OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 12, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/12/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Read below for all the latest from the district.  

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    MOMC Information 

    April is Month of the Military Child, and, to show support for our district’s military kids, we are asking our OCS Family to wear purple on Friday, April 19! 

    Purple Up! Day gives us all a simple way to show our support for military families and appreciation for the sacrifices they make as they serve our nation.  

    Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing your purple next Friday!  

    WOODLAND ELEMENTARY REDISTRICTING 

    A new elementary school will be opening in the 2025-2026 school year. To give families time to prepare, the district has begun the redistricting process.  

    Four of our existing elementary schools will be affected by the current proposed changes: Queens Creek Elementary, Swansboro Elementary, Morton Elementary, and Silverdale Elementary.  

    The proposed new attendance zone map and information on opportunities for providing feedback can be found on the OCS website: Woodland Redistricting.

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten Registration 

    Kindergarten registration is now open!  

    If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2024, check out the OCS website to learn more: Kindergarten Registration

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    There are TWO Parent Academy sessions coming up on Thursday, April 25!  

    Join us to learn more about the transition to high school and how to maintain healthy habits when transitioning to college.  

    Parent Academy Information

    Parent Academy Information 

    SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 

    Students compete in Science Olympiad 

    April 6 was a science-packed Saturday for elementary students from across the county, as they competed in the annual Elementary Science Olympiad competition! 

    Ten teams, representing ten Onslow County elementary schools, participated, competing in 12 events that challenged them in engineering, biology, anatomy, ecology, and more. 

    See more from the competition, including photos and winners, on the OCS website: Science Olympiad 2024.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held April 9 can be found here: News from the Board

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month?  

    Child abuse and neglect are common. According to the CDC, at least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year in the United States. This is likely an underestimate because many cases go unreported.  

    Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/fastfact.html 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 5, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/5/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! For all the latest from the district, check out the update below.  

    EARLY RELEASE REMINDER 

    ERPD Reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that Wednesday, April 10, will be an Early Release Professional Development Day. Please be prepared for students to be released from school early on that day.  

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    MOMC Information 

    Onslow County Schools is celebrating Month of the Military Child all month long!  

    Month of the Military Child recognizes military kids for the sacrifices they make each day as their parents serve in the United States Armed Forces. At OCS, 46 percent of our students are military-connected, and it is our honor to support military families.  

    Follow along throughout April to learn more about our district’s military children! 

    ECLIPSE SAFETY 

    A total solar eclipse will cross North America on Monday, April 8, and is expected to be partially visible from our area from around 2 to 4:30 p.m. that day.  

    Many people are excited to view and experience this rare solar event, but it is important to remember to do so safely to protect your eye health. We would like to share with our families some tips on how to safely view and enjoy a solar eclipse: 

    • Wear eclipse glasses from an appropriate supplier (sunglasses and other forms of eye protection are not sufficient for viewing an eclipse)
    • Use pinhole projection 
    • View an online livestream  

    The eclipse will be visible during school dismissal, so many of our students will be outside at that time. We encourage parents to speak with their children about the eclipse and remind them not to look directly into the sun without proper eye protection, even when it is partially or totally eclipsed. 

    You can learn more about this upcoming celestial event on the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center website: April 2024 Eclipse Information.  

    Have fun and stay safe! 

    ELEMENTARY MATHCOUNTS 

    A student competes at MATHCOUNTS 

    Mathletes from all the district’s elementary schools came together and competed in MATHCOUNTS on Wednesday, April 3.  

    Students participated in four rounds of challenges, both as teams and individually. Rounds included the “sprint round,” the “target round,” the “team round,” and a fast-paced challenge called the “ciphering round.”     

    Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners! 

    Read more and see a full winner list on the OCS website: Elementary MATHCOUNTS

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held April 3 can be found here: News from the Board

    BOE MEETING APRIL 9 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include the awarding of contracts for projects at JCMS, JHS, WOHS, and NBMS; redistricting for Woodland Elementary School; and a donation of land to Onslow County for the construction of a new fire station. 

    A sign-up sheet will be available for those wishing to speak. 

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf   

    A livestream of the meeting can be found on the OCS Multimedia YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OCSMultimedia 

    DID YOU KNOW? 

    Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month?  

    Child abuse and neglect are serious public health problems. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, abuse and neglect can have long-term impacts on health, opportunity, and well-being.  

    The four common types of abuse are: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect.  

    Learn more: Child Abuse Prevention Information.   

