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October Board Meeting is Nothing Short of Inspiring

DSC_0393This month’s meeting of the Newton-Conover City School Board was nothing short of inspiring.  Following our pledge, led by three North Newton Students, administrators and parents from nearly every one of our schools were present to recognize and lift up the great things happening in our community.

Newton-Conover Middle School’s Leadership Team — Dr. Rosanna Whisnant, Principal; Jessica Schouweiler, STEM Coordinator/Assistant Principal; and Ashley Pack, Assistant Principal — thanked several members of our community for the lengths they go to to strengthen the integrity of the school and of students.  Recognized for their crucial role in building our STEM initiative, under the direction of Mrs. Schouweiler, through DSC_0397hands-on experiences inside and outside the school were Joel Leonard, community STEM leader, and Tracy Hall, Education Matters Director for CVCC.  Not present but still recognized were Julie Lehman, Justus Rowe, Michael Strickland, Christine Coffer, Susie Devine, Donna Mull, Kate Littlefield, and Kay Deal.


South Newton Elementary School Principal Amber Humphrey recognized four staff members — in person, Pam Tallent, Bookkeeper; Dr. Scarlet Davis, Instructional Coach; and Latoya Miller, Data Manager — for their persistent positivity and being crutches in support of the culture of the school.  Kathryn Bujard was also recognized, but was not present.  These ladies are always the first faces seen as people walk through the door, and their kindness and warmth are ever present with every individual who walks through the door.DSC_0406

In the capacity of parental support, Newton-Conover High School recognized several of its parents for the undying effort they contribute to the livelihood of the school, such as improving the Teacher Workroom area for staff.  Recognized were Rick Wagner, Tammy Hayman, Lisa Walker, and Brandi Long.

Finally, Dr. Stegall recognized the Board of Education for several district-wide accomplishments garnered this year.  Those recognitions include the district’s 97.1% Cohort Graduation Rate this year (the highest in the state this year, and the highest in state history!), Discovery High School’s 100% Graduation Rate, and Newton-Conover High’s 96.8% Graduation Rate.  Our Board DSC_0409Members also successfully completed the 12-hour training required by all members of the School Board.
We are so grateful for the extended efforts of all involved in the progress of our students.


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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