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Dr. Gabriel's Message Regarding the 2019-20 District Calendar

I hope each of you are doing well and having a fantastic 2019!  There is always a lot of activity in our school system and springtime is no exception. One group that is instrumental to the success of our system is our school board. They are student-centered, supportive of school staff, forward-thinking, and caring. Because of these attributes, N-CCS is able to stay on the cutting edge of innovation and service to our students and community.

One of the areas in which our board’s forward-thinking approach is evidenced is with our calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.  As we developed the 2019-2020 school calendar, we worked in conjunction with our sister school systems (Catawba County Schools and Hickory Public Schools). This partnership will support joint programs and promote coordination between the districts. We also solicited feedback from a calendar committee that included representation from each of our school buildings as well as parents. Those representatives provided feedback to inform the board’s decision. Along with the potential for greater coordination between school districts, the new calendar will also provide the opportunity to have additional staff work days before the school year begins. This approach is beneficial for professional development as well as minimizing the need for/use of substitute teachers for professional development on student days. This calendar also provides for a two-week Christmas Break for students and allows for the school year to end for students before June 1.

With the exception of Conover School, the school day will be lengthened by 10 minutes. The lengthened student day will help compensate for the overall reduction in student days from previous school years relative to instructional hours. The lengthened student day will also provide some buffer days that (if approved by the board) could be forgiven if missed due to inclement weather.

We will continue to keep all stakeholders updated as we work through changes to the school day for the 2019-2020 year.  I appreciate the efforts of each individual who served on the committees to help us define our new calendar, and I appreciate your contributions to the success of students in Newton-Conover City Schools.

For more information, see the following links:

2019-2020 N-CCS School Calendar

2019-2020 School Calendar FAQ’s

School Bell Times Memo 2019-2020

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