• The artwork above was presented to the Onslow Board of Education members at the January 7 BOE meeting in observation of School Board Recognition Month. Thank you to our Board members for all they do, and congratulations to the students whose artwork was chosen!

OCS Weekly Updates

  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 24, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/24/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    FUNDING AGREEMENT SIGNED 

    The Board of Commissioners and Board of Education came together for an historic signing ceremony for the new funding formula.  

    On Jan. 22, at the Onslow County Board of Commissioners meeting, the BOC and Onslow County Board of Education came together for a special signing ceremony for the new funding agreement between the county and school district.  

    This new agreement came after months of discussion, planning and collaboration between the two boards, as well as county and OCS staff. After the dissolution of the funding formula that previously determined local funding for the school system in 2018, the two boards and their staffs worked diligently to find a solution that would allow both parties to have a predictable, sustainable way to plan for school funding.  

    The new funding formula would be revenue-based and would allot 36.1 percent of Onslow County’s tax revenue to the Onslow County School’s local current expense budget. The percentage of funding could vary in the event of growth or a drop in enrollment. The new formula for capital outlay funding, which is used for maintenance and improvements, would incrementally increase over the next few years and reach $5.5 million for the 2024-2025 school year.  

    The new formulas will go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year.  

    MAINTENANCE APPRECIATION BREAKFAST 

    OCS Maintenance staff enjoy a buffet breakfast courtesy of TECC  

    Thompson Early Childhood Center hosted its annual appreciation breakfast for OCS maintenance staff Wednesday, Jan. 22.    

    Dozens of workers from the district’s maintenance department gathered in TECC’s multipurpose room for food and fellowship, courtesy of the preschool’s staff. The guests of honor were treated to a large buffet of pancakes, sausage, biscuits, gravy, casseroles and more, all prepared personally by the school’s staff. 

    OCS Assistant Maintenance Director Daniel Gray took the opportunity at this appreciation breakfast to appreciate one of his employees, in particular.   

    Arbelle Jackson, a custodian at TECC, was presented with a pin to mark her 25 years of service to Onslow County Schools. Ms. Jackson started with OCS in the early 1990s and has worked at TECC since 1997.   

    To Ms. Jackson and all of our wonderful maintenance staff, thank you for all the hard work you do every day! 

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census Planning  

    National Census Day is April 1! 

    DID YOU KNOW? Census data gives community leaders vital information to make decisions about building community centers, opening businesses, and planning for the future. Read more about the impact the 2020 Census can have in our community at 2020census.gov.  

    SCHOOL EXPRESS 

    The School Express program allows businesses in our area and beyond to partner with the school system by offering discounts to OCS employees. If you own a business and would like to offer a discount, you can fill out the online participation form here: School Express Participation Form. If you work for the district, you can access the full list of current School Express offers here: School Express Discounts.

    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   

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  • Weekly Update - Friday, January 17, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/17/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    HOLIDAY AND WORKDAY REMINDER 

    We would like to remind our families that, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Onslow County Schools will be closed for all staff and students on Monday, January 20.  

    Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 are teacher workdays for schools on the traditional calendar, so there will be no school for students at those schools on those days.  

    No school Jan. 20-22

    REGIONAL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR FROM OCS 

    Deborah Hoffman was surprised with the news by staff, students and special guests  

    Deborah Hoffman, principal of Jacksonville Commons Elementary School and 2019-2020 OCS Wells Fargo Principal of the Year, has been named the 2020 Wells Fargo Southeast Region Principal of the Year.   

    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.    

    After being named the OCS Principal of the Year, Hoffman went through an interview and portfolio review. She has now been selected as one of the eight principals statewide that will go on to compete for North Carolina Principal of the Year.     

    Congratulations, Mrs. Hoffman! 

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020 Information  

    National Census Day is April 1, 2020! 

    DID YOU KNOW? The data you provide for the 2020 Census affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources. Your responses inform where over $675 billion is distributed each year for clinics, schools, roads, and more. Read more about the impact the 2020 Census can have in our community at 2020census.gov

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES 

    Attention OCS staff: The 2019-2020 Second Semester Professional Development Publication is now available here: Professional Development. To view this page, you will need to be logged in to the OCS website.  

