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Orange County Schools (OCS) will close for students on May 16th.

Orange County Schools (OCS) will close for students on May 16th. The day will be an optional teacher workday. Currently, the number of OCS teachers that have requested leave for May 16th exceeds the number of substitute teachers that the district has in its substitute pool.

More than 40% of OCS teachers have already taken leave for May 16th. Without proper staffing in the schools, serious and real concerns for student safety will exist.

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Mr. Luis Rios has been named the 2018-19 OCS Teacher of the Year

Orange County Schools (OCS) is pleased to announce that Mr. Luis Rios has been named the 2018-19 OCS Teacher of the Year. Mr. Rios is a teacher at New Hope Elementary School. Over the coming school year, Mr. Rios will represent the district through many venues. His commitment to teaching and educating all students is unparalleled, and we look forward to his leadership during his tenure as the Orange County Schools Teacher of the Year. As a brief introduction to Mr. Rios, his Teacher of the Year statement is included here:

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Orange County Schools Respects the Dignity of All Students

On December 8, 2014, the Orange County Schools Board of Education established its position on equal access to education for immigrant children by unanimously passing a resolution detailing the school system’s commitment to equality and social justice. Since then, the school system has reaffirmed that commitment through its actions and by keeping our families and community informed.

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Orange County Schools Announces New Administrators

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 17 APRIL 2018- Orange County Schools (OCS) is pleased to announce that several current staff members have been promoted to new administrator roles within the district. In recent years, the school system has implemented professional development to support the leadership growth of its staff. Those efforts have resulted in the promotion of staff to new administrative roles.

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Orange County Schools Counselor Survey

The Counselors are surveying all parents using the link below to determine the best way to provide services. I have just now been able to finalize the Spanish translation. Currently this is posted on each individual school website but we were wondering if we could also have it posted on the OCS website and have a phone call go out with the following message in English and Spanish:

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Orange County Schools Congratulates National Board Certified Teachers

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 20 MARCH 2018- Effective teachers are crucial to the academic success of students, and accomplished teachers can boost that potential for success. Each year in districts throughout the nation, teachers apply for recognition as a National Board Certified Teacher. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards issues the certification for teachers that have applied for and successfully met the requirements of the process. To become National Board Certified, teachers must demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills.

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Orange County Schools Students to Attend Governor’s School in Summer

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 19 MARCH 2018- A total of nine outstanding students from Cedar Ridge High School and Orange High School will attend Governor’s School this summer. The Governor's School is a nearly six weeks long summer residential program academically and intellectually gifted (AIG) students in various disciplines. The curriculum at Governor’s School provides for students to engage in the most up-to-date research and discussion in a particular field, and no tests or grades are given.

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What is AIG?

The term “AIG” stands for Academically or Intellectually Gifted. In Orange County Schools, we believe that giftedness exists within all ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic groups. Students demonstrate gifted behaviors in many ways, and gifted learners have unique learning needs. Academically or intellectually gifted students perform, or show the potential to perform, at substantially high levels of accomplishment. Outstanding abilities are present in students from all cultural groups and across all economic classifications.

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Students Walkout to Focus Attention on Gun Violence

HILLSBOROUGH, NC 14 MARCH 2018- Students throughout the school system walked out of class on what was billed as a national walkout day on the one month anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. For weeks, school principals and administrators have prepared for students walking out of class as a part of the national movement. Though school system staff didn’t lead or organize the student walkouts, principals developed plans so that any students that chose to participate in the walkouts would have a safe and secure environment in which to do so.

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Safety Measures

Safety of our students and staff is the highest priority for our School District. To meet that goal, Orange County Schools (OCS) has procedures and plans in place to support a safe educational environment for students and staff.

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