OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, August 5, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 8/5/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    CVES DEDICATION CEREMONY 

    School and county officials celebrate the dedication of Clear View Elementary 

    OCS had the pleasure of hosting a dedication ceremony Wednesday for the new Clear View Elementary School. CVE will serve those in both the Southwest and Richlands communities, with its orange and blue school colors showing both Stallion and Wildcat pride. 

    The Onslow County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners came together, alongside school staff and community members, to cut the ribbon and officially mark the opening of the county’s newest education facility.  

    CVE will welcome its first Cubs on Monday, August 29! 

    PRINCIPAL RETREAT 

    Dr. Beth Folger with Chris Nikic 

    Onslow County principals and instructional staff were hard at work this week, preparing for the 2022-2023 school year.  

    On Monday, our principals had the opportunity to get together for a retreat, where they shared ideas, planned for the new year, and enjoyed fellowship ahead of staff and students’ return. Monday’s learning and planning sessions ended with an inspirational speech from Chris Nikic and his father.  

    Nikic shared his story of being the first person with Down Syndrome to complete an Ironman Triathlon. He and his father, Nik Nikic, shared with the audience of educators that with the right mindset, and a commitment to getting just 1 percent better each day, you can achieve anything.  

    Thank you to the Nikics for providing needed inspiration, and thank you to our staff for making a commitment to making 2022-2023 a great school year! 

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL INFORMATION 

    This week, we welcomed more students back to our classrooms, as Onslow Early College freshmen and sophomores started their year! 

    Students on the traditional school calendar return Monday, August 29, and OCS has compiled back-to-school resources for families preparing for the new year.  

    See the OCS website for open house dates, school supply lists, school nutrition information, school fees and more: Back-to-School 2022.  

    OCS HOSTS BLOOD DRIVE 

    An OCS employee smiles after giving blood

    We would like to thank everyone who donated or volunteered at the blood drive OCS hosted this week with American Red Cross.  

    In one day, we were able to collect 21 units of life-saving blood for those in need! 

    BOE MEETING AUGUST 9 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, August 9 at 6 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include an overview of 2022-2023 salary adjustments.  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, July 29, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 7/29/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    OECHS STARTS NEXT WEEK 

    The 2022-2023 school year is underway, and next week we welcome back our students at Onslow Early College High School. We look forward to seeing our 9th grade Owls on Thursday and sophomores on Friday! 

    Those on the traditional calendar, your return to school is just around the corner... We will see you all on Monday, August 29! 

    BACK-TO-SCHOOL RESOURCES 

    Back-to-School Resources 

    OCS has compiled Back-to-School resources for families preparing for the new school year!  

    See the OCS website for open house dates, school supply lists, school nutrition information, school fees and more: Back-to-School 2022

    SCHOOL FEE CHANGES 

    Beginning this year, the following school fees will no longer be required for students: 

    • $5 High School – Instructional Supplies 
    • $5 Middle School – Instructional Supplies 
    • $5 Elementary School – Instructional Supplies 
    • $1 Elementary School – Art 

    This change only applies to the fees specifically listed above. All other fees remain unchanged.  

    OCS TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE 

    Blood Drive 

    There are just a few slots left for the blood drive Onslow County Schools will host on Thursday, August 4! Help us make a difference! 

    If you would like to donate, please make an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS! 

    Bus Driver 

    We are hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $16 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.  

    Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, July 22, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 7/22/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    NWES STUDENTS RETURN 

    NWES First Day of School 

    The 2022-2023 school year is underway with the return of year-round school Northwoods Elementary! The Junior Cardinals kicked off the new year Monday and are off to a great start. 

    Remember, those on the traditional school calendar will return on Monday, August 29. We look forward to welcoming everyone back! 

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATIONS 

    Meal Benefit Applications

    We are now accepting online and paper applications for meal benefits for the 2022-2023 school year.  

    By filling out an application and qualifying, you could not only gain access to free/reduced lunch and breakfast, but discounts for fees associated with testing, college applications, and more.  

    Apply online at www.lunchapplication.com or visit the School Nutrition site for more information and printable applications.  

    Read more about 2022-2023 meal prices on the OCS website: OCS Meal Prices

    OCS TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE 

    Onslow County Schools will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, August 4. The event will be held 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Family Education and Professional Development Center at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.  

    If you would like to donate, please make an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.  

    OCS IS HIRING! 

    Now Hiring 

    We are hiring both certified and classified personnel!  

    On July 27, OCS will host two information sessions for those wishing to become a teacher in the district. At 9 a.m., district representatives will be available to answer questions about North Carolina licensure for those licensed in other states. Join this session at https://bit.ly/HROfficeHoursJuly22. Later that day, at 4 p.m., staff will be answering questions for those who wish to turn their AA or BA degree into a teaching career. This session will be at https://bit.ly/OCSTeachJuly22.  

    Head to www.onslow.k12.nc.us to learn more about open positions, upcoming bus driver classes, and more! 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, July 15, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 7/15/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    SUMMER HOURS ENDING 

    Monday, July 18 will mark the beginning of the school year for our year-round school, Northwoods Elementary. We look forward to welcoming back the Junior Cardinals! 

