Board News

Onslow County Schools ~ January 29, 2016

5,000 Marines & Sailors to March

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the 2d Marine Division and in honor of the Marines and Sailors who have served in this historic and storied unit, a 5,000-member parade and community celebration is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, in downtown Jacksonville. Believed to be the largest ever military march in Jacksonville, this event has been a collaborative effort between Onslow County, the City of Jacksonville, Onslow County Schools, and 2d Marine Division.

The parade will begin at 10:00 am at the Freedom Fountain and proceed along New Bridge Street to Railroad Street. A community celebration will follow at the Riverwalk Crossing Park until 3:00 pm. Onslow County Government and the Onslow County Board of Education will make available a hospitality area with bleachers at New Bridge Middle School. There will be a USO 75th anniversary celebration and open house at the Jacksonville USO set for Noon until 3:00 pm. Later in the evening, the renowned 2d Marine Division Band will perform an evening concert at 6:00 pm at Northside High School.

Many of the streets through downtown will be cordoned off and vehicles will not be allowed along the parade route. Buses from three remote park-and-ride lots will shuttle visitors to the downtown area. Parking will be available at New River Shopping Center, the American Legion Fairgrounds and at Jacksonville Commons.

There will be a designated VIP section available for the Board of Education and other dignitaries to sit in the Reviewing Stand located at the Freedom Fountain. Space is very limited and reservations are required (see invitation below). RSVP must be received by Monday, February 1st to be included in this section. To RSVP for the VIP section at the Reviewing Stand - contact the City Manager's Office at 910-938-5220 or email at

We will also make available to the Board of Education, a VIP parking area at the Veteran's Hospitality area at New Bridge Middle School for anyone interested in watching the parade from that location. If you would like parking at the New Bridge site, please let Jodie know so we can have adequate spaces available.

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All-County Honors Season Kicks Off This Weekend

Janae Copeland, Director of Cultural Initiatives

Our All-County music and arts events will fill the month of February! It is such an exciting time where our most outstanding musicians and artists from every school come together with the help of renowned guest clinicians and conductors to grow and perform in their respective art field.

The first concert, All-County Middle and High School Band, will take place Saturday, January 30th at 3:30 pm in the Robert Gaskins auditorium at Jacksonville High School. Jason Barclift from Carteret County Schools and Dr. Timothy Altman from UNC-Pembroke will serve as our guest conductors.

Our Middle and High Orchestra All-County groups will perform next Saturday, February 6th at 3:00 pm, also at Jacksonville High School. Ann Daalemann from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools and Peter Strickland, from Cleveland County Schools will be with our students.

Our music events culminate on Saturday, February 13th with our Elementary and Middle School Chorus concert in the Northside High School auditorium at 3:00 pm. Jeanie DuMond from Guildford County Schools and Paul Flowers from Pitt County will be our guest conductors.

The month will end with our High School All-County Art Symposium on February 26-27. We will be joined by guest artists of various mediums for students to explore and create. This event culminates on Saturday, February 27th at 4:00 pm in the Earl Taylor Performing Arts Center at White Oak High School.

we truly hope you will support our students by attending these events and enjoying some beautiful music and art!

Early College Visit

Staff will be visiting the Early College program at James Sprunt Community College on Thursday, February 25th. If any Board members would like to join them for this visit, a van will be departing the Central Office at 10:00 am. Please let Jodie know if you are interested in attending so we can secure appropriate transportation.

Revised 2015-16 School Calendar

On January 22nd, Onslow County Schools was closed for students due to the inclement weather and declared an optional workday with a 2-hour delay for staff. The school calendar has been changed to reflect January 22nd as a teacher workday. February 15, 2016, which was scheduled as a teacher workday, will now be scheduled as a regular student day. A revised calendar has been posted on the district website.

New Mileage Rate - 54 cents

Effective January 1, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service has decreased the business standard mileage rate from 57.5 cents to 54 cents per mile based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile.

Save the Date

Save the date for April 8th for the 75-year celebration of Thompson School (currently Thompson Early Childhood Center). More information will be forthcoming.

Elementary Science Olympiad: Northside High School

Saturday, Jan. 30th, 8am-2pm

365 Commons Drive South

Jacksonville, NC

Come join our young scientists and engineers as they put their learning and creativity to the test at the Elementary Science Olympiad.

Public Viewing Events:

8:25 - 9:35

  • 3-2-1 Blast Off! (behind the Lobby)
  • and First in Flight (Gym)

9:50 - 11:00

  • Marshmallow Catapult (Gym)

11:10 - 12:40

  • Pasta Towers (Auditorium)


  • Awards (Commons Area)

Board of Education Special Meeting: Family Education Center

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 9am

Central Office, Family Education Center

Agenda items include:

  • Year-Round Calendar Discussion
  • Update on Cooperative High School/Early College
  • Dixon Middle School Construction Update

MathCounts Middle School: Clyde Erwin Elementary School

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 9am

323 New River Drive

Jacksonville, NC

The annual Onslow County Middle School Math Counts competition will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd at Clyde Erwin Elementary School. The activities will begin at 9:00am with an awards ceremony to occur around 1:00pm (time may not be exact depending upon the flow of the day). The Board is welcome to come and spectate during any part of the competition and are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony.

Richlands Elementary Sign Raising: Steed Park, Richlands

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 3pm

Steed Park, at the baseball complex parking area

Onslow County Schools in partnership with Onslow County and Pinnacle Architecture will host a sign raising ceremony to celebrate the construction location of the new Richlands Elementary School. Join us and our special guests at 3:00 pm at Steed Park. Please park in the baseball complex parking area in the back of the park.

Board of Education Meeting: Blue Creek Elementary

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 6:30pm

1260 Burgaw Highway

Jacksonville, NC

State of the Community: MCAS New River Officers' Club

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 9am

709 Flounder Road

Jacksonville, NC

The Twenty-first Annual State of the Community Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, February 9th beginning at 9:00 am at the MCAS New River Officers' Club. During the annual breakfast, community leaders will share a report from each of the major segments that make up the Onslow County community.

In addition to the Onslow County School Superintendent, invited speakers will include: BGen Weidley, Commanding General, MCI East-MCB Camp Lejeune; Coastal Carolina Community College President Dr. Ron Lingle: Onslow County Manager Jeff Hudson; City of Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips; Commanding Officer MCAS New River Col Timothy Salmon; and CEO Onslow Memorial Hospital Dr. Ed Piper.

The focus of the event will be economic and community development, workforce preparedness, military growth, and military and civilian partnerships.

Budget Workshop: Family Education Center

Wednesday, April 27th, 9am

Onslow County Schools Family Education Center