OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 26, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/26/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for an excellent week of education in Onslow County. Below, you can find all the latest district news and updates.  

    OCS ATHLETICS UPDATE 

    Athletics Update  

    We are more than excited that high school sports have been able to continue during this school year. Since resuming athletics late last fall, high school teams have competed in volleyball, cross country, basketball, swimming, men's soccer and lacrosse. Under the NCHSAA’s schedule, we are set to have our first varsity football games on Friday evening.  

    Our high schools have been working closely with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and local authorities to make sure athletic-related events are as safe as possible for participants and spectators alike. 

    With the Governor’s recent changes to capacity at indoor and outdoor athletic events, we are looking forward to welcoming more spectators to support our teams!  

    While more fans will be allowed, capacity at our athletic facilities will be limited to a maximum of 30% and all schools will still be required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing. 

    As we get ready to take this next step, here are some things to know if you are coming out to support one of our athletic teams: 

    • Plan on arriving early for a COVID-19 screening and to have your online ticket verified.  
    • Everyone attending the event will be expected to wear a face covering. 
    • Non-family groups will be asked to maintain appropriate social distancing from others. 
    • If offered, concession sales will be for pre-packaged foods only. 
    • Tickets for our athletic events will be sold online through School Cash Online
    • Unless going to the restroom or purchasing concessions, spectators will need to stay seated in the bleachers during the event. 

    Thank you for doing all you can to help keep each other safe! We appreciate everyone wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance. As the number of COVID-19 cases decreases throughout our community, we look forward to welcoming even more of you back. Thank you for your support and know that OCS is committed to doing everything we can to make our facilities safe and welcoming for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and our school family. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    Contact Info  

    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 calls, emails or text messages, please contact your school’s data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    The magnet school application portal for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and will close March 1.  

    If you are interested in learning more about Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or either of our fully virtual schools, you can find further information on the schools and the application process here: Magnet School Lottery Information

    As families make decisions about the upcoming school year and magnet school applications, it is important to note that, for 2021-2022, both Northwoods Elementary School and Clyde Erwin Elementary School will operate on the traditional school calendar, rather than the year-round calendar.  

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM 

    OCS offers the Dual Language Immersion program at three of our elementary schools: Clyde Erwin Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Hunters Creek Elementary. Parents with rising kindergarten students can learn more about the Dual Language Immersion program and how to enroll here: DLI Information.  

    BOE MEETING MARCH 2 

    On Tuesday, March 2, 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 at the Regional Skills Center for viewing. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby of the Skills Center for those wishing to address the Board.  

    Agenda items include the 2021-2022 Head Start Project approval, the naming of the West Central Area Elementary School project, school redistricting, and a 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 school calendar presentation.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 19, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/19/2021 5:00:00 PM

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

    MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    Magnet Lottery Information  

    The magnet school application portal for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and will close March 1. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or either of our fully virtual schools, you can find further information on the schools and the application process here: Magnet School Lottery Information

    As families make decisions about the upcoming school year and magnet school applications, it is important to note that, for 2021-2022, both Northwoods Elementary School and Clyde Erwin Elementary School will operate on the traditional school calendar, rather than the year-round calendar.  

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM 

    OCS offers the Dual Language Immersion program at three of our elementary schools: Clyde Erwin Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Hunters Creek Elementary. Parents with rising kindergarten students can learn more about the Dual Language Immersion program and how to enroll here: DLI Information

    NC PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFITS

    In a collaborative initiative between NCDHHS and NCDPI, the next round of P-EBT benefit issuance will start next week. 

    For more information on P-EBT benefits, visit the NCDHHS website or reach out to the OCS School Nutrition Office. 

    If you have not submitted a meal benefit application this year and feel your family may qualify, please complete and submit a free/reduced meal benefit application for consideration in future P-EBT benefit issuances. You can find OCS meal benefit application resources here: Meal Benefit Applications

    NCSPRA BLUE RIBBON AWARDS 

    NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards Logo  

    The North Carolina School Public Relations Association has honored Onslow County Schools for excellence in communications. OCS earned a total of eight Blue Ribbon Awards for outstanding and effective communication. NCSPRA presented the awards during a virtual ceremony on February 5.  

    OCS received five gold awards for Electronic Media and Photography and three silver awards for Electronic Media, Excellence in Writing and Digital Media Engagement.  

