OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, November 8, 2019

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

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

    VETERANS DAY MESSAGE FROM DR. COLLINS

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

    No School on Monday, November 11

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS POLICY CHANGE 

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

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

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

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

    ART IN THE AIRPORT 

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

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

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

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

    Congratulations to all students whose work was chosen!  

    HCMS UN-CONFERENCE 

    An HCMS student presents at the school's unConference event  

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

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

    Way to go, Panthers! 

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way Campaign progress  

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

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

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    BOE MEETING NOVEMBER 12 

    On Tuesday, November 12, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Blue Creek Elementary School.  

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

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, November 1, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/1/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another great week at Onlsow County Schools! You can catch up on the latest district news and updates below. 

    JHS CROSSWALK UPDATE 

    The new HAWK crosswalk signal on Henderson Drive  

    Late last week, a special system designed to manage pedestrians and motor vehicle traffic was installed and became fully functional on Henderson Drive at Jacksonville High School.  

    The HAWK signal, which stands for High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon, allows crossings by pedestrians to be protected by requiring traffic to stop in both directions. The signal is located over the roadway and consists of special light signals that direct drivers to stop when a signal is pressed by a pedestrian.  

    JHS Principal Maria Johnson said she is “thrilled” with the addition of the signal and that JHS staff will continue to have monitors at the crossing while students get familiar with the new operation. Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero said that the intensive law enforcement in the area around JHS will continue as well.  

    Thank you to all of our community partners who made this project possible for their commitment to our students’ safety! 

    ONSLOW PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN 

    Preschool application information  

    Onslow County preschool programs are now accepting applications! For more information on how to apply see the OCS preschool website here: OCS Preschool Information

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the second week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise more than $42,000! 

    United Way supports the CHEW Program, which fed 600 children facing food insecurity with weekly weekend backpacks full of food last year, Sponsors for Academic Talent, which provides scholarships to students who perform community service in the county, and an annual Stuff the Bus event to collect school supplies for OCS, in addition to supporting many individuals and organizations county wide.   

    During last year’s campaign, OCS was able to collect $128,955.10 to help United Way in its efforts to support our students and community at-large. This year, our goal is $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it! 

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

    OCS HIRING BUS DIVERS  

    Transporting more than 15,000 students to and from school each day is an important part of the work Onslow County Schools does to serve our families.   

    We would like to remind you that OCS is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill several vacant driver positions.      

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information.  

    OCS SEEKING TUTORS  

    Are you interested in working part-time with middle or high school students in study groups?   

    Many of our middle and high schools are actively looking for current college students or adults with an Associate’s Degree or more to do just this. Working with students to help them discover answers in areas where they are struggling is at the heart of AVID and we’d love you to join us in helping our kids grow.  Positions are part-time paid positions during the school day.    

    Visit the OCS Human Resources website or email Michael Elder at michael.elder@onslow.k12.nc.us for more information. 

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, October 25, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/25/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It has been quite the exciting week here at OCS, and we're happy to share the following district news and announcements. 

    CARL CRUTHIS NAMED STATE AP OF THE YEAR 

    Carl Cruthis takes a photo with SWHS Principal Tim Foster and Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins  

    OCS is proud to announce that our own Carl Cruthis, assistant principal at Southwest High School, has been named the 2020 North Carolina Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year!  

    The SWHS Stallions organized a pep rally on Friday to surprise Mr. Cruthis with the news. As he was driven into the stadium by the SWHS SRO, he was greeted with cheering staff and students, balloons, and more. 

    Mr. Cruthis will serve as North Carolina’s representative for the NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum and personalization.  

    Next, Mr. Cruthis will compete at the national level for the NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year, the winner of which will be announced at the national NASSP principals conference in National Harbor, Maryland next summer.  

    Congratulations and best of luck, Mr. Cruthis! 

    GOVERNOR COOPER VISITS DES 

    Governor Roy Cooper shakes the hand of a Dixon Elementary School student  

    Governor Roy Cooper paid a visit to Onslow County earlier this week, and stopped by Dixon Elementary School to visit with staff and students.  

    During his visit, Gov. Cooper took some time to meet with teachers to discuss current issues in education. He also toured the school to see the progress made since Hurricane Florence and stopped to talk to several students, bus drivers and other staff members along the way.  

