Theme school to ex­pand grade, move to new lo­ca­tion for 2011-2012 school year

The Covington News - - The Second Front - By Am­ber Pittman

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://new­ton­coun­­u­ments/ theme%20schools/20102011/Re­zon­ing/Theme% 20School%20Ap­pli­ca­tion %202011-2012.pdf

Shap­ing the planet

Sub­mit­ted 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.

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