    The district prides itself on keeping our school community engaged and informed with high quality content, so we are proud to have those efforts recognized at the state level.  

    SBHS RECEIVES NCASCD AWARD 

    Swansboro Mayor John Davis, Dr. Helen Gross, and Swansboro Rotary President John Moore accept the award  

    Swansboro High School has received the 2021 Lighthouse School award from the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  

    The award was presented by the NCASCD Board of Directors on Friday, February 12. SBHS was recognized for innovative teaching practices, community outreach and engagement.  

    “The school has been a beacon of light in the state throughout the hardships of Hurricane Florence and COVID-19,” said Principal Dr. Helen Gross. “The school has maintained high academic performance while developing whole-child initiatives such as a community mentorship program for at-risk students and a student services reporting program, and successfully procuring grants to expand opportunities such as the addition of an outdoor basketball court and outdoor learning center.” 

    Congratulations, Pirates! 

    STUDENTS NAMED MILITARY CHILD FINALISTS 

    Two OCS students have been named finalists in Operation Homefront’s annual Military Child of the Year awards program. Each year, seven students from military families, one to represent each branch of the armed forces, are named a Military Child of the Year.  

    Cameron Davis of Onslow Early College High School and Tatihana Loya, of Swansboro High School been chosen as two of the five national finalists for the Military Child of the Year title for the Marine Corps.  

    Congratulations, Cameron and Tatihana! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring part-time 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 March 2-4. To be included in this class, apply by February 26 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.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 12, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/12/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week. You can find the latest district news and updates below.

    MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY APPLICATIONS  

    Magnet Lottery Information  

    The magnet school application portal for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Monday, February 15 and will close on March 1. The lottery will run on March 8.   

    If you are interested in learning more about Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or either of our fully virtual schools, you can find further information on the schools and the application process here: Magnet School Lottery Information.  

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM  

    DLI Classroom

    OCS offers the Dual Language Immersion program at three of our elementary schools: Clyde Erwin Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Hunters Creek Elementary. Parents with rising kindergarten students can learn more about the Dual Language Immersion program and how to enroll here: DLI Information

    NCAGT RECOGNIZES OCS TEACHER 

    Laura Thompson and Michael Elder  

    Laura Thompson, an AIG teacher at Jacksonville Commons Elementary has been recognized by the North Carolina Association of the Gifted and Talented. She was the only elementary teacher in the state chosen to receive the Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award for this school year.  

    Thompson, nominated by several of her colleagues and administrators, was also selected to be a presenter at this year’s NCAGT annual conference. There, she will be sharing how she has transformed her instruction to make online, along with face-to-face, learning powerful for gifted students.   

    On Friday, February 12, Thompson’s OCS family celebrated her accomplishment with a surprise recognition at JCE.  

    Congratulations, Mrs. Thompson, and thank you for all you do! 

    FUTURE TEACHERS OF ONSLOW RECEIVE GRANT 

    Members of Future Teachers of Onslow  

    Congratulations to Future Teachers of Onslow for receiving a grant from the American Association for Employment in Education! The group received this award to help in its efforts to promote the teaching profession and increase the district's supply of teachers. The grant will support the organization’s Future Teacher Virtual Conference Series.  

    CHESS TOURNAMENT 

    Chess Tournament Information  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring part-time bus drivers! Hourly wages start at $12.57 - $14.14, and 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 March 2-4. To be included in this class, apply by February 26 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver.  

    For more information, please contact Onslow County Schools Transportation at (910) 455-5037 or by email at transportation@onslow.k12.nc.us. 

    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.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 5, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/5/2021 5:00:00 PM

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

    OVS REBUILD 2021-2022 

    Onslow Virtual School started as a way to serve families who found themselves in need of a full-time virtual learning arrangement when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Since then, the school has grown to be home to more than 4,700 students and 200 staff members.  

    With the changing dynamics of the pandemic and a need for a more sustainable model, OCS will be rebuilding the virtual school as we move into the 2021-2022 school year. Next academic year, OVS will be divided into two separate schools, with two separate staffs. Onslow Virtual Elementary School will serve approximately 600 students grades K-5, and Onslow Virtual Secondary School will serve approximately 1,000 students grades 6-12.  

    OVES and OVSS will become choice schools, and enrollment will be determined through a lottery process, including an application.  

