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BOE recognizes contest winners

At its March 14 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) recognized the Veterans Memorial Middle School mathematics team which won ...

March 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


PHOTO GALLERY: Montessori School students host chili luncheon

The Montessori School of Covington opened its doors Monday morning to local community servants for a chili lunch, specially made by students of the Early ...

March 16, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Thank you school board members

It's Georgia School Board Appreciation Week. The Covington News appreciates the individual and collective contributions made by all current and past public, private, and ...

March 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new NHS members

The Piedmont Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomes 10 new members on Feb. 23. Seniors Georgia Allen and Grace Roberts, Juniors Brett Bush ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC announces Dean’s List and President’s List for local residents

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is pleased to announce that two Newton County students were named to the institution's prestigious President's List, while ...

March 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Legislators ‘working through’ BOE pay raise request

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) approved a resolution to ask for a salary increase for ...

March 12, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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


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ENF scholarships make college possible

The cost of college is formidable, preventing many deserving students from attending at all and leaving many others to graduate with an overwhelming amount of debt. Last year, the average tuition at a private four-year institution rose 5.9 percent, reaching $25,143, and the average cost of attending a public four-year university increased 6.4 percent. The Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest, which launched on Sept. 1, aims to alleviate this financial burden for 500 ambitious students.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


November Students of Month

Mansfield Elementary School announces its students of the month for November.

December 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Riverside cadet gets promotion

Promoted: Cadet promotions and advancements were awarded Nov. 17 at Riverside Military Academy. Newton County native and Covington resident Zack Anderson, a senior, was promoted to Captain and appointed Company Commander of Bravo company in the Corps of Cadets.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS and DeKalb Tech get $3M grant

The Newton County School System and DeKalb Technical College have been awarded $3 million in state grant funds from the Technical College System of Georgia for the school district's proposed Newton College and Career Academy.

December 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Cagle Announces $3 Million in Funding to Newton College and Career Academy

Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced $3 million in Career Academy funding for the Newton College and Career Academy, a partnership between the Newton County school system and DeKalb Technical College. This award was made official today after approval by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. These funds will be matched with local funding commitments. The Career Academy initiative was spearheaded by Cagle in 2007.

December 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Peachtree Academy gives thanks

Great-ful: Peachtree Academy Private School in Conyers held their first Give Thanks Day on Nov. 20. The student body and families participated in numerous community service projects. The school set a record for donations to the Rockdale Emergency Relief by contributing 7,650 non-perishable items. Mrs. Osborne 's third grade class collected 4,129 items and delivered the items to the facility. Other activities at the school included tie dying scarves for cancer patients at Grady's Oncology Center in Atlanta. More than 200 goody bags were assembled for Operation Sandbox from donated items. Each bag contained a universal headset ...

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Terrific turkeys

Turkeys run a relay: The Cousins Middle School Relay for Life team had a "Teacher Turkey" contest for a Thanksgiving fundraiser. Teachers and students purchased more than 1,000 paper turkeys for Assistant Principal Kendrick Britford. With 1,780 turkeys sold for 25 cents each, this particular fundraiser brought in $445 for cancer research. Staff members could pose for a picture with Britford for $5 and students for $1. This money also went toward Relay for Life.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Yes we CAN

For the month of October, which consisted of 14 school days, Mindy Brown's four math classes have been participating in a Can Food Drive in order to help feed citizens in need in the Newton County area. They began the project by setting goals based upon the four different class sizes so that the winning class was not based upon the number of cans brought in, but by the percentage of the class size. This made each class equal no matter the size. Everyday the classes worked to calculate fractions, decimals and percents as they updated their totals on ...

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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


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