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Ryan McKenzie

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Newton County parent expresses concerns over rap song mentioned in student’s assignment

A Newton County parent has expressed concern about the appropriateness of a portion of the curriculum in his son’s classroom.

Newton County School System elects new chair and vice chair, schedules 2015 meetings

The Newton County Board of Education is preparing for 2015, approving its meeting schedule for the year as well as some changes in chair positions.

Newton County Board of Education considers purchase of Clear Touch interactive panels for classrooms

The Newton County School System is contemplating the purchase of new interactive touchscreen panels for classrooms.

Newton County parent expresses concerns over rap song mentioned in student's assignment

A Newton County parent has expressed concern about the appropriateness of a portion of the curriculum in his son’s classroom.

Georgia Perimeter College halts athletic recruiting pending consolidation with Georgia State University

Georgia Perimeter College has suspended recruitment for all of its athletic divisions, and will likely not have any athletic teams next year.

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Darren Berry named as Newton County School System's new director of Student Services

The Newton County School System has hired a new Director of Student Services.

Newton County School System implements new mental healthcare system

A new mental health services program is in the works for the Newton County School System.

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Oxford College students and staff spruce up portion of Oxford Trail | PHOTOS

Oxford College students and staff spruce up portion of Oxford Trail.

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Edwards Middle to perform murder mystery play

Edwards Middle to perform murder mystery play.

Rockdale schools to add more teaching positions for 2015-16

Rockdale County Public Schools is looking at a slight increase in the number of certified teaching positions for the upcoming school year.

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Eastside High students rewarded for safe driving

State Farm rewards Eastside High students for safe driving.

Newton County School System considers phone upgrades for a few facilities

The Newton County School System is contemplating some phone system upgrades for a few of its facilities.

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Girl Scouts begin annual sale of cookies | POLL

Cookie lovers can now rejoice as the Girl Scouts have officially begun the annual sale of their popular confection.

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Newton High students donate pillows to local homeless shelter

Newton High students donate pillows to local homeless shelter.

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Newton County Board of Education Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker and Vice-Chair Abigail Coggin sworn in for second terms

Newton County Board of Education Chairwoman Shakila Henderson-Baker and Vice-Chair Abigail Coggin sworn in for second terms.

Rockdale Career Academy to host annual Focused on the Future 5K in February

Rockdale Career Academy is getting ready for a day of running on Feb. 7.

Georgia Department of Education invites parents to take school climate survey

Parents of Rockdale County Public Schools and the Newton County School System are being encouraged to give their input on their students’ schools.

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Georgia State University to merge with Georgia Perimeter College

Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College will soon be one in the same after the University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved a proposal recommending the consolidation of the two schools.

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Miracle League of Newton County searches for players as construction of baseball field nears completion

As the completion of its baseball field grows near, the Miracle League of Newton County will be registering new players.

Georgia Department of Labor indicates unemployment drop in Rockdale and Newton

Unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton counties are slowly but steadily dropping, a shift that has been trending statewide for the past few months.

Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce to hold Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner

As the new year approaches, the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce is preparing to hold its 2015 Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.

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Conyers native raises money for local children in need this holiday season

Santa Claus may have some competition as a Conyers native and young philanthropist brought the holidays a little closer to home for a few local families in need.

Newton Board of Education renews contract with Beam Enterprises to maintain kitchens

The Newton County School System has renewed a contract to maintain the upkeep of its schools’ kitchens.

Newton County School System to hold Third Annual Innovation Expo

The Newton County School System is amping up for a exhibition featuring innovations in classroom technology.

West Newton Elementary removed from Georgia Department of Education's State Focus School list

West Newton Elementary has been removed from the Georgia Department of Education’s list of State Focus Schools due to improved achievement.

Rockdale and Newton schools see large numbers of students absent recently

Area schools are seeing significant numbers of students absent recently, with illnesses playing a role in students’ being away from the classroom.

Newton County schools approve calendar for 2015-16

The Newton County School System approved a 180-day student calendar for the upcoming school year.

Rockdale and Newton schools see drop in CCRPI scores, but exceed state average

Rockdale County Public Schools and the Newton County School System have seen an overall drop in their College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores in the last year, but some area scores exceeded that of the state average and improved from last year.

