OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 16, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/16/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week of learning. Catch up on the latest district news and updates below.  

    WORKDAY REMINDER 

    Workday Reminder  

    We would like to remind our families that, in accordance with recent calendar changes, Wednesday, April 21 will be a teacher workday for all schools on the traditional calendar. Onslow Early College High School will operate on a normal schedule on April 21 and have a teacher workday on Friday, April 23.  

    PURPLE STAR RECOGNITIONS 

    April is Month of the Military Child, and this week, we are celebrating the 19 OCS schools that received Purple Star Awards for extraordinary support of military families! 

    Purple Star Awards are given by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to schools which demonstrate both military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families.  

    Schools that were recognized include: Blue Creek Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet, Dixon Elementary, Dixon Middle, Heritage Elementary, Hunters Creek Middle, Jacksonville Commons Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Northwoods Elementary Magnet, Northwoods Park Middle, Parkwood Elementary, Richlands High, Sand Ridge Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Swansboro Elementary, Swansboro High, Swansboro Middle, and Trexler Middle.  

    Congratulations to all our Purple Star Award recipients and thank you for all you do for our families! 

    CVES REDISTRICTING 

    Redistricting Information  

    On April 6, the Onslow County Board of Education approved the redistricting plans for the new Clear View Elementary School, currently under construction off Hwy 24/258.   

    Changes to the previously proposed plans include the option for those who will be in 5th grade during the 2022-2023 school year to stay at their current elementary schools. The second change will keep 15 students on Farmington Drive in the Heritage Elementary district.   

    You can see the approved maps and read more about the redistricting process on the OCS website: CVES Redistricting Information

    VIRTUAL RECRUITMENT EVENT 

    Next week OCS is offering students an opportunity to meet virtually with representatives from the US Armed Forces. To join the conversation on April 20 at 6 p.m., register here: http://bit.ly/ocsmilrecruit2021

    Virtual Recruitment Event  

    EC SCHOOL-BASED ENTERPRISES 

    School-Based Enterprises are EC student-led businesses that are conducted at the school level. Students are involved in every step of the process; from creating business plans to product development and sales. OCS staff members provide students with the educational, administrative, and skill-development support needed for all to participate in this initiative. 

    Current enterprise projects include RHS’ Wild Cat Soap Co., SBHS’ Coastal Pirate Treasures, DHS’ Maroon Dog Creations, DHS’ Alight Candle Co., NWPMS’ Park Pottery, SBHS’ Pirate Café, SWHS’ Woodn’t It Be Nice, JHS’ Cardinal Cargo, SBMS’ A Pirate’s Touch, and DMS’ Dixon Designs. 

    Learn more about school-based enterprise projects and place an order at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/enterprise

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring bus drivers! Those who sign on now will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus. With a Monday-Friday schedule and nights, weekends and holidays off, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are retired, those who are stay-at-home parents, or those looking for extra income. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver training class will be held May 5-7. To be included in this class, apply by May 3 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.  

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

    Keep up with even more OCS happenings on the following platforms:    
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  • Weekly Update - Friday, April 9, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/9/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for your role in making this week's transition to Plan A as smooth as possible. You can read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    2021-2022 CALENDAR APPROVAL 

    2021-2022 School Calendars  

    In its April 6 meeting, the Onslow County Board of Education unanimously approved the calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.  

    You can find the newly approved calendars, here, on the OCS website, under the "2021-2022 OCS Calendars" tab: OCS School Calendars.  

    MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD 

    Did you know that April is Month of the Military Child? This month we will be celebrating the more than 9,000 students in our district who are members of military families! 

    Next week, join us in celebrating our military-affiliated students by participating in our OCS Month of the Military Child Spirit Week. Post your photos with #OCSmilitaryspirit to join in! 

    Month of the Military Child Spirit Week Information  

    STEVENS INITIATIVE GRANT 

    Onslow County Schools is excited to be one of 19 virtual exchange programs awarded new grants by the Stevens Initiative! With our fellow grantees, we will reach nearly 19,000 youth participants through virtual exchange. Together, our programs cover 25 topics, including engineering innovation, history, public health, and social entrepreneurship.   

    The Stevens Initiative is an international effort to build global competence and career readiness skills for young people in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa by growing and enhancing the field of virtual exchange. 

