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State releases district-level EOCT scores

District-level scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) for 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing Newton County School System (NCSS) students outpaced the state pass rate on six out of eight tests and improved pass rates on five of six tests from last year.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


BOE wants input on proposed policy

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) is reviewing proposed revisions to two Newton County School System (NCSS) policies and wants the public's input on the changes.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


School counselor wins Educator of Distinction award

An area public high school educator was recently recognized for her work with students and the mark she has left on many graduates' lives, a feat that cannot be disputed as one of her students had to nominate her.

June 13, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Eighth grade CRCT scores improve across state

Georgia eighth graders' scores increased this year, the last year of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, showing an eight percentage point gain in reading. Grade 8 students showed a two percentage point increase in English language arts, a three percentage point increase in mathematics, a three percentage point increase in science, and a two percentage point increase in social studies.

June 12, 2014 | | Education


Education app needs funding

A Covington business owner and single mother of four felt a disconnect between parents and teachers when her children kept bringing home notes covered in mud or not at all, so she took matters into her own hands.

June 07, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Newton County Theme School at Ficquett Honor Roll

All A Honor Roll

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Middle Ridge Elementary School Honor Roll

All A Honor Roll

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Porterdale Elementary School Honor Roll

All A Honor Roll

June 05, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Newton High School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Rocky Plains Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Oak Hill Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Flint Hill Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Heard-Mixon Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


East Newton Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Mansfield Elementary School Honor Roll

The following students were named to the final 2013-2014 honor roll.

June 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


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NCSS: Graduation rate decline due to records verification problems

Newton County School System officials said a struggle to verify whether transfer students graduated caused both Newton High School's and the school district's 2013 four-year cohort graduation rate to drop.

December 12, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


NCSS graduation rates match state pass rate

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.

December 11, 2013 | Staff Report | Education


High school writing test scores down slightly

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.

December 10, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


A day to give thanks

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.

November 26, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Thanksgiving dinner at Theme School

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.

November 23, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Paws for Literacy

Students at West Newton Elementary School recently completed reading fair projects, part of a "Paws for Literacy" competition.

November 23, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Art contest for high school students

The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages students in grades 9-12 to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Art Contest. Entries should be drawn in black ink or dark soft-lead pencil on 8½-by-11-inch white paper and should be camera-ready. The winner will receive a check for $50.

November 23, 2013 | Staff Report | Education


Farm Bureau offers scholarships

The Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue college degrees in agriculture, family and consumer sciences or a related field, Keith Mitcham, Newton County Farm Bureau president, recently announced.

November 23, 2013 | Staff Report | Education


NCCA students become marketing interns

A group of Newton College and Career Academy students are now business professionals at a marketing firm.

November 23, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


ReImagine Newton awards $6K in grants

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.

November 21, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Student hits school bus official during drill

A 16-year-old Newton High School student reportedly hit a school bus official during an evacuation drill at the school earlier this week.

November 21, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Business, community leaders act as principals

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.

November 19, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Theme School royalty

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.

November 19, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Celebrities read to Porterdale Elementary

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.

November 16, 2013 | Danielle Everson | Education


Georgia Primary & Urgent Care donates to school nurses

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.

November 16, 2013 | Staff Report | Education


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