OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/24/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family!  

    We would like to remind you all that Wednesday, November 25 is a teacher workday, and there will be no school for students. In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, OCS schools and offices will be closed for staff and students on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  

    Going into the holiday season, we urge our families to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. Please remember to practice the 3 Ws (Wait, Wash, and Wear) to protect your health and the health of those you love.  

    OCS wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving! 

    Happy Thanksgiving  

    SUPERINTENDENT MESSAGE 

    Dear OCS Family, 

    Over the coming days, people across our nation will be taking time to reflect on all we have to be thankful for this holiday season. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my faith and my family. Together, they have kept me grounded and focused during this most challenging time. I am also thankful for our school family – the hard-working staff of our great school system. These outstanding men and women have been going above and beyond throughout the pandemic to keep our schools clean and healthy and provide supportive and engaging in-person and online learning environments for our students. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication.   

    I am thankful for our Board of Education and their support and leadership over the past months. They have been faced with many difficult decisions, but in every situation, they took the time to listen and did what was going to be in the best interest of our students and staff. 

    The decision to reopen schools to in-person instruction in August was not an easy one. I am thankful for the support of all those throughout our community who have come together and accepted the ongoing challenge of doing what it takes to keep moving forward for our children. 

    This Thanksgiving season, I hope each of you takes the time to reflect on what you are thankful for. Have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving break! 

    Sincerely, 

    Barry D. Collins, Ed.D. 
    Superintendent, Onslow County Schools 

    BOE MEETING DECEMBER 1 

    The oath of office to serve on the Onslow County Board of Education will be administered to Mrs. Melissa Oakley, Mr. Ken Reddic, Mr. Joseph Speranza and Mr. Eric Whitfield on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center (ENCRSC), located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville, NC. 

    The regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.  

    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 Regional Skills Center for viewing. 

    Agenda items include the approval of the NCSTAR School Strategic Plans for School Improvement and a presentation on the Selection and Implementation of Reveal Math. 

    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, November 20, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/20/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Thanksgiving  

    We would like to remind our families that Wednesday, November 25 is a teacher workday, and there will be no school for students. In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, OCS schools and offices will be closed for staff and students on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27.  

    OCS wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Going into the holiday season, we urge our families to remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19. Please remember to practice the 3 Ws (Wait, Wash, and Wear) to protect your health and the health of those you love.  

    OCS NMSI EXPANSION 

    OCS is celebrating the expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative in Onslow County!  

    NMSI is a program that often partners with the Department of Defense to improve educational opportunities for military children and the communities those children live in. The program works to improve STEM education by partnering with schools to provide training and support for teachers and give students the resources and technology they need to develop lifelong skills. NMSI offers teachers course-specific training, online curricular resources and support from AP experts, while students can benefit from focused study sessions, equipment upgrades and exam fee subsidies.    

    In January of 2019, the NMSI program was first introduced to the district, and was implemented at Richlands and Northside high schools. The last expansion brought the program to Swansboro High and Southwest High. The program will now roll out at Jacksonville and White Oak high schools, thanks to a generous $322,158 grant from the Department of Defense. 

    We thank our NMSI and DoD partners for all they have done to expand opportunities for our students! 

    TECC IS BEST OF THE BEST 

    OCS Board members and staff celebrate TECC  

    We would like to congratulate Thompson Early Childhood Center for being named the Best of the Best Preschool by the Jacksonville Daily News! 

    This honor is well-deserved, as TECC staff work day in and day out to provide a quality education to Onslow County’s youngest minds. 

    Thank you, TECC, for all you do, and congratulations! 

    INTERESTED IN TEACHING? 

    Becoming a Teacher  

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATION 

    OCS is still accepting meal benefit applications for the 2020-2021 school year! In addition to helping families receive meal benefits, qualifying school meal applications may help with securing potential emergency EBT benefits, as well as waivers for school fees, testing fees, college applications, and more. 

    If you feel your family may qualify, please complete and submit a school meal benefit application today! 

    Online applications are processed within 24 hours and can be accessed here. Paper applications can be found here and can be mailed to P.O. Box 99, Jacksonville NC, attention School Nutrition Department. Spanish applications can be found here

    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, November 13, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/13/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    CALENDAR UPDATE 

    Calendar Revisions  

    Tuesday evening, during their regular November meeting, the OCS Board of Education approved revisions to the 2020-2021 elementary school calendar. These revisions only impact the elementary (K-5) calendar, and reflect ongoing concerns over COVID-19 and the transition of the district’s elementary schools to Plan A. The district is still awaiting information from the state regarding any potential plans for secondary grades (6-12). 

