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Excitement Abundant at September Board Meeting

Excitement was all abuzz at the September Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education Meeting!  Our district was recognized for its students, staff, and community having put forth the concerted effort to have the highest graduation rate in the state of North Carolina for the 2014-15 school year!  This is reflected in the number of students who completed all four years of high school, from 9th grade through their senior year.  We could not be more proud of all involved!

Additionally, many wonderful members of our Newton-Conover community were recognized:

IMG_0020Mr. Dave Roberts, father of Julia Styers — Director of Secondary Education/CTE and former Principal of South Newton Elementary — was recognized by Mrs. Amber Humphrey for his unending selflessness when working with students and staff at South Newton Elementary.  While he was not present to accept the award, his actions and humility speak for themselves!

Mr. Patrick Nelson recognized two of our outstanding staff support personnel — Mrs. TammyIMG_0024 Thomas, and Mr. Dennis Young.  Last year, Mrs. Thomas, who works in Child Nutrition at Shuford Elementary School, instituted bagged breakfasts for students who do not arrive in time for hot breakfast — these included pop tarts and other grab-and-go breakfast items.  This year, she decided that there was still more that she could do for our students, and put hot breakfast items (sausage or chicken biscuits) in bagged breakfasts — this is in addition to her impact on lunch, where she has begun to offer fresh salads and other options for staff.

IMG_0025Mr. Dennis Young, a member of the custodial staff at Shuford Elementary School, is an invaluable part of the staff.  As Mr. Nelson reflected on Mr. Young’s impact on the school, he shared that he takes as much if not more pride in the school than he would his own home.  Mr. Young works tirelessly to ensure that the space at Shuford is more than adequate for all of his staff and family!   These people’s contributions to our Newton-Conover School family happened because they are both determined to have a positive impact on these students’ lives, and we could not be more grateful.

Mrs. Mischele Glover, First Grade Teacher at Shuford Elementary School, receivedIMG_0026 the award for Outstanding Math Teacher of the Year.  In the words of Mr. Nelson, “when you look up the word ‘teacher’ in the dictionary, Mrs. Glover’s face is what you will see.”  Known for her many talents, many parents pursue her to provide fun and engaging learning experiences for their children — and her students love being a part of her first grade class!  She uses a variety of resources, from Splash Math and Moby Max, to Front Row and many other technology tools to supplement her math instruction.  Additionally, she is a purveyor of the Project-Based Learning framework and holds her students accountable through projects and other tools.  There is not question that she is a teacher who leads by example!

IMG_0027Our N-CHS Athletic Trainers, Marcus Osborne and Bill Harvard, were also recognized for all of their efforts to serve the students pursuing athletic opportunities in our schools.  We are so grateful for the partnership that Mr. Osborne and Mr. Harvard have provided us through Catawba Valley Medical Center!

Our ROTC Cadets were also recognized for going above and beyond the call of IMG_0028duty in serving the greater Newton-Conover Community, and the military service as a whole.  The N-CCS ROTC Program was reached out to by Retired Teacher and Board Member Frances Hollar with the request to serve in the Old Soldiers’ Reunion Parade.  Without hesitation, our unit was present under no obligation on their summer vacation to serve needs of the parade, as well as for Color Guard.  Present were Commander Kevin Nash, HM1 Danny Scott, Mr. Rick Wagner, Commanding Officer, Cadet Lieutenant Commander Josh Van Dyke, Executive Officer, Cadet Lieutenant Heather Bassett, Operations Officer, Cadet Ensign Danielle Catena, and Command Master Chief, Cadet Master Chief Rodney Moore.   We are very thankful for their service to their community!

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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