Congratulations to Alcovy High School and Newton College & Career Academy senior, Carlos De Leon-Mora, one of this week's NCSS Scholars of the Week!
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Parents of 8th grade students--the final semester of your 8th-grader's middle school career is quickly coming to a close. That means he or she should now be making plans for high school. One opportunity open to rising 9th-Grade students is the NCCA STEM Institute. If you would like more information on this exciting educational program, which is located at the Newton College & Career Academy campus, you are invited to participate in a Zoom Open House on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Check the information in the flyer below to attend the Open House and see how NCCA STEM can help harness your student's potential and propel him or her into the future!
The Newton County Board of Education elected new leaders for 2022. Mrs. Shakila Henderson-Baker will serve as Board Chair with Mrs. Abigail Coggin serving as Vice-Chair for the year. Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey officially presented the gavel to Mrs. Henderson-Baker after the meeting. Congratulations to both ladies!
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📚🌟 Celebrating National Literacy Month with Newton County School System! 🌟📚
Hello, NCSS community! As we continue our festivities for National Literacy Month, we're excited to bring you something special today.
Join us in watching a heartwarming video featuring none other than our very own Director of Technology Services, Mr. Craig Dinn! In this video, he shares excerpts from one of his all-time favorite books, "The Good Egg" by Jory John.
But that's not all! We have a special message for our students. We encourage each and every one of you to make a pit stop at your school library and pick out a brand-new book to dive into. Whether you're into adventures, mysteries, or tales of friendship, there's something for everyone waiting to be discovered.
And to all the wonderful parents out there, we want to highlight the incredible impact you can have on your child's literacy journey. Remember, setting the example by reading to your children every day not only fosters a love for reading but also creates cherished bonding moments.
Let's keep the literary magic alive throughout this month and beyond!
🌟 Student Spotlight: Journee Brown 🌟
It's that time of the week again when we shine a spotlight on one of our outstanding students, and this week, we're thrilled to introduce you to Journee Brown, a remarkable third-grader at Flint Hill Elementary School!
Journee is a shining example of hard work and kindness. She consistently goes above and beyond to complete her work with unwavering dedication and fidelity. Whether it's a challenging math problem or a creative writing assignment, you can count on Journee to give it her all.
But Journee's excellence isn't limited to academics alone. She embodies the spirit of friendship and compassion at school. She's always there to lend a helping hand to her classmates, her teacher, or even a student from another class. Journee's willingness to assist others is truly heartwarming and a testament to her character.
One of the things that make Journee stand out is her commitment to the HOWL PBIS protocol. She consistently demonstrates kindness and inclusivity, making sure that every person in the school feels welcome each and every day.
Join us in celebrating Journee Brown and her outstanding contributions to her school community. Let's give her a virtual round of applause for being such an amazing student and friend. Keep shining, Journee! 🌟✨
Congratulations to Alcovy High School & NCCA STEM Institute junior, Francisco Alvarado, for being selected as one of only 69 students in the state of Georgia to serve on State School Superintendent Richard Woods' 2023-2024 Student Advisory Council.
📚🌟 Celebrating National Literacy Month with Dr. Ebony Smith! 🌟📚
Hey there, Newton County School System family! 🎉
As we continue to celebrate National Literacy Month, we're thrilled to share a special treat with you all today. Our very own NCSS Coordinator of Assessment and Accountability, Dr. Ebony Smith, has taken some time to share her love for reading with all of us.
In this heartwarming video, Dr. Smith is reading excerpts from one of her all-time favorite books, "My Voice is a Trumpet" by the talented Jimmie Allen.
But the celebration doesn't stop there! We want to encourage all of our amazing students to make a pitstop at their school library this month. Discover a world of adventure, knowledge, and imagination by picking up an exciting new book to read. Let's dive into the magic of words together!
And to all the parents out there, we want to remind you just how vital your role is in nurturing a love for reading in your children. Set the example by reading with them, to them, and encouraging their curiosity. Together, we can inspire a lifelong passion for learning!
