OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 23, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/23/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Check out the update below for all the latest district news and announcements.  

    MAGNET LOTTERY 

    Magnet Lottery 

    This week, OCS hosted the Magnet and Educational Opportunity Expo, where families explored the possibilities that await them in the OCS magnet school program and beyond. 

    Our magnet school options include Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, and Onslow Virtual School. The magnet program gives students access to specialized instruction in the arts, technology, STEM, and more. Each of these schools will be holding information nights in the next two weeks for those interested in taking a tour. See dates in the graphic above and on the OCS magnet school website

    The magnet school lottery application portal will be open February 26-March 15. Learn more at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet

    Northwoods Elementary at magnet expo 

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy 

    The next Parent Academy sessions will be held Thursday, February 29!  

    Parents of students with IEPs are encouraged to attend to learn more about the IEP process and go over their child’s IEP with the guidance of staff from the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center.  

    There will be sessions on February 29 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Register for your session at https://bit.ly/3OLVDbb.  

    ALL-COUNTY CHORUS 

    Last weekend, middle and high school students from across Onslow County came together to participate in the All-County Chorus Concert.  

    The event showcased the talents of our choral students and gave them the opportunity to mingle with students who share their passion for music.  

    Congratulations to all participants!  

    Check out a video of the full event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Chorus

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that February 26-March 1 is Public Schools Week?  

    Public Schools Week is part of the larger #HerefortheKids campaign, which brings together families, educators and community members to shine a light on local public schools and tell the stories of the positive things happening in classrooms and school buildings. 

    Join us next week in celebrating public schools and be sure to thank the public educators who have made a difference in your life! 

    Public School Week 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 16, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/16/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week at Onslow County Schools! Check out the update below for the latest district news and updates.  

    WORKDAY REMINDER 

    Workday Reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that Monday, February 19 is a teacher workday, and there will be no school for students. We will see you Tuesday, February 20! 

    MAGNET LOTTERY & EXPO 

    Magnet Expo Information 

    This year’s OCS Magnet School Lottery portal will open Monday, February 26 and close on Friday, March 15.  

    Ahead of the magnet lottery, we encourage our families to join us on Tuesday, February 20 for the OCS Magnet & Educational Opportunity Expo. At this event, you can learn about and visit with representatives from all of our magnet schools, as well as explore opportunities beyond the magnet program, including the Skills Center, Onslow Early College, and more.   

    Learn more about the magnet lottery at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.   

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy Information 

    On Thursday, February 22, parents will have the opportunity to learn all about Onslow County Schools’ approach to puberty and adolescence education.  

    We will focus on helping parents have age-appropriate, abstinence-based conversations with children in grade 5 and up. Parents can also review and ask questions about any of the materials used by OCS regarding this topic.  

    Join us in person at the OCS Central Services campus or join online at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.  

    ART IN THE AIRPORT 

    Family at Art in the Airport 

    Albert J. Ellis is the new home of more than 20 works of art made by OCS elementary school students.   

    For more than a decade, Onslow County Schools has partnered with OAJ to showcase the talents and creativity of our visual art students. The newest installment of the gallery, “Art in the Airport: Flying in the Wind,” opened Monday, February 12, and features the work of 34 elementary school student-artists. 

    You can find more about the exhibit, including a list of artists, on the OCS website: Art in the Airport

    STATESIDE ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONY 

    Stateside Adoption Ceremony 

    The Stateside Patriots have partnered with a unit of real-life patriots!  

    On Monday, February 12, Stateside Elementary School held a ceremony to mark the official start of their partnership with 2nd Combat Readiness Regiment from Camp Lejeune.   

    This partnership was made possible through the Adopt-a-School program, which promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing military units to “adopt” a school.  

    Read more on the OCS website: Stateside Elementary Adoption

    ALL-COUNTY CHORUS 

    Last weekend, students from across OCS participated in the All-County Elementary Chorus Concert.   

    The event showcased the hard work and dedication of our students and gave them the opportunity to share their passion for music with like-minded students.   

    Congratulations on a job well done to all participants!   

