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New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

The 2014-2015 school year opened at Piedmont Academy Monday, August 11, and 39 new students walked the halls for the first time, bringing the school's total enrollment to 295. There are 108 students in grades K4 through fifth, 69 students in middle school and 118 students in high school.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Student volunteerism can have a positive impact ... and help pay for college

Volunteerism can help young people grow into well-rounded, responsible individuals. When volunteering, kids can learn new skills, foster new friendships and contacts, and improve both their social and interpersonal skills. In addition, a 2011 study from researchers at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine found that people are generally happier and healthier when giving back to their communities. The study even recommended that health care professionals recommend volunteering to patients 12 and older, with the belief that helping others provides significant health benefits, including allowing volunteers to escape their stress and anxiety. And, there could even be a few ...

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


5 ways college students can eat healthy

If asked to reflect on their college years, many graduates likely would not recall healthy eating habits. College students are often pressed for time and short on funds, so a nutritious diet is often sacrificed for the sake of convenience and cost.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County returns to school

Readers submit via news@covnews.com or Facebook.com/covnews pictures of the first day of school.

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


More fundraisers, policy changes for school start

Parents with a child attending a special instructional program may have an easier transportation schedule for any other children.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Teaching tech to teachers

July 24, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Education


State releases district-level EOCT scores

District-level scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) for 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing Newton County School System (NCSS) students outpaced the state pass rate on six out of eight tests and improved pass rates on five of six tests from last year.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


BOE wants input on proposed policy

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) is reviewing proposed revisions to two Newton County School System (NCSS) policies and wants the public's input on the changes.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


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NHS students attend fall leadership conference

La'Kisha Dickerson, Xavier Hicks and RJ Whitney from Newton High School spent two days learning how to be good leaders at the Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) Program Fall Leadership Conference Thursday Nov. 12 and Friday Nov. 13. More than 800 students participated in this year's conference.

November 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


School system closes on land

The Newton County School Board has closed on a purchase of 80.97 acres of land that will be home of the school's fifteenth elementary school.

November 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS to try different tact with legislators

"Each year in the past we have had our legislators in and have made a presentation of the items the board has seen fit to adopt as priorities but this year, we've decided to do things a little differently," said Newton County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, with a smirk at Tuesday night's Board of Education work session.

November 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


GSBA to lead search for new superintendent

The Newton County Board of Education has selected the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to conduct the search for the school district's new superintendent. Current school superintendent, Dr. Steve Whatley recently announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2010. The Newton County Board of Education has also asked for the community's input on the qualifications most desired for the school system's next school superintendent.

"Community input is very important to us," said Cathy Dobbs, Vice?Chair of the Newton County Board of Education. "We hope we'll have people participate in this process as hiring a ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Andy Irwin to appear at Oxford College today

Andy Irwin, popular local storyteller and performer, will appear at Oxford College today, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Tarbutton Performing Arts Center on the Oxford campus.

Irwin was Oxford's artist-in-residence in theater from 1991 to 2007. His music, humor and storytelling have made his concerts widely popular, and his fan base includes enthusiasts from his native Newton County as well as regional, national and international fans. Irwin's recognition includes his two of his albums' being awarded the Just Plain Folks Award. Recently he was honored by The Covington News as one of 10 men who have ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


School calendar revised to make room for more furlough days

Anticipating more furlough days in the near future, the Newton County Board of Education has voted to revise the 2010 school calendar to allow for those days to be taken if required by the state.

November 13, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Stay classy, Mrs. Sheets

The Newton County School System held their annual Teacher of the Year reception Thursday evening and announced that Heard-Mixon Elementary School fourth grade teacher Melanie Sheets has been chosen as Newton County's TOTY for 2010.

November 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Project Green SWEEPs Newton High

A grant received by Newton High School to improve student interest and achievement in math and sciences over the summer is being put to good use at the of the school's new wetland project. The groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new science lab was last Thursday.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Cousins students learn physiology can be 'PhUn'

Seventh grade students at Cousins Middle School had the opportunity to experience a little PhUn Thursday afternoon when they were treated to a guest and an interesting science lesson during Physiology Understanding Week.

November 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS requests Title I waivers

The Georgia Department of Education has been approved for several waivers from the U.S. Department of Education regarding Title I, Part A requirements that are affected by the availability of Title I, Part A AARA funds. The Newton County Board of Education has approved the system's request to seek permission from the Georgia Department of Education for the following waivers:

November 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System announces Title I Distinguished schools

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that four schools-Heard?Mixon Elementary, Palmer?Stone Elementary, Rocky Plains Elementary, and West Newton Elementary, have been recognized as Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

November 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


GPC cuts ribbon on Newton Campus Student Learning Center

Local and state officials recently joined students, faculty and staff to open officially the 50,000 square-foot Student Learning Center at Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus.

"We will make the most of this new learning center," said Student Government Association President Alea Bennett during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. "This new center gives the Newton Campus what we need to improve student success. It allows us to better work together, learn together and grow together."

November 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS receives award for 100 percent participation in 2009 Relay for Life

At the Oct. 20 Board of Education work session, Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley and members of the school board accepted an award on behalf of the school district from Becky Byrum of the Newton County Relay for Life program for having 100 percent school participation in the 2009 Relay for Life Program. Each school in the district participated in the 2009 Relay for Life and overall, Newton County School System raised approximately $110,250 in the fight against cancer.

"That's an incredible amount," said Brian Burgoyne of Newton County Relay for Life. "The 2009 Newton County ...

November 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Thanking those with thankless jobs

West Newton Elementary teacher Jennifer Loetzerich turned what could have been merely a horrible memory into both a learning experience for her students and an opportunity to say thank you to those who helped her.

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Top 3 Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Newton County School System officials announced the top three finalists for the NCSS 2010 Teacher of the Year Friday morning, surprising the three elementary school teachers in their classrooms with flowers and family members.

Laurie Carpenter

November 01, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


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