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  • Weekly Update - Friday, November 30, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/30/2018 5:00:00 PM

    FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS THROUGH DECEMBER  
     
    Students in Onslow County Schools will all be eligible to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge through December 31.   
    The OCS Department of Nutrition has been granted an extension from the USDA to continue to offer our students meals at no cost -- and you do not need to fill out an application for your child to enjoy this benefit.  However, beginning on January 1, 2019, all students will return to pre-storm status.  This means students who paid for or were provided meals at a reduced cost will be charged from that time forward.  Students who were receiving meals at no cost before the storm will continue to receive them for free.  If you would like to receive free or reduced meal benefits after December 31, please click on the link to complete an application: 

    Meal Benefit Applications  
     
    COMMUNITY COLLECTS THOUSANDS OF BOOKS FOR OCS 

    Since Hurricane Florence hit our area, Onslow County Schools has received an outpouring of support and generosity from our community. OCS has received thousands of books from drives organized by people across the state. 

    The Onslow County Literacy Council worked with local volunteers to organize a large book drive to benefit Onslow County Schools. The drive produced thousands of books for OCS staff and students to use and enjoy. Earlier this month, Bethlehem Baptist Church worked with the Literacy Council to host a distribution day, where teachers could stop by and pick out books they wanted or needed for their classrooms. 

    The North Carolina State University College of Education also held a book drive to benefit Onslow County Schools after hearing about the damages our schools sustained. What started as a single collection box in Poe Hall, where the College of Education is housed, turned into a drive that brought in hundreds of books, study guides, math manipulatives and other instructional materials. Last week, representatives from N.C. State delivered the materials to Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, where staff and students greeted and thanked them for their generosity.  

    OCS thanks all who have contributed to our recovery process.  
     
    OCS KICKS OFF UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN  

    Each year, Onslow County Schools partners with United Way of Onslow County to give back to our community. During our campaign, we ask OCS employees to consider making a donation to United Way to support local charity efforts. During the 2017-2018 school year, OCS collectively raised $133,736.16. This year, our goal is $180,000.  

    It is always our goal to have 100% participation from our employees for this giving opportunity. Congratulations and a huge thank you to the following schools for having 100% participation from their employees in the United Way campaign for the 2017-2018 school year:  

    • Blue Creek Elementary 
    • Dixon Elementary 
    • Dixon Middle 
    • Heritage Elementary 
    • Northwoods Park Middle
    • Onslow County Learning Center 
    • Onslow County Early College 
    • Richlands High 
    • Sand Ridge Elementary
    • Swansboro Elementary 
    • Thompson Early Childhood Center 
    • White Oak High 

    CHRISTMAS CHEER CANNED GOODS DRIVE  

    Onslow Christmas Cheer, facilitated by Onslow Community Outreach, assists children and families in need during the holiday season. The program provides on donations of toys, food and money to assist those in need from our community during the holiday season.

    Each year, Onslow County Schools participates in a canned goods drive to benefit Christmas Cheer. The 2018-2019 OCS canned goods drive is underway! At Central Services office, staff have set a goal of collecting 10,000 cans. If you are an employee at the Central Services office, your canned goods will need to be turned in by Friday, December 7. 


    If you are interested in contributing to the food drive, staff and students should check with their schools to see if they are participating in this year’s drive and find out how they can get in on the action.  
     
    BOE MEETING DECEMBER 4
      

    On Tuesday, December 4, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of Blue Creek Elementary School.

    Immediately preceding the regular meeting, at 6 p.m., the Oath of Office will be administered to new Board members Jeff Hudson and Bill Lanier and re-elected member Bob Williams.

    Calendar revisions, superintendent search survey results and the selection of a Board chair and vice chair are on the agenda for the 6:30 meeting.   

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  • Weekly Update - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/20/2018 5:00:00 PM

    THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT STOUT
     
    Superintendent Rick Stout

    Dear OCS Family,

    Fall is a very special time of year. The days grow shorter, the weather grows cooler and our thoughts begin to turn to the holiday season. This year, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we have much to be thankful for. Hurricane Florence brought much damage and devastation to our area. However, since the storm, our community has come together in a special way to support each other and to work on getting things back to normal.

