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3 Essential Communication Skills

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Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) vary in severity of symptoms, skill level and ability to learn. The result is an increasing need to provide quality education for more and more students. By definition, students with autism spectrum disorders have significant challenges in communication skills. Effective communication is a foundation for successful social interaction and appropriate behavior. Therefore, educational instruction ... Read More »

Creating a Reinforcing Environment

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Just Love Them This isn’t behavioral. You can’t set up a checklist for how to achieve this. You can’t buy a product for this on TpT. But at the end of the day the most important thing is that you love them. They are your kids. Protect them, advocate for them, and always have their best interest at heart. If ... Read More »

Ditty…Say it with a Song!

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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 »

Stay Connected in N-CCS

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In Newton-Conover, we try to leverage social media and technology to keep you connected.   The Compass, for example, our online digital newsletter is a great place to keep up with what’s going on in Newton-Conover City Schools.  Simply go to The Compass, and on the right hand side of the page, you will see a “Subscribe Via E-mail” box.  Simply ... Read More »

Two Years Later, #NCed Going Strong

Two years ago, four educators from the Hickory area had a dream of creating a virtual space where NC educators could come together and share strategies, ideas, information, and news.  Dr. David Stegall and Cindy Geddes were both in Newton-Conover at the time.  Heather Mullins worked for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and Dr. Jayme Linton worked at ... Read More »

N-CCS Inclement Weather Procedures Re-visited

Re-Post from January 15, 2015: It’s that time of year again–time for dark, frigid mornings at the bus stop, ice-covered wind shields, and slippery parking lots and play areas. Yes, it is one of the most beautiful, and yet one of the most worrisome, times of the year for school personnel. Our N-CCS administrative staff seeks to make the best possible ... Read More »

Mid-Year Reflections and Continuous Improvement

It’s hard to believe that first semester is coming to an end.  Our high school students are beginning exams, and our middle and elementary schools are in the mid-year benchmark season.  It is this time of year when we pause to reflect on what’s going well and areas we have for improvement.  It has been my goal as superintendent to ... 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 »

2013-14 Staff and Parent Advisory Groups Productive

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Newton-Conover City Schools values the contributions that members of the Staff Advisory and Parent Advisory offered during the 2013-14 school year. These two important advisory groups have met multiple times to gain a greater understanding of the programs, vision, and happenings in our school district.  These groups have shared their ideas as well as their concerns.  All stakeholders have worked ... Read More »

NCDPI Offers Webinars on the 4 C’s

Many know that our district has placed a focus on the 4 Cs of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity with their application to our classrooms.  The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has presented and posted all their recorded webinars on the web to provide educators with the opportunity to maximize the interactivity of the internet to enhance teaching and ... Read More »