    You can learn more about the changes coming to OVS and the upcoming lottery process here: OVS Information.

    ONSLOW RENEWED AS GLOBAL READY MODEL DISTRICT 

    District staff and CFIE staff and students celebrate the global ready status renewals  

    Onslow County Schools has been reaffirmed as the only Global Ready Model District in the state of North Carolina. This accomplishment, which came about in 2020, was officially recognized by the State Board of Education in its February 4 meeting.  

    In the recognition, it was said that: “Onslow County Schools consistently implements systems and processes to support globally prepared students. Global readiness is embedded in the district’s culture, and well-developed, cutting-edge practices show consistent high-level student impact. Their district global ready strategic plan is firmly in place and supports the development of globally competent students. Onslow County Schools is a leader for other districts to replicate.” 

    Also recognized at this event was Carolina Forest International Elementary School, who achieved renewal for their Global Ready Model School status in 2020 as well.  

    Congratulations and thank you to all that worked hard to make these accomplishments possible! 

    MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    The magnet school application portal for the 2020-2021 school year will open on Monday, February 15 and will close on March 1. The lottery will run on March 8.  

    If you are interested in learning more, you can find further information on the county’s five magnet schools, including both virtual schools, and the application process here: Magnet School Lottery Information

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    Bus Driver Information  

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the March class are due no later than Friday, February 26. You can find more information on the application process here: OCS Bus Driver Class.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held February 2 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:    
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 29, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 1/29/2021 5:00:00 PM

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

    INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION 

    Inclement Weather Information  

    Earlier this week, Onslow County experienced an inclement weather event. In light of this, we would like to take a moment to remind our families of the district’s weather procedures as we move further into the winter season. 

    It sometimes becomes necessary for a decision to be made concerning schools delaying, releasing early, closing or shifting to remote learning due to weather. You can find full explanations for each of the district’s inclement weather plans, including how each decision could affect our non-traditional schools, here: Inclement Weather Information

    Thank you for partnering with us to keep our students, staff, and community safe! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS Bus Driver Class Information  

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the March class are due no later than Friday, February 26. You can find more information on the application process here: OCS Bus Driver Class

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held January 26 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    BOE MEETING FEBRUARY 2 

    On Tuesday, February 2, 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 at the Regional Skills Center for viewing. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby of the Skills Center for those wishing to address the Board.  

    Agenda items include discussion of the redesign of Onslow Virtual School, a School Construction Update, and revisions to Board of Education Policy 2310 – Public Participation at Board Meetings.  

    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:    
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    Twitter - @OnslowSchools    
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 22, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 1/22/2021 5:00:00 PM

    STUDENTS NAMED MILITARY CHILD SEMIFINALISTS 

    Three Onslow County Schools students have been named semifinalists in Operation Homefront’s annual Military Child of the Year awards program.  

    Each year, Operation Homefront selects seven students from military families, one to represent each branch of the armed forces, to be named a Military Child of the Year. Students are selected for their excellence in scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular activities while facing the challenges of military life.  

    Cameron Davis of Onslow Early College High School, Tatihana Loya, of Swansboro High School, and Michayla Wittner, of Southwest High School, have all been chosen as semifinalists for Military Child of the Year for the Marine Corps. The award recipient will be announced in March.  

    Congratulations to you all and best of luck! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS Bus Driver  

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the March class are due no later than Friday, February 26. You can find more information on the application process here: OCS Bus Driver Classes

    BOE MEETING JANUARY 26 

    A special Onslow County Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26 at 10 a.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville, NC.  

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

    Agenda items include a review of the OCS COVID-19 Communication Plan, a review of Board of Education Policy 2310 – Public Participation at Board Meetings, and the Long Range Facility Needs Assessment.  

    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, January 15, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 1/15/2021 5:00:00 PM

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

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    MLK Day Reminder  

    In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, Onslow County Schools will be closed for students and staff on Monday, January 18. The OCS School Nutrition Department will pause meal service for this day.  

    DR. CHRIS BARNES NAMED REGIONAL POY 

    Dr. Chris Barnes and BOE Chairman Bob Williams  

    Dr. Christopher Barnes, principal of White Oak High School and 2020-2021 OCS Wells Fargo Principal of the Year, has been named the 2021 Wells Fargo Southeast Region Principal of the Year. The current NC Principal of the Year, Kisha Clemons, Barnes’ family, and a small group of district administrators surprised Barnes with the news at his school on January 12. 