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way Campaign progress

    Collections have officially begun for the 2019 Onslow County Schools United Way Campaign!  

    In just a couple of weeks, OCS employees have come together to raise more than $30,000 for United Way of Onslow County. United Way supports the CHEW Program, which fed 600 children facing food insecurity with weekly weekend backpacks full of food last year, Sponsors for Academic Talent, which provides scholarships to students who perform community service in the county, and an annual Stuff the Bus event to collect school supplies for OCS, in addition to supporting many individuals and organizations county wide.   

    During last year’s campaign, OCS was able to collect $128,955.10 to help United Way in its efforts to support our students and community at-large. This year, our goal is $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it! 

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

    PARKWOOD ELEMENTARY UNITY DAY 

    Parkwood students and staff take a photo together on Unity Day  

    Wednesday, October 23 was Unity Day across the nation, and Parkwood Elementary came together to show unity in helping to stop bullying by promoting kindness, inclusion, and acceptance in their school, community, and the world. 

    Many students were spotted wearing orange, Unity Day’s official color. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, wearing orange on Unity Day is a visible way to show that “our society believes that no child should ever experience bullying.” 

    Way to go, Pandas, and thank you for promoting kindness in our schools! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    The deadline to join the November bus driver class is quickly approaching. To join the class that will be held November 4-6, all those interested in becoming a bus driver must submit an application by Thursday, October 31.  

    Applications are available at onslow.k12.nc.us. For more information, call the OCS Transportation Department at 910-455-5037. 

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    • OCTAA will hold a meeting on November 12, 2019 AT 4:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 3 at the OCS Central Services office at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, October 18, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/18/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! It has been another great week at Onslow County Schools, thanks to you. Below, you will find the latest district news and updates. 

    OCS HOSTS 2019 BASES RECEPTION 

    Businesses that received Hall of Fame awards take a photo together at the BASES reception  

    Onslow County Schools honored more than 40 businesses and organizations for the contributions they have made to the students of Onslow County at the 2019 BASES Reception on Tuesday, October 15.  

    BASES, which stands for Businesses Assisting Schools in Educating Students, is a joint project of OCS and the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce that encourages and facilitates business involvement in our schools.  

    The morning began with breakfast, welcoming music by the Swansboro High School orchestra, a presentation of colors by the Northside High School Air Force JROTC, and the singing of the National Anthem by the NHS Singers. 

    Since its inception, businesses and organizations have contributed over 294,800 hours of volunteer service and over $9.7 million in financial contributions.  

    Following the devastation of Hurricane Florence, in the 2018-2019 school year alone, more than 550 businesses and organizations from the nation came together to contribute more than $613,000 and over 7,300 volunteer hours as the school district struggled to get back on its feet. 

    In addition to the Major League, All Star and Hall of Fame recognitions, two awards were given to a business and an organization that stood out among the other donors for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 years. In recognition of their outstanding generosity and willingness to go above and beyond, National Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram and the United Way CHEW Program have been added to the BASES Wall of Fame, which is proudly displayed in the front hallway of the OCS Central Services building.  

    OCS would like to thank all of the businesses and organizations that have made and continue to make a difference in the schools of Onslow County. If your business or organization is interested in learning more about the BASES programs or how you can partner with the district, please visit the Community tab at onslow.k12.nc.us or contact the Community Affairs office at 910-455-2211 Ext. 20302.  

    MILITARY UNIT ADOPTS SWES 

    Marines from CNATT take a moment to take a photo with students at Southwest Elementary School  

    Last week, Southwest Elementary School celebrated and made official their partnership with a military unit from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.  

    Through the Adopt-a-School program, The Center for National Aviation Technical Training Group adopted SWES, establishing a relationship that will last for years to come.  

    The Adopt-a-School program promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing a military unit to "adopt" a school. The units support schools by helping with field days, family nights, Month of the Military Child events, proctoring tests and more. In return, schools help their adopting units by sending them letters and care packages while they are deployed.    

    Congratulations to SWES and thank you to all of the military personnel who invest time in our schools and students! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DIVERS 

    Transporting more than 15,000 students to and from school each day is an important part of the work Onslow County Schools does to serve our families.  

    We would like to remind you that OCS is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill several vacant driver positions.     

