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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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BOE votes on 2010-2011 school calendar

The Newton County School Board has voted on a calendar for the upcoming school year. After spending several months reviewing different options, the board decided on a calendar that has students in school for 178 days.

May 02, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Rumors, myths surround education cuts

The Newton County Board of Education is recommending significant cuts to programs and personnel in an attempt to make up a nearly $10 million deficit in its Fiscal Year 2011 budget, but many parents are wondering about rumors of a surplus of money in that exact amount.

April 30, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


GPC registration delayed 1 month

Fall registration at Georgia Perimeter College will begin a month later then usual since a final decision has not been reached on the state's budget.

April 28, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE budget issues meeting draws crowd

Alcovy High School's auditorium was near capacity with more than 30 people signed up to speak in front of the Newton County Board of Education about proposed budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2011 that, if approved, will cut several jobs from the county as well as eliminate the middle school athletics program for Newton County students next year.

April 27, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Tuesday BOE meeting to be held at Alcovy High School

The Newton County Board of Education will has changed its plans to meet at Alcovy High School in the auditorium Tuesday night at 7 p.m. According to Director of Public Relations Sherri Viniard, the meeting has been moved because of a conflict at EHS.

April 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Education cuts in Newton similar to other districts

The Newton County School System is being forced to cut nearly $10 million from it's Fiscal Year 2011 budget in order to make up for a deficit, but they aren't the only ones. Surrounding counties are being forced to cut programs and positions as well in order to make up for a drop in both funding from the state and local tax revenue.

April 26, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Agriculture awareness week shows drive, dedication of farmers to 5th grade class

This year the Women's Committee wanted to focus a lot of attention on promoting a very effective program for the Governor's Agriculture Awareness Week. First, the Women's Committee got together to outline their plan of action. Next, the committee needed to find a fifth grade teacher who was willing and excited about getting involved in this program.

April 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


New superintendent meets community

Newton County Board of Education's incoming Superintent, Dr. Gary Mathews, was present at a meet-and-greet Friday afternoon at central office. Along with enjoying refreshments, the public were invited to come and meet Mathews who will take over when current Superintent Dr. Steve Whatley retires in June.

April 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Montessori School students give grants to local non-profits

For the second year, middle school students at the Montessori School of Covington have awarded grants totaling $1,000 to local non-profit organizations serving Newton County.

April 21, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS Superintendent sends memo detailing cuts

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley has announced the first round of personnel-related cuts, which he hopes will save the school system approximately $10 million, but will eliminate several teaching positions as well as middle school athletics.

April 19, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


School calendar recommended

 The Newton County Board of Education will vote on the new school calendar on April 27 and if they accept the recommendation by Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, the 2010-2011 school year will no longer have a week-long fall and winter break.

April 18, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


County schools facing $9.7 million FY2011 budget deficit

At Tuesday night's work session, the Board of Education approved Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley's recommendation to start making cuts to next year's fiscal year budget, including personnel, after he informed the board the school was looking at an initial $9.7 million deficit.

April 16, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Superintendent to start cutting next year's budget

On Tuesday night, the Board of Education gave Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley permission to start making cuts to next year's fiscal year budget, including personnel, after he informed them the school was looking at an initial $9.7 million deficit.

April 13, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Aussie ambassador

While most fifth-graders are looking forward to spending their summer vacation sleeping late and hanging out with friends, 11-year-old Natalyn Crockett hopes to learn about how to bridge cultural and political borders and promote peace globally as a student ambassador to Australia. But, she might not make it if she can't raise the funds by May 1.

April 11, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


R.L. Cousins High School alumni host meet and greet

Almost 200 R.L. Cousins High School alumni reflected on the 'Good Ole' Days' at the meet-and-greet held in the school's old cafeteria, a cafeteria not just remembered for lunches served there. It had been where band practice was held after school, where the prom and graduation were held. But March 14 was the day almost 200 R.L. Cousins High School alumni representing all 13 classes would focus on a common vision. This is a vision that focuses on education for the young people and working with the Covington community.

April 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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