    Beginning with this publication, a new registration process is in place.  Please see below. 

    Registration Process:  

    • Digital: most courses, link provided with course 
    • Email and Fax: mainly ETTP and ECU (OCS approval of CEUs) 
    • If alternative registration processes are needed, they will be listed as with CCCC and ECU. 

    The publication is updated often, so please revisit it when looking for professional learning opportunities. 

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary and video of the special Onslow County Board of Education meeting on January 15, 2020 can be found here: News from the Board.  

    SCHOOL EXPRESS 

    The School Express program allows businesses in our area and beyond to partner with the school system by offering discounts to OCS employees. If you own a business and would like to offer a discount, you can fill out the online participation form here: School Express Participation Form. If you work for the district, you can access the full list of current School Express offers here: School Express Discounts.

    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, January 10, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/10/2020 5:00:00 PM

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

    REGIONAL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST 

    Dr. Barry Collins and BOE members Ken Reddic, Jeff Hudson and Paul Wiggins mingle with Commissioner Bennet and Senator Brown  

    Local leaders and elected officials made their way to the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center the morning of January 8. There, they gathered and reflected on the collaborative work done to get Southeastern North Carolina through the devastation of Hurricane Florence in the fall of 2018 and the months that followed.   

    This Regional Legislative Breakfast, hosted by the Southeast Education Alliance, was an opportunity for 13 local school district Board of Education members and staff to meet with legislators and thank them for their support and quick response following Hurricane Florence. But it was also an opportunity for School Board members and staff to network and discuss the importance of education and how citizens and educators can work with their state legislators to improve the region’s schools.   

    In attendance were six state legislators that represent the Southeast Region of North Carolina in Raleigh, including Senator Harry Brown, Representative Raymond Smith, Representative Carson Smith, Representative Jimmy Dixon, Representative George Cleveland, and Senator Norman Sanderson. There were representatives from many school districts in the Southeast Region of NC, including Onslow, Pender, New Hanover, Craven, Lenoir, Jones, Wayne, Brunswick, and Sampson counties.   

    Throughout the meeting, conversations were had about the importance of maintaining adequate fund balances in case of emergencies, the need for teacher support, and the power to create change when we all come together to better our region.    

     

    CENSUS 2020 

    Census 2020 is coming up  

    Did you know that Census Day is coming up on April 1, 2020? To learn more about Census 2020 and the role you can play to help our community get a complete count, visit 2020census.gov.  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

    A summary of the regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting January 7, 2020 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, January 3, 2020

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 1/3/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Welcome back, OCS Family! We hope you all had a wonderful, restful holiday break and have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn. You can read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    SILVERDALE ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 

    Silverdale Elementary students celebrate the school's 65th anniversary  

    On December 12, Silverdale Elementary celebrated a 65-year history of educating students in its current location on Smith Road. According to community historians, however, Silverdale’s past goes as far back as post-Civil War times. According to St. Paul’s AME Church historian Antonio Powers, Freedmen living in Palo-Alto organized their congregation on the Ambrose Plantation after the civil war and operated a school there, The Silverdale Regular School. 

    Silverdale students show some of the school's yearbooks from years past

    This school continued to be operated by the St. Paul’s AME Church until it was absorbed in the Onslow County school system in the 1920s. As of 1945, the building was a two-frame structure without artificial lighting nor indoor plumbing but was nonetheless well cared for. The school was decommissioned when the original section of the present-day Silverdale School was completed in 1954. 

    In 1988, the 1950s section was expanded. Two new buildings were constructed to meet the needs of Silverdale’s growth. These additional classrooms, a multipurpose room and a new library were created. Along the way, a newly constructed art room, music room and multipurpose room have been added. 

    Congratulations to Silverdale’s community, students, teachers and families on this momentous occasion! 

    EC SERVICES INFO SESSION 

    On January 23, OCS Exceptional Children Services will hold an information session for families on CPI and de-escalation. Read below for more information.  

    EC Information Session  

    BOE MEETING JANUARY 7 

    On Tuesday, January 7, 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.  

