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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.

October 2017 Board of Education Meeting

The October Board Meeting opened on a chilly evening, filled with accolades for our students, staff and community. South Newton students Jordan Rice, Sequoia Wilson, Bryson Lowdermilk, and Hunter Hooks led us in our pledge for the evening. Mr. Shane Whitener, Principal of North Newton Elementary, recognized both Tara Ramsey, math teacher, and Emily Miller, Guidance Counselor, for the incredible ... Read More »

Administrator Spotlight: Ms. Kisha Clemons

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In honor of Principals’ Appreciation Month, Newton-Conover City Schools will be spotlighting its incredible Principals from now through the end of October.  Today’s feature is on Ms. Kisha Clemons, Principal of Shuford Elementary School! Kisha Clemons serves as the Principal at Shuford Elementary in Newton-Conover City Schools.  Ms. Clemons is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and completed her BS in ... Read More »

N-CMS Celebrates Receipt of National School to Watch Award

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Conover, NC — October 1, 2017 — Over the past few years, Newton-Conover STEM Middle School has had many reasons to celebrate. From jumping nearly 20 points to the positive across the state’s academic growth index, to dramatically decreasing discipline referrals by hundreds of percentage points through its Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports program, and implementing a high-quality STEM program ... Read More »

September 2017 Board Meeting Celebrates Growth of Staff and Schools

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The second board meeting for Newton-Conover City Schools 2017-2018 school year began with four students from Shuford Elementary all leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The students leading were Kynda Jimenez, Davis Griffin, Aspen Hartsoe, and Casey Dollarhide. Following the pledge was the quorum determination, and then the agenda was adopted. After that, the staff recognitions were held. Ms. Heather Reynolds, ... Read More »

Come Learn about Seesaw on September 26th

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Are you interested in learning more about increasing student accountability in stations, centers, or on independent work?  Would you like to have a tool where your students can create video reflections and portfolios of their work for your class?  We have a session for you!   Shuford Elementary’s own Tech Team member and Seesaw Ambassador Jessica Fitzgerald will be leading a PD session on Seesaw, ... Read More »

Charter Provides Discounted Internet Access to Low-Income Families

Did you know that Charter provides discounted Internet access to low-income households? Through the Spectrum Internet Assist program qualifying K-12 students of low-income families and low-income seniors on Supplemental Security Income can obtain high-speed broadband service for $14.99 a month. To find out the qualifying requirements for this special discounted rate and all the details about this program please visit ... Read More »

Newton-Conover Schools Have Another Record-Breaking Year for Growth, Achievement, and Retention in 2016-17

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Newton-Conover Schools have another record-breaking year for growth, achievement, and retention in 2016-17 By James Frye Public Information Officer Newton, NC — September 11, 2017 — Despite drastically reduced budgets and decreased resources, Newton-Conover City Schools’ students and staff have had a track record for excellence and continual growth for the past several years — and this ... Read More »

N-CCS Hires Public Relations Intern for Fall 2017

Leah Bobbett

Newton-Conover City Schools is proud to introduce Ms. Leah Bobbett to our district.  Leah has been hired as a new PR intern for the 2017 fall semester. She will be working under Jamie Frye in the Public Relations department through this December. Leah attends Lenoir-Rhyne University as a senior. At Lenoir-Rhyne she has taken coursework in public relations, broadcast, journalism, ... Read More »

Why use Canvas Learning Management System?

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Please see information below on why Newton-Conover and North Carolina use Canvas LMS! Video Link: Why Canvas?  Choosing a Statewide LMS to Make Teaching and Learning Easier   Why Canvas? In April 2015, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) began providing negotiated Canvas pricing to all local education agency (LEA) and charter schools statewide. Schools and districts purchase Canvas ... Read More »

Introducing the Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators

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The Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators are a new initiative in North Carolina this year.  The NC Department of Public Instruction has developed a set of standards for both teachers and leaders which will measure their mastery of digital-age learning mindsets and skills.  These standards can be reviewed for teachers and administrators on this website. Over the course ... Read More »