• The photos above are from one of the Onlsow Ag Days, held on Wednesday, April 10. Ag Days are an interactive learning opportunity for Onslow County 2nd graders put on by the NC Cooperative Extension. Students got to go through hands-on agriculture stations and learn about soil, seed germination, livestock, bee keeping and more. The program is 

OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/17/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Read below for the latest news and reminders.
      

    SPRING BREAK 

    Spring Break information

    We would like to remind our families that schools will be closed for spring break Thursday, April 18-Monday, April 22. Have a safe and fantastic holiday break and we will see you Tuesday! 

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    CWO2 Matt Edens and his children Eric and Max at Swansboro Elementary School

    Monday afternoon, two Swansboro Elementary students got a huge surprise. Their father CWO2 Matt Edens, who had been deployed for nearly 6 months, surprised them during what they thought would be a normal kickball game. Dressed as an umpire for the game, Edens approached 7-year-old Max and 9-year-old Eric, who were shocked and excited to see him. Later that day, CWO2 Edens also surprised his other 3 children, including Autumn, a freshman at Swansboro High.  

    Welcome home, CWO2 Edens, and thank you for your service! 

    STEM NIGHT AT NORTHSIDE HIGH 

    A district-wide science night was held on Thursday, April 11. The 1st Annual ENERGYizing Family STEM Night at Northside High was a free event open to elementary and middle school families across the district. There were door prizes, a special drawing, and a variety of fun science activities.
     

    Activities explored topics like engineering, environmental science and physical sciences. Each activity was facilitated by a Northside High School student who provided information about energy conservation and being environmentally friendly.
      

    To check out a video from the event, click here.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Schools Joint Funding Committee meeting on April 17 can be found here: News from the Board.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 12, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/12/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS family! Another great week is in the books! Read below for the latest news and updates. 

    SCHOOLS HONOR MILITARY FAMILIES 

    A father and his children at the HCMS Military Breakfast  

    As part of Month of the Military Child, schools in Onslow County have been holding events to recognize and thank their military-affiliated families for their sacrifices and contributions.
      

    On Thursday, April 4, Hunters Creek Middle School held a breakfast for military-affiliated students and their families. On Friday, April 12, Jacksonville Commons Middle, Meadow View Elementary and Dixon Elementary all held similar breakfast or luncheon events, while Sand Ridge Elementary hosted a Marine Corps Band performance and celebration to recognize their military populations as well.  

    In addition to the military appreciation events that have been held at individual schools, military children and their families were recognized district-wide on Friday, April 12, as the school system participated in Purple Up Day. The color purple symbolizes support for all branches of the military. Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue combine to create a single color: purple. Purple Up Day is held annually to show support for military children worldwide.  

    ELEMENTARY MATHCOUNTS  

    On April 11, elementary students across Onslow County came together to put their math skills to the test. Teams from Onslow County Schools elementary schools, as well as a team from Infant of Prague Catholic School, gathered at Clyde Erwin Elementary School to compete in the annual Elementary MATHCOUNTS competition. Teams participated in several events, each designed to challenge students’ math knowledge and make learning math more fun. 

    Congratulations to the following winners and a job well done to all who competed!
     

    Individual Competition 

    -1st Place: Oakley Johnson, Parkwood Elementary 
    -2nd Place: Vincent Gonzalez, Infant of Prague 
    -3rd Place: Luke VanDeweert, Queens Creek Elementary 

    Ciphering Competition
     

    -1st Place: Silverdale Elementary 
    -2nd Place: Summersill Elementary 
    -3rd Place: Queens Creek Elementary 

    Team Competition 

    -1st Place: Richlands Elementary 
    -2nd Place: Summersill Elementary 
    -3rd Place: Queens Creek Elementary 
     
    OCAEOP SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 

    Superintendent Barry Collins and the new OCAEOP President Nancy Burt with scholarship recipient Kaitlin Peck  

    The Onslow County Association of Educational Office Professionals held its 2019 Spring Banquet earlier this week, where they presented their annual scholarship to an OCS student.  