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  • Weekly Update - Thursday, March 28, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/28/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! We hope you are enjoying your Spring Break so far! Check out the update below for a few reminders and announcements.  

    WORKDAY REMINDER 

    Workday reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that Monday, April 1, is a teacher workday. Enjoy the rest of your break, and we will see you all on Tuesday, April 2! 

    MUSICAL SCHEDULE 

    April is almost here, and that means high school musical season is just around the corner! Check out the musical schedule below to start planning which shows you would like to see! 

    Musical Schedule 

    BOE MEETING APRIL 3 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include a discussion on the proposed district community advisory council.   

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf   

    A livestream of the meeting can be found on the OCS Multimedia YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OCSMultimedia 

    DID YOU KNOW? 

    Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month?  

    Follow along with us next month to learn more about the effects of child abuse and how to prevent it. 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 22, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/22/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Check out the update below for all the latest from the district.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDERS 

    Spring Break reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that next week is Spring Break!  

    Students will have no school March 25-April 1. Please remember, Monday, April 1, is a teacher workday. We will welcome students back on Tuesday, April 2.  

    Have a fun and safe break! 

    ONSLOW COUNTY CLOSE UP 

     A student speaks with Sen. Michael Lazzara 

    Onslow County Close Up was held Friday, March 15, and hosted more than 70 high school students from across the county.  

    The Close Up Program gives students from Onslow County Schools and Lejeune High School an inside look at how local and state governments operate and work together to benefit Onslow County residents. 

    Students heard from county commissioners, school district administrators, state legislators, and more during this hands-on day of learning.  

    Check out the OCS website to read more about Close Up and to see photos and videos from the event: Close Up 2024.  

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION 

    OCS employee wins the United Way campaign car giveaway 

    Earlier this week, United Way of Onslow County held its annual Campaign Celebration. 

    Onslow County Schools won the Circle of Excellence Award for the education division for our staff's dedication to United Way's mission through yearly donations. Francine Hall, the district's United Way coordinator, was named the countywide coordinator of the year for her hard work in making the OCS campaign successful.  

    In other exciting news, Northside High School counselor Matt O'Connor won the annual campaign car giveaway sponsored by Marine Chevrolet! 

    Thank you to United Way for the support you provide the members of our community, and thank you to our staff for your contributions! 

    MULTIPLICATION BEE 

    Multiplication Bee winners 

    On Tuesday, March 19, the annual 3rd Grade Multiplication Bee was held at Blue Creek Elementary School. 

    Twenty-two participants, all winners at their school-level bees, competed for the top spot in six different rounds. The competition was so close that determining a winner came down to a three-way tiebreaker! 

    In the end, third-grader Alden Click, from Onslow Virtual School, took the gold. Jasmine Chen, from Carolina Forest Elementary School, came in a close 2nd place. 

    Congratulations to our winners, and a job well-done to all of our contestants! 

    BOE MEETING APRIL 3 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Wednesday, April 3 at 2 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include a discussion on the proposed district community advisory council.  

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf  

    A livestream of the meeting can be found on the OCS Multimedia YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OCSMultimedia 

    DID YOU KNOW? 

    Did you know you can find summaries and videos of past Board of Education meetings on the OCS website?  

    You can find this information on the “OCS Board News” page under the Community tab.

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 15, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/15/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Check out the update below for all the latest from the district.  

    MAGNET LOTTERY 

    The magnet lottery application portal for the 2024-2025 school year has now closed. The lottery will run on Monday, March 18, after which families will be notified of their enrollment statuses at our magnet schools for next school year.  

    FUTURE TEACHERS OF ONSLOW 

    Students and staff talk with the state teacher of the year 

    On Wednesday, March 13, OCS hosted its 3rd annual Future Teachers of Onslow conference. The event brought together more than 150 high school students from Onslow County, Infant of Prague Catholic School, as well as Sampson and Pamlico counties, who all share a common interest in the teaching profession.   

    Students had the opportunity to network with one another, hear from career educators, and meet with representatives from education programs at colleges such as Coastal Carolina Community College, East Carolina University, and NC State. 

    A highlight of the day was a keynote speech from Kimberly Jones, the 2023 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina State Teacher of the Year.    

    Read more about this event on the OCS website: 2024 FTO Conference

    2024 SPELLING BEES 

    Elementary spelling bee contestants 

    On Monday, March 11, and Wednesday, March 13, our middle school and elementary school students showed off their spelling skills in the annual OCS Spelling Bees. 

    In the elementary bee, Leo Phan, a student at Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, emerged on top, taking 1st place, and Riker Lawson, of Northwoods Elementary, placed 2nd. 