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information. The next bus driver class will be held in November.     

    November bus driver class information  

    OCS SEEKING TUTORS 

    Are you interested in working part-time with middle or high school students in study groups?  

    Many of our middle and high schools are actively looking for current college students or adults with an Associate’s Degree or more to do just this. Working with students to help them discover answers in areas where they are struggling is at the heart of AVID and we’d love you to join us in helping our kids grow.  Positions are part-time paid positions during the school day.   

    Visit the OCS Human Resources website or email Michael Elder at michael.elder@onslow.k12.nc.us for more information. 

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, October 11, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/11/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another excellent week of learning in Onslow County. Read below for the latest district news and updates.

    OCS PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR NAMED 

    Mrs. Deborah Hoffman gets congratulatory hugs from her students at JCE  

    Deborah Hoffman, of Jacksonville Commons Elementary School, has been named the 2019-2020 OCS Wells Fargo Principal of the Year by Onslow County Schools.   

    When Hoffman walked into the JCE multipurpose room the morning of October 9, she was greeted by cheering staff, students and district administrators, who had organized a surprise announcement and celebration for the occasion.

    Hoffman was treated to kind words from her staff and Dr. CJ Korenek, OCS chief of human resources, two songs from the JCE chorus, and a parade around the school, where she received countless hugs from her students.   

    Mrs. Hoffman has been an administrator in Onslow County for nine years and has spent the last four as principal of JCE, where her staff say she has created an all-new culture for the school.   

    In his nomination letter, Executive Director of Elementary Education Dr. Mark Bulris said that Mrs. Hoffman has worked to build a high-performing and family-like culture within her school, saying, “The importance of community and family atmosphere is regularly on display by Mrs. Hoffman, whether it is in baking treats for the staff, organizing recognition events, or celebrating staff successes.” 

    Congratulations, Mrs. Hoffman, and good luck at the regional competition! 

    EC EDUCATOR TO BE RECOGNIZED 

    Jessie Campbell  

    The NCDPI Exceptional Children Division will hold its 69th Conference on Exceptional Children in Greensboro November 20-22, 2019, where they will pay special tribute to educators of exceptional children.   

    The organization will present the 2019 Educator of Excellence Award to one teacher or educator from each of the state’s 115 traditional school systems. The selected educators will have special seating, attend a ceremony in their honor, and have their pictures displayed at the conference.   

    Jessie Campbell, a school psychologist for multiple schools in Onslow County, has been nominated by Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins and Executive Director of Exceptional Children Services Dr. Shannon White to represent OCS and receive the special recognition.   

    In their nomination letter, Dr. Collins and Dr. White said that Mrs. Campbell, who has worked for Onslow County Schools for more than 10 years, has always had students’ best interest at heart and works to mentor teachers, psychologists and other service providers to provide the best care possible for children.   

    Congratulations to Mrs. Campbell and thank you for all you do for the children of Onslow County! 

    OCS SEEKING TUTORS  

    Are you interested in working part-time with middle or high school students in study groups? 

    Many of our middle and high schools are actively looking for current college students or adults with an Associate’s Degree or more to do just this.  Working with students to help them discover answers in areas where they are struggling is at the heart of AVID and we’d love you to join us in helping our kids grow.  Positions are part-time paid positions during the school day.  

    Visit the OCS Human Resources website or email Michael Elder at michael.elder@onslow.k12.nc.us for more information.   

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS   

    We would like to thank our families for their continued patience as the OCS Transportation department works hard to safely transport more than 15,000 students to and from school each day.    

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill several vacant driver positions.    

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information. The next bus driver class will be held in November.    

    UPCOMING EVENTS 

    • The 22nd Annual Viking Band Classic will be held October 12, 2019 at White Oak High School. Admission is $8 for adults and children grades 6-12, and $5 for children grades K-5. Opening ceremonies will being at 10 a.m. and there will be several performances and awards presentations throughout the day.
    • Onslow NCAE will hold its first Meeting of Members on October 15, 2019 at 5 p.m. in the White Oak High School Media Center. 
    • NCATA District 2 will have a mini-conference at Parkwood Elementary on November 2, 2019.  The cost is $10. 
    • OCTAA will hold a meeting on November 12, 2019 in Meeting Room 3 at the OCS Central Services office at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, October 4, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 10/4/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you for another excellent week at OCS. You can read the latest district news and updates below. 