    Starting July 18, Onslow County Schools will return to a regular, 5-day work week. School and district staff will be available Monday-Friday to serve our families’ needs as the new school year approaches for those on the traditional calendar.  

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATIONS 

    Meal Benefit Applications

    We would like to remind our families that we are now accepting online and paper applications for meal benefits for the 2022-2023 school year.  

    Through filling out an application and qualifying, you could not only gain access to free/reduced lunch and breakfast, but discounts for fees associated with testing, college applications, and more.  

    Apply online at www.lunchapplication.com or visit the School Nutrition site for more information and printable applications.  

    OCS IS HIRING! 

    We are offering both classified and certified opportunities for those looking to work for OCS! 

    Those interested in joining the team as a custodian, school nutrition assistant or bus driver are invited to attend a virtual information session on Tuesday, July 19 at 4 p.m. At this session, applicants can learn more about OCS, the application process, and more. Join the session at https://bit.ly/ocsemployment22.

    On July 27, OCS will host two information sessions for those wishing to become a teacher in the district. At 9 a.m., district representatives will be available to answer questions about North Carolina licensure for those licensed in other states. Join this session at https://bit.ly/HROfficeHoursJuly22. Later that day, at 4 p.m., staff will be answering questions for those who wish to turn their AA or BA degree into a teaching career. This session will be at https://bit.ly/OCSTeachJuly22

    OCS TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE 

    Onslow County Schools will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, August 4. The event will be held 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Family Education and Professional Development Center at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.  

    If you would like to donate, please make an appointment at www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, July 1, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 7/1/2022 4:30:00 PM

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

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Happy 4th of July 

    We would like to remind our families that OCS will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.  

    Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!  

    OCS TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE 

    Onslow County Schools will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, August 4. The event will be held 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Family Education and Professional Development Center at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.  

    If you would like to donate, please make an appointment at www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. 

    WE ARE HIRING! 

    Employment Information Session 

    Are you interested in a career with Onslow County Schools? HR staff will host a virtual meeting on July 19 at 4 p.m. for those interested in custodian, bus driver and school nutrition positions.  

    Join the session at http://bit.ly/ocsemployment22 to learn more about how to become employed by OCS.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting held June 29 can be found here: News from the Board.

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 24, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/24/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Take a break from summer fun for a moment to read the latest district news and updates below.  

    OCS TO BE FEATURED AT ISTE 

    Student uses technology in class

    On Monday, June 27, Chief Technology Officer Jeff Pittman and Stephen Taylor, director of digital learning and teaching services, will have the opportunity to represent OCS at this year’s annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference. They will present and showcase how Onslow County Schools has been able to leverage the district’s digital transformation to respond to various events, including Hurricane Florence and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    They will also share how our district utilizes Microsoft’s education tools to enhance teaching and learning, and support communication and productivity throughout the district.   

    Thank you to the teachers and IT staff that keep OCS at the forefront of educational technology! 

    In a feature on the Microsoft website, you can read more about OCS’ partnership with Microsoft and how the district uses technology: OCS: Teaching with Microsoft Teams

    OCS IS HIRING! 

    Employment Information Session

    Are you interested in a career with Onslow County Schools? HR staff will host a virtual meeting on July 19 at 4 p.m. for those interested in custodian, bus driver and school nutrition positions.  

    Join the session at http://bit.ly/ocsemployment22 to learn more about how to become employed by OCS.   

    SUMMER MEAL SERVICE 

    Summer meals will be available at no cost to children 18 years and younger who are enrolled at eligible YMCA and Brigade Boys and Girls Club camps from June 13-August 11, Monday through Thursday. Meals will also be available for children enrolled at eligible OCS summer learning programs.  

    Meal services will pause the week of July 4 and will resume the week of July 11. 

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 17, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/17/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! We hope your summer is off to a great start! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    OCS RETIREMENT CELEBRATION 

    An OCS retiree is honored 

    Earlier this week, OCS held its annual retirement celebration, where we honored and recognized those who have dedicated many years of their lives to the children of Onslow County: OCS retirees. 

    More than 40 2021-2022 retirees gathered at the Regional Skills Center for fellowship and celebration, as OCS staff and Board of Education members took time to thank them for all they have done to support education in Onslow County over the course of their careers.  

    To all retiring from OCS this year, know that we are grateful for you and all you do! Best wishes in your next chapter! 

    SUMMER HOURS 

    Please note that Onslow County Schools, including schools and district offices, will operate on a four-day, Monday through Thursday, work week beginning June 13, 2022. We will return to our regular, five-day work week beginning July 18, 2022. OCS will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.   

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS 

    Northside High School graduates 

    The 2021-2022 school year is over, and our seniors have become graduates! 

    If you missed any of the Class of 2022 high school graduations, you can find links to videos of each ceremony on the OCS website: Graduation Video Links.

    BECOME A TEACHER 

    Next week, the OCS Human Resources department will hold information sessions for those interested in starting a teaching career.  

