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Cat in the Hat dances onto EHS stage

When children read their favorite childhood books, they may often imagine what those stories would look like if they popped out of the book in front of them.

April 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


New principal appointed to Newton High

Newton High School officially has a new head honcho, and everyone wanted their turn to tell John Ellenberg congratulations.

April 22, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Schools earn C’s, D's on GA report card

It's the school's turn to get graded.

April 21, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Deal’s panel saves BOE thousands

Teachers, students and faculty in Newton County schools will soon be safer from potential carbon monoxide leaks at a cost of thousands of dollars cheaper than originally expected.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Alternative education 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 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Student choirs take Disney trip

Choirs from two Newton County schools traveled over 400 miles to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., becoming the stars of their own Disney show on April 5.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


CRCT testing begins next week

The Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests will be administered to all students in grades three through eight April 22-May 1.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


GPC tuition to increase

Georgia Perimeter College is one of 27 University System of Georgia institutions that will see only a 2.5 percent increase in tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year, a smaller percentage than average increases throughout the state.

April 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


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


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Andy Irwin to appear at Oxford College today

Andy Irwin, popular local storyteller and performer, will appear at Oxford College today, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Tarbutton Performing Arts Center on the Oxford campus.

Irwin was Oxford's artist-in-residence in theater from 1991 to 2007. His music, humor and storytelling have made his concerts widely popular, and his fan base includes enthusiasts from his native Newton County as well as regional, national and international fans. Irwin's recognition includes his two of his albums' being awarded the Just Plain Folks Award. Recently he was honored by The Covington News as one of 10 men who have ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


School calendar revised to make room for more furlough days

Anticipating more furlough days in the near future, the Newton County Board of Education has voted to revise the 2010 school calendar to allow for those days to be taken if required by the state.

November 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Stay classy, Mrs. Sheets

The Newton County School System held their annual Teacher of the Year reception Thursday evening and announced that Heard-Mixon Elementary School fourth grade teacher Melanie Sheets has been chosen as Newton County's TOTY for 2010.

November 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Project Green SWEEPs Newton High

A grant received by Newton High School to improve student interest and achievement in math and sciences over the summer is being put to good use at the of the school's new wetland project. The groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new science lab was last Thursday.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Cousins students learn physiology can be 'PhUn'

Seventh grade students at Cousins Middle School had the opportunity to experience a little PhUn Thursday afternoon when they were treated to a guest and an interesting science lesson during Physiology Understanding Week.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


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


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