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Support N-CMS! Give Blood!
 N-CMS Blood Drive~ Sponsored by the Student Council!

Please come out and support N-CMS on Tuesday May 6th from 3:00pm to 7:30pm in the Cafeteria/Gym!

To make your life-saving appointment, please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Newton-Conover Middle! 

N-CHS Ranks 13th in the State!
 Last year U.S. News and World Report rated Newton-Conover HS as the 14th ranked high school in the state. The rankings are out again this year, and Newton-Conover High School is no longer 14th; It's now 13th in the state (Out of 519)! Additionally, only 2 North Carolina high schools received national "Gold" recognitions and 36 received "Silver" national recognitions. N-CHS was one of the 36 Silver awardees. To see the full report visit:
Discovery High Ranks as One of America's Most Challenging High Schools!

The Washington Post released America's Most Challenging HSs rankings. Our own Discovery High ranked #30 in NC! http://wapo.st/1elZdhX

America's Most Challenging High Schools

America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies (Subs. lunch) and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E).  
Spring Break!
 N-CCS will have school on Friday, April 18th on a regular schedule. Spring Break for students will be April 21-25, 2014. Have a wonderful, restful break! 
N-CMS Duke TIP Program
 A group of 7th graders at NCMS participated in the Duke TIP program. Bethany Black and Kyndal Hunt's scores on the SAT and ACT were so high they qualified for State Recognition. 7th grader Tucker Clark's ACT score was so impressive he qualified for Grand Recognition! These three students have been invited to attend a formal ceremony at a college in the next coming months.   CONGRATULATIONS!!
Kindergarten Registration Update!
Updated N-CCS Kindergarten Registration/Screening Dates: 

May 9 - Shuford
May 16 - North Newton 
**May 23 - South Newton

**Please help us share this change with any South Newton families this may affect!
Student Transfer Instructions

Time Period for Requesting a Transfer: May 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014
Forms and Information

Awesome Art Accomplishments!
The N-CHS Art Department has experienced a tremendous amount of acclaim this year! Their recent achievement was third place in the state at the NCASA Art Showcase this past Saturday. They competed as a team of seven: David Solesbee, Lanecia Williams, Nick Prado, Victoria Jackson, Sarah Burch, Madison Binkley, and Allie Adams. Allie Adams also received a first place honor in her category of 'Photography'. These students competed against twelve other schools (six per region) and tied for third place with Northwood High School. The other schools who took home second and first were Myers Park High and Wakefield High. This is a tremendous achievement for their first competition with NCASA.

The N-CHS Art Department is also proud of Eena See, who competed this fall with the Hickory Junior Women society. She took home a first place award in the county, first place in the region, and second place in the state for her computer graphic piece. 

Debbie Jimenez is also representing N-CCS in the state capital for NCAEA. Her art piece will be on permanent display in Raleigh.

What wonderful accomplishments for these talented young artists! 
Shuford Supports The Corner Table
Shuford Elementary School collected 155 items for The Corner Table, a soup kitchen that serves nutritious meals to men, women, and children in need in and around Newton, NC. 
The winning class that brought in the most items was Mrs. Lail's 1st grade class.  Mrs. Lingle’s 1st grade class came in second and Mrs. Davis' 2nd grade class came in third. 

A big thank you to all who donated products to help this generous organization in our local community!  
Drop Out Rate One of the Best in the State!
 We were recently notified that Newton-Conover's dropout rate is one of the five lowest in NC out of 116 school districts, at .98% rate. This is due to the fact that we have reduced our dropouts by 80% (from 45 in 2011-12, to 9 in 2012-13), which was the greatest improvement of any district in the state. We will be recognized at a ceremony in Raleigh in the months to come. We would like to thank our Drop-Out Prevention Coordinator, Judy McLaughlin, as well as our whole village of supporters and encouragers! You have all been a significant part of our success story! To read more, click below! 