    You can read the full announcement here: OCS Stevens Initiative Grant

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    Kindergarten registration is now open! All children who will turn 5 on or before August 31, 2021 are eligible to register.  

    Learn more about kindergarten and how to complete your online registration on the OCS website: Kindergarten Registration

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.  

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held April 6 can be found here: News from the Board

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Thursday, April 1, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 4/1/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! We hope you are having a safe and restful spring break!  

    Before students return on Tuesday, April 6, we would like to remind you of the changes to come as we transition all in-person, K-12 students to Plan A.  

    COVID-19 SCREENING CHANGES 

    On March 24, 2021, NCDHHS updated the StrongSchoolsNC: Public Health Toolkit (K-12). The changes aligned the guidance document with recent updates from the CDC and “does not recommend daily COVID-19 symptom screening for all students at school entry.” 

    To align with this new guidance from the state, beginning Tuesday, April 6, OCS will discontinue screening all students at school entry. Pre-K students will still be screened, as the guidance for those programs has not been updated at this time.  

    Parents, caregivers, or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening. Students who are sick should not attend school in person.  

    PLAN A REOPENING INFORMATION 

    Plan A Information  

    OCS students in grades K-12 currently attending in-person instruction will return to the classroom five days a week, beginning Tuesday, April 6.  

    Here are some important things to remember about the transition to Plan A:  

    • All K-12, in-person students will attend school 5 days a week 
    • Social distancing will be implemented to the greatest extent possible 
    • Face covering requirements and hand hygiene practices will still be in place 
    • Daily deep cleaning will remain a priority 
    • Non-essential visitors will still be limited 

    More information on the transition to Plan A can be found on the OCS website: K-12 Reopening Information

    CALENDAR CHANGE REMINDERS 

    Along with the transition to Plan A, comes changes to the 2020-2021 school calendar.  

    Two regular teacher workdays have been added to the calendar on Wednesday, April 21 and Wednesday, May 12.  

    You can find the latest school calendar on the OCS website: 2020-2021 School Calendar

    TRANSPORTATION CHANGES 

    Transportation App Information  

    With buses operating for all students five days a week, there may be changes to some routes and times. Bus route information has been updated, and the OCS Transportation Department asks that all parents review their child’s bus stop location and pick-up/drop-off times. The information can be easily accessed on the OCS website: Find My Bus Stop

    Also be sure to download the Edulog Bus Transportation Parent Portal App to stay up to date on drop off times, pick up times and more! Learn more about the app on the OCS website: School Transportation Information

    SCHOOL NUTRITION UPDATES 

    Upon the return to school on April 6, Northside High School will be the only Student Nutrition Hub for the remainder of the school year. All other hubs will be closed.  

    The Northside High School nutrition hub will be open for curbside pick-up Monday-Friday 8:45-10 a.m. 

    Now is also a great time for families to begin thinking about their school nutrition needs for next year. Filling out a meal benefit application could help your family gain access to free/reduced school meal costs, discounts for fees associated with college applications, discounted testing fees, additional federal school funding, and more.  

    If you think your family may qualify, apply now at lunchapplication.com or contact the OCS School Nutrition Department for more information.  

    BOE MEETING APRIL 6 

    On Tuesday, April 6, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    Due to COVID-19, the number of participants in the meeting room will be limited. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available for viewing. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby for those wishing to address the Board.  

    Agenda items include a CTE update, the 2021-2022 school calendar, and Clear View Elementary School Redistricting. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 26, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/26/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week of learning. Catch up on the latest district news and announcements below.  

    CALENDAR REMINDERS 

    Spring Break Reminder  

    We would like to remind our families that next week, March 29-April 2 is spring break for students and teachers. Monday, April 5 will be a teacher workday, and we will welcome students back on Tuesday, April 6.  

    On April 6, all in-person students K-12 will return to the classroom full time, five days a week.  

    PLAN A TRANSITION UPDATE 

    On March 24, 2021, NCDHHS updated the StrongSchoolsNC: Public Health Toolkit (K-12). The changes aligned the guidance document with recent updates from the CDC and "does not recommend daily COVID-19 symptom screening for all students at school entry."  

    To align with this new guidance from the state, beginning Tuesday, April 6, OCS will discontinue screening all students at school entry. Pre-K students will still be screened, as the guidance for those programs has not been updated at this time. 