    Agenda items include an overview of the Community Affairs department and the transfer of BOE property to Onslow County Government.  

    Important Reminder: Beginning this month, the meeting location of the Onlsow County Board of Education will move to the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center, located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd. 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, December 20, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/20/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    HOLIDAY REMINDER 

    Holiday Break Reminder  

    We would like to remind our families that schools will be closed Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. We wish you a safe and happy holiday break, and we look forward to seeing you back in school on Thursday, Jan. 2! 

    REGIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR FROM OCS 

    Daniel Scott with current regional TOY Christy Howe and current NC TOY Mariah Morris  

    Daniel Scott, Swansboro High School band director and 2019-2020 OCS Onslow County Schools Teacher of the Year, has been named the 2020 North Carolina Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year.  

    The current NC Teacher of the Year, the previous NC Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year, Scott’s family, Superintendent Barry Collins and a group of district leaders surprised Scott with the news at what he thought would be a normal holiday concert at SBHS on Dec. 17. 

    Scott says that his greatest accomplishment thus far is being a part of the inspiration for five seniors to decide to pursue a career in music education. 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.  

    After being named the OCS Teacher of the Year, Scott went through a series of interviews and observations. He has now been selected as one of the nine teachers statewide that will go on to compete for North Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2020. 

    Congratulations, Mr. Scott!

    SANTA VISITS TECC 

    Santa takes a photo with a class at TECC  

    Preschoolers at Thompson Early Childhood Center got a surprise visit from the big man himself the morning of Dec. 17. Santa made a stop at the school, and with him he brought an early Christmas gift for each of the roughly 200 children at TECC.   

    Immediately following Santa’s visit, several students received yet another big surprise. This surprise, however, did not come from the North Pole, but from the employees at the OCS Finance Department.   

    OCS Finance employees stopped by TECC to present 17 students in need with a brand-new coat to enjoy this winter. The students received coats of all styles and colors, as well as gloves, hats and candy to make the gift even sweeter.   

    Thank you, Santa and the OCS Finance Department for making this Christmas even more magical for our students!  

    OCS HIRING BUS DRIVERS 

    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 driver class will be held January 6-8. Please submit your application by January 2 to be included in this class. See more information below.  

    Bus Driver Class 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, December 13, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/13/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! Another excellent week at OCS is in the books. Read below for the latest district news and updates.  

    OCS BRINGS CHRISTMAS CHEER 

    RHS students carry canned goods to be donated to Christmas Cheer  

    Over the past few weeks, OCS staff and students have been collecting canned goods to support Christmas Cheer’s efforts to help local families in need this holiday season.  

    Today, can collections took place across the county, and we are pleased to share that, together, the district collected more than 10,000 food items for area families.  

    Thank you to all who helped in this effort! 

    NMSI EXPANDS IN ONSLOW 

    Dr. Collins, Dr. Helen Gross, Tim Foster, and representatives from NMSI and MCAS New River pose with the grant check  

    On December 11, OCS celebrated the expansion of the National Math and Science Initiative in Onslow County.   

    NMSI is a program that often partners with the Department of Defense to improve educational opportunities for military children by offering teachers course-specific training, online curricular resources and support from AP expert, while students can benefit from focused study sessions, equipment upgrades and exam fee subsidies.   

    In January, the NMSI program was first introduced to Richlands and Northside high schools. The program will now roll out at Swansboro and Southwest high schools, thanks to a generous $335,147 grant from the Department of Defense.   

    Over the past year, OCS increased AP participation by 16 percent, from 762 students participating in AP courses in 2018 to 884 in 2019. OCS also increased the percentage of underrepresented populations taking AP exams by 53 percent and increased the percentage of those same students scoring a level 3 or higher on the AP exam by 106 percent. The district was able to accomplish this despite having missed 30 to 40 days of school after Hurricane Florence, largely due to the NMSI partnership.   

    While this grant was awarded to OCS because of the county’s large population of military-impacted students, it is important to note that all students who attend a school that has partnered with NMSI can benefit from the program’s resources.   

    SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE 

    The 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year finalists are recognized at the Salute to Excellence breakfast  

    The morning of Dec. 12 was a special occasion for Onslow County Schools, as some of the district’s best were honored at Salute to Excellence.   

