Newton County Schools

Month in Review-January 2022

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Welcome to Newton County Schools', "Month in Review." Our goal is to keep you informed of the many great things taking place in our school system. Enjoy our January 2022 Month in Review!
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Gracie Bates, a junior at Eastside High School, has been selected for the 2022 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Gracie will perform as a soprano in February with the High school Treble Choir. Participation in one of the five Honors Ensembles is limited to the highest-rated high school performers from across the world.

Gracie auditioned for the Honors Performance Series last year and was recently accepted after a review by the Honors Selection Board. Acceptance to the elite group is a direct result of the talent, dedication, and achievements demonstrated in her application and audition recording.

Gracie has studied music for 5 years and is a member of Oxford Youth Singers and Eastside High School’s Acapella and Show choirs. Gracie has also auditioned for and been selected for Allstate Chorus this year. In response to her selection as a Finalist, Gracie said, “It is an honor to be selected for this program and I am excited to travel to New York and experience something new.”

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NCSS Super Spellers Compete in District Spelling Bee

NCSS 2022 Spelling Bee

NCSS Wins GSBA Leading Edge Award for Customer Service Initiative

Samantha Fuhrey and Shakila Henderson Baker
Representatives from the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) recently presented Newton County School System (NCSS) Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey and school board member, Shakila Henderson-Baker with the prestigious 2021 GSBA Leading Edge Award for the district’s customer service initiative—Family Friendly Schools.

“A key to student success is making sure parents and students feel welcome in our schools,” said NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey. “We know that welcoming environment is fundamental and plays an important role in many areas of school and district success. With that in mind, we increased our commitment to high-quality customer service.”

According to Fuhrey, all goals and objectives of the Customer Service initiative were aligned to the NCSS Goal Area III: Culture, Climate, and Communication, of the District’s Strategic Plan. “To help us attain our goals and improve customer service across the district, we partnered with the American Association of School Customer Service,” Fuhrey explained. “AASCS helped us create and implement our plan, conducted a district-wide customer service needs assessment, and evaluated the district and school sites based on assessment results. AASCS also worked with us to develop a five-year Customer Service Training Plan for our employees.”

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NCSS Hosts Code Like a Girl Winter Conference

NCSS Hosts Code Like a Girl Winter Conference
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Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 NCSS Secondary District Science and Engineering Fair. According to Dr. Vicki Meeler, NCSS Secondary Science Curriculum & Instruction Specialist, all first-place winners will represent Newton County Schools in the Regional Science Fair.

“Newton County School System students continue to make us proud of their talents and achievements,” said Shundreia Neely, NCSS Director of Secondary Education. “This year’s science fair projects were quite impressive. Each year we see the depth and complexity of our projects increase.”
She added, “The wonderful thing about the NCSS District Science Fair is that it gives students the opportunity to bring research and experimentation to life. Our first-place winners will move forward and represent NCSS at the regional science fair in Griffin. We know they will do well. We thank our students for participating and our teachers for guiding and supporting them.”

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West Newton Elementary School Shark Tank
The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 District Literacy Days Recitation, Drama, Read Aloud, and Ready Writing competitions held in December at Newton County’s Porter Auditorium.

NCSS Elementary and middle schools held poetry competitions at their school and sent their grade level winners to participate in the district’s recitation contest. Competitors were judged on a number of criteria in the poetry recitation contest, including stage presence, articulation, interpretation, memory and accuracy, and difficulty of the piece.

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