OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/26/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! See the latest district updates below.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM OCS 

    OCS wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! See below a special video message from Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins and Board Chair Pam Thomas about what they are most thankful for this year: 

     

    And remember! There is no school for students on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and OCS will be closed for staff and students on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

    Happy Thanksgiving No School Nov. 27, 28 and 29  

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the sixth week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise nearly $77,000! Our goal for this year is $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it! 

    Next week is the final week of United Way collections, so if you would like to donate and have not yet done so, please see your school or department’s United Way coordinator for more information.  

    BOE MEETING DECEMBER 3 

    On Tuesday, December 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 special focus presentation from the OCS Instructional team, a construction update, and an annexation request from the Town of Holly Ridge.  

    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, November 22, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/22/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY REMINDER

    We would like to remind our families that schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and OCS will be closed for staff and students on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

    WOHS VIDEO CALL WITH ISS 

    WOHS held a video chat with former Viking Christina Koch  

    On Wednesday, students and staff at White Oak High School got the chance of a lifetime when they held a video conference with former Viking Christina Koch.  

    Koch, an astronaut from Jacksonville, is currently in space on the International Space Station and took the time this week to speak with students from her former high school and answer some of the questions they had.  

    Staff and students asked about everything from how astronauts sleep in space and the potential of humans landing on Mars, to what space smells like.  
    Through her answers, Koch made sure to express to her hometown how proud she is to be from Jacksonville, and how “Once a Viking, Always a Viking” really rings true for her as she goes about her journey.  

    You can watch the full Q&A video with Christina Koch here: ISS Q&A Session 

    OCS SCIENCE TEACHERS RECOGNIZED 

    Emily Kelly and Jeannine Fernandez are recognized at the NCSTA conference  

    Two Onslow County educators were recently honored by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association.   

    Emily Kelly, a teacher at New Bridge Middle, won the 2019 NCSTA District Two Outstanding Middle School Science Teaching Award, and Jeannine Fernandez, a teacher at Richlands Elementary, won the District Two Outstanding Elementary School Science Teaching Award.   

    NCSTA District Outstanding Science Teacher awards are presented to recognize excellence in science teaching in North Carolina, to teachers who exemplify excellent, creative, and innovative teaching of science. This honor is determined by other science educators and serves as recognition of the recipients’ professional excellence and contributions to science teaching and learning.   

    Kelly and Fernandez were both recognized and presented with their awards at the annual NCSTA conference on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Winston-Salem.   
    Congratulations and thank you for your contributions to science at OCS! 

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the fifth week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise more than $76,500! Our goal for this year is $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.  

    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, November 15, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/15/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    OCS EDUCATOR INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME 

    OCS' Madeline Tucker was inducted into the ECU Educators Hall of Fame  

    Long time Onslow County Schools educator and career and technical education proponent, Madeline Tucker, has been inducted into the East Carolina College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame. She was one of eighteen East Carolina alumni and friends recognized for her contributions to the field of education in a ceremony held on November 9, 2019. The ECU Beta Kappa Chapter of Pi Omega Pi Business Education Honor Society and Dr. Ivan G. Wallace sponsored Mrs. Tucker for the award. 

    Befitting the role Mrs. Madeline Tucker has played to strengthen career and technical education locally and within the State of North Carolina, the Hall of Fame plaque honoring her reads: “A dedicated lifelong learner and committed advocate for career and technical education which expands career options affecting and changing the lives of students and families.” 

    Congratulations Mrs. Tucker and thank you for your work with OCS! 

    RHS WORKS TO INCLUDE ALL STUDENTS 

    RHS students sign a pledge to include all students at their school  

    Richlands High School recently became a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. This means that the RHS campus has met all requirements for being a Unified Champion School by bringing social inclusion to all students. 

    Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. O’Brien have met with their local representative to receive funding for club t-shirts, and Inclusion Rally items to be given away to students. On Wednesday, the Unified Champion School club held an Inclusion Rally during Power Hour. During the rally, many students stopped by and signed two large banners with their names, pledging to include all students.  

    RHS has also received approximately $500 worth of Adaptive Physical Education Equipment for student use from Special Olympics. RHS Principal Brad Staley said this will make a huge impact on all students and promote inclusion within the gymnasium for all. 

    Way to go, Wildcats! 

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN  

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the fourth week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise about $59,000! Our goal for this year is $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.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting on November 12, 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, November 8, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/8/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another great week at OCS. Read the latest district news below, and we will see you Tuesday!