    The Board addressed ongoing COVID-19 concerns by approving to return the three Wednesdays in December (December 2, 9 and 16) to Remote Learning Days. This revision will allow for the continuation of established cleaning, instructional and planning routines through the end of December. 

    Other revisions include Friday, February 19, 2021 becoming a Remote Professional Development Day, and Friday, January 15 and Friday March 12 becoming Early Release Professional Development Days. 

    Further details and the new calendar can be found here on the OCS website: Calendar Revisions.  

    OCS SCIENCE TEACHER RECOGNIZED 

    Earlier this month, OCS teacher Tracy McIntyre, of Queens Creek Elementary School, was named the winner of the District 2 Elementary Outstanding Science Teacher Award by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association.  

    NCSTA gives this award to recognize excellence in science teaching in North Carolina, to teachers who exemplify excellent, creative, innovative teaching of science. The winners of this award demonstrate exemplary teaching through creativity in use of science teaching materials; design and use of innovative teaching plans and ideas; development and implementation of department, school, and/or school-community programs for the improvement of science instruction or the stimulation of interest in science and the learning of science; high performance in the use of supplementary materials in an exemplary manner to integrate science with other subjects; and fostering student, school, and school-community instruction programs in science.  

    Congratulations, Ms. McIntyre! We are proud to have wonderful teachers like you at OCS! 

    ATHLETICS UPDATE 

    In light of the information shared by Governor Cooper during his press conference on Tuesday, we would like to update our families on the status of upcoming competitions for some of our OCS student-athletes.  

    Beginning next week, volleyball and cross country contests will begin, and there are state guidelines in place to ensure the health and safety of participants and spectators. Spectator allowances for indoor events, such as volleyball contests, remain at 25. Spectator allowances for outdoor venues remain at 100.   

    We urge you to remain vigilant in the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet and washing your hands often.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS Bus Driver  

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the December 1-3 class are due no later than Monday, November 30. You can find more information on the application process here: OCS Bus Driver Classes.

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on November 10 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, November 6, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/6/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    We would like to remind our families that schools and OCS offices will be closed for staff and students on Wednesday, November 11 in observation of the Veterans Day holiday.  

    Thank you to all who have served! 

    Veterans Day  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS Bus Driver  

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the December 1-3 driver class are due no later than Monday, November 30. You can find more information on the application process here: OCS Bus Driver Classes

    OCHD FLU SHOT CLINIC 

    Flu Clinic Information  

    BOE MEETING NOVEMBER 10 

    On Tuesday, November 10, 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.  

    Agenda items include the Annual Independent Audit Report, the NCSTAR School Strategic Plans for School Improvement, discussion on the Pearson Virtual Curriculum for OVS, an 2020-2021 Athletics Update, and revisions to Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy 1320/3560. 

    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, October 30, 2020

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 10/30/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    ONSLOW COUNTY VOTING INFORMATION 

    VOTE logo  

    Early voting is now open in Onslow County! You can cast your votes and make your voice heard before Election Day at any of the following locations: 

    1. Board of Elections, Georgetown Road 
    2. Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center 
    3. Onslow County Museum 
    4. Swansboro Rotary Center 
    5. Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church 

    Early/One-Stop voting will be open at the designated locations until 7 p.m. on October 30. Polling sites will be open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on October 31.  

    You can learn more about early voting or prepare to vote on Election Day by finding your polling place on the Onslow County Board of Elections website.

    See you at the polls! 

    OLD RICHLANDS ELEMENTARY MEMORIAL PLANNED 

    Old RES Stylized  

    An important chapter in the history of Onslow County education came to a close this week. On Monday, crews began demolition on portions of the Old Richlands Elementary School which will not be utilized by Trexler Middle School. Located on Foy Street, the original RES building was constructed in 1926. Over the years, the facility grew, and at various times served students in grades PreK through 12. Before closing to students at the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, the school hosted an Open House and Remembrance Ceremony. Held on April 20, 2018, this event was well-attended and attracted large numbers of former Richlands students. Presented in cooperation with the Onslow County Museum, members of the community had the opportunity to walk through the old school and view displays of yearbooks, athletic uniforms and other memorabilia from the school’s past.  

