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October 2017 Board of Education Meeting

South Newton studentsThe October Board Meeting opened on a chilly evening, filled with accolades for our students, staff and community. South Newton students Jordan Rice, Sequoia Wilson, Bryson Lowdermilk, and Hunter Hooks led us in our pledge for the evening.

Mr. Shane Whitener, Principal of North Newton Elementary, recognized both Tara Ramsey, math teacher, and Emily Miller, Guidance Counselor, for the incredible work that they are doing to support students at North Newton. Thank you both for your dedication to increasing student achievement and providing a strong foundation for our students to build their success upon.

Mr. Chris Penley, Principal of Newton-Conover High School, shared his appreciation for Wes Ingle. Mr. Ingle is the owner of Ingle and Sons Landscaping business, which made a large donation of mulch and supplies to Newton-Conover High School. We are so thankful for this donation, as well as for all of the volunteers who helped to spread the mulch.

Dr. Rosanna Whisnant, Principal of Newton-Conover Middle School, shared her gratitude to three parents — Susan Stallings, JoAnn McGlown, and Diane Wilson — for their dedication and service to Newton-Conover Middle School. These parents have been directly involved in volunteering in teachers’ classrooms extensively, and have filled in gaps for many of our students. Thank you ladies for your investment in our students and staff!

Mr. Randolph Williams, City Planner for the City of Newton, congratulated N-CCS on its students’ involvement in the downtown Newton streetscape project. Our students helped to set up a mock streetscape to gather feedback from the community, and Discovery High School students painted bike racks, designed and constructed comment boards, placed new curbing, parking spaces, and travel lanes. Because of this collaboration, the City of Newton was recently awarded the Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the Special Theme Category for Innovations in Planning Services, Education and Public Involvement. This award is issued by the North Carolina American Planning Association. Congratulations to our students on an outstanding collaboration of service to our community!

Dr. David Stegall, Superintendent, shared an update on the K-64 initiative with the Board. Recently, the K-64 board approved a deployment of Chromebook devices to all 7th grade students in all three school systems across Catawba County. This deployment is a pilot in support of two pillars of the K-64 initiative — one-to-world technology, and building capacity of tech-savvy educators. This deployment will take place beginning in January, and 7th grade teachers in Newton-Conover will begin engaging in professional development on teaching in a one-to-one device classroom weekly through the beginning of January. We are excited about this incredible opportunity to better prepare our students for the workforce of tomorrow!


Following recognitions, the Principals each presented their School Improvement Goals to the board. Dr. Heather Mullins, opened by offering praise to the work of our schools and their staff by bringing attention to the numerous accolades our staff and students have earned over the past year. To name just a few:

  • One of only 6 districts in the state to have all schools meet or exceed growth, with no schools with D or F school letter grades
  • 5th best district in North Carolina for recruiting and retaining teachers
  • 9th fastest-growing school district in North Carolina

We are so proud of all of our staff, parents, families, and community members who consistently band together without fail to provide the best learning experience possible for our students, who are knocking down barriers to success each and every day.

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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