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Cindy Geddes serves as the Director of Accountability and Technology Services for Newton-Conover City Schools. Previously, she served as the district's Instructional Technology/ Staff Development Coordinator and as an elementary teacher for thirteen years. Mrs. Geddes was recently renewed as a National Board Certified teacher. She is a co-founder of #NCed chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. Mrs. Geddes co-authored an article, “Growing Technology Leaders”, that was featured in the magazine, Learning and Leading with Technology. Recently, she received a Master of Arts from Gardner-Webb University in Executive Leadership Studies. She and her husband, Leonard are proud parents of two children, Cassidy and Brandon.

Try the Google Calendar App

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Are you having sync issues with your iOS device and Google Calendar through iCal? If so, try the Google Calendar app which is available in the App Store. You will you not experience any sync issues, and you will love the added features such as graphics representing your calendar events. Try Google Calendar on your iOS device at or on your ... Read More »

2016-17 NC Final Exams Assessment Specification Information

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NCDPI has posted the NC Final Exam Assessment Specification Information for fall exams. Assessment specification documents typically outline the purpose of the assessment, the structure of the assessment (e.g., item types, number of items, test sections, test administration time, delivery modes, supplemental materials), and percentage of items or score points measuring a specific goal or domain category. The specification documents for ... Read More »

NCCS’ Network Redesign

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Newton-Conover City Schools Technology Department is excited with the network redesign that happened over the summer. We are now able to provide a stronger, more stable, secure network for our staff and students. All staff and students sign into our network through their Active Directory (AD) account. Through AD, you are then placed on the appropriate network according to your ... Read More »

Congratulations to James Frye on his ASCD Published Article


Congratulations to James Frye, Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer of Newton-Conover Schools, for his recent ASCD published article! You can read it here. Read More »

Public Comment Sessions Scheduled on North Carolina’s K-12 Education Plan for Every Student Succeeds Act

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Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s public schools are invited to attend six public comment sessions scheduled for April and May across the state. Public input is being sought by NC Department of Public Instruction staff to help guide development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law, a re-authorization of the 1965 ... Read More »

NCCS Testing by the Numbers

Do you have any idea of the number of state required tests that were given in Newton-Conover City Schools’ high schools in January? We have tallied the number of state required tests that occurred at both Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School at the end of the first semester. North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction required that we give: ... Read More »

Sample Social Studies Constructed Response Item Type


The NC Department of Public Instruction published a SAMPLE constructed response item representative of the new constructed response item type being field tested on the NC Final Exams (NCFE) of Social Studies (i.e., Grade 8, World History, American History I, American History II, American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics) during the 2015–16 school year. Field test items do ... Read More »

Released Forms and Items for Online Versions of NC Assessments are Available

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As a reminder Released forms of EOCs, Science EOGs and 8th Grade LEA/Math EOGs are available in the NCTest Chrome App and NCTest iPad App. A grade 7 ELA/Math EOG Released form will be made available in the spring. These forms and items sets can be used as a supplement to the required online tutorials through NCTest for the purpose ... Read More »

Released Item Sets for Fall Semester 2015 NC Final Exams Are Posted

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The NCDPI/Test Development Section has finalized a set of released items for each fall semester 2015 NC Final Exam (NCFE). Each NCFE received additional released items. All new released items for ELA, Math, and Science were added to the end.  All new released items for Social Studies were added to the end of the multiple-choice section. For example: English III ... Read More »

2015-16 Assessment Specifications for NCFEs Just Released

Assessment specifications files for the North Carolina Final Exams(NCFEs) provide greater detail on the assessments, including background information, the prioritization of the standards, cognitive rigor, item complexity, item types, and assessment delivery modes. The 2015-16 NC Final Exams specification documents also include the number of operational items assessing each objective or standard and links for teachers interested in writing or ... Read More »