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PHOTO GALLERY: Preschool students head to the farm

COVINGTON, Ga. - Berry's Tree Farm hosted the annual Farm Bureau Farm Day for Newton County Preschool students Friday. Students had the opportunity to pet ...

May 05, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Snapping Shoals named Education Partner of the Year

COVINGTON, Ga. - Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation is the 2017 Cornerstones Partners in Education Partner of the Year.

May 05, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Wyatt Galloway heading to Naval Academy

COVINGTON, Ga. - Wyatt Galloway's dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy and then entering the Marine Corps started in fifth grade. Years later ...

May 04, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Adult education classes offered free of charge

COVINGTON, PORTERDALE, Ga. - Action Ministries, Newton County Community Partnership and Newton READS have partnered together with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to provide free Adult ...

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


NCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

Eight Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer. The prestigious Governor ...

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Shannon Buff to be Newton High principal

COVINGTON, Ga. - Shannon Buff, director of secondary schools, is getting a new job within the Newton County School System (NCSS). Starting July 1 she will ...

April 30, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCSS announces kindergarten round-up dates and procedures

Newton County School System will conduct Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2017-2018 school year next week. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017 ...

April 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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Community model for fighting poverty presented

Donna Beegle grew up, married, and started a family in extreme poverty. In her mid-twenties, she was single mother worried about becoming homeless and losing her two children.

March 20, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


GPTC board welcomes Mayor Fred Perriman of Madison

Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), announces the appointment of Fred Perriman, Mayor of Madison, as a member of the college's board of directors. Perriman was appointed March 2 during the Technical College System of Georgia's recent Board of Directors meeting.

March 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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 a recent Division I Griffin Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) middle school math contest.

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 Childhood classes. The annual event brought law enforcement, firefighters, elected officials and other community members to sample four different types of chili, desserts and drinks.

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 home school board members who serve Newton County's children, families, communities, and businesses. Thank you!

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 and Hannah Nelson, and Sophomores Clayton Carter, Lawton Harris, Madelyn Johnston, Rainey Loftin, Madison McCart, and Madison Sanders were inducted at the annual ceremony. The chapter now boasts 25 active members. A spring service project is forthcoming, and the new members are excited about the opportunity to serve Piedmont, Monticello, and the surrounding communities.

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 15 additional students earned the Dean's List distinction.

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 BOE members. In Georgia, legislative approval is needed before the salary paid to board of education members can be increased.

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 program as well as construction of a football and soccer field behind Clements Middle School and new concession and restroom facilities for the athletic fields at Alcovy High School.

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 certification banner.

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 as a profession instructor Richard Cormier have their way.

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 ever CTAE Awards Ceremony on February 28 at the Porter Performing Arts Center. The 2017 CTAE Students of the Year are listed in the accompanying table.

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 $200, a Chick-fil-A gift card, and a gift basket for winning the District 5 Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 25. This is the second consecutive year Rawls has bested the competition at the regional bee, which included contestants from Bremen City, and Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Griffin-Spalding, Heard, Henry, and Rockdale county school systems. As a result, he is now the proud owner of five school spelling bee champion trophies, three Newton County School ...

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 of twenty-four local FFA chapters from across the state invited to attend the day that included a legislative breakfast, a group photo with Governor Nathan Deal, a Senate resolution honoring FFA Day and opportunities for FFA members to meet their Representative and Senator.

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 Newton, Fairview, Heard-Mixon, Mansfield, Newton County Theme School, and South Salem have been selected to participate in the prestigious event at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia. Music specialists, Mary Katherine Skidmore, East Newton; Will Schmidt, Fairview; Amy S. Rains, Heard-Mixon; Sarah Latimer, Mansfield; Ciara Edge, Newton County Theme School; and Marie Webb, South Salem, will also represent Newton County School System at the event.

March 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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