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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


Community model for fighting poverty presented

Donna Beegle grew up, married, and started a family in extreme poverty. In her mid-twenties, she was single mother worried about becoming homeless and losing ...

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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Project Green SWEEPs Newton High

A grant received by Newton High School to improve student interest and achievement in math and sciences over the summer is being put to good use at the of the school's new wetland project. The groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new science lab was last Thursday.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Cousins students learn physiology can be 'PhUn'

Seventh grade students at Cousins Middle School had the opportunity to experience a little PhUn Thursday afternoon when they were treated to a guest and an interesting science lesson during Physiology Understanding Week.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS requests Title I waivers

The Georgia Department of Education has been approved for several waivers from the U.S. Department of Education regarding Title I, Part A requirements that are affected by the availability of Title I, Part A AARA funds. The Newton County Board of Education has approved the system's request to seek permission from the Georgia Department of Education for the following waivers:

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System announces Title I Distinguished schools

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that four schools-Heard?Mixon Elementary, Palmer?Stone Elementary, Rocky Plains Elementary, and West Newton Elementary, have been recognized as Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


GPC cuts ribbon on Newton Campus Student Learning Center

Local and state officials recently joined students, faculty and staff to open officially the 50,000 square-foot Student Learning Center at Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus.

"We will make the most of this new learning center," said Student Government Association President Alea Bennett during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This new center gives the Newton Campus what we need to improve student success. It allows us to better work together, learn together and grow together."

November 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS receives award for 100 percent participation in 2009 Relay for Life

At the Oct. 20 Board of Education work session, Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley and members of the school board accepted an award on behalf of the school district from Becky Byrum of the Newton County Relay for Life program for having 100 percent school participation in the 2009 Relay for Life Program. Each school in the district participated in the 2009 Relay for Life and overall, Newton County School System raised approximately $110,250 in the fight against cancer.

"That's an incredible amount," said Brian Burgoyne of Newton County Relay for Life. "The 2009 Newton County ...

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Thanking those with thankless jobs

West Newton Elementary teacher Jennifer Loetzerich turned what could have been merely a horrible memory into both a learning experience for her students and an opportunity to say thank you to those who helped her.

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Top 3 Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Newton County School System officials announced the top three finalists for the NCSS 2010 Teacher of the Year Friday morning, surprising the three elementary school teachers in their classrooms with flowers and family members.

Laurie Carpenter

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS Deputy Superintendent completes GSSA Superintendent Professional Development Program

Mr. Dennis Carpenter, Deputy Superintendent for Newton County Schools, has successfully completed the Georgia School Superintendents Association's Superintendent Professional Development Program. Carpenter also successfully defended his dissertation and satisfied all Georgia Southern University degree requirements for the Doctor of Education Degree.

The Superintendent Professional Development Program is a two?year course of study designed to prepare individuals for the local superintendency. The program is designed to ensure that any individual who aspires to serve in the superintendency may benefit from a focused and job?specific preparation program for that highly responsible position.

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System receives $283,447 Caring Communities System of Care Grant

The Governor's Office for Children and Families has awarded the Newton County School System a 2009 Caring Communities System of Care grant in the amount of $283,447. The Newton County School System was one of only 10 recipients in the state to receive a Caring Communities grant award.

The system of care approach is designed to unite and coordinate the efforts of community agencies responsible for serving children and families. Through a community?wide collaboration of agencies focused on improving the welfare of youth in Newton County and support from the Caring Communities grant, the Newton County School ...

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton High School assistant principal appointed to PAGE board of directors

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Newton High School Assistant Principal, Dr. Sandra Owens, has been appointed to the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Board of Directors and will represent the group's District 11, which is comprised of thirteen counties in east, central Georgia. Owens was selected to fill the unexpired term of Richard Thomas, a Jones County educator who was voted president?elect of PAGE at this summer's conference. Owens has earned a doctorate degree in Teacher Leadership and is both a National Board Certified Teacher and a Georgia Master Teacher. Her duties ...

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces top three finalists for 2010 Teacher of the Year

The top three finalists for Newton County Teacher of the Year were announced this morning. Gail Bemis from Livingston Elementary School, Laurie Carpenter from Fairview Theme School and Melanie Sheets from Heard-Mixon Elementary School have been choosen for the honor.

Check Sunday's edition of The Covington News for more.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


October Students of the Month

Mansfield Elementary School announces its students of the month for October.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


School superintendent announces plans to retire

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2010. Whatley's intention was given to the board in the form of a recommendation and it was given this month so there would be plenty of time for the board members to look for potential replacement candidates. "I included and recommended this action now so that the Board of Education can begin a thorough process of defining what it wants as a new superintendent, post the position, interview for the impending vacancy and employ a new superintendent so as to have as smooth as ...

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Liberal Arts Academy students continue to be challenged academically

The academically rigorous Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School is operating in its first year as a school within a school and already students are flourishing according to a presentation to members of the Newton County School System Board of Education that included information provided by students.

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


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