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Providing Structured to students with Autism

The student is working on learning from visual supports.

Dr. Bridges and Ms. Hudson are 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients who focused on providing structure to students with Autism.  The program serving students at North Newton Elementary is Principles of Structured TEACCHing.  The program helps to explain that students with autism benefit from an environment that is visually structured to help address their learning styles and help them become more independent. ... Read More »

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy

Students taking a picture on the farm with two of their favorite horses.

          Ms. McGee and Campbell at South Newton Elementary were 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients.  Their project focuses on Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy (EFP), a team approach to psychotherapy.  It is a form of therapy that utilizes horses to help promote emotional growth. Equestrian therapy is particularly applied to patients with ADD, ADHD, anxiety, autism, developmental delays, down ... Read More »

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 »

Here’s What You Could Do To Strengthen Your Learning Commons

Image of the makerspace window with three different student-made signs that say makerspace.

Ms. McRary and Griffin were District Innovative Grant Winners for the 2016-17 school year.  Because they were a district winner, they received $1,500 as a joint effort for the 2017-18 school year. Because of our Newton-Conover Middle school is a STEM school, great strides have been made to improve the STEM-related opportunities in the NCMS media center.  Spaces have been ... Read More »

Alexa in the Classroom

An amazon Alexa stacked on some books

Mrs. Coffeey, a teacher at Newton-Conover High School, was a 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipient. Imagine a classroom where the teacher can work closely with a small group of students while others in the room can get their questions answered without interrupting the group. A teacher assistant is a must, right? No! Meet the newest teacher assistant, Alexa. Amazon’s Echo Dot ... 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 »


NCCS Teacherpreneurs Cohort 1

Dr. Bridges, Mullins and Mrs. Brown, Sigmon were recipients of a 2017-18 Innovative Grant.  Their culminating activity for this cohort is for each member of the group to work with their principal and AP/IC to determine a problem or need in their school and develop an action plan to tackle that problem.  With the district-wide rollout of the S3 Data Protocol, ... Read More »

Disc Golf – A Wellness Activity

disc golf basket standing in a field

Mr. Amerto and Scronce from Discovery High School are 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients.  Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc or Frisbee. Disc golf can be an individual activity or a dual activity and takes place outdoors generally. Having the ability to teach students this activity, that ... Read More »

ACT Innovation

ACT Logo

The Administrators at Newton-Conover High School are 2017-18 Innovative Grant recipients.  Their project was aimed at trying to improve ACT success by having students take a practice test and receive their CCRA reports to identify areas of strengths and needs for improvements.   For a student to take advantage of this, the student and the parent agree to meet with the ... Read More »

Learning Through Play

Mrs. Fitzgerald from Shuford Elementary was an Innovative Grant recipient for the 2017-18 school year.  Her project provides more developmentally appropriate experiences in the kindergarten classroom by provided more opportunities for student-led explorations related to the standards.  According to The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), “nearly one-third (29 percent) of kindergarten classrooms spend 3 or more hours ... Read More »