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'13-14 Teachers of the Year announced

It was 4:15 p.m. on Monday, long past the time students walked out of their classrooms for the day, but a group of teachers stuck around.

September 29, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Newton, Eastside homecoming courts

Here are the 2014-15 homecoming courts for Newton High School and Eastside High School.

September 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Mansfield, Rocky Plains on Reward School list

Two public schools in the district received high honors from the Georgia Department of Education, setting them in a top tier of schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

September 20, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


NCSS awarded AdvancED Accreditation

The Newton County School System and, therefore, each individual school within the district was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation on School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


NCSS awarded $216K grant

Teachers in Newton County may have the opportunity to gain extra professional learning experiences with a grant given to the school district.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Student fees: you get what you pay for

Parents, if you think your child is unfairly paying extra student dues at Newton County high schools that amount to more than students at other schools across the district, well, you may or may not be correct.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Student volunteerism can have a positive impact ... and help pay for college

Volunteerism can help young people grow into well-rounded, responsible individuals. When volunteering, kids can learn new skills, foster new friendships and contacts, and improve both their social and interpersonal skills. In addition, a 2011 study from researchers at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine found that people are generally happier and healthier when giving back to their communities. The study even recommended that health care professionals recommend volunteering to patients 12 and older, with the belief that helping others provides significant health benefits, including allowing volunteers to escape their stress and anxiety. And, there could even be a few ...

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

The 2014-2015 school year opened at Piedmont Academy Monday, August 11, and 39 new students walked the halls for the first time, bringing the school's total enrollment to 295. There are 108 students in grades K4 through fifth, 69 students in middle school and 118 students in high school.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


5 ways college students can eat healthy

If asked to reflect on their college years, many graduates likely would not recall healthy eating habits. College students are often pressed for time and short on funds, so a nutritious diet is often sacrificed for the sake of convenience and cost.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County returns to school

Readers submit via news@covnews.com or Facebook.com/covnews pictures of the first day of school.

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


More fundraisers, policy changes for school start

Parents with a child attending a special instructional program may have an easier transportation schedule for any other children.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Teaching tech to teachers

July 24, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Education


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Year in review...NCSS initially fails AYP, new elementary school opens

The year 2008 will go down in history as a year full of highs and lows for the Newton County School System. Although faced with the challenge this year of bringing several schools up to standards after failing Adequate Yearly Progress as a district, NCSS still has much to celebrate, from being named a 'quality school system' by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) to approving two new theme schools, which will begin operating in the fall.

December 30, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


Distinguished Title I schools announced

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that seven schools-West Newton Elementary, Ficquett Elementary, Heard?Mixon Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Palmer?Stone Elementary, Rocky Plains Elementary, and Cousins Middle, have been recognized as Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

"We are very proud for these schools for the significant increase in test scores for students who are

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS employees give generously to local United Way fund

Despite the current economic woes, Newton County School System employees continue to show their generosity and support for our local community by pledging over $150,000 in donations to the United Way in 2009.

Although individual schools and employees support many local charitable organizations, for many years the school system has chosen the United Way as its one system?wide cause for fundraising purposes as all donations stay within Newton County.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


School board approves 2009-10 calendar

The Newton County Board of Education approved the 2009?2010 school calendar at the December 9, 2008, combined work session/monthly meeting. The school district will continue to use a balanced calendar in 2009?2010.

The school system sought public input on the school calendar and provided four possible calendar options for review, including a balanced calendar, a calendar with a

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


Teacher spotlight...Burny Drumheller

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Burny Drumheller's third grade classroom at Ficquett Elementary School.

Winter holiday books line shelves and everywhere you look, children are diligently working on assignments involving reindeer and Santa. Yet contrary to what an average observer may gather, it's not all about fun and games.

December 27, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | Education


Theme school planned by NCSS

Newton County students in elementary and middle school will now have a theme school option beginning next year. The Board of Education approved during its Dec. 9 meeting Superintendent R. Steven Whatley's recommendations for the creation of two new theme schools.

"The recommendation to the board is that an elementary and middle theme school be established and that the elementary and middle school attendance zones and sites be set for 2009-2010..." Whatley said.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


BOE mulls name for new school

Newton County's newest elementary school will officially get a name next month. BOE members are pouring over seven pages of suggested names for elementary school No. 14, which is located on Kirkland Road and will make their final decision at the Jan. 20 meeting.

"We would ask that board members narrow their selection from this list and others to six names and on the 20th, the board will take action in naming the new elementary school," said Superintendent R. Steven Whatley.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


BOE details their 2009 legislative priorities

 The Newton County School Board presented its legislative issues to State Sen. John Douglas and State Rep. Doug Holt at its Dec. 9 meeting.

December 24, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


Media specialist makes library an extension of the classroom

 Media specialist Kimberly Ramsey has spent the past several years diligently collaborating with teachers at Oak Hill Elementary to ensure that the library there is an extension of each classroom.

December 20, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | Education


Newton juniors score better on writing test than state average

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that the district's 11th grade first time test takers ncreased the pass percentage over last year's totals on the Georgia High School Writing Test

December 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


Stocking up on Christmas joy

The Junior Garden Club at Sharp Learning Center is spreading a little Christmas cheer this year. The group decorated 69 mini stockings for mental health patients at Georgia Regional Hospital in Decatur.

December 17, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


NOVEMBER Students of the Month

EAST NEWTON

East Newton Elementary School announces its students of the month for November.

December 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


Judy Smith

 Eastside High School teacher Judy Smith realizes chemistry isn't fun for everyone. That's why she takes every possible step to help ensure her students' success in what can be a much dreaded course.

December 13, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | Education


NCSS has 100 percent participation in Relay for Life

At the Nov. 11 Board of Education work session, Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley accepted an award on behalf of the school district from Brian Burgoyne of the Newton County Relay for Life program for having 100 percent school participation in the 2008 Relay for Life Program.

Each school in the district participated in the 2008 Relay for Life and overall, Newton County Schools raised approximately $106,000 in the fight against cancer.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


OCTOBER Students of the Month

FICQUETT

Ficquett Elementary School announces its students of the month for October.

December 10, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


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