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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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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


Newton County Classic Livestock Show to be held Saturday

The Newton County Classic Livestock Show will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at Newton High School. This is a yearly tradition that has a strong history in Newton County. Many years ago Newton High School did not have the facilities that it has today. A group of influential people in the county got together and decided that it would be beneficial to have facilities available at the high school for students to raise and show livestock. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, but they were able to accomplish that task and today our ...

February 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Alcovy HS adds new expansion

Alcovy High School recently added a new wing to benefit the growing student population. However, this addition is not currently in use by the school.

February 07, 2010 | By Arielle Coambes | Education


Search is on for Ga. senior poet laureate

 Entries are now being accepted for regional winners in the 18th annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition for American poets age 50 and older, in which the Georgia Senior Poet Laureate is sought. Deadline is June 30.

February 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Here and Dow: Newton High School students win Stock Market Game

In the fall, when the 2009 session of the Stock Market Game started on September 28, the Dow stood at 9,789. When trading ended on December 4, the Dow had climbed to 10,389. Along the way, Stormy Kage, Kalyn Spurley, Julian Truitt, and Brianna Williams led by their teacher Aaron Robinson at Newton High School used reading, math, analytical skills, and teamwork to win the Stock Market Game for Newton County Schools with a winning portfolio value of $110,387. It's not real money but the lessons these students learn about economics, financial planning, and the importance ...

February 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


Spelling bee queens

The tension was thick as the two girls volleyed back and forth on the stage of Eastside High School in front of an auditorium of parents, educators and well-wishers Friday morning. In the end, Indian Creek Middle School seventh-grader Caitlin Smith beat out Palmer-Stone fifth-grader Coley Edwards by correctly spelling indiscreet, successfully nabbing the title of Newton County spelling bee champion.

January 31, 2010 | Amber Pittman | Education


January Student of Month

Livingston Elementary School announces its students of the month for January. Pre-K Matthew Whyte, Ethan Whitley. Kindergarten Emma Brown, Christopher Nolley, Christian Rosa, Alonah Travis, Ashleigh Lazenby. Grade 1. Josie Branch, Chasity Taylor, Kayla Brown, Kayla Weddington, Kenya Brown. Grade 2. Jordyn Armour, Annsleigh Burdette, Taneil Gordon, Christian Cole, Isaiah Williams. Grade 3. Katelyn Conerly, Cody Mason, Elizabeth Kirbow, Scarlett Talley, Chandler Gates. Grade 4. Kaivanu Burrello, Keelon Tate, Stephen Agyare, Hannah Sadler, Cayla Jackson. Grade 5. Adryenne Durden, Jalean Anderson, Sheily Fernandez, Chikosia Delaney.

January 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Education


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