    Check out a video of the full event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Elementary Chorus

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that parents can review the Healthful Living standards for all grade levels on the OCS website?  

    Parents can view learning goals and instructional materials for physical education, lessons on puberty, and more on the OCS website: OCS Healthful Living

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 9, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/9/2024 4:30:00 PM

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

    CLEAR VIEW ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONY 

    Clear View Adoption Ceremony 

    On Monday, February 5, Clear View Elementary School made official its partnership with Wounded Warrior Battalion East.  

    This partnership was forged through the Adopt-a-School program, which promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing military units to “adopt” a school.  

    Clear View Elementary School Principal Denise Gartner said, “We are so excited to be able to partner with Wounded Warrior Battalion East. It’s a great opportunity for the Marines and sailors there to come and work with our students, but also, it’s an opportunity for our students.”   

    Congratulations, Clear View Elementary!  

    Read more about the adoption on the OCS website: Clear View Elementary Military Adoption.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MATHCOUNTS 

    MATHCOUNTS competitor 

    Middle school mathletes from nine teams across the county came together Tuesday, February 6, to put their math skills to the test at the annual MATHCOUNTS competition.  

    At this regional competition, students participated in four rounds of challenges, both as teams and individually. Rounds included the “sprint round,” the “target round,” the “team round,” and a fast-paced challenge called the “ciphering round.”    

    Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the winners!  

    Read more and see a full winner list on the OCS website: Middle School MATHCOUNTS

    ALL-COUNTY ORCHESTRA 

    Last weekend, students from across OCS participated in the All-County Orchestra Concert.  

    The event showcased the hard work and dedication of our students and gave them the opportunity to share their passion for music with like-minded students.  

    Congratulations on a job well done to all participants!  

    Check out a video of the full event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Orchestra Concert

    MAGNET LOTTERY & EXPO 

    Magnet Lottery and Expo Information 

    This year’s OCS Magnet School Lottery portal will open Monday, February 26 and close on Friday, March 15.    

    Ahead of the magnet lottery, we encourage our families to join us on Tuesday, February 20 for the OCS Magnet & Educational Opportunity Expo. At this event, you can learn about and visit with representatives from all of our magnet schools, as well as explore opportunities beyond the magnet program, including the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, Onslow Early College, and more.    

    Learn more about the magnet lottery at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.    

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy Information 

    The next Parent Academy session will be held Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m.!  

    Join us in person at the OCS Central Office or online for this session to learn about how to help your student better manage stress. Representatives from the Onslow County Health Department will share ways to seek help at college, better manage time and stress, talk to your teen about stressful situations, and more.   

    Join online at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.   

    ELECTION INFORMATION  

    There is a primary election coming up on March 5. If you would like to learn more about the election, important dates, polling sites, voter registration, early voting, and more, visit the Onslow County Board of Elections website: 2024 Primary Election Information

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    Summaries and videos of the Onslow County Board of Education meetings held on February 5 and February 6 can be found here: News from the Board

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that Onslow County Schools has a Good News Spotlight segment at each regular Board of Education meeting? This period of the meeting is an opportunity to highlight the great work and accomplishments of Onslow County students and staff.  

    You can see all Good News Spotlight recognitions on the OCS website, under the “Community” tab: Good News Spotlight

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 2, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/2/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Check out the update below for all the latest district news and announcements.  

    TREASURERS COMPLETE NCASBO ACADEMY 

    Treasurer Recognition 

    Recently, a class of OCS treasurers graduated from the North Carolina Association of School Business Officials Academy.  

    These staff members completed the NCASBO treasurer certification program and were presented with their certificates on January 4. With the program requiring 44 hours of in-class training, the completion of this program shows their great dedication to public service through rigorous professional development.   

    Congratulations to you all! 

    MAGNET LOTTERY & EXPO 

    Magnet Expo Information 

    This year’s OCS Magnet School Lottery portal will open Monday, February 26 and close on Friday, March 15.    

    Ahead of the magnet lottery, we encourage our families to join us on Tuesday, February 20 for the OCS Magnet & Educational Opportunity Expo. At this event, you can learn about and visit with representatives from all of our magnet schools, as well as explore opportunities beyond the magnet program, including the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, Onslow Early College, and more.    

