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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


School system reviews draft 2017-2018 budget

At an April 25 special called meeting, Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) members and administrators reviewed an early draft of the ...

April 26, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


GSU celebrates Earth Day

Georgia State University's Newton Campus celebrated Earth Day April 20 by bringing in vendors and exhibitors from all over Newton County, including a beekeeper ...

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Fairview Elementary excited about its Little Free Libraries

"This class believes that time spent reading is time well spent," Jan Hudson, fourth grade teacher for Fairview Elementary School, said.

April 21, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE hires new Indian Creek principal

COVINGTON, Ga - Swade Huff will become Indian Creek Middle School's new principal starting July 10. He will replace Renee Mallard who is leaving at ...

April 13, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Flint Hill Elementary School removed from State Focus School List

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has announced that Flint Hill Elementary School (FHES) has met the exit criteria and is no longer on the ...

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Local Students on the Dean’s and President's Lists at Presbyterian College

One local student from Covington, Musashi Briem, earned a 3.30 GPA and the honor of the Dean's List at Presbyterian College for the ...

April 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS elementary students win 2017 Young Georgia Authors Regional Writing Competition

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that three NCSS elementary school students won first place at the 2017 Griffin RESA Regional ...

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford sophomores honor fallen students

The 2017 sophomore class of Oxford College honored two members of the Oxford community by naming a room in Candler Hall after them March 29.

March 31, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


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Oak Hill student wins poster contest

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that Levi Adcox, a first grade student at Oak Hill Elementary School, has been announced as a winner in the 2010 Statewide Fire Safety Tips Calendar Poster Contest. Of the hundreds of pictures submitted from

March 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


New school named Flint Hill Elementary

After narrowing the names from 91 locally-submitted names, the Newton County Board of Education voted to name the new elementary school on Airport Road Flint Hill Elementary.

March 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Alcovy High School top 10 announced

Super Scholars: Alcovy High School on Tuesday announced its top 10 students. (L-R) Magen Ballard, Kaley Johnson, Alex Cooper, Valedictorian Tara Bishop, Joseph Butso, Salutatorian Heather Steckenrider, Katie Childress, Arie Smith, Genie Yang and Michaela Smith.

March 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Eastside Student wins President’s Volunteer Service Award

Courtney Reid, a student at Eastside High School and daughter of Charles and Gloria Reid, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.

March 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Governor’s Honors nominees announced

Newton County School System has 32 students nominated to represent the district in the Governor's Honors Program.

March 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Silly, sublime names sent in for new school

After months of discussion, the Newton County School Board has narrowed the list of possible names for the new elementary school on Airport Road to two, but not before allowing for public input.

March 14, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Local school seismometer records quake

Kathryn L. Henderson, Quest Science teacher at Veterans Memorial Middle School, received an AS-1 seismometer from IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) a few years ago. Since then, the seismometer has been up and running at Veterans Memorial Middle School. Last night's 8.9 earthquake off the coast of Honshu, Japan was recorded by the school's seismometer. The earthquake struck at 5:46 UTC (Universal Time) and its seismic waves reached VMMS approximately 12 minutes later.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Life-saving donations

Spare a pint? The Red Cross was present at Montessori School on Thursday for a blood drive organized by Montessori eighth grader Taylor Betchler as part of a community service project. Chari Pavlos takes blood from Olivia Long.

March 11, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Ombudsman in, Sharp out

The Newton County Board of Education voted 4-1 Tuesday to contract with Ombudsman to provide the county's alternative education. The decision will save $1.9 million but will also eliminate Sharp Learning Center.

March 11, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Eighth grade writing tests improve

Preliminary results show that a majority of Newton County's middle schools improved scores on the eighth grade writing test for 2011.

March 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


More school cuts may come in April

Although the Newton County Board of Education was able to make the necessary cuts to the 2011-2012 budget during its Tuesday meeting, Superintendent Gary Mathews warned that more cuts could come, possibly as soon as April.

March 10, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Spring plant sale at Eastside

You can get your garden ready for spring with plants from the horticulture class at Eastside High School.

March 10, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Superintendent warns more cuts possible

Although the Newton County Board of Education was able to make the necessary cuts to the 2011-2012 budget during last night's meeting, Superintendent Gary Mathews warned that more cuts could come - possibily as soon as April.

March 09, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


Eastside to stage comedy March 17-20

For the past four years the Eastside Drama Players have brought you to tears through laughter every spring with their annual farce. This year is no different with their production of Broadway's smash hit "Lend Me A Tenor," by Ken Ludwig.

March 09, 2011 | Staff Report | Education


Schools contract with Ombudsman, go to seven-period day

The Newton County Board of Education voted 4-1 Tuesday evening to contract with Ombudsman to provide the county's alternative education. The decision will save the system approximately $1.9 million but will also eliminate Sharp Learning Center. Board member Shakila Henderson-Baker abstained.

March 08, 2011 | Amber Pittman | Education


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