    Parents, caregivers, or guardians are strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening. Students who are sick should not attend school in-person. 

    Face covers will still be required for all students and staff. 

    You can learn more about the transition to Plan A on the OCS website: Plan A Reopening Information.

    NUTRITION HUB INFORMATION 

    Please note that all Student Nutrition Hubs will pause service during spring break next week.  

    Upon the return to school on April 6, Northside High School will be the only Student Nutrition Hub for the remainder of the school year. All other hubs will be closed.  

    The Northside High School nutrition hub will be open for curbside pick-up Monday-Friday, 8:45-10 a.m. 

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    A kindergarten student and their parent  

    Kindergarten registration is almost here! 

    All children who will turn 5 on or before August 31, 2021 will be eligible to register for kindergarten beginning Monday, April 5.  

    Learn more about kindergarten and how to complete your online registration on the OCS website: Kindergarten Registration

    TRANSPORTATION APP 

    Transportation App Information  

    With the transition to Plan A will come changes to school transportation. Be sure to download the Edulog Bus Transportation Parent Portal App to stay up to date on drop off times, pick up times and more! 

    Learn more about the app on the OCS website: School Transportation Information

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.   

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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


     

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 19, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/19/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! It has been yet another great week of learning! Catch up on the latest district news and updates below.  

    PLAN A TRANSITION 

    Plan A Transition Information  

    The transition of all in-person K-12 students from Plan B to Plan A was unanimously approved by the Onslow County Board of Education during a special meeting on March 17. OCS students in grades K-12 currently attending in-person instruction will return to the classroom five days a week beginning Tuesday, April 6

    Here are some important things to remember about the transition to Plan A:  

    • All K-12, in-person students will attend school 5 days a week 
    • Social distancing will be implemented to the greatest extent possible 
    • Face covering requirements, wellness checks, and hand hygiene practices will still be in place 
    • Daily deep cleaning will remain a priority 
    • Non-essential visitors to campus will still be limited 
    • Two regular teacher workdays have been added to the calendar on Wednesday, April 21 and Wednesday, May 12 

    For more information on the transition to Plan A, see the OCS website: K-12 Reopening Information

    KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION 

    OCS kindergarten student and parents  

    Parents, grab the tissues! Kindergarten registration is almost here!  

    All children who will turn 5 on or prior to August 31, 2021 will be eligible to register for kindergarten beginning Monday, April 5.  

    Learn more about kindergarten and how to complete your online registration on the OCS website: Kindergarten Registration

    MEAL BENEFIT APPLICATIONS 

    Meal Benefit Applications  

    Did you know that filling out a meal benefit application could help your family with more than just the cost of school lunch?  

    If you think your family may qualify, apply now at lunchapplication.com or contact the OCS School Nutrition Department for more information. 

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising middle and high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study and Middle School Course of Study are available on the OCS website.  

    Learn more about course offerings and opportunities for secondary students on the OCS website: 2021-2022 Course of Study

    OCS EDUCATOR RECOGNIZED 

    Cathy Dalimonte  

    Cathy Dalimonte, assistant principal at Carolina Forest International Elementary School, was recently recognized as a James L. Peacock Scholarship Recipient by UNC World View. 

    The James L. Peacock Scholarship is awarded to a North Carolina educator who has attended a UNC World View global education professional development program and has demonstrated a commitment to bringing the world to North Carolina students. 

    You can read more about UNC World View and Ms. Dalimonte’s accomplishments here: UNC World View Scholarships.

    Congratulations, Ms. Dalimonte, and thank you for all you do!  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD

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

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 12, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/12/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family!  

    As many of you may already know, earlier this week, the governor and general assembly announced upcoming changes and possible transitions regarding in-person instruction for K-12 students. District staff and the Board of Education are aware of the changes to come and have begun discussing how it will affect Onslow County Schools. The Board will meet to consider the options moving forward on Wednesday, March 17. 

    In the meantime, you can catch up on the latest district news and updates below.  

    CLEAR VIEW ELEMENTARY REDISTRICTING 

    Redistricting Information  

    Next week, families that may be impacted by the redistricting proposals for the new Clear View Elementary School will have the opportunity to learn more and give feedback at our community information sessions. Sessions will be held at the following times and locations:  

    • Heritage Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, Monday, March 15, 6 p.m. 
    • Stateside Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, Tuesday, March 16, 6 p.m. 
    • Meadow View Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, Thursday, March 18, 6 p.m. 

