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Newton-Conover Receives National Board NT3 Grant

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Newton-Conover received a grant from National Board that will provide the district with $100,000 over two years to develop a sustainable plan to build capacity in teachers by providing focused professional development on accomplished teaching practices.  The goals of the grant include improving teacher quality, preparing teachers for successful completion of National Board Certification, and building teacher leadership.  All three ... Read More »

BT Spotlight: Rachel Spencer – Conover School

Conover School Teacher - Rachel Spencer

Rachel Spencer is the EC Pre-K teacher at Conover School.  She graduated from Appalachian State University in December 2013 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Birth through Kindergarten with dual licensure in Special Education.  She is currently attending Liberty University where she will graduate in December with a Master of Education in Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood Education.  She ... Read More »

NCCS Welcomes a New Baby

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We are so excited to announce the birth of Paisley Jean Crawford, daughter of Ben Crawford who serves as a PE teacher at Newton-Conover Middle School.   Paisley was born on November 28th at 11:52 pm.  She is adorable! Read More »

Teaching Vocabulary with the STAR Strategy

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Teaching vocabulary is a skill that all teachers face each year.   One method to help teachers plan their vocabulary instruction is the STAR(Select, Teach, Activate, Revisit) strategy. Teachers can follow the method below to begin planning lessons to address vocabulary needs.   SELECT Choose appropriate content words. Focus on words essential to understanding of the text. Draw a story ... Read More »

Hooking reluctant readers with tech

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Students use iPads to read selections with YouTube audio linked as additional supports.   Read More »

Little Known Facts about the ACT

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The ACT is a required test for all North Carolina juniors.  The test is given free of charge during March of the junior year.  This college entrance exam is important in that a student’s score helps eligibility for entrance to specific colleges and universities.  The test is comprised of four required sections:  English, Math, Reading, and Science.  A writing section ... Read More »

Teaching Vocabulary and Comprehension Through Cloze Activities

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The Cloze Procedure features a passage from text that contains blanks where words are deliberately omitted.  It is designed to measure a student’s comprehension, but may also be used to activate prior knowledge about a topic.  To create a Cloze Activity, choose a passage of text and delete words based on a word count formula, such as every 5th word.  ... Read More »

SAS Curriculum Pathways available to all!

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SAS Curriculum Pathways has offered digital lessons for quite some time at a cost to the school.  These great resources are now available for FREE and offer virtual ways for students to explore content.  In addition, there are online lessons aligned to the Science Olympiad events for the elementary, middle, and high school tournaments.  Talk with your school’s Science Olympiad coach ... Read More »

Discovery adds new Apps to VR experience

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Discovery High School recently upgraded their VR experience by adding new destinations and new apps to their VR program.  Discovery continues to push the envelope regarding their use of VR and recent upgrades have added even more diversity to their offerings.  Apollo 11 and Stonehenge are new additions along with a new Google Earth application and the Fantastic Contraption app.  Students and ... Read More »

S3 Visits Underway in Newton-Conover

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District and school-level leadership have been working together since last spring to design the 2016-17 Systematic School Support (S3) Visits this year.  We have been looking for ways to support schools throughout the year as well as touch base with as many stakeholders as possible. S3 Visits are designed to give district and school leaders from around the district an ... Read More »