    UNITED WAY KICKOFF 

    The three schools with the highest dollar amounts donated last year were recognized at the United Way kickoff  

    On Monday, September 30, Onslow County Schools kicked off its annual United Way campaign.   

    United Way supports the CHEW Program, which fed 600 children facing food insecurity with weekly weekend backpacks full of food last year, Sponsors for Academic Talent, which provides scholarships to students who perform community service in the county, and an annual Stuff the Bus event to collect school supplies for OCS, in addition to supporting many individuals and organizations county wide.  

    During last year’s campaign, OCS was able to collect $128,955.10 to help United Way in its efforts to support our students and community at-large. Fifteen schools achieved 100% participation from their employees last year and were presented with a plaque at the kickoff. Those schools include Blue Creek Elementary, Dixon Elementary, Dixon High, Dixon Middle, Heritage Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, New Bridge Middle, Northside High, Northwoods Park Middle, Onslow County Learning Center, Onslow Early College, Southwest Middle, Swansboro Elementary, and Thompson Early Childhood Center.   

    Also recognized, were the elementary, middle and high schools with the highest dollar amount collected. Those schools were Heritage Elementary with $9,794, Northwoods Park Middle with $4,450.80, and Jacksonville High with $7,705.   

    Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support Onslow County through the OCS United Way campaign! This year, our goal is to raise $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it! Please see your school or department’s United Way coordinator for more information on how to donate. 

    OCS SEEKING TUTORS 

    Are you interested in working part-time with middle or high school students in study groups?  Many of our middle and high schools are actively looking for current college students or adults with an Associate’s Degree or more to do just this.  Working with students to help them discover answers in areas where they are struggling is at the heart of AVID and we’d love you to join us in helping our kids grow.  Positions are part-time paid positions during the school day. 

    Visit the OCS Human Resources website or email Michael Elder at michael.elder@onslow.k12.nc.us for more information.  

    AVID Tutor Information  

    PUBLIC SAFETY EXPLORER PROGRAM 

    The Jacksonville Police Department and Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services are hosting an open house on October 22 for students interested in the Public Safety Explorer Program. If you know a high school student interested in a career in public safety, be sure to let them know about this upcoming opportunity.  

    Public Safety Explorer Program

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS  

    We would like to thank our families for their continued patience as the OCS Transportation department works hard to safely transport more than 15,000 students to and from school each day.   

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill 21 vacant driver positions.   

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information. The next bus driver class will be held in November.   

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting on October 1, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, September 27, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/27/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Another week of excellence in education has come to an end, and you can read all about the latest news and updates below.  

    ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR 

    SWHS AP Dr. Kimberly McDuffie hugs Mr. Cruthis as he receives the news  

    Carl Cruthis, of Southwest High School, has been named the 2019-2020 Assistant Principal of the Year by Onslow County Schools.   

    Deputy Superintendent Dr. Beth Folger and a group of district administrators, surprised Cruthis at his school on September 26 and delivered the exciting news. The group was joined by school staff and the Southwest High School marching band as they announced the selection.   

    Cruthis has been an assistant principal for three years, all of which have been spent at Southwest High School.   

    Julie Pollock, a teacher at SWHS, said, “Mr. Cruthis is the type of assistant principal every teacher hopes to work for and needs as a mentor and leader. He is flexible, calm under pressure and very proficient in his actions and strong in his character.”  

    Next, he will go on to compete at the regional level. Congratulations, Mr. Cruthis! 

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    We would like to thank our families for their continued patience as the OCS Transportation department works hard to safely transport more than 15,000 students to and from school each day.  

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for people to join the OCS Transportation team and fill 21 vacant driver positions.  

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, you can apply on the OCS website or call the transportation office at 910-455-5037 for more information. The next bus driver class will be held in November.  

    UPCOMING SCIENCE OPPORTUNITY 

    Do you know a high school girl that loves science? Check out this upcoming opportunity from Girls Exploring Science & Technology! 

    The event is free to attend, and lunch is included. See below for more on the workshops and how to register.  

    GEST IMS Information  

    BOE MEETING OCTOBER 1 

    On Tuesday, October 1, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Blue Creek Elementary School.  

