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North Newton Teacher Awarded Community Engagement Badge

Ms. Betsy Gaither, a fourth grade teacher from North Newton,  has been awarded a Community Engagement badge from  Miami University’s Project Dragonfly for making a difference in human and ecological communities. As part of the Global Field Program, Gaither learns to study and apply the tools of conservation science  as well as how to incorporate inquiry, community, and a voice ... Read More »

Science-Related Resources At Kerr Scott Reservoir Near Wilkesboro, NC

W. Kerr Scott Lake’s Environmental Education Center was founded in 2008 through a partnership with the Friends of W. Kerr Scott Lake group and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The non-profit Friends group was able to secure thousands of dollars to create exhibits, purchase supplies and furniture for the new education center. After two years of planning, raising funds, ... 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 »

ESL Saturday Academy and Tutoring

Beginning on April 5th, ESL students in grades 2-5 will have the opportunity to attend ESL Saturday Academy.  The students will attend the academy at North Newton Elementary School on April 5th,  April 12th, May 3rd, May 10th, and May 17th.  Each Saturday session will last from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  The focus of the five sessions will be science and general ... Read More »

Blooming Vocabulary

Amanda Crouch, a seventh grade science and math teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School, has developed a creative way to let vocabulary bloom in her classroom. She began displaying math and science terms on the petals with student-friendly associations, and on the leaves, she has listed the key concepts relevant to the petal terminology. Given that frequent incorporation of academic vocabulary within the classroom has been linked to success on end-of-grade assessments, ... Read More »

STEM Project Matching Grants up to $75,000

Duke Energy Foundation recently announced a $75,000 matching gift to DonorsChoose.org to assist teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).According to program guidelines, public school teachers can submit STEM project proposals to www.DonorsChoose.org/teachers. When 50 percent of a project’s request is funded through citizen donations, Duke Energy will contribute the remaining 50 percent for teachers in the company’s North ... Read More »

More Than 8,000 New Science, Social Studies Resources Added in Schoolnet

On Friday, Feb. 14, Home Base will contain science and social studies resources from Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange (OLE) to help students connect and experience science and social studies. In Schoolnet, click on the OLE Sci/SS tab that displays with your search results and you will find a wide range of resources that can be used in your lesson plans. ... Read More »

Newton-Conover 8th Graders Attend STEM Tour

Newton-Conover Middle School eighth-graders along with their principal, teachers, and other staff, attended an Extreme STEM Tour on November 14.  STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  The tour, coordinated by Tracy Hall, Catawba Valley Community College, and the Education Matters initiative, is an opportunity for students to visit businesses and industry that are rich ... Read More »

Free K-8 STEM Live Video Course Extensions for Science Through NCSSM

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Take advantage of these STEM Enrichment sessions that enhance core instruction for elementary and middle school students as well as provide instruction for teachers in “hard to teach” concepts. Instruction is aligned with the competencies and objectives outlined nationally and by the state of North Carolina. NCSSM offers both live interactive programming and do-it-yourself lessons. Live sessions are scheduled interactive ... 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 »