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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


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


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NCSS superintendent welcomes back students, teachers, parents

On behalf of the Newton County Board of Education and administrators I extend a sincere "Welcome" to all students, parents, teachers and support staff. We are excited about the opportunities for the education of our students as they anticipate the first day of school on Monday, August 3.

The mission of the Newton County Schools is to provide educational excellence for all students. Over the summer we have been preparing to meet the educational challenges of this new school year for an enrollment that will exceed over 19,500 students. In the past weeks, over 200 students have enrolled with ...

July 31, 2009 | Dr. R. Steven Whatley NCSS Superintendent | Education


Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrates five year anniversary

Employees of Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrated the school's five-year anniversary on July 24. The school opened its doors for students in 2005. The start of the 2009-2010 school year will mark the school's fifth year and faculty and staff took time to celebrate and reflect on the milestones and accomplishments they have achieved, including making AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) each year it's been open Dr. Miranda Jones welcomed the employees and special guests, who included current and former central office administrators and PTO members.

July 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Important notice for school choice students

The Newton County School System is reminding parents of the change in transportation for students who have exercised NCLB school choice. Bus transportation is no longer being provided. NCSS will reimburse the parent/guardians of the transportation cost to and from the school of choice. Reimbursements will occur on a quarterly basis.

Please call the NCSS central office at (770) 787-1330 to inform them of the school which you choose for your student. This information will provide a schedule for your student on the first day of school. For additional information or if an extenuating circumstance exists, please contact the ...

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


AGI funds may benefit local 2-year colleges

President Obama is planning to give a $12 billion boost to two-year colleges, and Georgia Perimeter and DeKalb Technical colleges hope they'll be on the receiving end next year.

July 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Congrats to Tift graduates

The following students from Covington graduated from Mercer University's Tift College of Education during the College's commencement on May 23 on the University's Atlanta campus. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College's 281 graduates.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Congrats to Chelsy Giles

Sigma Alpha Lambda is proud to announce that Chelsy Giles of Covington has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of Georgia. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment. Congratulations to Chelsy Giles.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


The River of Words

Even better in color:

July 24, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | Education


Teachers lose days due to budget cuts

Just two weeks before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that school systems were to receive a 3 percent cut to their budget and mandated staff furloughs -leaving Newton County's school board searching for ways to make these things happen before the original start of the year for elementary school teachers.

July 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


School board faces additional cuts; teacher furloughs

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced that Governor Sonny Perdue has called on the system to cut 3 percent from their budget and for teachers to take three unpaid furlough days in order to assist in a $900 million hole in the state's budget.

July 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Oxford College welcomes new chaplain

Oxford College announced today that Rev. Lyn Pace has been named chaplain for this historic campus, located on the original site of Emory University. Pace will begin his duties immediately. "Lyn brings a passion for working with students and a commitment to service," said Oxford Dean Stephen Bowen. "We are pleased to welcome him to Oxford, where service, leadership and interfaith community are so much a part of the experience. He will be instrumental in our strengthening that tradition and exploring new ways to make their time at Oxford even more spiritually meaningful for students."Prior to assuming his new ...

July 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


SPRING COLLEGE GRADUATES

Nicholas DeCarlo of Covington graduated received a Bachelor of Science from Anderson University in Anderson, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 2.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


AYP school failings largely due to special ed sub-groups

Several Newton County schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-2009 school year, putting or keeping many on the Needs Improvement list. When broken down, however, the school test-taking population as a whole passed; the individual school's failures were due solely to subgroups.

July 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Pens, pencils and a block party

The Washington Street Community Center, Main Street Covington and the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a "Back to School Block Party." July 26, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the square. The event is for students in kindergarten through middle school.

July 17, 2009 | By Molly Lundy | Education


NCSS fails AYP

The Newton County School System has failed Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-2009 school year according to reports released by the Georgia Department of Education.

July 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


School system fails AYP in preliminary report

In a preliminary report of Adequate Yearly Progress, seven of 21 Newton County Schools failed to meet standards set by the state. Failing schools are Ficquett Elementary, Livingston Elementary, Middle Ridge Elementary, Clements Middle, Cousins Middle, Indian Creek Middle and Challenge Charter Academy.

July 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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