OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 4, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 6/4/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Starting this week, OCS updates will be shared every other week throughout the summer. We will return to weekly updates beginning in August.  

    Below, you can find all the latest district news.  

    GLADYS STAFFORD AWARD 

    Felicia Hill accepts the Gladys Stafford Award alongside SBHS Principal Helen Gross and HR staff member Tara Patterson 

    Earlier this week, Swansboro High School Receptionist Felicia Hill was named the Gladys H. Stafford Award winner for the 2020-2021 school year. The Gladys Stafford Award is given annually to an OCS employee who shows outstanding secretarial service.  

    In her nomination letter, SBHS Principal Helen Gross said, “Ms. Hill is an integral part of everything we do at Swansboro High School. She knows all the students, parents, grandparents, business owners, etc. She has created a legacy as our front office receptionist over the past 18 years. Ms. Hill’s gregarious personality make her the face of Swansboro High School.” 

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

    SCIENCE OF READING PRESENTATION 

    On Thursday, a group of Onslow County educators, including Superintendent Barry Collins, Executive Director of Elementary Education Mark Bulris, Summersill Elementary School Principal Jerome Gidrey, and Summersill Elementary School teacher Courtney Hughes, presented to the North Carolina State Board of Education information on OCS’ journey to implement the Science of Reading in ELA classrooms.  

    The Science of Reading is “evidence-based reading instruction practices that address the acquisition of language phonological and phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling, fluency, vocabulary, oral language, and comprehension that can be differentiated to meet the needs of individual students.”  

    A video on the Science of Reading in Onslow County Schools can be found here: Science of Reading Video

    You can listen to a recording of the OCS team’s entire presentation here: Science of Reading Presentation.  

    GRADUATION SCHEDULE 

    The district’s final graduations for the Class of 2021 will happen this weekend!  

    Remember, you can find a full list of high school graduation times and links to the recordings/livestreams on the OCS website: Graduation Livestream Schedule. Graduations will all be hosted on either the Onslow Schools Television channel or the OCS Multimedia channel. Click on the graphic for your school to be directed to the appropriate channel.  

    Congratulations, graduates! 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held June 1 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 28, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 5/28/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Find below the latest district news and updates.  

    SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE 

    Dear OCS Families, 

    As we bring the 2020-2021 school year to a close, I wanted to thank you for your flexibility, patience, and understanding this year. Without a doubt, this has been one of the hardest school years any of us have ever seen. We experienced close contacts, quarantines, positive cases, cohorts, virtual learning, face coverings, and social distancing. Our staff created a 5,000+ student virtual school from scratch, fed students in curbside pickup lines, cleaned buses and classrooms, wiped down desks and doorknobs, and constructed dividers from plexiglass and shower curtains. Students have had virtual classes and counseling, online concerts and performances, and more Microsoft Teams sessions than anyone can count.  

    Despite the many challenges this year has given us, one thing has remained constant – the support our community has given in helping fulfill the school system’s commitment to providing our students an excellent education.  

    As your superintendent, I deeply appreciate what you have done to support our teachers, staff, and administrators to make a difference in the lives of our students. 

    Have a great summer, 

    Dr. Barry Collins 

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Memorial Day reminder

    We would like to remind our families that, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all OCS schools and offices will be closed on Monday, May 31. Have a safe holiday weekend! 

    SCHOOL NUTRITION UPDATE 

    School Nutrition Update 

    Friday, May 28 was the last day of curbside meal service at the Northside High School Student Nutrition Hub. More information on summer meal service will be coming soon. 

    TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS OF THE YEAR 

    Each year, the OCS Instructional Services team recognizes the best of the best teachers and administrators in the county for their unique strengths. Find below a list of 2020-2021 OCS Teachers and Administrators of the Year by subject matter:  

    • STEM/STEAM Teacher of the Year: Amanda Allen, Onslow Virtual School 
    • Math Teacher of the Year: Stephanie Williams, Richlands High 
    • Tech Savvy Teacher of the Year: Breanna Murdock, Hunters Creek Middle 
    • Global Teacher of the Year: Diana Albarracin, Carolina Forest Elementary 
    • AVID Teacher of the Year: Chelsea Bernetski, Swansboro Middle 
    • Arts Teacher of the Year: Lindsay Williams, Swansboro Elementary 
    • CTE Teacher of the Year: Cara Jackson, Richlands High 
    • New CTE Teacher of the Year: Heather Morrow, Jacksonville High 
    • Literacy Teacher of the Year: Rheta Meyer, Swansboro Middle 
    • Student Support Educator of the Year: Norberto Rodriguez, Onslow County Learning Center 
    • STEM/STEAM Administrator of the Year: Teah Bulris, Hunters Creek Elementary 
    • Math Administrator of the Year: Michelle Napier, Hunters Creek Middle 
    • Tech Savvy Administrator of the Year: Chris Barnes, White Oak High 
    • Global Administrator of the Year: Leanne Ervin, Carolina Forest Elementary 
    • AVID Administrator of the Year: Jerome Gidrey, Summersill Elementary 
    • Arts Administrator of the Year: Kelly Clarke, Meadow View Elementary 
    • Literacy Administrator of the Year: Crystal Howard, Clyde Erwin Elementary 
    • Student Support Administrator of the Year: Laurie Strope, Richlands Elementary 

    Congratulations to you all and thank you for everything you do for students! 

    OCS GRADUATION SCHEDULE 

    Graduation season is upon us! This year, OCS is excited to return to holding graduation ceremonies live and in-person. Ceremonies, as they have been in the past, will also be livestreamed on OCS YouTube channels.   

    Graduation Schedule:   

    • Dixon High School: Friday, May 28, 6:30 p.m.  
    • Southwest High School: Friday, May 28, 7 p.m.  
    • Richlands High School: Wednesday, June 2, 10 a.m.  
    • Northside High School: Wednesday, June 2, 6 p.m.  
    • Jacksonville High School: Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m.  
    • Swansboro High School: Friday, June 4, 7 p.m.  
    • White Oak High School: Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m.  

    You can find a full list of high school graduation times and livestream links on the OCS website: Graduation Livestream Schedule. Graduations will all be hosted on either the Onslow Schools Television channel or the OCS Multimedia channel. Click on the graphic for your school at the scheduled time to be directed to the appropriate channel.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Those who sign up now will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver class will be held June 7-11. To be included in this class, apply by June 1 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

    BOE MEETING JUNE 1 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include the presentation of the 2021-2022 Title I Plan.  

    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 21, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 5/21/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week of learning. Read below for all the latest district news and updates.  

    OECHS GRADUATES INAUGURAL CLASS 

    OECHS Graduates walk together 

    Onslow County Schools is excited to share that on Friday, May 14, 2021 the first graduating class of Onslow Early College High School walked across the stage and became alumni.   

    On Friday night, all 52 OECHS graduates walked away with their high school diplomas, and 50 received associate degrees from Coastal Carolina Community College the next day. Two of the graduates will enlist in the military, one will continue at CCCC, and 49 will go on to continue their education at a university. 

    You can read more about the OECHS Class of 2021 on the OCS website: Inaugural Class of OECHS Graduates

    TESTING EARLY RELEASE 

    As the academic year comes to a close, schools across the state are preparing to give end of grade and end of course tests. Students who have been in virtual schools also need to take their tests, and current state guidelines require these tests be done in-person.  

    To ensure enough space for our virtual school students, all OCS middle schools and Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School will be releasing early on Tuesday, May 25, Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27.  

    OCS GRADUATION SCHEDULE 

    Graduation season is upon us! This year, OCS is excited to return to holding graduation ceremonies live and in-person. Ceremonies, as they have been in the past, will also be livestreamed on OCS YouTube channels.  

    Graduation Schedule:  

    • Dixon High School: Friday, May 28, 6:30 p.m. 
    • Southwest High School: Friday, May 28, 7 p.m. 
    • Richlands High School: Wednesday, June 2, 10 a.m. 
    • Northside High School: Wednesday, June 2, 6 p.m. 
    • Jacksonville High School: Thursday, June 3, 7:30 p.m. 
    • Swansboro High School: Friday, June 4, 7 p.m. 
    • White Oak High School: Saturday, June 5, 9 a.m. 