    I would like to thank our Board of Education and all who have worked so diligently to support our schools and our community in the recovery process. Our district maintenance department has been going almost 24/7 since the storm. From the Monday following Florence’s landfall until our last schools reopened, they have been giving it their all. Many while dealing with their own personal damage and clean up responsibilities. While things have slowed down a tiny fraction from where we were with “all hurricane, all the time,” their work will continue, and I am thankful for their dedication to Onslow County Schools.

    Similarly, our finance, human resources and instructional technology departments have been hard at it, working to ensure payroll and other financial obligations have been met and employees have been processed. They have identified staff who have been displaced by the storm and helped direct resources. Schools have been inspected and networks readied for the return of staff and students. All of this was done without missing a beat.

    Instructional staff at the district and school levels did an amazing job organizing pop-up learning opportunities for our students. These individuals gave their own time, securing space with local churches, businesses, libraries and other community areas to make sure our students did not miss out on valuable instructional time. This dedication is at the heart of what we do as educators – we strive to give our students the best.

    Support staff across the district have been working to ensure our families have access to the resources necessary to get them back on their feet. Teachers, administrators, counselors, school social workers, and so many more have come together to collect supplies for those in need. They have volunteered their time in their communities to give back to those who have lost so much and have been the hands of the school system, lifting those who need help.

    Finally, I would like to thank our community. Thank you for understanding the enormity of the job of getting our schools reopened safely, and for your patience as we went through the process of clearing and cleaning our schools. Thank you for the donations of supplies, materials, money and time to support our teachers and students. Thank you to our military partners for their support as we worked to reopen the schools. Even with their own issues to deal with onboard base, they were willing to come and help with our cleanup efforts. Thank you to our other community partners – churches, civic organizations, local governments, nonprofit agencies and businesses – who gave their time and resources. As a community, we came together and worked to support ourselves, as well as receiving the support of countless numbers of individuals and groups from outside of Onslow County – who all shared the common goal of helping return our community back to normal.

    As we celebrate Thanksgiving and take a short break to process all which has happened during this brief, tumultuous year, it is my hope we will all remember those who have given so much to help our school community. Words say a lot; however, they fall short in expressing the thankfulness I feel for this community and the support we have received.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    Superintendent Rick Stout

     

    THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM BOE CHAIR PAM THOMAS 

    Board of Education Chair Pam Thomas

    Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday and this year it is even more so. I am so thankful to live in this wonderful community. Our community and school system are blessed to have worked together to return back to a pattern of normalcy following Hurricane Florence. We have looked out for one another, we’ve cared about each other and we’ve provided for each other. It certainly seems we are all at our best when we are needed the most. For this I give thanks.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all! Enjoy your time with family and friends. This is a time to reflect on our blessings and to appreciate how fortunate we all are.

    Blessings to all.

    Pam Thomas

    NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS NOVEMBER 21-23 

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we would like to remind our families that there will be no school for students Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23.  

    Wednesday, November 21 will be a teacher workday.  

    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, November 16, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/16/2018 5:00:00 PM

    OCS SYSTEM INVOLVEMENT TEAM MEETS 

    On Thursday evening, the Onslow County Schools System Involvement Team/Quality Council met at Blue Creek Elementary School to discuss the direction of OCS and give district staff valuable feedback on system goals and strategies.  

    The System Involvement Team is made up of teachers, district staff, parents and community members. In this meeting, the team heard presentations on the OCS Instructional Framework, which presenter Susanne Long described as the “instructional blueprint” that informs how OCS classrooms should operate, the new math curriculum adoption Ready Math, the OCS strategic plan, which outlines the vision and goals of the school system, and hurricane recovery.  

    In the feedback portion of the meeting, team members split into groups and discussed what OCS should focus on to meet the district’s overall goals and recorded their thoughts for district staff to review.  

    To read more about the OCS Instructional Framework, click here: https://bit.ly/2qOa4zQ

    To read more about the OCS Strategic Plan, click here: https://bit.ly/2RW45of.  

    PRESCHOOLERS MARCH IN WE ARE THANKFUL PARADE 

    With their teachers and parents lining the way, a parade of around 200 preschoolers walked the campus of Thompson Early Childhood Center on Friday.  