    The association is dedicated to helping educational office professional achieve of professionalism and to the improvement of the quality of service provided for students, educators, and the community.  
     

    Each year, among other things, OCAEOP works to raise scholarship money to be awarded to an Onslow County Schools’ graduating high school senior, who has been accepted at a four-year college or university.
     

    The 2019 OCAEOP Student Scholarship winner is Kaitlin Peck from Northside High School.  She has been accepted to, and plans to attend, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As the OCAEOP Scholarship winner, Kaitlin’s scholarship application will also be submitted to NCAEOP’s District 12, for the opportunity to receive one of the District scholarships. 

    DES OM TEAM GOING TO WORLD FINALS 

    Dixon Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind team

    Dixon Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind Team is headed to the World Finals! World Finals will be May 22-25 at Michigan State. The team is coached by Beth Howard and Peggy Kelley. 

    Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.  

    In addition to Dixon Elementary, OCS also had 8 other teams from 6 different schools at the state finals! The other schools that competed include Queens Creek Elementary, New Bridge Middle, Dixon Middle, Trexler Middle, Dixon High, and Richlands High School. 

    Congratulations to Dixon Elementary and all others who competed! 

    STURGEON CITY INSTITUTES 

    Sturgeon City offers free summer programs to area high school students and emerging freshmen. The one-week programs, which will be held June 24-28, 2019, include general sciences, engineering, marine science, chemistry, forensics and crime solving, environmental art, and leadership. Students can apply and educators can nominate students online at SturgeonCity.org. Submit your application or nomination before May 20, 2019 for consideration. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 12 can be found here: News from the Board

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 5, 2019

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

    Hello OCS Family! It has been another great, productive week here at Onslow County Schools. Read below for the latest news and updates. 
     
    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

     Elizabeth Kellum and Elvine Katanga are recognized at the April BOE meeting

    OCS has had a long and very positive relationship with our military. The growth of the surrounding military bases has had a tremendous impact on the growth of the school system and the local community. April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, and OCS is celebrating our military families all month! 

    At Monday night’s BOE  meeting, Elvine Katanga, a senior at Northside High, and Elizabeth Kellum, a senior at Jacksonville High were recognized for being 2 of 90 semifinalists for Military Child of the Year. Each year, Operation Homefront receives hundreds of nominations from all corners of the globe for their Military Child of the Year award, which recognizes seven inspiring young people for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.
      

    Kathryn Sears, a junior at Swansboro High, was also recognized for being selected for the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program. The program is an intensive, bi-annual one-week training program offered at the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Sears attended the program in Colorado from March 10-15. 

    Congratulations to all three of you for your outstanding accomplishments! 

    REMINDER: OCS is observing Purple Up Day on April 12. Wear purple that day to show your support for the military children of Onslow County and beyond! 


    FAST NC/COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF NC GRANTS 

    Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina (FAST NC), along with Communities in Schools of NC (CISNC), has been helping school districts across the state as they continue to struggle with impacts from the storm. With the LEA superintendent’s approval, individual schools may submit applications for expenses not covered by insurance, or county, state, or federal governments.

    OCS principals have been active in making application for FAST NC awards and, so far, have received 7 grants totaling $35,538.79. Checks were presented to Superintendent Barry Collins at the March State Board of Education meeting, and Chief Communications Officer Brent Anderson represented OCS at the April SBE meeting. OCS administrators have done an outstanding job in looking at how they might apply for these funds and ensuring the applications target specific needs of their schools.

    OCS received the following generous grants just this week: 

    • Jacksonville High received $2,869.60 from FAST NC for desks, seating, white boards, charging hubs and tables
    • Onslow Early College received $1,037.68 from FAST NC to purchases school materials, books and supplies due to those funds being used to feed OEC students while other schools were closed
    • Northwoods Park Middle received $11,156.80 from CISNC to purchase and replace science lab equipment
    • Southwest Middle received $527.05 from CISNC to augment student activity fees for their arts program which were down due to the storm


    SCHOOLS REACH AVID MILESTONES 

    AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program several schools in Onslow County participate in which is designed to close the achievement gap and give students the tools to succeed in high school, college and beyond.  

