This week, the Newton County Board of Education announced its top three finalists for the superintendent position and the applications of the three candidates have pages of information stating and showing why they are each qualified to take on the Newton County School System's top role.
Georgia Connections Academy, a fully accredited provider of virtual K-12 schooling, has openings for 1,000 K-12 students for the 2013-2014 school year and invites interested parents and students to learn more about enrolling in the online schooling program.
Students and parents should look for revisions in the student handbook as the Newton County Board of Education approved changes to the student manual at its meeting Tuesday.
Newton County students fared well at the recent Georgia Science and Engineer Fair as 11 middle and high school students brought home awards. Ten of the student won either third or fourth place honors while one student won a special award for his project.
Members of Eastside High School's FBLA team won big at the recent FBLA State Leadership Conference in Atlanta, and are now headed to the national competition in Anaheim, CA. this summer. Team members Cason Cantrell, Alana Freeman and Conner Haler all won first place in their competitions and Dustin Gentis took home second place in his event. All first and second place winners are eligible for the national competition.
As part of the ongoing superintendent search process the Newton County Board of Education asked members of the public to weigh in via an online survey on what qualifications and characteristics the next superintendent should have.
The Georgia Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) will be administered to all students in grades three through eight, the weeks of April 16-26, 2013. Actual tests and dates are:
The Newton County Board of Education named its top three finalists for the system's superintendent position, including a current administrator in the Newton County School System, a superintendent from Illinois and a deputy superintendent from Athens.
Oak Hill Elementary School media specialist Kimberly Ramsey was named Newton County School System's 2013 Media Specialist of the Year.
Enrollment is now open for the 2013-2014 school year at the Montessori School of Covington, and high school students will now have the opportunity to attend the school as long as they're enrolled in the Georgia Cyber Academy program.
Oak Hill Elementary School Media Specialist Kimberly Ramsey is Newton County School System's 2013 Media Specialist of the Year. Ramsey will now represent Newton County Schools in the South Metro District Library Media Specialist of the Year competition, part of the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year program.
Troy University will host a Global Open House and Career Chat on April 16 to assist prospective students in the areas of academic strategy for career development, financial assistance and admissions and credit transfers.
A number of educators in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal turned themselves in to the Fulton County Jail this week, following an indictment filed in the Fulton Superior Court on March 29.
Budget season is around the corner for many organizations and though the Newton County School System has not released its official budget for the 2013-2014 school year, officials are predicting a nearly $3 million deficit for the 2014-2015 school year.
Applications for the next Newton County School System superintendent are under review this week, as the Newton County Board of Education has scheduled three days of executive session in orders to trim down the list of applicants.
Following his resignation on the heels of Georgia Perimeter College's massive deficit earlier this year, former president Anthony Tricoli feels vindicated after a special audit found that the deficit didn't fall solely on him.
This year has been tough on Georgia Perimeter College, and the latest bad news came this week when the college was sanctioned by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools after an audit found the school was operating with a $25 million budget shortfall caused by chronic overspending and lack of financial oversight.
Five Georgia Piedmont Technical College students are among 20 students, from across the U.S., recently awarded the Clifford H. "Ted" Rees Jr. Scholarship from the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute - a national organization of industry organizations.
Georgia's 2013 Fire Safety Calendar will feature artwork from three Heard-Mixon Elementary School students. Although students from 65 schools from across the state participated, Heard-Mixon fifth-graders Sarah Kessler, Zachary MacFarlane, and Shernylah Simmons won three of the 13 spots on the Statewide Fire Safety Tips Calendar. The contest is sponsored by the Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner and the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association.
Monty's Plant Food Company, a Louisville, Ky.-based manufacturer of plant and soil enhancement products for the agriculture industry, is now accepting applications from Georgia students for four $1,000 college scholarships. The awards will be made in conjunction with the National FFA Organization to high school seniors who are members of FFA.
Middle Ridge Elementary School Principal Alan Satterfield will move into the position of Director of Special Education the in central office, following the retirement of current director Sarah West. The Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously at their last meeting to approve Satterfield for the position. He will remain at MRES until Jan. 2. Superintendent Gary Mathews said in an email that he hoped the position of principal at MRES would be filled prior ...
An accident in scheduling during high school turned into national honor and recognition for Josie Stamps, a member of the Newton County Future Farmers of America Chapter.
In my last article, I spoke about students assuming ownership of their learning. Research literature calls this "student agency." Even though this is a simple concept, it is difficult for most teachers to implement because it involves giving students a voice over what happens in their class. Traditional classroom practices usually involve the teacher making all the decisions for the student. Whereas, with a student-centered classroom, students are allowed to make some decisions as to ...
The Newton County Board of Education's Christmas tree looks a little brighter after students came over Thursday morning to decorate. Third, fourth and fifth-grade students from Ficquett Theme School helped put ornaments, made from local students, on the BOE's tree. (Above) Star Baker carefully places an ornament on the Christmas tree located in the BOE's waiting area. (Right) Aeneas McLean, Baker and Carllolin Meakins.
All three of Newton County School System's high schools improved their scores and the system topped the state average on the Georgia High School Writing Test in 2012.
Since Newton County School Superintendent Gary Mathews announced his plans to retire June 30, the Newton County Board of Education now has to decide how to move forward in the search for his replacement.
Newton County School Superintendent Gary Mathews announced Wednesday that he plans to retire June 30, 2013 -the end of the school system's fiscal year - after fulfilling his three-year contract with the NCSS.
The holidays are just around the corner. Many of the gifts children in the Covington area will receive are tech-toys. Computers, video games, cell phones - all electronic gadgets are ubiquitous in our lives and the lives of our children, but we should strive to keep them focused on their education, rather than busily distracted.
Editor's Note: The following article is written by Gunner Jackson, an 11-year-old student at Flint Hill Elementary School.
A discussion of an upcoming education Special Local Option Sales Tax referendum turned contentious between Newton County School Board members at a recent work session.