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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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NCSS revamps tribunal procedures

The Newton County Board of Education is revamping its tribunal procedures in order to allow administrators to spend less time in tribunals and more time in their schools.

August 20, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Thanks, Pine Valley!

Ready for school: Dustin Kendall, 14, Brianna Kendall, 13, Faith Kendall, 10, and Elisabeth, 5, are all smiles and ready for school. For the 21st year the Pine Valley Mission has furnished school supplies, book bags, shoes and clothing to children in the High Point/Heard-Mixon area. Two sets of new clothing were given along with other required school items. The items were distributed before the start of school. The mission furnishes these supplies for the entire year, along with winter coats and sweaters. The Pine Valley Mission is located at 12185 Highway 36 and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

August 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy starts another new school year

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 ...

August 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


summer dean's list

Newton student receives Piedmont academic honor

Wendy R. Shivers of Covington was named to the Dean's List at Piedmont College after completing the recent summer semester with a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.99 out of 4.0.

August 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Big Lots presents prizes

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.

August 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE plans FY11 elementary rezoning

The Newton County Board of Education is already planning for rezoning next year; this time it's the elementary schools that will be affected.

August 13, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Ready to go back

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.

August 11, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


New employees added to Piedmont Academy

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.

August 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Cheerleaders organize community yard sale

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.

August 06, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Education


UGA Dean's List

August 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


HB 251 School Choice Seats Available

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:

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


School on the Square

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.

August 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


ALANHS: Making and Studying History

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.

August 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE maintains cap on class sizes

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.

August 01, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


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


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