OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, July 1, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 7/1/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Happy 4th of July 

    We would like to remind our families that OCS will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  

    Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!  

    OCS TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE 

    Onslow County Schools will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, August 4. The event will be held 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Family Education and Professional Development Center at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.  

    If you would like to donate, please make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. 

    WE ARE HIRING! 

    Employment Information Session 

    Are you interested in a career with Onslow County Schools? HR staff will host a virtual meeting on July 19 at 4 p.m. for those interested in custodian, bus driver and school nutrition positions.  

    Join the session at http://bit.ly/ocsemployment22 to learn more about how to become employed by OCS.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 24, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/24/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Take a break from summer fun for a moment to read the latest district news and updates below.  

    OCS TO BE FEATURED AT ISTE 

    Student uses technology in class

    On Monday, June 27, Chief Technology Officer Jeff Pittman and Stephen Taylor, director of digital learning and teaching services, will have the opportunity to represent OCS at this year’s annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. They will present and showcase how Onslow County Schools has been able to leverage the district’s digital transformation to respond to various events, including Hurricane Florence and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    They will also share how our district utilizes Microsoft’s education tools to enhance teaching and learning, and support communication and productivity throughout the district.   

    Thank you to the teachers and IT staff that keep OCS at the forefront of educational technology! 

    In a feature on the Microsoft website, you can read more about OCS’ partnership with Microsoft and how the district uses technology: OCS: Teaching with Microsoft Teams

    OCS IS HIRING! 

    Employment Information Session

    Are you interested in a career with Onslow County Schools? HR staff will host a virtual meeting on July 19 at 4 p.m. for those interested in custodian, bus driver and school nutrition positions.  

    Join the session at http://bit.ly/ocsemployment22 to learn more about how to become employed by OCS.   

    SUMMER MEAL SERVICE 

    Summer meals will be available at no cost to children 18 years and younger who are enrolled at eligible YMCA and Brigade Boys and Girls Club camps from June 13-August 11, Monday through Thursday. Meals will also be available for children enrolled at eligible OCS summer learning programs.  

    Meal services will pause the week of July 4 and will resume the week of July 11. 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 17, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/17/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! We hope your summer is off to a great start! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    OCS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION 

    An OCS retiree is honored 

    Earlier this week, OCS held its annual retirement celebration, where we honored and recognized those who have dedicated many years of their lives to the children of Onslow County: OCS retirees. 

    More than 40 2021-2022 retirees gathered at the Regional Skills Center for fellowship and celebration, as OCS staff and Board of Education members took time to thank them for all they have done to support education in Onslow County over the course of their careers.  

    To all retiring from OCS this year, know that we are grateful for you and all you do! Best wishes in your next chapter! 

    SUMMER HOURS 

    Please note that Onslow County Schools, including schools and district offices, will operate on a four-day, Monday through Thursday, work week beginning June 13, 2022. We will return to our regular, five-day work week beginning July 18, 2022. OCS will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS 

    Northside High School graduates 

    The 2021-2022 school year is over, and our seniors have become graduates! 

    If you missed any of the Class of 2022 high school graduations, you can find links to videos of each ceremony on the OCS website: Graduation Video Links.

    BECOME A TEACHER 

    Next week, the OCS Human Resources department will hold information sessions for those interested in starting a teaching career.  

    If you hold a teaching license from another state and wish to learn more about North Carolina licensure and employment with OCS, HR staff will be holding virtual office hours 9-10 a.m. Thursday, June 23.  

    Later that day, at 4 p.m., staff will hold a virtual session for those interested in turning their AA or BA degrees into a teaching career.  

    Registration for both sessions is at https://bit.ly/OCSOfficeHoursSummer2022

    HR Information Sessions

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.   

    Driver classes will be offered all summer for those wishing to start in the 2022-2023 school year! Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply: Bus Driver Classes

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 10, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/10/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    HELLO SUMMER! 

     

    Summer break is here, and we would like to thank our staff, students, and families for a great school year! 2021-2022 came with its challenges, but together, we achieved great outcomes.  

    We wish you all a safe and exciting summer break! We will see our year-round students at Northwoods Elementary on July 18 and our students on the traditional calendar on August 29.  

    Please note that Onslow County Schools, including schools and district offices, will operate on a four-day, Monday through Thursday, work week beginning June 13, 2022. We will return to our regular, five-day work week beginning July 18, 2022. OCS will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. 

    MEAL PRICE CHANGES 

     

    In their meeting this week, the Onslow County Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase in student lunch prices.  

    Since 2015, school meals have cost $1.25 for breakfast and $2.25 for lunch. Due to the increased costs of food and labor, starting in the 2022-2023 school year, lunch prices will increase to $2.50. Breakfast will remain $1.25.  

    With paid meal service returning, it is important that families prepare ahead of the new school year. If you have questions about meal service for the 2022-2023 school year, including how to apply for meal benefits starting in July or add money to your student’s account, please contact the OCS School Nutrition office at 910-455-2211.  

