NHS 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 Tess Mozena. Tess is the daughter of Mark and Daisy Mozena of Newcomerstown.

Tess has been a member of Student Council for four years, a Class Officer in grades 11 and 12, Teacher of Tomorrow in grade 11, a member of Big

Brothers/Big Sisters in grades 9 and 10, and Rotary Interact in grade 11. She has been a member of the Trojan Cheerleading Squad in grades 9-12 and a cheer captain in grade 12. She was a Post-Secondary Enrollment Option student at Kent State University-Tuscarawas Campus in grade 11. Her junior year, she also participated in a service learning project. Tess's future plans are to attend nursing school, but undecided where she will attend.

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.

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 p.m. 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 to 8 p.m. 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!

Monitoring: Staying involved in your teen's life

To be effective, parents need to be involved in their children's lives. While this is important at each stage of development, parents need to be especially concerned during adolescence, when their teens strive to gain greater freedom and independence.

Research has shown that an effective parenting style employs a reasonable amount of control and consistency, coupled with parental warmth and support.

This type of parenting has been associated with positive outcomes in children. Problematic parent-child relationships are characterized by low levels of parental acceptance and control. One of the factors contributing to the delinquency of teens is insufficient monitoring by parents.

Monitoring means keeping track of your adolescent. This practice entails being able to answer these four questions at all times: 1) Who is your teen with? 2)

Where is he or she? 3) What is he or she doing? and 4) When will he or she be home? As soon as this practice becomes habit, monitoring can serve as a foundation to build other parenting skills.

How can you know the answers to the four questions without interviewing your teen each time he or she walks out the door?

Talk with Your Teen -- Monitoring means being involved in your teen's life. It includes being an interested, active listener. Just by listening to the accounts of your adolescent's day, you can show him that you genuinely care about what happens to him. It may only take 15 minutes a day of your undivided attention to learn about your adolescent's daily events. Listen carefully. What classes does she like? How are things going with his friends? What problems is she having? Building a positive relationship will help you monitor your teen's activities without seeming intrusive.

Manage Your Teen's Freedom -- Adolescence is a time when youth want more freedom to "spread their wings." As teens learn the process of managing freedom, parents need to monitor their progress. Adolescents should earn their right to more freedom. With freedom comes the responsibility to endure the consequences of choices. As teens demonstrate responsibility at one level of freedom, parents can help them move to the next level by giving a little more freedom. For example, before your adolescent can stay home alone during the weekend, you may want to have some practice runs during the week. If your adolescent can handle shorter periods of time, such as one evening alone, then he or she may be ready to move to the next level. Permissive parenting (little control) has been found to be associated with behavior problems. Studies have shown that it is better to give too little freedom than too much. Remember, it is the parent's responsibility to decide when the adolescent is ready to move to the next step, and to define that next step.

Set Clear Guidelines -- Even though they can handle more responsibility than younger children, teens still need some boundaries and limits. It is important that teens know exactly what is expected of them. After discussing the rules, you may even want to write them down to avoid discrepancy over what was said.

Stay in Touch with Your Teen -- If your children are supposed to be home at a certain time, plan to be home at the same time. If you can't be there, call to check on them or have a trusted neighbor check on them. Unsupervised children are less likely to get into trouble if parents keep in touch with them.

Get Your Teen Involved in Adult -- supervised activities -- Find out what school and community resources are available. You might check into organized sports, youth organizations, or after-school programs. Make your home available and inviting to your teen and his or her friends. It is easier to keep track of your children when they are at home.

Set a Good Example -- When you go out, let your children know where you are going, how long you'll be gone, and a number where they may reach you. This provides an excellent role model of considerate behavior.

Keep a Family Calendar-Have a space where all family members can write down their meetings, appointments, and activities. This helps family members keep track of one another; it also provides a form of communication.

Talk with Your Teen's Teachers -- Find out how classes are going, and what problems your teen might be having.

Meet Your Teen's Friends -- Much of your teen's behavior will be influenced by his or her peer group. Studies have shown that adolescents who have a lot of unsupervised time on their hands are at risk for developing deviant peer groups. Under the influence of deviant peers, your teen could develop a variety of problem behaviors.

Get to know your child's friends; better yet, get to know the parents of your child's friends. Both are a valuable source of information.

There are several barriers to monitoring. For example, parents dealing with major stressors, such as marital conflict, unemployment, and illness, may find it difficult to devote the needed time and energy to effective monitoring. Daily stressors, such as finances, work hassles, and home maintenance, may also provide obstacles.

Some parents don't think it is important to know the whereabouts of their teens. Other parents don't think they can control their teens. While all of these things can be barriers to monitoring, parents can learn new strategies to develop monitoring skills.

All adolescents will try new experiences, and even make some mistakes. That is why it is up to parents to provide them with the experiences that will help them make the right decisions when influenced by peers. Monitoring does take a parent's energy, time, and attention, but the outcomes are well worth the effort!

Zero Tolerance for Bullying/Acts of Violence

Newcomerstown High School is committed to address bullying. Please 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

Drivers' Education East Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ECOE SCC) lhaas sschsedeulesd d raivetrs ' NeduHcatioSn c lasses 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.

Relationships

They're important to all of us, especially teenagers. Teenagers have a strong need to be liked and to fit in with the crowd.

But, sometimes teenagers have a hard time learning how to build strong, healthy relationships. Parents and schools can work together to help students learn this important life skill by encouraging students to:

1) Treat everyone with respect.

2) Avoid all rumors. Do not listen to them. Do not repeat them. Do not believe them.

3) Keep a positive attitude. Try not to let it bother you if someone says something mean.

4) Think before you speak and when you speak, speak the truth.

5) Have a sense of Humor.

6) Keep your cool. If a student has a serious problem with someone else, they should let an adult know to help them handle the issue.

Parents can also help by talking with your teen. Get to know their friends. Parents, please monitor what your teenagers post on Facebook or send via twitter or text. Electronic communication is a common ways for teenagers to harass or intimidate others, creating hurt feelings and angry exchanges. Talk with your student's teachers. Together we can help students build great friendships in high school that will last a lifetime.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Kelsie Hinds and Christian Poe for having their Elks Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship application essays being forwarded for state judging! They will know the results in March and a possibility of advancing to the National Level!

Congratulations to Christian Poe, Rachel Kirker, and Kara Jenkins as recipients of the Kent State University Trustee Scholarship in the amount of $14,000.00! Eligible students must be incoming freshman who earned a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA, 21 ACT composite or combined 980 critical reading and math on SAT..

Dates to remember

Feb. 20 Post-Secondary Information Night, Media Center

Feb. 25 Science Fair/Open House/Festival of Arts from 6 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 27 Spring Sports Pre-season Meeting at 7 p.m.

March 6 Early Release Day

March 11-15 OGT week