Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.
The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.
The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.
Newton College & Career Academy's Shark Tank
Georgia Perimeter College's fall 2014 student enrollment showed a 1.2 percent increase over fall 2013, with 21,371 students signing up for classes. The increase reverses a two-year trend that also has been experienced by other institutions of higher education.
The Newton County Board of Education entered into an agreement to partner with the Newton County Community Partnership with a purpose of improving the school success and qualified workforce of Newton County.
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Georgia Piedmont Technical College has received a donation of state-of-the-art laboratory equipment (valued at $250,000) from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Two days before final exams and lab practicums, and the Georgia Perimeter College Science Grotto is humming with activity. Two skeletons, both named "Charlie," and the muscled torsos of mannequins stand guard in the corners, but today, no one is paying them much attention.
Students are suiting up and training as firefighters at the Newton College and Career Academy.
Newton County School System officials said a struggle to verify whether transfer students graduated caused both Newton High School's and the school district's 2013 four-year cohort graduation rate to drop.
According to data released by the Georgia Department of Education Wednesday, Newton County School System's 2013 four-year cohort graduation rate is 71 percent, which matches Georgia's pass rate. The school district's 2012 five-year cohort graduation rate is 77 percent--five points higher than the state's graduation rate.
Scores in Newton County and the state as a whole on Georgia's High School Writing Test dropped slightly from last year. However, the Newton County School System said it had "solid results," with overall pass rates in the 90th percentile.
The kindergarten class at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett held its annual Thanksgiving Program Tuesday, Nov. 19. Rows of little ones dressed as turkeys, early settlers and Native Americans performed for a packed house at the school during the Parent Teacher Organization meeting. The kindergartners told the story of Thanksgiving and amused the audience with songs about Thanksgiving dinner.
A Thanksgiving tradition will continue at Newton County Theme School at Ficquett as the Newton County Board of Education approved the use of the building for a local organization's Thanksgiving dinner.
Students at West Newton Elementary School recently completed reading fair projects, part of a "Paws for Literacy" competition.
The Newton County Farm Bureau encourages students in grades 9-12 to enter the Georgia Farm Bureau Art Contest. Entries should be drawn in black ink or dark soft-lead pencil on 8½-by-11-inch white paper and should be camera-ready. The winner will receive a check for $50.
The Georgia Farm Bureau will award a total of $14,250 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors who plan to pursue college degrees in agriculture, family and consumer sciences or a related field, Keith Mitcham, Newton County Farm Bureau president, recently announced.
A group of Newton College and Career Academy students are now business professionals at a marketing firm.
Four teachers now have additional funding for special projects, thanks to Newton Education Foundation/ReImagine Newton - a local, independent nonprofit geared toward supporting public education in Newton County.
A 16-year-old Newton High School student reportedly hit a school bus official during an evacuation drill at the school earlier this week.
Top executives and business leaders traded careers for a day Tuesday as they acted as elementary, middle school and high-school principals in Newton County schools.