    Learn more about the magnet lottery at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.   

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy 

    The next Parent Academy session will be held Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m.! 

    Join us in person at the OCS Central Office or online for this session to learn about how to help your student better manage stress. Representatives from the Onslow County Health Department will share ways to seek help at college, better manage time and stress, talk to your teen about stressful situations, and more.  

    Join online at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.  

    ELECTION INFORMATION 

    There is a primary election coming up on March 5. If you would like to learn more about the election, important dates, polling sites, voter registration, early voting, and more, visit the Onslow County Board of Elections website: 2024 Primary Election Information

    BOE MEETING FEBRUARY 5 

    A special meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Monday, February 5 at 3 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include an action item for the consideration of an engagement structure for legal services with Poyner Spruill and Erwin Law Firm, as well as two items for discussion/information, including a review of existing programs regarding advisory councils and a closed session in accordance with Open Meetings Law, G.S. 143-318.11(a)(3). 

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf 

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

    BOE MEETING FEBRUARY 6 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, February 6 at 6 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include a construction update. 

    A sign-up sheet will be available for those wishing to speak. 

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf 

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

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that OCS employs 121 National Board Certified staff?  

    The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards' mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning through a voluntary advanced certification. That vision is inspired by the model of other professions, such as medicine, where board certification symbolizes accomplished practice, both within the profession and in the larger community.  

    Achieving National Board certification is a great accomplishment in the teaching field, and we are proud to have such experienced and dedicated educators in our schools! 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 26, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 1/26/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! See below for all the latest from the district.  

    OCS RECEIVES SAFETY GRANTS 

    We are excited to share that OCS will receive $700,000 in grants from NCDPI's Center for Safer Schools to support school safety initiatives. Funds will include $682,500 for school safety equipment and $17,500 for training.  

    Thank you to the staff who worked hard on writing the grants and getting this important funding for our schools.  

    Read more about the grants on the OCS website: CFSS School Safety Grants

    MAGNET LOTTERY & EXPO 

    Magnet Expo 

    This year’s OCS Magnet School Lottery portal will open Monday, February 26 and close on Friday, March 15.   

    Ahead of the magnet lottery, we encourage our families to join us on Tuesday, February 20 for the OCS Magnet & Educational Opportunity Expo. At this event, you can learn about and visit with representatives from all of our magnet schools, as well as explore opportunities beyond the magnet program, including the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, Onslow Early College, and more.   

    Learn more about the magnet lottery at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.   

    ALL-COUNTY DANCE 

    Last weekend, students from different schools across the county came together to perform in the OCS All-County Dance event.

    The event showcased the hard work and dedication of our students and gave them the opportunity to share their passion for self-expression through dance.  

    Congratulations and a job well done to all performers!  

    Check out a video of the full event on the OCS YouTube channel: All-County Dance 2024.  

    OCS COUNSELOR TO SERVE IN STATE ASSOCIATION 

    Deanna Ford 

    Congratulations to New Bridge Middle School counselor Deanna Ford for being named president of the North Carolina School Counselors Association! She will take office in June and serve in the 2024-2025 school year. 

    We are honored to have such talented staff who are well-connected and influential in their fields statewide.  

    Thank you for all you do, Ms. Ford! 

    ELECTION INFORMATION 

    There is a primary election coming up on March 5. If you would like to learn more about the election, important dates, polling sites, voter registration, early voting, and more, visit the Onslow County Board of Elections website: 2024 Primary Election Information.

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that students and families can find important and helpful scholarship information on the OCS website?  

    See our site for lists of scholarships, important deadlines, tips on how to find and apply for scholarships, and more: OCS Scholarship Information.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 19, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 1/19/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great final week of first semester! Check out the update below for all the latest from the district.  

    WORKDAY REMINDERS 

    Workday Reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that Monday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 23 are teacher workdays, and there will be no school for students. We will see you Wednesday, January 24! 

    MAGNET LOTTERY & EXPO 

    Magnet Expo Information 

    This year’s OCS Magnet School Lottery portal will open Monday, February 26 and close on Friday, March 15.  

