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With suspense building and all the nominees holding their breath, Rockdale County Schools Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts asked for a final drum roll before announcing Beth Withers, a special education instructor at Salem High School as the district-wide 2019 Teacher of the Year.

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Sept. 19 — Newton County Schools will host a free SAT and ACT Prep sessions on Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Newton College and Career Academy. ASVAB, Accuplacer and other college preparatory information will be available.

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Sept. 24 — All three RCPS high schools will perform their 2019 show at the RCPS Marching Band Exhibition. It is free and open to the public. The show will be at Heritage High starting at 7 p.m.

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How do you like your stack of pancakes? Butter or syrup?

On Saturday, Oct. 5, the Phi Omicron Zeta Youth Auxiliary invites families to attend their second annual Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's in Conyers.

Tickets are $7 and can be purchased prior at zphibpozyouthgroup@gmail.com

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It has been 18 years since the 9/11 attacks in new York and Washington, D.C. To show honor, Rockdale County and Newton County schools will both host special recognitions this week for the local men and women who fight to protect our families everyday.

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Newton County School System recently announced that 111 students earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams during the 2018-2019 school year. Congratulations to the students and all their hard work! 

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The 2019 Arrogressive 5K Run/Walk will be held at the International Horse Park on Oct. 12. Registration is available online for $30 until Sept. 30 All proceeds will benefit Rockdale Emergency Relief and Educational Next Level Funding.

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COVINGTON — The Eastside High School FFA chapter was recently recognized by the National FFA Organization as a 2019 2-Star Chapter. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization.

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COVINGTON — The National Beta Club has announced that Oak Hill Elementary School is a 2019 National Beta School of Merit. The school earned this recognition by offering National Beta to all eligible grades on their campus.

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Need to cater an event but don't know where to start? Emory Catering at Oxford College proved its capability at their first Catering Expo Thursday afternoon at Oxford Dining Hall. Guests were able to sample a variety of small plates as well as meet the chefs and vendors.

CONYERS — Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts requested the approval of several school fundraisers for the second semester at last week’s Board of Education work session.

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Rockdale County announced their 2019-20 Teachers of the Year last week. A teacher was selected at each Rockdale County School including Open Campus and the Rockdale Career Academy. The teachers will be honored at a special ceremony on Sept. 17.

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) is calling for metro Atlanta students, including Rockdale County students, in grades 6-8 to enter its 18th annual Water Essay Contest.

Aug. 22 — Rockdale County Schools will host its annual elementary school Curriculum Night on Aug. 22. Parents will need to contact their child’s school for Curriculum Night hours. For more information, www.rockdaleschools.org/schools.

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COVINGTON— The Newton County School System’s Office of Public Relations has received five national awards for publications from the National School Public Relations Association, including two top Awards of Excellence.

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