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A conversation with Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College

Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College of Emory University, has been on the job for about three months now. He recently talked to the Covington ...

October 25, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education

Two students recognized by Newton County BOE

Ralph Brown and Zachary Fallah, juniors at Eastside and Newton high schools, respectively, were recently selected to serve on Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Jasmine Moore Receives the Howard S. and Marie H. Starks Scholarship

Georgia State's J. Mack Robinson College of Business hosts an Honors Day Celebration every spring recognizing the college's brightest students. This year's ...

October 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Shakila Henderson-Baker elected to GSBA Board of Director

Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education (BOE), was recently elected by the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) Board ...

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Newton, Rockdale school boards to host town hall

The Newton County Board of Education, in conjunction with the Rockdale County Board of Education, will host a town hall meeting at Discover Point Church ...

September 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Education

NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both ...

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton ...

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Education

Teachers of the year announced by NCSS

The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced its teachers of the year for each of its schools Tuesday.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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Mock homecoming

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Alcovy High School senior named National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist

Alcovy High School senior Eric Ritenour has been named a semifinalist in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1.5 million students in about 22,000 high schools in the United States enter the National Merit Scholarship Program each year. Ritenour is one of only 16,000 highest scorers (less than 1 percent of the nation's high school graduating seniors) to qualify as a semi-finalist. He now has the opportunity to advance in the competition for one of the 8,200 Merit Scholarship $2,500 awards.

September 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Infinite Campus available for parent access

The Newton County School System's new student portal, Infinite Campus, is now online and accessible to parents. Infinite Campus has replaced the district's previous online program, Student Track.A Quick Link to Infinite Campus is posted on the Newton County School System website at for easy access. In order to access a student's information, parents will need the child's student identification number and birth date. Parents should contact the child's school if they do not know the student's identification number. At this time, elementary parents may access student attendance and discipline ...

September 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Mobile Discovery Center visits local elementary school

Students at East Newton Elementary School received a hands-on experience with science Thursday by boarding the National Science Center's Mobile Discovery Center - a rolling science class designed by the United States Army.

September 25, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

summer dean's list

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Oxford College publishes history of campus architecture

The old wish, "If these walls could only talk," has come almost literally true for Oxford College and Emory University. Oxford announced today that it has published "Cornerstone and Grove," a history of the campus where Emory University, established in 1836, began. Subtitled "A Portrait in Architecture and Landscape of Emory's Birthplace in Oxford, Georgia," the book was written by Erik Oliver, who is a native and current resident of the city of Oxford.

September 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Classes resume for Newton County students tomorrow

Newton County School System officials have decided to reopen the schools Thursday. The decision came after administrators consulted with the Newton County Emergency Management officials.

"Parents should have their children at the bus stop on time in the morning but due the combination of rerouting buses and the heavy traffic on alternative roadways, expect possible delays in both morning pickup and afternoon delivery of students," said Sherri Viniard, NCSS public relations director, in a press release.

September 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Summer re-tests mark CRCT, AYP improvements

Several students took the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) for a second time over the summer, and the percentage that passed could make a difference in their school and the Newton County School System - possibly even coming off the dreaded "Needs Improvement" list.

September 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

Covington resident awarded General Mills scholarship

Andrew Smith, the son of Mike and Dana Smith, is the recipient of a $2,400 General Mills Foundation Post-High School Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year.

September 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Eastside homecoming court

The ladies of Eastside: Front row: Seniors Nicole Gaither, Amanda Henderson, Michelle Roton, Tyeshia Little, Lacey Wheeler and Natalie Stubbs. Back row: Juniors Chelsea Phillips, Raven Williams, Melissa Dingler; sophomores Kelsey Butler, Holly Croom, Chloe Weaver; freshmen Tyrin Turner, Amina Ibere, Lauren Thomas.

September 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

BOE approves additional cuts

Faced with more reductions to their revenue, the Newton County Board of Education was forced to make more cuts to its budget in an effort to make up for approximately $6,300,000 in expected revenue that the system will not receive.

September 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education

Mansfield student visits Georgia's first lady

On Tuesday, August 25, Mansfield Elementary School Pre-K student, Anna Beth Bailey, attended the Reading Under the Stars hosted by First Lady Mary Perdue at the Georgia Governor's Mansion. Purdue read "Bedtime in the Jungle" by John Butler in the mansion gardens. Anna Beth made a tiger puppet to go along with the story, ate ice cream, had her face painted and played on the governor's playground.

September 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

South Salem student Michael Webb visits the governor

South Salem Elementary School student, Michael Webb, his family and Candis Christopher, his teacher, were invited to meet Governor Sunny Perdue in recognition of his participation in the VSA Art Show in Washington D.C. Michael was chosen out of 120 children to represent Georgia in an art show as well as one of 11 nationwide to travel to Washington, D.C. While in Washington he attended a congressional reception at the Rayburn House and met Georgia's senators and congressmen. The invitation to visit our state's capital was an additional honor and privilege.

September 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

Financial crisis forces close at DeKalb Tech

The DeKalb Technical College Board of Directors recently approved the closing of the Industrial Systems Technology Program at the school's Covington Campus and the merging of the Air Conditioning Technology Program at the Covington Campus with the same program at the Clarkston Campus. The move comes in the wake of current and expected state budget cuts and the consistent low enrollment of the two programs at the Covington Campus. In a memo to Dr. Teresa Resch, executive director of academic affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia, Dr. Robin Hoffman, president of DeKalb Technical College said continuing these ...

September 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

NCSS announces early release times

All Newton County public schools will release students early on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18 for elementary and middle school parent conferences and high school professional learning activities. Elementary students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. with middle and high school students scheduled to depart at 1:15 p.m. Fairview Theme School will dismiss students at 12:45 p.m. and Clements Theme School students will leave at 1 p.m.

September 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Education

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