Let's keep the National Literacy Month festivities going strong, NCSS family! hare your own favorite books, reading moments, or any tips you have for encouraging literacy in the comments below. Let's make this a month of celebration and growth for all of our students! 📚📝
🌟✨ Surprising our Incredible Teachers! 🌟✨
We had an absolutely unforgettable day on Thursday, September 14 when the Newton County School System Prize Patrol embarked on a heartwarming journey across Newton County to celebrate and surprise our top three Teacher of the Year finalists!
Bursting into classrooms with smiles, flowers, and balloons, we couldn't be more excited to share the joy and appreciation with these extraordinary educators.
Join us on this heartwarming adventure as we celebrate the dedication, passion, and hard work of these remarkable teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of our students every day.
Stay tuned for the big announcement of our 2024 Newton County School System Teacher of the Year, this Thursday, September 28, and let's give these educators the recognition they truly deserve!
Congratulations to Newton High School and Newton College & Career Academy senior, Braden Ellis--one of this week's NCSS Scholars of the Week!
📚🌟 National Literacy Month Celebrations Continue! 🌟📚
Hello Newton County School System community!
We're thrilled to keep the spirit of National Literacy Month alive and thriving in our district. Today, we have something special to share with you all – a delightful video featuring our very own NCSS Instructional Technology Coordinator, Ms. Ijeoma Johnson!
In this video, Ms. Johnson takes us on a journey through the pages of "Festival of Colors" by Kabir and Surishtha Sehgal, one of her absolute favorite books.
But the fun doesn't stop there! We want YOU to dive into the world of literature and discover your own favorites. Here's how you can get started:
1️⃣ Log in to your Launchpad account.
2️⃣ Click on the Sora online library.
3️⃣ Explore a world of captivating stories at your fingertips!
And if you prefer the charm of a physical book, don't forget to visit your school library and check out a book that catches your eye.
Let's keep the pages turning and the imaginations soaring, Newton County! Happy reading, and let us know what literary adventures you embark on this month. Share your favorite reads in the comments below!
Congratulations to Newton High School and NCCA STEM Institute senior, Tre'von Davis, one of this week's NCSS Scholars of the Week!
Congratulations to the Eastside High School 2023 Homecoming Court!
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Breanna McKibben, Milonnia Shamsiddin, Laura Shepard, Brianna Leverett, Jackson DeLoach, Serenity Hays, Ruthie Chism, Destiny Carter, Bailey Franklin
Second Row (L to R):
Kaydence Cargile, Myah Dunston, Kennady Dennis, Presley Jewell, Blythe Edgar, Amanda Hunter
Third Row (L to R):
Jacorey Jackson, Raiden Avery, Gabe Guerrero, Grayson Poynter, Cameron Brown, Johnny Redmond III, Bailey Benson
Back Row (L to R):
Dae'vion Clark, Micah Mostek, Gavin Pate, Fernando Portillo, Luke Rister, Jefferson Moss, Demitrius Simplice, Tyler Marks
📚🌟 Celebrating National Literacy Month in Style! 🌟📚
Hey Newton County School System family! We're keeping the National Literacy Month celebrations going strong, and today, we've got something really special for you.
Our retired school superintendent, the amazing Mrs. Samantha Fuhrey, is taking us on a literary adventure! She's going to share some captivating excerpts from one of her all-time favorite books, "Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All" by Laura Ruby.
Get ready to be transported to a world of imagination and wonder!
But wait, there's more! If you're feeling inspired and want to dive into this book or explore another literary gem, here's how you can do it:
1️⃣ Log in to your Launchpad account.
2️⃣ Click on the Sora online library.
3️⃣ You can find "Thirteen Doorways Wolves Behind Them All" there or, if you prefer the feel of a physical book, don't forget to swing by your school library!
