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  •  Grady A. Brown IA's with Christopher Marks and Dr. Danielle Jones

    OCS Literacy hosts inaugural Instructional Assistant Cohort Graduation

    On Thursday, May 16, OCS Literacy hosted the inaugural Instructional Assistant Graduation, celebrating the first cohort of educators dedicated nurturing literacy and educational development.

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  •  Laura Isenhour and Andromeda Crowell

    Meet the OCS Teacher of the Year finalists, Laura Isenhour and Andromeda Crowell

    Last week, we revealed our 2024-25 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Teresa Rogers-Thorpe, one of three Orange County Schools Teacher of the Year finalists. Today, we want to shine a spotlight on our other two district finalists, Laura Isenhour and Andromeda Crowell!

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  •  OCS TOY Teresa Rogers-Thorpe standing with Kristin Mattison-Williamson and Tyler Womble

    Lifelong Learner Chosen as OCS 2024-2025 Teacher of the Year

    As a teacher for 31 years — all in Orange County Schools — Mrs. Teresa Rogers-Thorpe has relentlessly fostered this growth mindset in herself and in her students. Just one of the main reasons OCS announces Mrs. Thorpe as the district’s 2024-25 Teacher of the Year!  “I have consistently been impressed by her unwavering dedication, passion and commitment to fostering her students’ academic and social growth and her capacity and willingness to share her knowledge and enthusiasm with her colleagues,” wrote Pathways Elementary School Principal Kristin Mattison-Williams in a Teacher of the Year recommendation for Mrs. Thorpe.  Her recommendation continues, “with an extensive tenure of over two decades in the field of education, Mrs. Thorpe epitomizes the qualities of a lifelong learner.” 

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  •  OCS Interim Chief Human Resources Officer Arasi Adkins

    OCS Welcomes Interim Chief Human Resources Officer, Arasi Adkins

    Effective Friday, May 17, 2024, Superintendent Dr. Danielle Jones has appointed Ms. Arasi Adkins as interim Chief Human Resources Officer for Orange County Schools. In describing her purpose in the human resources field, Adkins stated, “My passion is in identifying exceptional and diverse candidates and helping to match them with the right position at the right time in their career.” She will serve as interim in her role while the search for a new district Chief Human Resources Officer takes place.

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  •  OCS 2024-2025 Teacher of the Year Teresa Rogers-Thorpe, Pathways Elementary School

    OCS Names Mrs. Teresa Rogers-Thorpe 2024-2025 District Teacher of the Year!

    Congratulations to Mrs. Teresa Rogers-Thorpe of Pathways Elementary School on being named the 2024-25 Orange County Schools Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Thorpe has been a huge asset to Orange County Schools for over 30 years, and at Pathways Elementary for the past 23 years. We are so very proud of you and this well deserved recognition of your teaching excellence! We will have complete updates on this exciting news, including all three of our finalists for this year's Teacher of Year, during the week of May 13.

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  •  New Orange County Senior Administrators Dr. Sheldon Lanier and Dr. Julie Pack

    Two Senior Administrators Join OCS in Academics, Equity

    At their May 6 business meeting, the Orange County Board of Education approved the recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Danielle Jones of two senior administrators in the 2024-2025 school year: Dr. Julie Pack as Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Sheldon Lanier as Chief of Equity and Student Achievement. Their appointments are effective July 1, 2024.

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  •  OCS Office Professionals showing their paintings

    Human Capital hosts professional development workshop for Orange County Schools office professionals

    “I wanted to share some of that experience with the OCS office staff,” Vincent said. “I believe that the importance of professional development for office staff offers skills enhancement, the importance of safety, and a sense of belonging and that OCS values growth and development.” Orange County Schools has a calendar packed with professional development opportunities for many groups, from math coaches to assistant principals, even office professionals. While students were out of school for a teacher workday on Monday, office professionals from all over the district gathered in the Cedar Ridge library for the Orange County Schools Office Professional Workshop hosted by Phyllis Vincent, the district's Human Resource Specialist. 

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  •  Orange County Schools names 2024-25 Teacher of the Year Nominees

    The results are in: OCS names the 2024-25 Teacher of the Year Nominees!

    The results are in and it's official! We are happy to anounce that the 2024-25 Orange County Schools Teacher of the Year nominees are in. We want to say that we are very proud of and thankful for all of our teachers that serve our students each and every day. The district Teacher of the Year will be announced at the May 20 Board of Education Meeting, so stay tuned for the results.

