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NCSS alumni asked to complete survey

COVINGTON — Are you an alumnus of Newton County Schools? If so, Newton County School System Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey wants to hear from you.

Fuhrey is asking Newton County School System alumni to participate in a brief survey about their lives, including where they live, where they work and if they went to college.

“As superintendent, I want to hear how an education provided by educators of the Newton County Schools prepared the way for success in college and beyond or even a career right out of high school,” said Fuhrey. “I encourage all of our alumni, no matter when they graduated, to complete the brief survey. We know, as a district, we have touched the lives of thousands of students over the years. Our motto is ‘Spirit, Pride, and Excellence’ and I’m certain we have thousands of NCSS graduates out there who, as a result of their education, exemplify that motto. I want to hear from them so I can share their stories.”

The information collected will be compiled and used in a campaign to share stories of success with the community, said Public Relations Director Sherri Davis-Viniard. Personal contact information will be kept confidential.

“It seems like the positive stories often get overshadowed by the negative so we want to take the opportunity to show the many successes generated from Newton County Schools. We encourage all of our alumni to send us their stories,” Davis-Viniard said. Davis-Viniard said it has not yet been determined how the stories will be publicized.

The survey can be downloaded at www.newtoncountyschools.org and returned via mail to Davis-Viniard at 2109 Newton Drive NE, Covington, Georgia 30014. Surveys may also be faxed to 770-385-6915 or emailed to alumni@newton.k12.ga.us.

The school system also is asking for participation in the Online Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Parent Survey, also available at www.newtoncountyschools.org. The survey runs through Sept. 27.

According to the NCSS, the survey results will help school leaders measure stakeholders’ attitudes and help target improvement strategies focused on student achievement as well as school and district effectiveness. Taking the survey will also help stakeholders understand the AdvancED — SACS Standards for Quality Schools and provide a means for learning about what a parent, student or staff member should be looking for in a high-quality school system, according to NCSS.