    At the middle school level, Derrick Bechtel, of New Bridge Middle, placed 1st, and John Wool, a Dixon Middle School student, took 2nd.  

    Congratulations to the winners! 

    See more on this year’s spelling bees on the OCS website: 2024 Spelling Bees

    ALL-COUNTY ART SYMPOSIUM 

    All-County Art Symposium 

    High school visual arts students from across Onslow County came together Saturday, March 2, for a day of collaboration and creativity.  

    The All-County Art Symposium is held each year to give visual art students the opportunity to network and expand their knowledge of the arts.  

    See a video from the event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Art Symposium

    OCS IS HIRING! 

    OCS is hiring 

    Are you interested in becoming a teacher? OCS will host a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 20, at 4 p.m., for those interested in turning their degree into a career in education! Join the virtual session at https://bit.ly/TeachOCSMarch2024.   

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held March 12 can be found here: News from the Board

    DID YOU KNOW? 

    Did you know you can find a full list of recaps of recent and past district events in the "OCS in the News" section of our website? 

    Check out the OCS website to stay up-to-date on district happenings: OCS in the News

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 8, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/8/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Read below for all the latest from the district.  

    Reminder: Time changes Sunday with the start of daylight-saving time! Be sure to move your clocks forward one hour this weekend.  

    EARLY RELEASE REMINDER 

    ERPD Reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that Wednesday, March 13, will be an Early Release Professional Development Day. Please be prepared for students to be released from school early on that day.  

    CTE EVENTS 

    Trades Day welding competition 

    Friday, March 1, was a big day for Career and Technical Education in Onslow County!  

    The annual Trades Day event was held at Coastal Carolina Community College, and our high school students competed in areas such as construction, masonry, drafting, culinary arts, welding, and more.  

    At the same time, just across the parking lot, OCS 5th graders were treated to a day of fun and learning at the inaugural Careers on Wheels, Wings and Water event. Students had the opportunity to explore a wide range of career options related to transportation, public service, and more.  

    See more from Trades Day and find a full winners list on the OCS website: Trades Day 2024

    You can also learn more about Careers on Wheels, Wings and Water on our website: Careers on Wheels, Wings and Water.

    Students in Search and Rescue truck

    MAGNET LOTTERY 

    The OCS Magnet School Lottery Application Portal is open now through March 15! 

    Be sure to apply soon if you would like to enter your child into the lottery for one of our four magnet schools: Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or Onslow Virtual School.  

    Learn more at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.  

    PARENT ACADEMY

    Parent Academy 

    The next Parent Academy will be held Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m.! 

    Join us in person (OCS Central Services) or online (https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24) to talk about options for high school students as they prepare to schedule for the upcoming school year.  

    PRESCHOOL APPLICATION 

    Preschool Application Open 

    The 2024-2025 application for Onslow County early childhood programs is NOW OPEN!  

    Learn more at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/prekapply.  

    OCS IS HIRING!  

    OCS is hiring 

    Are you interested in becoming a teacher? OCS will host a virtual meeting on Wednesday, March 20, at 4 p.m., for those interested in turning their degree into a career in education! Join the virtual session at https://bit.ly/TeachOCSMarch2024

    STARBASE CAMP 

    A free STEM summer camp is coming to Onslow County, and our families are invited to apply!  

    STARBASE will host a free camp July 15-18 at Northwoods Elementary School, and topics explored will include Newton’s laws, energy, hydrodynamics, and more. All rising 4th-6th graders are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to military families.  

    Military family registration is now open through March 31. All others can apply April 1-May 15.  

    Starbase Camp Information 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    BOE MEETING MARCH 12 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include an Instructional Services update and a Child Abuse Awareness Month proclamation.  

    A sign-up sheet will be available for those wishing to speak.  

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf  

    A livestream of the meeting can be found on the OCS Multimedia YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OCSMultimedia 

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that the OCS Weekly Update reaches more than 40,000 people in our community every Friday?  

    If you have not been 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, March 1, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/1/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Check out the update below for all the latest district news and updates.  

    MAGNET LOTTERY 

    Magnet Information 

    The OCS Magnet School Lottery Application Portal is now open!  

    Families can apply now through March 15 for the lottery to enroll in one of our four magnet schools: Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or Onslow Virtual School. The magnet program gives students access to specialized instruction in the arts, technology, STEM, and more. 

    Learn more at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.  

    PRESCHOOL APPLICATION 

    Preschool Application 

    The 2024-2025 application for Onslow County early childhood programs will open Monday, March 4!  

