Weekly Updates

  • 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!


    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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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!


    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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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!


    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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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:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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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!

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/25/2018 5:00:00 PM

    FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS THROUGH NOVEMBER 

    Students in Onslow County Schools will all be eligible to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge through November 30.  
    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 December 1, 2018, 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 November 30, please click on the link to complete an application:
    http://www.schoolnutritionandfitness.com/index.php?sid=1501179229405&page=lunchapps  

     

    JOEMC BRIGHT IDEAS DEADLINE EXTENDED 

    This year’s deadline for Onslow County Schools staff to submit applications for the Jones-Onslow EMC Bright Ideas Grant Program has been extended to November 19.  
    Each year, Jones-Onslow provides grant applications to teachers and principals, grades K-12, in Jones and Onslow counties, as well as the Topsail area of Pender County. 
    The grants help students learn through innovative scholastic projects that are not covered by regular school funds. Educators may apply for individual grants up to $500 or in teams for grants up to $2,000. 
    For more information on the grants and how to apply, click here

    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:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/24/2018 5:00:00 PM

    PHASE 1 STUDENTS RETURN TO CLASS 

    It was an exciting day for both staff and students as Phase 1 schools opened today after being closed for 6 weeks following Hurricane Florence. As of October 24th, 24 schools are back in session, and both teachers and students are eager to get back into a routine and restart the learning process.  

    Teachers and administrators at Hunters Creek Middle School started the day with a kickoff celebration. As students walked in to the beat of the White Oak High School drumline, they saw “welcome back” signs around every corner, as well as cheering teachers, administrators and other school staff with streamers and smiling faces. Staff even rolled out a red carpet for students to walk down to mark the special occasion.  

    As staff and students adjust to being back in school, teachers say the focus will be on supporting students instructionally and creating a culture of emotional support and stability.  

    Phase 2 schools are still on track to return on November 1.  
     
    BOARD MEETING HELD TODAY 

    The Onslow County Board of Education met today to discuss funding and calendar revisions for hurricane recovery. No action was taken.

    To see more details from the meeting, please visit http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf.

    For information regarding the proposed calendar revisions, click here

    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:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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  • Hurricane Florence Update - Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    Posted by Brent Anderson on 10/23/2018 5:30:00 PM

    GOVERNOR COOPER VISITS WHITE OAK HIGH SCHOOL 

    After spending Tuesday morning in the Swansboro region of the county, Governor Roy Cooper visited White Oak High School for a tour of its damage.  

    Gov. Cooper spoke with Superintendent Rick Stout and WOHS Principal Dr. Chris Barnes about the damages the school sustained and what it would take to help White Oak and other schools recover. He said it would take time, but that he knew Onslow County and the school community would recover.  

    With him, Gov. Cooper brought a donation of school supplies which were raised in a drive meant for school systems across the state. This donation was special, as it was originally intended for schools in Madison County on the western side of the state. Gov. Cooper said that district staff in Madison County requested that their donations instead be delivered to the schools of Onslow County following Hurricane Florence.  

    PHASE 1 SCHOOLS RETURN TOMORROW 

    Students who attend Phase 1 schools will return to class tomorrow morning. Teachers and district staff have been preparing for students to come back to class, with a focus on maximizing instruction and building community.  

    As schools start back, OCS Before and After Care programs that are housed in schools that are returning will be open. Before and After Care programs in schools set to open in Phase 2 or 3 will open with their school. For questions regarding Boys & Girls Club and Parks and Recreation programs and when they will be open, please reach out to the Boys & Girls Club or Parks and Recreation directly. The phone number for the Boys & Girls Club is 910-455-9003 and Parks and Recreation can be reached at 910-938-5312. 

    Through Oct. 31, students who are in school will have access to free breakfast and lunch, as decided by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

    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:

    Facebook - @OCSNC

    Twitter - @OnslowSchools

    Instagram - onslowcountyschools

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