This 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 hands-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.
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 Members 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.