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ral­lied mid-sum­mer to meet AYP. Af­ter the scores from the Cri­te­rion Ref­er­enced Com­pe­tency Tests sum­mer retests were re­ported, Palmer-Stone Ele­men­tary and Clements and Cousins Mid­dle School met AYP. Al­though it met the stan­dard this sum­mer, Clements will need to meet AYP for two con­sec­u­tive years to be re­moved from the list.

Top hon­ors

NCSS was named a qual­ity school sys­tem af­ter SACS of­fi­cials con­ducted a weeklong re­view of the sys­tem. To earn the des­ig­na­tion, the sys­tem was able to show its com­mit­ment to sys­temic, sys­tem­atic and sus­tain­able im­prove­ment through­out the dis­trict.

SACS CASI ac­cred­its more than 13,000 schools and school sys­tems na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Snap­ping Shoals EMC awarded more than $17,000 in grants to 12 teach­ers in New­ton County. The grants ranged from $575 to $2,000 each. Awards will be used to pur­chase math ma­nip­u­la­tive to help make ab­stract con­cepts more con­crete for stu­dents, sci­ence equip­ment, ed­u­ca­tional toys and to fund sev­eral pro­grams in­clud­ing the de­vel­op­ment of a learn­ing gar­den Main­stay Academy. Schools re­ceiv­ing the grants in­clude Sharp Learn­ing Cen­ter, East­side High School, Veter­ans Me­mo­rial Mid­dle School and Rocky Plains Ele­men­tary School.

New schools and op­tions

NCSS opened South Salem Ele­men­tary School this sum­mer, be­com­ing the county’s first twos­tory ele­men­tary school. Lo­cated on Salem Road be­tween Ga. High­way 81 and Browns Bridge Road, the 117,000 square-foot school fa­cil­ity boasts state-ofthe-art ameni­ties, in­clud­ing Prome­thian ACTIVboards and com­put­ers in each class­room, a me­dia cen­ter with 12 work sta­tions for in­ter­net re­search and two com­puter labs for in­struc­tion. The school opened its doors to stu­dents in Au­gust.

The BOE ap­proved this year two theme schools—one for kin­der­garten to fifth grades and the other for sixth to eighth grades—which will op­er­ate with an em­pha­sis on parental in­volve­ment. The sites for the theme schools are Fairview Ele­men­tary and Clements Mid­dle Schools.

TheBOEal­so­con­struct­edtwo new schools –Lib­erty Mid­dle School and ele­men­tary school No. 14 on Kirk­land Road. Lib­erty Mid­dle School will take the place of Clements Mid­dle School, which will now house the new theme mid­dle school. Ele­men­tary school No. 14 will re­place Fairview Ele­men­tary School, which will be the site of the new theme ele­men­tary school. Both Lib­erty Mid­dle School and ele­men­tary school No. 14, which will be named in Jan­uary, are set to open in Septem­ber.

Wel­comes and farewells

New­ton High School wel­comed prin­ci­pal Rod­er­ick Sams in July. Sams re­placed Joe Gheesling, who left to serve as prin­ci­pal at North Hall School in Hall County.

Sam­scame to the county af­ter serv­ing for five years as prin­ci­pal at Blak­eney Ele­men­tary School in Burke County. The BOE chose Sams af­ter a month-long in­ter­view process that in­cluded New­ton High School as­sis­tant prin­ci­pals Vic­tor Lee and Carl Skin­ner as top can­di­dates.

Gheesling served as New­ton High School prin­ci­pal for three years.

NCSS said good­bye to sev­eral loyal mem­bers, in­clud­ing long-time BOE mem­ber Rickie Cor­ley. Cor­ley lost his bid for re-elec­tion to New­ton County school bus driver Ed­die John­son. Dur­ing the BOE’s De­cem­ber meet­ing, fel­low board mem­bers tear­fully thanked Cor­ley for his ser­vice to New­ton County and ex­pressed how much he would be missed. Also, Eliz­a­beth and Henry Shep­hard, who have both worked as cus­to­di­ans in New­ton County schools since 1972, re­tired this year.

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