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GPC Daffodil Festival to focus on community

The annual Daffodil Festival will focus on defining the community - from its physical surroundings and history, to those who contribute to its growth and success - March 5-6 at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Fifth-grade honor chorus to perform March 8

The Newton County School System will soon host its Fifth Grade Elementary Honor Chorus concert.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Alcovy names its top 2014 graduates

Alcovy High School recently named its top 11 graduates for the Class of 2014.There was a tie for one of the top spots, resulting in 11 top students instead of 10 top graduates this year at Alcovy.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


EHS Academic Team part of TV competition Saturday

Eastside High's Academic Team will again compete in WSB Channel 2's HighQ tournament.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Newton, Alcovy named AP honor schools

Alcovy and Newton High Schools have been named 2014 Advanced Placement Honor Schools.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


NHS names its Top 11 students

Newton High School recently named its top 11 students for the Class of 2014. There was a tie for the number nine position, so there are 11 top students instead of 10 top graduates this year.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Make-up days won't change graduation dates

Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled - May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


NCSS graduation dates to stay the same

Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled-May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


2014-15 school year calendar approved

Students and parents may now be able to plan their trips and vacations for next school year, as an official calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been approved.

February 19, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Make-up days set for NCSS students

The Newton County Board of Education has approved a plan for students to make-up three of the seven missed instructional days due to inclement weather.

February 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


For bus drivers, it's safety first

Recent snowstorms in the area have forced businesses, schools and other establishments to close their doors and people to nestle indoors for safety. And for one Newton County Schools bus driver, the recent storms were all about keeping children safe.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Theme School team dances to victories

Newton County Theme School's new dance team has been making strides in its first season.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Liberty Middle named National Beta Club School of Distinction

Liberty Middle School's has been named a National Beta School of Distinction.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


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9/11 survivor shares story

Stories from that fateful day: Dawn Robinson, a survivor of the attacks on the World Trade Centers on Sept. 11, 2001, spoke to students at Cousins Middle School during their "Day of Remembrance" program Friday morning. She told students of her experience that day, when she was on the 61st floor of the Two World Trade Center Tower when the attacks began. Originally from Atlanta, Robinson was working as an Associate Vice President and Program Development Specialist for Morgan Stanley in 2001. She now resides in Arizona and tours throughout the nation in full-time Evangelistic Ministry.

September 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Screening starts today in principal search

It's been less than two weeks after the shocking resignation of popular Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams, and the school system is confident they can find his replacement by the end of the month amid the batch of hopefuls that have applied for the position.

September 12, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Secretary of State speaks to students

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp visited Cousins Middle School Wednesday morning to discuss state government, as part of an effort to expand children's horizons without the benefit of field trips.

September 10, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Scholarship named after Covington teacher

The DeKalb Technical College Foundation announced a new scholarship to be given out yearly.

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


DECA Delight

The Newton High School DECA Chapter, under the direction of Quinita Morrow, proved that they are off to a good start. Beginning their first community service project, several DECA members of Newton High School went to Porterdale Elementary on Sept. 2 to assist in their afterschool program. Under the assistance of Mrs. Clark and Mrs. Colbert (Porterdale instructors), 38 DECA students participated in communication skills, enrichment activities and finger painting with the students. Morrow was so pleased with the interaction of her DECA members with the students of Porterdale that they have decided to return to Porterdale on a bi-weekly ...

September 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Loaded gun found at Challenge Charter Academy

Working on an anonymous tip, authorities located a loaded semi-automatic weapon at Challenge Charter Academy Monday afternoon.

September 03, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


After School program at Livingston Elementary canceled today

The after school program at Livingston Elementary School has been canceled today due to a water main break at the school. Parents of students who attend that program will need to make arrangements to pick up their students when school is dismissed today or call the school at (770) 784-2930 to make other arrangements.

September 03, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Sams resigns as Newton principal

Newton High School Principal Dr. Roderick Sams resigned Wednesday, saying the choice was, "due to a series of issues that are personal in nature."

The popular principal had been at the school since 2008 and shared the news with the NHS faculty and staff in a meeting Wednesday afternoon. When reached by phone, he reiterated that his reasons for leaving the school were of a personal nature and declined to discuss particulars further at this time. According to Sams they were issues he had been dealing with for some time that were beginning to affect his ability to "be the ...

September 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Square Dance school supplies

Dancin' donations:

August 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County BOE supports opposition to Georgia Charter School Commission law

During a special called meeting on Tuesday, August 27, the Newton County Board of Education unanimously supported joining an "amicus brief" in support of the Georgia School Boards Association and the Georgia School Superintendents Association's court challenge to the Georgia's Charter School Commission.

August 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS enters articulation agreement with DeKalb Tech.

Newton County School System on Tuesday officially entered into an articulation agreement with DeKalb Technical College that affords students the opportunity to earn 12 college credits upon completion of the Small Business Development Pathway. The agreement with DeKalb Tech also includes students in four other local school districts - Decatur City, DeKalb, Morgan, and Rockdale County school systems.

August 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia wins Race to the Top

Governor Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that Georgia was selected as a winner by the U.S. Department of Education for the second round of "Race to the Top" grants. The state is projected to receive $400 million over four years to implement its plan.

August 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Welcome to Oxford College

A college collage: Freshmen started to arrive at Oxford College for the 2010-2011 school year on Wednesday. Their six-day orientation had the new scholars move in to their residence halls, participate in team-building and community building activities and to learn the lay of the land. Classes at Oxford College begin on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

August 22, 2010 | Brittany Thomas | Education


Supe’s Corner: Schools must build background knowledge

In my "Letter from the Superintendent" (CN, Aug. 15, 2010), I suggested that when all is said and done, instruction itself has the largest influence on achievement. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, instruction is not always as effective as it could be, but could improve swiftly and significantly through ordinary and accessible means.

August 22, 2010 | Dr. Gary Mathews NCSS Superintendent | Education


A head start: Dual enrollment gives high schoolers a taste of college

More high school students in Newton County are learning the benefits of Dual Enrollment (DE) programs offered at Georgia Perimeter College.

GPC's DE numbers are up 76 percent from last year, with 116 students enrolled in the Newton campus, compared to 66 students from last year. There are a total of 813 students attending DE at GPC's five campuses.

August 22, 2010 | Sabastian Wee | Education


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