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS 

    Graduation Links 

    This week, we are sending off our seniors into the world as we celebrate their graduations! 

    OCS will be streaming high school graduations on YouTube. If you are unable to attend a ceremony or missed one that has already passed, you can find a graduation schedule and links to all livestreams on the OCS website: Graduation Livestream Links

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.  

    Driver classes will be offered all summer for those wishing to start in the 2022-2023 school year! Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply: Bus Driver Classes

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting held June 7 can be found here: News from the Board

    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, June 3, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/3/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week as we wrap up the school year. Remember, Tuesday, June 7 is the last day of school. Let’s finish the year strong! 

    See the latest district news and updates below. 

    HERITAGE NAMED LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL 

    HES students teachers and administrators at the Lighthouse School celebration

    We are excited to share that Heritage Elementary School has been certified and named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education!  

    This recognition is evidence that HES has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity and excellence. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.  

    With Leader in Me, students learn to become self-aware, interdependent, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, be considerate of others, communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, live a balanced life, and contribute to society. 

    Congratulations, Heroes! We are proud of all you have done and continue to do! 

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SCHEDULE 

    Graduation Links

    Another year is coming to an end, and that means it is time to send another group of our seniors out into the world! 

    OCS will be streaming all high school graduations on YouTube. If you are unable to attend a ceremony and would like to watch live from home, you can find a graduation schedule and links to all livestreams on the OCS website: Graduation Livestream Links

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.  

    Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply: Bus Driver Information.  

    BOE MEETING JUNE 7 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include discussion of the amotion proceeding, the Title I Plan, meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year, and the awarding of services for two upcoming school improvement projects.  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 27, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 5/27/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    JOINT STATEMENT ON SCHOOL SAFETY 

    This week, our thoughts and prayers have certainly been with the students, staff, families, and community of Uvalde, Texas. Tuesday’s tragic events are a stark reminder of the value of life and the efforts needed to protect it.  

    Please see the OCS website for a joint statement from Onslow County Schools, the Jacksonville Department of Public Safety, and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office regarding the work being done to ensure the security of our campuses and the safety of our students and staff: Joint Statement on School Safety

    OCS HOSTS EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION EVENT 

    Principal Brad Staley signs an autograph on the red carpet at the Excellence in Education event

    On Tuesday, May 24, Onslow County Schools hosted the inaugural Excellence in Education event, where educators were recognized for their hard work and dedication.   

    The event, which featured speakers, student performances, and a glamorous red-carpet entrance, recognized the work of more than 65 teachers, administrators, and support staff through an elevated award ceremony experience.   

    OCS is proud to be home to thousands of educators who show a true passion for student success. At Excellence in Education, the district not only named 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year Kayla Anderson and 2022-2023 Assistant Principal of the year Courtney Moffitt, but also recognized teachers and administrators for their unique skills and expertise in areas such as technology, STEM, math, literacy, mentorship, and more.   

    Read more about Excellence in Education and see a full list of honorees on the OCS website: Excellence in Education 2022.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Memorial Day reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that OCS will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  

    Have a safe and restful holiday weekend! 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:    
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 20, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 5/20/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    STATE OF THE COMMUNITY 

    Dr. Collins speaks at the State of the Community Lunch

    Earlier this week, the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center hosted the State of the Community Luncheon. At this event, leaders from local governments, military bases, and community organizations gathered to discuss the progress our community has made over the last year and the anticipated challenges to come.  

    OCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins spoke on the panel and shared that he is proud of the work our staff did to keep instruction as our top priority throughout COVID-19. He also shared that, like many other organizations, staffing is one of the largest challenges we will face moving forward.  

    ONSLOW AG DAYS 

    OCS students participate in Ag Days 

    OCS 2nd graders enjoyed a day on the farm at Onslow Ag Days this week!  

    Students learned firsthand about farm animals, plant germination, beekeeping, soil conservation and much more. Thank you to the NC Cooperative Extension, the agricultural experts on hand, Richlands High School FFA students, Hog Wild and all who were involved in making this a great opportunity for our students! 

    LAST DAY FOR EARLY COLLEGE 

    Today is the last day of school for our Onslow Early College High School students. Thank you all for a great school year, and we hope you have a fantastic summer!

    If you missed the OECHS graduation, you can still watch the recording on the OCS YouTube Channel: 2022 Onslow Early College Graduation

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.  

    Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 13, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 5/13/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    CVES REDISTRICTING 

    Redistricting Information 

    OCS is looking forward to opening the new Clear View Elementary School in August 2022! 

    As we prepare for the new school and the redistricting that will accompany it, we encourage our families to familiarize themselves with the approved maps.  

    Redistricting maps for the opening of Clear View Elementary, after a series of public hearings and open meetings, were approved by the Onslow County Board of Education on April 6, 2021. Affected districts include Richlands Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Blue Creek Elementary, Stateside Elementary, and Carolina Forest Elementary. Families who will be impacted by the upcoming changes can expect direct contact with more detailed information in the days to come. 