    VETERANS DAY MESSAGE FROM DR. COLLINS

    OCS has had a long connection with the military, and deeply understands the impact these brave men and women – and their families – can have in a community. Through their courage, sacrifice and dedication, our military members past and present have helped make this world a better place. Monday is Veterans Day, a time we stop and thank those who have served, and continue to serve, our country. To all veterans of all branches: thank you for your service and Happy Veterans Day! 

    No School on Monday, November 11

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS POLICY CHANGE 

    During a special called board meeting Friday morning, the Onslow County Board of Education discussed proposed changes to policies 3420 and 3460, regarding graduation requirements and student progression.  

    Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins presented to Board members a staff recommendation that would eliminate the graduation project as a requirement for graduation for Onslow County high school students, which the Board unanimously approved.   

    The policy revisions go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.  Seniors who complete the graduation project in 2019-2020 will earn honor cords to wear at graduation and a diploma seal to acknowledge the accomplishment of completing a rigorous, culminating project that demonstrates future readiness. 

    The decision to eliminate the graduation project was not made lightly, and staff and Board members discussed the importance of maintaining the rigorous standards OCS has for its students by embedding the learning process of the graduation project into students’ coursework to ensure that they graduate ready for college and their future careers.  

    ART IN THE AIRPORT 

    Students, staff and parents look at the student art hanging in OAJ  

    On November 5, student artwork lined the upstairs walkway of Albert J. Ellis Airport, as the middle school artists looked on proudly.   

    Fifteen pieces of OCS student artwork were chosen to be a part of “Innovation,” the newest installment of the Albert J. Ellis Art in the Airport series.   

    All the art chosen from OCS students will be displayed at the airport for the next few months, during which time, it will be seen by the thousands flying in and out of Albert J. Ellis Airport.   

    Congratulations to all students whose work was chosen!  

    HCMS UN-CONFERENCE 

    An HCMS student presents at the school's unConference event  

    Hunters Creek Middle School's Technology Leaders Un-Conference was a success!  

    On Monday, HCMS hosted parents and community members at their annual Un-Conference, where student leaders presented technology models and examples of the great ways tech-tools are used to learn in all subject areas.  

    Way to go, Panthers! 

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way Campaign progress  

    After the third week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise nearly $51,000! Our goal for this year is $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.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on November 8, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board

    BOE MEETING NOVEMBER 12 

    On Tuesday, November 12, 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 annual independent audit report, a special focus report from human resources/student services, the 2020-2021 calendar proposal, proposed policy changes regarding attendance, NCSTAR School improvement plans, and discussion on an annex for the new southern elementary school by the Town of Holly Ridge.  

    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, November 1, 2019

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

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another great week at Onlsow County Schools! You can catch up on the latest district news and updates below. 

    JHS CROSSWALK UPDATE 

    The new HAWK crosswalk signal on Henderson Drive  

    Late last week, a special system designed to manage pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic was installed and became fully functional on Henderson Drive at Jacksonville High School.  

    The HAWK signal, which stands for High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon, allows crossings by pedestrians to be protected by requiring traffic to stop in both directions. The signal is located over the roadway and consists of special light signals that direct drivers to stop when a signal is pressed by a pedestrian.  

    JHS Principal Maria Johnson said she is “thrilled” with the addition of the signal and that JHS staff will continue to have monitors at the crossing while students get familiar with the new operation. Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero said that the intensive law enforcement in the area around JHS will continue as well.  

    Thank you to all of our community partners who made this project possible for their commitment to our students’ safety! 

    ONSLOW PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN 

    Preschool application information  

    Onslow County preschool programs are now accepting applications! For more information on how to apply see the OCS preschool website here: OCS Preschool Information

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the second week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise more than $42,000! 

    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. This year, our goal is $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 HIRING BUS DIVERS  

    Transporting more than 15,000 students to and from school each day is an important part of the work Onslow County Schools does to serve our families.   

    We would like to remind you that OCS 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.  

    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. 

    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 25, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/25/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It has been quite the exciting week here at OCS, and we're happy to share the following district news and announcements. 

    CARL CRUTHIS NAMED STATE AP OF THE YEAR 

    Carl Cruthis takes a photo with SWHS Principal Tim Foster and Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins  

    OCS is proud to announce that our own Carl Cruthis, assistant principal at Southwest High School, has been named the 2020 North Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year!  

