The Newton County Board of Education approved its 2014 list of legislative priorities at its Tuesday meeting. The list of priorities is set to be distributed to local legislators during the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The hope is for legislators to consider the boards' wishes as they vote.
Parents, teachers, and communityresidents are invited to attend the sixth annual Newton County Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Newton High School, 1 Ram Way. Twenty-two schools from the county will compete.
A Newton High School freshman will soon travel to the nation's capital for an honors-only program that will focus on teaching aspiring medical professionals more about medical science and honor some of America's highest-achieving high school students.
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.
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.