    On Tuesday, Northside High School celebrated its revalidation as a National Demonstration Site by AVID.  A national AVID representative said that what set Northside High apart from other schools that participate in AVID was that “the leadership here is so strong, the administrative leadership. But it’s also the teacher leadership and the student leadership. It was just a joy to be here and witness that.” 

    Jacksonville Commons Middle School also received a special recognition from the AVID program by being named an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction. An AVID representative said JCMS was chosen for this honor because “Principal Ehmann and the faculty at Jacksonville Commons Middle have established a culture across campus that sets high expectations for all students. This type of commitment is admired and desired by many parents, students, teachers and community members.” 

    Congratulations to NHS and JCMS! 


    OCS SCIENCE NIGHTS 

    On Wednesday night, Hunters Creek Elementary School held its Duke Energy Science Night, where students and their families gathered to explore and celebrate science. Attendees did activities that made them think like scientists or engineers, like making miniature rockets and building ramps for marbles.  

    COMING UP: A district-wide science night opportunity is coming up next week on Thursday, April 11. The 1st Annual  ENERGYizing Family STEM Night at Northside High is free and open to elementary and middle school families across the district. There will be door prizes, a special drawing, and a variety of fun science activities. See below for more details.  

    STEM Night Information  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 2 can be found here: News from the Board.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 29, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/29/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family. What an exciting week it has been here at Onslow County Schools! Read below for the latest updates and important reminders.
      
    RHS STADIUM NAMED AFTER BROCK RIDGE 

    Mr. Brock Ridge stands in front of the scoreboard at the RHS stadium, which was recently named in his honor  

    On Tuesday night, longtime Richlands educator and former BOE Vice Chair Brock Ridge got a huge surprise from Richlands High School and the community.  

    As Mr. Ridge walked up to the RHS stadium for what he thought would be a normal girls’ soccer game, he saw his name above the scoreboard of the stadium he had visited countless times before.  

    During a ceremony to officially mark the naming of "Brock Ridge Stadium,” current RHS Principal Brad Staley said, “Tonight, our community is coming together to honor the lifetime service and commitment to the students of Richlands High School, and all of the students of Onslow County Schools, of Mr. Brock Ridge, who served here for many, many years as a teacher and an administrator.” 

    You can see a video from the official naming ceremony here.  

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION 

    Teacher Lacy VanDalen celebrates after winning the United Way car giveaway and Angela Williams accept her award

    At the United Way of Onslow County Campaign Celebration on March 20, two Onslow County Schools employees were recognized for their contributions to the campaign.
     
    Ms. Lacy VanDalen, a teacher at Southwest Middle School, won the United Way car giveaway sponsored by Marine Chevrolet Cadillac. To be eligible, one had to pledge a minimum donation to the campaign, which supports the Onslow County community.  

    In other exciting news, Ms. Angela Williams, a 3rd grade teacher at Heritage Elementary, was named Campaign Coordinator of the Year for her hard work and dedication to collecting and organizing pledges at her school. 

    Congratulations to both Ms. VanDalen and  Ms. Williams, and thank you to all OCS teachers and staff for supporting our community through United Way, even after a challenging year. With your help, OCS received the honor of being in the Circle of Excellence for coming together and raising a total of $128,955!

    MUSICAL SEASON SCHEDULE 

    High school musical season is upon us! Next weekend, “Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at Richlands High School and “Cats” will take the state at White Oak High.
    See show details below: 

    Fiddler on the Roof and Cats information

    KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration Information

    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

    We would like to remind our high school students and their families that class registration for the 2019-2020 school year is happening now. The district deadline to register is April 26, but students should check with their school for more specific deadlines. You can find more about registration and class offerings in the Secondary Course of Study

    BOE MEETING APRIL 2 

    On Tuesday, April 2, 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.  

    Tuition rates for out-of-county students, the Onslow Early College calendar, personnel contracts and the school board attorney contract are on the meeting’s agenda. The full agenda and more information can be found on the BoardDocs portal

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 22, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/22/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It was an eventful week here at Onslow County Schools. You can find the latest news and updates below!