    Dr. Barnes has been an educator with OCS for more than 20 years, with 17 of those years spent as an administrator. He started by helping around the county office in 1993, got hired to teach at Richlands High School in 1997, and has since worked at several OCS sites. He has spent the last four years at WOHS, to which his staff says he brings a culture of family, teamwork and pride. 

    After being named the OCS Principal of the Year, Dr. Barnes went through a series of interviews and observations. He has now been selected as one of the eight principals statewide that will go on to compete for Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year. 

    Congratulations, Dr. Barnes! 

    OCS CFO RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD 

    Mr. Jeff Hollamon and Dr. Barry Collins  

    OCS Chief Financial Officer Jeff Hollamon has been awarded the Lou Thompson Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials. On Friday, January 15, OCS staff worked with the NCASBO to surprise Mr. Hollamon with the news via video call.   

    Each year since 1995, NCASBO has recognized one member who has made substantial contributions to improve the organization and the school business official profession.  

    OCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins said, “Over the last 14 years, I have had the honor of observing and working along with Jeff as we served together on the Onslow County Schools Executive Staff. He has an excellent rapport with staff and board members. I know Jeff to be a loyal, trustworthy, intelligent, and hard-working colleague and friend. Congratulations to Jeff for receiving this most deserving award!” 

    THANK YOU TO OUR BASES PARTNERS! 

     

    OCS appreciates our BASES Partners! Businesses Assisting Schools in Educating Students is a joint program of OCS and the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce that recognizes the many ways businesses and community organizations contribute to the education of children in Onslow County. You can read more about BASES and find a full list of 2019-2020 award recipients here, on the OCS website: BASES Award Recipients

    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, January 8, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/8/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Welcome back, OCS Family! We hope you had a healthy and restful holiday break. You can catch up on the latest district news and updates below.  

    DES NAMED LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL 

    DES students and Principal Glenn Reed

    Onslow County Schools is excited to announce that Dixon Elementary School has been certified and named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education! This recognition is evidence that the school has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity and excellence. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community. 

    Principal Glenn Reed said, “The Leader in Me process has had such a profound effect on students and staff alike at Dixon Elementary. We have been able to provide students with the tools to make a difference in their own lives, as well as those around them. Students set goals, monitor their own achievement and are empowered with a voice in how Dixon Elementary operates on a day-to-day basis. After five years of work, we are so very proud to be recognized for our work around student leadership development and empowerment.” 

    Congratulations, DES!  

    OCS INSTRUCTIONAL COACH RECOGNIZED 

    Elizabeth Neuendorff  

    OCS Instructional Coach Elizabeth Neuendorff was recently named part of the Curriculum Associates Extraordinary Educators Class of 2021 and awarded the Curriculum Associates Inspire Award. Ms. Neuendorff was recognized for her work to improve mathematics instruction and successfully implement i-Ready in her classroom.  

    “I was the sixth grade math lead at HCMS in the 2019–2020 school year,” Neuendorff said.  “While in this role, I led campus-level and district-level professional development in regards to mathematics instruction.  In the 2020–2021 school year, I was given the opportunity to further my leadership role by becoming an Instructional Coach.  While in this role, I have already led professional development and provided coaching cycles to teachers.” 

    Congratulations, Ms. Neuendorff and thank you for all you do for OCS! 

    BOE NAMES NEW CHAIRMAN AND VICE-CHAIRMAN 

    Bob Williams and Jeffrey Hudson  

    In its January 5 meeting, the Onslow County Board of Education held its annual election for chairperson and vice-chairperson. Board members voted using a ballot system and elected member Bob Williams as Board chairman and member Jeffrey Hudson as vice-chairman.  

    Williams has served on the Onslow County Board of Education since May of 2014. In addition to his school board duties, he is a community leader, holding active roles with the Brigade Boys & Girls Club of Onslow County, the New River Rotary Club, as well as several other community organizations and committees.  

    Hudson has been a member of the Board since December of 2018 and has previously served as an assistant superintendent of Onslow County Schools. His community leadership extends beyond the Board of Education through his involvement with organizations such as the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Trail Life USA, and his church, Tar Landing Baptist. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on January 5 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, December 18, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/18/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS family! Please read below for the latest district updates and announcements.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDERS 

    Holiday reminders  

    We would like to remind our families that OCS will be closed for students from December 21 to January 4 for the holiday break.  