    Learn more at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/prekapply.  

    BATTLE OF THE BOOKS 

    Battle of the Books 

    Reading took center stage as students competed in Battle of the Books February 20-27.   

    Battle of the Books exposes students to challenging and quality works of literature, improving their reading skills, maturing their choices of reading materials, and helping them learn from a variety of world views. After they read more than a dozen preselected titles, they compete in several rounds of questioning, putting their knowledge of what they read to the test. 

    Read more about this year’s competition and see a winners list on the OCS website: Battle of the Books

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy

    The next Parent Academy session will be held Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m.! 

    Join OCS staff for assistance and advice as you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Have your Federal Student ID and tax documents ready to go, and we will dive right in! 

    Attend in person at the OCS Central Services office or join online at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.  

    ALL-COUNTY BAND 

    Last weekend, students came together from all across Onslow County to perform in the 2024 All-County Band performance.  

    This event showcased student talent and allowed music-lovers to share their passion.  

    Congratulations to all participants!  

    Check out a video of the full performance on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Band

    ODYSSEY OF THE MIND 

    Last weekend, many of our students also competed in the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition at Swansboro High.  

    Check out the OCS website to see photos, learn more and see the winners list: Odyssey of the Mind.  

    BOE MEETING MARCH 6 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Wednesday, March 6 at 1 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include a discussion on the proposed district community advisory council.  

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf  

    A livestream of the meeting can be found on the OCS Multimedia YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OCSMultimedia 

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know there is an important primary election coming up?  

    The last day for early voting is Saturday, March 2, and polls will be open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  

    Election Day is Tuesday, March 5! Polls will be open on March 5 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.  

    Check out the Board of Elections website to learn more about how and where to vote: Election Information

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 23, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/23/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Check out the update below for all the latest district news and announcements.  

    MAGNET LOTTERY 

    Magnet Lottery 

    This week, OCS hosted the Magnet and Educational Opportunity Expo, where families explored the possibilities that await them in the OCS magnet school program and beyond. 

    Our magnet school options include Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, and Onslow Virtual School. The magnet program gives students access to specialized instruction in the arts, technology, STEM, and more. Each of these schools will be holding information nights in the next two weeks for those interested in taking a tour. See dates in the graphic above and on the OCS magnet school website

    The magnet school lottery application portal will be open February 26-March 15. Learn more at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet

    Northwoods Elementary at magnet expo 

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy 

    The next Parent Academy sessions will be held Thursday, February 29!  

    Parents of students with IEPs are encouraged to attend to learn more about the IEP process and go over their child’s IEP with the guidance of staff from the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center.  

    There will be sessions on February 29 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Register for your session at https://bit.ly/3OLVDbb.  

    ALL-COUNTY CHORUS 

    Last weekend, middle and high school students from across Onslow County came together to participate in the All-County Chorus Concert.  

    The event showcased the talents of our choral students and gave them the opportunity to mingle with students who share their passion for music.  

    Congratulations to all participants!  

    Check out a video of the full event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Chorus

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that February 26-March 1 is Public Schools Week?  

    Public Schools Week is part of the larger #HerefortheKids campaign, which brings together families, educators and community members to shine a light on local public schools and tell the stories of the positive things happening in classrooms and school buildings. 

    Join us next week in celebrating public schools and be sure to thank the public educators who have made a difference in your life! 

    Public School Week 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 16, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/16/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week at Onslow County Schools! Check out the update below for the latest district news and updates.  

    WORKDAY REMINDER 

    Workday Reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that Monday, February 19 is a teacher workday, and there will be no school for students. We will see you Tuesday, February 20! 

    MAGNET LOTTERY & EXPO 

    Magnet Expo Information 

    This year’s OCS Magnet School Lottery portal will open Monday, February 26 and close on Friday, March 15.  

    Ahead of the magnet lottery, we encourage our families to join us on Tuesday, February 20 for the OCS Magnet & Educational Opportunity Expo. At this event, you can learn about and visit with representatives from all of our magnet schools, as well as explore opportunities beyond the magnet program, including the Skills Center, Onslow Early College, and more.   

    Learn more about the magnet lottery at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.   

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy Information 

    On Thursday, February 22, parents will have the opportunity to learn all about Onslow County Schools’ approach to puberty and adolescence education.  

    We will focus on helping parents have age-appropriate, abstinence-based conversations with children in grade 5 and up. Parents can also review and ask questions about any of the materials used by OCS regarding this topic.  

    Join us in person at the OCS Central Services campus or join online at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.  