    See more about Clear View Elementary Redistricting on the OCS website: Redistricting Information

    OECHS GRADUATION 

    Graduation Livestream Links 

    Tonight, the Onslow Early College High School Class of 2022 will walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. If you are unable to attend tonight’s ceremony, but would like to watch from afar, check out the livestream on the district’s YouTube Channel.  

    Please see the OCS website for graduation times and livestream links: 2022 Graduation Livestreams

    ART IN THE AIRPORT 

    Art students take a photo with their teacher

    Bright colors and visions of summer fun are brightening up the walls of OAJ in the latest installment of Art in the Airport.   

    Students, teachers and families gathered at Albert J. Ellis Airport on Monday, May 9, 2022 to celebrate the opening of “Art in the Airport: Summer.” OCS has partnered with OAJ to showcase the talents of our visual arts students for several years now, and the latest installment features 19 beautiful works of art from the district’s middle schools.   

    If you find yourself travelling through OAJ this summer, be sure to check out the excellent work of some of our best student artists!  

    Read more about Art in the Airport and see a full list of artists: Art in the Airport Summer 2022

    HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS 

    Musical Schedule 

    This week is your last chance to catch a high school musical this season! Southwest High will take the stage with “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” this weekend.  

    BECOME A TEACHER 

    Are you ready to start your new career? Learn more about how to turn your AA or BA degree into a teaching career at the May 19 information session with OCS Human Resources. Register for the session by 5 p.m. on May 18 at bit.ly/teachOCS22

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.  

    Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:    
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 6, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 5/6/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION WEEK 

    Appreciation Graphic 

    As we close out Employee Appreciation Week, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the employees of Onslow County Schools. Our staff are the heart of our district and make all we do possible. 

    We are proud to have each and every one of you on our team! Thank you for keeping our students in your hearts and serving the mission of “excellence in education” every day! 

    STUDENTS RECEIVE S.A.T. SCHOLARSHIPS 

    Julia Eesley accepts the Dr. Kay B. Gresham Memorial Scholarship

    Fifty-two members of the Class of 2022 were honored on Thursday, May 5, as they accepted scholarships from Sponsors for Academic Talent.   

    Students from high schools across the county, including the very first scholar from Onslow Virtual Secondary School, gathered at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center for an evening of celebration. Altogether, the students were awarded $47,500 to pursue their postsecondary education.   

    Having volunteered their time to organizations across our community who serve those in need, the scholarships were well-earned. This year’s scholars, over the last four years, have provided more than 5,900 hours of service to organizations such as the public library, youth sports leagues, nonprofits, and more.   

    Read more about S.A.T. and this year’s scholars on the OCS website: S.A.T. 2022.  

    HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS 

    Musical Schedule 

    Two more musicals take the stage this weekend at our high schools! Don’t miss your chance to see Dixon High’s version of “The Wizard of Oz” or Swansboro High’s “The Winter’s Tale.” 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:    
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    Twitter - @OnslowSchools    
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 29, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 4/29/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family!  

    As we close another week, we ask that you join us next week in celebrating the employees of Onslow County Schools and all they do for students each day. Throughout Employee Appreciation Week, we will be highlighting those who make excellence in education possible in Onslow County. Highlight the OCS employees you love all week long by using #HeartofOCS on social media! 

    Read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    ELEMENTARY MATHCOUNTS 

    Students participate in MATHCOUNTS 

    On Thursday, elementary students from across the county competed in the 2022 Elementary MATHCOUNTS competition.  

    MATHCOUNTS is a national coaching and competition program designed to stimulate students’ interest and achievement in mathematics. This year, several teams competed in a variety of math challenges, including the fast-paced cyphering round, to vie for the gold.  

    We thank all who competed for a job well done, and we congratulate all the winners!  

    Read more and see a full winner list on the OCS website: 2022 Elementary MATHCOUNTS

    GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL CELEBRATION 

    Earlier this week, several OCS high school students were recognized for their upcoming or past participation in the North Carolina Governor’s School.  

    Being selected to attend Governor’s School is quite the honor, and this summer, 13 students will represent OCS for this amazing learning opportunity.  

    Read more about Governor’s School and see who will attend this summer on the OCS website: 2022 Governor’s School Celebration

    HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS 

    Musical Schedule 

    This weekend is your chance to catch two more OCS high school musicals! Richlands High will take the stage with Annie, while Jacksonville High performs Big Fish.  

    PARENT ACADEMY FOR RISING SENIORS 

    Attention parents of the class of 2023! 

    Join us Thursday, May 12 at 5 p.m. at the OCS Central Office for a “parent academy,” where staff will discuss and answer questions about college preparation and important things to remember as you navigate senior year.  

    Register for the session at https://bit.ly/senior22-23.  

    Senior parent academy 

    BOE MEETING MAY 3 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include the CTE plan, the FY2022-2023 budget proposal, the CCCC Board of Trustee appointment, COVID-19 protocols, and the superintendent contract extension.  

    Immediately prior to the meeting, at 5:30 p.m., a public hearing will be held regarding the budget proposal.  

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

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    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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