Let's keep the pages turning and the stories flowing this National Literacy Month.
🌟 Employee Spotlight of the Week 🌟
We are thrilled to shine a well-deserved spotlight on Newton County STEAM Academy assistant principal, Ms. Jeannie Whitehead!
Ms. Whitehead is the embodiment of dedication and compassion. She's always ready to roll up her sleeves and jump in wherever she's needed. Whether it's car rider duty, ensuringthat students have a hearty breakfast and lunch, or managing testing for the school, she does it all with a smile.
Not only does she handle middle school discipline with grace and patience, but she also has a unique talent for working with parents and students to quickly diffuse any challenging situations.
When asked about her love for working at Newton County Schools, Ms. Whitehead beautifully summed it up: "I love Newton County Schools because, no matter how large we are, we are still a family. Relationships matter. Students are our first priority, and we believe that respectful partnerships among students, staff, parents, and the community are essential for student success. To quote Maya Angelou, and I've always stood by this: 'People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.'"
Thank you, Ms. Whitehead, for making everyone at Newton County STEAM Academy feel valued, heard, and supported. Your dedication to your school community is truly exceptional.
ATTENTION PARENTS OF MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Newton College and Career Academy is thrilled to invite you to Engineerfest: A Night of Fun and Innovation on October 3rd, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This event, in collaboration with Newton College and Career Academy, Georgia Piedmont Technical College and the Chamber of Commerce, offers an exciting opportunity for students, parents, and the community.
Experience what it’s like to fly a drone, drive competition robots, and test operating simulators. Get a sneak peek at the latest Rivian SUV. Attendees also have a chance to play carnival style games and win prizes. One lucky attendee will win a $100.00 gift card.
Join us for a night of exploration of the engineering field, setting you on a path of fun and innovation. Register: bit.ly/engineerfest
📚📖 Celebrating National Literacy Month with Ms. Shebrie Jones! 📖📚
Hello Newton County School System family! As we continue to celebrate National Literacy Month, we are thrilled to bring you a special treat today.
Join us in watching Ms. Shebrie Jones, one of our amazing Instructional Technology Specialists, as she reads excerpts from one of her all-time favorite books, "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker Rees.
In the spirit of this celebration, we want to encourage all of our students to dive into the wonderful world of reading! And guess what? Getting your hands on a fantastic book has never been easier. Here's how:
1️⃣ Log in to your Launchpad account.
2️⃣ Click on the Sora online library.
3️⃣ Explore this fantastic book or, if you prefer, visit your school library to check out a physical copy!
Let's make this National Literacy Month one for the books! Share your reading adventures with us using and let's inspire each other to read, learn, and grow together.
Happy reading, Newton County! 📖🎉
Congratulations to Eastside High School senior, Destiny Carter, one of this week's NCSS Scholars of the Week!
📚🎉 Continuing our National Literacy Month celebrations in the Newton County School System! 🎉📚
Today, we are thrilled to share a special video featuring Dr. Jennifer Williams, our Director of Instructional Technology & Media Services, as she reads an excerpt from one of her all-time favorite books, "Summer Jackson Grown Up" by Teresa E. Harris.
Dr. Williams' passion for literature shines through as she brings the story to life, and we can't help but be inspired by her love for reading.
To all our incredible students, we encourage you to make a trip to your school library and discover an amazing book to dive into. The possibilities are endless when you open the pages of a book!
And to our amazing parents, let's join in on the reading fun! Share the joy of reading with your children and explore the world of imagination together.
Let's keep the momentum going and celebrate National Literacy Month with a commitment to reading and learning. Together, we can inspire a lifelong love for books and knowledge in our community.
🌟 NCSS Student Spotlight: Francisco Alvarado 🌟
This week, we're shining the spotlight on one of our incredible students, Francisco Alvarado, a junior at Alcovy High School and the NCCA STEM Institute.