    Ahead of the magnet lottery, we encourage our families to join us on Tuesday, February 20 for the OCS Magnet & Educational Opportunity Expo. At this event, you can learn about and visit with representatives from all of our magnet schools, as well as explore opportunities beyond the magnet program, including the Skills Center, Onslow Early College, and more.  

    Learn more about the magnet lottery at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/magnet.  

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy Information 

    On January 25, families will have the opportunity to learn about recent changes to FAFSA and get assistance with filling out their FAFSA information. This session will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Swansboro High.    

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on January 17 can be found here: News from the Board

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that parents can access their students’ grades and keep up with their academic progress through the parent portal?  

    If you have not yet signed up for access to the parent portal, fill out this form and return it to your child’s school: Parent Portal Request Form.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 12, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 1/12/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you all for a great week. Check out the update below for all the latest from the district.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Holiday Reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Onslow County Schools will be closed on Monday, January 15.  

    Have a safe and relaxing holiday weekend!  

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy Information 

    On January 18 and January 25, families will have the opportunity to learn about recent changes to FAFSA and get assistance with filling out their FAFSA information. The January 18 session will be held in Jacksonville on the OCS Central Services campus, and the January 25 session will be held at Swansboro High.  

    Can’t attend in person? Join the January 18 session virtually at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.  

    BECOME A TEACHER 

    Become a Teacher sessions 

    Are you ready to start your new career? Learn more about how to turn your BA degree into a teaching career at the January 17 information session with OCS Human Resources.  

    Join the virtual session at https://bit.ly/TeachOCSJan2024.  

    BOE MEETING JANUARY 17 

    The regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 17.  

    The January 17 meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd. Agenda items include an Instructional Services Update. 

    A sign-up sheet will be available in the Skills Center lobby for those wishing to address the board.  

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf 

    A livestream of the regular meeting can be found on the OCS Multimedia YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OCSMultimedia 

    DID YOU KNOW? 

    Did you know that there are currently more than 5,000 designated bus stops throughout Onslow County? Each month, OCS Transportation staff drive more than 300,000 miles to safely transport more than 16,000 students to and from school.  

    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an OCS bus driver, visit www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver to learn about the application process!  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 5, 2024

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 1/5/2024 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! We hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and are back, refreshed and ready to learn! 

    NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION RECOGNITIONS 

    Congratulations to Lisa Fore, of Swansboro High School and Leah Cottle, of Queens Creek Elementary School, for recently being awarded their National Board certifications!  

    The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards' mission is to advance the quality of teaching and learning through a voluntary advanced certification. That vision is inspired by the model of other professions, such as medicine, where board certification symbolizes accomplished practice, both within the profession and in the larger community.   

    Achieving National Board certification is a great accomplishment in the teaching field, so congratulations to you all, and thank you for your dedication! 

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy Information 

    Next week, on January 11, OCS will host a Parent Academy session designed to help students with disabilities prepare for post-secondary education.  

    Attend in person or join online at https://bit.ly/ParentAcademy23-24.  

    BOE MEETING JANUARY 9 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9 in the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include an instructional services update.  

    A sign-up sheet will be available for those wishing to speak.  

    In accordance with Board Policy 2335 – Advance Delivery of Meeting Materials, Board materials will be available online as soon as possible at http://www.boarddocs.com/nc/onslow/Board.nsf    

    A livestream of the regular meeting can be found on the OCS Multimedia YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/OCSMultimedia 

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that OCS recognizes our community partners through a program called BASES?  

    Last year, 143 total businesses and organizations were recognized for monetary contributions totaling $385,027 and 2,400 volunteer hours.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, December 15, 2023

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 12/15/2023 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great final week before winter break.  

    We will take a break from OCS Weekly Updates over the holidays and return with more district news in January! 

    HOLIDAY REMINDERS 

    Winter Break Dates 

    The holiday season is upon us! We would like to remind our families that Winter Break starts on Monday, December 18, and we will welcome students back in the new year, on January 3. We will welcome staff back on January 2.  

