OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 17, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/17/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    FY2019-2020 BUDGET INFORMATION 

    OCS Budget Request


    In its May 7 meeting, the Onslow County Board of Education approved the Local Current Expense and Capital Outlay budget requests for fiscal year 2019-2020. Included in these requests was a $2.3 million increase of the Local Current Expense budget and a $3 million increase for the Capital Outlay Budget. This budget request was officially sent to the Onslow County Board of Commissioners earlier this week.  

    The Local Current Expense budget increase included $2 million in required key cost increases like salary adjustments, benefit increases, insurance increases and charter school pass through. Many of these increases are state mandated. This increase also called for $956,000 to support the district’s highest priorities: math, mental health, and safety and security. This money would go toward the hiring of 4 social workers, a school psychologist, a suicide prevention program, a new math curriculum expansion, an elementary math licensure program for teachers, additional SROs for elementary schools and more. Staff identified adjustments that could be made to existing programs to save the district $600,000 in the Local Current Expense fund. 
     

    The Capital Outlay budget proposal totaled $6,028,000, which is a $3 million increase over last year’s budget. This money would pay for 26 urgent roofing projects, all of which are for roofs more than 25 years old, paving parking lots, 10 additional modular units to keep up with K-3 class size regulations, security systems, furniture, vehicle replacements and much more. 

    For OCS, the county manager proposed a $1.5 million increase for local current expense and no increase for capital outlay. 

    You can watch the May 7 BOE meeting, see an overview of OCS by the numbers, and find more information about the budget request approved by the Board of Education here: FY2019-2020 Budget Proposal

    OCS GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL ATTENDEES 

    Students representing Onslow County at Governor's School this summer  

    On Tuesday, a meet and greet reception was held at Thompson Early Childhood Center for the students who will represent Onslow County at North Carolina Governor’s School this summer.  

    Governor’s School is a 6-week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The program focuses on exploring ideas and concepts and does not involve credit, tests or grades.  

    The 12 students who will attend this summer had the opportunity Tuesday to meet and hear from a Governor’s School representative, as well as OCS students who have attended in years past. Former OCS attendees shared their Governor’s School stories of friendship and personal growth, telling those going this summer to be fearless and open-minded going into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Students who attended in the summer of 2018 received graduation cords to wear at their upcoming graduation ceremonies.  

    Congratulations to the following OCS students who will attend Governor’s School this summer: Tyler Reese of Jacksonville High School; Victor Ariton, Ivan Devera, Laurel Kellum, Madison Summerville and Meg Kai Wu of Northside High School; Samantha Anthony of Richlands High School; Danielle Chadwick and Rachel Rudd of Swansboro High School; Arriyanna Brooks, Brianna Cabrera and Emilie Ticer of White Oak High School.  

    JOBS AT OCS 

    Thank you everyone who came out to the OCS Job Fair Wednesday night! For those who were unable to attend and are interested in learning more about working for OCS, you can find out more about employment opportunities, benefits and more at the OCS Human Resources website

    TEACHER ASSISTANT BANQUET 

    Christina Kirkpatrick and her family pose with BOE Member Jeff Hudson at the TA banquet

    The Onslow County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants held its spring banquet on April 26, 2019.  NCATA, whose slogan is “Helping Hands in Education,” is a statewide network of teacher assistants who are dedicated to supporting TAs through professional development, conferences and fellowship.   

    The association recognized Linda Hester, of Northside High, and Leigh Willaford, of Blue Creek Elementary, for 25 years of service. Sheila Fonville, of Morton Elementary, and Sherrie Beaujean, of Sand Ridge Elementary, were thanked for their service as they prepare for retirement.
       

    Each year, the Onslow County chapter of NCATA selects one member’s child to receive a scholarship as they transition from high school to college. This year’s $500 scholarship recipient was Christina Kirkpatrick. Christina plans to attend Coastal Carolina Community College.   

    Congratulations, Christina! And thank you to teacher assistants across the county for all you do! 

    BOE MEETING MAY 22 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held in Meeting Room #1 of the Onslow County Board of Education Office located at 200 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville, NC. The agenda of this meeting will include discussion of the FY2020 Local Current Expense and Capital Outlay budgets.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 10, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/10/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It was an exciting and eventful week here at OCS! Read below for the latest news and updates.  

    EMPLOYEE APPRECIATION WEEK 

    Staff appreciation photos  

    As Employee Appreciation Week comes to a close, we would like to thank all OCS employees for the difference they make for children and our community every day! 