    Salute to Excellence, an event hosted by the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce, is an annual celebration held to honor the year’s school-level teachers of the year, as well as the district-level teacher, assistant principal and principal of the year. Due to complications from Hurricane Florence, last year’s event could not be held, so this year, we had the distinct pleasure of honor two full years’ worth of outstanding educators.   

    Thank you to the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce for arranging this celebration for our staff, and thank you to Jones-Onslow EMC, JCMC, and Wells Fargo for generously sponsoring the event.   

    Congratulations to the more than 70 honorees, including the OCS Principal of the Year Deborah Hoffman, the OCS Assistant Principal of the Year Carl Cruthis, and the OCS Teachers of the Year from 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, Alianna Sigler and Daniel Scott.  

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN  

    Thank you to all who contributed to this year’s OCS United Way campaign! Together, our employees were able to raise $125,336 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.    

    Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will certainly make a difference for our Onslow County families and neighbors.  

    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, December 6, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 12/6/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    BRIGHT IDEAS BANQUET  

    Kimberly Thomas, a grant recipient from NWES, poses with JOEMC CEO Jeff Clark  

    Wednesday evening was an exciting one for our teachers, as many of them were presented with Bright Ideas Grants at the annual Jones-Onslow Bright Ideas Banquet. OCS teachers received 59 grants. In all, 29 schools – 13 elementary, 5 middle, 8 high, along with Thompson Early Childhood Center, OCLC and the Regional Skills Center – were awarded $49,821.99 to support creative and innovative learning projects. We are extremely grateful to Jones-Onslow EMC for their support of our teachers through this program over the years. 

    ELEMENTARY ACADEMIC DERBY 

    The Stateside Elementary Academic Derby team accepts their 1st place trophy after winning the elementary tournament  

    The Elementary Academic Derby Tournament was held this week. A total of 19 teams competed and the top two teams from the first three days of competition faced off in the finals on Friday. The top six teams that competed in the finals were Parkwood Elementary, Stateside Elementary, Morton Elementary, Meadow View Elementary, Hunters Creek Elementary, and Sand Ridge Elementary.  

    After 15 rounds of finals play, there was a tie for first place between Stateside and Meadow View, both of which had 45 points for the day. The two teams competed in a sudden death round to determine a winner. In the end, Stateside took first place with 47 points, Meadow View took second place with 45 points, and Parkwood took third place with 38 points.  

    Congratulations to the winners, and a job well done to all who competed! 

    SWMS AVID RE-VALIDATION 

    SWMS and district staff pose with Board members and their re-validation banner  

    On Thursday, Southwest Middle School held a celebratory ceremony as they were re-validated as an AVID National Demonstration site. Being a National Demonstration Site means that a school implements AVID at the highest level and has put a lot of work into being coached, embracing the program, and implementing the program’s standards through tutorials, high-yield strategies, and a college-going culture. National Demonstration Sites serve as examples and learning centers for other schools who wish to implement the AVID program for their students. 

    Congratulations to SWMS on this honor! 

    HOLIDAY CELEBRATION 

    On Saturday, Dec. 7, OCS and Coastal Carolina Community College will host a joint holiday celebration. Read below for more information on this holiday music event:  

    Holiday celebration information  

    NEWS FROM THE BOARD 

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

    Important Reminder: The meeting location of the Onslow County Board of Education will move to the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center beginning with the January 7, 2020 meeting. The ENCRSC is located at 261 Northwest Corridor Blvd. In Jacksonville, NC.  

    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 - Tuesday, November 26, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/26/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Hello OCS Family! See the latest district updates below.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM OCS 

    OCS wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! See below a special video message from Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins and Board Chair Pam Thomas about what they are most thankful for this year: 

     

    And remember! There is no school for students on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and OCS will be closed for staff and students on Nov. 28 and Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday.  

    Happy Thanksgiving No School Nov. 27, 28 and 29  

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the sixth week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise nearly $77,000! Our goal for this year is $150,000, and with your help, we can achieve it! 

    Next week is the final week of United Way collections, so if you would like to donate and have not yet done so, please see your school or department’s United Way coordinator for more information.  

