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Julia Styers is the Director of Secondary Education, Career and Technical Education, and Student Services for Newton-Conover City Schools. Julia began teaching math at Newton-Conover High School in 1983. She became Assistant Principal at N-CHS in 2004 and served as Principal of South Newton Elementary School from 2010 - 2015. She was N-CHS Teacher of the Year and the recipient of the Ben Craig Educator of the Year for Catawba County in 2003. She was the NCCS Principal of the Year in 2011 and 2014. Julia received her Bachelors of Science in Secondary Mathematics from Lenoir Rhyne College and her Masters of School Administration from Appalachian State University. She and her husband Mike are the proud parents of Brandon, Ashley, Julianne, Jason, and Jonathan and grandparents of Rylee, Nicholas, Wesson, and Beau.

Eyemart Express to Partner with Schools

Pair of glasses advertising Eyemart Express

Eyemart Express will be opening a Hickory location in mid-May and wants to partner with our schools to help both educators and students.  Their “Educator Discount Program” provides a 20% discount to any school employee who presents a school ID badge.  The discount is in addition to their already low prices including their 2-pair deals.  Most vision insurances are accepted ... Read More »

N-CHS Senior Participates in SOFA Apprenticeship

Student working at furniture company

Ben Benson, a senior at Newton-Conover High School is currently serving as an apprentice at Vanguard Furniture. Ben is working within the upholstery department at Vanguard and is earning a paycheck as well as receiving high school credit. Work based learning gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills through hands-on career development experiences. Newton-Conover High School is ... Read More »


Julia Styers, Dr. June Atkinson, and Judy McLaughlin at Top 10 Banquet

For the third year in a row, Newton-Conover City Schools was honored by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Durham for being one of the top ten school districts in the state with a 2016 cohort graduation rate of 93.5%.  Mrs. Judy McLaughlin, N-CCS Dropout Prevention Specialist and Mrs. Julia Styers, N-CCS Career and Technical Education/Student Services Director attended the ... Read More »

100th Anniversary for Career and Technical Education

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The National Career Development Association and Governor Pat McCrory have declared November as Career Development Month as 2016 marks the historic 100th Anniversary of Career and Technical Education.  Career Development education enables career and technical education students to develop and apply critical thinking skills, interpersonal skills, leadership, and problem solving skills, with business, global competition, information management, operations, supply and ... Read More »

Catawba Science Center – Portal to Science

Catawba Science Center Portal to Science Logo

Catawba Science Center is sponsoring its Portal to Science Program for families in our school system who may not otherwise have access to the programs they offer.   Counselors in each Newton-Conover City School will give the parent/grandparent/or guardian a Portal to Science Passport, a special wallet card and key fob that will provide reduced general admission for the entire ... Read More »

NCCS High Schools Receive Full Accreditation Status

Congratulations to  Discovery  and Newton-Conover High Schools!  Both schools received notice this week that they have attained fully accredited status by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  According to the DPI website, “North Carolina General Statue §115C-12(39) directs the State Board of Education to adopt rigorous academic standards for accreditation after considering regional and national accreditation standards, curriculum standards, ... Read More »

Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms

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As educators begin the new school year getting to know and building relationships with individual students, it is sometimes difficult to know how to best address the needs of students who may have experienced some kind of trauma already in their lives.  Mr. John Eller, the Director for Catawba County Social Services, recently shared the article “Creating Trauma Informed Classrooms” ... Read More »

NCHS Business Students Attend Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

Students from Newton-Conover  High School’s Business Department attended the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour sponsored by the Business Department and Small Business Center at CVCC.  Devin Lars, recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in the country under the age of 30, inspired students to start their own business.  Mr. Lars shared his personal success story as he taught students to plan, ... Read More »

Apprenticeship Catawba Selected as Model Program

Apprenticeship Catawba was selected by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education as a model program that bridges secondary CTE and apprenticeship programs .  Nine school districts across the nation were chosen for the study titled, “Potential Role of Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs.”  Newton-Conover partners with Hickory Public Schools, ... Read More »

CVCC Celebrates NC Manufacturing Day

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Newton-Conover High School students have been invited to participate in CVCC’s North Carolina Manufacturing Day event to be held on Thursday, April 7.  Manufacturing Day is a  celebration of Modern Manufacturing and is meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.  Interested students will have an opportunity to speak with local employers during the Manufacturing Fair, participate in a STEM ... Read More »