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BOE approves new alternative program, athletic facilities

At its March 7 meeting the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) approved the development of an in-house alternative education and support ...

March 08, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCCA receives STEM certification banner

On March 6, the Newton College and Career Academy (NCCA) Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Institute received its official Georgia Department of Education STEM ...

March 07, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Alcovy High takes on teacher shortage

There is statewide concern about the teaching workforce. In future years, will Georgia have enough qualified teachers? It will if Alcovy High School and teaching ...

March 07, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


CTAE students of year announced

The Newton County School System (NCSS) recognized countywide career pathway and two overall Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education students of the year at its first ...

March 05, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Can you spell winner?

Being a super speller can pay off and Jet Rawls has the cash-and trophies-to prove it. The Indian Creek Middle School eighth-grader earned ...

March 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCCA FFA participates in FFA Week celebration at State Capitol

The Georgia FFA Association held the 2017 FFA Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, February 21. The Newton College & Career Academy FFA chapter was one ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS students to participate in Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus

Newton County School System will be well represented in the Georgia Music Educators Association's 2017 Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus as fifth-grade students from East ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Liberty Middle Media Specialist Ryan Cannon named 2017 NCSS Media Specialist of the Year

Liberty Middle School media specialist Ryan Cannon is Newton County School System's (NCSS) 2017 Media Specialist of the Year. The Library Media Specialist of ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia Piedmont Technical College announces its 2017 EAGLE winner

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) has selected Habtamu Wilson as its adult education Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) award winner. This honor recognizes ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Camp Kesem at Emory University hosts annual make the magic fundraiser

Camp Kesem at Emory University, an organization dedicated to supporting children through and beyond their parent's cancer, announces its annual Make the Magic event ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Daffodil Festival at GSU Newton Campus, March 7-8

Warm weather has prompted the sprouting of an abundance of daffodils on Georgia State University's Newton Campus, just in time for Perimeter College's ...

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


New programs, investment, dean coming to GPTC Newton

Last week, Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), reported that the new dean for GPTC's Newton Campus will be announced "within ...

March 01, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Monks begin work on mandala in Oxford

Tibetan Buddhist monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta started work on a sand mandala at the Oxford College Library Monday.

February 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces 2017 Valedictorians, Salutatorians

Newton County School System announced its highest-ranked students of the graduating class of 2017 this week, including the announcement of each high school's valedictorian ...

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


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Sams resigns as Newton principal

Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams resigned Wednesday, saying the choice was, "due to a series of issues that are personal in nature."

The popular principal had been at the school since 2008 and shared the news with the NHS faculty and staff in a meeting Wednesday afternoon. When reached by phone, he reiterated that his reasons for leaving the school were of a personal nature and declined to discuss particulars further at this time. According to Sams they were issues he had been dealing with for some time that were beginning to affect his ability to "be the ...

September 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Square Dance school supplies

Dancin' donations:

August 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County BOE supports opposition to Georgia Charter School Commission law

During a special called meeting on Tuesday, August 27, the Newton County Board of Education unanimously supported joining an "amicus brief" in support of the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association's court challenge to the Georgia's Charter School Commission.

August 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS enters articulation agreement with DeKalb Tech.

Newton County School System on Tuesday officially entered into an articulation agreement with DeKalb Technical College that affords students the opportunity to earn 12 college credits upon completion of the Small Business Development Pathway. The agreement with DeKalb Tech also includes students in four other local school districts - Decatur City, DeKalb, Morgan, and Rockdale County school systems.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia wins Race to the Top

Governor Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that Georgia was selected as a winner by the U.S. Department of Education for the second round of "Race to the Top" grants. The state is projected to receive $400 million over four years to implement its plan.

August 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Welcome to Oxford College

A college collage: Freshmen started to arrive at Oxford College for the 2010-2011 school year on Wednesday. Their six-day orientation had the new scholars move in to their residence halls, participate in team-building and community building activities and to learn the lay of the land. Classes at Oxford College begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

August 22, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Education


Supe’s Corner: Schools must build background knowledge

In my "Letter from the Superintendent" (CN, Aug. 15, 2010), I suggested that when all is said and done, instruction itself has the largest influence on achievement. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, instruction is not always as effective as it could be, but could improve swiftly and significantly through ordinary and accessible means.

August 22, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


A head start: Dual enrollment gives high schoolers a taste of college

More high school students in Newton County are learning the benefits of Dual Enrollment (DE) programs offered at Georgia Perimeter College.

GPC's DE numbers are up 76 percent from last year, with 116 students enrolled in the Newton campus, compared to 66 students from last year. There are a total of 813 students attending DE at GPC's five campuses.

August 22, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Education


NCSS sees slight decline in scores as more students take the ACT

More students in Newton County took the ACT college entrance exam in 2010; however, test scores have declined slightly from 2009.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS revamps tribunal procedures

The Newton County Board of Education is revamping its tribunal procedures in order to allow administrators to spend less time in tribunals and more time in their schools.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thanks, Pine Valley!

Ready for school: Dustin Kendall, 14, Brianna Kendall, 13, Faith Kendall, 10, and Elisabeth, 5, are all smiles and ready for school. For the 21st year the Pine Valley Mission has furnished school supplies, book bags, shoes and clothing to children in the High Point/Heard-Mixon area. Two sets of new clothing were given along with other required school items. The items were distributed before the start of school. The mission furnishes these supplies for the entire year, along with winter coats and sweaters. The Pine Valley Mission is located at 12185 Highway 36 and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy starts another new school year

The 2010-2011 school year opened Thursday, Aug. 12, at Piedmont Academy with an enrollment of 314 students. There are 139 students in grades K4 through 5; 80 students in middle school; and 95 students in high school. Two-hundred-six families are represented at the school. This number includes 24 new families. 23 percent of this year's student body has alumni parents or grandparents. Drawing from an eight-county area, Jasper County represents 50 percent of the student body. Newton County represents 28 percent and Butts represents 18 percent, an increase from last year. Other counties represented include Rockdale, Putnam, Henry, Morgan ...

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


summer dean's list

Newton student receives Piedmont academic honor

Wendy R. Shivers of Covington was named to the Dean's List at Piedmont College after completing the recent summer semester with a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.99 out of 4.0.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Big Lots presents prizes

Big winners: Alcovy High School and Rocky Plains Elementary School were both awarded their checks by Big Lots Friday. The two schools won $2,000 in the Lots2Give contest sponsored by Big Lots. More than 200,000 votes were cast. Rocky Plains won money to purchase more COWS (computers on wheels) and Alcovy won money for their arts program.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE plans FY11 elementary rezoning

The Newton County Board of Education is already planning for rezoning next year; this time it's the elementary schools that will be affected.

August 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


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