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NCSS awarded AdvancED Accreditation

The Newton County School System and, therefore, each individual school within the district was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation on School Improvement (SACS CASI) accreditation seal.

September 11, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


NCSS awarded $216K grant

Teachers in Newton County may have the opportunity to gain extra professional learning experiences with a grant given to the school district.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


Student fees: you get what you pay for

Parents, if you think your child is unfairly paying extra student dues at Newton County high schools that amount to more than students at other schools across the district, well, you may or may not be correct.

September 04, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


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


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


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


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


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July 24, 2009 | Brittany Thomas | Education


Teachers lose days due to budget cuts

Just two weeks before the start of the 2009-2010 school year, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue announced that school systems were to receive a 3 percent cut to their budget and mandated staff furloughs -leaving Newton County's school board searching for ways to make these things happen before the original start of the year for elementary school teachers.

July 24, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


School board faces additional cuts; teacher furloughs

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced that Governor Sonny Perdue has called on the system to cut 3 percent from their budget and for teachers to take three unpaid furlough days in order to assist in a $900 million hole in the state's budget.

July 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Oxford College welcomes new chaplain

Oxford College announced today that Rev. Lyn Pace has been named chaplain for this historic campus, located on the original site of Emory University. Pace will begin his duties immediately. "Lyn brings a passion for working with students and a commitment to service," said Oxford Dean Stephen Bowen. "We are pleased to welcome him to Oxford, where service, leadership and interfaith community are so much a part of the experience. He will be instrumental in our strengthening that tradition and exploring new ways to make their time at Oxford even more spiritually meaningful for students."Prior to assuming his new ...

July 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


SPRING COLLEGE GRADUATES

Nicholas DeCarlo of Covington graduated received a Bachelor of Science from Anderson University in Anderson, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 2.

July 17, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


AYP school failings largely due to special ed sub-groups

Several Newton County schools failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-2009 school year, putting or keeping many on the Needs Improvement list. When broken down, however, the school test-taking population as a whole passed; the individual school's failures were due solely to subgroups.

July 17, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Pens, pencils and a block party

The Washington Street Community Center, Main Street Covington and the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a "Back to School Block Party." July 26, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the square. The event is for students in kindergarten through middle school.

July 17, 2009 | By Molly Lundy | Education


NCSS fails AYP

The Newton County School System has failed Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2008-2009 school year according to reports released by the Georgia Department of Education.

July 15, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


School system fails AYP in preliminary report

In a preliminary report of Adequate Yearly Progress, seven of 21 Newton County Schools failed to meet standards set by the state. Failing schools are Ficquett Elementary, Livingston Elementary, Middle Ridge Elementary, Clements Middle, Cousins Middle, Indian Creek Middle and Challenge Charter Academy.

July 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Afterschool academic program registration

Registration Dates: July 14 & 15

Where: BOE Office (1st Floor Conference Rm.)

July 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS Summer Camp dates announced

Clements Theme School: This camp will be for fourth through eighth graders on July 21. Pre-Registration is $20. Registration on the day of event is $25. Call (770) 784-2934 for more information.Cousins Middle School: For sixth graders only. July 28 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. $5. Call (770) 786-7311 for more information.Indian Creek Middle School: For sixth graders only. July 24 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. $15 if you pre-register; $20 on the day of the event. Call (770) 385-6453 for more information.Liberty Middle School: No day camp will be ...

July 13, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Dr. LaQuanda Brown becomes principal at AHS

If not for a few troubled kids, Dr. LaQuanda Brown would have become a lawyer, but after an internship where she became involved with children who were facing problems in their lives, she decided that her heart was in a different place – her heart was in teaching.

July 12, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Local teacher participates in Institute for Environmental Education

The 2009 Oxford Institute for Environmental Education (OIEE) concluded was held at the Oxhouse Science Center, science field station of Oxford College. Teachers from across Georgia and north Florida wrapped up an intensive two weeks of professional development. Founded in 1992, OIEE provides an opportunity for teachers in grades K-12 to collaborate with college biology faculty, gaining new science teaching methods and investigative techniques. "My colleagues and I look forward each year to the two weeks of OIEE," said Steven Baker, Oxford College professor of biology and OIEE director. "Environmental concerns are global, but education starts on the local level ...

July 11, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System announces school level CRCT results

Newton County School System has received school level results on the 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Tests for the district's elementary and middle schools. The CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and the Quality Core Curriculum (QCC).

July 10, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces 4 new principals

At a called meeting Monday morning, the Newton County Board of Education voted unanimously to hire four principals to fill the seats vacated at area high, middle and elementary schools recently.

July 08, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


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