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BOE increases budget

Around this time each year the board of education (BOE) reviews and, if appropriate, adjusts the Newton County School System's (NCSS) annual budget. According ...

November 17, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Piedmont Academy robotics team advances

The Piedmont Academy Robotics Team came in first place in the robot performance portion of the Georgia BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) Robotics Competition ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Two NCSS students selected for state superintendent’s student advisory council

Two Newton County School System high school students have been selected to serve on Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Of the ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS graduation rate improves, tops state

The Newton County School System's (NCSS) four-year cohort graduation rate increased by two percentage points from 2015 to 2016 moving the system up to ...

November 15, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


GPTC’S Kye Haymore named president-elect for National Association

Kye Haymore has been teaching paralegal studies courses at Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) for 10 years. Seven years ago, she joined, and almost immediately ...

November 15, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Newton High’s Jason Smith is a Grammy semifinalist

At the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year Francene Breakfield, head counselor at Newton High School, approached band instructor Jason Smith with a few questions ...

October 29, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


‘Rosenwald’ shown at Oxford

Aviva Kempner presented her documentary "Rosenwald" to students and Newton County residents Wednesday.

October 28, 2016 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


A conversation with Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College

Douglas Hicks, Dean for Oxford College of Emory University, has been on the job for about three months now. He recently talked to the Covington ...

October 25, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Two students recognized by Newton County BOE

Ralph Brown and Zachary Fallah, juniors at Eastside and Newton high schools, respectively, were recently selected to serve on Georgia State School Superintendent Richard Woods ...

October 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Jasmine Moore Receives the Howard S. and Marie H. Starks Scholarship

Georgia State's J. Mack Robinson College of Business hosts an Honors Day Celebration every spring recognizing the college's brightest students. This year's ...

October 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


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School superintendent announces plans to retire

Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2010. Whatley's intention was given to the board in the form of a recommendation and it was given this month so there would be plenty of time for the board members to look for potential replacement candidates. "I included and recommended this action now so that the Board of Education can begin a thorough process of defining what it wants as a new superintendent, post the position, interview for the impending vacancy and employ a new superintendent so as to have as smooth as ...

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Liberal Arts Academy students continue to be challenged academically

The academically rigorous Academy of Liberal Arts at Newton High School is operating in its first year as a school within a school and already students are flourishing according to a presentation to members of the Newton County School System Board of Education that included information provided by students.

October 30, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


NCSS Superintendent announces retirement

Tonight at the Board of Education's monthly meeting, Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2010.

October 27, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System announces 2010 Teachers of the Year

The Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2010 Newton County Teacher of the Year. Each of the 23 nominees was elected as the 2010 Teacher of the Year at his or her school.

October 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


summer college graduates

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


October Honor Roll

PIEDMONT ACADEMY HONOR ROLL

October 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System receives $283,447 Caring Communities System of Care Grant

The Governor's Office for Children and Families has awarded the Newton County School System a 2009 Caring Communities System of Care grant in the amount of $283,447. The Newton County School System was one of only ten recipients in the state to receive a Caring Communities grant award. The system of care approach is designed to unite and coordinate the efforts of community agencies responsible for serving children and families. Through a community-wide collaboration of agencies focused on improving the welfare of youth in Newton County and support from the Caring Communities grant, the Newton County School System ...

October 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS receives grant for after-school programs

The Newton County School System received good news this week when officials learned they had been awarded the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Georgia Department of Education.

October 11, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Garrison wins scholarship

October 09, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Grace Baptist Church makes generous donation to Porterdale Elementary School students

Grace Baptist Church in Covington recently made a generous donation of much needed school supplies to students at Porterdale Elementary School. On behalf of his congregation, Pastor Philip Bone personally delivered the supplies to school principal, Ms. Lizzella Dodson. In addition to five book bags filled with the standard school items requested by the first, second, third, fourth and fifth grades, the church collected and donated to the school two cases of notebook paper, one case of pencils, one case of Crayola crayons, one case of rulers, one case of glue sticks, 10 protractors, 12 packs of pens and 12 ...

October 08, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces winners of bus safety poster contest

Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that Brian Lopez and Hannah Hinton are the winners of the district's annual School Bus Safety Poster Contest! The theme of this year's contest was "Cross in View, it's the Right Thing to Do!" According to NCSS Assistant Transportation Director Randall Luna, their posters will now represent Newton County Schools in the Georgia competition.

October 07, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Keeping the faith

"I never lost my faith," said Andre Kessler to a large group of Newton High School freshman. "I am still an observant and very proud Jew."

And although his faith is still strong, it certainly has been tested in the past. Kessler, who was born in Bucharest, Romania, in 1940, is a survivor of the Holocaust, the systematic extermination of approximately six million Jews.

October 06, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


September Students of Month

Ficquett Elementary School announces its students of the month for September.

October 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County schools announce fall schedule for students

All Newton County public schools will be closed on Friday, October 9 for a studentholiday/teacher furlough day. The following week, October 12-16, schools will be closed for fall Break. The Newton County School System central office located on Newton Drive will be open during the hours of 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

October 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Local receives UGA scholarship

 Emily Lucille Wyatt has been selected to receive the Southern States Cooperative Scholarship awarded by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for the 2009-2010 academic year. Each year the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences awards approximately $100,000 in scholarships to students studying in any of its 24 majors.

October 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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