    STUDENT TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE 

    Out of around 9,000 applicants, Arianna Canada, a student from Hunters Creek Middle School, was chosen to speak at the AVID Summer Institute in Orlando, Florida this July.  

    AVID is a program that helps schools close the opportunity gap so they can prepare all students for college, careers and life. Thousands of educators will gather at summer institutes held across the country this summer, including the one at which Arianna will present in Orlando.  

    Congratulations on your selection, Arianna!  

    SPANISH SPELLING BEE 

    The 4th annual OCS Spanish Spelling Bee was held at Clyde Erwin Elementary on Thursday, May 2. Twenty contestants from 5 different schools competed in 8 total rounds. Competing schools included Carolina Forest, Clyde Erwin, Hunters Creek, Stateside and Sand Ridge elementary schools. Congratulations to CFE’s Brittney Mincey for taking 1st place and CFE’s Adrian Bryant for coming in 2nd place!  

    UPCOMING MUSICALS 

    High school musical season is here, and this week you can catch “Sleepy Hollow” at Dixon High School and “Sweeney Todd” at Southwest High School. See below for show details.  

    Sweeney Todd and Sleepy Hollow information  

    OCS JOB FAIR 

    OCS Job Fair information  

    Onslow County Schools will hold a job fair on Wednesday, May 15 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at White Oak High School for anyone interested in joining the OCS team. We hope to see you there! 

    HURRICANE RECOVERY  

    At OCS, we understand that many of our families may still be facing challenges associated with Hurricane Florence, and we want to help. If your family still has needs following the hurricane, please contact your child’s school social worker for guidance or assistance.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD  

    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on May 7, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board

    Videos of all Onslow County BOE meetings, including budget workshops, and other OCS events are available on-demand at the Onslow Schools Television YouTube Channel. Videos of the staff capital outlay budget meetings can be found here.

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 3, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 5/3/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS family! It has been another great week at Onslow County Schools! Read below for the latest district happenings.  

    SCHOOL LUNCH HEROES 

    Cafeteria staff on School Lunch Hero Day  

    Today is the 7th Annual School Lunch Hero Day! School Lunch Hero Day is an opportunity for us to recognize and thank all the school nutrition employees who make a difference for children every day.
      

    Thank you to all of our school nutrition staff for your hard work and dedication!
     

    Stay tuned next week as OCS celebrates our staff all week long during Employee Appreciation Week! If there is a school system employee that you appreciate, join in on the fun with #OCSMakingADifference

    HURRICANE RECOVERY 

    At OCS, we understand that many of our families may still be facing challenges associated with Hurricane Florence, and we want to help. If your family still has needs following the hurricane, please contact your child’s school social worker for guidance or assistance. 

    UPCOMING MUSICALS 

    High school musical season is here, and this weekend you can catch “The Wizard of Oz” at Jacksonville High School and “Grease” at Northside High School. See show details below:  

    Wizard of Oz and Grease information

    OCS JOB FAIR 

    Job Fair Information

    Onslow County Schools will hold a job fair on Wednesday, May 15 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at White Oak High School for anyone interested in joining the OCS team. There are a variety of positions available at both the school and district levels, including teachers, custodians, bus drivers and more. We hope to see you there! 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 29, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    BOE MEETING MAY 7 

    On Tuesday, May 7, 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 meeting, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a public hearing on the proposed FY2020 Local Current Expense and Capital Outlay budgets.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 26, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/26/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Welcome back! We hope your break was restful and enjoyable. See below for the latest OCS updates and reminders.  

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    In the final week of Month of the Military Child, Parkwood Elementary School held a military appreciation breakfast Wednesday to thank and recognize the school’s military children and their parents for the unique sacrifices they make for our country.  

    Also on Wednesday, Morton Elementary School joined a growing group of schools in Onslow County that have partnered with battalions from local military bases. Morton Elementary and 2nd Supply Battalion “adopted” one another through the Adopt-a-School program. The Adopt-a-School program promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing a military unit to "adopt" a school. The unit can support the schools through mentoring, Month of the Military Child events, testing help and more. In return for the unit's support, the school can help the unit by hosting drives for care packages when they deploy. 
    Thank you to all of our military families and the sacrifices you make each day! 