    BOE MEETING DECEMBER 3 

    On Tuesday, December 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 special focus presentation from the OCS Instructional team, a construction update, and an annexation request from 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 22, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/22/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY REMINDER

    We would like to remind our families that schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and OCS will be closed for staff and students on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

    WOHS VIDEO CALL WITH ISS 

    WOHS held a video chat with former Viking Christina Koch  

    On Wednesday, students and staff at White Oak High School got the chance of a lifetime when they held a video conference with former Viking Christina Koch.  

    Koch, an astronaut from Jacksonville, is currently in space on the International Space Station and took the time this week to speak with students from her former high school and answer some of the questions they had.  

    Staff and students asked about everything from how astronauts sleep in space and the potential of humans landing on Mars, to what space smells like.  
    Through her answers, Koch made sure to express to her hometown how proud she is to be from Jacksonville, and how “Once a Viking, Always a Viking” really rings true for her as she goes about her journey.  

    You can watch the full Q&A video with Christina Koch here: ISS Q&A Session 

    OCS SCIENCE TEACHERS RECOGNIZED 

    Emily Kelly and Jeannine Fernandez are recognized at the NCSTA conference  

    Two Onslow County educators were recently honored by the North Carolina Science Teachers Association.   

    Emily Kelly, a teacher at New Bridge Middle, won the 2019 NCSTA District Two Outstanding Middle School Science Teaching Award, and Jeannine Fernandez, a teacher at Richlands Elementary, won the District Two Outstanding Elementary School Science Teaching Award.   

    NCSTA District Outstanding Science Teacher awards are presented to recognize excellence in science teaching in North Carolina, to teachers who exemplify excellent, creative, and innovative teaching of science. This honor is determined by other science educators and serves as recognition of the recipients’ professional excellence and contributions to science teaching and learning.   

    Kelly and Fernandez were both recognized and presented with their awards at the annual NCSTA conference on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Winston-Salem.   
    Congratulations and thank you for your contributions to science at OCS! 

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN 

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the fifth week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise more than $76,500! 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.  

    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 15, 2019

    Posted by Jessica Coston on 11/15/2019 5:00:00 PM

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

    OCS EDUCATOR INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME 

    OCS' Madeline Tucker was inducted into the ECU Educators Hall of Fame  

    Long time Onslow County Schools educator and career and technical education proponent, Madeline Tucker, has been inducted into the East Carolina College of Education’s Educators Hall of Fame. She was one of eighteen East Carolina alumni and friends recognized for her contributions to the field of education in a ceremony held on November 9, 2019. The ECU Beta Kappa Chapter of Pi Omega Pi Business Education Honor Society and Dr. Ivan G. Wallace sponsored Mrs. Tucker for the award. 

    Befitting the role Mrs. Madeline Tucker has played to strengthen career and technical education locally and within the State of North Carolina, the Hall of Fame plaque honoring her reads: “A dedicated lifelong learner and committed advocate for career and technical education which expands career options affecting and changing the lives of students and families.” 

    Congratulations Mrs. Tucker and thank you for your work with OCS! 

    RHS WORKS TO INCLUDE ALL STUDENTS 

    RHS students sign a pledge to include all students at their school  

    Richlands High School recently became a Special Olympics Unified Champion School. This means that the RHS campus has met all requirements for being a Unified Champion School by bringing social inclusion to all students. 

    Mrs. Leonard and Mrs. O’Brien have met with their local representative to receive funding for club t-shirts, and Inclusion Rally items to be given away to students. On Wednesday, the Unified Champion School club held an Inclusion Rally during Power Hour. During the rally, many students stopped by and signed two large banners with their names, pledging to include all students.  

    RHS has also received approximately $500 worth of Adaptive Physical Education Equipment for student use from Special Olympics. RHS Principal Brad Staley said this will make a huge impact on all students and promote inclusion within the gymnasium for all. 

    Way to go, Wildcats! 

    OCS UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN  

    OCS United Way progress  

    After the fourth week of collections for the OCS United Way Campaign, our employees have come together to raise about $59,000! 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 regular Onslow County Board of Education meeting on November 12, 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

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