Enrollment numbers are up at Georgia Perimeter College, and many students have begun to take advantage of the two-year school's dual enrollment program, starting their college career while still finishing high school.
Caring carolers: On Dec. 16 members of the Couture Club of Indian Creek Middle School visited Covington Manor Nursing home and delivered over 75 potpourri sachets to the patients of the manor. Along with the collective hands-on experience of sewing these gifts, they also caroled throughout the hallways and spread cheer as they sang Christmas carols. This was the Couture Club's second year caroling, They enjoyed the experience as much as the patients and the staff did. From left to right: Kaylee Wagstaff, Adviser Charnese Phillips, Emilie Liebert, Tiara Mathis, Kolyse Wagstaff, Adviser Mrs. Blanks, Wendy Rodriguez and Kareana ...
The Newton County School System faced a tough year in 2009. From issues with transportation to teacher furloughs and budget cuts, the NCSS had to tighten their purse strings and may very well have to continue to do so into the New Year. One bright spot was the recent notification that the system had received grant money for the career academy which should get under way in 2010.
The cost of college is formidable, preventing many deserving students from attending at all and leaving many others to graduate with an overwhelming amount of debt. Last year, the average tuition at a private four-year institution rose 5.9 percent, reaching $25,143, and the average cost of attending a public four-year university increased 6.4 percent. The Elks National Foundation's Most Valuable Student Scholarship contest, which launched on Sept. 1, aims to alleviate this financial burden for 500 ambitious students.
Promoted: Cadet promotions and advancements were awarded Nov. 17 at Riverside Military Academy. Newton County native and Covington resident Zack Anderson, a senior, was promoted to Captain and appointed Company Commander of Bravo company in the Corps of Cadets.
The Newton County School System and DeKalb Technical College have been awarded $3 million in state grant funds from the Technical College System of Georgia for the school district's proposed Newton College and Career Academy.
Today, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle announced $3 million in Career Academy funding for the Newton College and Career Academy, a partnership between the Newton County school system and DeKalb Technical College. This award was made official today after approval by the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia. These funds will be matched with local funding commitments. The Career Academy initiative was spearheaded by Cagle in 2007.
Great-ful: Peachtree Academy Private School in Conyers held their first Give Thanks Day on Nov. 20. The student body and families participated in numerous community service projects. The school set a record for donations to the Rockdale Emergency Relief by contributing 7,650 non-perishable items. Mrs. Osborne 's third grade class collected 4,129 items and delivered the items to the facility. Other activities at the school included tie dying scarves for cancer patients at Grady's Oncology Center in Atlanta. More than 200 goody bags were assembled for Operation Sandbox from donated items. Each bag contained a universal headset ...
Turkeys run a relay: The Cousins Middle School Relay for Life team had a "Teacher Turkey" contest for a Thanksgiving fundraiser. Teachers and students purchased more than 1,000 paper turkeys for Assistant Principal Kendrick Britford. With 1,780 turkeys sold for 25 cents each, this particular fundraiser brought in $445 for cancer research. Staff members could pose for a picture with Britford for $5 and students for $1. This money also went toward Relay for Life.
For the month of October, which consisted of 14 school days, Mindy Brown's four math classes have been participating in a Can Food Drive in order to help feed citizens in need in the Newton County area. They began the project by setting goals based upon the four different class sizes so that the winning class was not based upon the number of cans brought in, but by the percentage of the class size. This made each class equal no matter the size. Everyday the classes worked to calculate fractions, decimals and percents as they updated their totals on ...
La'Kisha Dickerson, Xavier Hicks and RJ Whitney from Newton High School spent two days learning how to be good leaders at the Career and Technical Instruction (CTI) Program Fall Leadership Conference Thursday Nov. 12 and Friday Nov. 13. More than 800 students participated in this year's conference.
"Each year in the past we have had our legislators in and have made a presentation of the items the board has seen fit to adopt as priorities but this year, we've decided to do things a little differently," said Newton County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley, with a smirk at Tuesday night's Board of Education work session.
The Newton County Board of Education has selected the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) to conduct the search for the school district's new superintendent. Current school superintendent, Dr. Steve Whatley recently announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2010. The Newton County Board of Education has also asked for the community's input on the qualifications most desired for the school system's next school superintendent.
"Community input is very important to us," said Cathy Dobbs, Vice?Chair of the Newton County Board of Education. "We hope we'll have people participate in this process as hiring a ...