    Find the proposed re-alignment maps and more information here: CVES Redistricting

    CALENDAR REMINDER 

    The final remote learning Wednesday for elementary school students will be March 24. Students will be on spring break March 29-April 5. Beginning Tuesday, April 6, the first day back from spring break, our elementary school students will be returning to the classroom five days a week.  

    SECONDARY COURSE OF STUDY 

    It is the time of year when current and rising high school students make important decisions about their futures and academic careers. The 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study is now live on the OCS website! 

    Learn more about course offerings, as well as cross and controlled-enrollment opportunities, at OCS high schools here: 2021-2022 Secondary Course of Study

    PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS 

    Preschool Application Information  

    Learn more about applying for preschool on the OCS website: Preschool Application Information

    NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION RECOGNITIONS 

    Congratulations to Ms. Rachael Davis, an ELA teacher at Morton Elementary, and Mr. Cason Justice, a social studies teacher at Swansboro High, 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 from 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 Ms. Davis and Mr. Justice, and thank you for all you do! 

    BOE MEETING MARCH 17 

    On Wednesday, March 17, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold a special meeting to discuss the transition of OCS middle and high schools from Plan B to Plan A. The meeting will be held at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center at 10 a.m. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, March 5, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 3/5/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week of learning. See below for the latest district news and updates.  

    CALENDAR REMINDER

    The final remote learning Wednesday for elementary school students will be March 24. Beginning Tuesday, April 6, the first day back from spring break, our elementary school students will be returning to the classroom five days a week. At this time, there will be no change to the calendar for middle and high school students. 

    CLEAR VIEW ELEMENTARY REDISTRICTING 

    Redistricting Information  

    A new elementary school is coming to the west central part of Onslow County. The construction project is well underway, and the school is on track to open to students for the 2022-2023 school year.  

    In its March 2 meeting, the Onslow County Board of Education officially named the new school Clear View Elementary. In this meeting, the Board also heard from staff about the redistricting process.  

    The opening of Clear View Elementary will require the creation of a new district which will have impacts on multiple elementary schools. Changes to these districts would not take effect until the 2022-2023 school year.  

    Before making a final decision at the April 2021 BOE meeting, OCS will be receiving input from parents and families affected by the re-alignment. A series of town hall information sessions will be held in March. We encourage any parents who may be impacted by this proposal to attend a meeting to receive additional information and provide feedback.  

    Here, on the OCS website, you can find the proposed re-alignment maps, dates for community meetings, and other ways to provide your feedback: Clear View Elementary School Redistricting.             

    CROSS AND CONTROLLED ENROLLMENT 

    As current and rising high school students plan their coursework for next year, we would like to remind our families of the many opportunities available. Our high schools offer a variety of cross- and controlled-enrollment opportunities, including technology academies, International Baccalaureate programs, STEM and STEAM academies, CTE courses, and more.  

    You can find more information on these opportunities and how to enroll on the OCS website: High School Cross and Controlled Enrollment Opportunities

    READ ACROSS AMERICA 

    OCS students and staff celebrate Read Across America  

    Read Across America, a program from the National Education Association, is an annual, nationwide celebration of reading. This week, schools across Onslow County celebrated Read Across America Week with spirit days, special activities, and, of course, reading!  

    PRESCHOOL APPLICATION INFORMATION 

    Preschool Registration Information  

    You can learn more about applying for preschool on the OCS website: Preschool Application Information

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.   

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district calls, emails or text messages, please contact your school’s data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.   

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video from the Onslow County Board of Education meeting held March 2 can be found here: News from the Board

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA  

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 26, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/26/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for an excellent week of education in Onslow County. Below, you can find all the latest district news and updates.  

    OCS ATHLETICS UPDATE 

    Athletics Update  

    We are more than excited that high school sports have been able to continue during this school year. Since resuming athletics late last fall, high school teams have competed in volleyball, cross country, basketball, swimming, men's soccer and lacrosse. Under the NCHSAA’s schedule, we are set to have our first varsity football games on Friday evening.  

    Our high schools have been working closely with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and local authorities to make sure athletic-related events are as safe as possible for participants and spectators alike. 

    With the Governor’s recent changes to capacity at indoor and outdoor athletic events, we are looking forward to welcoming more spectators to support our teams!  

