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How Fairview Elementary observed the eclipse

COVINGTON, Ga. - Fairview Elementary School celebrated the solar eclipse with a variety of activities throughout the school day on Monday, Aug. 21. From start to ...

August 22, 2017 | LaMoyne A. Brunson Principal | Education


Alcovy, Eastside FFA named 2-star chapters for 2017 National Chapter Award by National FFA

COVINGTON, Ga. - Both the Alcovy High School and Eastside High School FFA chapters have been recognized in the 2017 National Chapter Award Program from the ...

August 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS learns eclipse glasses ordered are not recommended for use

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County School System (NCSS) has been informed at the eleventh hour that the solar eclipse glasses ordered for all elementary school students ...

August 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford College kicks off school year with Coke toast

OXFORD, Ga. - Oxford College of Emory University kicked off the start of its academic year with its Coke Toast Friday afternoon. The annual event celebrated ...

August 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


BOE receives 5-year technology proposal

COVINGTON, Ga. - According to Adam Phyall, Newton County School System's (NCSS's) director of technology and media services, 60 percent of NCSS's 15 ...

August 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with 27 new students Aug. 10.

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Indian Creek Middle School students are reading and riding

COVINGTON, Ga. - Indian Creek Middle School students are reading and riding this school year thanks to media specialist, Lori McGovern, who recently installed an exercise ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Ribbity Ribbitz Embroidery supports Newton County Theme School PTO

COVINGTON, Ga. - Ribbity Ribbitz Embroidery, a longtime partner in education with Newton County Theme School (NCTS), recently presented principal Dr. Naomi Cobb and school PTO ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Students attend summer leadership camp

COVINGTON, Ga. - This summer 44 students from Newton County attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on the banks of ...

August 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System to Delay Dismissal on August 21 for Solar Eclipse

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County School System (NCSS) will delay dismissal by 45 minutes on Monday, Aug. 21 due to the expected solar eclipse, and ...

August 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Eastside/NCCA student named 2017 Georgia Northeast Region Work-Based Learning Student of the Year

COVINGTON, Ga. - Eastside High School (EHS) and Newton College & Career Academy (NCCA) senior, Allen Miller, was recently awarded the 2017 Georgia Northeast Region Work-Based Learning ...

August 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton BOE extends superintendent’s contract, increases salary

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) has extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board ...

July 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces 2016-2017 Georgia Milestones Assessment results

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has released Newton County School System's (NCSS) results from the 2015-16 administration of the Georgia Milestones ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces 2017 AP scholars

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce 83 students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Golden State Foods Foundation donates book bags, school supplies for NCSS students

COVINGTON, Ga. - Golden State Foods Foundation has donated backpacks full of school supplies for Newton County School System (NCSS) students. In all, 300 backpacks stuffed ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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BOE maintains cap on class sizes

The State Board of Education in Georgia has waived all class size rules for the upcoming school year, but the Newton County Board of Education has voted to keep class sizes as low as possible and has granted the superintendent the authorization to move staff around during the first month of school in order to place teachers where the students are.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


CRCT Superstars

Several rising fourth-graders at Fairview Theme School have a piece of advice for their fellow students: Work hard and pay attention and you might make Newton County history just like they did, when it was announced that their entire class not only passed the CRCTs, but had 100 percent meet or exceed standards in reading.Although preliminary results were released publicly at the beginning of the month, students and teachers were told their scores right before the end of school. According to FTS principal Dr. Ruth Anne Smith, when she first saw the results, she was speechless.

"I was shocked ...

July 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Governor orders more budget cuts to university system

Local K-12 schools may be safe for the time being, but Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered another 4 percent spending cut to the state's university system beginning in August.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Two schools win money from Big Lots video contest

Video submissions from two Newton County schools have won $2,000 from Big Lots and are now eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE to apply for funds for NHS replacement

In a called meeting Tuesday morning, the Newton County Board of Education voted to apply for a Qualified School Construction Bond in order to receive $11 million toward the replacement of the Newton High School facility.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thomas named principal of Livingston Elementary School

The Newton County Board of Education voted this morning to appoint Shari Thomas as principal of Livingston Elementary School. She will replace outgoing principal, Wendy Hughes, who recently resigned.

July 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Spring 2010 Semester Honor Roll

Heard-Mixon Elementary School (published June 6)

July 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Pierce Institute established initiative for ethics and servant leadership

The Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement at Oxford College has received a grant from Emory University's Office of University Community Partnerships that will establish a new program called the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Forum. The three-year grant will expand Oxford's already-wide array of opportunities for student leadership, community engagement, ethics and faculty development.

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Letter from the Superintendent

As we begin this 2010-11 school year, over 2,600 employees and almost 20,000 students will come through the doors of one of our 24 schools in Newton County. When they do, most students:

July 25, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


Elementary School Supply List

Parent/Guardians: The following lists of materials are suggested items you may want to provide for your child during the coming school year. Your assistance in ensuring that your child has school supplies is greatly appreciated. At various times during the year, when a child's supplies have been depleted, teachers may ask parents to replenish various items.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A breakdown of the AYP testing system

With recent reports showing the Newton County School System failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year and that Georgia as a whole did poorly, many are wondering just what AYP is and why we in Newton County care.

AYP came about as part of the No Child Left Behind act, which was signed into law in January 2002 by then President George Bush, and took the place of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The idea is to measure student achievement annually by looking at their scores on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and for ...

July 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Scholarship fund could assist with private schooling

Parents interested in sending their children to private schools but who cannot afford the cost may be able to quality for a student scholarship through the Apogee Georgia School Choice Scholarship Fund.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Eight schools, NCSS fail AYP

The Newton County School System failed to meet required standards for adequate yearly progress for the 2009-2010 school year according to preliminary results released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education. Eight individual schools in the system failed to make AYP, including Newton High School.

July 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS did not meet AYP

Newton County School System (NCSS) has received from the Georgia Department of Education thedistrict's report on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009-2010 school year. Administrators arecurrently reviewing that information. According to the report, fifteen of twenty-three schools included in the report made AYP in 2009-2010; the district did not meet AYP in 2009-2010.It is important to note that these are not the final 2009-2010 AYP results as students who did not pass the reading or math portion of the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (GCRCT) in the spring were offered remediation and the opportunity to retest and ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Livingston Elementary principal announces resignation

Wendy Hughes, principal of Livingston Elementary School, has announced her resignation. On Thursday, July 15, Hughes submitted a letter of resignation to Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews. Mathews accepted the resignation, which becomes effective on July 31.

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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