Newcomerstown High School is off to a great start!

New high school principal Matt Fockler has been very pleased with the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

"First of all it is great to be back home! I'm very excited about the way our students have responded to the start of the year, and they are ready to meet the challenges of a new academic year. Our expectations for them are extremely high both academically and socially. We expect them to work hard in the classroom, and we require them to be respectful and kind to their peers, teachers, and community members."

Seth Corder who is also new to the high school as the assistant principal echoed Fockler's comments, "Our students and staff have been receptive to the change in leadership. We feel very supported by our stakeholders. The year has started off well, and we have been impressed with the students' responses to the challenges put before them. We challenged them on the first day of school to be leaders and to support one another, and they have met that challenge so far."

Fall sports season is in full swing.

Athletic Director Eric Brock welcomes the support from the community. "We are very proud of our athletes, and we encourage our community members to come watch them. The kids love having support, and they have been competing very well so far this season. We provide many opportunities for our kids in the fall to become involved through golf, cross country, football, volleyball, cheer leading, and band. If anyone wants to hear and see something awesome, come to one of our football games and watch our band. They are exceptional! All of our fall sports kids are doing great. We are very proud of all of them."

Homecoming activities at NHS are fast approaching. The Student Council is busy at work planning and coordinating this years festivities. This year's parade will be Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6:15 p.m. Any group or organization who would like to participate needs to call the high school at 498-5111 and speak with Mrs. Lenhoff. The district-wide pep rally will take place on Friday, Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gym, and also on Friday, Oct. 4 before the kickoff of our homecoming football game, our 2013 homecoming queen will be crowned by last year's queen, Ashley Wheeler. Homecoming activities will conclude with the dance on Saturday, Oc. 5 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Upcoming dates at NHS:

Wednesday, Sept. 18 -- Picture Day, Buckeye Career Center Students and post-secondary students may report at 6:30 p.m. to get their pictures taken

Thursday, Sept. 19 -- Early Release 1:30 p.m. Teacher Professional Development

Friday, Sept. 20 -- Midterm; No School, Teacher Work Day

Thursday, Oct. 3 -- Homecoming parade 6:15 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 4 -- District Pep Rally 1:30 p.m. at NHS; Homecoming Football Game vs. Sandy Valley 7 p.m. kickoff

Saturday, Oct. 5 -- Homecoming Dance from 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5 -- SAT Test (See Mrs. Robinson if interested)

Monday, Oct. 14 -- College Fair at the Coshocton County Career Center 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 18 -- No School, Teacher Inservice

Saturday, Oct. 19 -- PSAT Test (See Mrs. Robinson if interested)

Monday, Oct. 28 to Friday, Nov. 1 -- OGT test will be given to any junior or senior who has not passed a particular section of the OGT