Francisco is the embodiment of positivity and hard work. He's always wearing a smile and is ever-ready to lend a helping hand to his classmates, whether he knows them or not. His dedication to his peers doesn't go unnoticed; several students turn to him during class for guidance, and he's always there to assist them.
But Francisco's commitment to STEM education doesn't stop there. He's an integral part of the STEM Bus team at NCCA, where he helps organize events that bring the excitement of STEM to our community. He's passionate about encouraging young people to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Additionally, Francisco is a valued member of the STEM council, where he plays a vital role in planning exciting events for our STEM students, from fun-filled lock-ins to spirited spirit days.
Francisco, thank you for your unwavering dedication, your enthusiasm for learning, and your commitment to making STEM education accessible and enjoyable for all. You're truly a shining star in our Newton County School System!
Let's all give Francisco a round of applause for his outstanding contributions! 👏👏👏
📚🎉 Celebrating National Literacy Month with Newton County School System! 🎉📚
Hello NCSS community! We're excited to continue our National Literacy Month celebrations, and today, we have a special treat for you.
Introducing Dr. Keith Benton, our Director of Student & Family Support, who has graciously taken the time to share some excerpts from his all-time favorite book, "The Last Play" by Myles Garrett.
We want to encourage all our amazing students to embrace the magic of reading during National Literacy Month. Visit your school library and discover a treasure trove of books waiting for you to explore. Whether you're into adventure, mystery, fantasy, or non-fiction, there's something for everyone.
Let's make this September a month filled with wonderful stories, shared moments, and a lifelong love for reading.
Congratulations to Alcovy High School and Newton College & Career Academy senior, Karina Caraballo, one of this week's NCSS Scholars of the Week!
Newton County School System is thrilled to announce the installation of state-of-the-art Pixellot cameras in the gymnasiums of all three of our high schools—Alcovy High, Eastside High, and Newton High—along with Sharp Stadium. This groundbreaking initiative, completed during the 2022-2023 school year, aims to provide an unparalleled high school athletics viewing experience for our community.
📚🎉 Celebrating National Literacy Month with NCSS! 📖🌟
As part of our ongoing celebrations for National Literacy Month, we have something special to share with you today. Our very own Lori McGovern, the Instructional Technology and Media Services specialist at Newton County School System, has a passion for reading, and she's excited to share an excerpt from her favorite book, "The Unteachables" by Gordon Korman.
Watch Lori's video as she brings this captivating story to life!
Students, if you'd like to dive into "The Unteachables" and join in on the reading fun, here's how you can get your hands on the book:
1️⃣ Log in to your Launchpad account.
2️⃣ Click on the Sora online library.
3️⃣ Explore this fantastic book or visit your school library to check out a copy!
Let's continue celebrating the joy of reading together during National Literacy Month. 📚❤️ Happy reading, everyone!
NEW TEACHER HIGHLIGHT | We are excited to welcome Ms. Jessica Turberville to NCSS! Ms. Turberville will be teaching 6th grade Math and Science at Newton County Steam Academy. She has worked as a 9th grade Special Education (Biology co-teacher, 7th Grade Biology, and 6th grade Earth and Space Science teacher.) She has also been a Science Olympiad Head Coach for several years. She recently was awarded a fellowship at UCONN to learn about the use of Virtual Reality in Naval Engineering and how to incorporate principles and practices into her math and science classroom. She has earned her Bachelor's in Psychology and Master’s in Gifted Education. In her spare time, she enjoys fishing, raising goats, and spending time with family.
When asked why she wanted to become a teacher, Ms. Turberville said, “I had so many teachers that had such a wonderful impact on my life. I grew up in rural Kentucky and without their influence I would have never known the possibilities that existed outside of my tiny world. They invested time and attention in me and because of that I am who I am today.”
We look forward to having Ms. Turberville as a part of the Newton County Steam Academy team. Welcome, Ms. Turberville!
