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November 2015 Board Meeting Filled with Warmth


Shuford Students with Mr. Nelson

Opening our chilly November 2015 Newton-Conover City Schools Board Meeting was a warm and welcoming group of students from Shuford Elementary School!  Vance Sigmon, Nathan Lingle, Ella Presnell, and Carson Harris led us all in our Pledge of Allegiance this month.


Mr. and Mrs. Ramseur

At Newton-Conover Middle School, two staff members’ commitment to the life and well-being of the school was recognized by Principal, Dr. Rosanna Whisnant.  Patricia and Billy Ray Ramseur are both faculty of N-CMS, and are dedicated to making sure that the best interests of students are kept at the forefront.  No problem is too large for Mrs. Ramseur to solve, and no job takes any less than the highest priority for Mr. Ramseur.  Newton-Conover Middle is very fortunate to have had these two fine individuals on staff.


Mr. Penley with Mr. Kappas of Vertical Church.

Principal Chris Penley of Newton-Conover High School recognized four leading individuals from two dynamic organizations who have done much to help our community.  Josh Kappas and Jonathan Foster (in absentia), both of Vertical Church, as well as Michael Strickland (in absentia) and Erin Halsey (in absentia), both of Cove Church, were thanked for helping to make one of our greatest community outreach programs — the Back to School Bash — a resounding success.  Were it not for their generosity, from school supplies, to food and nourishment, many families may not have had everything that they needed to maximize success at the start of the school year.  Josh Kappas was also recognized for all that he does as our N-CCS Football Chaplain.


Dr. Pritchard and Ms. McGee, holding McGee’s state EC Teacher of Excellence award.

Our N-CCS Exceptional Children’s Teacher of Excellence was recognized before the Board of Education for her valuable contributions to our district.  Our EC Director, Dr. Keisha Pritchard, recognized Ms. Audrey McGee, EC Teacher at South Newton Elementary for her dedication to student achievement and excellence.  Ms. McGee was also recognized for her work at the Exceptional Children’s Conference in Greensboro, NC last week.

Last, but most certainly not least, Conover School parent support, Jule Dragstrem, was recognized (in absentia) for her efforts on behalf of all of the wonderful students at Conover School.

Make no mistake — we are proud of our Newton-Conover family.

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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