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BOE receives 5-year technology proposal

COVINGTON, Ga. - According to Adam Phyall, Newton County School System's (NCSS's) director of technology and media services, 60 percent of NCSS's 15 ...

August 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Piedmont Academy welcomes new students

MONTICELLO, Ga. - Piedmont Academy kicked off the 2017-2018 school year with 27 new students Aug. 10.

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Indian Creek Middle School students are reading and riding

COVINGTON, Ga. - Indian Creek Middle School students are reading and riding this school year thanks to media specialist, Lori McGovern, who recently installed an exercise ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Ribbity Ribbitz Embroidery supports Newton County Theme School PTO

COVINGTON, Ga. - Ribbity Ribbitz Embroidery, a longtime partner in education with Newton County Theme School (NCTS), recently presented principal Dr. Naomi Cobb and school PTO ...

August 15, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Students attend summer leadership camp

COVINGTON, Ga. - This summer 44 students from Newton County attended Summer Leadership Camp (SLC) at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington, on the banks of ...

August 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton County School System to Delay Dismissal on August 21 for Solar Eclipse

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County School System (NCSS) will delay dismissal by 45 minutes on Monday, Aug. 21 due to the expected solar eclipse, and ...

August 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Eastside/NCCA student named 2017 Georgia Northeast Region Work-Based Learning Student of the Year

COVINGTON, Ga. - Eastside High School (EHS) and Newton College & Career Academy (NCCA) senior, Allen Miller, was recently awarded the 2017 Georgia Northeast Region Work-Based Learning ...

August 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Newton BOE extends superintendent’s contract, increases salary

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Board of Education (BOE) has extended Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey's contract for an additional year. By unanimous vote, school board ...

July 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces 2016-2017 Georgia Milestones Assessment results

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) has released Newton County School System's (NCSS) results from the 2015-16 administration of the Georgia Milestones ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS announces 2017 AP scholars

COVINGTON, Ga. - Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce 83 students have earned Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Golden State Foods Foundation donates book bags, school supplies for NCSS students

COVINGTON, Ga. - Golden State Foods Foundation has donated backpacks full of school supplies for Newton County School System (NCSS) students. In all, 300 backpacks stuffed ...

July 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Three Ring Studios announces scholarship exclusively for Newton, Rockdale

COVINGTON, Ga. - Rahim Charania, president of Three Ring Studios (TRS), announced a special scholarship, exclusively for students in Newton and Rockdale County to attend Georgia ...

July 22, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Summertime is school and college construction time

COVINGTON, Ga. - It happens every year. Summertime, when the students are mostly away, is a time ripe for renovation and construction projects on school and ...

July 16, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Georgia Piedmont Technical College students awarded medals

Georgia Piedmont Technical College students were big winners during the 53rd Annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference held recently in Louisville, Kentucky. More ...

July 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford’s Robert Hight graduates from Tulane University

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Tulane University awarded degrees to nearly 2,800 graduates on May 20 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Local student, Robert ...

July 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


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Wyatt Galloway heading to Naval Academy

COVINGTON, Ga. - Wyatt Galloway's dream of attending the U.S. Naval Academy and then entering the Marine Corps started in fifth grade. Years later, the first part of that dream is coming true.

May 04, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Adult education classes offered free of charge

COVINGTON, PORTERDALE, Ga. - Action Ministries, Newton County Community Partnership and Newton READS have partnered together with Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) to provide free Adult Basic Education/GED classes.

May 01, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


NCSS students selected for Governor’s Honors Program

Eight Newton County School System (NCSS) students have been selected to participate in the 2017 Governor's Honors Program (GHP) this summer. The prestigious Governor's Honors Program is a four-week summer instructional program at Berry College in Rome, Georgia for gifted and talented high school sophomores and juniors. This year's session runs from June 18-July 15, 2017.

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Shannon Buff to be Newton High principal

COVINGTON, Ga. - Shannon Buff, director of secondary schools, is getting a new job within the Newton County School System (NCSS). Starting July 1 she will become principal for Newton High School. In that role, she will replace John Ellenberg who is resigning at the end of the school year.

April 30, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


NCSS announces kindergarten round-up dates and procedures

Newton County School System will conduct Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2017-2018 school year next week. Children must be 5 years old by September 1, 2017, to register for the upcoming school year. Parents should make plans to bring the prospective kindergarten student with them to the round-up so teachers can conduct screenings with the children. (Children currently enrolled in Newton County School System's Pre-K program do not need to attend Kindergarten Round-Up.)

April 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


School system reviews draft 2017-2018 budget

At an April 25 special called meeting, Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education (BOE) members and administrators reviewed an early draft of the NCSS's tentative budget for 2017-2018. The tentative budget now will be finalized and acted on at the BOE's May 9 meeting. Whatever version is approved will be published in The Covington News, the legal organ of Newton County, and thus made available for public review and comment.

April 26, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


GSU celebrates Earth Day

Georgia State University's Newton Campus celebrated Earth Day April 20 by bringing in vendors and exhibitors from all over Newton County, including a beekeeper, representatives from Snapping Shoals EMC local artists, Burge Organic Farm, Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful, and others. The program was coordinated by Dr. Sallie Paschal, the Newton Campus faculty advisor for the campus Earth Club.

April 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Fairview Elementary excited about its Little Free Libraries

"This class believes that time spent reading is time well spent," Jan Hudson, fourth grade teacher for Fairview Elementary School, said.

April 21, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


BOE hires new Indian Creek principal

COVINGTON, Ga - Swade Huff will become Indian Creek Middle School's new principal starting July 10. He will replace Renee Mallard who is leaving at the end of this school year to pursue other career opportunities.

April 13, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


Flint Hill Elementary School removed from State Focus School List

The Georgia Department of Education (DOE) has announced that Flint Hill Elementary School (FHES) has met the exit criteria and is no longer on the state's Focus List. Flint Hill had been named a 2015 Focus School because of an achievement gap that existed at that time between the school's highest and lowest performing subgroups.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Local Students on the Dean’s and President's Lists at Presbyterian College

One local student from Covington, Musashi Briem, earned a 3.30 GPA and the honor of the Dean's List at Presbyterian College for the Fall Semester of the 2016-2017 academic year.

April 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


NCSS elementary students win 2017 Young Georgia Authors Regional Writing Competition

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that three NCSS elementary school students won first place at the 2017 Griffin RESA Regional Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition. Each of the students won their grade-level in the district competition and then competed with grade-level winners from the following school systems assigned to the Griffin Regional Educational Services Agency (RESA): Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding and Thomaston-Upson.

March 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Education


Oxford sophomores honor fallen students

The 2017 sophomore class of Oxford College honored two members of the Oxford community by naming a room in Candler Hall after them March 29.

March 31, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Education


Newton High School principal announces resignation

Newton High School principal John Ellenberg has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the school year.

March 24, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Education


Legislators seek to give BOE authority to set salaries

Newton County's four legislators could not come to a unanimous yes or no decision about the Newton County School System (NCSS) Board of Education's (BOE's) request for a salary increase for each member of the BOE. So they agreed to give the BOE authority to make its own decisions about future salary increases.

March 24, 2017 | Duane M. Ford | Education


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