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Former EHS student named to Dean's list

Kaija Rolin Barrett, a 2014 graduate Eastside High School, was named to the Academic Dean's list at St. John's University in Queens, New York.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Grajko | Education


Local students honored at Georgia College

Georgia College recognized some of Newton County's own high achievers this week, awarding five degrees to local residents and honoring over two dozen students for their scholastic aptitude and hard work.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Covington student makes Academic Achievement list at GSSU

Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


How to find the right school fundraiser for you

The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


West Newton Elementary School removed from state focus school list

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


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BOE maintains cap on class sizes

The State Board of Education in Georgia has waived all class size rules for the upcoming school year, but the Newton County Board of Education has voted to keep class sizes as low as possible and has granted the superintendent the authorization to move staff around during the first month of school in order to place teachers where the students are.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


CRCT Superstars

Several rising fourth-graders at Fairview Theme School have a piece of advice for their fellow students: Work hard and pay attention and you might make Newton County history just like they did, when it was announced that their entire class not only passed the CRCTs, but had 100 percent meet or exceed standards in reading.Although preliminary results were released publicly at the beginning of the month, students and teachers were told their scores right before the end of school. According to FTS principal Dr. Ruth Anne Smith, when she first saw the results, she was speechless.

"I was shocked ...

July 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Governor orders more budget cuts to university system

Local K-12 schools may be safe for the time being, but Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered another 4 percent spending cut to the state's university system beginning in August.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Two schools win money from Big Lots video contest

Video submissions from two Newton County schools have won $2,000 from Big Lots and are now eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE to apply for funds for NHS replacement

In a called meeting Tuesday morning, the Newton County Board of Education voted to apply for a Qualified School Construction Bond in order to receive $11 million toward the replacement of the Newton High School facility.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thomas named principal of Livingston Elementary School

The Newton County Board of Education voted this morning to appoint Shari Thomas as principal of Livingston Elementary School. She will replace outgoing principal, Wendy Hughes, who recently resigned.

July 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Spring 2010 Semester Honor Roll

Heard-Mixon Elementary School (published June 6)

July 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Pierce Institute established initiative for ethics and servant leadership

The Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement at Oxford College has received a grant from Emory University's Office of University Community Partnerships that will establish a new program called the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Forum. The three-year grant will expand Oxford's already-wide array of opportunities for student leadership, community engagement, ethics and faculty development.

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Letter from the Superintendent

As we begin this 2010-11 school year, over 2,600 employees and almost 20,000 students will come through the doors of one of our 24 schools in Newton County. When they do, most students:

July 25, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


Elementary School Supply List

Parent/Guardians: The following lists of materials are suggested items you may want to provide for your child during the coming school year. Your assistance in ensuring that your child has school supplies is greatly appreciated. At various times during the year, when a child's supplies have been depleted, teachers may ask parents to replenish various items.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A breakdown of the AYP testing system

With recent reports showing the Newton County School System failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year and that Georgia as a whole did poorly, many are wondering just what AYP is and why we in Newton County care.

AYP came about as part of the No Child Left Behind act, which was signed into law in January 2002 by then President George Bush, and took the place of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The idea is to measure student achievement annually by looking at their scores on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and for ...

July 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Scholarship fund could assist with private schooling

Parents interested in sending their children to private schools but who cannot afford the cost may be able to quality for a student scholarship through the Apogee Georgia School Choice Scholarship Fund.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Eight schools, NCSS fail AYP

The Newton County School System failed to meet required standards for adequate yearly progress for the 2009-2010 school year according to preliminary results released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education. Eight individual schools in the system failed to make AYP, including Newton High School.

July 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS did not meet AYP

Newton County School System (NCSS) has received from the Georgia Department of Education thedistrict's report on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009-2010 school year. Administrators arecurrently reviewing that information. According to the report, fifteen of twenty-three schools included in the report made AYP in 2009-2010; the district did not meet AYP in 2009-2010.It is important to note that these are not the final 2009-2010 AYP results as students who did not pass the reading or math portion of the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (GCRCT) in the spring were offered remediation and the opportunity to retest and ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Livingston Elementary principal announces resignation

Wendy Hughes, principal of Livingston Elementary School, has announced her resignation. On Thursday, July 15, Hughes submitted a letter of resignation to Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews. Mathews accepted the resignation, which becomes effective on July 31.

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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