Board News

Onslow County Schools ~ November 13, 2015

OCS Driver's Education

Driver’s Education classes are set to begin on December 1st across Onslow County high schools. The state of North Carolina requires anyone under the age of 18 to complete a driver education course consisting of at least 30 hours of classroom and a minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. To be eligible to register for a class session, students must be 14 years and 6 months old by the first day of class. However, in order to manage a backlog of students created by the recent “pause” in Driver’s Education funding, initial classes will require students to be 15 on the first day of class.


For the 2015-2016 school year, the actual cost to provide Driver’s Education classes is $250.00 per student (30 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours behind the wheel). The state has provided funding at a rate of $163.00 per student. Because of the significant difference, the school system has established the fee of $65 to be paid by the student in order to offset the costs associated with the program.

STEM Science Lab Makeover

New Bridge Middle School has been selected by the Northrop Grumman Foundation as one of twenty national finalist for a $100,000 STEM science lab makeover. On one and only day, November 19, 2015, we need all our friends to "like" the New Bridge video on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/FabSchoolLabs/. The public "likes" will be the voting that will determine the winners. Five schools will be selected.


Starting next week, five new videos will appear at this link. On the fourth day of voting (November 19th), New Bridge Middle will be in the pool of videos. On that day, we need you to view the video and "like" the video. The number of "likes" will be counted as votes.

So mark November 19th on your calendar, go to the Facebook link above and locate New Bridge Middle's video and "like" it.

Veteran's Day around the District

Many of our schools recognized Veteran's Day with various events happening throughout the District.


Click the Onslow County School website link below to see a full article of the various Veteran's Day happenings during the early part of November.

OCS Maintenance Appreciation Breakfast

Thompson Early Childhood Center would like to say "Thank You" to our maintenance staff for all they do throughout the year with a breakfast on December 9th at 7:30 am at TECC. All are welcome to come out and enjoy breakfast as we express our gratitude for the hard work and dedicated service of our maintenance employees.

Upcoming Arts Enrichment Events

November 18-19 (cost $2:00)

Debbie's Angels Productions (5th graders)

"Beauty and the Beast, Jr."

Southwest High School Auditorium

9:30 am and 11:30 am


December 1 & 2 (cost $5.00)

Ballet for Young Audiences - NYC (2nd graders)

"Cinderella"

Jacksonville High School Auditorium

9:30 am and 11:30 am performances

Regular Board of Education Meeting: Blue Creek Elementary Schools

Tuesday, Dec. 1st, 6:30pm

1260 Burgaw Highway

Jacksonville, NC

Bright Ideas Banquet, Jacksonville High School

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 6:30pm

1021 Henderson Drive

Jacksonville, NC

Presented by Jones Onslow Electric Membership Corp

BASES, Northside High School

Friday, Dec. 11th, 8:30am

365 Commons Drive South

Jacksonville, NC

Science & Engineering Fair, American Legion Building

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 6:30-7pm

American Legion Building, Jacksonville, NC

Please join our awesome children as they celebrate learning and exploration through the Science and Engineering Fair. We invite you to view the projects and help hand out awards on Tuesday, December 15th. The celebration will be held in the American Legion Building from 6:30 - 7:00 pm.


If you are willing to help judge the event, please contact: Michelle Chadwick at 455-2211, ext. 20258.