    The SWHS Stallions organized a pep rally on Friday to surprise Mr. Cruthis with the news. As he was driven into the stadium by the SWHS SRO, he was greeted with cheering staff and students, balloons, and more. 

    Mr. Cruthis will serve as North Carolina’s representative for the NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum and personalization.  

    Next, Mr. Cruthis will compete at the national level for the NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year, the winner of which will be announced at the national NASSP principals conference in National Harbor, Maryland next summer.  

    Congratulations and best of luck, Mr. Cruthis! 

    GOVERNOR COOPER VISITS DES 

    Governor Roy Cooper shakes the hand of a Dixon Elementary School student  

    Governor Roy Cooper paid a visit to Onslow County earlier this week, and stopped by Dixon Elementary School to visit with staff and students.  

    During his visit, Gov. Cooper took some time to meet with teachers to discuss current issues in education. He also toured the school to see the progress made since Hurricane Florence and stopped to talk to several students, bus drivers and other staff members along the way.  

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way Campaign progress

    Collections have officially begun for the 2019 Onslow County Schools United Way Campaign!  

    In just a couple of weeks, OCS employees have come together to raise more than $30,000 for United Way of Onslow County. 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. This year, our goal is $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.  

    PARKWOOD ELEMENTARY UNITY DAY 

    Parkwood students and staff take a photo together on Unity Day  

    Wednesday, October 23 was Unity Day across the nation, and Parkwood Elementary came together to show unity in helping to stop bullying by promoting kindness, inclusion, and acceptance in their school, community, and the world. 

    Many students were spotted wearing orange, Unity Day’s official color. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, wearing orange on Unity Day is a visible way to show that “our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.” 

    Way to go, Pandas, and thank you for promoting kindness in our schools! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    The deadline to join the November bus driver class is quickly approaching. To join the class that will be held November 4-6, all those interested in becoming a bus driver must submit an application by Thursday, October 31.  

    Applications are available at onslow.k12.nc.us. For more information, call the OCS Transportation Department at 910-455-5037. 

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • OCTAA will hold a meeting on November 12, 2019 AT 4:30 p.m. 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 18, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/18/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It has been another great week at Onslow County Schools, thanks to you. Below, you will find the latest district news and updates. 

    OCS HOSTS 2019 BASES RECEPTION 

    Businesses that received Hall of Fame awards take a photo together at the BASES reception  

    Onslow County Schools honored more than 40 businesses and organizations for the contributions they have made to the students of Onslow County at the 2019 BASES Reception on Tuesday, October 15.  

    BASES, which stands for Businesses Assisting Schools in Educating Students, is a joint project of OCS and the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce that encourages and facilitates business involvement in our schools.  

    The morning began with breakfast, welcoming music by the Swansboro High School orchestra, a presentation of colors by the Northside High School Air Force JROTC, and the singing of the National Anthem by the NHS Singers. 

    Since its inception, businesses and organizations have contributed over 294,800 hours of volunteer service and over $9.7 million in financial contributions.  

    Following the devastation of Hurricane Florence, in the 2018-2019 school year alone, more than 550 businesses and organizations from the nation came together to contribute more than $613,000 and over 7,300 volunteer hours as the school district struggled to get back on its feet. 

    In addition to the Major League, All Star and Hall of Fame recognitions, two awards were given to a business and an organization that stood out among the other donors for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 years. In recognition of their outstanding generosity and willingness to go above and beyond, National Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram and the United Way CHEW Program have been added to the BASES Wall of Fame, which is proudly displayed in the front hallway of the OCS Central Services building.  

    OCS would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations that have made and continue to make a difference in the schools of Onslow County. If your business or organization is interested in learning more about the BASES programs or how you can partner with the district, please visit the Community tab at onslow.k12.nc.us or contact the Community Affairs office at 910-455-2211 Ext. 20302.  

    MILITARY UNIT ADOPTS SWES 

    Marines from CNATT take a moment to take a photo with students at Southwest Elementary School  

    Last week, Southwest Elementary School celebrated and made official their partnership with a military unit from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.  

    Through the Adopt-a-School program, The Center for National Aviation Technical Training Group adopted SWES, establishing a relationship 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.    

    Congratulations to SWES and thank you to all of the military personnel who invest time in our schools and students! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DIVERS 

    Transporting more than 15,000 students to and from school each day is an important part of the work Onslow County Schools does to serve our families.  

    We would like to remind you that OCS 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.     

    November bus driver class information  

    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. 

    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 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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