    FAST NC GRANTS 

    Earlier this week, OCS received notice of FAST NC grant request approvals for an additional four schools. With these approvals, OCS now has 11 schools receive grant funds totaling $118,247.79. The following schools are the most recent grant recipients: 

    • Parkwood Elementary - $3,000 – to replace furniture in the media center 
    • Southwest High - $15,000 – to replace PE equipment and games, create a wellness area for students and staff, and create an optimal PE experience while not being able to use the gym 
    • Queens Creek Elementary - $19,500 – to replace guided reading systems 
    • Dixon High - $45,209 – to replace damaged and molded library materials 

    Awards were previously made to White Oak, Northside and Richlands high schools; Southwest and Northwoods Park middle schools; and, the Onslow Early College. 

    CHESS TOURNAMENT  

    Elementary school students compete in the Onslow County Chess Tournament

    On Thursday and Friday, the 2019 Onslow County Chess Tournament was held for 2nd-3rd graders and middle school students. Over the two days, students met at Jacksonville Commons Elementary School to carry on an OCS tradition of nearly 20 years by putting their chess skills to the test and challenge other players from across the county.  

    High school students will compete Saturday and 4th-5th graders will have their tournament on Monday, April 29.  

    Congratulations to the following winners from Thursday and Friday’s tournaments:  

    2nd - 3rd Grade 

    Individual Winners 

    • 1st Place: Maddox Shultz, Carolina Forest Elementary 
    • 2nd Place: Mia Cordy, Hunters Creek Elementary 
    • 3rd Place: Joshua Earle, Northwoods Elementary 

    Team Winners 

    • 1st Place: Carolina Forest Elementary 
    • 2nd Place: Stateside Elementary 
    • 3rd Place: Northwoods Elementary 

    Middle School 

    Individual Winners 

    • 1st Place: Darrick Zhang, Jacksonville Commons Middle 
    • 2nd Place: Leslie Wallace, New Bridge Middle 
    • 3rd Place: Tie between Cameron Askins and Julian Rojas, both from New Bridge Middle 

    Team Winners 

    • 1st Place: New Bridge Middle 
    • 2nd Place: Jacksonville Commons Middle 
    • 3rd Place:  Dixon Middle 

    UPCOMING MUSICALS 

    High school musical season is here, and this weekend you can catch “Godspell” at Swansboro High School. See show details below:  

    Godspell Information  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 26, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board
    You can find a video of the April 17 Joint Funding Committee meeting here

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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  • Weekly Update - Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/17/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Read below for the latest news and reminders.
      

    SPRING BREAK 

    Spring Break information

    We would like to remind our families that schools will be closed for spring break Thursday, April 18-Monday, April 22. Have a safe and fantastic holiday break and we will see you Tuesday! 

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    CWO2 Matt Edens and his children Eric and Max at Swansboro Elementary School

    Monday afternoon, two Swansboro Elementary students got a huge surprise. Their father CWO2 Matt Edens, who had been deployed for nearly 6 months, surprised them during what they thought would be a normal kickball game. Dressed as an umpire for the game, Edens approached 7-year-old Max and 9-year-old Eric, who were shocked and excited to see him. Later that day, CWO2 Edens also surprised his other 3 children, including Autumn, a freshman at Swansboro High.  

    Welcome home, CWO2 Edens, and thank you for your service! 

    STEM NIGHT AT NORTHSIDE HIGH 

    A district-wide science night was held on Thursday, April 11. The 1st Annual ENERGYizing Family STEM Night at Northside High was a free event open to elementary and middle school families across the district. There were door prizes, a special drawing, and a variety of fun science activities.
     

    Activities explored topics like engineering, environmental science and physical sciences. Each activity was facilitated by a Northside High School student who provided information about energy conservation and being environmentally friendly.
      

    To check out a video from the event, click here.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Schools Joint Funding Committee meeting on April 17 can be found here: News from the Board.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 12, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/12/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS family! Another great week is in the books! Read below for the latest news and updates. 

    SCHOOLS HONOR MILITARY FAMILIES 

    A father and his children at the HCMS Military Breakfast  

    As part of Month of the Military Child, schools in Onslow County have been holding events to recognize and thank their military-affiliated families for their sacrifices and contributions.
      

    On Thursday, April 4, Hunters Creek Middle School held a breakfast for military-affiliated students and their families. On Friday, April 12, Jacksonville Commons Middle, Meadow View Elementary and Dixon Elementary all held similar breakfast or luncheon events, while Sand Ridge Elementary hosted a Marine Corps Band performance and celebration to recognize their military populations as well.  

    In addition to the military appreciation events that have been held at individual schools, military children and their families were recognized district-wide on Friday, April 12, as the school system participated in Purple Up Day. The color purple symbolizes support for all branches of the military. Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue combine to create a single color: purple. Purple Up Day is held annually to show support for military children worldwide.  

