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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


GPTC board welcomes Mayor Fred Perriman of Madison

Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), announces the appointment of Fred Perriman, Mayor of Madison, as a member of the college ...

March 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


BOE recognizes contest winners

At its March 14 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) recognized the Veterans Memorial Middle School mathematics team which won ...

March 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


PHOTO GALLERY: Montessori School students host chili luncheon

The Montessori School of Covington opened its doors Monday morning to local community servants for a chili lunch, specially made by students of the Early ...

March 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Thank you school board members

It's Georgia School Board Appreciation Week. The Covington News appreciates the individual and collective contributions made by all current and past public, private, and ...

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new NHS members

The Piedmont Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomes 10 new members on Feb. 23. Seniors Georgia Allen and Grace Roberts, Juniors Brett Bush ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC announces Dean’s List and President’s List for local residents

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to announce that two Newton County students were named to the institution's prestigious President's List, while ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Legislators ‘working through’ BOE pay raise request

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) approved a resolution to ask for a salary increase for ...

March 12, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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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


Greg Goins earns Certified Professional Public Buyer credential

Greg Goins, Newton County School System Purchasing Specialist, has been awarded the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC). The UPPCC was established in 1978 by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the National Institute of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) to independently administer certification and promote procurement professionalism in the public sector.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Washington Street Community Center seeks volunteer tutors

Washington Street Community Center is gearing up for their after school homework tutorial program and is seeking volunteers to help.

August 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


West Newton wins big with My Coke Rewards program

West Newton Elementary in Covington is among the Top 10 Schools nationwide redeeming the most points donated by families for free supplies and equipment as part of the My Coke Rewards program.

August 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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