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Recap: October 2016 Board of Education Meeting

dsc_1335The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met on October 17th to recognize the continued excellence and support of our mission by our staff, students and community members.

Mr. Chris Penley, Principal of Newton-Conover High School, recognized the contributions of Eddie Brittain and Chrystal Chapman, citing their ongoing dedication to the students of N-CHS.  

Dr. Rosanna Whisnant, Principal of Newton-Conover Middle School, expressed her dsc_1338gratitude to local company ZF Corporation and ZF’s own Cary Wise for their funding donation to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs at N-CMS.  The funding will be utilized to fund the work of Mrs. Jessica Schouweiler, Assistant Principal and STEM Coordinator, to provide STEM Connection Nights for the community and to enhance the STEM Makerspace at N-CMS.

dsc_1341Mrs. Amber Humphrey, Principal of South Newton Elementary School, stepped before the Board to provide recognition to South Newton’s Lighthouse Team — the team responsible for guiding the implementation of the Leader in Me culture at the school.  Each school in N-CCS has its own specialized magnet focus, with South Newton’s being Leader in Me.  Mrs. Humphrey thanked Leah Hayes, Brittany Gaines, Candace Styers, Christy Buff, Dr. Scarlet Davis, Shannon Mullins, and Sarah Stapleton for their leadership and guidance with the implementation of Leader in Me.

Mr. John Robinson, Principal of Discovery High School, expressed his highest dsc_1343gratitude to the Tru-Pak corporation for their incredible donation to the Newton-Conover City School district.  Discovery’s classrooms have all received new, office-quality furniture as a result of a generous donation of several tractor-trailer truckloads of furniture from an unnamed donor.  The company aims to make contributions to N-CCS its mission this year, with four or five more generous donations of similar size forthcoming throughout this year.  We as a district could not be more grateful to Tru-Pak and the work of Mrs. Allyson Siegel, Executive VP, if we tried!  Present to accept the award on behalf of Tru-Pack was Mrs. Margaret Tallent.  For more information on Tru-Pak, please visit its website at

Dr. David Stegall, District Superintendent, announced his appreciation for the incredible work of the N-CCS Board of Education, as supported by their recent reciept of the NC School Board Association’s inaugural Gold Bell Award.  This award will now be given annually to the NC Board of Education This award recognizes boards where 100% of the members attend at least 12 hours of training outside of their district in a school year.  We are blessed to have such an amazing Board!

Moving forward to items of information, Caroline McCrary and Corey Nunley, Science dsc_1354Teachers at Newton-Conover High School, presented to the Board a recap of the trip they led to perform research in rainforests with students in Peru this summer.  Both Mrs. McCrary and Mr. Nunley expressed their gratitude to the Board for their blessing of taking students abroad to conduct research with Operation Walacea, and they aim to propose another trip in the near future.  N-CCS is proud of the incredible work that these teachers and students are doing in the name of improving research in the field!

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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