Elks Student of the Month

Newcomerstown High School will be recognizing outstanding achievements for our senior class members by having a student of the month. Students are selected based on being well-rounded with multiple achievements in areas such as character, leadership, service, athletics, citizenship and scholarship.

This month's senior recipient is Chris Deal. Chris is the son of Rick and Susan Deal. Chris was a middle school mentor, a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, and he plans on attending a four-year college and major in engineering and other related classes. He is a member of the varsity basketball team and the varsity track team.

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Testing dates

Jan. 24: SAT

Feb. 7: ACT

March 14: SAT

March 16-27: OGT (grades 10, 11 and 12)

April 4: ACT

May 2: SAT

May 6: AP Calculus

May 12: Chemistry

June 6: SAT

June 13: ACT

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College Financial Aid Night

Juniors and seniors planning to continue their studies after high school are invited to attend a college financial aid information session on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. in the Newcomerstown High School media center. A representative from Student Financial Services for Muskingum College will discuss the process of applying for College Financial Aid through the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The presentation will include information about both state and federal aid. Parents and students are encouraged to attend this informative event.

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Hugs from Heaven

If you have any new or slightly used blankets and would like to donate to charity, you are welcome to drop them off at Newcomerstown High School, room 166, Mr. Guilliams' room. So far, 26 blankets have been taken to Journey's End Ministries so that members in our community can be warm during these cold winter months. It is not too late to donate! Please help others this season by donating a blanket and sending "hugs" from heaven.

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Locker room renovation project

School officials and volunteers in the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District are conducting a fundraising campaign to finance renovation of the high school locker rooms. The goal of the "Restore the Pride" campaign is to raise $150,000 in donations of cash, materials and labor for the renovation project.

"The locker rooms were constructed more than 30 years ago and it's past time to replace the lockers and make other improvements to better serve our students," explained athletic director Matt Ritzert. "Those lockers are simply warn out and broken down after years and years of constant use."

Project plans also call for new equipment. The "Restore the Pride" campaign will also lead to replacement of old equipment in the locker rooms including a washer and dryer and ice machine.

"We are committed to completing this project without the use of taxpayer money. That's why we are reaching out to the community for support," Ritzert said. "This is a project that will provide our students with outstanding facilities for many years into the future."

Donations may be mailed to: Restore the Pride Campaign, Newcomerstown High School, 659 S. Beaver St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832. For more information about the campaign or how to make a donation, contact Ritzert at 498-5111.

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OGT Day at CUMC

Newcomerstown High School students that passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Tests last spring will enjoy a day of fun at Christ United Methodist Church on the last day before winter break, Dec. 19. There will be donuts/juice available to start he day, and pizza will be brought in at lunch time. Activities the kid will participate in will include foosball, pool, ping pong, basketball, a movie in the theater, and even a dance in the afternoon. There are a total of 52 students that will participate in this day's activities that did well on the tests. Thank you, Christ United Methodist Church for opening your doors for us to enjoy some off-campus fun activities!

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Spanish classes attend concert

Twenty-three Newcomerstown High Spanish students were privileged to attend the Justo Lamas concert held at Ridgewood High School on Nov. 26. Justo Lamas is a talented musician from Argentina whose program includes rock and pop songs in Spanish. The event is unique in that participating schools have access to the lyrics and CDs of his songs, as well as lesson plans that incorporate the vocabulary needed to understand and participate in the program. Justo's performance was riveting and his message was inspiring as he encouraged students to make the most of their opportunities to learn to communicate in Spanish. The entire audience was able to sing along, and several students, including Stephanie Campbell and Jamie Clegg, were invited to the stage to participate. It was an energizing experience, and we are grateful to the Ridgewood teachers who worked very hard to host an unforgettable performance.

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Featured teacher of the Month

This month's featured teacher is Mr. Kevin Tunning. Mr. Tunning is a new teacher to our school district with seven years of teaching and coaching experience. He and his family have returned to Ohio after teaching English and coaching baseball in Florida. He earned a bachelor's degree from Malone College in Canton. He is a firm believer that relationships must exist before substantial learning will take place. By emphasizing the dynamics of building a relationship with students, it allows for increased learning. Last fall, Mr. Tunning began taking classes to earn a master's degree in educational leadership. He has also completed clinical educator training to supervise and/or mentor less experienced teachers.

Athletically, he has played collegiate baseball and coached high school baseball. He understands the demands placed on the student-athlete and what is needed to be successful inside and outside the classroom. Mr. Tunning has now been hired as Newcomerstown High School's varsity baseball coach. Good luck this spring season.

He and his wife, Sarah, live in Dover with their three children and recently purchased a new house. Welcome to Newcomerstown High School, Mr. Tunning!