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Piedmont Academy students present ‘The Shaggy Raggy’

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy's K-3 class has been very busy. Teacher, Mrs. Mary Ramsdell and the students have been working together to design and ...

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy celebrates graduating kindergartners

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy held its Kindergarten commencement ceremony at the Cougar Gymnasium May 16.

May 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Nikkita Warfield to be NCSS director for secondary education

COVINGTON, Ga. - Nikkita Warfield, current principal at Porterdale Elementary School, will become the Newton County School System's (NCSS's) Director of Secondary Schools in ...

May 18, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


11 Alcovy High seniors sign up to become teachers

COVINGTON, Ga. - Alcovy High School (AHS) and Richard Cormier, its teaching as a profession instructor, are trying to increase the number of high school students ...

May 18, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Oxford College’s Theodosia Wade diving into retirement

OXFORD, Ga. - Theodosia Wade, professor of pedagogy in biology at Oxford College of Emory University, is retiring this summer. She has served for 29 years ...

May 14, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Hice congratulates Galloway

MONTICELLO, Ga. - On Tuesday, May 9, Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) hosted a signing ceremony for Wyatt Galloway, whom he nominated for a prestigious appointment to ...

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton Education Foundation supports book bus

COVINGTON, Ga. - Loucy Hay, chair for the Newton Education Foundation, presented a big check to the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE ...

May 10, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Oxford native named president of ABAC Ambassadors

OXFORD, Ga. - Kerstin Hilley has been selected as the 2017-2018 President of the ABAC Ambassadors, one of the most prestigious leadership organizations at Abraham Baldwin ...

May 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


PHOTO GALLERY: Preschool students head to the farm

COVINGTON, Ga. - Berry's Tree Farm hosted the annual Farm Bureau Farm Day for Newton County Preschool students Friday. Students had the opportunity to pet ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Snapping Shoals named Education Partner of the Year

COVINGTON, Ga. - Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is the 2017 Cornerstones Partners in Education Partner of the Year.

May 05, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Wyatt Galloway heading to Naval Academy

COVINGTON, Ga. - Wyatt Galloway's dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy and then entering the Marine Corps started in fifth grade. Years later ...

May 04, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Adult education classes offered free of charge

COVINGTON, PORTERDALE, Ga. - Action Ministries, Newton County Community Partnership and Newton READS have partnered together with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to provide free Adult ...

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


NCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

Eight Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer. The prestigious Governor ...

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Shannon Buff to be Newton High principal

COVINGTON, Ga. - Shannon Buff, director of secondary schools, is getting a new job within the Newton County School System (NCSS). Starting July 1 she will ...

April 30, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCSS announces kindergarten round-up dates and procedures

Newton County School System will conduct Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2017-2018 school year next week. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 ...

April 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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Supe’s Corner: Schools must build background knowledge

In my "Letter from the Superintendent" (CN, Aug. 15, 2010), I suggested that when all is said and done, instruction itself has the largest influence on achievement. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, instruction is not always as effective as it could be, but could improve swiftly and significantly through ordinary and accessible means.

August 22, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


A head start: Dual enrollment gives high schoolers a taste of college

More high school students in Newton County are learning the benefits of Dual Enrollment (DE) programs offered at Georgia Perimeter College.

GPC's DE numbers are up 76 percent from last year, with 116 students enrolled in the Newton campus, compared to 66 students from last year. There are a total of 813 students attending DE at GPC's five campuses.

August 22, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Education


NCSS sees slight decline in scores as more students take the ACT

More students in Newton County took the ACT college entrance exam in 2010; however, test scores have declined slightly from 2009.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS revamps tribunal procedures

The Newton County Board of Education is revamping its tribunal procedures in order to allow administrators to spend less time in tribunals and more time in their schools.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thanks, Pine Valley!

Ready for school: Dustin Kendall, 14, Brianna Kendall, 13, Faith Kendall, 10, and Elisabeth, 5, are all smiles and ready for school. For the 21st year the Pine Valley Mission has furnished school supplies, book bags, shoes and clothing to children in the High Point/Heard-Mixon area. Two sets of new clothing were given along with other required school items. The items were distributed before the start of school. The mission furnishes these supplies for the entire year, along with winter coats and sweaters. The Pine Valley Mission is located at 12185 Highway 36 and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy starts another new school year

The 2010-2011 school year opened Thursday, Aug. 12, at Piedmont Academy with an enrollment of 314 students. There are 139 students in grades K4 through 5; 80 students in middle school; and 95 students in high school. Two-hundred-six families are represented at the school. This number includes 24 new families. 23 percent of this year's student body has alumni parents or grandparents. Drawing from an eight-county area, Jasper County represents 50 percent of the student body. Newton County represents 28 percent and Butts represents 18 percent, an increase from last year. Other counties represented include Rockdale, Putnam, Henry, Morgan ...

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


summer dean's list

Newton student receives Piedmont academic honor

Wendy R. Shivers of Covington was named to the Dean's List at Piedmont College after completing the recent summer semester with a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.99 out of 4.0.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Big Lots presents prizes

Big winners: Alcovy High School and Rocky Plains Elementary School were both awarded their checks by Big Lots Friday. The two schools won $2,000 in the Lots2Give contest sponsored by Big Lots. More than 200,000 votes were cast. Rocky Plains won money to purchase more COWS (computers on wheels) and Alcovy won money for their arts program.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE plans FY11 elementary rezoning

The Newton County Board of Education is already planning for rezoning next year; this time it's the elementary schools that will be affected.

August 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Ready to go back

Back to school bonanza: Enterprise Lodge No. 551 held a Back To School give away on Aug. 7. There was free food and drinks and 100 back packs with schools supplies were given to the first 100 people to sign up at the event. There will be music, games and more. The Back to school give away was a joint effort between Enterprise Lodge No. 551 and Lemon Chapter No. 34 of Covington.

August 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


New employees added to Piedmont Academy

Veteran educator and incoming Headmaster Tony Tanner kicked off the new school year this week with three new faculty members joining the ranks at Piedmont Academy. Tanner retired from 30 years from Jasper County Public Schools in June. Being a resident of Jasper County for 30 years and an administrator in education for three decades, he was able to fill the shoes as headmaster with ease and confidence.

August 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Cheerleaders organize community yard sale

In their continuing efforts to alleviate the costs of their cheerleading program, The Veterans Memorial Middle School Cheer Generals have been organizing various fundraisers since June. This Saturday they will be hosting a community yard sale held in middle school's parking lot.

August 06, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Education


UGA Dean's List

August 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


HB 251 School Choice Seats Available

After reviewing guidelines provided by the Georgia Department of Education, the Newton County School System has identified three schools -South Salem Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, and Clements Middle, as potentially eligible to receive students whose parents wish to transfer their child under the provisions of House Bill 251. The statute allows Georgia parents to request to transfer their students to other schools in the district under certain circumstances. Newton County Schools has determined the tentatively seats available per grade level at each school as listed below:

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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


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