Friday , 15 December 2017
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All NCMS 7th Grade Students to Receive Chromebooks

K64 website imageK-64 is a partnership between Catawba County Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Catawba Valley Community College and local businesses. The purpose of K-64 is to identify, facilitate and streamline programs and initiatives that are in place and have been proven to be best practices in improving education as related to workforce development.  

K-64 aims to further involve students in active learning, increase student engagement, and provide students with skills such as communication, problem solving, and collaboration.  We are excited to share with you that through K-64, every 7th grade student in all three school districts will be provided a Chromebook for their academic use during the school year.  Funding for the Chromebooks has been made possible by our county commissioners matching private business funds.  After appropriate training, students will be allowed to take the devices home each evening.  

In January, parents/guardians of 7th grade students will attend informational meetings where they will learn about students’ and parents’ responsibilities, proper care of the Chromebook, and student safety.  All 7th graders should be bringing home a letter about this K64 Chromebook initiative on November 17, 2017.  

If you have questions, feel free to contact Cindy Geddes –

To learn more about K-64, click here to access their website.


About Heather Mullins

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. 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. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. 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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