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New CTAE coordinator hired for NCSS

Tim Schmitt has been hired as the Newton County School System's new Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Coordinator.

August 26, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

The 2014-2015 school year opened at Piedmont Academy Monday, August 11, and 39 new students walked the halls for the first time, bringing the school's total enrollment to 295. There are 108 students in grades K4 through fifth, 69 students in middle school and 118 students in high school.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Student volunteerism can have a positive impact ... and help pay for college

Volunteerism can help young people grow into well-rounded, responsible individuals. When volunteering, kids can learn new skills, foster new friendships and contacts, and improve both their social and interpersonal skills. In addition, a 2011 study from researchers at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine found that people are generally happier and healthier when giving back to their communities. The study even recommended that health care professionals recommend volunteering to patients 12 and older, with the belief that helping others provides significant health benefits, including allowing volunteers to escape their stress and anxiety. And, there could even be a few ...

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


5 ways college students can eat healthy

If asked to reflect on their college years, many graduates likely would not recall healthy eating habits. College students are often pressed for time and short on funds, so a nutritious diet is often sacrificed for the sake of convenience and cost.

August 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County returns to school

Readers submit via news@covnews.com or Facebook.com/covnews pictures of the first day of school.

August 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


More fundraisers, policy changes for school start

Parents with a child attending a special instructional program may have an easier transportation schedule for any other children.

July 24, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Teaching tech to teachers

July 24, 2014 | Darrell Everidge | Education


State releases district-level EOCT scores

District-level scores were released by the Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) for 2014 End-of-Course Tests (EOCT), showing Newton County School System (NCSS) students outpaced the state pass rate on six out of eight tests and improved pass rates on five of six tests from last year.

July 19, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


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Charlie Elliott Astronomy this month: ‘The Sun’

This month, Stephen Ramsden, our organization's solar expert or "SunDawg," discusses our sun's history from nebula to middle-age star and the processes that keep it shining.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


‘Quality Time’ event to celebrate Spring

The Learning Center and Montessori School of Covington are partnering to offer Newton County parents the chance to spend a couple of hours of quality time with their children ages 3 to 12 at an event that's all about the season we've been waiting for - spring!

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


feb. students of the month

Livingston Elementary School announces its students of the month for February.

March 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Kiwanis awards STAR students, teachers at Thursday meeting

Although school is out this week for mid-winter break, three high school students were honored at Covington Kiwanis Club luncheon for their stellar school performances.

February 19, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Education


Beautiful Hearts: DeKalb Tech cosmetology students give needy residents free makeovers

 After losing her job and being evicted from her apartment, Sabrina Ortiz now calls The Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter in Covington her home. As part of a DeKalb Technical College cosmetology department project called "From Our Hearts to Yours" she recently received an eyebrow wax, a facial, hair styling and color as well as a manicure and pedicure.

February 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


fall dean's list

Darton College

February 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Kiwanis honors STAR students, teachers

Although school is out this week for mid-winter break, three high school students were honored at Covington Kiwanis Club luncheon for their stellar school performances.

The STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program was created in 1958 by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators and is sponsored on a local level by organizations such as Kiwanis.

February 18, 2010 | Jennifer T. Long | Education


NCSS cleared of any wrongdoing in CRCT cheating scandal

All Newton County schools have been cleared of any wrongdoing after a state analysis of the 2009 Criterion-Referenced Competency Test was done following allegations of cheating in other school systems.

February 17, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


BOE advised to establish new high school zones

Newton County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley recommended that board members approve the establishment of new high school attendance zones Tuesday night at their monthly work session.

February 14, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


The final verdict

Order in the court: Teams from all three Newton County high schools participated in the Mock Trial Competition, held in Newton County. Alcovy High School, pictured, had members who debated cases in a courtroom setting, as well as holding deliberations. McIntosh High School in Peachtree City won the competition.

February 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Going organic

Newton County residents who tend their own garden may want to visit the Montessori School of Covington and ask its middle-school students for tips on how to grow the largest, healthiest fruits and vegetables.

February 12, 2010 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


NCSS announces update on superintendent search

The Newton County Board of Education is one step closer to finding a new school superintendent to replace Dr. Steve Whatley, who earlier this school year announced his retirement effective June 30, 2010. Whatley has been superintendent since July 1, 2006. On February 10, members of the Newton County Board of Education met with Don Rooks, Georgia School Boards Association Director of Legislative and Superintendent Search Services to review the applications received. In November 2009, the school board selected the GSBA to conduct the nationwide superintendent search. The school system used an online survey provided by GSBA to seek the ...

February 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford to host invasive-plants workshop

Many of the plants that Southerners are most familiar with-think kudzu, English ivy, honeysuckle-are actually non-native plants that were introduced from elsewhere and have now become problems for the ecosystem. There are many species dubbed "invasive plants," and the threat they pose to the native landscape has led to the creation of organizations for concerned horticulturists, biologists, and generally concerned citizens. Connie Gray, president and ecological resource specialist for the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council will appear at the chapel in Oxford College on at 2 p.m. on February 12 to deliver a lecture that will address ...

February 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


BOE votes to phase-out three schools

Newton County Board of Education members voted unanimously to begin a five-year facilities plan that would "phase-out" three local schools – essentially removing the three schools from the State Department of Education's inventory.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Covington student to compete for Mr. ABAC title Feb. 18

Christopher Estes of Covington will compete with 15 other men for the title of Mr. ABAC at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Feb. 18. The theme for this year's event is ABAC Overboard.

February 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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