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BOE increases budget

Around this time each year the board of education (BOE) reviews and, if appropriate, adjusts the Newton County School System's (NCSS) annual budget. According ...

November 17, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Piedmont Academy robotics team advances

The Piedmont Academy Robotics Team came in first place in the robot performance portion of the Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS graduation rate improves, tops state

The Newton County School System's (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate increased by two percentage points from 2015 to 2016 moving the system up to ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC’S Kye Haymore named president-elect for National Association

Kye Haymore has been teaching paralegal studies courses at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) for 10 years. Seven years ago, she joined, and almost immediately ...

November 15, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Newton High’s Jason Smith is a Grammy semifinalist

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year Francene Breakfield, head counselor at Newton High School, approached band instructor Jason Smith with a few questions ...

October 29, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


‘Rosenwald’ shown at Oxford

Aviva Kempner presented her documentary "Rosenwald" to students and Newton County residents Wednesday.

October 28, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


A conversation with Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College

Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College of Emory University, has been on the job for about three months now. He recently talked to the Covington ...

October 25, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Two students recognized by Newton County BOE

Ralph Brown and Zachary Fallah, juniors at Eastside and Newton high schools, respectively, were recently selected to serve on Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Jasmine Moore Receives the Howard S. and Marie H. Starks Scholarship

Georgia State's J. Mack Robinson College of Business hosts an Honors Day Celebration every spring recognizing the college's brightest students. This year's ...

October 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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September 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE seeks $29 million in state money for new Newton High

The Newton County Board of Education is expected to approve a recommendation at their Tuesday meeting to apply for more than $29 million from the state to assist in the construction of a replacement high school for Newton High.

September 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Schools receive grants for tech, career programs

Several Newton County school's have received thousands of dollars in grant money - and are hoping to receive more - to help with improving instruction, equipment and facilities for career, technical and agriculture (CTAE) programs.

September 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Education Briefs - Schools receive grant for after-school programs

The Newton County School System has been approved for a continuation of the 21st Century Learning grant, which funds after-school programs for hundreds of students in the school system.

September 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Enrollment numbers fluctuate at area colleges, public schools

Despite a weakened economy, enrollment is up at Oxford College this year, while the number of students at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton campus has declined this year, as has the number of students attending public school in Newton County since this time last year.

September 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Newton County SAT scores fall

While more Newton County students took the SAT in 2010, average scores declined in all subject areas.

September 15, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Board of Education to meet tonight

The Newton County Board of Education will meet at 7 tonight for their regular monthly work session. According to the agenda, the board will discuss its non-negotiable goals for the school system and the acceptance of the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant.

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


9/11 survivor shares story

Stories from that fateful day: Dawn Robinson, a survivor of the attacks on the World Trade Centers on Sept. 11, 2001, spoke to students at Cousins Middle School during their "Day of Remembrance" program Friday morning. She told students of her experience that day, when she was on the 61st floor of the Two World Trade Center Tower when the attacks began. Originally from Atlanta, Robinson was working as an Associate Vice President and Program Development Specialist for Morgan Stanley in 2001. She now resides in Arizona and tours throughout the nation in full-time Evangelistic Ministry.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Screening starts today in principal search

It's been less than two weeks after the shocking resignation of popular Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams, and the school system is confident they can find his replacement by the end of the month amid the batch of hopefuls that have applied for the position.

September 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Secretary of State speaks to students

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp visited Cousins Middle School Wednesday morning to discuss state government, as part of an effort to expand children's horizons without the benefit of field trips.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Scholarship named after Covington teacher

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation announced a new scholarship to be given out yearly.

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


DECA Delight

The Newton High School DECA Chapter, under the direction of Quinita Morrow, proved that they are off to a good start. Beginning their first community service project, several DECA members of Newton High School went to Porterdale Elementary on Sept. 2 to assist in their afterschool program. Under the assistance of Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Colbert (Porterdale instructors), 38 DECA students participated in communication skills, enrichment activities and finger painting with the students. Morrow was so pleased with the interaction of her DECA members with the students of Porterdale that they have decided to return to Porterdale on a bi-weekly ...

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Loaded gun found at Challenge Charter Academy

Working on an anonymous tip, authorities located a loaded semi-automatic weapon at Challenge Charter Academy Monday afternoon.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


After School program at Livingston Elementary canceled today

The after school program at Livingston Elementary School has been canceled today due to a water main break at the school. Parents of students who attend that program will need to make arrangements to pick up their students when school is dismissed today or call the school at (770) 784-2930 to make other arrangements.

September 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Sams resigns as Newton principal

Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams resigned Wednesday, saying the choice was, "due to a series of issues that are personal in nature."

The popular principal had been at the school since 2008 and shared the news with the NHS faculty and staff in a meeting Wednesday afternoon. When reached by phone, he reiterated that his reasons for leaving the school were of a personal nature and declined to discuss particulars further at this time. According to Sams they were issues he had been dealing with for some time that were beginning to affect his ability to "be the ...

September 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


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