The 2010-2011 school year opened Thursday, Aug. 12, at Piedmont Academy with an enrollment of 314 students. There are 139 students in grades K4 through 5; 80 students in middle school; and 95 students in high school. Two-hundred-six families are represented at the school. This number includes 24 new families. 23 percent of this year's student body has alumni parents or grandparents. Drawing from an eight-county area, Jasper County represents 50 percent of the student body. Newton County represents 28 percent and Butts represents 18 percent, an increase from last year. Other counties represented include Rockdale, Putnam, Henry, Morgan ...
Big winners: Alcovy High School and Rocky Plains Elementary School were both awarded their checks by Big Lots Friday. The two schools won $2,000 in the Lots2Give contest sponsored by Big Lots. More than 200,000 votes were cast. Rocky Plains won money to purchase more COWS (computers on wheels) and Alcovy won money for their arts program.
Back to school bonanza: Enterprise Lodge No. 551 held a Back To School give away on Aug. 7. There was free food and drinks and 100 back packs with schools supplies were given to the first 100 people to sign up at the event. There will be music, games and more. The Back to school give away was a joint effort between Enterprise Lodge No. 551 and Lemon Chapter No. 34 of Covington.
Veteran educator and incoming Headmaster Tony Tanner kicked off the new school year this week with three new faculty members joining the ranks at Piedmont Academy. Tanner retired from 30 years from Jasper County Public Schools in June. Being a resident of Jasper County for 30 years and an administrator in education for three decades, he was able to fill the shoes as headmaster with ease and confidence.
In their continuing efforts to alleviate the costs of their cheerleading program, The Veterans Memorial Middle School Cheer Generals have been organizing various fundraisers since June. This Saturday they will be hosting a community yard sale held in middle school's parking lot.
After reviewing guidelines provided by the Georgia Department of Education, the Newton County School System has identified three schools -South Salem Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, and Clements Middle, as potentially eligible to receive students whose parents wish to transfer their child under the provisions of House Bill 251. The statute allows Georgia parents to request to transfer their students to other schools in the district under certain circumstances. Newton County Schools has determined the tentatively seats available per grade level at each school as listed below:
Students of Newton County schools celebrated the start of the upcoming school year at the annual Back 2 School Downtown Covington Block Party on Aug. 1. The block party featured an array of fun activities like face painting, an interactive science show, a free-throw competition hosted by Newton High School's basketball team and even Lew-e the Clown made an appearance.
For the Love of Art: Newton High School's Academy of Liberal Arts made history on July 14, as students of the academy formed a cultural alliance with students of Carver Early College to embark upon a nine day study abroad trip to France and Spain to study art and history.
The State Board of Education in Georgia has waived all class size rules for the upcoming school year, but the Newton County Board of Education has voted to keep class sizes as low as possible and has granted the superintendent the authorization to move staff around during the first month of school in order to place teachers where the students are.
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.