    STUDENTS EXPLORE CTE AT SHOWCASE 

    Students from Dixon High School's HOSA program show an eighth grade student what they have learned  

    Tuesday was an exciting day for more than 1900 Onslow County 8th graders as they got an up-close look at the many options available to them as they enter high school. 
     

    For 15 years, the Onslow County Schools Career and Technical Education department has held the CTE Showcase, where 8th graders can explore the CTE programs offered in Onslow County high schools. This year, the booths students could visit included carpentry, automotive, masonry, agriculture, AP Computer Science, Microsoft Office, law enforcement, firefighting, HOSA, and more.  

    Each booth was run by current OCS high school students enrolled in the respective programs. The high school students gave 8th graders a closer look at what they could learn in CTE courses through interactive activities and experiences. Students interested in medical fields could learn to insert an airway on a patient, while students interested in masonry could lay bricks and those interested in carpentry could drive nails and build bird houses. 
     

    Ethan Starzynski, a senior enrolled in the carpentry program at Southwest High School, said that he attended the CTE Showcase as an 8th grader, and it really played a role in his decision to take the class. That, he said, is why he was excited to share his experience with current 8th graders who may be interested in CTE courses.  


    MIDDLE SCHOOL SPELLING BEE 

    Sixteen students competed in the Middle School Spelling Bee  

    Thursday night, the county’s best middle school spellers came together at Southwest Middle School to put their spelling skills to the test. Sixteen students representing the district’s middle schools competed in a total of 7 rounds to see who would come out on top.  

    In the end, Swansboro Middle’s Hannah Marie Tokiwa took home first place after correctly spelling the word “inaudible.” Southwest Middle’s Emily Rice came in second place.  

    Congratulations to the winners and a job well done to all who competed! 


    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education Funding Committee meeting on March 21, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  


    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

    We would like to remind our high school students and their families that class registration for the 2019-2020 school year is still happening. The district deadline to register for next year’s classes is April 26, 2019. Please check with your school for more specific and individualized deadlines. You can find more about registration and class offerings in the Secondary Course of Study.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 15, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/15/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Read below for the latest district news and happenings.

    AIG SPECIALIST RECOGNIZED

    Phyllis Venters with Michael Elder after accepting her award

    On March 8, Phyllis Venters, an AIG specialist at Swansboro Middle School and long-time Onslow County educator, was named the 2019 NC Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted by the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented. The NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award is presented annually to a North Carolina teacher of gifted children who exhibits a strong commitment to gifted education through professional experience, professional organizations, and/or services in the area of education for the gifted. 

    In the nomination he submitted for Mrs. Venters, Michael Elder, OCS director of college and career readiness, said she “is the kind of educator that I wish I could share with every child and teacher. She has the perfect blend of Socrates, Clara Barton and Ms. Frizzle that every one of us needs to experience at one point or another. Phyllis has spent her career making others feel valued, important, and as if they are her best friend.”  

    Mrs. Venters said she was "so surprised, humbled and honored to be recognized with such an incredible honor." 

    Congratulations on this great accomplishment, Mrs. Venters! 
     
    You can read the full story on Mrs. Venters’ award here.  

    UPDATE ON SNOW DAY
     
    After a careful review of calendars revised following Hurricane Florence, it has been determined we have enough instructional hours that we will be able to absorb the missed day without having to create yet another student makeup day.  

     Update: No make-up day

    TRADES DAY AT CCCC 

    The 13th annual Trades Day event is coming up! On Saturday, March 23, CTE students from Onslow and Jones counties will gather to compete and showcase their skills. Read below for more information.  

    Trades Day Information

    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION
     
    We would like to remind our high school students and their families that class registration for the 2019-2020 school year is still happening. The deadline to register for next year’s classes is April 26, 2019. You can find more about registration and class offerings in the Secondary Course of Study.   

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 8, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/8/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS family! Read below for the latest news and updates after another great week at Onslow County Schools! 

    DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
     
    Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. So, remember to “Spring Forward” this weekend and turn your clocks forward 1 hour!  

