Theme school to expand grade, move to new location for 2011-2012 school year
Newton County’s theme school for the next school year is getting a new name and home: Newton County Theme School at Ficquett.
The Newton County Board of Education elected to have Fairview Theme School revert to a regular elementary school. Since Ficquett was one of the elementary schools being phased out in the system’s five-year facilities plan, they decided to have the theme school move there. That also allows for an elementary school to be centrally located within the city limits, something many parents were concerned about. The theme school will expand to include kindergarten through sixth grade.
The parental involvement, discipline and aca- demic requirements remain for the theme school and there is a cap on seats available per grade. Siblings of enrolled students will have priority in the kindergarten enrollment process.
There will be drop-off points throughout the county where students can catch a bus to the school, but parents are required to get their child to those points at a designated time.
The deadline is Feb. 28 for applications to the theme school. If a lottery is required it will be held March 11, with notification of acceptance or rejection mailed to parents by March 18.
For applications, see http://newtoncountyschools.org/documents/ theme%20schools/20102011/Rezoning/Theme% 20School%20Application %202011-2012.pdf
Shaping the planetSubmitted photo/The Covington News
Movers and shakers: The Piedmont Academy seventh grade has been studying erosion, deposition, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes this past nine weeks. As a performance task, the students in Susan Smith’s class created and labeled models of some of the studied scientific processes and hypotheses. Each student chose a concept and fashioned a model to demonstrate the process, and then explained this process to the class.
Some of the models included groundwater movement, basic structure of the earth, continental drift, tectonic plate movement, mass movement, stream erosion, volcano formation, types of volcanoes, earthquakes and seismic waves, wind erosion and conservation methods, glacier deposition and ocean shoreline erosion.
Pictured, front row: Chris Coogler, Cody Blackmon, Thomas Deraney, Clay Kirkpatrick and Levi Ford. Back row: Ben Davis, Noah Quick, Haley Tyler, Matti Smith, Summer Collins, Taylor Swart and teacher Susan Smith.