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GPC Daffodil Festival to focus on community

The annual Daffodil Festival will focus on defining the community - from its physical surroundings and history, to those who contribute to its growth and success - March 5-6 at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Fifth-grade honor chorus to perform March 8

The Newton County School System will soon host its Fifth Grade Elementary Honor Chorus concert.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Alcovy names its top 2014 graduates

Alcovy High School recently named its top 11 graduates for the Class of 2014.There was a tie for one of the top spots, resulting in 11 top students instead of 10 top graduates this year at Alcovy.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


EHS Academic Team part of TV competition Saturday

Eastside High's Academic Team will again compete in WSB Channel 2's HighQ tournament.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Newton, Alcovy named AP honor schools

Alcovy and Newton High Schools have been named 2014 Advanced Placement Honor Schools.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


NHS names its Top 11 students

Newton High School recently named its top 11 students for the Class of 2014. There was a tie for the number nine position, so there are 11 top students instead of 10 top graduates this year.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Make-up days won't change graduation dates

Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled - May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


NCSS graduation dates to stay the same

Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled-May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


2014-15 school year calendar approved

Students and parents may now be able to plan their trips and vacations for next school year, as an official calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been approved.

February 19, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Make-up days set for NCSS students

The Newton County Board of Education has approved a plan for students to make-up three of the seven missed instructional days due to inclement weather.

February 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


For bus drivers, it's safety first

Recent snowstorms in the area have forced businesses, schools and other establishments to close their doors and people to nestle indoors for safety. And for one Newton County Schools bus driver, the recent storms were all about keeping children safe.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Theme School team dances to victories

Newton County Theme School's new dance team has been making strides in its first season.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Liberty Middle named National Beta Club School of Distinction

Liberty Middle School's has been named a National Beta School of Distinction.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


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CRCT Superstars

Several rising fourth-graders at Fairview Theme School have a piece of advice for their fellow students: Work hard and pay attention and you might make Newton County history just like they did, when it was announced that their entire class not only passed the CRCTs, but had 100 percent meet or exceed standards in reading.Although preliminary results were released publicly at the beginning of the month, students and teachers were told their scores right before the end of school. According to FTS principal Dr. Ruth Anne Smith, when she first saw the results, she was speechless.

"I was shocked ...

July 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Governor orders more budget cuts to university system

Local K-12 schools may be safe for the time being, but Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has ordered another 4 percent spending cut to the state's university system beginning in August.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Two schools win money from Big Lots video contest

Video submissions from two Newton County schools have won $2,000 from Big Lots and are now eligible for a $10,000 grand prize.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE to apply for funds for NHS replacement

In a called meeting Tuesday morning, the Newton County Board of Education voted to apply for a Qualified School Construction Bond in order to receive $11 million toward the replacement of the Newton High School facility.

July 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thomas named principal of Livingston Elementary School

The Newton County Board of Education voted this morning to appoint Shari Thomas as principal of Livingston Elementary School. She will replace outgoing principal, Wendy Hughes, who recently resigned.

July 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Spring 2010 Semester Honor Roll

Heard-Mixon Elementary School (published June 6)

July 27, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Pierce Institute established initiative for ethics and servant leadership

The Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement at Oxford College has received a grant from Emory University's Office of University Community Partnerships that will establish a new program called the Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) Forum. The three-year grant will expand Oxford's already-wide array of opportunities for student leadership, community engagement, ethics and faculty development.

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Letter from the Superintendent

As we begin this 2010-11 school year, over 2,600 employees and almost 20,000 students will come through the doors of one of our 24 schools in Newton County. When they do, most students:

July 25, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


Elementary School Supply List

Parent/Guardians: The following lists of materials are suggested items you may want to provide for your child during the coming school year. Your assistance in ensuring that your child has school supplies is greatly appreciated. At various times during the year, when a child's supplies have been depleted, teachers may ask parents to replenish various items.

July 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


A breakdown of the AYP testing system

With recent reports showing the Newton County School System failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year and that Georgia as a whole did poorly, many are wondering just what AYP is and why we in Newton County care.

AYP came about as part of the No Child Left Behind act, which was signed into law in January 2002 by then President George Bush, and took the place of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The idea is to measure student achievement annually by looking at their scores on the Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and for ...

July 25, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Scholarship fund could assist with private schooling

Parents interested in sending their children to private schools but who cannot afford the cost may be able to quality for a student scholarship through the Apogee Georgia School Choice Scholarship Fund.

July 23, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Eight schools, NCSS fail AYP

The Newton County School System failed to meet required standards for adequate yearly progress for the 2009-2010 school year according to preliminary results released Monday by the Georgia Department of Education. Eight individual schools in the system failed to make AYP, including Newton High School.

July 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS did not meet AYP

Newton County School System (NCSS) has received from the Georgia Department of Education thedistrict's report on Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2009-2010 school year. Administrators arecurrently reviewing that information. According to the report, fifteen of twenty-three schools included in the report made AYP in 2009-2010; the district did not meet AYP in 2009-2010.It is important to note that these are not the final 2009-2010 AYP results as students who did not pass the reading or math portion of the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (GCRCT) in the spring were offered remediation and the opportunity to retest and ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Livingston Elementary principal announces resignation

Wendy Hughes, principal of Livingston Elementary School, has announced her resignation. On Thursday, July 15, Hughes submitted a letter of resignation to Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Gary Mathews. Mathews accepted the resignation, which becomes effective on July 31.

July 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Back 2 School event in need of donations

As education funding continues to be cut, Bea Jackson wants Newton County parents and children to know that their community is still firmly behind them. She hopes to send that message by hosting the fourth annual Back 2 School Block Party, Aug. 1, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the square.

July 14, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


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