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High Yield Strategy – Similarities and Differences

Robert Marzano has identified nine instructional strategies that classroom teachers can utilize to improve instruction in the classroom.  Our schools have been focusing on identifying similarities and differences this month which yields a 45 percentile gain in academics.  When working with students on this strategy, the students have to break concepts into similar and different characteristics. There are four effective ... Read More »

NCCS Welcomes Chasity Bolch to Newton-Conover Middle School

Mrs. Bolch sitting at her kidney table

Mrs. Chasity Bolch is teaching 6th grade math and science at Newton-Conover Middle School. For the past 9 years she has taught 7th grade math and science at River Bend Middle School. Chasity received her Bachelor’s degree in middle grades math and science from Western Carolina University in 2008. In 2013, she earned her Master’s degree in middle grades education ... Read More »

National Board Support Sessions Underway

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Newton-Conover City Schools provides both financial support and mentoring/coaching for staff who select to achieve their National Board Certification.  We are fortunate to have in our district Dr. Amanda Bridges and Mrs. Angie Sigmon who lead the support of our National Board candidates.  Support sessions, online resources, mentoring, and timelines are just a few of the services our team – ... Read More »

Instructional Core Modules Available in Canvas

Instructional Core logo

The Instructional Core Framework was developed by the NCCS Curriculum Team in conjunction with the NCCS Curriculum Council after a year of research, reading, and lengthy discussions about what all good teachers should know about pedagogy.  If you are new to Newton-Conover, you had the opportunity to get a broad overview of the Instructional Core during our New Hire Orientation. ... Read More »

NCCS Family Tailgate Slated for October 6

Dr. Stegall grilling hot dogs

Who doesn’t like the smell of the grill, hearing the marching band, and playing cornhole – all on a Friday evening.  Come out to our annual NCCS Staff and Family Tailgate at 6:00 pm on the Discovery High School blacktop, across the street from Gurley Stadium.  Enjoy burgers, chips, cookies, and the fixins.  Dr. Stegall and Dr. Gabriel will be ... Read More »

Genius Hour – Enrichment that Centers Around Student Interest

genius hour lightbulb and text

Genius Hour is a program that provides students with protected time during or after the school day to pursue “passion projects.”  This is based upon Google’s platform for providing their employees with an hour of uninterrupted passion time each week (from where 50% of their actual initiatives emerge).  The content of the projects can be related to a teacher’s curriculum, ... Read More »

Strategies for Providing Enrichment Opportunities to Advanced Learners

Students at North Newton

The purpose of enrichment is to provide extended learning opportunities and challenges to students who have already mastered or can quickly master the basic curriculum.  Enrichment gives students more time to study concepts with greater depth, breadth, and complexity.  Enrichment also provides opportunities for students to pursue learning in their own areas of interest and strengths. Here are some general ... Read More »

NCCS Welcomes Ashley Wright to South Newton Elementary

Ashley Wright with students

Mrs. Ashley Wright is proud to be joining the Kindergarten Team at South Newton Elementary this year!  For the past 10 years, she has taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and served as a reading specialist at Claremont Elementary School in the Catawba County School System.  Mrs. Wright truly feels that Kindergarten is her calling and enjoys coming to work each day ... Read More »

NCMS Receives Corning Incorporated Foundation Grant

6 Students are raising their cups from behind a table in which they are serving drinks during the STEM Connection Night Evening.

Newton-Conover STEM Middle School would like to thank Corning Incorporated Foundation for their dedication to promoting and enhancing STEM Education with the contribution of $4,664.  Through the Corning Educational Grant – NCMS can strengthen its partnerships with business partners and fuel exposure to local STEM careers by funding STEM Connection Nights and Career Days, as well as provide a summer ... Read More »

NCCS Welcomes Jennifer Riddle to Shuford Elementary

Jenn(ifer) Riddle is a 4th Grade teacher at Shuford Elementary School.  Jenn has taught for ten years.  She taught students at Viewmont Elementary School in the Hickory Public Schools district.  She also taught for three years at Concordia Christian Day School.  Jenn has a B.S.Ed Elementary Education/Psychology, Western Carolina University, 2007 where she graduated cum laude.  Her honors include NC ... Read More »