    Agenda items include the consideration of contractor bids for the new schools coming to the Catherine Lake and Stump Sound areas, a presentation on Ready and iReady Math Curriculum, and revisions to OCE BOE Policy 4240 regarding child abuse reports and investigations.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, September 20, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/20/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Thank you all for making this another great week at OCS. Read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    BFE AND JCMS ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONIES 

    2nd Maintenance Battalion poses with BFE students

    This week, two OCS schools started partnerships that will last for years to come.   

    The Adopt-a-School program promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing a military unit to "adopt" a school. The units support schools by helping with field days, family nights, Month of the Military Child events, proctoring tests and more. In return, schools help their adopting units by sending them letters and care packages while they are deployed.   

    On Monday, September 16, 2nd Maintenance Battalion adopted Bell Fork Elementary and Jacksonville Commons Middle, vowing to be a support system for the two schools however they can.   

    LtCol Kate Murray told the students that she and her Marines look forward to the opportunity to work with them in the months and years to come. She said that, just like the students, the Marines love sports, art, music, and learning, and are eager to share their talents and experiences in a way that will be meaningful for both the schools and 2nd Maintenance Battalion.   

    Marines from 2nd Maintenance Battalion take a photo with JCMS Principal Curtis Ehmann

    SKILLSUSA SUPPORTS LOCAL CHAPTERS 

    SBHS and JHS SkillsUSA chapters accept donations from SkillsUSA NC

    Last year, the devastation of Hurricane Florence affected many areas and lives in North Carolina. On September 19, SkillsUSA North Carolina came to Onslow County to show their support for OCS students in the storm’s aftermath.   

    On Thursday, the Richlands High School, Jacksonville High School and Swansboro High School SkillsUSA Chapters with checks of $500 each to support their needs.  The majority of this support came from a financial contribution from Camden County Technical School SkillsUSA Chapter in Camden, New Jersey.  

    This most recent donation brings SkillsUSA’s financial support for Onslow County Schools SkillsUSA Chapters to $3092.  

    Thank you for supporting our students, SkillsUSA! 

    The RHS SkillsUSA chapter accepts a donation from SkillsUSA NC

    BRIGHT IDEAS APPLICATIONS  

    Attention teachers! Jones-Onslow EMC is now accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants. This is the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program, which gives grants to teachers to fund ideas they have to enhance their classroom educational experiences.  

    Teachers can apply for up to $500 individually or $2000 as a team. A total of $75,000 will be granted this year.   

    Applications are due Friday, September 27 by 5 p.m. Learn more and apply here: Bright Ideas

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on September 20, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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


     
     
     
     
     

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, September 13, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 9/13/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Another week of Excellence in Education is in the books! Read below for the latest district news and updates. 

    OCS TEACHER OF THE YEAR 

    Daniel Scott is surprised with the news that he is the 2019-2020 OCS Teacher of the Year  

    Daniel Scott, the band director from Swansboro High School, has been named Teacher of the Year by Onslow County Schools.  Scott has been teaching for three years, all of which have been spent at Swansboro High School, where he is the band director and a music teacher for grades 9-12. 

    Superintendent Barry Collins and a group of district leaders, including district administrators, Board members and community members surprised Scott during one of his classes on September 10 and delivered the exciting news.  

    As Scott starts his fourth year of teaching, he said his greatest contribution to education is, and will continue to be, his passion to inspire his students to creatively find ways to have a bigger impact on more and more people.  

    Congratulations, Mr. Scott! 

    BRIGHT IDEAS APPLICATIONS 

    Attention teachers! Jones-Onslow EMC is now accepting applications for Bright Ideas grants. This is the 25th anniversary of the Bright Ideas program, which gives grants to teachers to fund ideas they have to enhance their classroom educational experiences. 

    Teachers can apply for up to $500 individually or $2000 as a team. A total of $75,000 will be granted this year.  

    Applications are due Friday, September 27 by 5 p.m. Learn more and apply here: Bright Ideas

    NWES ADOPT-A-SCHOOL CEREMONY 

    Dr. Gail Pylant and LtCol Stansberry sign the proclamation of adoption partnership  

    Northwoods Elementary School held a ceremony Thursday, September 12 to celebrate and make official its adoption by 2nd Battalion 6th Marines.  

