The Owl

The Newsletter of OECHS -- January 16, 2021

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 18, 2021

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th, Onslow County Schools will be closed. See you on Tuesday, Owls!

"I wish they would have taught me about ___________ before I graduated from high school"

Did you ever wish you learned a tip, trick, life hack, or skill before you went off on your own? Well, we still have time to help our our Class of 2021 Owls before they leave OECHS, but we need your help! As they are almost finished with the college application process and are continuing to apply for scholarships, the focus of weekly seminar will begin to include some of those critical life skills that kids need to know before leaving home. The topics will range from jump-starting a car, washing clothes, proper place settings, and building good credit to name a few.

I need your help! Please email ( with some tips, skills, life hacks, and knowledge for our graduating seniors. Please also include some resources that we can use in class as well. This is our chance to really prepare our kids for the journey ahead! Thank you for your help!

Prom Fundraiser

The Prom Committee is holding a Candy Apple Fundraiser, January 22nd through February 12th. Fundraiser forms can be picked up Thursday, January 21st and Friday January 22nd. This fundraiser is open to freshman and sophomores that would like to help as well! Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to get a free prom ticket through this fundraiser; more details to follow. There will be a drawing for the top sellers for $50 cash prize. Contact Jamallia or Maria for more details through our OWLS Prom 2021 Facebook group.

Parent Prom Committee Facebook Group

Here is the link for the Prom Parent Facebook group for announcements: You can also join by searching OECHS Prom 2021. This is open to Juniors, Seniors, and their parents!

CCCC Graduation Applications for OECHS Seniors

It is time to start checking off our list for graduation! The first item of business is to apply for graduation from Coastal Carolina Community College. Applications need to be returned to Mrs. Padilla by January 20th.

PSAT/NMSQT (January 26th) and ACT (February 23rd-25th) for Juniors

Juniors are reminded to continue preparing for two major exams: PSAT/NMSQT and ACT. The PSAT/NMSQT is a practice SAT exam that is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This test can not only qualify students to be National Merit Scholars, but also other scholarships as well. The PSAT is scheduled for January 26th.

There is a major change to our administration of the ACT. It was just announced this past week that students will take the ACT on computers. The amount of questions and time for the test will remain the same. Juniors need to fill out the Form on Teams to pick which day they are taking the ACT. The choices are February 23rd, February 24th, or February 25th. All NC Juniors are required by the Department of Public Instruction to take the the ACT for high school accountability. Students also need to to take the ACT for college admission to most colleges and universities. This is a very important test!


If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this year's yearbook, you may do so now! Soft cover as well as hard covers are available this year. You can purchase one here. Our passcode is: 1015039513604174

Senior pages are still available for purchase, if you are interested. Please contact Mrs. Huggins for more information!

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Class Updates

Jr./Sr. Seminar

Jr. Seminar: This week we are going to look at our target score for the ACT, as well as our target colleges and universities. Juniors need to pick an ACT test date (in Teams) and fill out the prom survey if they have not done so already.

Sr. Seminar: Hopefully all seniors are applying for at least two scholarships per week! Since there is no school Monday, we are cancelling the Tuesday seminars as well.


Honors Math 3- Students are off to a great start this semester. Grades will be up to date this weekend with all grades from Unit 1 entered. This coming week students will review concepts from Math 2 and learn how to divide polynomials using two different techniques. There will be an assignment on the site that will open Monday and will be due Friday by 4:30pm. Also, cohort B has a project due Tuesday and cohort A has a project due on Wednesday. There will be a Unit 2 quiz on Friday.

Honors Precalculus- This coming week we will be finishing up Unit 1. We still need to cover Inverse Functions. The Unit 1 Test will be Wednesday for Cohort A, and Thursday for Cohort B. On the day they do not have the test each group will have an assignment to complete.

AP Statistics- Students will continue learning about inference pertaining to proportions. There will be a chapter 9 assignment due on Friday.


Biology Honors- This week in honors Biology we studied Biochemistry and looked at the chemical makeup of living things. Next week we will take a Unit 1 Test and start entering the wonderful world of cells. Have a great weekend!

Chemistry Honors- Students just finished Unit 1 Test this week. They have Measurement Lab assigned on (Jan 15) that is due on Jan 19. On Tuesday Jan 19 we will begin Unit 2 and our exploration of atoms and the periodic table.

APES- Students are working on Unit 6 Energy Resources and Consumption. We have now finished discussing both Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy Resources and they have been assigned a research project on each. They will research a nonrenewable and renewable energy source and turn in a project on their research the last week of January. Students also have a graded FRQ they will be completing this coming week.

Social Studies

AH 1 Honors- We have completed and tested Unit 1: Three Worlds Meet. All assignments were due Friday @9:30am before the test. Thursday we played a spirited review game of Quizlet live and will continue to do so throughout the semester. Unit 2 will examine the American colonies as we head towards the American Revolution.

Civics Honors- This week we discussed American Political Culture. We covered a lot of topics in our first chapter; how people acquire their political beliefs, different types of governments that exist in the world, political parties, and economic systems. Our first test will be Tuesday and Wednesday. Students were given a study guide on Thursday and a Quizlet is posted in Teams and sent out via Remind, so students have some different options to choose from when it comes to studying. Next we will begin our study of our Constitution by examining the different philosophies that inspired the creation of our government.

APWH- Progressing through Unit Five this week we finished our study of the Enlightenment and then looked at the different Revolutions that were inspired by Enlightenment thinking. Our next topic will be the Industrial Revolution. There will be a short quiz on the Industrial Revolution (Units 5.3-5.5) on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. We will be taking a break from Unit Five to focus on some Exam Prep for the next couple of weeks.


English II Honors- This week, students finished up their study of early myth and world literature with their study of Dante's Inferno and Hesiod's early didactive piece, "Theogony." Next week, students will take their test on Unit 1, and begin their study of the Anglo-Saxon work, Beowulf. We will start our first academic writing assignment of the semester beginning Monday, January 25.

English IV Honors- This week we concluded our study of the epic poem, Beowulf. Next week we will continue our study of the Old English unit with the poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Students have a Portfolio assignment due next Wednesday and Thursday.

COVID-19 and School Safety

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Onslow County, as well as across the State of North Carolina, it is imperative that we all adhere to the safety measure out for by state and local officials. One infected individual can lead to a school-based cluster and could force us to return to 100% online learning, and no one wants that!

For students to enter the CCCC campus, they must be able to answer "no" to the following questions:

1. Do you know if you have you been around anyone diagnosed with COVID-19?

2. Since you were last at school, have you or anyone in your household had a fever, chills, had trouble breathing, been coughing, or lost your sense of taste or smell?

3. Is anyone in your household quarantining or awaiting COVID test results?

4. Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

If students answer "yes" to any of those, they are not permitted to be on campus! If family members or people in the same household have symptoms of COVID-19, then students shall remain at home until a proper diagnosis is obtained!

Any student that knowingly comes to school on days that they should have answered "yes" to any of those four safety questions, could earn a strike.

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