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On Thursday, October 19th at 6:00pm, Newton-Conover City Schools officially kicked off its 2017-18 ParentU series with a session on applying for Financial Aid from Mr. Nick Jenkins, Director of Financial Aid at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC.

Parents who attended the session received detailed information and instructions on how to help their child apply for financial aid for college, what has changed about the process this year, as well as tips and tricks for the college financial aid application process.  We are excited about our new ParentU partnership with Lenoir-Rhyne University and look forward to continuing to provide high-quality sessions to grow alongside our parents and families!

Please register now to join us for one or both of our upcoming November sessions at!


Title: The Power of Positive Parenting
Presenter: Mrs. Kim Lyke Holden, Director, Catawba County Partnership for Children
Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: North Newton Elementary School Gym, 221 W 26th St, Newton, NC 28658

Title: What to Do After High School
Presenter: Mrs. Laurie Wegner, Director of Admissions, Catawba Valley Community College
Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Newton-Conover High School Media Center, 338 W 15th St, Newton, NC 28658


Newton-Conover City Schools is embarking on a new journey to reach parents, families and community members.  Beginning with the inaugural 2017-18 series, Parent U is a series of workshops and resources for all parents, offering routine sessions from district and community leaders to keep parents informed and involved in our schools — oh, and don’t forget the free childcare!

For more information and to register for sessions, please visit the ParentU website at!

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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