    The Adopt-a-School program promotes mutually beneficial relationships between the military and schools by allowing a military unit to "adopt" a school. The units support schools by helping with field days, family nights, Month of the Military Child events, proctoring tests and more. In return, schools help their adopting units by sending them letters and care packages while they are deployed.  

    LtCol L. Michael Stansberry, in his address to the students, said that many of the Marines in his battalion would soon deploy to different parts of Africa and Europe, but that Northwoods Elementary would not be forgotten in their time away. While the Marines are overseas, he said, they will carry a stuffed cardinal with them on their adventures and send photos back to the Junior Cardinals at NWES.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    Onslow County Schools is currently looking for bus drivers to join the OCS Transportation team.   

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, applications to be part of the September driver class are due no later than Thursday, September 19. Read below for more information.  

    September bus driver class information  

    OCTAA MEETING 

    OCTAA, the Onslow County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants, will hold its first meeting of the year Tuesday, September 17. NCATA, whose slogan is “Helping Hands in Education,” is a statewide network of teacher assistants who are dedicated to supporting TAs through professional development, conferences and fellowship.  

    The meeting will be held in Meeting Room 3 at the OCS Central Office at 200 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville. Food will be served at 4:15 p.m. the meeting will start at 4:30 p.m. 

    This meeting is open to any teacher assistant in the county who is interested. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting on September 3, 2019 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, August 30, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 8/30/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! We would like to extend a warm welcome back to all of our staff and students. The 2019-2020 school year is off to an excellent start, and we wish everyone a great year!  

    You can find the latest district news and updates below.  

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    No school on Monday for Labor Day  

    As a reminder, schools will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 2. Have a great, safe holiday weekend and we will see you on Tuesday! 

    SCHOOL EXPRESS 

    To show their appreciation for Onslow County Schools employees, OCS and the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to reach out to local businesses to see if they would be interested in offering specials and discounts to OCS employees through the School Express program.  

    Through the support of our community, the Onslow County Schools education family will be able to enjoy these discount incentives at a wide range of local retail and service providers. At the time of purchase or service simply present your OCS identification badge. 

    You can find the updated list of businesses offering discounts through School Express here: 2019-2020 School Express Participants.  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    A bus driver poses with one of her riders

    We would like to thank our families for their patience with the transportation process as OCS staff work to ensure that all bus routes are moving smoothly and in a timely manner. As always, we appreciate your support as we continue to work toward providing the best services possible to our students.  

    We also want to remind you that Onslow County Schools is currently looking for bus drivers to join the OCS Transportation team.  

    If you or someone you know is interested in driving a bus, applications to be part of the September driver class are due no later than Thursday, September 19. Read below for more information.  

    September bus driver class information  

    NEW TRANSPORTATION APP 

    The OCS Transportation Department has a new app, Edulog Parent Portal, that will allow parents to find their students’ bus numbers, bus stops and drop-off/pick-up times. The app also allows transportation staff to send out push notifications regarding delays, updates and more. As a reminder, this app will not track school buses in real time. To get started, have your child’s District ID number ready. If you do not yet have your child’s ID number, you can visit your child’s school and the office staff there can help you.  

    To learn more about how to use the Edulog app, you can watch a video here: Edulog Parent Portal

    CONTACT INFORMATION 

    As we begin the new school year, we encourage our families to ensure that their most up-to-date contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, are 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. You can check in with your child’s school to confirm that your stored information is correct. 

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

    Attention OCS staff: The 2019-2020 First Semester and Year-Long Professional Development Publication and registration form are now available on the OCS website. Both documents can be accessed here: OCS Professional Development. To view these documents, you will need to be logged in to the county website. The publication is updated often, so please revisit it when looking for professional learning opportunities. 

    BOE MEETING SEPTEMBER 3 

    On Tuesday, September 3, the Onslow County Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of Blue Creek Elementary School.  

    Agenda items include a presentation on the Ready and iReady Math Curriculum, a hurricane recovery facilities update, and the consideration of an interlocal agreement with the Town of North Topsail Beach for usage of Dixon Middle School as an emergency operation center/staging area in the event of a declared, pending or extant emergency.  

    COMMUNITY FLYERS

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

    FOLLOW OCS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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

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