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Developing a Growth Mindset

Newton-Conover City Schools is committed to providing a well-rounded curriculum that prepares our students to be successful, to developing strong community partnerships, and to ensuring quality educational opportunities for all students.  During the first semester of this school year, we have talked with business leaders, community members, parents, and teachers to determine what is important for our students in order ... Read More »

NCCS Chief Academic Officer, Heather Mullins, Selected as 2015 North Carolina Central Office Administrator to Watch

Newton-Conover City Schools’ very own Chief Academic Officer, Heather Mullins has been selected as the 2015 North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education’s Central Region Central Office Administrator to Watch.  She will be recognized during the upcoming North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education 40th Annual Conference, to be held March 15-17, 2015 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. ... Read More »

NCMS Staff Prepare for EXTREME STEM Tour

Big changes are coming to NCMS in the next few months!  On and February 27, NCMS teachers and administrators will have a first-hand opportunity to learn more about why NCMS is becoming a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) school and how this conceptual shift will benefit our students, our community, and families.  NCMS principal Kim Kaylor has been working collaboratively ... Read More »

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery Spring Window Opens

For the past three semesters, NCCS has piloted the state’s Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option for students who wish to receive credit for a course they have not completed by demonstrating that they have mastered the content of the course.  Beginning in February, students in grades 7-12 can receive credit for a course by demonstrating mastery through a two ... Read More »

NCMS Students Experience Local Government Policy Making First Hand

NCMS is proud to partner with the City of Conover to establish a “Youth Council.”  Under the direction of Bryan Dellinger and Kim Kaylor, twenty middle school students attend the City  Council meetings each month and explore a topic of interest that relates to some aspect of Conover city government.  The idea for the council started as a conversation between ... Read More »

NCCS Leaders and Teachers Get Hands-On Support With EVAAS

On January 12, 2015, Paul Marshall, a consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, met with high school administrators, the North Newton SIT team, the middle school faculty, and site-based and district leadership for four EVAAS sessions that occurred throughout the day.  Mr. Marshall shared insights into how EVAAS works, different reports that can be used to improve ... Read More »

NCCS Invites Teachers to Apply to Serve on District Curriculum Council

Beginning during the spring semester of the 2014-15 school year, Newton-Conover City Schools will be forming a district-wide curriculum council. This group will meet quarterly to discuss and inform curriculum, instruction, professional development, and teaching and learning opportunities. Members of the NCCS Curriculum Council will be expected to attend four after school meetings per year, provide occasional PLC support, provide ... Read More »

Chief Academic Officer Serves on Digital Learning Plan Advisory

Heather Mullins, Chief Academic Officer, has been selected to serve on the Friday Institute’s Digital Learning Plan Human Capacity Advisory as a representative for district and school leaders that have demonstrated progress in transitioning schools to digital learning.  The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University, in collaboration with policymakers, education leaders, practitioners, business leaders and other partners from ... Read More »

NCMS Embraces STEM Focus for 2015-16 School Year

Did you know that currently in Catawba County, there are over 3,000 vacant jobs in manufacturing available, but workers are not skilled to fill the positions?  These jobs range anywhere from $14-$28 per hour – that’s $28,000 – $60,000 per year.  Many of these jobs do not require a four-year degree.  Careers have changed, and student needs have changed as ... Read More »

Discovery High Student Works With NCCET To Give a Helping Hand

James Lutton’s face lit up with excitement when he saw the shiny, red mechanical hand that had been made just for him. Once he was all strapped in, six-year-old James was able to do something he had never been able to do — pick things up with his left hand. James was born with symbrachydactyly, which restricts the growth of ... Read More »