    All OCS campuses will be closed for the holidays December 25-27 and January 1.  

    For the dates of December 20-22 and December 28-29, the OCS Central Office will be available to the public by appointment only.  

    Have a wonderful and restful holiday with those you love!

    2023-2024 UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    United Way graphic 

    OCS has wrapped up its annual campaign benefiting United Way of Onslow County, and our generous employees have pledged more than $152,500! 

    Each year, OCS asks its employees to donate to United Way of Onslow County, which provides funding for programs and agencies across our county. Programs supported by United Way include the CHEW program, which provides food for students in need, the Onslow women’s center, Sponsors for Academic Talent, Onslow Community Outreach, and more. 

    Onslow County Schools’ goal for this year was to raise $140,000 for United Way, and with your help, we exceeded that goal by more than $12,000! 

    Thank you to our United Way coordinators, and all who donated, for making a difference in our community! 

    CHRISTMAS CHEER 

    Toys in a toy drive box 

    This week, our employees sent even more toys and food items over to Christmas Cheer!  

    Thank you again, OCS staff, for giving generously and sharing the Christmas spirit! 

    PARENT ACADEMY 

    Parent Academy information 

    In January, Parent Academy will return! Join us on January 11 for a session designed to help students with disabilities prepare for post-secondary education.  

    DID YOU KNOW?  

    Did you know that a trained K-9 has joined the OCS Safety and Security team?  

    In partnership with the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department, we have a new member of our district staff.  On Monday, December 11, Gus, a trained K-9, joined his handler, Deputy Penland, an SRO at White Oak High School. Gus and Deputy Penland will serve schools across the county.   

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, December 8, 2023

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 12/8/2023 4:55:00 PM

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

    BOE DECISION ON WEAPONS DETECTION SYSTEMS 

    In the December 5 Board of Education meeting, OCS staff presented the results of a feasibility study conducted to look into the use of metal detectors or weapons detection systems in Onslow County high schools.  

    Surveys showed significant community support for the use of weapons detection systems in our schools, as part of a comprehensive safety plan. After summarizing the options available to the district, the Board voted unanimously to allow staff to move forward with planning for the implementation of Evolv weapons detection systems in our high schools for security screening during student intake. 

    HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR 

    Craft Fair 2023 

    On Friday, December 8, members of the community gathered at White Oak High School to support our school-based enterprise students at the annual Holiday Craft Fair.  

    The sale featured products like holiday decorations, greeting cards, ornaments, jewelry, t-shirts and more, all hand-crafted by OCS students!  

    Our school-based enterprise programs allow students to get hands-on experience running a business from start to finish. Not only do students make the items they sell, but they also work on advertising their products, facilitating transactions, and handling money.   

    Through participating in sales events like this, students get the opportunity to practice real-world skills while earning money to grow their programs.   

    Check out a video from the event here: Holiday Craft Fair 2023.

    JCE ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONY 

    JCE Adopt-A-School ceremony 

    On Thursday, December 7, Jacksonville Commons Elementary School held a ceremony to reaffirm its partnership with Marine Aircraft Group 29 and Marine Heavy Lift Helicopter Training Squadron 302.  

    The Adopt-a-School Program promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing military units to “adopt” a school. Units support schools through volunteering at school events, test monitoring, providing mentorship, and more. Schools can show their support for their unit during the holidays and during times of deployment.      

    Congratulations, JCE! 

    CHRISTMAS CHEER DONATIONS 

    Christmas Cheer 2023 

    On Friday, the OCS Central Office sent over 1,500 food items, around 150 toys, and more than $200 to Onslow Community Outreach’s Christmas Cheer program!  

    To help meet our community's needs, Onslow Christmas Cheer helps provide meals and gifts for the families that struggle to afford them. 

    We are grateful to have such generous employees who recognize the importance of giving back. Thank you to all who donated! 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held on December 5 can be found here: News from the Board.    

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Did you know that last year, OCS showed improvement in all tested high school areas?

    According to 2022-2023 data, the district showed growth in Math 1, Math 3, English 2, and Biology. 

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