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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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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


NCSS Deputy Superintendent completes GSSA Superintendent Professional Development Program

Mr. Dennis Carpenter, Deputy Superintendent for Newton County Schools, has successfully completed the Georgia School Superintendents Association's Superintendent Professional Development Program. Carpenter also successfully defended his dissertation and satisfied all Georgia Southern University degree requirements for the Doctor of Education Degree.

The Superintendent Professional Development Program is a two?year course of study designed to prepare individuals for the local superintendency. The program is designed to ensure that any individual who aspires to serve in the superintendency may benefit from a focused and job?specific preparation program for that highly responsible position.

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System receives $283,447 Caring Communities System of Care Grant

The Governor's Office for Children and Families has awarded the Newton County School System a 2009 Caring Communities System of Care grant in the amount of $283,447. The Newton County School System was one of only 10 recipients in the state to receive a Caring Communities grant award.

The system of care approach is designed to unite and coordinate the efforts of community agencies responsible for serving children and families. Through a community?wide collaboration of agencies focused on improving the welfare of youth in Newton County and support from the Caring Communities grant, the Newton County School ...

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton High School assistant principal appointed to PAGE board of directors

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Newton High School Assistant Principal, Dr. Sandra Owens, has been appointed to the PAGE (Professional Association of Georgia Educators) Board of Directors and will represent the group's District 11, which is comprised of thirteen counties in east, central Georgia. Owens was selected to fill the unexpired term of Richard Thomas, a Jones County educator who was voted president?elect of PAGE at this summer's conference. Owens has earned a doctorate degree in Teacher Leadership and is both a National Board Certified Teacher and a Georgia Master Teacher. Her duties ...

October 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces top three finalists for 2010 Teacher of the Year

The top three finalists for Newton County Teacher of the Year were announced this morning. Gail Bemis from Livingston Elementary School, Laurie Carpenter from Fairview Theme School and Melanie Sheets from Heard-Mixon Elementary School have been choosen for the honor.

Check Sunday's edition of The Covington News for more.

October 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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