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BOE increases budget

Around this time each year the board of education (BOE) reviews and, if appropriate, adjusts the Newton County School System's (NCSS) annual budget. According ...

November 17, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Piedmont Academy robotics team advances

The Piedmont Academy Robotics Team came in first place in the robot performance portion of the Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS graduation rate improves, tops state

The Newton County School System's (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate increased by two percentage points from 2015 to 2016 moving the system up to ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC’S Kye Haymore named president-elect for National Association

Kye Haymore has been teaching paralegal studies courses at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) for 10 years. Seven years ago, she joined, and almost immediately ...

November 15, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Newton High’s Jason Smith is a Grammy semifinalist

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year Francene Breakfield, head counselor at Newton High School, approached band instructor Jason Smith with a few questions ...

October 29, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


‘Rosenwald’ shown at Oxford

Aviva Kempner presented her documentary "Rosenwald" to students and Newton County residents Wednesday.

October 28, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


A conversation with Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College

Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College of Emory University, has been on the job for about three months now. He recently talked to the Covington ...

October 25, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Two students recognized by Newton County BOE

Ralph Brown and Zachary Fallah, juniors at Eastside and Newton high schools, respectively, were recently selected to serve on Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Jasmine Moore Receives the Howard S. and Marie H. Starks Scholarship

Georgia State's J. Mack Robinson College of Business hosts an Honors Day Celebration every spring recognizing the college's brightest students. This year's ...

October 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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The Couture Club

Caring carolers: On Dec. 16 members of the Couture Club of Indian Creek Middle School visited Covington Manor Nursing home and delivered over 75 potpourri sachets to the patients of the manor. Along with the collective hands-on experience of sewing these gifts, they also caroled throughout the hallways and spread cheer as they sang Christmas carols. This was the Couture Club's second year caroling, They enjoyed the experience as much as the patients and the staff did. From left to right: Kaylee Wagstaff, Adviser Charnese Phillips, Emilie Liebert, Tiara Mathis, Kolyse Wagstaff, Adviser Mrs. Blanks, Wendy Rodriguez and Kareana ...

December 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Year in Review: Education

The Newton County School System faced a tough year in 2009. From issues with transportation to teacher furloughs and budget cuts, the NCSS had to tighten their purse strings and may very well have to continue to do so into the New Year. One bright spot was the recent notification that the system had received grant money for the career academy which should get under way in 2010.

December 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


ENF scholarships make college possible

The cost of college is formidable, preventing many deserving students from attending at all and leaving many others to graduate with an overwhelming amount of debt. Last year, the average tuition at a private four-year institution rose 5.9 percent, reaching $25,143, and the average cost of attending a public four-year university increased 6.4 percent. The Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest, which launched on Sept. 1, aims to alleviate this financial burden for 500 ambitious students.

December 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


November Students of Month

Mansfield Elementary School announces its students of the month for November.

December 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Riverside cadet gets promotion

Promoted: Cadet promotions and advancements were awarded Nov. 17 at Riverside Military Academy. Newton County native and Covington resident Zack Anderson, a senior, was promoted to Captain and appointed Company Commander of Bravo company in the Corps of Cadets.

December 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS and DeKalb Tech get $3M grant

The Newton County School System and DeKalb Technical College have been awarded $3 million in state grant funds from the Technical College System of Georgia for the school district's proposed Newton College and Career Academy.

December 04, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Cagle Announces $3 Million in Funding to Newton College and Career Academy

Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced $3 million in Career Academy funding for the Newton College and Career Academy, a partnership between the Newton County school system and DeKalb Technical College. This award was made official today after approval by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. These funds will be matched with local funding commitments. The Career Academy initiative was spearheaded by Cagle in 2007.

December 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Peachtree Academy gives thanks

Great-ful: Peachtree Academy Private School in Conyers held their first Give Thanks Day on Nov. 20. The student body and families participated in numerous community service projects. The school set a record for donations to the Rockdale Emergency Relief by contributing 7,650 non-perishable items. Mrs. Osborne 's third grade class collected 4,129 items and delivered the items to the facility. Other activities at the school included tie dying scarves for cancer patients at Grady's Oncology Center in Atlanta. More than 200 goody bags were assembled for Operation Sandbox from donated items. Each bag contained a universal headset ...

November 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Terrific turkeys

Turkeys run a relay: The Cousins Middle School Relay for Life team had a "Teacher Turkey" contest for a Thanksgiving fundraiser. Teachers and students purchased more than 1,000 paper turkeys for Assistant Principal Kendrick Britford. With 1,780 turkeys sold for 25 cents each, this particular fundraiser brought in $445 for cancer research. Staff members could pose for a picture with Britford for $5 and students for $1. This money also went toward Relay for Life.

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Yes we CAN

For the month of October, which consisted of 14 school days, Mindy Brown's four math classes have been participating in a Can Food Drive in order to help feed citizens in need in the Newton County area. They began the project by setting goals based upon the four different class sizes so that the winning class was not based upon the number of cans brought in, but by the percentage of the class size. This made each class equal no matter the size. Everyday the classes worked to calculate fractions, decimals and percents as they updated their totals on ...

November 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NHS students attend fall leadership conference

La'Kisha Dickerson, Xavier Hicks and RJ Whitney from Newton High School spent two days learning how to be good leaders at the Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) Program Fall Leadership Conference Thursday Nov. 12 and Friday Nov. 13. More than 800 students participated in this year's conference.

November 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


School system closes on land

The Newton County School Board has closed on a purchase of 80.97 acres of land that will be home of the school's fifteenth elementary school.

November 20, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS to try different tact with legislators

"Each year in the past we have had our legislators in and have made a presentation of the items the board has seen fit to adopt as priorities but this year, we've decided to do things a little differently," said Newton County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, with a smirk at Tuesday night's Board of Education work session.

November 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


GSBA to lead search for new superintendent

The Newton County Board of Education has selected the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to conduct the search for the school district's new superintendent. Current school superintendent, Dr. Steve Whatley recently announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2010. The Newton County Board of Education has also asked for the community's input on the qualifications most desired for the school system's next school superintendent.

"Community input is very important to us," said Cathy Dobbs, Vice?Chair of the Newton County Board of Education. "We hope we'll have people participate in this process as hiring a ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Andy Irwin to appear at Oxford College today

Andy Irwin, popular local storyteller and performer, will appear at Oxford College today, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Tarbutton Performing Arts Center on the Oxford campus.

Irwin was Oxford's artist-in-residence in theater from 1991 to 2007. His music, humor and storytelling have made his concerts widely popular, and his fan base includes enthusiasts from his native Newton County as well as regional, national and international fans. Irwin's recognition includes his two of his albums' being awarded the Just Plain Folks Award. Recently he was honored by The Covington News as one of 10 men who have ...

November 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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