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November 2016 Board of Education Meeting

Just prior to the onset of the Holiday Season, the Board of Education met on November 21, 2016 to discuss achievements and initiatives for the month.

To open the meeting, Shuford Elementary School students Luke Wilkinson, Ella Cecil, Alex Copeland, and Sydney Knuckles led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Following this, recognitions began.

Chris Penley, Principal of Newton-Conover High School, expressed his gratitude to Jeff Eckard of Pepsi and Cove Church for their service to the school.  We are grateful for your dedication to the success of our secondary students!

Ashley Pack, Assistant Principal at Newton-Conover Middle School, recognized the PBIS Team from the school.  PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Support, and is a new approach to conduct on the school level.  Members of the PBIS Team are Olivia Kowalewski, Sherrie Jones, Beth Amerto, Tom Haney, Ann Catchings, Fallon Peters, Amanda McRary, Tammy Barrow, and Katrina Palozzi.

Steven Harrison of the Catawba Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution presented the Newton-Conover Schools with a framed parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence.  He presented 13 copies of the book, The American Revolution, to the system.  Additionally, in recognition of Veterans’ Day, Dr. Stegall expressed the gratitude of the school district to Janie Nelson, Kevin Nash, Randall Porter, Daniel Trainor, and David Speer, N-CCS Staff Members, for their service to our country.

Jenny Morgan, was also recognized for receiving the Educator of Excellence award from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Dr. Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, also did a presentation on EVAAS, the Educator Value Added Assessment System, and explained ways that we are using EVAAS to increase student growth and achievement. She explained that EVAAS is a NC adopted assessment system used statewide as a measurement tool. She said that the reports generated from EVAAS are used to determine proficiency and growth. It gives a general view of school growth in a specific content area. The board praised Dr. Mullins for her leadership.

We are proud of our community and the great things happening in Newton-Conover City Schools!

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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