    ELEMENTARY MATHCOUNTS  

    On April 11, elementary students across Onslow County came together to put their math skills to the test. Teams from Onslow County Schools elementary schools, as well as a team from Infant of Prague Catholic School, gathered at Clyde Erwin Elementary School to compete in the annual Elementary MATHCOUNTS competition. Teams participated in several events, each designed to challenge students’ math knowledge and make learning math more fun. 

    Congratulations to the following winners and a job well done to all who competed!
     

    Individual Competition 

    -1st Place: Oakley Johnson, Parkwood Elementary 
    -2nd Place: Vincent Gonzalez, Infant of Prague 
    -3rd Place: Luke VanDeweert, Queens Creek Elementary 

    Ciphering Competition
     

    -1st Place: Silverdale Elementary 
    -2nd Place: Summersill Elementary 
    -3rd Place: Queens Creek Elementary 

    Team Competition 

    -1st Place: Richlands Elementary 
    -2nd Place: Summersill Elementary 
    -3rd Place: Queens Creek Elementary 
     
    OCAEOP SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 

    Superintendent Barry Collins and the new OCAEOP President Nancy Burt with scholarship recipient Kaitlin Peck  

    The Onslow County Association of Educational Office Professionals held its 2019 Spring Banquet earlier this week, where they presented their annual scholarship to an OCS student.  

    The association is dedicated to helping educational office professional achieve of professionalism and to the improvement of the quality of service provided for students, educators, and the community.  
     

    Each year, among other things, OCAEOP works to raise scholarship money to be awarded to an Onslow County Schools’ graduating high school senior, who has been accepted at a four-year college or university.
     

    The 2019 OCAEOP Student Scholarship winner is Kaitlin Peck from Northside High School.  She has been accepted to, and plans to attend, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  As the OCAEOP Scholarship winner, Kaitlin’s scholarship application will also be submitted to NCAEOP’s District 12, for the opportunity to receive one of the District scholarships. 

    DES OM TEAM GOING TO WORLD FINALS 

    Dixon Elementary School's Odyssey of the Mind team

    Dixon Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind Team is headed to the World Finals! World Finals will be May 22-25 at Michigan State. The team is coached by Beth Howard and Peggy Kelley. 

    Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment.  

    In addition to Dixon Elementary, OCS also had 8 other teams from 6 different schools at the state finals! The other schools that competed include Queens Creek Elementary, New Bridge Middle, Dixon Middle, Trexler Middle, Dixon High, and Richlands High School. 

    Congratulations to Dixon Elementary and all others who competed! 

    STURGEON CITY INSTITUTES 

    Sturgeon City offers free summer programs to area high school students and emerging freshmen. The one-week programs, which will be held June 24-28, 2019, include general sciences, engineering, marine science, chemistry, forensics and crime solving, environmental art, and leadership. Students can apply and educators can nominate students online at SturgeonCity.org. Submit your application or nomination before May 20, 2019 for consideration. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 12 can be found here: News from the Board

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 5, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 4/5/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It has been another great, productive week here at Onslow County Schools. Read below for the latest news and updates. 
     
    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

     Elizabeth Kellum and Elvine Katanga are recognized at the April BOE meeting

    OCS has had a long and very positive relationship with our military. The growth of the surrounding military bases has had a tremendous impact on the growth of the school system and the local community. April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, and OCS is celebrating our military families all month! 

    At Monday night’s BOE  meeting, Elvine Katanga, a senior at Northside High, and Elizabeth Kellum, a senior at Jacksonville High were recognized for being 2 of 90 semifinalists for Military Child of the Year. Each year, Operation Homefront receives hundreds of nominations from all corners of the globe for their Military Child of the Year award, which recognizes seven inspiring young people for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life.
      

    Kathryn Sears, a junior at Swansboro High, was also recognized for being selected for the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program. The program is an intensive, bi-annual one-week training program offered at the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Sears attended the program in Colorado from March 10-15. 

    Congratulations to all three of you for your outstanding accomplishments! 

    REMINDER: OCS is observing Purple Up Day on April 12. Wear purple that day to show your support for the military children of Onslow County and beyond! 


    FAST NC/COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF NC GRANTS 

    Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina (FAST NC), along with Communities in Schools of NC (CISNC), has been helping school districts across the state as they continue to struggle with impacts from the storm. With the LEA superintendent’s approval, individual schools may submit applications for expenses not covered by insurance, or county, state, or federal governments.

