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.

The January 2013 Student of the Month is Coy Mitchell Johns. He is the son of Jon and Tammy Johns of Newcomerstown.

Coy's school activities include: being a member of FFA/4-H in grades 9-12; Teen Roadeo in grade 11; Athletic Leadership in grades 11 and 12; and, CCYL (Coshocton County Youth Leadership) in grade 11. He received academic honors in grades 9 and 10 while a student at Ridgewood High School.

He is a member of the football team and Powerlifting team in grades 9-12. Coy has received award such as: 1st Team IVC in Football; Team Captain; 2nd Team

All Eastern District in Football; and, Ironman Award Winner.

Financial Aide Night planned

There will be a Financial Aide Night in the High School Media Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. for any students and parents who are interested.

Post-Secondary Informational Night planned

There will be a Post Secondary Enrollment information night on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Newcomerstown High School Media Center. Any students and parents who are interested in Post Secondary should plan to attend.

Applications for Post Secondary will be handed out during this meeting.

Call the guidance office at the high school if you have any questions.

Emergency closing of schools

When Newcomerstown Schools must be closed or delayed because of weather conditions or other reasons, announcements will be made on area radio stations. (Cambridge-

WILE 1270AM 96.7 FM; Dover-WJER 1450 AM; Coshocton-WTNS 1560 AM 99.3 FM; Uhrichsville WBTC 1540 AM 95.0 FM) Parent Notification calling system will be used to inform you, too. Do not call the school or school personnel. Thank you.

NHS hallways get a 'face lift'

Students in Jeff Baker's Art classes designed and painted art displays which are currently hanging in our hallways.

Credit flexibility

The credit flexibility initiative is part of a statewide effort to increase learning and engagement and help students graduate ready for success in college and careers. In addition to earning credit by successfully completing traditional courses, the credit flexibility program provides new options for students including:

Earning credit by demonstrating mastery of the essential content of a traditional course by "testing out," and presenting a portfolio documenting mastery.

Successfully completing a mentorship, internship, educational travel, or service learning program aligned to the academic curriculum.

Successfully completing an online course or academic summer or after-school program aligned to the school curriculum.

Successfully completing a "hybrid" learning experience that may combine any of the options above as well as units of traditional courses.

Credit flexibility is another example of how our district is working to prepare students for the 21st Century by striving to address their unique needs and talents.

Additional information will be available in the guidance office.

Science Fair/Open House/Festival of the Arts

Newcomerstown High School will be hosting the Science Fair event on Monday, Feb. 25 with judging starting around 3:30 and ending around 5:30 p.m. Science Fair is required for students in Integrated Science-9.

They will also have Open House and Festival of the Arts where parents and community members are welcome to view science fair projects, view art projects in the Art room, woodworking and Auto-CAD projects in the east lobby area, and performances from our choirs, band, and thespians in our cafeteria or community room. All of these events will take place from 6-8 PM. Newcomerstown High School classrooms are open for you to visit this evening. Feel free to walk around the school, meet staff, and view student work. Cookies and punch will be provided, and all are welcome to attend this evening's events!

Zero Tolerance for Bullying/Acts of Violence

Newcomerstown High School is committed to address bullying. Help keep our school safe by using this telephone number, 855-605-7874 if you are aware of any bullying activities, threats of violence, theft, gang activity, drug use, vandalism, or any other safety issues in our school. This is an anonymous call. Bullying is defined as "any intentional written, verbal, or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both causes mental or physical harm to the other student and is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educations environment for the other student." Violence with a dating relationship is also considered bullying. HB116 requires school districts to include bullying committed using a cell phone, computer, or other electronic communication device in the anti-bullying policies. www.stopbullyingnow.gov

Driver's education classes begin at NHS

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ECOESC) has scheduled drivers' education classes at Newcomerstown High School Community Room on March 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, and 21, 2013 from 4 to 8:15 p.m. Any student that is 15 years 6 months old by the date of the class and has a valid permit from our school and any other surrounding school may attend any class offered at the ECOESC's school locations. You should be ready to get or have your permit to attend book-work class in order to complete the course in the six month time frame required by the state. The fee for driver's education is $300. Sign up by calling 330-308-5349 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon) or email to donna.golec@ecoesc.org. There is additional information available in the main office.

Dates to remember

Jan. 17 All grades due in Progress Book

Jan. 18 Report cards out to students at lunch time

Jan. 21 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, no school

Jan. 23 Financial Aide Night, 7 p.m., Media Center

Jan. 25 MLK Assembly by National Honor Society, 9 a.m.

Feb. 4 Post Secondary Enrollment Night, 7 p.m., Media Center

Feb. 7 ASVAB Tests

Feb. 9 Winter Court Dance, 7 to 10 p.m.

Feb. 11 Newcomerstown Board of Education meeting, 6:30 p.m., conference room