    Dressed as pint-sized versions of what they want to be when they grow up, such as police officers, firefighters, doctors, service members and chefs, the children marched alongside some of the community’s real-life heroes in their “We are Thankful” parade.  They were accompanied by Jacksonville police officers, Onslow County sheriff’s deputies, a drumline from Jacksonville High School, TECC’s tiger mascot, representatives from the NC Forest Service, and even Smokey Bear! 

    TECC Director James Lanier said the parade, scheduled between Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, is the perfect time for the school to celebrate their families, community and military. 

    Traci Yates, a family specialist with the Onslow County preschool program, said the event is an opportunity for students to interact with the helpers in their community and learn to be thankful for them. She said that the parade is also a fun way to bring families and the community into the preschool to see what children are learning.  

    FEMA ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE  

    Families across our region continue to recover from Hurricane Florence. The deadline for North Carolina residents to apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018.  

    The Onslow County Disaster Recovery Center is located at 175 Freedom Way, Suite 18A Midway Park, NC 28544. The center is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

    You can apply for assistance online at DisasterAssistance.gov. You can call 800-621-3362 for help.

    Disaster assistance for individuals may include grants to help homeowners and renters with temporary housing, essential home repairs, personal property replacement, and serious disaster-related needs.  

    FEMA encourages all survivors who sustained disaster-related damage or losses to apply for assistance before the Dec. 13 deadline. 

    For more information, see the following attachments:

    NC Private Sector Advisory & Contact List

    FEMA Daily Fact Sheet Nov. 15, 2018

    NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS NOVEMBER 21-23 

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, we would like to remind our families that there will be no school for students Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23.  

    Wednesday, November 21 will be a teacher workday.  

    Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, November 9, 2018

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 11/9/2018 5:00:00 PM

    Now that we are on more of a regular schedule, we wanted to let everyone know we are going to continue updates, but they will be on a weekly basis! Look for a new weekly update each Friday to continue keeping our community up on what is going on in Onslow County Schools!

    Veteran saluting an American flag

    VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY 

    Onslow County Schools would like to thank our veterans for their service to our country.  

    In honor of their sacrifice, schools across the state, including OCS, will be closed Monday, November 12 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.  

    ALL SCHOOLS BACK IN SESSION 

    Though recovery continues throughout the county, Onslow County Schools was excited to take a huge step toward normalcy this week. As of Monday, November 5, all schools in the district are in session, and staff and students have resumed the learning process.  

    The final schools to reopen were Dixon Elementary, Southwest High, Swansboro High, White Oak High, Swansboro Middle, Northwoods Park Middle and all of the county’s preschool sites. On Monday morning, returning students were met by smiling and cheering staff members as they walked into their schools for the first time in weeks. Students at White Oak High were greeted by staff, past and present, including some of the Onslow County Board of Education members, while Dixon Elementary received a visit from State Superintendent Mark Johnson, Representative Phil Shepard and Senator Harry Brown.  

    Moving forward, teachers and staff say they are prepared to not only help their students recover academically, but emotionally as well. Lisa Godwin, a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary, said academics are important, but she will also focus on making sure that her students are “whole again” for the remainder of the school year.  

    BROCK RIDGE RETIRES FROM BOARD 

    The November 5 Board of Education meeting marked the end of an era for the Onslow County School System. Vice Chairman Brock Ridge has decided to retire after 56 years of service to the children of Onslow County.  

    Mr. Ridge began teaching social studies in Richlands in 1962. He coached athletics as well as the debate team. He went on to spend the rest of his school-level career as a Wildcat, becoming assistant principal in 1966 and later, principal in 1973.  

    In 1996, Mr. Ridge left Richlands High to take a seat on the Onslow County Board of Education, where he went on to become Vice Chair in 2010.  

    In addition to his work in our schools, Mr. Ridge has served his community on the Onslow County Museum Board, at Richlands United Methodist Church, as a Mason, and as president of the North Carolina High School Network, to name a few. 

    Mr. Ridge, thank you for your service to generations of students in Onslow County!!! We wish you nothing but the best in your retirement.