🎉🌟 Exciting News from Newton County School System! 🌟🎉
We are thrilled to share the joyous moments from our surprise classroom visits to our top three finalists for Newton County School System Teacher of the Year! 🏆🍎
With hearts full of gratitude and admiration, we barged into each of the teacher's classrooms, showering them with flowers 🌷 and balloons 🎈 to let them know that they had risen to the pinnacle of educational excellence. These remarkable educators have consistently gone above and beyond for our students, and they received the recognition they truly deserve!
But the surprises didn't stop there! Our interim superintendent, Benjamin Roundtree, along with our board of education members, central office staff, supportive school administrators, and the teachers' loving family members all joined us in these unforgettable visits. Together, we celebrated the dedication and passion that makes our teachers shine.
Now, the journey continues as our finalists prepare for the next stage of this prestigious competition. Our Teacher of the Year judges will be observing each finalist in action, doing what they do best - teaching!
The teacher with the highest vote total, taking into account essays, interviews, and classroom observations, will be crowned Newton County School System's 2024 Teacher of the Year!
We invite you all to join us in supporting these outstanding educators--Ms. Jenica Brittingham, Alcovy High School; Dr. Cecily Gunter, Newton College & Career Academy; and Ms. Kimberly Ralston, Livingston Elementary School--on their path to recognition. Their commitment to shaping the future of our community deserves to be celebrated.
Stay tuned for updates and let's cheer on our finalists as they strive for greatness!
ATTENTION PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!
Do you know what to expect when visiting colleges or the questions to ask? Learn how to prepare for college visits next Monday, September 18th, at 6:30 pm with NCSS College and Career Specialist, Kayla Walker and Guest, Tyler Pennington, Visits Coordinator. Register at newtonccr.com/events
📚🌟 Continuing our celebration of National Literacy Month! 🌟📚
Hey there, amazing students and parents!
We hope you're all as excited as we are to keep the literary magic alive during National Literacy Month. To add a special touch to our celebration, we have a treat for you all today.
Our very own principal of Rocky Plains Elementary School, Dr. Ryan James, has taken some time out of his busy schedule to share his love for reading with all of you. In a heartwarming video, he's reading excerpts from his absolute favorite book, "The Color Monster."
"The Color Monster" is a captivating tale that explores emotions and helps us understand them better. It's a fantastic book for both kids and adults alike, and we encourage you all to dive into its colorful pages.
But where can you find this wonderful book, you ask? Well, there's no need to worry! You can find "The Color Monster" waiting for you at your local school and county libraries. Simply drop by and check it out, and let the magic of storytelling take you on an adventure!
Remember, reading is a superpower that can transport you to different worlds, expand your horizons, and ignite your imagination. So, let's keep turning those pages!
Happy National Literacy Month, everyone!
NCSS Announces Top 3 Finalists for Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Ms. Kimberly Ralston, second grade teacher at Livingston Elementary School! She is a top three finalist for Newton County School System 2024 Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Dr. Cecily Gunter, Agricultural Education instructor at Newton College & Career Academy for being a top three finalist for Newton County School System 2024 Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Ms. Jenica Brittingham, Theatre and Fine Arts teacher at Alcovy High School for being named one of the top three finalists for Newton County School System 2024 Teacher of the Year!
The NCSS prize patrol is rolling! What could be happening today? Stay tuned for exciting news!
Something special is happening in NCSS this morning! Keep watching our page for details!!!
DON'T FORGET! Tomorrow (Friday, September 15) is an EARLY RELEASE DAY for Parent/Teacher Conferences. https://www.newtoncountyschools.org/departments/public_relations/news/september_2023_early_release_day
🌟 Employee Spotlight: Meet Mr. David Brooks 🌟
Today, we shine the spotlight on one of our incredible team members, Mr. David Brooks, a Facilities Technician at our Service Center. David truly embodies the spirit of dedication and kindness that makes our Newton County School System family so special.