    You can find a full list of high school graduation times and livestream links on the OCS website: Graduation Livestream Schedule. Graduations will all be hosted on either the Onslow Schools Television channel or the OCS Multimedia channel. Click on the graphic for your school at the scheduled time to be directed to the appropriate channel.  

    OCS DISCOVER 2021 

    OCS Discover 2021 Information and Updates 

    The district is excited to offer two summer learning programs for students to address learning loss and provide enrichment opportunities.    

    Summer Adventures will address learning loss in students with the most need and will consist of 5 weeks of daily instruction. Summer Explorations will consist of one-week long “mini-camps” designed and developed by each school. These sessions will be focused on special interest topics and give students some of the experiences they have missed out on over the past year and a half.   

    More information on Discover 2021 summer learning programs can be found on the OCS website: OCS Discover 2021

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Those who sign up now will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus. With a Monday-Friday schedule and nights, weekends and holidays off, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are retired, those who are stay-at-home parents, or those looking for extra income. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver class will be held June 7-11. To be included in this class, apply by June 1 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    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 14, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 5/14/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week.  

    We would like to remind our families that COVID-19 precautions, including face coverings, are still in place in schools and will be for the remainder of the year. With your help, we can finish the year healthy and strong. We will continue to stay up to date on state guidelines for schools and keep you updated on any changes that may come.  

    Catch up on all the latest district news and updates below.  

    OCS DISCOVER 2021 

    Discover 2021 Information 

    The district is excited to offer two summer learning programs for students to address learning loss and provide enrichment opportunities.   

    Summer Adventures will address learning loss in students with the most need and will consist of 5 weeks of daily instruction. Summer Explorations will consist of one-week long “mini-camps” designed and developed by each school. These sessions will be focused on special interest topics and give students some of the experiences they have missed out on over the past year and a half.  

    More information on Discover 2021 summer learning programs can be found on the OCS website: OCS Discover 2021

    TESTING EARLY RELEASE 

    As the academic year comes to a close, schools across the state are preparing to give end of grade and end of course tests. Students who have been in virtual schools also need to take their tests, and current state guidelines require these tests be done in-person.  

    To ensure enough space for our virtual school students, all OCS middle schools and Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School will be releasing early on Tuesday, May 25, Wednesday, May 26, and Thursday, May 27. We are working with our transportation department on dismissal times but anticipate it will be like what we have done for an early release professional development day.  

    We will have more specific information as testing days get closer. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we work together to support our virtual school students. 

    OCS MENTOR OF THE YEAR 

    Alyssa Moistner with her mentee and principal 

    On Wednesday, Alyssa Moistner, a teacher at Meadow View Elementary School, was named the 2020-2021 OCS Mentor of the Year. Ms. Moistner was surprised with the news by her principal at a staff meeting.  

    In her nomination, MVES teacher Kayla Anderson, said that having Ms. Moistner as her mentor has “emphatically influenced [her] third year of teaching.” 

    “Anytime I step into Ms. Moistner’s classroom or call her, it is never a bad time, and she is always elated to help,” Ms. Anderson said. “Routinely, she greets me with, ‘whatcha got,’ just ready to solve whatever puzzle I have brought.” 

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

    VACCINATION CLINICS 

    Vaccine Information 

    StarMed Healthcare will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics at school sites in the coming days.

    First doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will be available at Northside High School on Friday, May 14 until 8 p.m. On Saturday, May 15, StarMed will be at Southwest Middle School, vaccinating all those ages 12 and up, from 1-6 p.m. 

    Learn more or register for either event at www.starmed.care.  

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    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 7, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 5/7/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for helping make this week great! Below, you can catch up on all the latest district news and updates.  

    OCS EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION 

    Employee Appreciation Banner 

    This week, we celebrated all the employees that make Onslow County Schools great! To our teachers, principals, operations staff, support staff, transportation staff, central office staff, and everyone else who works hard for our students: thank you! You all make a difference each day.  

