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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


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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No rain on this parade

The kindergarten students at Fairview Elementary Theme School participated in an Umbrella Parade Friday morning in celebration of learning about the vowel "U." They each brought an umbrella from home, with decorations like Spider Man, Winnie the Pooh. Dora the Explorer and more.

September 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


President Obama's speech to students

At noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8, President Barack Obama will deliver a "Back-to-School Address" to students across our nation. This 15-20 minute speech will be broadcast via the internet and on C-Span.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS ready to submit Career Academy grant application

With the full support of the Newton County Board of Education, the Newton County chamber of Commerce, and community and business leaders, the Newton County School System will submit its Career Academy Grant Application to the Technical College System of Georgia on Sept. 8. Up to $3.1 million in state grant funds are available.

September 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS Superintendent participates in Griffin RESA groundbreaking

The groundbreaking ceremony for a new cooperative purchasing warehouse for Griffin Regional Educational Services Agency was recently held on Friday, August, 21. Griffin RESA administers the cooperative purchasing services for the eight member school systems that make up the agency's network. This service allows the school systems to have the same purchasing power that much larger systems enjoy, thus creating substantial savings opportunities. The Board of Control authorized the construction of the facility due to the need for more storage space for consumable, non-consumable, and cleaning supplies. The depressed economic conditions enabled the agency to negotiate a construction fee ...

September 03, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Roar of the lions

Live Oak live: On Sept. 24 faculty and students of Live Oak Elementary held a dedication ceremony at the school. Parents, Newton County School System staff and county leaders were present at the well-attended event. Students in Shelley Yeatman's Pre-K class Marnessia Lewis, left, Onemerhomu Erakpotobar, Josias Ottiz-Molina, Brecken Baxter, Isaiah Wooden, Makhi Mahon, Jahmel Johnson, Christian Jones, Hailey Baker, (Jena Kennedy and Stacy Castillo are not seen) performed "The Green Grass Grows All Around" at the dedication ceremony. The entire faculty and staff then serenaded the audience with their theme song, "We are the Lions, the Mighty Mighty ...

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Middle school students give aid to the homeless

Veterans Memorial Middle School students typically climb out of a warm bed in the morning, have plenty of clothes to pick from, have hot meals to eat and come from a loving home. But a group of girls at the Covington school are working to help those who don't have a bed of their own, who typically wear second hand clothes, aren't sure where their next meal is coming from, and don't have a home to call their own.

September 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


SAT scores rise, still below state average

SAT scores have been released, and Newton County has scored below the state average, though many schools saw an increase in their numbers.

August 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Newton County School System announces Homer Sharp Stadium Brick Program

The athletic programs of Alcovy High School, Eastside High School, and Newton High School have joined together to support public education in Newton County by supporting the Newton County School System Homer Sharp Stadium Brick Program. Homer Sharp Stadium is one the community's most well?known landmarks. Since its construction in 1956, Newton County's high school athletes and the fans who cheered them on have made unforgettable memories at Homer Sharp Stadium - memories that reflect the district's tradition of Spirit, Pride, and Excellence. Now the community has a unique opportunity to not only be a permanent part ...

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Luau for The Learning Center

 Children may be back in school but summer fun isn't finished yet. The Learning Center is holding a luau fundraiser to support programs that help make sure that every Newton County child arrives at school ready to read.

August 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Spring Semester 2009 Dean's List

Georgia Southern University announced its Dean's List for Spring 2009. The following students from Covington were named to the list: Joshua P Pollard, a junior majoring in Construction Management;. Kara J Adams, a junior majoring in Early Childhood Education; Daniel P Martin, a sophomore majoring in Georgia Tech Regional Engineering Program: Computer Engineering;. Conchetta A White, a senior majoring in Hotel & Restaurant Management;.Frank D Runner, a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology; Reginald L Humphrey Jr., a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology; Sophia Colas, a sophomore majoring in Political Science; Jana L Poe, a junior majoring in ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS Has Record Number of ACT Test Takers

A record 499 Newton County School System (NCSS) students took the ACT College Entrance Exam in 2009 - that's 24 more than last year's 475 total test takers. The district has seen a steady increase in the number of students taking the ACT each of the last five years. Only 327 NCSS students took the exam in 2005 compared to almost 500 in 2009. Unlike the SAT, a reasoning test that measures critical thinking skills and assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems, the ACT is a series of curriculum?based, multiple choice tests that cover content ...

August 21, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Transportation confrontation

Several irate parents were in attendance at the Newton County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night to voice their complaints about the limited amount of transportation at the system's primary and secondary theme schools.

August 21, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Providence Christian School prepares for first consignment sale

To help kickoff the new school year, parents at Providence Christian School in Oxford are preparing to conduct the school's first PCS Kids Consignment Sale to be held Sept. 17-19 at The Church At Covington. Parents from all over the community are welcome to participate.

Anyone with fall/winter kids clothing, toys, baby equipment, etc. in good condition can become a seller and receive up to 75 percent of their sales. Sellers drop-off items earlier in the week and shop before the sale opens to the general public.

August 19, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


summer, fall 09 college honors

August 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Parents complain about theme school transportation

A mere two weeks into the 2009-2010 school year, parents are already voicing complaints to the school board.

August 14, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


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