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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


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


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


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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Newton County School System Announces Dates for CRCT Testing

The Newton County School System will administer the Georgia Criterion Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) to elementary and middle school students during the week of April 20-24. The CRCT is designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and the Quality Core Curriculum (QCC). The CRCT assessments yield information on academic achievement at the student, class, school, system, and state levels. This information is used to diagnose individual student strengths and weaknesses as related to the instruction of the GPS/QCC, and to gauge the quality of education in the county ...

April 16, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford College to host Earth Day celebration

Oxford College will once again host their annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday afternoon, from noon to 2 p.m.

April 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Alcovy High School FFA wins Silver State ranking in National Chapter Award Program

The Georgia FFA recently awarded the Alcovy High School FFA program the Silver Emblem in the National Chapter Award program

April 06, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


A love of reading

The winners: The Newton County Public Library will once again celebrate National Library Week with their annual book mark contest. At a ceremony April 3, last year's first place winner Gabrecia Turner, 13, was presented with a framed copy of her bookmark. Also at the ceremony, this year's winners were announced. (From left) Palmer-Stone Elementary School fifth-grader Noah Mason, 11, won first place in the contest. Second place went to 12-year-old Alisa Duncan, a sixth-grader at Indian Creek Middle School and 13-year-old Alex Solomon, an eighth grade student at Indian Creek Middle School. The winners will have their ...

April 05, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Food from 4-H

Rallying to collect cans: 4-H'ers in Ms. Ethel Hall's club at Oak Hill Elementary collected 111 cans of food for the Community Food Pantry. The food pantry accepts donations at its location at 7125 Turner Lake Circle in Covington and may be reached at (770)784-0037.

April 05, 2009 | Terri Kimble | Education


Young Georgia Authors’ 2009 winners announced

The Newton County School System is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Young Georgia Authors' contest. Each school could submit one entry per grade level for grades kindergarten through 12th in the county competition in the form of short stories, poetry, essays, journals, personal narratives, reports or other original student writing.

April 04, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


9 named Governor's Honors finalists

Nine Newton County high school students have been named as Governor's Honors finalists, a feat not easily accomplished.

April 03, 2009 | Amber Pittman | Education


Eastside Counselor named Region IV Secondary Counselor of the Year

Eastside High School guidance counselor, Dr. Tina Daniel-Reasey, was recently named the Region IV Secondary Counselor of the Year by the Georgia School Counselors Association. As part of the award, Daniel-Reasey received a $1,000 scholarship for EHS to award to a graduating senior from PROBE. She also received a personal award of $300. "This was such an honor," said Daniel-Reasey. "When you look at the other region nominees, it's such an honor to be included with them. They are amazing counselors." Daniel-Reasey added that the $1,000 scholarship was "a great surprise! It's a phenomenal thing to ...

April 02, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford University's Dr. Tiffany Stern to lecture at Oxford College

Dr. Tiffany Stern, Bouverie fellow and tutor in English at University College, Oxford; lecturer in English, Oxford University; and a noted scholar of Shakespeare and the history of the theater, will present a lecture on performing Shakespearean drama on Wednesday, April 1, at 7:00 pm in Tarbutton Performing Arts Center at Oxford College of Emory University. Dr. Stern will be at Oxford College for one week in which, in addition to delivering her lecture, she will be a guest lecturer in classes at both Oxford College and Emory College. During the week, she will also conduct a master class ...

April 01, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System announces changes in grade level designations at theme schools

The Newton County School Board has approved Newton County School Superintendent Dr. Steve Whatley's recommendation to designate the parent involvement theme school located at Fairview Elementary as a primary school for kindergarten through grade three. The parent involvement theme school at Clements Middle will be designated an intermediate school for grades four through eight. The Fairview and Clements theme schools had originally been slated for kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth grade through eighth grade, respectively.

March 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Fall 2008 Honor Roll

Mansfield Elementary School announces its honor roll for fall semester.

March 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford College offers free introduction to fly fishing

Oxford College is offering a free class entitled Discover Fly Fishing: An Introduction. The three-hour session will consist of an overview of basic skills and equipment used in fly fishing. By the end of the course, participants will have a basic understanding of the sport of fly fishing and will be able to demonstrate a variety of fly-fishing casts.

March 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford College to host lecture on the virtues of violence

Oxford College will host a lecture by Kathleen Coleman Friday, entitles The Virtues of Violence: Gladiators, Bests and Public Executions in Ancient Rome.

March 24, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Mills Peace Lecture will feature Rev. Sammy Clark

Rev. Samuel Clark, former chaplain of Oxford College of Emory University, will return to the campus Thursday, March 26, to deliver the 2009 Samuel W. Mills Peace Lecture. This program series was established by John A. Mills III and Elizabeth W. Mills, parents of Sam Mills, an Oxford alumnus who was killed on bicycling accident in 1986, his senior year at Emory College. The lectures, now hosted by Oxford's Pierce Program in Religion, reflect the interests of Mills, who placed great importance on his rural Georgia heritage and ties to family and local folkways, while also working for national ...

March 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System students win numerous awards at Regional Science Fair

Newton County School System students represented the school district extremely well at the recent Griffin RESA Regional Science Fair held on Feb. 27, with 23 coming home with either first, second or third place awards. The Newton County students competed against students from Fayette, Henry, Griffin-Spalding, Butts, Pike, Lamar and Thomaston Upson county schools. All first place winners and alternates will proceed to the state competition, which will be held at the University of Georgia on April 1-4.

March 20, 2009 | Staff Report | Education


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