    While more fans will be allowed, capacity at our athletic facilities will be limited to a maximum of 30% and all schools will still be required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols, including social distancing. 

    As we get ready to take this next step, here are some things to know if you are coming out to support one of our athletic teams: 

    • Plan on arriving early for a COVID-19 screening and to have your online ticket verified.  
    • Everyone attending the event will be expected to wear a face covering. 
    • Non-family groups will be asked to maintain appropriate social distancing from others. 
    • If offered, concession sales will be for pre-packaged foods only. 
    • Tickets for our athletic events will be sold online through School Cash Online
    • Unless going to the restroom or purchasing concessions, spectators will need to stay seated in the bleachers during the event. 

    Thank you for doing all you can to help keep each other safe! We appreciate everyone wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance. As the number of COVID-19 cases decreases throughout our community, we look forward to welcoming even more of you back. Thank you for your support and know that OCS is committed to doing everything we can to make our facilities safe and welcoming for our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and our school family. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    Contact Info  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.  

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district calls, emails or text messages, please contact your school’s data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

    MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    The magnet school application portal for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and will close March 1.  

    If you are interested in learning more about Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or either of our fully virtual schools, you can find further information on the schools and the application process here: Magnet School Lottery Information

    As families make decisions about the upcoming school year and magnet school applications, it is important to note that, for 2021-2022, both Northwoods Elementary School and Clyde Erwin Elementary School will operate on the traditional school calendar, rather than the year-round calendar.  

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM 

    OCS offers the Dual Language Immersion program at three of our elementary schools: Clyde Erwin Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Hunters Creek Elementary. Parents with rising kindergarten students can learn more about the Dual Language Immersion program and how to enroll here: DLI Information.  

    BOE MEETING MARCH 2 

    On Tuesday, March 2, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center.  

    Due to COVID-19, the number of participants in the meeting room will be limited. Face coverings will be required. A monitor will also be available at the Regional Skills Center for viewing. A sign-up sheet will be available in the lobby of the Skills Center for those wishing to address the Board.  

    Agenda items include the 2021-2022 Head Start Project approval, the naming of the West Central Area Elementary School project, school redistricting, and a 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 school calendar presentation.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 19, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/19/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for another great week. You can see the latest district news and updates below.  

    MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY APPLICATIONS 

    Magnet Lottery Information  

    The magnet school application portal for the 2021-2022 school year is now open and will close March 1. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or either of our fully virtual schools, you can find further information on the schools and the application process here: Magnet School Lottery Information

    As families make decisions about the upcoming school year and magnet school applications, it is important to note that, for 2021-2022, both Northwoods Elementary School and Clyde Erwin Elementary School will operate on the traditional school calendar, rather than the year-round calendar.  

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM 

    OCS offers the Dual Language Immersion program at three of our elementary schools: Clyde Erwin Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Hunters Creek Elementary. Parents with rising kindergarten students can learn more about the Dual Language Immersion program and how to enroll here: DLI Information

    NC PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFITS

    In a collaborative initiative between NCDHHS and NCDPI, the next round of P-EBT benefit issuance will start next week. 

    For more information on P-EBT benefits, visit the NCDHHS website or reach out to the OCS School Nutrition Office. 

    If you have not submitted a meal benefit application this year and feel your family may qualify, please complete and submit a free/reduced meal benefit application for consideration in future P-EBT benefit issuances. You can find OCS meal benefit application resources here: Meal Benefit Applications

    NCSPRA BLUE RIBBON AWARDS 

    NCSPRA Blue Ribbon Awards Logo  

    The North Carolina School Public Relations Association has honored Onslow County Schools for excellence in communications. OCS earned a total of eight Blue Ribbon Awards for outstanding and effective communication. NCSPRA presented the awards during a virtual ceremony on February 5.  

    OCS received five gold awards for Electronic Media and Photography and three silver awards for Electronic Media, Excellence in Writing and Digital Media Engagement.  

    The district prides itself on keeping our school community engaged and informed with high quality content, so we are proud to have those efforts recognized at the state level.  

    SBHS RECEIVES NCASCD AWARD 

    Swansboro Mayor John Davis, Dr. Helen Gross, and Swansboro Rotary President John Moore accept the award  

    Swansboro High School has received the 2021 Lighthouse School award from the North Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.  