Georgia Perimeter, Piedmont Technical address high-demand careers

Gov. Deal’s recently released High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) addressed the future needs for Georgia’s workforce, and local schools have been reviewing their programs to approach these needs.

Several Oak Hill Elementary students still absent after gastroenteritis

Oak Hill Elementary is still indicating a significant number of student absences after a gastroenteritis virus outbreak was reported at the school last week.

Boyz to Men of Honor to hold holiday celebration

A local organization is amping up for its third annual Christmas celebration, bringing the season to families in need of some holiday cheer.

Georgia Perimeter, Piedmont Technical address high-demand careers

Gov. Deal’s recently released High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) addressed the future needs for Georgia’s workforce, and local schools have been reviewing their programs to approach these needs.

Georgia Perimeter College Newton Campus address Gov. Deal’s High Demand Career Initiative

Gov. Deal’s recently released High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) addressed the future needs for Georgia’s workforce, and local schools have been reviewing their programs to approach these needs.

Oak Hill reports more than 80 students absent on Thursday due to viral outbreak

Oak Hill Elementary was closed on Friday after more than 80 cases of gastroenteritis were reported on Thursday, but the school is still planning to resume a normal schedule on Monday.

Gastroenteritis outbreak results in Friday closing at Oak Hill Elementary

An outbreak of gastroenteritis at Oak Hill Elementary has resulted in the school closing on Friday.

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Newton College & Career Academy certifies students in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt qualifications

Twenty-three students at the Newton College & Career Academy have received certification for participating in a new program at the school.

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Newton County students place in annual Literacy Days competition

Students in the Newton County School System placed in a recent literary competition, resulting in West Newton and the Newton County Theme School receiving several wins.

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Newton schools on par with state on Student Growth Model and Student Growth Percentile

The Newton County School System is relatively on par with the rest of the state in regard to student growth, according to information released from the Georgia Department of Education.

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All Rockdale and Newton schools improve Georgia High School Writing Test scores

Georgia High School Writing Test scores improved in all Rockdale and Newton county schools in the past year, echoing a slight increase in test scores statewide.

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Theme School students help decorate Newton County School System's Christmas tree

Theme School students help decorate Newton County School System’s Christmas tree.

Rockdale and Newton school staff members to serve on Gov. Deal's Education Advisory Boards

Governor Nathan Deal has selected new members to serve on his Education Advisory Boards, some of which hail from Rockdale and Newton county schools.

Georgia Piedmont Technical College to host forum after Ferguson, MO events

In light of former Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson’s recent and controversial grand jury ruling, Georgia Piedmont Technical College will host a college-wide forum today at two of its campus locations.

Georgia Department of Labor sees unemployment rate drop in Rockdale, Newton

Area unemployment rates in Rockdale and Newton counties dropped slightly in October, reflecting a minor statewide decrease in joblessness.

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Newton Trails continues rails-to-trails effort

Negotiations to utilize a nonfunctioning section of railroad between Newton Trails and Norfolk Southern Railroad continue as Newton Trails has renewed a Notice of Interim Trail Use (NITU).

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Newton High ROTC holds annual Toys for Tots drive

The Newton High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC program is kicking off its annual Toys for Tots campaign, collecting toys for children in need this holiday season.

Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence chooses three teachers for project grants

The Newton Foundation for Educational Excellence has selected three teachers to receive the Fall 2014 Re-Imagine Newton Classroom Grants.

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Frozen, LEGO and various electronics top National Retail Federation's wish list for kids this holiday season

Disney’s Frozen has dethroned Barbie this year as the toy at the top of many children’s holiday wish list, according to the National Retail Federation, with electronics and other toys making the cut as desired presents.

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Covington Fire Department provides safety tips for frying a turkey this Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, many Rockdale and Newton residents are looking forward to indulging in a succulent fried turkey, and the Covington Fire Department has a few safety tips for those wishing to fry their own bird.

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Young Conyers native holds Thanksgiving food drive to benefit those in need

Young Conyers native holds Thanksgiving food drive to benefit those in need.

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United Bank of Covington donates $5,000 to Miracle League of Newton County for baseball field

United Bank of Covington has made an ample donation to the Miracle League of Newton County, paving the way for a new feature to be constructed at its soon-to-be Miracle Field near City Pond Park.

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