    ART IN THE AIRPORT 

    Family at Art in the Airport 

    Albert J. Ellis is the new home of more than 20 works of art made by OCS elementary school students.   

    For more than a decade, Onslow County Schools has partnered with OAJ to showcase the talents and creativity of our visual art students. The newest installment of the gallery, “Art in the Airport: Flying in the Wind,” opened Monday, February 12, and features the work of 34 elementary school student-artists. 

    You can find more about the exhibit, including a list of artists, on the OCS website: Art in the Airport

    STATESIDE ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONY 

    Stateside Adoption Ceremony 

    The Stateside Patriots have partnered with a unit of real-life patriots!  

    On Monday, February 12, Stateside Elementary School held a ceremony to mark the official start of their partnership with 2nd Combat Readiness Regiment from Camp Lejeune.   

    This partnership was made possible through the Adopt-a-School program, which promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing military units to “adopt” a school.  

    Read more on the OCS website: Stateside Elementary Adoption

    ALL-COUNTY CHORUS 

    Last weekend, students from across OCS participated in the All-County Elementary Chorus Concert.   

    The event showcased the hard work and dedication of our students and gave them the opportunity to share their passion for music with like-minded students.   

    Congratulations on a job well done to all participants!   

    Check out a video of the full event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Elementary Chorus

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that parents can review the Healthful Living standards for all grade levels on the OCS website?  

    Parents can view learning goals and instructional materials for physical education, lessons on puberty, and more on the OCS website: OCS Healthful Living

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 9, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/9/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Read below for all the latest news and updates from the district.  

    CLEAR VIEW ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONY 

    Clear View Adoption Ceremony 

    On Monday, February 5, Clear View Elementary School made official its partnership with Wounded Warrior Battalion East.  

    This partnership was forged through the Adopt-a-School program, which promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing military units to “adopt” a school.  

    Clear View Elementary School Principal Denise Gartner said, “We are so excited to be able to partner with Wounded Warrior Battalion East. It’s a great opportunity for the Marines and sailors there to come and work with our students, but also, it’s an opportunity for our students.”   

    Congratulations, Clear View Elementary!  

    Read more about the adoption on the OCS website: Clear View Elementary Military Adoption.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHCOUNTS 

    MATHCOUNTS competitor 

    Middle school mathletes from nine teams across the county came together Tuesday, February 6, to put their math skills to the test at the annual MATHCOUNTS competition.  

    At this regional competition, students participated in four rounds of challenges, both as teams and individually. Rounds included the “sprint round,” the “target round,” the “team round,” and a fast-paced challenge called the “ciphering round.”    

    Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners!  

    Read more and see a full winner list on the OCS website: Middle School MATHCOUNTS

    ALL-COUNTY ORCHESTRA 

    Last weekend, students from across OCS participated in the All-County Orchestra Concert.  

    The event showcased the hard work and dedication of our students and gave them the opportunity to share their passion for music with like-minded students.  

    Congratulations on a job well done to all participants!  

    Check out a video of the full event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Orchestra Concert

    MAGNET LOTTERY & EXPO 

    Magnet Lottery and Expo Information 

    This year’s OCS Magnet School Lottery portal will open Monday, February 26 and close on Friday, March 15.    

    Ahead of the magnet lottery, we encourage our families to join us on Tuesday, February 20 for the OCS Magnet & Educational Opportunity Expo. At this event, you can learn about and visit with representatives from all of our magnet schools, as well as explore opportunities beyond the magnet program, including the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, Onslow Early College, and more.    

    Learn more about the magnet lottery at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.    

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy Information 

    The next Parent Academy session will be held Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m.!  

    Join us in person at the OCS Central Office or online for this session to learn about how to help your student better manage stress. Representatives from the Onslow County Health Department will share ways to seek help at college, better manage time and stress, talk to your teen about stressful situations, and more.   

    Join online at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.   

    ELECTION INFORMATION  

    There is a primary election coming up on March 5. If you would like to learn more about the election, important dates, polling sites, voter registration, early voting, and more, visit the Onslow County Board of Elections website: 2024 Primary Election Information

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    Summaries and videos of the Onslow County Board of Education meetings held on February 5 and February 6 can be found here: News from the Board

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that Onslow County Schools has a Good News Spotlight segment at each regular Board of Education meeting? This period of the meeting is an opportunity to highlight the great work and accomplishments of Onslow County students and staff.  

    You can see all Good News Spotlight recognitions on the OCS website, under the “Community” tab: Good News Spotlight

    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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