    SCHOOLS RECEIVE FAST NC GRANTS

    Dr. Barry Collins with the state superintendent, FAST NC steering committee members, and state BOE members
    Left to Right: State Superintendent Mark Johnson; FAST NC Steering Committee members Henry Johnson and Mike Ward; OCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins; State Board Chairman Eric Davis; Southeast Education Region-State Board Member Reginald Kenan; State Board Vice Chairman Alan Duncan. 


    On Thursday, Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins traveled to Raleigh to accept FAST NC grants on behalf of two OCS high schools. FAST NC, Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina, is an effort led by current and former NC education leaders to help the state’s public schools return to normal following Hurricane Florence and its impact.  


    FAST NC asked for donations through the existing NC Education Fund to support students and teachers across the state. The organization is working with local superintendents, charter school directors, and statewide associations to identify needs and direct funding. The steering committee makes decisions about funding requests submitted from educators and administrators across the state that have the approval of the superintendent. 

    Richlands and Northside high schools are the latest OCS schools to receive funding from this effort. RHS received a grant of $4150.28 to replace its dance floor and sub-flooring, while NHS received $1797.38 to purchase large screen TVs, a protection plan and mounting devices to use in the media center for tutoring sessions to recover lost instructional time. 

    Thank you, FAST NC, for continuing to support our staff and students in this recovery period!  

    SCHOOL EXPRESS DISCOUNTS 

    School Express is a program that allows area businesses and community partners to offer specials and discounts to all permanent Onslow County Schools employees. We are grateful for the partnerships we have with our community and sincerely thank all merchants who participate in School Express. 
     
    OCS staff, an updated School Express discount list for the 2018-2019 school year has been posted on the OCS website under the Community tab. This list will continue to be updated, so please continue to check back for more discounts.  

    Due to setbacks caused by Hurricane Florence, School Express cards will not be issued this year. Instead, to claim your discount, please be prepared to show businesses your Onslow County Schools badge.  

    Business owners and community members, if you or someone you know would like to offer a discount to the employees of OCS through the School Express program, please contact Public Information Assistant Jessica Coston at jessica.coston@onslow.k12.nc.us or 910-455-2211 Ext. 20302.  

    KINDERGARTEN AND PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION 

    Preschool registration is happening now and kindergarten pre-registration is coming up. Read below for more details on each. 

    Pre-K Registration Info        Kindergarten Pre-Registration Information  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD
     
    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on March 5, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  


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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 1, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/1/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! It was an eventful and exciting week at Onslow County Schools. Read below for the latest news and announcements from the district. 

     
    NEW SUPERINTENDENT NAMED
     

    Dr. Barry Collins  

    The Onslow County Board of Education is pleased to announce the selection and election of Dr. Barry Collins as the next superintendent of Onslow County Schools. His first official day in office was today, March 1, 2019. 
     
    Although many qualified candidates applied, the board felt that Dr. Collins’ experience, leadership, and dedication to students would best serve OCS students, staff, and the community for years to come. The board is confident that Dr. Collins will lead the school system to even higher achievement.
     
    Dr. Collins is a graduate of White Oak High School and has been associated with OCS as a student, parent or employee for the past 42 years. Dr. Collins started his career in Onslow County as a teacher at Northwoods Park Middle School and most recently held the position of Associate Superintendent, responsible for Human Resources.  
     
    “I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as Superintendent of Schools here in my home county,” Dr. Collins said. “There is no other place I would rather be than right here, right now … We live and work in the best district filled with great students, parents and staff. With a belief and reliance on servant leadership, I look forward to working with our school board, our commissioners, our community members and the administrative staff to continue and build upon the Onslow County Schools tradition of ‘Excellence in Education’ for all students.” 

    Congratulations, Dr. Barry Collins! 


    PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION 
     
    Onslow County Preschools will begin accepting applications from the 2019-2020 school year starting March 6. If your child will be 3 or 4 on or before August 31, 2019, they may be eligible for one of the Pre-K programs. See below for more information on how to apply.  

