Thursday , 22 February 2018
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NCMS Upcycle Club Needs You!

Each Wednesday morning during the NCMS club schedule, the Upcycle Club meets in the media center.  Upcycle Club members take items normally meant for the trash or recycling bin and turn them in to treasures.  These students choose projects based on interest and the materials available in the Media Center Makerspace.  Our Makerspace includes a wide variety of materials that have donated by staff, parents, and community members to be repurposed by students.  It also includes many materials purchased with an Innovative Grant to embellish and decorate their creations!  We have seen duct tape turned into a pencil pouch, soup cans turned into storage, and toilet paper rolls turned into wall art!  Upcycle3

If you are interested in supporting our Upcycle Club and Makerspace, here are some of the immediate needs we have for some ongoing projects:
*  Glass jars (any size — pickles, jelly, etc)
*  Colored tissue paper (can be scraps)
*  Socks (any size or color… just clean if you please 🙂
*  Crochet/knitting needles
*  Yarn (even just leftovers!)
*  Fabric scraps
*  Scrapbooking scraps
*  Egg cartons — foam or cardboard
*  Beads – plastic, wooden, or glass
If you have questions about the Upcycle Club or would like to make a donation, please contact Amanda McRary, Media Specialist, at

About Heather Mullins

Dr. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. 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. 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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