    BEGINNING TEACHER OF THE YEAR 

    Elizabeth Cook with Principal Chris Andre and district HR staff member Tara Patterson 

    Earlier this week, Elizabeth Cook, a 6th grade social studies teacher at Hunters Creek Middle School, was named the 2020-2021 OCS Beginning Teacher of the Year. Ms. Cook was surprised with the news in her classroom by school and district staff.  

    In the nomination submitted by HCMS Assistant Principal Michelle Napier, Ms. Cook was described as “a natural.” 

    “She is an artist in the classroom with the special ability to communicate her passion for the content area in such a way that all the students are motivated to become fully invested,” the nomination said. “Ms. Cook is confident and has a positive mindset. She is a dedicated professional who cares deeply for her students.”  

    Congratulations, Ms. Cook, and thank you for all you do for students! 

    OCS CHESS TOURNAMENT 

    Next week, elementary students will have the opportunity to compete in the OCS Chess Championship. See below for more details on how to sign up:  

    Chess Championship information 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held May 4 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    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 30, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/30/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week of learning. Catch up on the latest district news and updates below.  

    STATE SUPERINTENDENT VISIT 

    State Superintendent Catherine Truitt visits 3rd grade students at Summersill Elementary 

    On Thursday, State Superintendent Catherine Truitt paid a visit to Onslow County and enjoyed time with students across the district.  

    In her first stop, Superintendent Truitt visited Swansboro High School and spent some time with 2020 NC Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year Daniel Scott and his band students. From there, Truitt and other staff from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction toured the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center and enjoyed a lunch prepared by culinary students. The group finished their day in Onslow County with a visit to Summersill Elementary School, where they observed the staff and students during reading instruction.  

    Thank you for visiting, Superintendent Truitt! We are always happy to share the amazing work that happens in our classrooms!  

    EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION WEEK 

    Superintendent Collins with State Superintendent Truitt and Onslow County BOE members 

    Next week, OCS will observe Employee Appreciation Week and show our staff the love they very much deserve!  

    If you would like to join us in showing appreciation for those who keep our district up and running, be sure to use  #thankyouOCS on social media and thank a teacher, administrator, bus driver, cafeteria worker, or any other OCS employee who makes a difference in your life.  

    SENIOR JOB FAIR 

    Next week, graduating seniors will have the opportunity to attend job fairs hosted by the OCS Career and Technical Education Department. See the flyer below for more information.  

    Job Fair Information 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Those who sign up now will receive at $1,000 sign-on bonus. With a Monday-Friday schedule and nights, weekends and holidays off, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are retired, those who are stay-at-home parents, or those looking for extra income. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver class will be held May 5-7. To be included in this class, apply by May 3 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.   

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study.

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held April 27 can be found here: News from the Board.

    BOE MEETING MAY 4 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Immediately preceding the meeting at 6 p.m., a public hearing will be held on the proposed FY2021-2022 local current expense and capital outlay budgets.  

    Due to COVID-19, the number of participants in the meeting room will be limited. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available for viewing.  

    Agenda items include the FY2021-2022 local current expense and capital outlay budgets, the CCCC Board of Trustees Appointment, and a presentation on the Science of Reading. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    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 23, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/23/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Catch up on all the latest district news and announcements below.  

    SEA REMOTE LEARNING TEACHER OF THE YEAR 

    Jennifer Davis 

    Jennifer Davis, an OCS teacher currently teaching 1st grade at Onslow Virtual School, has been named the 2020-2021 Southeast Education Alliance Remote Learning Teacher of the Year.  

    The Southeast Education Alliance is composed of 16 member school districts from across eastern North Carolina.  SEA's mission is focused on building strong leadership from the classroom to the boardroom.  In considering the uniqueness of the current school year, the Alliance chose to recognize teachers who were successfully serving students and families in the remote learning setting. The SEA RLTOY was developed this year to honor the leadership of teachers making the remote learning experience successful for students, families, and themselves as educators.   

