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"A message from Pauletta Pearson Washington, wife of Denzel Washington and N-CHS Alumni"
Oscar of Teaching Bestowed Upon Shuford Elementary's Angie Sigmon

Angie Sigmon, a K-3 teacher at Shuford Elementary School in Conover, was named North Carolina's latest Milken Educator Award winner and the recipient of a $25,000 prize on Friday, October 17th.

State Superintendent June Atkinson made the surprise announcement during a school-wide assembly. Sigmon is among up to 40 outstanding elementary educators who will receive the Milken Educator Award for the 2014–15 school year, which carries with it an unrestricted financial award of $25,000 and membership in a network of over 2,600 past recipients from across the nation.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said, "In her 13-year career, Angie has inspired her students and colleagues alike to unlock learning potential with technology, to try new things, to help one another and to always believe in themselves. She represents her profession well and we are so fortunate that she has chosen to share her passion and talents with North Carolina’s students and teachers."

For more information on this outstanding N-CCS educator, follow this link: http://nccscurriculum.org/2014/10/17/oscar-of-teaching-bestowed-upon-shuford-elementarys-angie-sigmon/

Maggie Daniels Memorial Run
Discovery High School will host Run for Maggie, a 5K memorial run and walk honoring Maggie Daniels and benefiting the memorial scholarship fund that bears her name.    The event will take place Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:00 am in front of Gurley Stadium at Newton-Conover High School. 
The cost for the run is $25 per person and includes a logo-free t-shirt honoring Daniels, who was a beloved guidance counselor at Discovery High School and a former teacher and coach at Newton-Conover High School.  Maggie was also an avid runner who could often be seen running in the Newton area. 
Registrations are being accepted now through November 1.  There is no same-day registration.  Participants may download a registration form through the DHS website, accessed through www.nccs.k12.nc.us.  Forms are also available at Discovery High School, Newton-Conover High School, Fleet Feet, Shuford YMCA in Conover, the Hickory Foundation YMCA, the Newton Recreation Department and other area high schools. 
Trophies or plaques will be awarded to the top overall female and male finishers, the top female and male finishers for Discovery High School and Newton-Conover High School, and top female and male finishers in the following age brackets:  12 and under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60+. 
Big Kahuna Timing is honoring Maggie by donating timing services for the event. 
For more information, contact DHS Principal, John Robinson at 828-466-5581, or Elizabeth Glynn, one of the event coordinators, at 828-244-8398

The form can also be accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/l5cfkc5  
National Farm to School Month!
N-CCS serves up nothing but the best in our cafeterias! Let's celebrate our FRESH and DELICIOUS food choices in the month of October! 
Nests for Knowledge
Save the Dates for the Newton-Conover Education Foundation Bird Schoolhouse Auction.  Bird house donations are due to the N-CCS Central Office by October 3, 2014 and the auction is Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 7:30-9:00 pm at the new South Newton Elementary Gymtorium.  Click HERE for Complete Details.
N-CCS WIX Page Shares District's Highlights with Stakeholders

Do you want to know more about what makes N-CCS an incredible school district?  Now there is a place to go to check out all that our district offers students, how we partner with community partners, and why N-CCS is the BEST choice for students and families. Check out the WIX website here to learn more about what makes Newton-Conover so special!

N-CCS September Employee of the Month: Mrs. Audra Smith!

Congratulations to Mrs. Audra Smith, Teacher Assistant and Bus Driver at Newton-Conover Middle School, for being named N-CCS's September Employee of the Month! Audra was nominated by several people for the self-less, hard working, student-centered way in which she serves others. As those who nominated explained, "She goes above and beyond to help all",  and she is a "friend and a supporter to anyone who needs a little help." As a small token of appreciation, Mrs. Smith received a $100 stipend to spend as she wishes. She is another reason why we are proud to say, "WE are Newton-Conover!"

To nominate a well-deserving N-CCS staff member for the month of October, please click here: https://docs.google.com/a/nccs.k12.nc.us/forms/d/1wZX_n-g2VQekN_RQ0cAcpQ-xbUInwLZoUCFNaOnUTkM/viewform .

Parenting Network Offers Support!
If you are looking for information, support, or ideas for raising your little ones, please take advantage of the following classes, offered by the Catawba County Parenting Network. See information below: 

You and Me, Baby!

 for singles moms and all moms of babies birth to age 5. Moms enjoy fellowship, a light meal, childcare and great topics each month which are very relevant to their growing baby! The group will meet on Wednesday, September 10th, at Viewmont Baptist Church from 6-7:30 p.m. Program and childcare are FREE to participants.
Love and Logic is for parents with children ages 3-12. This is a one night preview/workshop to introduce parents to the basics of this wonderful, award-winning curriculum which teaches parents how to raise responsible, respectful kids and develop ways to have more fun in their parenting role. Thursday, September 18th, at Blackburn Elementary, 6-8 p.m. There has been a big response already from the marketing of this class, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!
Dads’ League is for fathers with kids of all ages! Engaging topics and fellowship with other dads, with a special emphasis on maintaining open lines of communication with your kids and helping them to be confident and successful in school. Next meeting is Thursday, September 18th, at Hickory Foundation YMCA’s Teen Center from 6-7:30 p.m. Pizza and childcare are provided to participants.
Spanish Active Parenting Now is for parents with children ages 3-12. Class teaches parents to instill better cooperation and ways to avoid power struggles with their kids. It also equips parents with practical strategies to help their child develop self-esteem and courage. The group meets Wednesdays, September 24th through October 29th 6-8 p.m. Note: SIX sessions.  Sweetwater Early Childhood Education Center (Old Sweetwater School).
Active Parenting Now is for parents with children ages 3-12. Class teaches parents to instill better cooperation and ways to avoid power struggles with their kids. Also equips parents with practical strategies to help their child develop self-esteem, courage, and school success. Mondays, October 6ththrough November 10th , at Viewmont Elementary School, 6-8 p.m. SIX sessions.
The Incredible Years next series will begin in January. Please call the Parenting Network to begin the application process. Limited class size. Reserve Your Spot Now!

For information on how you can get involved, contact: 

Catawba County Parenting Network; 
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