    During this time, the OCS School Nutrition Department will be pausing meal service. In the meantime, families in need can contact local food banks to inquire about operating hours and the availability of services. You can find a list of food banks and their contact information here, on the OCS website: School Nutrition Updates.

    During this time, there will also be a pause in Weekly Updates. Regular updates will resume on Friday, January 8, however, the district will remain dedicated to getting our families any information they may need over the holiday break, should the need arise.  

    Remember to observe the 3 W’s (Wash, Wait and Wear) as you celebrate the season, and have a happy and healthy holiday break! 

    CALENDAR REVISIONS

    Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases not only in Onslow County, but across the state and nation, we want to remind our school community that OCS will continue using Wednesdays as remote student days for grades K-5 through the end of March 2021. The appropriate adjustment to the elementary school calendar will be made as part of the Board of Education’s regularly scheduled meeting on January 5. For additional information, please visit the OCS website: Calendar Revisions

    BOE MEMBERS TAKE OATH OF OFFICE 

    We extend our congratulations to Mrs. Melissa Oakley, Mr. Ken Reddic and Mr. Eric Whitfield for taking their oaths of office to serve on the Onslow County Board of Education on Tuesday, Dec. 15.  

    Another oath of office ceremony will be held for Mr. Joseph Speranza on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Seating in the room will be limited to Board members, OCS staff and invited guests. A monitor will be available for viewing.  

    ART IN THE AIRPORT 

    Artwork from students Izabella Wernett and Hazel Eggers

    The latest installment of Art in the Airport is now hanging on the walls of Albert J. Ellis Airport. Fitting for the times, the theme of the exhibit is resiliency.  

    To see the 15 pieces of chosen student artwork and to read more about the exhibit, please visit the OCS website: Art in the Airport.

    NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION RECOGNITION 

    Congratulations to Ms. Angie Dutton, a Title I coach with Southwest Elementary School, for recently being awarded her National Board certification.  

    The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards’ mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning through a voluntary advanced certification. That vision is inspired by the model from other professions, such as medicine, where board certification symbolizes accomplished practice, both within the profession and in the larger community. 

    Achieving National Board certification is a great accomplishment in the teaching field, so congratulations, Ms. Dutton, and thank you for all you do!

    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.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, December 11, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/11/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for a great week of learning. Below, you can check out the latest district news and updates.  

    EC HOLIDAY CATALOG 

    EC Holiday Catalog  

    The OCS Exceptional Children Division’s School Base Enterprises are 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. The EC Division provides classes with startup materials and continuous organizational assistance needed in order for the enterprises to be self-sustaining.  

    This holiday season, you can support our EC School Base Enterprises by purchasing items, handmade by students across the county, from the 2020 Holiday Catalog!  

    You can find the full catalog and links to purchase here: 2020 Holiday Catalog.  

    BRIGHT IDEAS GRANTS AWARDED 

    We would like to congratulate Onslow County Schools’ 43 Bright Ideas grant recipients for this year!  

    Each year, Jones-Onslow provides grant applications to teachers and principals, grades K-12, in Jones and Onslow counties, as well as the Topsail area of Pender County. This year, educators in Onslow County were awarded a total of $47,535.95! 

    Bright Ideas grants help students learn through innovative scholastic projects that are not covered by regular school funds. Educators submit proposals for what they would like to do with a Bright Ideas grant, such as projects, activities, etc., and may apply for individual grants up to $500 or in teams for grants up to $2,000.  

    You can find a list of this year’s Onslow County Bright Ideas grant recipients here: Bright Ideas Grant Winners 2020

    Congratulations to all winners and thank you to JOEMC! 

    BOE UPDATE 

    The oath of office to serve on the Onslow County Board of Education will be administered to Mrs. Melissa Oakley, Mr. Ken Reddic and Mr. Eric Whitfield on Tuesday, December 15 at 6 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    The business portion of the December BOE meeting has been cancelled.  

    The oath of office to serve on the Onslow County Board of Education will be administered to Mr. Joseph Speranza on Tuesday, December 29 at 4 p.m. at the ENCRSC.  

    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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