    On August 23, 2018, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of the new Richlands Elementary School. The Bobcats welcomed their first group of students a few days later, ushering in a new chapter in the history of Richlands Elementary School.   

    Plans are being finalized to carry the old RES over to the new. An outdoor learning station will be constructed at the new Richlands Elementary using bricks from the old school. The station will be designed and built by Richlands High School drafting and masonry students. Additional bricks from the old school will be salvaged and made available for members of the community. More details on distribution locations, dates and times for these bricks will be announced following completion of the current work at the old school site.  

    Thank you to everyone who has shared their memories of the old Richlands Elementary School this week! 

    BUSINESSES ASSISTING SCHOOLS IN EDUCATING STUDENTS (BASES) 

    CCCC President David Heatherly Receives BASES Plaque  

    Educating our students takes strong relationships between our schools and the local community. For the past 27 years, BASES – Businesses Assisting School in Educating Students – has worked to encourage stronger relationships with parents, volunteers, businesses, and the entire community. OCS believes it is important to recognize our community businesses and volunteers for their support. 

    During the 2019-2020 school year, businesses and organizations came together to contribute more than $230,000 and 4,000 volunteer hours. In a typical year, OCS and the Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce host a breakfast to recognize and honor those who have generously given to the district’s schools. Unfortunately, to protect the health and safety of our schools and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to hold our annual BASES receptionHowever, community affairs staff have been delivering plaques to our partners in recognition of their support during the past school year.  

    Thank you to all the individuals, businesses and other organizations who have supported our schools during the past year. OCS is proud to carry on the strong tradition of recognizing our partners through the BASES recognition program. 

    More information on the program, pictures from this years presentations and a list of BASES recognition recipients can be found here: BASES - 2020.

    NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT 

    On November 4, as part of National Scholarship Night, families are invited to tune into a local information session on the possibility of paying for post-secondary education with scholarships. See the flyer below for more information.  

    A Spanish information session will be held on November 2.  

    National Scholarship Night Flyer  

    ONSLOW COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FLU SHOT CLINICS

    Flu Shot Clinic Flyer

    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, October 23, 2020

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 10/23/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    ONSLOW COUNTY VOTING INFORMATION 

    Vote Reminder  

    Early voting is now open in Onslow County! You can cast your votes and make your voice heard before Election Day at any of the following locations: 

    1. Board of Elections, Georgetown Road 
    2. Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center 
    3. Onslow County Museum 
    4. Swansboro Rotary Center 
    5. Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church 

    Early/One-Top voting will be open at the designated locations 8 a.m.-7 p.m., October 15-30, except for Sunday. Polling places will be open 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on October 31.  

    You can learn more about early voting or prepare to vote on Election day by finding your polling place on the Onslow County Board of Elections website. [LINK] 

    See you at the polls! 

    OCS CTE DIRECTOR RECOGNIZED 

    Chris Bailey  

    Earlier this month, the Association for Career and Technical Education announced that OCS CTE Director Chris Bailey has been named the 2020 ACTE Region II Administrator of the Year. This award recognizes administrative career and technical education professionals for their outstanding leadership in ensuring teacher and student success and making significant contributions toward innovative, unique and effective CTE programs.  

    Beginning his career as an agricultural education teacher, Bailey has served as a CTE teacher, career development coordinator, elementary assistant principal, high school assistant principal and CTE Director. He was the recipient of the Dave Berryman Leadership Scholarship in 2016 and the NC Southeast Region CTE Director of the Year in 2015 and 2018. Bailey is one of five finalists for the 2021 national title. 

    Congratulations, Mr. Bailey! 

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 2020 

    This week, the OCS Human Resources Department was recognized for going above and beyond for the 2019 OCS United Way Campaign and winning the Central Office donation competition. We would like to thank HR and all other employees that helped us support United Way of Onslow County last year! 

    If you would like to donate to the 2020 United Way Campaign, be sure to keep an eye out for more information from your school or department’s United Way coordinator in the coming weeks! 

    NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT 

    On November 4, as part of National Scholarship Night, families are invited to tune into a local information session on the possibility of paying for post-secondary education with scholarships. See the flyer below for more information.  

    A Spanish information session will be held on November 2.  

    Scholarship Nigh Flyer  

    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, October 16, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/16/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL UPDATE 

    As state and local public health officials continue to monitor COVID-19 cases across the state, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has updated guidelines for NC public schools found in the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (K-12).  

