Three Newton County schools, Fairview Theme School, Clements Theme School, and Heard-Mixon Elementary School, have been recognized by the Governor's Office of Student Achievement for being in the top percent of schools in the state with the greatest improvement on the Criterion Reference Competency Tests (CRCT).
The student body seems to be getting younger at Georgia Perimeter College recently, as more high school students are enrolling in its dual enrollment program to achieve a two-year degree before graduating high school.
With the Newton County School System facing at least $9 million in budget reductions for the 2011-2012 school year, it was inevitable that cuts will have to be made. Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews is set to release a list of these potential cuts on Jan. 10 and has warned that more may be necessary.
The Newton County Board of Education voted 3-2 on Tuesday to accept proposed rezoning of elementary schools but postponed a vote on its middle school feeder schedule after some parents voiced concerns that their students may have switch schools next year.
Back in time:Indian Creek Middle School students took a trip back in time to visit the Victorian era Thursday afternoon. The students, who had been studying the historic culture, were encouraged to dress the part as they sampled foods the ladies and gentlemen would have snacked on, made holiday crafts and ended the day with games.
Piedmont Academy held its elementary Christmas program on Dec. 9 under the direction of music teacher, April Allen. Backdrops for the program were constructed and painted by the cast and crew of the high school's One Act Play.
Fond farewell: The Newton County School System held a reception on Tueday honoring outgoing board of education members. District 1 Representative Johnny Smith has served one full term and half of a term left open by the death of Richard Tiede. District 3 Representative Cathy Dobbs has served two full terms and Greg Proffitt has served as the District 5 representative since Dr. C.C. Bates left the seat in June. (Above) Dobbs speaks with Alcovy High School Principal Dr. LaQuanda Brown. (Left) Smith hugs former board member Dr. C.C. Bates.
The Newton County Board of Education voted 3-2 on Tuesday to not name the new elementary school Palmer-Stone, listening to the reasoning of several Oxford residents who argued that the name should remain in the city because of its historical importance.
Helping the Earth: Alayna Jones (left), Rahim Zareef (center) and Hailey Harrison (right) from the "Community Service Club" at Fairview Theme School, recycle aluminum cans as part of the school wide program to encourage recycling. Students are recycling aluminum and tin cans, toner and ink cartridges, paper and drink pouches to help reduce the impact of waste on the environment.
Newton County River of Words Poetry and Art Contest winners were recognized at the Board of Commissioners Meeting on Dec. 7. All contest entries were required to feature water. Winners received Wal-mart gift cards, with prize costs lessened through a donation from the Service Guild of Covington. First place winners received $30 cards; second place winners received $20 cards; and third place winners received $10 cards. Service Guild members judged the contest.