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

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS bus driver 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Those who sign up now will receive at $1,000 sign-on bonus. With a Monday-Friday schedule and nights, weekends and holidays off, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are retired, those who are stay-at-home parents, or those looking for extra income. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver class will be held May 5-7. To be included in this class, apply by May 3 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver.  

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.  

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study

    BOE MEETING APRIL 27 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. The meeting will be held in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. 

    Due to COVID-19, the number of participants in the meeting room will be limited. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available for viewing. 

    Agenda items include the 2021-2022 Budget Proposal – Capital, the 2021-2022 Budget Proposal – Local Current Expense, an Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funding Discussion, and Summer School: OCS Discover 2021 Adventures. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    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 16, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/16/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week of learning. Catch up on the latest district news and updates below.  

    WORKDAY REMINDER 

    Workday Reminder  

    We would like to remind our families that, in accordance with recent calendar changes, Wednesday, April 21 will be a teacher workday for all schools on the traditional calendar. Onslow Early College High School will operate on a normal schedule on April 21 and have a teacher workday on Friday, April 23.  

    PURPLE STAR RECOGNITIONS 

    April is Month of the Military Child, and this week, we are celebrating the 19 OCS schools that received Purple Star Awards for extraordinary support of military families! 

    Purple Star Awards are given by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to schools which demonstrate both military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families.  

    Schools that were recognized include: Blue Creek Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet, Dixon Elementary, Dixon Middle, Heritage Elementary, Hunters Creek Middle, Jacksonville Commons Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Northwoods Elementary Magnet, Northwoods Park Middle, Parkwood Elementary, Richlands High, Sand Ridge Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Swansboro Elementary, Swansboro High, Swansboro Middle, and Trexler Middle.  

    Congratulations to all our Purple Star Award recipients and thank you for all you do for our families! 

    CVES REDISTRICTING 

    Redistricting Information  

    On April 6, the Onslow County Board of Education approved the redistricting plans for the new Clear View Elementary School, currently under construction off Hwy 24/258.   

    Changes to the previously proposed plans include the option for those who will be in 5th grade during the 2022-2023 school year to stay at their current elementary schools. The second change will keep 15 students on Farmington Drive in the Heritage Elementary district.   

    You can see the approved maps and read more about the redistricting process on the OCS website: CVES Redistricting Information

    VIRTUAL RECRUITMENT EVENT 

    Next week OCS is offering students an opportunity to meet virtually with representatives from the US Armed Forces. To join the conversation on April 20 at 6 p.m., register here: http://bit.ly/ocsmilrecruit2021

    Virtual Recruitment Event  

    EC SCHOOL-BASED ENTERPRISES 

    School-Based Enterprises are EC student-led businesses that are conducted at the school level. Students are involved in every step of the process; from creating business plans to product development and sales. OCS staff members provide students with the educational, administrative, and skill-development support needed for all to participate in this initiative. 

    Current enterprise projects include RHS’ Wild Cat Soap Co., SBHS’ Coastal Pirate Treasures, DHS’ Maroon Dog Creations, DHS’ Alight Candle Co., NWPMS’ Park Pottery, SBHS’ Pirate Café, SWHS’ Woodn’t It Be Nice, JHS’ Cardinal Cargo, SBMS’ A Pirate’s Touch, and DMS’ Dixon Designs. 

    Learn more about school-based enterprise projects and place an order at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/enterprise

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Those who sign on now will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus. With a Monday-Friday schedule and nights, weekends and holidays off, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are retired, those who are stay-at-home parents, or those looking for extra income. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver training class will be held May 5-7. To be included in this class, apply by May 3 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.  

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:    
    Facebook - @OCSNC    
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 9, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/9/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for your role in making this week's transition to Plan A as smooth as possible. You can read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    2021-2022 CALENDAR APPROVAL 

    2021-2022 School Calendars  

    In its April 6 meeting, the Onslow County Board of Education unanimously approved the calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.  

    You can find the newly approved calendars, here, on the OCS website, under the "2021-2022 OCS Calendars" tab: OCS School Calendars.  

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    Did you know that April is Month of the Military Child? This month we will be celebrating the more than 9,000 students in our district who are members of military families! 