    The newest changes update quarantine and return-to-school procedures for students and staff. Please visit the OCS website to review the district’s screening flow chart, which includes these important changes: COVID-19 Informational Update. 

    COASTAL ELEMENTARY TOPPING OUT CEREMONY 

     

    Construction is well underway for the district’s newest elementary school. While a groundbreaking ceremony for Coastal Elementary Schools was unable to be organized due to COVID-19 restrictions earlier this year, Onslow County Board of Education members, commissioners and OCS staff came together to celebrate the new facility with a “topping out” ceremony. A topping out ceremony is a traditional rite for builders as they mark a milestone during construction.  

    Board Chair Pam Thomas said she and her fellow Board members are proud of the work they did with the county commissioners to make the project possible and bring a much needed school to the Stump Sound area.  

    Coastal Elementary School is set to open in August 2021. 

    OCS POY ANNOUNCED 

    Dr. Barnes takes a photo with BOE members  

    Dr. Christopher Barnes, of White Oak High School, has been named the 2020-2021 OCS Wells Fargo Principal of the Year by Onslow County Schools.  

    On Wednesday morning, Dr. Barnes was greeted at the entrance of his school and surprised with the news by OCS district leaders and Board of Education members, as well as his teachers and staff. He was treated to kind words and lighthearted jokes from OCS Chief of Human Resources and Student Services Dr. CJ Korenek and Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins. 

    Dr. Barnes has been an educator with OCS for more than 20 years, with 17 of those years spent as an administrator. He started with the district by helping around the county office in the summer of 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.  

    A committee comprised of a community member, district staff members, last year’s principal of the year and last year’s teacher of the year interviewed and observed finalists before making a selection.  

    Next, Dr. Barnes will go on to compete at the regional level. 

    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, October 9, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/9/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    COMMUNITY WIFI ACCESS 

    OCS has developed programs to provide community WiFi access for students who need it. The district has made free WiFi access available on certain campuses for students who may not have reliable internet access at home. This service is currently available at 8 OCS sites from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays and 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekends. More sites will soon be available as well.  

    Another option for families in need of reliable internet access is filling out a request form to receive a MiFi hotspot device. These devices issued to students are provided through a grant from Sprint/T-Mobile.  

    You can read more about these programs and get a list of WiFi access areas here: https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/Page/40207

    NATIONAL NIGHT OUT PARADES 

    A Bell Fork Elementary student fist bumps a JPD officer  

    This week, six of our elementary schools were paid a visit by the Jacksonville Police Department. As part of their observance of National Night Out, JPD paraded by the schools to greet students and uplift their spirits. National Night Out is an annual awareness event designed to enhance the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.  

    JPD representatives said that it is important to interact with the community’s children in a positive way to show them that police officers and other community helpers can be trusted and are here to help.  

    We are grateful for the partnership we have with our law enforcement agencies and appreciate all they do! 

    SUSANNE LONG NAMED EC DIRECTOR 

    Susanne Long  

    OCS is pleased to announce that longtime district employee Susanne Long has been named the new Executive Director of Exceptional Children & Continuous Improvement. Long brings to the role vast instructional knowledge and experience, having worked in education for many years and most recently serving as the OCS director of continuous improvement.  

    The district is proud to have Mrs. Long serve in this role and looks forward to having her work with our EC staff and families to serve our students.  

    CENSUS 2020 

    The deadline to complete the 2020 Census has been extended through October 31! That means it is not too late to submit your responses and help our community gain access to millions of dollars in funding over the next 10 years. Learn more at 2020census.gov

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.    

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, October 2, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/2/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    OCS PLAN A TRANSITION 

    Beginning Monday, October 5, Kindergarten and 1st grade students currently participating in face-to-face instruction through Cohort A and Cohort B will transition to Plan A, attending school in person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Until the week of November 30, all students will continue to learn remotely on Wednesdays.  

    Second and 3rd grade students will transition to Plan A on October 19, with 4th and 5th grade transitioning on November 2. Middle and high school students will continue attending school under Plan B until further notice from the governor.  

    See below for an overview of what families can expect under Plan A:  

    Plan A Information

    SCHOOL NUTRITION UPDATES 

    In order to make the most efficient use of our available resources, beginning Monday, October 5, the Student Nutrition Department will be discontinuing curbside meal service at Clyde Erwin Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, Northwoods Elementary and Southwest Elementary. 

