Walking to a better future: More than 200 students at Oxford College of Emory University participated in the commencement ceremony on Saturday that marked their transition from the 2-year college to the second half of their university education at Emory. Visit www.covnews.com for more pictures from the commencement.
The Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that Newton Medical Center has been named the school system's 2009 Cornerstones Partner of the Year for its outstanding partnership program with East Newton Elementary School. The award was presented at the annual Partners in Education/May Coffee Call sponsored by the school district and the chamber.
Georgia Perimeter College will close the Center for Continuing and Corporate Education effective June 30. A limited number of programs will continue through completion for current participants.
"Like other colleges and universities across the nation, Georgia Perimeter College is at a point that we must make deeper financial reductions in order to weather this rough economic storm," said GPC President Dr. Anthony Tricoli. "While it is necessary to discontinue some elements of this program, the college is committed to preserving our academic quality and our positive relationship with the community."
Oxford College will hold its 163rd commencement exercise on May 8-9. The event will begin with an interfaith service at 5 p.m Friday at Old Church near the historic campus. Approximately 350 students will be graduating from Oxford; having completed their sophomore year, students continue for their junior year on the Atlanta campus of Emory University. Speaker for the commencement ceremony which will be held starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday on the campus will be Dr. James T. Laney, president emeritus of Emory University.
Candice Denise Ballard will be inducted into the Beta Eta Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Georgia Perimeter College on May 5. Ballard, majoring in education/teaching, is the daughter of Terry and Angela Ballard of Oxford.
In a recent speech to the Georgia General Assembly, Gov. Sonny Perdue explained how in the 2007-2008 school year, Georgia colleges graduated only one physics teacher, nine chemistry teachers and 140 math teachers. In an effort to provide students with quality teachers, the Newton County School System sent representatives to India earlier this year.
Dennis Carpenter, associate superintendent for human resources for the NCSS, said the system has signed an agreement with Global Teachers Research and Resources, which allows the system to hire teachers, as needed, in "critical needs areas" through them.
Oxford College announced today that East Village, its student residential complex completed in 2008, has been awarded a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold rating. East Village is Emory University's first newly constructed building to achieve the gold level of certification; in 2005 the Goizueta Business School received a gold-level LEED-EB, which is awarded to existing buildings.
In an update, Newton County School System Special Education Director Cathy Stubbs showed Board of Education members just how far behind the county's special education program is compared to state percentages.
The Newton County Board of Education unanimously approved uniforms for students attending Sharp Learning Center at Tuesday night's board meeting. Sharp teaches attending the meeting seemed excited about the approval.
A community garden project bringing together more than 50 participants from a cross-section of Covington-area groups will put down roots, literally and figuratively, on Saturday, April 25. The Garden of Hope project will plant seeds and starter plants in two garden locations: the grounds of Turner Lake Recreation Center and another location on Turner Lake Circle. This is step two of the project; beds were cleared and prepared on January 19 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2009. Many groups will come together for the planting. During the growing season the gardens will be maintained by students from ...
My first book: Haniyah Harris, a South Salem Elementary second-grader, has published her first book, a fictional tale of a little girl's journey starting at a new school. The 8-year-old was inspired to write the book after she moved from West Newton to South Salem Elementary School this year.
Students in Newton County's elementary and middle schools are preparing to take the annual Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) this week – a test designed to measure how well students acquire the skills and knowledge described in the Georgia Performance Standards.