business and would like to offer a discount on your product or services to employees of Onslow County Schools, you can fill out the online participation form here: School Express Participation Form. A list of participating businesses will be sent out to the nearly 4,000 OCS employees in the fall. Discounts and offers are accepted on a rolling basis and our discount list will be updated periodically. If your offer has a set expiration date, please indicate that date in the form, otherwise it will remain on our list until you request to have it removed. Thank you for your support of Onslow County Schools! 

    SUMMER FOOD SERVICE ENDS AUGUST 1  

    Onslow County Schools will participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program again this summer. You can learn more about the Summer Food Service Program at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks. Meals will be available free-of-charge to children 18 and under at the following times and locations through Thursday August 1:   

    Summer Lunch Information  

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

    Attention OCS staff: The 2019 Summer Professional Development Publication and registration form are now available on the professional development documents page of the OCS website.  Both documents can be accessed here: OCS Professional Development. To view these documents, you will need to be logged in to the county website. The publication is updated often, so please revisit it when looking for professional learning opportunities. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on July 18, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.

    COMMUNITY FLYERS 

    To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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