Weekly Update - Friday, November 8, 2019

Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/8/2019 5:00:00 PM

Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another great week at OCS. Read the latest district news below, and we will see you Tuesday!

VETERANS DAY MESSAGE FROM DR. COLLINS

OCS has had a long connection with the military, and deeply understands the impact these brave men and women – and their families – can have in a community. Through their courage, sacrifice and dedication, our military members past and present have helped make this world a better place. Monday is Veterans Day, a time we stop and thank those who have served, and continue to serve, our country. To all veterans of all branches: thank you for your service and Happy Veterans Day! 

No School on Monday, November 11

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS POLICY CHANGE 

During a special called board meeting Friday morning, the Onslow County Board of Education discussed proposed changes to policies 3420 and 3460, regarding graduation requirements and student progression.  

Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins presented to Board members a staff recommendation that would eliminate the graduation project as a requirement for graduation for Onslow County high school students, which the Board unanimously approved.   

The policy revisions go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.  Seniors who complete the graduation project in 2019-2020 will earn honor cords to wear at graduation and a diploma seal to acknowledge the accomplishment of completing a rigorous, culminating project that demonstrates future readiness. 

The decision to eliminate the graduation project was not made lightly, and staff and Board members discussed the importance of maintaining the rigorous standards OCS has for its students by embedding the learning process of the graduation project into students’ coursework to ensure that they graduate ready for college and their future careers.  

ART IN THE AIRPORT 

Students, staff and parents look at the student art hanging in OAJ  

On November 5, student artwork lined the upstairs walkway of Albert J. Ellis Airport, as the middle school artists looked on proudly.   

Fifteen pieces of OCS student artwork were chosen to be a part of “Innovation,” the newest installment of the Albert J. Ellis Art in the Airport series.   

All the art chosen from OCS students will be displayed at the airport for the next few months, during which time, it will be seen by the thousands flying in and out of Albert J. Ellis Airport.   

Congratulations to all students whose work was chosen!  

HCMS UN-CONFERENCE 

An HCMS student presents at the school's unConference event  

Hunters Creek Middle School's Technology Leaders Un-Conference was a success!  

On Monday, HCMS hosted parents and community members at their annual Un-Conference, where student leaders presented technology models and examples of the great ways tech-tools are used to learn in all subject areas.  

Way to go, Panthers! 

OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

OCS United Way Campaign progress  

After the third week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise nearly $51,000! Our goal for this year is $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it! 

Please see your school or department’s United Way coordinator for more information on how to donate.  

NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on November 8, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board

BOE MEETING NOVEMBER 12 

On Tuesday, November 12, 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.  

Agenda items include the annual independent audit report, a special focus report from human resources/student services, the 2020-2021 calendar proposal, proposed policy changes regarding attendance, NCSTAR School improvement plans, and discussion on an annex for the new southern elementary school by the Town of Holly Ridge.  

COMMUNITY FLYERS

To see the latest flyers for upcoming events for students and families from our community partners, visit our virtual bulletin board here: Community Flyers. If you are interested in distributing a flyer to OCS families, you can read about Peachjar here: Peachjar Flyer Distribution

FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:   
Facebook - @OCSNC   
Twitter - @OnslowSchools   
Instagram - onslowcountyschools   
YouTube -  Onslow Schools Television