NCCS Profile
N-CCS Hosts a Luncheon for PD-360 Teachers!
       Twenty N-CCS teachers recorded professional teaching videos and were recently highlighted as model teachers in a national video platform for teacher preparation and professional development, PD-360. On March 28th, N-CCS held a luncheon to honor these accomplished and well-deserving teachers, along with their Instructional Coaches and district supporters.
NC Teaching Fellows Visit N-CCS!
         This week, 7 NC Teaching Fellows from Appalachian State University and Lenoir-Rhyne University spent three days in N-CCS, learning from our directors, principals, teachers, and students. This 3-day shadowing experience allowed these students to gain first-hand knowledge about the inner workings of a local education agency, as well as create relationships that we hope will encourage them to return to teach for us one day! Dr. Aron Gabriel, Assistant Superintendent, organized this highly successful event.
We Choose Public Schools!
Check out our new Hickory Daily Record Ad!
You are proud of our students, they are proud of their successes, and we are ALL proud to be Newton-Conover!
We Choose Public Schools!

Congratulations to Newton-Conover High School student, Eena See.  Eena participated in the Hickory Junior Women's Club Arts Festival in the Painting - Computer Graphics category.  Eena placed first in the local competition, first in the district competition, and second in the state competition. 
N-CHS Students Selected to All County Honor Band
Congratulations to the 35 students from the Newton-Conover High School Band who auditioned and were selected to perform with the Catawba County All County Honor Band.  These students gave a great concert Friday night after a very active day of rehearsing with their conductors.  The conductor for the Wind Ensemble was Dr. Kevin Richardson, Band Director at Appalachian State University.  The conductor for the Symphonic band was Neil Underwood, Director of Bands at North Lincoln High School.  The concert was great and was a testament to these students' hard work and outstanding musicianship.  
Congratulations, Mr. Towery!
Congratulations to Mr. Gary Towery, a Career and Technical Educator (CTE) at N-CHS, who has been named IMC (Instructional Management Coordinator) of the Year for the NC Northwest Region (Region 7). This is quite an accomplishment, as this honor is voted on by Mr. Towery's fellow CTE peers. Congratulations to a well-deserving, dedicated, and successful educator!
N-CHS Band Performance
N-CHS band performed Tuesday for Music Performance Adjudication.   They performed on stage at the Broyhill Center in Lenoir and the band performed exceptionally well and received a "Superior" rating from each judge. After their stage performance, the band then went to a different room for a different judge and was given six minutes to look at a new piece of music and then play it for adjudication.  The band received a Superior rating for their sight-reading performance. We are really proud of the kids for their hard work and musicianship. 
Give Five, Read Five
Our State Superintendent, June Atkinson has challenged each of us to participate in the Give Five Read Five program.  
Reading at least five books over the summer can help students 
maintain reading skills while they are away from the classroom.

So GIVE FIVE books to help students READ FIVE books.  Your donation will allow us to provide each child with books to read in the summer. 

Donate five new or gently-used books for K-5 students today.

Books can be dropped off at your local elementary school or central office today.

All District Honor Band Clinic Honors
Congratulations to Kaylah Bailey-Collier and Charlie Smith for attending All District Honor Band Clinic in Boone.  Both students were selected among the nine hundred who auditioned in January.  The selected students rehearsed all day Friday andSaturday and gave a great concert on Sunday.  This is a great honor and we are very proud of Charlie and Kaylah.
Charlie placed high enough in district band that he is eligible to audition for All State Band this Saturday.  He will be auditioning against the best players from all six districts in North Carolina for a chance to be able to play in the All State Honor Band. 
Conference Championship
Another Conference Championship. Congrats to Coach Tharpe and his team. The boys team is the 1 seed and the girls team is seeded 4th in tonight's first round of the SD7 Conference  
2A State Wrestling Champs!!
NCHS became the 2A State Wrestling Champs on Saturday. Their record was 52-1 this season. Proud coaches are Coach Clark, Coach Murray, and Coach Shuffler. MVP was Coleman Carter.

Last week NCHS had it's first induction ceremony for Tri-M Music Honor Society.  It is sponsored by Ms. Fowler and Mr. Smith.  The pictures include the officers, the banner for Tri-M and the first group of students to be inducted.  
Future Engineers Summer Camp
Applications for students interested in attending the Future Engineers Summer Camps in Hickory are now available on-line at www.nccet.appstate.edu.  Please check out the attached flyer.  This year they are planning camps for rising 3rd- rising 10th grade students. 

Future Engineer Flyer 2014
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