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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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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


Ready for school

Brand new bookbags: For 19 years the Pine Valley Mission has furnished school supplies, clothing and shoes for needy children in their area. This year, children county wide were also assisted. Each child was given a bookbag with all the requirements for their grade and school. They were also given two sets of school clothes along with new shoes and socks. These items, along with winter coats, are furnished the entire school year. This mission is located at 12185 Highway 36 and is completely staffed by volunteers.

August 14, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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


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