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Collaboration Creation

Image of the newly renovated Media Center at Shuford Elementary.

Ms. Clemmons and Mrazek at Shuford Elementary were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients. The media center has recently been transformed into a student-centered environment.  The projects students would be completing would align with multiple academic areas such as math and reading.  Through this collaborative process, students will be meeting technology standards.  With the purchase of 4-32” flat screen TV’s mounted in the ... Read More »

Coming Soon…..Mural in Downtown Newton

Two studnets working on painting the side of a building to start their mural in downtown Newton.

Mr. Wilson and his student, Mr. Ortiz at Discovery High School, were recipients of a 2017-18 Innovative Grant.  As a collaborative effort between the students of Discovery High School and the Newton Public Art Commission, we aim to encourage fellow young artists to become active in their communities and create art throughout the downtown area. Other students will eventually add ... Read More »

Chromecasts Enhance Collaboration

Chromecast Collaboration

Students coming to work in the NCMS media center have a great option for easy collaboration.  Using Google Chromecasts and Chromebooks, students can display websites, videos, documents, and presentations onto a television screen which allows them to work together on projects more easily.  There are currently four “Think Tank” stations in the NCMS media center available for students to use. Read More »

Ditty…Say it with a Song!

Ditty logo

Ditty is an App that turns your sentences into a song. In our Kindergarten classroom, we have created “Ditties” for all subject areas (even classroom management!) The possibilities for student collaboration and creation are endless! There are essentially 3 basic steps to turn your message into a song Type your message (up to 70 characters) into the App. If students ... Read More »

Thornton Educational Center Gingerbread Event

Jayme and Deacon Linton

On Friday, December 18th the preschool students and staff at Thornton Educational Center welcomed families, community members, high school students and Newton-Conover Schools staff to a gingerbread house making event.  Each of the 54 NCPreK children enrolled at Thornton Educational Center were paired with parents, high school students, and adults to assist in the construction of their own gingerbread house. Students ... Read More »

North Newton Whiteboard Tables Provide Creativity Outlet

Students writing

The North library has recently added whiteboard material to some of the tables.  The 3rd graders used the whiteboards to create a Venn diagram comparing two books they read.  The 4th graders utilized them to take notes while using a database to research North Carolina state symbols for a group social studies assignment. Read More »

Priscilla Palmisano Presents at NC Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Conference

On Thursday, January 29th, Priscilla Palmisano, Assistant Principal at Conover School, presented at the 28th Annual Conference for Exceptional Children in Pinehurst, NC. Mrs. Palmisano presented on the newly implemented Teacher Assistant (TA) Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) process at Conover School, a public separate school for students with moderate to severe disabilities. The presentation consisted of information pertaining to creating ... Read More »

Taking 4C’s of Learning Above and Beyond at Shuford Elementary

Teachers are taking 21st century learning to the next level at Shuford Elementary School.  Each month the school has a weekly agenda which has a focus on lessons using the 4Cs’s of learning, for example: week 1’s focus is Communication, week 2 Collaboration, week 3 Critical Thinking, and week 4 Creativity.  Teacher led activities produce student work within the realm, ... Read More »

Squid in Action

The fourth grade students at North Newton Elementary School were actively learning about animal adaptations by dissecting squid last week.   The Catawba Science Center provided on-site science activities to spark an interest in learning.  They helped the students learn about the different parts of the squid by having them actually dissect the animal. The students really enjoyed the hands on ... Read More »

The Snowball Technique

The purpose of the snowball fight strategy is to predict, summarize, justify, and think critically.  Teachers can adapt the strategy to their own purposes. First, have students write the answer to a poignant content-related question on a piece of paper.  Students then crumple their paper into a “snowball.”  Then, students throw their “snowballs” across the room and retrieve one that ... Read More »