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Dr. Scarlet Davis currently serves as instructional coach at South Newton Elementary. She is a veteran educator with varied experiences in teaching, administration, curriculum and instruction. Her passion is helping teachers and students build their leadership capacity and love for life-long learning.

South Newton Students Win Big in International Film Festival Poster Contest

Student Winners of IFF Poster Contest

Three South Newtons students recently won accolades as well as cash prizes in the 2017 International Film Festival poster contest. Jimena Salazar (5th grade) won first place in the creative design contest. Elaina Krider (4th grade) won first place for her grade level division, and Josue Salazar (4th grade) won the third place award. The International Film Festival is sponsored by the ... Read More »

Big Leaders Learn From Little Leaders

South Students Teach Adults 7 Habits

On Monday, April 24th, South Newton student leaders hosted over 50 adult leaders from the Catawba County community. The focus of the day was Leader in Me and the 7 Habits. Students spent time teaching the adults the 7 Habits of leadership and personal effectiveness and shared how the habits have made a positive difference in each of their lives. The students ... Read More »

Coach P Puts the “P” in PE Week

PE Week Participant

Physical education teacher Rich Painchaud of South Newton, better known as “Coach P”, really puts the PHYSICAL into education! Coach P just hosted an amazing PE Week celebrating fitness AND fun for students, staff, parents, and some of our favorite community friends from the Newton Police Department. Throwing and catching games as well as scooter games were the highlighted events of the ... Read More »

Caution: Scientists at Work

Pasta Derby Winners

South Newton Elementary hosted their annual family science night on Thursday, March 16th, in conjunction with the NC Science Festival. Activities included 13 hands-on experiement stations, all led by South Newton student leaders. New this year to science night, was the pasta derby organized by UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students. South Newton students along with their families made cars from dried pasta and ... Read More »

The Little Winner for The Little Read

Congratulations to first grader Joseph Canipe of North Newton Elementary! Joseph is this year’s NCCS winner of the essay contest for The Little Read. Joseph, a student in Kelly Pugh’s first grade classroom, is the son of Jessica Hymel. The Little Read is a literacy program funded by a generous grant from the family of Ron and Sandra Deal in memory ... Read More »

Every Time You Hear a Bell…

It’s been said, “Every time you hear a bell, an angel gets his wings.” But at South Newton, every time you hear the bell, a leader has met his or her WIG (Wildly Important Goal). Part of leadership involves setting goals and taking action steps to meet them. Also included in goal setting is celebration and recognition once the goal ... Read More »

South Newton Participates in World Read Aloud Day

On Thursday, February 16, many South Newton students and teachers participated in World Read Aloud Day. Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. This event showcases communities of readers all around the world advocating for literacy through intentional acts of sharing the power of words. For more information, visit their website at: ... Read More »

South Newton Hosts Visitors From England

South Newton Elementary played host to some very special visitors from England during the week of January 23rd. Consultants from the Letterland company came to the USA to film South Newton literacy experts, Leah Hayes (kindergarten), Julianne Surratte (first grade), and Shannon Mullins (second grade), teaching Letterland. These instructional videos will be used as training materials for teachers all over the country working to ... Read More »

Marshall Steam Station Employees – South Newton Partners

Mrs. Humphrey accepts donation check

Hats off to the AWESOME employees at Duke Energy’s Marshall Steam Station! These wonderful community supporters chose to donate $750 of their employee-raised community service funds to South Newton Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. These discretionary funds will be used to meet various educational needs of our students. Pictured here are Mr. Wesley Powell, representing the Duke Energy employee group, and Mrs. ... Read More »

South Newton Students Showcase Leadership

Leader in Me Logo

On Thursday, May 5,  students at South Newton Elementary shared their blossoming leadership abilities with district leaders and community guests. “Planting Seeds, Growing Leaders” highlighted how the small, but certainly not insignificant steps, that students are taking today will eventually pay off with some amazing leadership capacity for our youngest citizens and for our community as a whole in the future. Students gave ... Read More »