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Professor to perform, lecture on folk music

Professor to perform, lecture on folk music

OXFORD, Ga. -- An associate professor of history at Oxford College will host a lecture on folk music and tradition.

David Leinweber's talk will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the college's Tarbutton Theater.

Leinweber, a musician, will speak of his lifelong love of history and literature, and how such elements shaped the folk tradition in some of his favorite music. He will also perform some original folk songs.

Topics covered in Leinweber's lecture include the Sioux Wars, Woodstock, Philip II of Spain, Beowulf and the television show "Dark Shadows."

Newton County Can-a-Thon a huge success

Newton County Can-a-Thon a huge success

COVINGTON, Ga. -- This year's Newton County School System Can-a-Thon was enormously successful, with students across the county donating more than 16,000 canned goods for families in need.

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Oak Hill Elementary School was the big winner with 2,800 cans collected. Mansfield Elementary School placed second with 2,000 cans collected.

The food will go to the Salvation Army and a local food pantry.

"We are proud of the students and employees who participated in the Can-a-Thon," superintendent Gary Mathews said in a statement. "Our school district has always been very supportive of community needs. To collect over 16,000 cans of food is a tremendous accomplishment."

Ride for Leadership cycles through Newton County

Ride for Leadership cycles through Newton County

OXFORD, Ga. -- Cyclists from all walks of life are invited to join members of the Oxford College community for a ride through Newton County this weekend.

The third annual Ride for Leadership will take off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. Riders will meet at the Quad on the Oxford College campus and can choose between a 15- or 33-mile loop along the county's historic back roads. The cost is $25.

Organizers say the Ride for Leadership was started as a way for Newton County and Oxford College residents to bond. Money raised by the event goes to leadership programs at the college.

For more information, visit oxford.emory.edu/bikeride.

Indian Creek MS teacher named StudyBlue Ambassador

Indian Creek MS teacher named StudyBlue Ambassador

COVINGTON, Ga. -- An 8th grade teacher at Covington's Indian Creek Middle School has been named a StudyBlue Ambassador.

Erik Love was selected for the honor because of his innovative uses of technology in the classroom.

"I want my students to be as comfortable and proficient with the technology as possible, so I use the technology that is readily available to my students," Love said in a statement. "Sometimes this is a desktop P.C., of which I have six in my room, but most often it's the student's own device and could be nearly anything with Web connectivity -- tablet, iPod, smartphone, laptop, e-reader or whatever comes out next."

StudyBlue uses high-powered and modern technology to help today's students succeed in the classroom. Its ambassadors are educators who connect with one another to share the ways that StudyBlue helps their students.

Newton superintendent wins leadership award

Newton superintendent wins leadership award

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Newton County School System superintendent Gary Mathews has won this year's Outstanding Leadership in School/Community Relations Award from the Georgia School Public Relations Association.

Mathews was presented with his award at the GSPRA's annual conference in Macon on Oct. 22.

The award is given to school leaders who effectively use public relations to build support for education.

"Dr. Gary Mathews is a shining example of how sound public engagement strategies can build understanding and trust in public education and support student achievement at all levels," GSPRA president Jim Weidhaas said.

Part of Mathews' community engagement includes meeting with community groups, civic organizations, parent/teacher organizations, editorial boards and other organizations throughout Newton County.

5 Newton schools among Ga. Reward Schools

5 Newton schools among Ga. Reward Schools

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Five Newton County elementary and high schools are among this year's Georgia Department of Education Reward Schools.

Reward Schools are the Georgia schools with the highest performance or biggest academic gains by students in the last three years.

"These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia," Superintendent Dr. John Barge said in a statement. "I want to take what's working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians."

Fairview, Heard-Mixon and Porterdale elementary schools, and Alcovy and Newton high schools made the list of High Progress Schools. These schools are among the top 10% of Title I schools in Georgia, meaning that they are making the most progress to improve student performance on statewide assessments like the CRCT.

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

Confused over the Charter School Amendment?

ATLANTA -- If you're confused about Amendment One on this year's general election ballot, you're not alone.

Wednesday we asked some early voters in Cobb County what they thought of the wording, which asks:

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"

"It was a bit confusing," said voter Brett Atkinson.

Voter Larshaun Williams said she would not have understood it without doing a lot of homework first.

"Definitely," she told 11 Alive, "I would not have known which direction to go."

Even more confusing to some is the wording of the preamble, just before the actual amendment question:

"Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more public charter school options."

There's now a lawsuit claiming that preamble wording is misleading in favor of the amendment.