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More fundraisers, policy changes for school start

Parents with a child attending a special instructional program may have an easier transportation schedule for any other children.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Teaching tech to teachers

July 24, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Education


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


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‘Quality Time’ event to celebrate Spring

The Learning Center and Montessori School of Covington are partnering to offer Newton County parents the chance to spend a couple of hours of quality time with their children ages 3 to 12 at an event that's all about the season we've been waiting for - spring!

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


feb. students of the month

Livingston Elementary School announces its students of the month for February.

March 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Kiwanis awards STAR students, teachers at Thursday meeting

Although school is out this week for mid-winter break, three high school students were honored at Covington Kiwanis Club luncheon for their stellar school performances.

February 19, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Education


Beautiful Hearts: DeKalb Tech cosmetology students give needy residents free makeovers

 After losing her job and being evicted from her apartment, Sabrina Ortiz now calls The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter in Covington her home. As part of a DeKalb Technical College cosmetology department project called "From Our Hearts to Yours" she recently received an eyebrow wax, a facial, hair styling and color as well as a manicure and pedicure.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


fall dean's list

Darton College

February 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Kiwanis honors STAR students, teachers

Although school is out this week for mid-winter break, three high school students were honored at Covington Kiwanis Club luncheon for their stellar school performances.

The STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program was created in 1958 by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and is sponsored on a local level by organizations such as Kiwanis.

February 18, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Education


NCSS cleared of any wrongdoing in CRCT cheating scandal

All Newton County schools have been cleared of any wrongdoing after a state analysis of the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test was done following allegations of cheating in other school systems.

February 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE advised to establish new high school zones

Newton County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley recommended that board members approve the establishment of new high school attendance zones Tuesday night at their monthly work session.

February 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


The final verdict

Order in the court: Teams from all three Newton County high schools participated in the Mock Trial Competition, held in Newton County. Alcovy High School, pictured, had members who debated cases in a courtroom setting, as well as holding deliberations. McIntosh High School in Peachtree City won the competition.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Going organic

Newton County residents who tend their own garden may want to visit the Montessori School of Covington and ask its middle-school students for tips on how to grow the largest, healthiest fruits and vegetables.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


NCSS announces update on superintendent search

The Newton County Board of Education is one step closer to finding a new school superintendent to replace Dr. Steve Whatley, who earlier this school year announced his retirement effective June 30, 2010. Whatley has been superintendent since July 1, 2006. On February 10, members of the Newton County Board of Education met with Don Rooks, Georgia School Boards Association Director of Legislative and Superintendent Search Services to review the applications received. In November 2009, the school board selected the GSBA to conduct the nationwide superintendent search. The school system used an online survey provided by GSBA to seek the ...

February 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford to host invasive-plants workshop

Many of the plants that Southerners are most familiar with-think kudzu, English ivy, honeysuckle-are actually non-native plants that were introduced from elsewhere and have now become problems for the ecosystem. There are many species dubbed "invasive plants," and the threat they pose to the native landscape has led to the creation of organizations for concerned horticulturists, biologists, and generally concerned citizens. Connie Gray, president and ecological resource specialist for the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council will appear at the chapel in Oxford College on at 2 p.m. on February 12 to deliver a lecture that will address ...

February 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE votes to phase-out three schools

Newton County Board of Education members voted unanimously to begin a five-year facilities plan that would "phase-out" three local schools – essentially removing the three schools from the State Department of Education's inventory.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Covington student to compete for Mr. ABAC title Feb. 18

Christopher Estes of Covington will compete with 15 other men for the title of Mr. ABAC at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Feb. 18. The theme for this year's event is ABAC Overboard.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Classic Livestock Show to be held Saturday

The Newton County Classic Livestock Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at Newton High School. This is a yearly tradition that has a strong history in Newton County. Many years ago Newton High School did not have the facilities that it has today. A group of influential people in the county got together and decided that it would be beneficial to have facilities available at the high school for students to raise and show livestock. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but they were able to accomplish that task and today our ...

February 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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