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  •  Orange County Schools 2023-23 Assistant Principals

    What's it like being an Assistant Principal? OCS AP's give the inside scoop of the job!

    Have you ever wondered about the role of an assistant principal? In honor of National Assistant Principal Week, we asked our AP's about their roles and this is what they said!

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    2024-25 Rising Sixth Grade Registration Information

    Do you have a 5th grade student transitioning to middle school for the 2024-25 school year? Click here for rising 6th grade registration information!

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  •  OCS Family Engagement Summer Camp Information

    You're Invited! The OCS Family Engagement Team is hosting the Summer Camp Expo for families.

    Are you interested in Summer Camp options for your student? The OCS Family Engagement Team will be hosting the Summer Camp Expo this Wednesday at New Hope Elementary School! Need more info? Click here for more and to view the event fliers!

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  •  OCS Family Updates

    OCS Family Updates — March 6, 2024

    We have three brief updates about important events in our district, including the next Town Hall meeting with Dr. Jones on March 7. Severe Weather Preparedness... Town Hall Meetings coming up... and the OCS Job Fair April 13!

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  •  OCS Summer Reading Camp 2024

    Summer Reading Camp 2024, Eligibility and Registration for Elementary Students

    The Orange County Schools Literacy Team is excited to announce our plans for Summer Reading Camp for students in kindergarten through third grade who are performing below grade level. This is a great way to support your child in being prepared for the next school year! Read on for eligibility and registration information.

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  • The Student Engagement, Equity and Support Team and Orange High School students

    The Student Engagement, Equity and Support Team and Orange High School host Black History Month Expo

    The Student Engagement, Equity and Support Team and Orange High School hosted the annual Black History Student Expo, featuring the talent of students, teachers and staff from schools across the district! Click for the photo gallery!!

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  •  OCS Family Updates

    OCS Family Updates — February 21, 2024 — Student Expo, Town Halls, Job Fair, Alternative Licensure

    We have important calendar announcements to share and hope to see you at upcoming district events! Black History Month Student Expo Thursday, February 22. Town Halls with Superintendent Dr. Danielle Jones begin Monday, February 26 in three locations around Orange County. Save the Date for the next OCS Job Fair on April 13 from 9am-12pm at Cedar Ridge High School. And keep telling your friends about the Alternative Licensure events, now monthly, so we can help you fulfill our dream of becoming a teacher!

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  •  CADCA Conference with four OCS High School Students

    Orange and Cedar Ridge High School students attend the CADCA Youth Conference

    Prepare yourself for an organization with a very long name, one that reaches almost as far as its impact. The Community-Based Advocacy-Focused Data-Driven Coalition-Building Association (CADCA) broke records this January at their Youth Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Maryland, bringing in 4300 attendees, four of whom are OCS high school students. 

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  •  Dr Danielle Jones OCS Superintendent

    Dr. Danielle Jones Greets Students, Staff, Families of Orange County Schools

    With great joy, I am honored to greet you as Superintendent in Orange County Schools and thank you for entrusting the education of your children to us. What do you appreciate about Orange County Schools? What positive changes would you like to see? What initiatives will help students become successful in school, in their career, and in life? Please share your thoughts and desires in our brief survey. I also invite you to come speak with me personally at one of three Town Hall meetings scheduled for the weeks ahead. Together, we will create an environment where every student can thrive and reach their maximum potential. We are well on our way, and I look forward to listening and learning with you.

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    Stepping Up To High School! Rising Ninth Grade Registration Activities in February and March

    Events are being held to support rising ninth graders at all OCS Middle Schools for the transition to high school in 2024-2025. Check out the schedule and find a flyer with complete details in English and Spanish.

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  •  OCS Family Updates

    OCS Family Updates — January 19, 2024

    Together we have made it through the first semester of 2023-2024! As we look ahead, here are some important dates to remember on the traditional calendar. See also for information on Choice Schools, Redistricting and Reassignment, and Alternative Licensure, all important updates for families and schools!

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  •  OCS Superintendent Dr. Danielle Jones Sworn In January 8, 2024

    Newly-Elected Superintendent Dr. Danielle Jones Sworn In, Tenure Begins February 1, 2024

    “Students, you are at the heart of our mission. Your potential is limitless, and I am committed to providing you with an enriching and inclusive educational experience that prepares you for the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead.” With these words, Dr. Danielle Jones greeted the community as the newly-elected Superintendent of Orange County Schools, after taking the oath of office surrounded by family, friends, and a crowd of supporters on Monday, January 8, 2024. Dr. Jones’s tenure will officially commence on February 1, 2024.

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