    If you hold a teaching license from another state and wish to learn more about North Carolina licensure and employment with OCS, HR staff will be holding virtual office hours 9-10 a.m. Thursday, June 23.  

    Later that day, at 4 p.m., staff will hold a virtual session for those interested in turning their AA or BA degrees into a teaching career.  

    Registration for both sessions is at https://bit.ly/OCSOfficeHoursSummer2022

    HR Information Sessions

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.   

    Driver classes will be offered all summer for those wishing to start in the 2022-2023 school year! Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply: Bus Driver Classes

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 10, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/10/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    HELLO SUMMER! 

     

    Summer break is here, and we would like to thank our staff, students, and families for a great school year! 2021-2022 came with its challenges, but together, we achieved great outcomes.  

    We wish you all a safe and exciting summer break! We will see our year-round students at Northwoods Elementary on July 18 and our students on the traditional calendar on August 29.  

    Please note that Onslow County Schools, including schools and district offices, will operate on a four-day, Monday through Thursday, work week beginning June 13, 2022. We will return to our regular, five-day work week beginning July 18, 2022. OCS will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. 

    MEAL PRICE CHANGES 

     

    In their meeting this week, the Onslow County Board of Education approved a 25-cent increase in student lunch prices.  

    Since 2015, school meals have cost $1.25 for breakfast and $2.25 for lunch. Due to the increased costs of food and labor, starting in the 2022-2023 school year, lunch prices will increase to $2.50. Breakfast will remain $1.25.  

    With paid meal service returning, it is important that families prepare ahead of the new school year. If you have questions about meal service for the 2022-2023 school year, including how to apply for meal benefits starting in July or add money to your student’s account, please contact the OCS School Nutrition office at 910-455-2211.  

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS 

    Graduation Links 

    This week, we are sending off our seniors into the world as we celebrate their graduations! 

    OCS will be streaming high school graduations on YouTube. If you are unable to attend a ceremony or missed one that has already passed, you can find a graduation schedule and links to all livestreams on the OCS website: Graduation Livestream Links

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.  

    Driver classes will be offered all summer for those wishing to start in the 2022-2023 school year! Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply: Bus Driver Classes

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting held June 7 can be found here: News from the Board

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, June 3, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 6/3/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week as we wrap up the school year. Remember, Tuesday, June 7 is the last day of school. Let’s finish the year strong! 

    See the latest district news and updates below. 

    HERITAGE NAMED LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL 

    HES students teachers and administrators at the Lighthouse School celebration

    We are excited to share that Heritage Elementary School has been certified and named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education!  

    This recognition is evidence that HES has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity and excellence. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.  

    With Leader in Me, students learn to become self-aware, interdependent, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, be considerate of others, communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, live a balanced life, and contribute to society. 

    Congratulations, Heroes! We are proud of all you have done and continue to do! 

    HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION SCHEDULE 

    Graduation Links

    Another year is coming to an end, and that means it is time to send another group of our seniors out into the world! 

    OCS will be streaming all high school graduations on YouTube. If you are unable to attend a ceremony and would like to watch live from home, you can find a graduation schedule and links to all livestreams on the OCS website: Graduation Livestream Links

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Starting pay for drivers is $15 an hour, and those who sign on now will receive a $2,500 sign-on bonus.  

    Check out a full list of upcoming classes and learn how to apply: Bus Driver Information.  

    BOE MEETING JUNE 7 

    The regular monthly meeting of the Onslow County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items include discussion of the amotion proceeding, the Title I Plan, meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year, and the awarding of services for two upcoming school improvement projects.  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, May 27, 2022

    Posted by Jessica wells on 5/27/2022 4:30:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    JOINT STATEMENT ON SCHOOL SAFETY 

    This week, our thoughts and prayers have certainly been with the students, staff, families, and community of Uvalde, Texas. Tuesday’s tragic events are a stark reminder of the value of life and the efforts needed to protect it.  

    Please see the OCS website for a joint statement from Onslow County Schools, the Jacksonville Department of Public Safety, and the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office regarding the work being done to ensure the security of our campuses and the safety of our students and staff: Joint Statement on School Safety

    OCS HOSTS EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION EVENT 

    Principal Brad Staley signs an autograph on the red carpet at the Excellence in Education event

    On Tuesday, May 24, Onslow County Schools hosted the inaugural Excellence in Education event, where educators were recognized for their hard work and dedication.   

    The event, which featured speakers, student performances, and a glamorous red-carpet entrance, recognized the work of more than 65 teachers, administrators, and support staff through an elevated award ceremony experience.   

    OCS is proud to be home to thousands of educators who show a true passion for student success. At Excellence in Education, the district not only named 2022-2023 Teacher of the Year Kayla Anderson and 2022-2023 Assistant Principal of the year Courtney Moffitt, but also recognized teachers and administrators for their unique skills and expertise in areas such as technology, STEM, math, literacy, mentorship, and more.   

    Read more about Excellence in Education and see a full list of honorees on the OCS website: Excellence in Education 2022.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Memorial Day reminder 

    We would like to remind our families that OCS will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.  

    Have a safe and restful holiday weekend! 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting held May 26 can be found here: News from the Board

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