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Eyemart Express to Partner with Schools

Pair of glasses advertising Eyemart Express

Eyemart Express will be opening a Hickory location in mid-May and wants to partner with our schools to help both educators and students.  Their “Educator Discount Program” provides a 20% discount to any school employee who presents a school ID badge.  The discount is in addition to their already low prices including their 2-pair deals.  Most vision insurances are accepted ... Read More »

Newton-Conover Middle School named National School to Watch

NCMS Leadership with School to Watch banner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Newton-Conover Middle School named National School to Watch School emphasizes continuous growth in academic excellence and social equity Conover, NC — April 10, 2016 — Newton-Conover Middle School, a STEM magnet middle school in Conover, North Carolina, has received a national designation from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform: the prestigious National School to Watch ... Read More »

Friday Institute Offers Computer Science Opportunities

Outside view of Friday Institute

In North Carolina, there are currently over 17,000 open computing jobs, but only 18% of schools in NC teach AP Computer Science and only 1,425 students in NC took the AP exam last year.  Of those 1,425 students, only 25% were female, and only 203 were underrepresented minorities.  Meanwhile there is growing interest and demand.  Nine out of ten parents ... Read More »

South Newton Featured in National Letterland Marketing Video

South Newton students doing Letterland

South Newton Elementary teachers, students and leaders were recently filmed by international educational literacy program Letterland.  Letterland has taken that footage and created an international marketing commercial to promote their product, titled “What is Letterland?”  Click below to view the commercial! Read More »

Assistive Technology Provides Support for ALL Students

Assistive technology supports all students.

            Do you have a student in your classroom who needs some additional supports to be successful? The use of assistive technology (AT) may be an easy way to meet that need. IDEA defines assistive technology as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that ... Read More »

N-CHS Senior Participates in SOFA Apprenticeship

Student working at furniture company

Ben Benson, a senior at Newton-Conover High School is currently serving as an apprentice at Vanguard Furniture. Ben is working within the upholstery department at Vanguard and is earning a paycheck as well as receiving high school credit. Work based learning gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills through hands-on career development experiences. Newton-Conover High School is ... Read More »

Coach P Puts the “P” in PE Week

PE Week Participant

Physical education teacher Rich Painchaud of South Newton, better known as “Coach P”, really puts the PHYSICAL into education! Coach P just hosted an amazing PE Week celebrating fitness AND fun for students, staff, parents, and some of our favorite community friends from the Newton Police Department. Throwing and catching games as well as scooter games were the highlighted events of the ... Read More »

Caution: Scientists at Work

Pasta Derby Winners

South Newton Elementary hosted their annual family science night on Thursday, March 16th, in conjunction with the NC Science Festival. Activities included 13 hands-on experiement stations, all led by South Newton student leaders. New this year to science night, was the pasta derby organized by UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students. South Newton students along with their families made cars from dried pasta and ... Read More »

The Little Winner for The Little Read

Congratulations to first grader Joseph Canipe of North Newton Elementary! Joseph is this year’s NCCS winner of the essay contest for The Little Read. Joseph, a student in Kelly Pugh’s first grade classroom, is the son of Jessica Hymel. The Little Read is a literacy program funded by a generous grant from the family of Ron and Sandra Deal in memory ... Read More »

Friday Institute to Offer Literacy MOOC for K-8 Educators

screenshot of FI MOOC page

Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning explores what it means to read, write, speak, and listen for learning and creating knowledge across disciplines, including science, mathematics, history/social studies, and English/language arts. In this six unit course, participants will learn how to engage students in deeper learning through disciplinary literacy practices and explore the model for inquiry-based disciplinary literacy.  Click here to ... Read More »