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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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New school - same challenges

When Newton County students begin their school year tomorrow, an estimated 864 will be attending Liberty Middle School – a brand new school that has inherited Clements Middle School's failing AYP numbers and state-directed status while the old middle school becomes home to a theme school and the former principal moves on to Alcovy High School as an assistant principal.

August 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Snapping Shoals helps area teachers

Snapping Shoals EMC will be awarding more than $50,000 in grants this fall to a number of teachers from the schools that the electric co-op serves in Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties through the co-op's Bright Ideas program.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS superintendent welcomes back students, teachers, parents

On behalf of the Newton County Board of Education and administrators I extend a sincere "Welcome" to all students, parents, teachers and support staff. We are excited about the opportunities for the education of our students as they anticipate the first day of school on Monday, August 3.

The mission of the Newton County Schools is to provide educational excellence for all students. Over the summer we have been preparing to meet the educational challenges of this new school year for an enrollment that will exceed over 19,500 students. In the past weeks, over 200 students have enrolled with ...

July 31, 2009 | Dr. R. Steven Whatley NCSS Superintendent | Education


Administrators announced for schools, central

After several assistant principals moved into principal positions in Newton County schools, the school board announced their replacements at their combined work session and monthly meeting last week.

Jeff Cher, who served as an assistant principal at Veterans Memorial Middle School in the 2008-2009 school year will be moving to Eastside High School to assume the role left by Dennis Roddenberry, who has been named as Eastside principal for the 2009-2010 school year.

July 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrates five year anniversary

Employees of Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrated the school's five-year anniversary on July 24. The school opened its doors for students in 2005. The start of the 2009-2010 school year will mark the school's fifth year and faculty and staff took time to celebrate and reflect on the milestones and accomplishments they have achieved, including making AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) each year it's been open Dr. Miranda Jones welcomed the employees and special guests, who included current and former central office administrators and PTO members.

July 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Important notice for school choice students

The Newton County School System is reminding parents of the change in transportation for students who have exercised NCLB school choice. Bus transportation is no longer being provided. NCSS will reimburse the parent/guardians of the transportation cost to and from the school of choice. Reimbursements will occur on a quarterly basis.

Please call the NCSS central office at (770) 787-1330 to inform them of the school which you choose for your student. This information will provide a schedule for your student on the first day of school. For additional information or if an extenuating circumstance exists, please contact the ...

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


AGI funds may benefit local 2-year colleges

President Obama is planning to give a $12 billion boost to two-year colleges, and Georgia Perimeter and DeKalb Technical colleges hope they'll be on the receiving end next year.

July 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Congrats to Tift graduates

The following students from Covington graduated from Mercer University's Tift College of Education during the College's commencement on May 23 on the University's Atlanta campus. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College's 281 graduates.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Congrats to Chelsy Giles

Sigma Alpha Lambda is proud to announce that Chelsy Giles of Covington has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of Georgia. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment. Congratulations to Chelsy Giles.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


The River of Words

Even better in color:

July 24, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | Education


Teachers lose days due to budget cuts

Just two weeks before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that school systems were to receive a 3 percent cut to their budget and mandated staff furloughs -leaving Newton County's school board searching for ways to make these things happen before the original start of the year for elementary school teachers.

July 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


School board faces additional cuts; teacher furloughs

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced that Governor Sonny Perdue has called on the system to cut 3 percent from their budget and for teachers to take three unpaid furlough days in order to assist in a $900 million hole in the state's budget.

July 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Oxford College welcomes new chaplain

Oxford College announced today that Rev. Lyn Pace has been named chaplain for this historic campus, located on the original site of Emory University. Pace will begin his duties immediately. "Lyn brings a passion for working with students and a commitment to service," said Oxford Dean Stephen Bowen. "We are pleased to welcome him to Oxford, where service, leadership and interfaith community are so much a part of the experience. He will be instrumental in our strengthening that tradition and exploring new ways to make their time at Oxford even more spiritually meaningful for students."Prior to assuming his new ...

July 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


SPRING COLLEGE GRADUATES

Nicholas DeCarlo of Covington graduated received a Bachelor of Science from Anderson University in Anderson, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 2.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


AYP school failings largely due to special ed sub-groups

Several Newton County schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-2009 school year, putting or keeping many on the Needs Improvement list. When broken down, however, the school test-taking population as a whole passed; the individual school's failures were due solely to subgroups.

July 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


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