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Oxford College celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Songs and words of inspiration filled the air Wednesday night in Oxford as believers in a dream packed the Historic Old Church for the Oxford ...

January 22, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


Middle Ridge students travel to Atlanta for project

Thanks to a grant from the Newton Education Foundation (NEF), 56 fourth and fifth graders from Middle Ridge Elementary School (MRES) have the opportunity to ...

January 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Local Students honored at colleges for Fall Semester

News from Georgia Southwestern State University

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC hosts Beyond Community Policing: Building & Sustaining Positive Relationships for the Long Term

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is delighted to host a 40 hour training workshop in assisting law enforcement in its interaction with the public.

January 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Eastside High recognized as award school

Last week, Governor Nathan Deal and the Governor's Office of Student Achievement announced this year's award schools based on assessment and other information ...

January 11, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE starts budget process

Last night, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) took the first step in a six month process for the development and ...

January 11, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Newton students receive Piedmont academic honors

The following students from Newton County have been awarded academic honors for the recently completed fall semester at Piedmont College.

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Three BOE members sworn in for new terms

Newton County Board of Education members, Almond Turner, Eddie Johnson, and Trey Bailey were sworn in by Superior Court Judge Samuel Ozburn on January 4 ...

January 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia State Campuses to close at noon

Due to expected approaching inclement weather, all Georgia State University campuses - including the Newton County campus - will close at 12 p.m. today, Friday, Jan ...

January 06, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS to release early Friday

Newton County Schools will follow their early release schedule Friday, Jan. 6 due to the threat of inclement weather, according to a release from Sherri ...

January 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC will close all locations Saturday

Georgia Piedmont Technical College will cease all college activities at 3 p.m. Friday, and will close all locations Saturday in anticipation of the projected ...

January 05, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Local student succeeding at Georgia Cyber Academy

Jovie Hardin loved her elementary school.

December 23, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCSS announces winners of 2016 Literacy Days competitions

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 District Literacy Days Recitation, Drama, Read Aloud, and Ready Writing ...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Law enforcement academy graduates 5

Five students graduated from the Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) this week.

December 19, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Local students graduate during Brenau commencement

Brenau University graduated more than 450 undergraduate and graduate students during its winter commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17, in Pearce Auditorium on the historic Gainesville ...

December 19, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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School on the Square

Students of Newton County schools celebrated the start of the upcoming school year at the annual Back 2 School Downtown Covington Block Party on Aug. 1. The block party featured an array of fun activities like face painting, an interactive science show, a free-throw competition hosted by Newton High School's basketball team and even Lew-e the Clown made an appearance.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


ALANHS: Making and Studying History

For the Love of Art: Newton High School's Academy of Liberal Arts made history on July 14, as students of the academy formed a cultural alliance with students of Carver Early College to embark upon a nine day study abroad trip to France and Spain to study art and history.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE maintains cap on class sizes

The State Board of Education in Georgia has waived all class size rules for the upcoming school year, but the Newton County Board of Education has voted to keep class sizes as low as possible and has granted the superintendent the authorization to move staff around during the first month of school in order to place teachers where the students are.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


CRCT Superstars

Several rising fourth-graders at Fairview Theme School have a piece of advice for their fellow students: Work hard and pay attention and you might make Newton County history just like they did, when it was announced that their entire class not only passed the CRCTs, but had 100 percent meet or exceed standards in reading.Although preliminary results were released publicly at the beginning of the month, students and teachers were told their scores right before the end of school. According to FTS principal Dr. Ruth Anne Smith, when she first saw the results, she was speechless.

"I was shocked ...

July 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Governor orders more budget cuts to university system

Local K-12 schools may be safe for the time being, but Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered another 4 percent spending cut to the state's university system beginning in August.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Two schools win money from Big Lots video contest

Video submissions from two Newton County schools have won $2,000 from Big Lots and are now eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE to apply for funds for NHS replacement

In a called meeting Tuesday morning, the Newton County Board of Education voted to apply for a Qualified School Construction Bond in order to receive $11 million toward the replacement of the Newton High School facility.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thomas named principal of Livingston Elementary School

The Newton County Board of Education voted this morning to appoint Shari Thomas as principal of Livingston Elementary School. She will replace outgoing principal, Wendy Hughes, who recently resigned.

July 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Spring 2010 Semester Honor Roll

Heard-Mixon Elementary School (published June 6)

July 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Pierce Institute established initiative for ethics and servant leadership

The Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement at Oxford College has received a grant from Emory University's Office of University Community Partnerships that will establish a new program called the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Forum. The three-year grant will expand Oxford's already-wide array of opportunities for student leadership, community engagement, ethics and faculty development.

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Letter from the Superintendent

As we begin this 2010-11 school year, over 2,600 employees and almost 20,000 students will come through the doors of one of our 24 schools in Newton County. When they do, most students:

July 25, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


Elementary School Supply List

Parent/Guardians: The following lists of materials are suggested items you may want to provide for your child during the coming school year. Your assistance in ensuring that your child has school supplies is greatly appreciated. At various times during the year, when a child's supplies have been depleted, teachers may ask parents to replenish various items.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A breakdown of the AYP testing system

With recent reports showing the Newton County School System failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year and that Georgia as a whole did poorly, many are wondering just what AYP is and why we in Newton County care.

AYP came about as part of the No Child Left Behind act, which was signed into law in January 2002 by then President George Bush, and took the place of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The idea is to measure student achievement annually by looking at their scores on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and for ...

July 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Scholarship fund could assist with private schooling

Parents interested in sending their children to private schools but who cannot afford the cost may be able to quality for a student scholarship through the Apogee Georgia School Choice Scholarship Fund.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Eight schools, NCSS fail AYP

The Newton County School System failed to meet required standards for adequate yearly progress for the 2009-2010 school year according to preliminary results released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education. Eight individual schools in the system failed to make AYP, including Newton High School.

July 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


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