According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education Wednesday, Newton County School System's 2013 four-year cohort graduation rate is 71 percent, which matches Georgia's pass rate. The school district's 2012 five-year cohort graduation rate is 77 percent--five points higher than the state's graduation rate.
Scores in Newton County and the state as a whole on Georgia's High School Writing Test dropped slightly from last year. However, the Newton County School System said it had "solid results," with overall pass rates in the 90th percentile.
The kindergarten class at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett held its annual Thanksgiving Program Tuesday, Nov. 19. Rows of little ones dressed as turkeys, early settlers and Native Americans performed for a packed house at the school during the Parent Teacher Organization meeting. The kindergartners told the story of Thanksgiving and amused the audience with songs about Thanksgiving dinner.
A Thanksgiving tradition will continue at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett as the Newton County Board of Education approved the use of the building for a local organization's Thanksgiving dinner.
Students at West Newton Elementary School recently completed reading fair projects, part of a "Paws for Literacy" competition.
A group of Newton College and Career Academy students are now business professionals at a marketing firm.
Four teachers now have additional funding for special projects, thanks to Newton Education Foundation/ReImagine Newton - a local, independent nonprofit geared toward supporting public education in Newton County.
A 16-year-old Newton High School student reportedly hit a school bus official during an evacuation drill at the school earlier this week.
Top executives and business leaders traded careers for a day Tuesday as they acted as elementary, middle school and high-school principals in Newton County schools.
Newton County Theme School at Ficquett has new royalty. The theme school named its first king and queen Tuesday night after its first-ever Mr. and Ms. Newton County Theme School Contest. Eleven students were in the running for a crown.
Community leaders stopped by Porterdale Elementary this week to read their favorite books to students in Pre-K through fifth grade as part of the school's Celebrity Readers event, Nov. 11–19. Linda Depkin of Newton Federal Bank read to third-graders Thursday in Mrs. Wagstaff's class.
Georgia Primary & Urgent Care, an affiliate of Rockdale Medical Center, donated 20 sharps containers to nurses at Newton County schools. According to Cheryl Raper, practice manager, the containers are used to dispose of needles and other biohazard materials.
Peachtree Academy homecoming court is, left to right, Julie Ozburn, Carly Argo, Grace Elliot, Karley Johnson, Paige Johnson, Tristan Watson, Dylan Brooks, Dalton Chappelear, Rashad Little, Zani Dembure, Jordan Ozburn and Callie Barnes; (Not pictured): Lawson VanNess, Caulder Smith, Ethan Miller Brandon Wilson; Little princesses Danielle King, Savannah Norris, Imani Michel, Sophia Allard, Madaleine Moye-Lowery, Camdyn Hicks, Julia Rash, Emma Scrivner and Dylan Campbell.
An expected increase in student lunch prices will not take place this upcoming school year, after the Georgia Department of Education gave the Newton County School System approval to maintain its prices.
Physical education programs in Newton County schools will kick into a higher gear this school year through a federal grant that will help to fund new equipment and physical education supplies. The goal is to help students get fit.
Student transportation to Newton's alternative school Ombudsman is set to continue this upcoming school year, but with only one bus stop location and a bus monitor.
Several organizations plan to host school supply drives for the community, just in time for the start of the 2013-14 school year.
A Griffin-Spalding County middle-school principal has been named the new principal of Newton High School.
The finishing touches are being put on the new Newton High School, as school administrators and staff work to make sure everything is in place before the start of the 2013-14 school year.
In the story "Local EOCT scores improve; math tough" in the Friday, July 12 edition, results for the math portions of the End-of-Course-Tests released by the Newton County School System read as though they were "averages" of students who passed.
Newton County School System high school students outperformed the state average in three areas on End of Course Tests during the 2012-13 school year, but EOCT results show that math is still a difficult subject for NCSS students, and students throughout the state.
The Newton County Board of Education has approved several annual renewable contracts for the systems' school nutrition program for the 2013-14 school year.
Newton's Board of Education has approved networking equipment for its new STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program, which will be housed at the old Newton High School. However, a decision on whether to raze the old high school building is still on the table.
Working with students as a paraprofessional at Porterdale Elementary School in 1974, Debbie Gossage realized she wanted to become a teacher.
Plant lovers are invited to take one last walk around the Trial Gardens at the University of Georgia with UGA horticulturalist Allan "Dr. A" Armitage at the garden's annual public open house from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13.
Two top administration positions at Newton High School are vacant after the Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved NHS Principal Craig Lockhart as deputy superintendent of schools, and Assistant Principal Shannon Buff as the director of secondary curriculum, instruction and professional development for the Newton County School System.
The Newton County Board of Education approved its 2013-14 school system budget, but transportation for alternative school Ombudsman remained a topic of discussion at the board's Tuesday meeting.
Newton County School System school officials, employees and members of the community stopped by the Newton County Board of Education building Tuesday to thank outgoing superintendent Gary Mathews for his years of services as an educator and with the NCSS, and the new superintendent of schools was sworn in shortly after.