David has been described as "Johnny on the spot" by those who've had the privilege of working with him. He's the guy who's always ready to lend a helping hand, with tools in hand and a smile on his face. But recently, he went above and beyond in an extraordinary way.
In a heartwarming act of kindness, David responded to an urgent service call when one of our BOE employees accidentally lost a cherished family heirloom down the drain. This ring held immense sentimental value, having been passed down through the generations. Our employee's mother passed the ring on to her and that particular day marked the 16th anniversary of her mother's passing. Losing it on such a day was particularly heartbreaking.
But David, with his expertise and determination, took the sink apart and found the precious ring. His actions not only retrieved a priceless heirloom but also put a smile on our colleague's face and renewed her hope in the goodness of humanity. This is just like David—always going the extra mile to make a difference.
When asked why he loves working for Newton County Schools, David shared, "It's just a different challenge every day. We have a wide scope of what we do, maybe fishing a ring out of a sink or repairing lights, we never know. Every day is a different challenge."
David, thank you for your unwavering dedication, your positive attitude, and your ability to turn challenges into triumphs. You are a true asset to our team, and we're grateful to have you in the Newton County School System family.
📚🌟 Join us in celebrating National Literacy Month with a special treat! 🌟📚
We're excited to share a video featuring our very own Dr. Shelia Thomas, from the Newton County School System, as she reads excerpts from one of her all-time favorite books.
National Literacy Month is the perfect time for parents to bond with their students over a great book. Whether you're looking for this particular book or other fantastic reads, you can find them at your local public library or, even easier, through your child's LaunchPad account! Just head to Sora and dive into a world of captivating stories to enjoy together.
Let's make this National Literacy Month one to remember!
🌟 **Student Spotlight: Madison Forsythe** 🌟
Let's take a moment to applaud the incredible dedication and community spirit of one of our brightest stars at Newton College & Career Academy and Newton High School - Madison Forsythe!
Madison's commitment to making a positive impact is truly inspiring. She's been actively involved with HOSA and FCCLA, consistently volunteering her time to better our community. This summer, she showcased her talents at the State Conferences, demonstrating her passion and dedication to these organizations.
But that's not all! Madison's dedication goes beyond the norm. She's taken on the role of State Officer for HOSA, a prestigious position she earned through a rigorous selection process.
Her hard work and dedication also shine in the workplace, as evidenced by her stellar employer evaluations, which earned her the title of August WBL Student of the Month.
Madison's heart extends to our local community as well. As a Junior Volunteer at Piedmont Newton Hospital, she brightened patients' days by creating beautiful Valentine's Day cards.
She's been a helping hand to the City of Covington at Legion Field and has actively participated in numerous initiatives focused on mental health, including HOSA Blood Drives and Kick the Habit campaigns.
Madison's impact is so profound that she was recently featured in the Newton Community Magazine, showcasing the wonderful contributions she makes to our community.
Madison, you are not only extremely intelligent but also incredibly well-rounded. Your understanding of the importance of giving back at such a young age is remarkable. You're a true role model for us all.
Join us in congratulating Madison Forsythe on her outstanding achievements and her commitment to making our community a better place!
Newton County School System and the Newton County Chamber of Commerce are proud to present our 2023-2024 School Level Teachers of the Year! One of these amazing teachers will soon be named the 2024 NCSS Teacher of the Year!
🇺🇸 Today, on 9/11 Remembrance Day, we stand together as a community to honor and remember the lives lost on that fateful day. We at Newton County Schools will never forget.
Where were you when the towers came down? Share your memories and reflections in the comments below as we pay tribute to the resilience and strength of our nation.
Enjoy our final action album from the Eastside vs. Alcovy football game at Homer Sharp Stadium Friday night.
Here's our first album of game action at the Eastside vs. Alcovy football game Friday night. The Eagles were just too tough for the Tigers, winning by a score of 31-0.
What an outstanding performance by Alcovy High School's "Big Sound" Friday night! Kudos to the Tiger's band!
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