    Meals will continue to be available for curbside pick-up during scheduled meal hours at the following School Nutrition Hub sites: Dixon Elementary, Jacksonville High, Northside High, Richlands Elementary, Southwest High and Swansboro High. 

    On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, curbside pick-up is from 8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. On Wednesdays, curbside pick-up is from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 

    DIGITAL LEARNING  

    Digital Learning Statistics

    The statistics above from the Instructional Technology department highlight the great scale at which OCS students and staff have been using digital teaching and learning tools to facilitate remote learning over the last month. Thank you to our awesome IT and DLT staff for the work you have put in to make remote learning possible for our district.  

    As students continue to participate in remote learning, we would like to remind our Cohort A and B families of the remote learning expectations and resources available to them, here on the OCS website: Blended Learning Under Plan B.  

    An updated set of virtual learning expectations for Onslow Virtual School students can be found here: OVS Learning Expectations.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    Onslow County Schools is hiring bus drivers for the 2020-2021 school year. Applications for the October 6-8 driver class are due no later than Monday, October 5. You can find more information on the application process and future class dates here: OCS Bus Driver Classes

    FAFSA KICKOFF 

    Attention OCS seniors and high school families! Yesterday marked the FAFSA Kickoff, which means it’s time to start thinking about how to pay for college. Visit studentaid.gov to get started on your FAFSA application and learn more about federal student aid.  

    CENSUS 2020 

    Last call! The deadline to complete the 2020 census has been extended to Monday, October 5. This is your last chance to submit your responses and help our community gain access to millions of dollars in federal funding over the next 10 years. Learn more at 2020census.gov

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on September 29 can be found here: News from the Board

    BOE MEETING OCTOBER 6 

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

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

    Agenda items include the Beginning Teacher Support Program plan.  

    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, September 25, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/25/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    OCS APOY ANNOUNCED 

    Donna Chadwick was named OCS APOY on September 22  

    Donna Chadwick, of Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, has been named the 2020-2021 Assistant Principal of the Year by Onslow County Schools!  

    Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Beth Folger, and a group of district administrators joined Chadwick’s family in surprising her with the news at her school on September 22. 

    Chadwick has been an assistant principal for three years, all of which have been spent at Jacksonville Commons Elementary. Prior to becoming an administrator, she was an elementary school teacher and a Title I Reading Specialist.  

    In her nomination letter, JCE Principal Deborah Hoffman said that Chadwick is a strong advocate for teachers and students, having spent countless hours finding ways to improve instruction in her school.  

    Hoffman also said, however, that Chadwick is not just about academics.  

    “She is also the master of staff morale,” said Hoffman. “She brings ‘the happy.’ Donna’s happy-go-lucky personality is consistent, and it is authentic. People – staff, students, parents, strangers – are drawn to her.” 

    Congratulations, Mrs. Chadwick! 

    2020 CENSUS 

    Wednesday, September 30, is the deadline to complete the census! Currently, Onslow county has a self-response rate of just 57.1 percent. With your help, we can get a complete count for our community! 

    Your response to the census could help our community gain access to millions of dollars in federal funding over the next 10 years. If you have already submitted your census form, check in with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to do the same! 

    You can learn more about the census and how to respond at 2020census.gov

    COLLEGE PREP EVENTS 

    Attention high school students and families! We have a number of events coming up this fall that will provide students and families opportunities to learn about colleges, funding for college, Governor’s school, and the NC School of Science and Math. Below is a list of upcoming events. You can download a PDF of this with clickable links here: https://bit.ly/3mWlw8K

    PLEASE NOTE: One of the NCSSM information sessions has been rescheduled. Please plan accordingly.  

    College Information Sessions  

    REGISTER TO VOTE 

    The deadline to register to vote is approaching! If you would like to make your voice heard in November’s election and are not yet registered to vote, be sure to do so by October 9! 

    You can learn how to register, check your status, and find your polling place all on the Onslow County Board of Elections website.  
    See below for more important dates regarding the upcoming election:  

    Important Election Dates  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on September 21 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    BOE MEETING SEPTEMBER 29 

    On Tuesday, September 29, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 9 a.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.  

    Agenda items for the meeting include a closed session for personnel discussion, a Return to Learn update, Resiliency Retention Reward, next steps for the ENCRSC, and the Onslow County public bike trail.  

    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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