    Check out a very special video tribute to Mr. Brock Ridge here - 
    https://youtu.be/Ups4thW5GA0 

     

    Have a safe holiday weekend, and we will see you Tuesday!

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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Friday, November 2, 2018

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 11/2/2018 6:30:00 PM

    PHASE 3 SCHOOLS SET TO OPEN ON MONDAY

    Monday brings a major milestone in the recovery process for OCS in the wake of Hurricane Florence as our Phase 3 schools welcome students back for the first time since September 10, 2018. It has been a long road to get here and we are all excited as we move forward with the "reboot" of our 2018-2019 school year!

    GREAT THINGS ARE GOING ON IN OCS

    Check out the great things happening in OCS this week!

    https://www.facebook.com/OCSNC/videos/2234016753339960/

    EARLY VOTING HAPPENING NOW 

    One-Stop Voting, also known as Early Voting, is happening now and continues through Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m. During One-Stop Voting, you can register to vote on the same day that you cast your ballot. You will not be able to register to vote on Election Day. For more information on One-Stop Voting and early voting sites in Onslow County, visit https://bit.ly/2HF2QrY.  

    Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. To find your polling site, visit https://bit.ly/2Rwu9q1.


    VIDEO UPDATES AVAILABLE

    Please check out the following video updates available on the Onslow Schools Television YouTube channel (links open in a new window).

    OCS Projected School Opening Timelines and Superintendent's Report  

    Emergency Board of Education Meeting - October 9, 2018

    Superintendent's Message - October 3, 2018

    Rick Stout, Superintendent Welcomes Back Key Staff

    Senator Brown's Visit To Hurricane Affected Schools

    Hurricane Updates - Greg Grantham, OCS Coordinator of Athletics

    Hurricane Updates - Pam Smith, OCS Director of Child Nutrition

    Please check back for more video updates!


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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/1/2018 6:00:00 PM

    STUDENTS RETURN TO PHASE 2 SCHOOLS 

    Today was a day of excitement and learning as students from Phase 2 schools returned to their classes for the first time since Hurricane Florence. Schools that reopened today include Dixon High, Jacksonville High, Silverdale Elementary, Southwest Middle, Swansboro Middle and Trexler Middle.  

    Students were greeted by welcoming staff members and smiling teachers, eager to help their students succeed this school year.  

    It was also an exciting day for teachers at Phase 3 schools, as they were able to get back into their classrooms to prepare for classes to resume. Staff at Dixon Elementary, Northwoods Park Middle, Southwest High, Swansboro High, Swansboro Middle, White Oak High and pre-K sites spent the day planning and preparing their classrooms for students to return on Monday, November 5.  

    Whether teachers are returning to their own room with no damage or moving to a completely different part of the building, they are all ready to begin teaching again.  

    “This entire experience has been about flexibility,” said Daniel Scott, band director at Swansboro High School. “We’ll teach anywhere. If we have kids, we’ll be ready to go.”  

    EARLY VOTING HAPPENING NOW 

    One-Stop Voting, also known as Early Voting, is happening now and continues through Saturday, November 3 at 1 p.m. During One-Stop Voting, you can register to vote on the same day that you cast your ballot. You will not be able to register to vote on Election Day. For more information on One-Stop Voting and early voting sites in Onslow County, visit https://bit.ly/2HF2QrY.  

    Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. To find your polling site, visit https://bit.ly/2Rwu9q1.


    VIDEO UPDATES AVAILABLE

    Please check out the following video updates available on the Onslow Schools Television YouTube channel (links open in a new window).

    OCS Projected School Opening Timelines and Superintendent's Report  

    Emergency Board of Education Meeting - October 9, 2018

    Superintendent's Message - October 3, 2018

    Rick Stout, Superintendent Welcomes Back Key Staff

    Senator Brown's Visit To Hurricane Affected Schools

    Hurricane Updates - Greg Grantham, OCS Coordinator of Athletics

    Hurricane Updates - Pam Smith, OCS Director of Child Nutrition

    Please check back for more video updates!


