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Middle School Boot Camp Sets the Stage for the Year

middlebootAugust 11-14, 2014, the NCMS faculty and staff participated in the first ever NCMS Boot Camp.  This year’s middle school theme, “Road Trip:  License to Learn” was a focal point of the camp.  As NCMS shifts to a more fully-implemented middle school model, teachers, administrators, and support staff worked together to explore the social and emotional needs of middle grades students, review and refine the school’s mission and vision, develop new protocols for student success, complete team building activities, reflect on best practices, collaborate around the idea of school culture, learn more about student advising, and begin the process of standards-based unit development.

Kim Kaylor, principal of the middle school, facilitated the boot camp.  Jessica Luby, assistant principal, and Dr. Sanford Danzinger, author of TRP:  Totally Responsible Person (TRP), presented to the group along with Glenda Dellinger from NCHS.  TRP will be a component of the middle school advisor-advisee time built into each week.  To learn more about TRP, watch the video below.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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