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Students, teachers save abandoned dogs

Students, teachers save abandoned dogs

COVINGTON, Ga. -- A stray dog has a wonderful new home after being rescued by students and teachers at Newton College and Career Academy.

Two teachers -- agriculture instructor Marcus Pollard and fashion design instructor Heather Fuller -- and University of Georgia student teacher Kayleigh Plummer spotted three dogs wandering near the school entrance. The faculty members brought the dogs inside to veterinary science teacher Beth Galloway's classroom, where students washed them.

The dogs were then taken to a vet's office, where professionals determined two of them were too injured or ill to save.

"I told the students that they should be happy that the dogs were shown love and care at the end of their lives, because it was apparent that they had been badly mistreated," Galloway said.

Eastside HS receives $1,000 grant from Walmart

Eastside HS receives $1,000 grant from Walmart

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Alisa Echols, a teacher within the Career Technical & Agricultural Education program at Eastside High School, recently received a $1,000 grant from the Covington Walmart.

Echols got the money from the Walmart Community Grants Program. She said it will be used to buy popcorn and cotton candy machines to assist Eastside's Career Technical Instruction students with their fundraisers.

"We have several events the students can attend throughout the school year, and that takes money," Echols said. "By purchasing these machines, the students can now sell popcorn and cotton candy after school and on weekends."

Walmart's Community Grants Program was established to help support local needs of the communities where the big box chain has its stores. Visit foundation.walmart.com for more information.

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

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Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

Thousands enroll in Ga. Pre-K Program

(WXIA) -- More than 80,000 Georgia children are enrolled in the state's Pre-K Program for the 2014-15 school year.

Pre-K is open to all 4 year olds, regardless of household income. Assistant commissioner Susan Adams said that it is the first school experience for many children.

"For this reason, we take our roles very seriously, and we work really hard to provide Georgia's children with positive and meaningful experiences," Adams said in a release.

In Pre-K, students study language, literacy and math while making new friends and building foundations for lifelong learning. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning recommends parents visit their children's classrooms in advance to familiarize them with their new surroundings, and dress them in comfortable clothes and shoes every day. If students have a tendency to feel lonely, parents can send them to school with family photos to cheer them up, and blankets or stuffed animals to snuggle at naptime.

New Immunization Requirements for Rising 7th Graders

Georgia’s immunization requirements for children attending 7th grade have been revised.  Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, 7th  graders and new entrants into Georgia schools grades 8th through 12th, will be required to have  Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and MCV (meningococcal conjugate) vaccines prior to entering school. 

Parents, please plan to have your child vaccinated well in advance of the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Seventh grade students will not receive class schedules unless they have these vaccines. If you have questions please contact your school nurse.

8th grade CRCT results: Newton County

8th grade CRCT results: Newton County

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Georgia Department of Education released school-level CRCT results for the 2013-14 school year Tuesday morning.

See how Newton County's 8th graders fared on the test, which will be replaced by Georgia Milestones next year. The numbers indicate the percentage of students who met or exceeded standards in each area.

Clements MS
* Reading: 91.6
* English Language Arts: 91.2
* Math: 71.7
* Science: 70.3
* Social Studies: 73.9

Cousins MS
* Reading: 94.8
* English Language Arts: 91.8
* Math: 84.3
* Science: 81.8
* Social Studies: 80.7

Indian Creek MS
* Reading: 97.2
* English Language Arts: 95.2
* Math: 79.9
* Science: 78.7
* Social Studies: 82.1