    Pre-K Registration Information  


    DR. KAY B. GRESHAM ACADEMIC CHALLENGE 

    The team from Richlands High School poses with their prizes after winning the Dr. Kay B. Gresham Academic Challenge


    On Saturday, February 23, high school students from across the county gathered at Southwest High School to compete in the Dr. Kay B. Gresham Academic Challenge.  

    This event was started in 1997 by longtime Onslow County educator Dr. Kay B. Gresham, then president of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. Dr. Gresham’s vision was to promote the ideals of Rotary while providing students in Onslow County, the State of North Carolina, and surrounding states with an opportunity to compete academically. Since Dr. Gresham’s passing in 2013, the Rotary clubs of Onslow County have kept the tournament going in her honor.  

    After a morning full of challenging competitions, four teams were recognized and received trophies for placing in the tournament. Richlands High School came in 1st place, Onslow Early College High School came in 2nd, Southwest High School came in 3rd, and Northside High School came in 4th. The winning teams were also surprised with a check from the Jacksonville Rotary Club. First place received $150, second place received $100, third place received $75, and fourth place received $50.
     

    Congratulations to the winners and a job well done to all competitors!  


    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on February 26, 2019 can be found here: News From the Board


    BOE MEETING MARCH 5 

    On Tuesday, March 5, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Blue Creek Elementary School.
      
    A hurricane repair update and the 2019-2020 Head Start Project approval are on the meeting’s agenda. The full agenda and more information can be found on the BoardDocs portal.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 22, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 2/22/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten pre-registration is coming up on April 2-3, 2019. To be eligible, your child must turn 5 on or before August 31, 2019. You can register your child at the school he or she will be attending.

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration Information  

    CTE HAPPENINGS 

    OCS CTE Director Chris Bailey accepts an award for NC CTE Administrator of the Year

    After a months-long application and interview process, OCS CTE Director Chris Bailey was named the North Carolina CTE Administrator of the Year. He was presented with his award at the Spring CTE Administrators Conference Tuesday in Pinehurst, NC.  

    Leading up to this honor, Mr. Bailey was named the Southeastern NC Regional CTE Administrator of the Year. He will now be eligible to be considered for the CTE Administrator of the Year honor for the entire Southeastern region of the United States.  

    Congratulations on this well-deserved honor, Mr. Bailey! 

    DID YOU KNOW? CTE Programs provide the skills training that addresses the needs of high-growth industries, such as healthcare, renewable energy and STEM fields.  

    TEACHER SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTION

    OCS teachers pick up needed school supplies  

    After Hurricane Florence, Onslow County Schools received a tremendous amount of support from our community and people across the country. On Monday, during the teacher workday, OCS teachers were invited to take what they needed from the supplies and book donations the district received. 
     
    More than 100 teachers came to the Christmas Cheer building on Hargett Street to “shop” and take what they needed from about 10 tables piled with school supplies and dozens of boxes of books. Teachers were able to get children’s books, novels, reference books and more for their classrooms, as well as notebooks, paper, pencils, folders and art supplies for their students.
      
    Thank you to all who made generous donations to our staff and students and to Onslow Community Outreach for helping make this event possible! 


    NWES WAX MUSEUM 

    NWES students dressed as historical figures they learned about for their wax museum event  

    Second graders at Northwoods Elementary School took visitors back in time at their wax museum event this week.
      
    Students chose historical figures to research and write about leading up to the event, and then on Thursday, they brought them to life. The students dressed as their figure and set up a station where parents and other visitors could stop by and watch videos they made of themselves explaining who they were dressed as and why their figures were important.
      
    Some of the historical figures that made an appearance included George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong.

      
    BOE MEETING FEBRUARY 26 

    On Tuesday, February 26, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. in the Family Education Center at the OCS Central Services Office, located at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville. 

    The selection and election of the new superintendent, an elementary construction update and future budget planning are on the meeting’s agenda. 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 15, 2019

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

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

    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

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

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

    Click here to see the guide. 

    BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION 

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

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

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

    CTE HAPPENINGS 

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

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

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

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

    COMMUNITY LEADERS VISIT SCHOOLS 

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

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

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

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

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