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Oxford College presents 'The Real Inspector Hound'

Oxford College presents 'The Real Inspector Hound'

OXFORD, Ga. -- Oxford College will present its fall drama production, The Real Inspector Hound, this weekend.

The one-act play by Sir Tom Stoppard follows the exploits of two drama critics, Moon and Birdboot, who get drawn into the action of a whodunit play they are reviewing.

The Real Inspector Hound will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 and Friday, Oct. 26, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Oxford College's Tarbutton Theater. Tickets are $5 each.

School Lunch Week to celebrate healthy eating

School Lunch Week to celebrate healthy eating

COVINGTON, Ga. -- National School Lunch Week begins Monday, Oct. 15, and the Newton County School System is using it as an opportunity to promote healthy eating.

This year's National School Lunch Week theme is "School Lunch -- What's Cooking?"

The school system has provided students with a two-page handout with lots of fun activities, including a place for them to draw a picture of their ideal lunch and a section where they can list vegetables by color.

Check out the handout here.

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

Path2College scholarship coloring contest ends Sept. 30

ATLANTA -- Georgia children in Pre-K through 5th grade can now color their way to a college scholarship from the Path2College 529 Plan.

In honor of College Savings Month, the statewide college savings program is hosting a coloring contest with a $1,529 scholarship at stake.

To win the money, children must color a picture of Hootie the Wise Old Owl and complete a sentence: When I graduate, I'm going to be a ________.

Download the picture of Hootie here.

Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30 and must be received no later than Oct. 5. More information about the contest can be found at path2college529.com.

A winner will be randomly chosen in mid-October.

Schools to dismiss early on Sept. 21 for fall break

Schools to dismiss early on Sept. 21 for fall break

COVINGTON, Ga. -- Students in Newton County's public schools have a short school day to look forward to, just in time for fall break.

Schools at all levels will dismiss early on Friday, Sept. 21. They will be closed for the break from Monday, Sept. 24 through Friday, Sept. 28, although the Newton County Board of Education offices will be open Monday through Wednesday.

On Sept. 21, the school day will end at 11:15 a.m. for elementary school students, 12:15 p.m. for high schoolers and 1:15 p.m. for children in middle school.

Lunch will be served before the students are dismissed.

Standardized testing begins Monday

Standardized testing begins Monday

NEWTON COUNTY, Ga. -- It's that time of year again -- time for students in Newton County to sharpen their No. 2 pencils and get ready to take some standardized tests.

Beginning Monday, all second graders will take the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), while students in sixth grade will begin the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS).

"Results of these tests are used to gain a better understanding of the student's academic strengths and weaknesses," Dr. Carl Skinner, director of testing for Newton County Schools, said in a statement. "With this information, the school can plan appropriate learning experiences."

The CogAT contains a series of subtests that explore a student's cognitive development and skills in reasoning and problem-solving. The ITBS is broken up into reading, math, vocabulary, language, social studies and science sections.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards searching for top volunteers

ATLANTA -- Georgia students in grades 5-12 are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

The awards program began searching for its next batch of honorees this week. Recipients of the award are young people who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

"We have been recognizing youth volunteers since 1995 and still, every year, we're amazed by the stories of exemplary community service," Prudential chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said in a statement. "We look forward to honoring the top youth volunteers of 2013 for their selflessness, their initiative and their dedication to changing communities for the better."

Oxford College welcomes most diverse class ever

Oxford College welcomes most diverse class ever

OXFORD, Ga. -- Emory University's Oxford College has been busy welcoming members of the Class of 2016 to campus.

A record number of students -- 6,560, to be exact -- applied to the two-year liberal arts program. Forty-one percent of them were accepted.

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About 58% of the students in the Class of 2016 are female and 42% are male. The class has an average unweighted GPA of 3.79.

Roughly three-quarters of the freshmen came to Oxford College from outside Georgia. In fact, students flocked to the Oxford campus from 38 states and more than 20 nations. In addition, 44% of the new students are minorities.

Learn more about the Oxford College 2012 entering class.