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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 10/31/2018 5:00:00 PM

    SUPERINTENDENT APPLICATIONS ARE IN 

    Onslow County Schools is excited to share an update regarding the search for our next superintendent. The application period for those interested in filling the superintendent position closed last night. The Onslow County Board of Education now has an applicant pool of 32 candidates from 10 different states to choose from.  

    As the Board moves forward with the selection process, Board members are interested in hearing your voice. To share the qualities you would like see in our next superintendent, fill out the community survey here: https://bit.ly/2ACSTHp. You can find a Spanish version of the survey here: https://bit.ly/2Q7dbho. The deadline to give your input is November 27, 2018.  

    START AND RELEASE TIME REMINDERS 

    As students from Phase 2 schools return to class tomorrow, November 1, we would like to remind families of changes made to the start and release times at those schools. Below, find a list of Phase 2 schools and their time changes:  

    • Dixon High School: Tardy bell will ring at 7 a.m.  
    • Jacksonville High School: Tardy bell will ring at 7:05 a.m.  
    • Silverdale Elementary School: Release time will be 3:45 p.m. 
    • Southwest Middle School: Tardy bell will ring at 7:35 a.m. 
    • Swansboro Middle School:  Tardy bell will ring at 7:05 a.m. 
    • Trexler Middle School:  Tardy bell will ring at 7 a.m.  

     VIDEO UPDATES AVAILABLE

    Please check out the following video updates available on the Onslow Schools Television YouTube channel (links open in a new window).

    OCS Projected School Opening Timelines and Superintendent's Report  

    Emergency Board of Education Meeting - October 9, 2018

    Superintendent's Message - October 3, 2018

    Rick Stout, Superintendent Welcomes Back Key Staff

    Senator Brown's Visit To Hurricane Affected Schools

    Hurricane Updates - Greg Grantham, OCS Coordinator of Athletics

    Hurricane Updates - Pam Smith, OCS Director of Child Nutrition

    Please check back for more video updates!


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    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 10/30/2018 5:00:00 PM

    STAFF RETURN TO PHASE 2 SCHOOLS 

    The second phase of Onslow County Schools’ return from Hurricane Florence is underway. As of yesterday, October 29, all six Phase 2 schools received air quality clearance letters and have been deemed safe for occupancy. Today, teachers and other staff returned to those buildings for the first time in several weeks and began preparing classrooms and facilities for students to return on Thursday, November 1.  

    Phase 3 schools are still expected to open on Monday, November 5. Clearance letters for those schools are expected to be issued soon.  

    For a full list of school air quality clearance letters, visit https://www.onslow.k12.nc.us/Page/26366.  

    FREE COLLEGE APPLICATIONS 

    Many colleges across the state have opted to extend their offer to waive application fees beyond College Application Week for those affected by Hurricane Florence. The deadline for students in impacted counties to take advantage of free college applications is November 16, 2018.  

    For more details and a list of participating colleges, visit https://nccountdowntocollege.org/hurricane/.  

    GENERAL REMINDERS 

    VIDEO UPDATES AVAILABLE

    Please check out the following video updates available on the Onslow Schools Television YouTube channel (links open in a new window).

    OCS Projected School Opening Timelines and Superintendent's Report  

    Emergency Board of Education Meeting - October 9, 2018

    Superintendent's Message - October 3, 2018

    Rick Stout, Superintendent Welcomes Back Key Staff

    Senator Brown's Visit To Hurricane Affected Schools

    Hurricane Updates - Greg Grantham, OCS Coordinator of Athletics

    Hurricane Updates - Pam Smith, OCS Director of Child Nutrition

    Please check back for more video updates!


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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Monday, October 29, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/29/2018 5:30:00 PM

    PHASE 2 SCHOOLS TO OPEN THIS WEEK 

    On Thursday, November 1, students who attend Phase 2 schools will return to class. Teachers and staff who work in Phase 2 schools will be able to return to their buildings Tuesday, October 30.  
    The schools included in this week’s reopening are Dixon High, Jacksonville High, Silverdale Elementary, Southwest Middle, Swansboro Middle and Trexler Middle.   
    Phase 3 schools are still on track to return Monday, November 5.  


