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Oxford College Organic Farm achieving its mission

OXFORD, Ga. - Three and a half years ago, the Oxford College of Emory University Organic Farm was just a dream, a house, and 11.5 ...

June 22, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Agriculture


Jené Moore balances dance and school

COVINGTON, Ga. - Jené Moore will be entering the seventh grade this fall. However, she is also a busy professional dancer. In pursuit of her career ...

June 19, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Derrick Henry graduates from The Citadel

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Derrick Henry recently graduated from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. In doing so, he joined ...

June 19, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Clydia Newell to be Porterdale Elementary principal

COVINGTON, Ga. - Clydia Newell will be the new principal at Porterdale Elementary School starting July 10. She was appointed by the Newton County School System ...

June 13, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Brady Marbut to go to Washington

COVINGTON, Ga. - Brady Marbut, a seventh-grade student at Cousins Middle School, is going to Washington, DC this weekend. There he will participate in a five-day ...

June 09, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Letters home from Alcovy High’s future educators

Students in Alcovy High School's Teaching as a Profession program recently went on a field trip to visit Northern Michigan University's (NMU's ...

June 04, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Myra Frady and a campus built for learning

OXFORD, Ga. - Myra Frady is a builder. During her 28-year career as a teacher and administrator at Oxford College of Emory University, she has helped ...

May 28, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Nikkita Warfield to be NCSS director for secondary education

COVINGTON, Ga. - Nikkita Warfield, current principal at Porterdale Elementary School, will become the Newton County School System's (NCSS's) Director of Secondary Schools in ...

May 18, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


11 Alcovy High seniors sign up to become teachers

COVINGTON, Ga. - Alcovy High School (AHS) and Richard Cormier, its teaching as a profession instructor, are trying to increase the number of high school students ...

May 18, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Oxford College’s Theodosia Wade diving into retirement

OXFORD, Ga. - Theodosia Wade, professor of pedagogy in biology at Oxford College of Emory University, is retiring this summer. She has served for 29 years ...

May 14, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Newton Education Foundation supports book bus

COVINGTON, Ga. - Loucy Hay, chair for the Newton Education Foundation, presented a big check to the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE ...

May 10, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Snapping Shoals named Education Partner of the Year

COVINGTON, Ga. - Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is the 2017 Cornerstones Partners in Education Partner of the Year.

May 05, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Wyatt Galloway heading to Naval Academy

COVINGTON, Ga. - Wyatt Galloway's dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy and then entering the Marine Corps started in fifth grade. Years later ...

May 04, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Shannon Buff to be Newton High principal

COVINGTON, Ga. - Shannon Buff, director of secondary schools, is getting a new job within the Newton County School System (NCSS). Starting July 1 she will ...

April 30, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


School system reviews draft 2017-2018 budget

At an April 25 special called meeting, Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) members and administrators reviewed an early draft of the ...

April 26, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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Fairview Elementary excited about its Little Free Libraries

"This class believes that time spent reading is time well spent," Jan Hudson, fourth grade teacher for Fairview Elementary School, said.

April 21, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE hires new Indian Creek principal

COVINGTON, Ga - Swade Huff will become Indian Creek Middle School's new principal starting July 10. He will replace Renee Mallard who is leaving at the end of this school year to pursue other career opportunities.

April 13, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Legislators seek to give BOE authority to set salaries

Newton County's four legislators could not come to a unanimous yes or no decision about the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education's (BOE's) request for a salary increase for each member of the BOE. So they agreed to give the BOE authority to make its own decisions about future salary increases.

March 24, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Critters help promote science at Oxford College

About 200 people came to learn about science as well as to see and touch the animals at Oxford College of Emory University's "critter crawl" on March 19. Sarah Fankhauser, assistant professor of biology, organized the event. Her goal was to bring science to the people of Newton County as well as to bring people to see the science that she, other professors, and students are engaged in.

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Community model for fighting poverty presented

Donna Beegle grew up, married, and started a family in extreme poverty. In her mid-twenties, she was single mother worried about becoming homeless and losing her two children.

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE recognizes contest winners

At its March 14 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) recognized the Veterans Memorial Middle School mathematics team which won a recent Division I Griffin Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) middle school math contest.

March 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Legislators ‘working through’ BOE pay raise request

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) approved a resolution to ask for a salary increase for BOE members. In Georgia, legislative approval is needed before the salary paid to board of education members can be increased.

March 12, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE approves new alternative program, athletic facilities

At its March 7 meeting the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) approved the development of an in-house alternative education and support program as well as construction of a football and soccer field behind Clements Middle School and new concession and restroom facilities for the athletic fields at Alcovy High School.

March 08, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCCA receives STEM certification banner

On March 6, the Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute received its official Georgia Department of Education STEM certification banner.

March 07, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Alcovy High takes on teacher shortage

There is statewide concern about the teaching workforce. In future years, will Georgia have enough qualified teachers? It will if Alcovy High School and teaching as a profession instructor Richard Cormier have their way.

March 07, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


CTAE students of year announced

The Newton County School System (NCSS) recognized countywide career pathway and two overall Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education students of the year at its first ever CTAE Awards Ceremony on February 28 at the Porter Performing Arts Center. The 2017 CTAE Students of the Year are listed in the accompanying table.

March 05, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


New programs, investment, dean coming to GPTC Newton

Last week, Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), reported that the new dean for GPTC's Newton Campus will be announced "within weeks." He also discussed new programs and investments coming to the Newton and other GPTC campuses.

March 01, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Georgia State-Newton’s Daffodil Festival coming

On Valentine's Day, Sallie Paschal, mathematics professor at the Newton Campus of Georgia State University, led an informal "daffodil walk." The walk served as a prequel to the campus' annual Daffodil Festival to be held this year on March 7 and 8. The theme this year is "Reflection and Growth."

February 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCSS sets the stage to address poverty in Newton County

The Newton County School System (NCSS) sponsored the first of two poverty awareness sessions Feb. 14. Anyone interested in learning more about poverty in the community, its impacts on fellow citizens and children, as well as a new community-wide initiative aimed at helping people navigate through the situation of poverty are invited to the second session at 10 -11:30 a.m., March 3 in Porter Performing Arts Center, 144 Ram Drive.

February 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Piedmont Academy offers option for Newton County students

Seventy-four Newton County children are enrolled at Piedmont Academy, Monticello this year. That number represents 26 percent of the 280 students studying at this area's oldest private school.

February 14, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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