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Creating Digital Ripples in a Borderless World: Why Cultural Responsiveness is No Longer Optional

The notion of cultural relevancy or cultural responsiveness is often misunderstood in the field of education even today. Some still harbor the belief that our moral imperative to be “culturally responsive” is fully attained when we add festivals, food, flags, famous people, and bulletin boards to our syllabus. Sadly, these sometimes stereotypical and shallow surrogates often serve as the core ... Read More »

NCCS Student Advisory Places Emphasis on the 4Cs

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The NCCS Student Advisory for the 2013-14 school year met at Newton-Conover High School recently.  This year, for the first time, the advisory includes not only high school students from Discovery and NCHS but also middle school and elementary school students from around our district.  Dr. David Stegall’s vision for Student Advisory is to blend leadership discussion and team building ... Read More »

Elementary Teachers Vet Summative Math Test

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Our K-2 teachers were involved in vetting the K-2 State Math Summative Assessment on November 18.  The teachers reviewed, analyzed, and critiqued each question on the assessments for NCDPI.  This collaborative approach was a meaningful experience for all involved.  The teachers were able to provide our state information related to the assessment that will benefit our students. By having the opportunity to ... Read More »

Prezi in Action

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How would you like to be able to use a technology process to showcase information for your students?  Try using a Prezi! A Prezi is a zooming presentation software that helps you organize, present, and share your ideas. With Prezi, you move seamlessly from brainstorming your ideas to presenting them. Create a more cinematic and engaging experience and lead your ... Read More »

Internship Programs Prepare Students for Their Futures

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Students at Newton-Conover High School have the chance to check out their future career choice by taking an internship during their junior and senior year.  On average,  150 juniors and seniors will take an internship class during the school year.  This is when a student chooses to go to a place of business or area of interest that may suit ... Read More »

N-C HS Teachers Track Data to Increase Proficiency

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Career and Technical Education teachers at Newton-Conover High School (NCHS) are using Google doc’s to track how their students are doing on standard objective test (Formative Assessments).  Each CTE course has standards set by NCDPI that must be covered during the teaching of a CTE course.  CTE teachers use what is called a “Blueprint” (instructional guide) that lists the standard, ... Read More »

David Schouweiler Touts the Merits of Standards-Based Grading

Standards based grading (SBG) provides students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery.

Standards Based Grading (SBG) is an education buzzword gaining momentum nationwide over the past few years — and for good reason!  Unlike other education flavors-of-the-week, SBG is a powerful tool and educational philosophy that empowers students to take ownership of their learning while alleviating the burden of remediation.  The core principle of SBG is that students should be assessed on ... Read More »

NCCS Classroom Walkthrough Aligns with 2013-14 District Vision

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If you have seen an administrator or director in yourclassroom tapping an iPad or iPhone, you may have been observed using our district’s new K-12 walkthrough tool.  Principals and district staff have been piloting use of the tool over the past month, making suggestions for improvement, and collaborating in small group walkthroughs to calibrate the tool. So, What are They ... Read More »

Classroom Support for ESL Students only a Click Away

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Our ESL Department is dedicated to helping all teachers meet the needs of English Language Learners.  Most teachers are familiar with ESL teaching strategies such as Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP).  However, sometimes even the best strategies aren’t enough to meet the needs of all learners.  Our Newton-Conover City Schools’ ESL teachers are here to help. On October 9, all ... Read More »

Digital Days was a Success!

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Newton-Conover City Schools hosted the district’s third semi-annual day of instructional technology learning affectionately called Digital Days on October 7. Two hundred and seventy-two staff members each attended at least two classes that day.  There were 30 different tiered classes offered.  Staff members were excited with the variety of choices that were offered from Google Docs for Beginners to MineCraft. ... Read More »