    SUPPORT AVAILABLE AS STUDENTS RETURN 

    As schools reopen, we want to remind families of the support available to students who may be in need following Hurricane Florence.  
    Through November 30, all Onslow County Schools students will receive breakfast and lunch free of charge. On December 1, all students will return to their pre-storm status. If your situation has changed and you would like to receive free or reduced meal benefits after November 30, you can apply here: http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1501179229405&page=lunchapps   

    For students that have been displaced, there is support available through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. This act allows students to remain in their home school district and receive special transportation arrangements if they have had to leave their home. If your family has been displaced and wishes to receive benefits through McKinney-Vento, please contact Student Services at the OCS Central Services Office.  


    SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH SURVEYS 

    Onslow County Schools wants to hear from you! The deadline to fill out a survey to tell us the characteristics you would like to see in the next OCS superintendent has been extended to November 27. Find English and Spanish versions of the survey below: 
     
    Community Survey Link - English Version  
    Community Survey Link - Spanish Version


    VIDEO UPDATES AVAILABLE

    Please check out the following video updates available on the Onslow Schools Television YouTube channel (links open in a new window).

    OCS Projected School Opening Timelines and Superintendent's Report  

    Emergency Board of Education Meeting - October 9, 2018

    Superintendent's Message - October 3, 2018

    Rick Stout, Superintendent Welcomes Back Key Staff

    Senator Brown's Visit To Hurricane Affected Schools

    Hurricane Updates - Greg Grantham, OCS Coordinator of Athletics

    Hurricane Updates - Pam Smith, OCS Director of Child Nutrition

    Please check back for more video updates!


    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Friday, October 26, 2018

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 10/26/2018 5:00:00 PM

    BOE MEETING VIDEO AVAILABLE 

    The video of Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting is available on the OCS Reopening Information page on the OCS district website.

    In this meeting, Board members and district staff discussed funding, proposed calendar revisions, as well as the selection process for contractors following Hurricane Florence.  

    PHASE 2 SCHOOLS REOPEN NEXT WEEK 

    It was an exciting week for staff and students, as the 24 Phase 1 schools opened their doors to students for the first time in 6 weeks. On Thursday, November 1, the second phase, which includes 6 schools, will return to class. The schools included in next week’s reopening include Dixon High, Jacksonville High, Silverdale Elementary, Southwest Middle, Swansboro Middle and Trexler Middle.  

    ONSLOW COUNTY PRESCHOOLS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS 

    Onslow County Preschools are now accepting applications! To apply, your child must have been 3 years old by August 31, 2018.  

    Applications must be submitted in person at either Thompson Early Childhood Center or Onslow Partnership for Children. TECC will be open for applications on Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. After that, regular office hours, Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., will resume. Onslow Partnership for Children is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

    Parents/Guardians will need to bring documentation such as birth certificates, immunization records, identification, income verification, proof of residency, etc. For a full list of documents needed and for a link to the application, click here.  

    Onslow County Schools Early Childhood programs are all tuition-free, and all students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  

    If you have already applied and your family situation has changed (loss of employment, homelessness, etc.) please contact the preschool office at 910-455-5530.  

    EC PARENTS MEETING RESCHEDULED 

    The EC Parent Rights and Responsibilities Training that was originally scheduled in September will now be on Monday, November 5 at Hunters Creek Elementary School from 6 to 7 p.m.  

    This adults-only training will focus on reviewing the Parent Rights & Responsibilities Handbook and learning how to effectively advocate for your exceptional needs student. Light refreshments will be served.  

    If you have questions or concerns, please contact EC Parent Liaison Kim Carberry at 910-455-2211 Ext. 20210.  

    VIDEO UPDATES AVAILABLE

    Please check out the following video updates available on the Onslow Schools Television YouTube channel (links open in a new window).

    OCS Projected School Opening Timelines and Superintendent's Report  

    Emergency Board of Education Meeting - October 9, 2018

    Superintendent's Message - October 3, 2018

    Rick Stout, Superintendent Welcomes Back Key Staff

    Senator Brown's Visit To Hurricane Affected Schools

    Hurricane Updates - Greg Grantham, OCS Coordinator of Athletics

    Hurricane Updates - Pam Smith, OCS Director of Child Nutrition

    Please check back for more video updates!

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