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December 2011 Good News Spotlight

Good News Spotlight - December 6, 2011


Schools Recognized for Red Ribbon Week Observances

Throughout the United States, the last full week of October has been designated as Red Ribbon Week.  Helping to preserve slain DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena's memory and further the cause for which he gave his life, Red Ribbon Week is nationally recognized and celebrated.  The Red Ribbon Campaign has also become a symbol of support for the DEA's efforts to reduce demand for drugs through prevention and education programs.  By wearing a red ribbon during the last week in October, Americans demonstrate their ardent opposition to drugs.  They pay homage not only to Special Agent Camarena, but also to all men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation's struggle against drug trafficking and abuse.

In Onslow County Schools, Red Ribbon Week is recognized in a number of different ways.  One of the most popular is a contest sponsored by Community Prevention Services, featuring student-created banners.  The banners focus on creativity, with students developing the concept and doing all of the work.  Most popular in the elementary schools, the contest is open to middle and high schools, as well.  This year’s competition featured the highest number of entries ever received.  There are a number of different categories of recognition, including most red-ribbon school spirited.  Kelli Glynn with Community Protection Services, presented the following awards:

Elementary School Level

  • Best Overall (tie) - Morton Elementary, Silverdale Elementary
  • Most Creative - Morton Elementary, Northwoods Elementary
  • Most Original - Parkwood Elementary, Meadowview Elementary

Middle School Level

  • Best Overall - Swansboro Middle
  • Most Creative - Northwoods Park Middle
  • Most Original - Southwest Middle

High School Level

  • Best Overall - Jacksonville High

Most Red Ribbon Spirited

  • Jacksonville Commons Elementary, Jacksonville Commons Middle


Wal Mart Makes Donation to Onslow County Schools

Onslow County Schools is excited to have partners like Terry Branton, manager of the Yopp Road Wal Mart.  As a member of the Board of Directors for the Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Branton has had an opportunity to hear directly about how local schools are being impacted during these challenging economic times.  Mr. Branton was moved by these stories and saw an opportunity to help out students in our community.  With the help of Coca-Cola Consolidated, he was able to acquire a 50-inch flat screen TV with Blu-Ray player and 3D glasses, which will be donated to Southwest Elementary School.  Additionally, Mr. Branton was able to donate a 40-inch LCD HDTV.  In speaking about the donations, Mr. Branton shared that “anything we can do to help the kids is great – they are our future.”  Onslow County Schools and Southwest Elementary appreciate the support of community partners like Mr. Branton, Wal Mart and Coca-Cola Consolidated.


OCS Preschool Staff Members Receive National Credential

Established in the early 1970s, the Child Development Associate (CDA) is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education.  The CDA credential is based on a core set of competency standards, which guide early care professionals as they work toward becoming qualified teachers of young children. 

The Child Development Associate requires that each candidate provide the following documentation before applying for the credential:

  • Professional resource file
  • Completed parent opinion questionnaires
  • Completed CDA observation instrument by a professional advisor
  • Documentation of completion of the Early Childhood Studies Review, which includes 120 hours of instruction in eight subject areas
  • Successful completion of an oral interview by a CDA representative

With the help and coordination of Suzie McGlaughon, the Onslow County Schools preschool program partnered with Coastal Carolina Community College representatives Nell Sligh and Beckie Collins to provide 120 hours of documented hours of classroom instruction in the evenings and/or on Saturdays.  Funding was provided through Head Start ARRA funding in the area of increased staff competency.  Preschool staff, including education specialists, mental health coordinator, Title I coordinator, Head Start and former Thompson Early Childhood Center director Claire Pfeffer, acted as advisors for the candidates.

19 candidates began the program and all 19 received their credentials during the summer of 2011.

OCS Preschool staff who successfully obtained the Child Development Associate credential:

  • Jane Biggs
  • Kim Bond
  • Sherri Burmahl
  • Janie Burns
  • Connie Carter
  • Deborah Eason
  • Nancy Frye
  • Lois Henry
  • Luz Marin
  • Gwen Monseratte
  • Lillie Moss
  • Cassandra Pickett
  • Vickie Queen
  • Katy Slater
  • Betty Spears
  • Pam Thomas
  • Gay Towler
  • Tammy Williams
  • Donna Wunder


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