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Monks begin work on mandala in Oxford

Tibetan Buddhist monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta started work on a sand mandala at the Oxford College Library Monday.

February 20, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


Sand mandala on display at Oxford College

Seven monk artists from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will construct a sand mandala painting in the Oxford College Library over the course of ...

February 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces 2017 Valedictorians, Salutatorians

Newton County School System announced its highest-ranked students of the graduating class of 2017 this week, including the announcement of each high school's valedictorian ...

February 19, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Study: Big data helps struggling college students graduate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. A ...

February 18, 2017 | Maria Danilova Associated Press | Education


Georgia's Teacher of the Year didn't plan to be a teacher

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's 2017 Teacher of the Year didn't plan to be a teacher, but he is urging everyone in the state ...

February 18, 2017 | Mark Rice The Ledger-Enquirer | Education


NCSS, Kiwanis Club of Covington announce 2017 STAR Students, STAR Teachers

Staff Reports

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Historic Partnership Announced between Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Clark Atlanta University

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) and Clark Atlanta University (CAU) have agreed to launch a historic partnership to expand postsecondary educational opportunities, strengthen academic rigor ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Additional advisers help keep students on track

Students at Georgia State University's Perimeter College are receiving added attention, thanks to the hiring of 30 new academic advisers.

February 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Georgia State-Newton’s Daffodil Festival coming

On Valentine's Day, Sallie Paschal, mathematics professor at the Newton Campus of Georgia State University, led an informal "daffodil walk." The walk served as ...

February 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCSS sets the stage to address poverty in Newton County

The Newton County School System (NCSS) sponsored the first of two poverty awareness sessions Feb. 14. Anyone interested in learning more about poverty in the ...

February 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Law Enforcement Academy tries to bridge communication gap

The Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) of Georgia Piedmont Technical College(GPTC) hosted its second week-long session designed to train working police officers in the art ...

February 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Piedmont Academy offers option for Newton County students

Seventy-four Newton County children are enrolled at Piedmont Academy, Monticello this year. That number represents 26 percent of the 280 students studying at this area ...

February 14, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Newton County Theme School announces 2017-2018 application procedures

The Newton County Theme School opened in the fall of 2009 and pilots special features, such as the development and implementation of a program which ...

February 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County Schools celebrate birthday

According to a statement released by Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent, Newton County's first board of education (BOE) was officially formed Feb. 7, 1871.

February 09, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE members to ask for salary increase

At its Feb. 7 meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) debated and then approved a resolution aimed at raising the ...

February 09, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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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. When he asked why she was asking, Breakfield said she was nominating him for an award. He had no idea which award.

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 News about his welcome to the community and what he sees as Oxford College's strengths, opportunities and threats.

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' Student Advisory Council. At its Tuesday meeting, the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education gave special recognition to Brown and Fallah for their appointment.

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 event occurred on Wednesday, April 6 at the Rialto Center for the Arts.

October 11, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Shakila Henderson-Baker elected to GSBA Board of Director

Shakila Henderson-Baker, District 3 representative for the Newton County Board of Education (BOE), was recently elected by the Georgia School Boards Association's (GSBA) Board of Directors. Henderson-Baker will fulfill the remaining term of District 4, vacated by Katrina Young, who was elected Vice-President of the GSBA Board of Directors.

September 28, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Newton, Rockdale school boards to host town hall

The Newton County Board of Education, in conjunction with the Rockdale County Board of Education, will host a town hall meeting at Discover Point Church Thursday for information on the proposed Opportunity School District amendment that will be on the election ballot in November.

September 28, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Education


NCSS SAT scores increase across the board

Newton County School System's (NCSS) overall scores on the SAT increased across the board in 2016. The district posted an 11-point increase in both reading and math and a six-point improvement in writing.

September 27, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Teacher of the Year finalists announced

Tamahia Benton, of Liberty Middle School, Cecily Bullock, of Alcovy High School and Jason Smith, of Newton High School, were named the finalists for Newton County School System's 2017 Teacher of the Year Friday.

September 24, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Teachers of the year announced by NCSS

The Newton County School System (NCSS) announced its teachers of the year for each of its schools Tuesday.

September 20, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Testing presentation highlights Board of Education meeting

The Newton County Board of Education has recently requested permission from the Georgia Department of Education to use the Iowa Assessments from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt rather than the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. During a work session Tuesday evening, the board heard a presentation on the Iowa Assessments testing.

August 10, 2016 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Photos: First day of school

Pictures from around the community as the Newton County School System begins another school year.

August 02, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Summer registration open for 2016-2017 school year

The Newton County School System (NCSS) will conduct summer registration for the 2016-2017 school year from now until Wednesday, July 28, according to the NCSS website.

July 26, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


Board of Education approves contract extension for Superintendent Fuhrey

The Newton County Board of Education extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board members approved her contract extension at the July 19 meeting. As a result of this extension, Fuhrey's contract now runs through the completion of the 2018-2019 school year. This is the third contract extension Fuhrey has received since the board selected her as superintendent in 2013. She was initially offered a three-year contract before assuming the duties as school superintendent on July 1, 2013.

July 25, 2016 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS requests changes to testing

As we get ready to begin another school year, there is an air of excitement. But quickly that excitement can turn to anxiety when it comes to testing.

July 24, 2016 | Mariya Lewter | Education


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