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Shuford Students Dig Deep Into Learning!

Fourth Grade teacher Adrianne Blackwelder wrote an N-CCS Innovative Grant in the fall of 2014 to cultivate learning at Shuford Elementary School. Since receiving the funds for a school garden, students at Shuford have had many hands-on and meaningful experiences on their very own soil. To get started, students designed a survey to gather information from teachers across grade levels ... Read More »

Showcasing the “Best” of South Newton Elementary

Some excited fifth graders at South Newton Elementary are busy creating videos of the new school facility as well as videos of the faculty, staff, and students in order to showcase the best of South Newton to on-campus visitors. All videos and webpages created by the students are being connected to QR codes. The QR codes will be printed, framed, ... Read More »

Successful “Blast Off” to AIG Rocketry Study

Fourth and fifth grade AIG students traveled to UNC-Charlotte on March 19th for an exciting introduction to rocket science, presented by the university’s award winning Senior Design NASA Launch Team and Rocketry Club.  The Club members highlighted the importance of diverse engineering fields in the development, design, and construction of rockets, and followed with an exhibit of rocket components essential ... Read More »

Discovery High Gains High Honors at Western NC Science Olympiad Competition

The Discovery High School Science Olympiad team, led by Coach Roy Highberg, won FIRST PLACE OVERALL at the Western NC Science Olympiad competition on March 21st! According to, Science Olympiad has led a revolution in science education for the past 31 years. What began as a grassroots assembly of science teachers is now one of the most well-known and successful science competitions in ... Read More »

NCMS Students Fare Well in Regional Science Olympiad Competition

Science Rocks!  The NCMS Science Olympiad Team proved that this weekend.  The team, coached by Sherrie Jones and Karen Waibel, competed in ten events at the regional competition at Catawba Valley Community College on Saturday, March 21. The students designed launchers, rockets, bridges, and airplanes.  They also were tested in the areas of fossils, matter, the solar system, ecology, and ... Read More »

South Newton Takes Elementary Battle of the Books Title

In one of the closest and most intense Elementary Battle of the Books competitions ever, South Newton defeated North Newton and Shuford with a score of 87 – 80 – 80.  North Newton and Shuford tied for second place, only seven points behind South Newton.  This year, Battle of the Books team members had to read and answer questions about ... Read More »

New Opportunities Arise in Newton-Conover

Several key positions in Newton-Conover are available as Newton-Conover High School, Newton-Conover Middle School, and South Newton Elementary search for educators and leaders in their schools. Newton-Conover High School will seek a principal for the -2015-16 school year.  After eight years at the helm, Kevin Campbell will take a district-level leadership role as a director next year.  Check out the job ... Read More »

Digital Learning Day

Reminder that Digital Learning Day is here! It’s Friday, March 13. Teachers/Schools add your DLD activities to the map. Digital Learning Day was created by the Alliance for Excellent Education in 2012 as part of a nationwide celebration for students and educators to show how technology can transform and personalize learning for all students. Digital Learning Day is a powerful ... Read More »

Shuford Teachers Empower Others at UNC-C

The UNC-Charlotte College of Education hosted a Teacher-to-Teacher Conference on Tuesday, March 3rd.  Many of Shuford’s teachers represented N-CCS at this event. The campaign’s focus was “Empowering Teachers to Empower Students”. Pre-K to 12th grade teachers/professionals and university faculty were encouraged to facilitate sessions on best practices and pedagogical techniques. Presentation strands included: Engaging your hard-to-reach students; Differentiating for a variety of ... Read More »

NCMS Students Take First and Third Places in County Soil and Water Contest

Ellen Williams and Kendra Cobb, 6th grade students at NCMS, recently entered a contest entitled “Wetlands are Wonderful” with the Catawba County Soil & Water Conservation District.  The girls, students in Mrs. Waibel’s science classes, created slide presentations to educate others about the importance of wetland conservation. They took 1st and 3rd places respectively at the county level, and were ... Read More »