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Space for Creativity

Student looking at projects

What can you do with a paper plate, excited students, and the media center Makerspace? Students in Mrs. K. Smith’s 7th grade English Language Arts classes at Newton Conover STEM Middle School were given the task of composing a narrative about a lesson that they had learned. Following the completion of their a short stories, the students used the media ... Read More »

Newton-Conover Innovative Grant Cycle Opens for Third Year

DHS Greenhouse and garden

Ok, NCCS teachers, administrators, staff, and students, put on your thinking caps, and get ready to pitch your innovative and creative ideas!  That’s right!  The grant window is now open for NCCS Innovative Grants.  Last year, our district distributed over $30,000 to teachers, administrators, and students who shared their ideas for bringing innovation and new ideas to our schools.  Check ... Read More »

Be our Guest

Kids at Disney

It’s All About the Experience “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” -Walt Disney Like many of you, I’ve been fortunate enough to take my family on a visit to Walt Disney World. We had a wonderful time, and we left feeling like ... Read More »

Makerspaces: Not Just for Kids

Makey Makey

Think for a moment: In what part of your school building are children most engaged and actively initiating their own learning? What is it about this space that cultivates curiosity and is trademarked by innovation? What if there was a space designed to allow for students to make, invent, reinvent, hack, design, create, manufacture, develop, collaborate, produce, construct, and tinker? ... Read More »

Student Advisory Meets the Shark Tank

Student Advisory Members

On Thursday, April 16, NCCS Student Advisory members from North Newton, Shuford, South Newton, NCMS, Discovery, and NCHS faced a Shark Tank of district and community leaders as they pitched their products to re-brand Newton-Conover City Schools.  Students worked in teams over the course of the past year to develop prototypes for products or ideas that could be developed as ... Read More »

NCMS Invites all NCCS Educators to Experience Adult Makerspace

Mark your calendars for April 28!  All NCCS staff members are welcome to join Jessica Luby and the NCMS staff in the media center for an adult maker space expo! Drop in when you can, and stay as long as you want anytime from 4-5:30 pm. Several tables will be set up – each set up with different supplies we’ve ... 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 »

Newton-Conover High School Poetry Slam Makes an Impact

Symbolism, metaphors, and deep-rooted emotion all filled the media center at NCHS this week when students of all grade levels met together for the school’s inaugural Poetry Slam.  The Poetry Slam was hosted by Amy Haugh, media specialist, and the NCHS English Department. Each English class selected their top seven students who competed against each other throughout the day.  A winner was ... Read More »

Tellagami Takes Animated Story Telling to the Next Level

Tellagami is a mobile app  available in for Apple or Android devices that lets you create and share a quick animated Gami video. Tellagami provides users with a fun, new way to share animated messages. Customize your character. Change its mood or outfit. Record your voice or add dialogue. Then, share your Gami.  You can make your video in three easy ... 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 »