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School system reviews draft 2017-2018 budget

At an April 25 special called meeting, Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) members and administrators reviewed an early draft of the ...

April 26, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


GSU celebrates Earth Day

Georgia State University's Newton Campus celebrated Earth Day April 20 by bringing in vendors and exhibitors from all over Newton County, including a beekeeper ...

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Fairview Elementary excited about its Little Free Libraries

"This class believes that time spent reading is time well spent," Jan Hudson, fourth grade teacher for Fairview Elementary School, said.

April 21, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE hires new Indian Creek principal

COVINGTON, Ga - Swade Huff will become Indian Creek Middle School's new principal starting July 10. He will replace Renee Mallard who is leaving at ...

April 13, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Flint Hill Elementary School removed from State Focus School List

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has announced that Flint Hill Elementary School (FHES) has met the exit criteria and is no longer on the ...

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Local Students on the Dean’s and President's Lists at Presbyterian College

One local student from Covington, Musashi Briem, earned a 3.30 GPA and the honor of the Dean's List at Presbyterian College for the ...

April 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS elementary students win 2017 Young Georgia Authors Regional Writing Competition

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that three NCSS elementary school students won first place at the 2017 Griffin RESA Regional ...

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford sophomores honor fallen students

The 2017 sophomore class of Oxford College honored two members of the Oxford community by naming a room in Candler Hall after them March 29.

March 31, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Newton High School principal announces resignation

Newton High School principal John Ellenberg has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


Legislators seek to give BOE authority to set salaries

Newton County's four legislators could not come to a unanimous yes or no decision about the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education ...

March 24, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Ready Mix USA donates Cement-Mixing Truck to GPTC

Ready Mix USA signed over a cement mixing truck to Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) for its Regional Transportation Training Center in Lithonia. The truck ...

March 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC's DeKalb campus back open after power loss

Georgia Piedmont Technical College's (GPTC) DeKalb Campus, on North Indian Creek Drive, is back open Thursday, March 23, after a complete loss of power ...

March 23, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Oxford College holds disaster drill

If you saw fire trucks, police cars and medic units on the campus of Oxford College Tuesday morning, don't be alarmed. It was just ...

March 21, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


NHS Senior Molly Cady earns full-tuition Posse Scholarship to Brandeis University

Unlike most students, college loans won't be too much of a worry for Newton High School (NHS) senior Molly Cady, who recently learned that ...

March 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Critters help promote science at Oxford College

About 200 people came to learn about science as well as to see and touch the animals at Oxford College of Emory University's "critter ...

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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School calendar recommended

 The Newton County Board of Education will vote on the new school calendar on April 27 and if they accept the recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, the 2010-2011 school year will no longer have a week-long fall and winter break.

April 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


County schools facing $9.7 million FY2011 budget deficit

At Tuesday night's work session, the Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley's recommendation to start making cuts to next year's fiscal year budget, including personnel, after he informed the board the school was looking at an initial $9.7 million deficit.

April 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Superintendent to start cutting next year's budget

On Tuesday night, the Board of Education gave Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley permission to start making cuts to next year's fiscal year budget, including personnel, after he informed them the school was looking at an initial $9.7 million deficit.

April 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Aussie ambassador

While most fifth-graders are looking forward to spending their summer vacation sleeping late and hanging out with friends, 11-year-old Natalyn Crockett hopes to learn about how to bridge cultural and political borders and promote peace globally as a student ambassador to Australia. But, she might not make it if she can't raise the funds by May 1.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


R.L. Cousins High School alumni host meet and greet

Almost 200 R.L. Cousins High School alumni reflected on the 'Good Ole' Days' at the meet-and-greet held in the school's old cafeteria, a cafeteria not just remembered for lunches served there. It had been where band practice was held after school, where the prom and graduation were held. But March 14 was the day almost 200 R.L. Cousins High School alumni representing all 13 classes would focus on a common vision. This is a vision that focuses on education for the young people and working with the Covington community.

April 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


student of month March

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

March 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE chooses new superintendent

Gary Mathews will be the next superintendent of the Newton County School System. The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved hiring Mathews by a 4-0 vote at an 8:30 a.m. special called meeting Thursday.

March 26, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Showing appreciation

The place to be for lunch in Newton County Monday afternoon was the Montessori School of Covington. But not just everyone was invited; the annual luncheon was to honor those people in the community who make a difference, such as medical professionals, firefighters and members of law enforcement.

March 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


'Greater Tuna' comes to GPC

"Greater Tuna" the hilarious comedy about a group of citizens in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas comes to the GPC Newton stage Wednesday, March 24 through Sunday, March 28.

Written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, "Greater Tuna" is described as a "tour de force" in quick costume changes and romping humor, all delivered by just two actors, GPC student Michael Cave and Newton High School math and film instructor Laramy Wells.

March 21, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


High school attendance zones amended

For many Newton and Eastside high school students, there will be a major change in the 2010-2011 school year, namely, which high school they will be zoned to attend.

March 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


school fall honor rolls 2009

Oak Hill Elementary announces its honor roll for fall semester.

March 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS Spelling Bee champion moves on to state finals

Newton County's super speller, seventh-grader Caitlin Smith of Indian Creek Middle School, has earned a spot in the State Spelling Bee. Smith won the Indian Creek Spelling Bee, the Newton County School System Spelling Bee and was the runner?up in the regional spelling bee at Putnam County Elementary School in February. Her second place finish earned her a trip to the state competition this week at Georgia State University. "Everybody at the bee was a great speller and I just felt like if I won that would be great, but if I didn't it was still great ...

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Students prepare for the future by building life skills

"Preparing students to be successful in the workplace is an all encompassing endeavor," proclaimed Dr. Steve Whatley, Superintendent of Schools, last fall, adding "It's more than the classroom. Students need something that will put them over the top; something to make them stand out; something to help assure success as they take their place in society." That statement became an action item for Newton County Schools Work?based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship coordinators and culminated on January 21, with the first Aspiring Young Professionals Evaluation Dinner. Aspiring Young Professionals was a huge success with 120 Work?based Learning and ...

March 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Top students attend LEAD Conference

Nearly 100 outstanding high school seniors recently attended Georgia Southern University's second annual Southern Leadership Excellence Academics and Dedication (LEAD) Conference at its main campus in Statesboro. Throughout the day they attended leadership workshops, as well as toured the campus and residence halls

March 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


PASS Club in need of funds

Parents at Newton High School have organized an academic booster club and are hoping to raise money to help students with various academic endeavors.

March 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


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