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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


BOE wants input on proposed policy

The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) is reviewing proposed revisions to two Newton County School System (NCSS) policies and wants the public's input on the changes.

July 03, 2014 | Kayla Robins | Education


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Greg Goins earns Certified Professional Public Buyer credential

Greg Goins, Newton County School System Purchasing Specialist, has been awarded the Certified Professional Public Buyer (CPPB) credential from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC). The UPPCC was established in 1978 by the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing (NIGP) and the National Institute of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) to independently administer certification and promote procurement professionalism in the public sector.

August 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Washington Street Community Center seeks volunteer tutors

Washington Street Community Center is gearing up for their after school homework tutorial program and is seeking volunteers to help.

August 09, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


West Newton wins big with My Coke Rewards program

West Newton Elementary in Covington is among the Top 10 Schools nationwide redeeming the most points donated by families for free supplies and equipment as part of the My Coke Rewards program.

August 05, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia Southern Summer Dean's List

August 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


New school - same challenges

When Newton County students begin their school year tomorrow, an estimated 864 will be attending Liberty Middle School – a brand new school that has inherited Clements Middle School's failing AYP numbers and state-directed status while the old middle school becomes home to a theme school and the former principal moves on to Alcovy High School as an assistant principal.

August 02, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Snapping Shoals helps area teachers

Snapping Shoals EMC will be awarding more than $50,000 in grants this fall to a number of teachers from the schools that the electric co-op serves in Rockdale, Newton and Henry counties through the co-op's Bright Ideas program.

July 31, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS superintendent welcomes back students, teachers, parents

On behalf of the Newton County Board of Education and administrators I extend a sincere "Welcome" to all students, parents, teachers and support staff. We are excited about the opportunities for the education of our students as they anticipate the first day of school on Monday, August 3.

The mission of the Newton County Schools is to provide educational excellence for all students. Over the summer we have been preparing to meet the educational challenges of this new school year for an enrollment that will exceed over 19,500 students. In the past weeks, over 200 students have enrolled with ...

July 31, 2009 | Dr. R. Steven Whatley NCSS Superintendent | Education


Administrators announced for schools, central

After several assistant principals moved into principal positions in Newton County schools, the school board announced their replacements at their combined work session and monthly meeting last week.

Jeff Cher, who served as an assistant principal at Veterans Memorial Middle School in the 2008-2009 school year will be moving to Eastside High School to assume the role left by Dennis Roddenberry, who has been named as Eastside principal for the 2009-2010 school year.

July 31, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrates five year anniversary

Employees of Rocky Plains Elementary School celebrated the school's five-year anniversary on July 24. The school opened its doors for students in 2005. The start of the 2009-2010 school year will mark the school's fifth year and faculty and staff took time to celebrate and reflect on the milestones and accomplishments they have achieved, including making AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) each year it's been open Dr. Miranda Jones welcomed the employees and special guests, who included current and former central office administrators and PTO members.

July 30, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Important notice for school choice students

The Newton County School System is reminding parents of the change in transportation for students who have exercised NCLB school choice. Bus transportation is no longer being provided. NCSS will reimburse the parent/guardians of the transportation cost to and from the school of choice. Reimbursements will occur on a quarterly basis.

Please call the NCSS central office at (770) 787-1330 to inform them of the school which you choose for your student. This information will provide a schedule for your student on the first day of school. For additional information or if an extenuating circumstance exists, please contact the ...

July 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


AGI funds may benefit local 2-year colleges

President Obama is planning to give a $12 billion boost to two-year colleges, and Georgia Perimeter and DeKalb Technical colleges hope they'll be on the receiving end next year.

July 29, 2009 | Gabriel Khouli | Education


Congrats to Tift graduates

The following students from Covington graduated from Mercer University's Tift College of Education during the College's commencement on May 23 on the University's Atlanta campus. Mercer President William D. Underwood conferred the degree. Kelly C. Henson, executive secretary of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, delivered the keynote address to the College's 281 graduates.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Congrats to Chelsy Giles

Sigma Alpha Lambda is proud to announce that Chelsy Giles of Covington has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of Georgia. Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment. Congratulations to Chelsy Giles.

July 26, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


The River of Words

Even better in color:

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


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