    OCS principals have been active in making application for FAST NC awards and, so far, have received 7 grants totaling $35,538.79. Checks were presented to Superintendent Barry Collins at the March State Board of Education meeting, and Chief Communications Officer Brent Anderson represented OCS at the April SBE meeting. OCS administrators have done an outstanding job in looking at how they might apply for these funds and ensuring the applications target specific needs of their schools.

    OCS received the following generous grants just this week: 

    • Jacksonville High received $2,869.60 from FAST NC for desks, seating, white boards, charging hubs and tables
    • Onslow Early College received $1,037.68 from FAST NC to purchases school materials, books and supplies due to those funds being used to feed OEC students while other schools were closed
    • Northwoods Park Middle received $11,156.80 from CISNC to purchase and replace science lab equipment
    • Southwest Middle received $527.05 from CISNC to augment student activity fees for their arts program which were down due to the storm


    SCHOOLS REACH AVID MILESTONES 

    AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a program several schools in Onslow County participate in which is designed to close the achievement gap and give students the tools to succeed in high school, college and beyond.  

    On Tuesday, Northside High School celebrated its revalidation as a National Demonstration Site by AVID.  A national AVID representative said that what set Northside High apart from other schools that participate in AVID was that “the leadership here is so strong, the administrative leadership. But it’s also the teacher leadership and the student leadership. It was just a joy to be here and witness that.” 

    Jacksonville Commons Middle School also received a special recognition from the AVID program by being named an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction. An AVID representative said JCMS was chosen for this honor because “Principal Ehmann and the faculty at Jacksonville Commons Middle have established a culture across campus that sets high expectations for all students. This type of commitment is admired and desired by many parents, students, teachers and community members.” 

    Congratulations to NHS and JCMS! 


    OCS SCIENCE NIGHTS 

    On Wednesday night, Hunters Creek Elementary School held its Duke Energy Science Night, where students and their families gathered to explore and celebrate science. Attendees did activities that made them think like scientists or engineers, like making miniature rockets and building ramps for marbles.  

    COMING UP: A district-wide science night opportunity is coming up next week on Thursday, April 11. The 1st Annual  ENERGYizing Family STEM Night at Northside High is free and open to elementary and middle school families across the district. There will be door prizes, a special drawing, and a variety of fun science activities. See below for more details.  

    STEM Night Information  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting on April 2 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 29, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/29/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family. What an exciting week it has been here at Onslow County Schools! Read below for the latest updates and important reminders.
      
    RHS STADIUM NAMED AFTER BROCK RIDGE 

    Mr. Brock Ridge stands in front of the scoreboard at the RHS stadium, which was recently named in his honor  

    On Tuesday night, longtime Richlands educator and former BOE Vice Chair Brock Ridge got a huge surprise from Richlands High School and the community.  

    As Mr. Ridge walked up to the RHS stadium for what he thought would be a normal girls’ soccer game, he saw his name above the scoreboard of the stadium he had visited countless times before.  

    During a ceremony to officially mark the naming of "Brock Ridge Stadium,” current RHS Principal Brad Staley said, “Tonight, our community is coming together to honor the lifetime service and commitment to the students of Richlands High School, and all of the students of Onslow County Schools, of Mr. Brock Ridge, who served here for many, many years as a teacher and an administrator.” 

    You can see a video from the official naming ceremony here.  

    UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION 

    Teacher Lacy VanDalen celebrates after winning the United Way car giveaway and Angela Williams accept her award

    At the United Way of Onslow County Campaign Celebration on March 20, two Onslow County Schools employees were recognized for their contributions to the campaign.
     
    Ms. Lacy VanDalen, a teacher at Southwest Middle School, won the United Way car giveaway sponsored by Marine Chevrolet Cadillac. To be eligible, one had to pledge a minimum donation to the campaign, which supports the Onslow County community.  

    In other exciting news, Ms. Angela Williams, a 3rd grade teacher at Heritage Elementary, was named Campaign Coordinator of the Year for her hard work and dedication to collecting and organizing pledges at her school. 

    Congratulations to both Ms. VanDalen and  Ms. Williams, and thank you to all OCS teachers and staff for supporting our community through United Way, even after a challenging year. With your help, OCS received the honor of being in the Circle of Excellence for coming together and raising a total of $128,955!

