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Wetland and Bioretention Pond at Discovery High School

A bioswale sign standing in Discovery High School's land

Mr. Dixon and Mrs. Chase were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients. Their project aims to expand the current bioswale project to include a wetland/bioretention area. The addition of a wetland/bioretention pond will act as an additional stormwater filtration unit, delivering a longer hydraulic retention time at the end of the bioswale to ensure that more pollutants picked up from the roof ... Read More »

Speak Up and Speak Out: Helping Leaders Find Their Voice

a round ball with a speaker in the middle that can be thrown as a wireless microphone

Ms. Reynolds and Vass were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients.  At South Newton, we believe that every child can be a leader, and through the paradigm of potential, our students have the potential to be leaders in all areas of the school, not just academics. One way that many students have found their voice is through performing and public speaking.  We ... Read More »

School Factory

A few students are sitting around Ms. Medevec showcasing some of the tools used in the school factory innovative grant

Mr. Townsley from Conover School was a 2016-17 District Innovative grant recipient who received $1,000 for an additional project for the 2017-18 school year.  Ms. Medvec joined Mr. Townsley in creating a school factory for students to put their soft skills and work skills into practice. For more information about the school factory, reach out to Conover School. Read More »

Learning Lunches – Connecting Students to Future Careers

A few students are sitting around Ms. Medevec showcasing some of the tools used in the school factory innovative grant

Mr. Palozzi and Wilkinson were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients at Newton-Conover High School.  The project has sought to help find several key solutions to address our community’s need for better equipped and informed workers.  The  vision of the collective opportunities demonstrates our strong and collaborative commitment to preparing students for a future where “the jobs of today won’t exist tomorrow ... Read More »

Mission Mindfulness

South Newton Logo

Ms. Fonville, an educator who supports both South Newton and North Newton Elementary, was a 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipient.  Her project focuses on using yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques to improve educational, social, and behavioral outcomes for our students with special needs. For more information on how to incorporate Yoga into your daily classroom activities, please contact either South or ... Read More »

Not Giving Up

The word hope spelled out with scrabble letters.

Ms. Barrow who frequently supports students in the Transition Room was the recipient of a 2017-18 Innovative Grant.  Students will engage in meaningful small group and personal activities that focus on individual strengths and past experiences to increase motivation shifting their fixed mindsets to growth mindsets. Three key activities encompass this project.  First, students and staff will travel to the ... Read More »

Providing Structured to students with Autism

The student is working on learning from visual supports.

Dr. Bridges and Ms. Hudson are 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients who focused on providing structure to students with Autism.  The program serving students at North Newton Elementary is Principles of Structured TEACCHing.  The program helps to explain that students with autism benefit from an environment that is visually structured to help address their learning styles and help them become more independent. ... Read More »

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Students taking a picture on the farm with two of their favorite horses.

          Ms. McGee and Campbell at South Newton Elementary were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients.  Their project focuses on Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), a team approach to psychotherapy.  It is a form of therapy that utilizes horses to help promote emotional growth. Equestrian therapy is particularly applied to patients with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, autism, developmental delays, down ... Read More »

Collaboration Creation

Image of the newly renovated Media Center at Shuford Elementary.

Ms. Clemmons and Mrazek at Shuford Elementary were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients. The media center has recently been transformed into a student-centered environment.  The projects students would be completing would align with multiple academic areas such as math and reading.  Through this collaborative process, students will be meeting technology standards.  With the purchase of 4-32” flat screen TV’s mounted in the ... Read More »

Here’s What You Could Do To Strengthen Your Learning Commons

Image of the makerspace window with three different student-made signs that say makerspace.

Ms. McRary and Griffin were District Innovative Grant Winners for the 2016-17 school year.  Because they were a district winner, they received $1,500 as a joint effort for the 2017-18 school year. Because of our Newton-Conover Middle school is a STEM school, great strides have been made to improve the STEM-related opportunities in the NCMS media center.  Spaces have been ... Read More »