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GPC Daffodil Festival to focus on community

The annual Daffodil Festival will focus on defining the community - from its physical surroundings and history, to those who contribute to its growth and success - March 5-6 at Georgia Perimeter College's Newton Campus.

March 01, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Fifth-grade honor chorus to perform March 8

The Newton County School System will soon host its Fifth Grade Elementary Honor Chorus concert.

February 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Alcovy names its top 2014 graduates

Alcovy High School recently named its top 11 graduates for the Class of 2014.There was a tie for one of the top spots, resulting in 11 top students instead of 10 top graduates this year at Alcovy.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


EHS Academic Team part of TV competition Saturday

Eastside High's Academic Team will again compete in WSB Channel 2's HighQ tournament.

February 27, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Newton, Alcovy named AP honor schools

Alcovy and Newton High Schools have been named 2014 Advanced Placement Honor Schools.

February 25, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


NHS names its Top 11 students

Newton High School recently named its top 11 students for the Class of 2014. There was a tie for the number nine position, so there are 11 top students instead of 10 top graduates this year.

February 22, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Make-up days won't change graduation dates

Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled - May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.

February 20, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


NCSS graduation dates to stay the same

Newton County's three high schools will hold graduations on the dates originally scheduled-May 23 and May 24 - now that the State Board of Education has approved a resolution giving local school districts the flexibility to determine if students must make-up missed instructional days due to weather.

February 20, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


2014-15 school year calendar approved

Students and parents may now be able to plan their trips and vacations for next school year, as an official calendar for the 2014-15 school year has been approved.

February 19, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Make-up days set for NCSS students

The Newton County Board of Education has approved a plan for students to make-up three of the seven missed instructional days due to inclement weather.

February 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


For bus drivers, it's safety first

Recent snowstorms in the area have forced businesses, schools and other establishments to close their doors and people to nestle indoors for safety. And for one Newton County Schools bus driver, the recent storms were all about keeping children safe.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


Theme School team dances to victories

Newton County Theme School's new dance team has been making strides in its first season.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Education


Liberty Middle named National Beta Club School of Distinction

Liberty Middle School's has been named a National Beta School of Distinction.

February 15, 2014 | Danielle Everson | Education


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Middle, elementary theme school enrollment open

The Newton County Board of Education is accepting applications for the two new theme schools slated to open this fall. A maximum of 725 slots are available at the elementary school, which will be located at Fairview Elementary. A maximum of 850 slots are available at the new middle school, which will be located at Clements Middle. The application deadline is Feb. 6.

January 06, 2009 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


Year in review...NCSS initially fails AYP, new elementary school opens

The year 2008 will go down in history as a year full of highs and lows for the Newton County School System. Although faced with the challenge this year of bringing several schools up to standards after failing Adequate Yearly Progress as a district, NCSS still has much to celebrate, from being named a 'quality school system' by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI) to approving two new theme schools, which will begin operating in the fall.

December 30, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


Distinguished Title I schools announced

Newton County School System is pleased to announce that seven schools-West Newton Elementary, Ficquett Elementary, Heard?Mixon Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Palmer?Stone Elementary, Rocky Plains Elementary, and Cousins Middle, have been recognized as Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

"We are very proud for these schools for the significant increase in test scores for students who are

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS employees give generously to local United Way fund

Despite the current economic woes, Newton County School System employees continue to show their generosity and support for our local community by pledging over $150,000 in donations to the United Way in 2009.

Although individual schools and employees support many local charitable organizations, for many years the school system has chosen the United Way as its one system?wide cause for fundraising purposes as all donations stay within Newton County.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


School board approves 2009-10 calendar

The Newton County Board of Education approved the 2009?2010 school calendar at the December 9, 2008, combined work session/monthly meeting. The school district will continue to use a balanced calendar in 2009?2010.

The school system sought public input on the school calendar and provided four possible calendar options for review, including a balanced calendar, a calendar with a

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


Teacher spotlight...Burny Drumheller

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around Burny Drumheller's third grade classroom at Ficquett Elementary School.

Winter holiday books line shelves and everywhere you look, children are diligently working on assignments involving reindeer and Santa. Yet contrary to what an average observer may gather, it's not all about fun and games.

December 27, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | Education


Theme school planned by NCSS

Newton County students in elementary and middle school will now have a theme school option beginning next year. The Board of Education approved during its Dec. 9 meeting Superintendent R. Steven Whatley's recommendations for the creation of two new theme schools.

"The recommendation to the board is that an elementary and middle theme school be established and that the elementary and middle school attendance zones and sites be set for 2009-2010..." Whatley said.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


BOE mulls name for new school

Newton County's newest elementary school will officially get a name next month. BOE members are pouring over seven pages of suggested names for elementary school No. 14, which is located on Kirkland Road and will make their final decision at the Jan. 20 meeting.

"We would ask that board members narrow their selection from this list and others to six names and on the 20th, the board will take action in naming the new elementary school," said Superintendent R. Steven Whatley.

December 27, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


BOE details their 2009 legislative priorities

 The Newton County School Board presented its legislative issues to State Sen. John Douglas and State Rep. Doug Holt at its Dec. 9 meeting.

December 24, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


Media specialist makes library an extension of the classroom

 Media specialist Kimberly Ramsey has spent the past several years diligently collaborating with teachers at Oak Hill Elementary to ensure that the library there is an extension of each classroom.

December 20, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | Education


Newton juniors score better on writing test than state average

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce that the district's 11th grade first time test takers ncreased the pass percentage over last year's totals on the Georgia High School Writing Test

December 19, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


Stocking up on Christmas joy

The Junior Garden Club at Sharp Learning Center is spreading a little Christmas cheer this year. The group decorated 69 mini stockings for mental health patients at Georgia Regional Hospital in Decatur.

December 17, 2008 | Tisa Smart Washington | Education


NOVEMBER Students of the Month

EAST NEWTON

East Newton Elementary School announces its students of the month for November.

December 14, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


Judy Smith

 Eastside High School teacher Judy Smith realizes chemistry isn't fun for everyone. That's why she takes every possible step to help ensure her students' success in what can be a much dreaded course.

December 13, 2008 | Carrie Huenke | Education


NCSS has 100 percent participation in Relay for Life

At the Nov. 11 Board of Education work session, Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley accepted an award on behalf of the school district from Brian Burgoyne of the Newton County Relay for Life program for having 100 percent school participation in the 2008 Relay for Life Program.

Each school in the district participated in the 2008 Relay for Life and overall, Newton County Schools raised approximately $106,000 in the fight against cancer.

December 13, 2008 | Staff Report | Education


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