Newton students released early Friday

Reality Wreck to be held at Alcovy Thursday

COVINGTON — Newton County students will be released early Friday, but only after they bring home their report cards on Thursday.

Report cards will be distributed to Newton County School System students on Thursday.

Oct. 4 was the end of the first nine weeks of school. Progress reports for the second nine-week semester will be issued on Nov. 14 and report cards for the second semester will go home on Jan. 9, after students return to school after the Christmas holidays.

On Friday, all Newton County public schools will release students early for teacher professional learning. Elementary and Newton County Theme School students will be dismissed at 11:15 a.m.; high school students will be released at 12:15 p.m.; and middle school students are scheduled to depart at 1:15 p.m., according to Sherri Viniard, director of public relations for the Newton County School System.

Lunch will be served before students are dismissed and all students who ride school buses home in the afternoons will be transported to their normal bus stops.

In other school news, the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the Alcovy High School Drama Team, will sponsor the 2013 Reality Wreck at Alcovy High School.

“The Reality Wreck is a mock traffic accident that is designed to discourage drivers from engaging in distractions such as texting while driving,” said NCSO Deputy Cortney Morrison.

The NCSO, along with local fire, emergency medical services, Life Flight, the Newton County 911 Center and other agencies will stage the mock accident. The Alcovy Drama Team will participate as accident victims.

“The goal is to make it as realistic as possible so that it will resonate with the audience,” Morrison said.