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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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President Obama's speech to students

At noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8, President Barack Obama will deliver a "Back-to-School Address" to students across our nation. This 15-20 minute speech will be broadcast via the internet and on C-Span.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS ready to submit Career Academy grant application

With the full support of the Newton County Board of Education, the Newton County chamber of Commerce, and community and business leaders, the Newton County School System will submit its Career Academy Grant Application to the Technical College System of Georgia on Sept. 8. Up to $3.1 million in state grant funds are available.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS Superintendent participates in Griffin RESA groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new cooperative purchasing warehouse for Griffin Regional Educational Services Agency was recently held on Friday, August, 21. Griffin RESA administers the cooperative purchasing services for the eight member school systems that make up the agency's network. This service allows the school systems to have the same purchasing power that much larger systems enjoy, thus creating substantial savings opportunities. The Board of Control authorized the construction of the facility due to the need for more storage space for consumable, non-consumable, and cleaning supplies. The depressed economic conditions enabled the agency to negotiate a construction fee ...

September 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Roar of the lions

Live Oak live: On Sept. 24 faculty and students of Live Oak Elementary held a dedication ceremony at the school. Parents, Newton County School System staff and county leaders were present at the well-attended event. Students in Shelley Yeatman's Pre-K class Marnessia Lewis, left, Onemerhomu Erakpotobar, Josias Ottiz-Molina, Brecken Baxter, Isaiah Wooden, Makhi Mahon, Jahmel Johnson, Christian Jones, Hailey Baker, (Jena Kennedy and Stacy Castillo are not seen) performed "The Green Grass Grows All Around" at the dedication ceremony. The entire faculty and staff then serenaded the audience with their theme song, "We are the Lions, the Mighty Mighty ...

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Middle school students give aid to the homeless

Veterans Memorial Middle School students typically climb out of a warm bed in the morning, have plenty of clothes to pick from, have hot meals to eat and come from a loving home. But a group of girls at the Covington school are working to help those who don't have a bed of their own, who typically wear second hand clothes, aren't sure where their next meal is coming from, and don't have a home to call their own.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


SAT scores rise, still below state average

SAT scores have been released, and Newton County has scored below the state average, though many schools saw an increase in their numbers.

August 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Newton County School System announces Homer Sharp Stadium Brick Program

The athletic programs of Alcovy High School, Eastside High School, and Newton High School have joined together to support public education in Newton County by supporting the Newton County School System Homer Sharp Stadium Brick Program. Homer Sharp Stadium is one the community's most well?known landmarks. Since its construction in 1956, Newton County's high school athletes and the fans who cheered them on have made unforgettable memories at Homer Sharp Stadium - memories that reflect the district's tradition of Spirit, Pride, and Excellence. Now the community has a unique opportunity to not only be a permanent part ...

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Luau for The Learning Center

 Children may be back in school but summer fun isn't finished yet. The Learning Center is holding a luau fundraiser to support programs that help make sure that every Newton County child arrives at school ready to read.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Spring Semester 2009 Dean's List

Georgia Southern University announced its Dean's List for Spring 2009. The following students from Covington were named to the list: Joshua P Pollard, a junior majoring in Construction Management;. Kara J Adams, a junior majoring in Early Childhood Education; Daniel P Martin, a sophomore majoring in Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program: Computer Engineering;. Conchetta A White, a senior majoring in Hotel & Restaurant Management;.Frank D Runner, a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology; Reginald L Humphrey Jr., a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology; Sophia Colas, a sophomore majoring in Political Science; Jana L Poe, a junior majoring in ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS Has Record Number of ACT Test Takers

A record 499 Newton County School System (NCSS) students took the ACT College Entrance Exam in 2009 - that's 24 more than last year's 475 total test takers. The district has seen a steady increase in the number of students taking the ACT each of the last five years. Only 327 NCSS students took the exam in 2005 compared to almost 500 in 2009. Unlike the SAT, a reasoning test that measures critical thinking skills and assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems, the ACT is a series of curriculum?based, multiple choice tests that cover content ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Transportation confrontation

Several irate parents were in attendance at the Newton County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to voice their complaints about the limited amount of transportation at the system's primary and secondary theme schools.

August 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Providence Christian School prepares for first consignment sale

To help kickoff the new school year, parents at Providence Christian School in Oxford are preparing to conduct the school's first PCS Kids Consignment Sale to be held Sept. 17-19 at The Church At Covington. Parents from all over the community are welcome to participate.

Anyone with fall/winter kids clothing, toys, baby equipment, etc. in good condition can become a seller and receive up to 75 percent of their sales. Sellers drop-off items earlier in the week and shop before the sale opens to the general public.

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


summer, fall 09 college honors

August 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Parents complain about theme school transportation

A mere two weeks into the 2009-2010 school year, parents are already voicing complaints to the school board.

August 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Ready for school

Brand new bookbags: For 19 years the Pine Valley Mission has furnished school supplies, clothing and shoes for needy children in their area. This year, children county wide were also assisted. Each child was given a bookbag with all the requirements for their grade and school. They were also given two sets of school clothes along with new shoes and socks. These items, along with winter coats, are furnished the entire school year. This mission is located at 12185 Highway 36 and is completely staffed by volunteers.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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