    MUSICAL SEASON SCHEDULE 

    High school musical season is upon us! Next weekend, “Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at Richlands High School and “Cats” will take the state at White Oak High.
    See show details below: 

    Fiddler on the Roof and Cats information

    KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration Information

    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

    We would like to remind our high school students and their families that class registration for the 2019-2020 school year is happening now. The district deadline to register is April 26, but students should check with their school for more specific deadlines. You can find more about registration and class offerings in the Secondary Course of Study

    BOE MEETING APRIL 2 

    On Tuesday, April 2, 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.  

    Tuition rates for out-of-county students, the Onslow Early College calendar, personnel contracts and the school board attorney contract are on the meeting’s agenda. The full agenda and more information can be found on the BoardDocs portal

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 22, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/22/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It was an eventful week here at Onslow County Schools. You can find the latest news and updates below!

    STUDENTS EXPLORE CTE AT SHOWCASE 

    Students from Dixon High School's HOSA program show an eighth grade student what they have learned  

    Tuesday was an exciting day for more than 1900 Onslow County 8th graders as they got an up-close look at the many options available to them as they enter high school. 
     

    For 15 years, the Onslow County Schools Career and Technical Education department has held the CTE Showcase, where 8th graders can explore the CTE programs offered in Onslow County high schools. This year, the booths students could visit included carpentry, automotive, masonry, agriculture, AP Computer Science, Microsoft Office, law enforcement, firefighting, HOSA, and more.  

    Each booth was run by current OCS high school students enrolled in the respective programs. The high school students gave 8th graders a closer look at what they could learn in CTE courses through interactive activities and experiences. Students interested in medical fields could learn to insert an airway on a patient, while students interested in masonry could lay bricks and those interested in carpentry could drive nails and build bird houses. 
     

    Ethan Starzynski, a senior enrolled in the carpentry program at Southwest High School, said that he attended the CTE Showcase as an 8th grader, and it really played a role in his decision to take the class. That, he said, is why he was excited to share his experience with current 8th graders who may be interested in CTE courses.  


    MIDDLE SCHOOL SPELLING BEE 

    Sixteen students competed in the Middle School Spelling Bee  

    Thursday night, the county’s best middle school spellers came together at Southwest Middle School to put their spelling skills to the test. Sixteen students representing the district’s middle schools competed in a total of 7 rounds to see who would come out on top.  

    In the end, Swansboro Middle’s Hannah Marie Tokiwa took home first place after correctly spelling the word “inaudible.” Southwest Middle’s Emily Rice came in second place.  

    Congratulations to the winners and a job well done to all who competed! 


    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the Onslow County Board of Education Funding Committee meeting on March 21, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  


    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

    We would like to remind our high school students and their families that class registration for the 2019-2020 school year is still happening. The district deadline to register for next year’s classes is April 26, 2019. Please check with your school for more specific and individualized deadlines. You can find more about registration and class offerings in the Secondary Course of Study.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 15, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 3/15/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    AIG SPECIALIST RECOGNIZED

    Phyllis Venters with Michael Elder after accepting her award

    On March 8, Phyllis Venters, an AIG specialist at Swansboro Middle School and long-time Onslow County educator, was named the 2019 NC Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted by the North Carolina Association for the Gifted & Talented. The NCAGT Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award is presented annually to a North Carolina teacher of gifted children who exhibits a strong commitment to gifted education through professional experience, professional organizations, and/or services in the area of education for the gifted. 

    In the nomination he submitted for Mrs. Venters, Michael Elder, OCS director of college and career readiness, said she “is the kind of educator that I wish I could share with every child and teacher. She has the perfect blend of Socrates, Clara Barton and Ms. Frizzle that every one of us needs to experience at one point or another. Phyllis has spent her career making others feel valued, important, and as if they are her best friend.”  

    Mrs. Venters said she was "so surprised, humbled and honored to be recognized with such an incredible honor." 

    Congratulations on this great accomplishment, Mrs. Venters! 
     
    You can read the full story on Mrs. Venters’ award here.  

    UPDATE ON SNOW DAY
     
    After a careful review of calendars revised following Hurricane Florence, it has been determined we have enough instructional hours that we will be able to absorb the missed day without having to create yet another student makeup day.  

     Update: No make-up day

    TRADES DAY AT CCCC 

    The 13th annual Trades Day event is coming up! On Saturday, March 23, CTE students from Onslow and Jones counties will gather to compete and showcase their skills. Read below for more information.  

    Trades Day Information

    HIGH SCHOOL REGISTRATION
     
    We would like to remind our high school students and their families that class registration for the 2019-2020 school year is still happening. The deadline to register for next year’s classes is April 26, 2019. You can find more about registration and class offerings in the Secondary Course of Study.   

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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