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Former EHS student named to Dean's list

Kaija Rolin Barrett, a 2014 graduate Eastside High School, was named to the Academic Dean's list at St. John's University in Queens, New York.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Grajko | Education


Local students honored at Georgia College

Georgia College recognized some of Newton County's own high achievers this week, awarding five degrees to local residents and honoring over two dozen students for their scholastic aptitude and hard work.

December 23, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Covington student makes Academic Achievement list at GSSU

Karen Morris, a resident of Covington, made the Fall 2014 Academic Achievement List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 468 students recognized for scholastic achievement.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


How to find the right school fundraiser for you

The school year is in full swing, and parents of school-aged kids have no doubt been involved in at least one fundraiser already. Fundraisers help schools raise money for supplies or special activities that may not have been included in the budgets established by the local school district.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


West Newton Elementary School removed from state focus school list

The Georgia Department of Education announced on Dec. 18 that West Newton Elementary School has been removed from the list of State Focus Schools after successfully decreasing the number of students not proficient by 18 percent. Overall, 38 schools were named from either the Priority or Focus Schools lists.

December 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


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Board of Education revises school calendar due to snow day

The Newton County Board of Education approved Tuesday evening school Superintendent, Dr. Steve Whatley's proposed revisions to the current school calendar to accommodate the makeup of the February 12 snow day.

March 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


No decision made on proposed cuts to education

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue blasted lawmakers Thursday for using what he called "scare tactics" regarding cuts to the university system budget.

March 07, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


Kindergarten Round-Up dates announced for March

Newton County School System will hold its annual Kindergarten Round-Up during the week of March 15 through March 18. Children must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2010 (child must have been born on or before Sept. 1, 2005) to register for the 2010?2011 school year. Parents should bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the roundup so teachers can conduct screenings with the children.

March 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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


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