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Alternative ed program contract up for renewal

Officials with Ombudsman Education Services, the Newton County School System's alternative education provider for at-risk students, made their pitch to get their contract renewed for the next year, and potentially next three years.

April 17, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


EHS students named All-State Chorus

Only two high-schoolers in Newton County made the cut to participate in the Georgia All State Chorus, and they are both Eastside High students.

April 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


NCSS to host spring education summit

The Newton County School System announced a day for parents and community members to come together to participate in education workshops aimed at increasing student success in the classroom.

April 10, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Students participate in All-State band

Seven Newton County students were recently selected to participate in the State of Georgia All State Bands, according to a press release from NCSS.

March 31, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS recommended to reaccreditated

The Newton County School System is on its way to being reaccredited for another five years.

March 26, 2014 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


NCSS tabs Xiong media specialist of year

Alcovy High School media specialist May Xiong was chosen as the Newton County School System's 2014 Media Specialist of the Year.

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Early release day for schools Friday

Newton County public schools will release students early Friday so teachers can participate in professional development training.

March 25, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia Piedmont Tech picking mascot

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) will select a mascot for the first time in the college's history, with students, faculty and staff voting on the choices.

March 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Theme School students give back

Theme School students give back The Newton County Theme School at Ficquett has been providing its students with service learning opportunities while giving back to the community this school year.

March 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Special needs parent workshop planned

Parents of students with special needs are invited to attend a workshop to hear how to better interact with their children who have physical or mental disabilities.

March 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


How are you going to pay for college?

Why do we hear horror stories about college students graduating with tens of thousands of dollars of debt and without good job prospects? And what can college students and their parents do to avoid falling into that debt trap? The answer is financial literacy - education geared at successfully handling one's finances and making wise decisions. This is the time of year when college seniors receive acceptance letters and decide where to attend college. Many factors are involved in this important decision, but for the majority of families the most important factor is affordability. Luckily, there are many opportunities for ...

March 13, 2014 | Leila Lawlor Columnist | Education


Eastside names top 2014 grads

Eastside High School named its top 10 students for the Class of 2014 in February. Eastside High's valedictorian is Jasper Narvil, who plans to attend the University of Georgia, and its salutatorian is Faith Bartello, who also plans to attend UGA.

March 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS may raise school lunch prices

The Newton County Board of Education heard a recommendation for a student lunch price increase of 10 cents for all paid students for the 2015-15 school year at its Tuesday work session.

March 13, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Clements Middle student makes All-State Chorus

Clements Middle School eighth-grader Josiah Webb is now known as one of the elite middle-school singers in Georgia. He is the only student from Newton County Schools to make the pretigious 2014 All-State Middle School Chorus.

March 11, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Indian Creek Middle students serve community

Students and teachers at Indian Creek Middle School are not just focused on academics.

March 06, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


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NCSS requests Title I waivers

The Georgia Department of Education has been approved for several waivers from the U.S. Department of Education regarding Title I, Part A requirements that are affected by the availability of Title I, Part A AARA funds. The Newton County Board of Education has approved the system's request to seek permission from the Georgia Department of Education for the following waivers:

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System announces Title I Distinguished schools

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that four schools-Heard?Mixon Elementary, Palmer?Stone Elementary, Rocky Plains Elementary, and West Newton Elementary, have been recognized as Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


GPC cuts ribbon on Newton Campus Student Learning Center

Local and state officials recently joined students, faculty and staff to open officially the 50,000 square-foot Student Learning Center at Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus.

"We will make the most of this new learning center," said Student Government Association President Alea Bennett during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This new center gives the Newton Campus what we need to improve student success. It allows us to better work together, learn together and grow together."

November 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS receives award for 100 percent participation in 2009 Relay for Life

At the Oct. 20 Board of Education work session, Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley and members of the school board accepted an award on behalf of the school district from Becky Byrum of the Newton County Relay for Life program for having 100 percent school participation in the 2009 Relay for Life Program. Each school in the district participated in the 2009 Relay for Life and overall, Newton County School System raised approximately $110,250 in the fight against cancer.

"That's an incredible amount," said Brian Burgoyne of Newton County Relay for Life. "The 2009 Newton County ...

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Thanking those with thankless jobs

West Newton Elementary teacher Jennifer Loetzerich turned what could have been merely a horrible memory into both a learning experience for her students and an opportunity to say thank you to those who helped her.

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Top 3 Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Newton County School System officials announced the top three finalists for the NCSS 2010 Teacher of the Year Friday morning, surprising the three elementary school teachers in their classrooms with flowers and family members.

Laurie Carpenter

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS Deputy Superintendent completes GSSA Superintendent Professional Development Program

Mr. Dennis Carpenter, Deputy Superintendent for Newton County Schools, has successfully completed the Georgia School Superintendents Association's Superintendent Professional Development Program. Carpenter also successfully defended his dissertation and satisfied all Georgia Southern University degree requirements for the Doctor of Education Degree.

The Superintendent Professional Development Program is a two?year course of study designed to prepare individuals for the local superintendency. The program is designed to ensure that any individual who aspires to serve in the superintendency may benefit from a focused and job?specific preparation program for that highly responsible position.

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System receives $283,447 Caring Communities System of Care Grant

The Governor's Office for Children and Families has awarded the Newton County School System a 2009 Caring Communities System of Care grant in the amount of $283,447. The Newton County School System was one of only 10 recipients in the state to receive a Caring Communities grant award.

The system of care approach is designed to unite and coordinate the efforts of community agencies responsible for serving children and families. Through a community?wide collaboration of agencies focused on improving the welfare of youth in Newton County and support from the Caring Communities grant, the Newton County School ...

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton High School assistant principal appointed to PAGE board of directors

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Newton High School Assistant Principal, Dr. Sandra Owens, has been appointed to the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Board of Directors and will represent the group's District 11, which is comprised of thirteen counties in east, central Georgia. Owens was selected to fill the unexpired term of Richard Thomas, a Jones County educator who was voted president?elect of PAGE at this summer's conference. Owens has earned a doctorate degree in Teacher Leadership and is both a National Board Certified Teacher and a Georgia Master Teacher. Her duties ...

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces top three finalists for 2010 Teacher of the Year

The top three finalists for Newton County Teacher of the Year were announced this morning. Gail Bemis from Livingston Elementary School, Laurie Carpenter from Fairview Theme School and Melanie Sheets from Heard-Mixon Elementary School have been choosen for the honor.

Check Sunday's edition of The Covington News for more.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


October Students of the Month

Mansfield Elementary School announces its students of the month for October.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


School superintendent announces plans to retire

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2010. Whatley's intention was given to the board in the form of a recommendation and it was given this month so there would be plenty of time for the board members to look for potential replacement candidates. "I included and recommended this action now so that the Board of Education can begin a thorough process of defining what it wants as a new superintendent, post the position, interview for the impending vacancy and employ a new superintendent so as to have as smooth as ...

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Liberal Arts Academy students continue to be challenged academically

The academically rigorous Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School is operating in its first year as a school within a school and already students are flourishing according to a presentation to members of the Newton County School System Board of Education that included information provided by students.

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS Superintendent announces retirement

Tonight at the Board of Education's monthly meeting, Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2010.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System announces 2010 Teachers of the Year

The Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2010 Newton County Teacher of the Year. Each of the 23 nominees was elected as the 2010 Teacher of the Year at his or her school.

October 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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