    Next week, join us in celebrating our military-affiliated students by participating in our OCS Month of the Military Child Spirit Week. Post your photos with #OCSmilitaryspirit to join in! 

    Month of the Military Child Spirit Week Information  

    STEVENS INITIATIVE GRANT 

    Onslow County Schools is excited to be one of 19 virtual exchange programs awarded new grants by the Stevens Initiative! With our fellow grantees, we will reach nearly 19,000 youth participants through virtual exchange. Together, our programs cover 25 topics, including engineering innovation, history, public health, and social entrepreneurship.   

    The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. 

    You can read the full announcement here: OCS Stevens Initiative Grant

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten registration is now open! All children who will turn 5 on or before August 31, 2021 are eligible to register.  

    Learn more about kindergarten and how to complete your online registration on the OCS website: Kindergarten Registration

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.  

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held April 6 can be found here: News from the Board

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    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 1, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/1/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! We hope you are having a safe and restful spring break!  

    Before students return on Tuesday, April 6, we would like to remind you of the changes to come as we transition all in-person, K-12 students to Plan A.  

    COVID-19 SCREENING CHANGES 

    On March 24, 2021, NCDHHS updated the StrongSchoolsNC: Public Health Toolkit (K-12). The changes aligned the guidance document with recent updates from the CDC and “does not recommend daily COVID-19 symptom screening for all students at school entry.” 

    To align with this new guidance from the state, beginning Tuesday, April 6, OCS will discontinue screening all students at school entry. Pre-K students will still be screened, as the guidance for those programs has not been updated at this time.  

    Parents, caregivers, or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening. Students who are sick should not attend school in person.  

    PLAN A REOPENING INFORMATION 

    Plan A Information  

    OCS students in grades K-12 currently attending in-person instruction will return to the classroom five days a week, beginning Tuesday, April 6.  

    Here are some important things to remember about the transition to Plan A:  

    • All K-12, in-person students will attend school 5 days a week 
    • Social distancing will be implemented to the greatest extent possible 
    • Face covering requirements and hand hygiene practices will still be in place 
    • Daily deep cleaning will remain a priority 
    • Non-essential visitors will still be limited 

    More information on the transition to Plan A can be found on the OCS website: K-12 Reopening Information

    CALENDAR CHANGE REMINDERS 

    Along with the transition to Plan A, comes changes to the 2020-2021 school calendar.  

    Two regular teacher workdays have been added to the calendar on Wednesday, April 21 and Wednesday, May 12.  

    You can find the latest school calendar on the OCS website: 2020-2021 School Calendar

    TRANSPORTATION CHANGES 

    Transportation App Information  

    With buses operating for all students five days a week, there may be changes to some routes and times. Bus route information has been updated, and the OCS Transportation Department asks that all parents review their child’s bus stop location and pick-up/drop-off times. The information can be easily accessed on the OCS website: Find My Bus Stop

    Also be sure to download the Edulog Bus Transportation Parent Portal App to stay up to date on drop off times, pick up times and more! Learn more about the app on the OCS website: School Transportation Information

    SCHOOL NUTRITION UPDATES 

    Upon the return to school on April 6, Northside High School will be the only Student Nutrition Hub for the remainder of the school year. All other hubs will be closed.  

    The Northside High School nutrition hub will be open for curbside pick-up Monday-Friday 8:45-10 a.m. 

    Now is also a great time for families to begin thinking about their school nutrition needs for next year. Filling out a meal benefit application could help your family gain access to free/reduced school meal costs, discounts for fees associated with college applications, discounted testing fees, additional federal school funding, and more.  

    If you think your family may qualify, apply now at lunchapplication.com or contact the OCS School Nutrition Department for more information.  

    BOE MEETING APRIL 6 

    On Tuesday, April 6, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    Due to COVID-19, the number of participants in the meeting room will be limited. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available for viewing. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby for those wishing to address the Board.  

    Agenda items include a CTE update, the 2021-2022 school calendar, and Clear View Elementary School Redistricting. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is 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.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    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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