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June 2015 Employee of the Month

The N-CCS Employee of the Month for June 2015 is Mrs. Amber Humprey, Instructional Coach at Shuford Elementary School. This spring, Mrs. Humphrey has not only served as the Instructional Coach, but also as the School Counselor and the Principal while they have both been on leave with their new babies. These situations have required that Mrs. Humphrey wear many hats at Shuford Elementary--but she has proven that she can wear them all quite well!

The numerous nominations made on behalf of Amber this month speak to her many responsibilities, and her ability to juggle those roles well! As one teacher shared, "Amber is an amazing woman who is able to handle all kinds of responsibility. As an Instructional Coach, she has helped many teachers meet the individual needs of students with her suggestions. She is involved with the students, knows them by name, and always has a smile! She has given us information that is useful and practical which improves our classroom instruction. While in the position of acting principal, with all of the situations that involves with parents, discipline, decision making, etc., she was also responsible for EOG testing for all grades. She is always approachable, staff always feel like they are "heard", and she comes up with practical solutions that everyone is happy with. Her flexibility is evident and she maintains a composed demeanor when faced with sudden changes. She is a wonderful role model for both staff and students."á

Other staff members shared, "Amber always takes pride in her work. She works hard at whatever task is assigned to her! She takes time to make sure everyone understands what they need to know and is just a tremendous asset to Shuford!" Another staff member stated, "Amber has given 110% in all that she has done all year! In addition to that, she has stepped into the role as the administrator and has done a great job. She has worked well with the parents and made sure that they felt valued while Mr. Nelson has been out. I am so proud of how she has handled all of the craziness that comes at the end of a school year! She is so deserving of this honor!"

Mrs. Humphrey is another reason why we are proud to say, "We are Newton-Conover!" We will continue to nominate and award additional staff members with this distinguished honor in the fall of 2015. May all of our staff members enjoy a well-deserved, relaxing summer break!á

N-CCS Honors Retiring Educators

On Thursdayánight, May 28, N-CCS leaders, administrators, staff, teachers, BOE members, family, and friends gathered at the Market on Main in Hickory to celebrate the amazing careers of 13 N-CCS employees. The event was highlighted by special words of encouragement from Dr. Stegall (Superintendent), Dr. Gabriel (Assistant Superintendent), Dr. Rosenbalm (Director of EC and Communication Services) and Dr. White (Director of Human Resources). Each honored retiree was joined by a special guest of their choice and was surrounded by their administrators and district supporters. Retirees enjoyed a delicious meal and received an inscribed apple with their name on it, as a token of appreciation. Special memories of each employee's careers were highlighted in a meaningful presentation given by Dr. White. áThese honored guests included:

  • William (Bill) Long, Central Office Director of CTE, High School, and Student Services
  • Mark Gupton, District EC Program Compliance Specialist (not pictured)
  • Gary Towery, N-CHS CTE Teacher/Coordinator
  • Janis Bolick, N-CHS EC Teacher
  • Julie Brown, N-CHS English Teacher
  • Roy Highberg, Discovery High Science Teacher
  • Ruth Miller, N-CMS Media Specialist
  • Susan Albano, N-CMS ESL Teacher (not pictured)
  • Valerie Leath, N-CMS Assistant Principal
  • Tracy Workman, North Newton Elementary EC Teacher (not pictured)
  • Patricia (Pat) Styles, South Newton Elementary Media Specialist
  • Candius (Candie) Campbell, South Newton Elementary ESL Teacher (not pictured)
  • Catherine (Cathy) Gregg, South Newton Elementary Teacher Assistant

Newton-Conover is proud to commend these fine retirees for theirá361 total years in education, á202 of which took place in N-CCS! The impact and positive influence that these educators leave behind will be a part of us as we continue to educate and affect student success. This evening served as another great example of why we are proud to say, "We are Newton-Conover!"

Three N-CCS Educators Earn the 1st Annual Inno Awards
On Tuesday, June 2nd, N-CCS teachers, administrators, and students gathered to hear the anticipated news of the winning 2014-2015 Innovative Grant Recipients! In the fall of 2014, students and staff members submitted proposals to gain grant funding for an innovative project for their classroom or school. The funding for these grants would come from the profits made from facilities usage in/on N-CCS properties. Teams of teachers and students from N-CCS elementary, middle, and high schools worked together to submit proposals for grant ideas, and 15 projects were funded! Individual teacher grants were funded up to $1,000 and group/collaborative grants were funded up to $1500.

Congratulations to Brian Smith (Central Office/Boys Book Club), Adrianne Blackwelder (Shuford/School Garden), and Sean Fitzgerald (North Newton/Mount Bulldog) for winning the 2015 N-CCS Innovative Grant vote! These three educators were among the 15 grant recipients who vied for the most votes to receive additional funds to extend their projects in the coming year.

The 2015-2016 Innovative Grant window is open from now until June 30, 2015.á Teachers, students, and non-certified staff can all submit a proposal for an innovative idea.
Click hereáto access the grant application. á
Click hereáto check out our grant recipients from the 2014-15 school year.
If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Heather Mullins or Tammy Brown. á
Yet Another State Championship!
The Newton-Conover High School Golf Team members, Trey Burton, Logan McNeely, Chris Ziogas, Nick Isenhower, Daniel Drum, Austen Gilbert, Andrew Gaither, Tyler Byles, Owen Stegall, Joseph Seabra, and Isaac Hernandez, were recognized by Dr. Stegall at the Monday, May 18th BOE meeting for recently winning their third state Men's 2A Golf Championship. Dr. Stegall also commended their amazing coaches, John Echerd and Jack Beach, as well.
The Winning Streak Continues...
The Newton-Conover High Schoolátrack and fieldáteam members, Brittany Ramseur, Madyson Fair, Mya Jones, and Paiton Fair, were recognized by Dr. Stegall at the May 18tháBOE Meeting for recently winning the State Championship title for the 2A 4x400 Relay Team. This team is coached by amazing leaders,áLatoyaáMiller, Marcus Miller, and Antonio Lyerly. This makes the 12th state team championship for N-CHS in 8 years!á
Did you know.......

that you can select the flags at the bottom on the webpage screen and information will be translated into native languages for our students and parents that speak a different language? áThe translated languages are: Japanese, Korean, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Russian.
NCCS News!
New Immunization Rules
á Click here to see updates from Catawba County Health Department regarding new immunization rules for school-age students.
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? áNow 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 hereáto learn more about what makes Newton-Conover so special!

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