    The award was presented by the NCASCD Board of Directors on Friday, February 12. SBHS was recognized for innovative teaching practices, community outreach and engagement.  

    “The school has been a beacon of light in the state throughout the hardships of Hurricane Florence and COVID-19,” said Principal Dr. Helen Gross. “The school has maintained high academic performance while developing whole-child initiatives such as a community mentorship program for at-risk students and a student services reporting program, and successfully procuring grants to expand opportunities such as the addition of an outdoor basketball court and outdoor learning center.” 

    Congratulations, Pirates! 

    STUDENTS NAMED MILITARY CHILD FINALISTS 

    Two OCS students have been named finalists in Operation Homefront’s annual Military Child of the Year awards program. Each year, seven students from military families, one to represent each branch of the armed forces, are named a Military Child of the Year.  

    Cameron Davis of Onslow Early College High School and Tatihana Loya, of Swansboro High School been chosen as two of the five national finalists for the Military Child of the Year title for the Marine Corps.  

    Congratulations, Cameron and Tatihana! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring part-time bus drivers! Those who sign on now will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus. With a Monday-Friday schedule and nights, weekends and holidays off, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are retired, those who are stay-at-home parents, or those looking for extra income. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver training class will be held March 2-4. To be included in this class, apply by February 26 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver.   

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, February 12, 2021

    Posted by Jessica Wells on 2/12/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, OCS Family! Thank you for a great week. You can find the latest district news and updates below.

    MAGNET SCHOOL LOTTERY APPLICATIONS  

    Magnet Lottery Information  

    The magnet school application portal for the 2021-2022 school year will open on Monday, February 15 and will close on March 1. The lottery will run on March 8.   

    If you are interested in learning more about Northwoods Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, New Bridge Middle, or either of our fully virtual schools, you can find further information on the schools and the application process here: Magnet School Lottery Information.  

    DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM  

    DLI Classroom

    OCS offers the Dual Language Immersion program at three of our elementary schools: Clyde Erwin Elementary, Carolina Forest International Elementary and Hunters Creek Elementary. Parents with rising kindergarten students can learn more about the Dual Language Immersion program and how to enroll here: DLI Information

    NCAGT RECOGNIZES OCS TEACHER 

    Laura Thompson and Michael Elder  

    Laura Thompson, an AIG teacher at Jacksonville Commons Elementary has been recognized by the North Carolina Association of the Gifted and Talented. She was the only elementary teacher in the state chosen to receive the Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted Award for this school year.  

    Thompson, nominated by several of her colleagues and administrators, was also selected to be a presenter at this year’s NCAGT annual conference. There, she will be sharing how she has transformed her instruction to make online, along with face-to-face, learning powerful for gifted students.   

    On Friday, February 12, Thompson’s OCS family celebrated her accomplishment with a surprise recognition at JCE.  

    Congratulations, Mrs. Thompson, and thank you for all you do! 

    FUTURE TEACHERS OF ONSLOW RECEIVE GRANT 

    Members of Future Teachers of Onslow  

    Congratulations to Future Teachers of Onslow for receiving a grant from the American Association for Employment in Education! The group received this award to help in its efforts to promote the teaching profession and increase the district's supply of teachers. The grant will support the organization’s Future Teacher Virtual Conference Series.  

    CHESS TOURNAMENT 

    Chess Tournament Information  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    OCS is hiring part-time bus drivers! Hourly wages start at $12.57 - $14.14, and those who sign on now will receive a $1,000 sign-on bonus. With a Monday-Friday schedule and nights, weekends and holidays off, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are retired, those who are stay-at-home parents, or those looking for extra income. Training will be provided, and the district will help new hires obtain a CDL driver’s license. The next driver training class will be held March 2-4. To be included in this class, apply by February 26 at www.onslow.k12.nc.us/busdriver.  

    For more information, please contact Onslow County Schools Transportation at (910) 455-5037 or by email at transportation@onslow.k12.nc.us. 

    CONTACT INFORMATION  

    In order to stay up to date on the latest news and updates from the district, we encourage our families to ensure that their most recent contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, is on file at their schools. Having current and accurate information is essential in our effort to provide the OCS family with important notices and updates.     

    If you or someone you know has not been, or has stopped, receiving district notices, please contact your school's data manager to confirm that your contact information is entered correctly.  

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