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 Rashia Deskins. Rashia is the daughter of Geneva Harris. Rashia is involved in Project Prom, LOTC, and Teachers of Tomorrow (TOT's). He attends Trinity Baptist Church where she sings in the church choir. She has been a cheerleader and is a member of the dance team. He was crowned homecoming queen last fall. She is employed at Wendy's Restaurant in Newcomerstown. She plans on either attending Youngstown State University and major in Criminal Justice. She will also be featured on our Web site and the Newcomerstown News. Congratulations to her and good luck in her future!

Testing dates 2009

Feb. 7 ACT

March 14 SAT

Mar 16-27 OGT (grades 10, 11, 12)

April 4 ACT

May 2 SAT

May 6 AP Calculus

May 12 AP Chemistry

June 6 SAT

June 13 ACT

OGT Results

Results of our Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT's) from our juniors and seniors have arrived. All seniors at NHS who need to pass the test to graduate from Newcomerstown High School have already passed! Ohio Department of Education states in order to meet the eleventh grade indicators, 85 percent of the class must pass each section: reading, math, writing, science and social studies. Our results for our juniors are as follows: Reading, 92.3 percent; math, 94.5 percent; writing, 91.2 percent; science, 81.3 precent; and social studies, 85.7 percent. March 16-20 is when sophomores will be taking the OGT's for the first time, and remaining juniors that need to pass certain parts of the OGTs. Good luck!

Driver's education classes

Book work classes will be held at Newcomerstown High School from 4:00-7:15 PM in the Community Room. Classes will be held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on March 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Any student that is 15 years 6 months old by the date of the class and have a valid permit may attend this class. You MUST have your permit to attend book work class in order to complete the course it the six month time frame allowed by the state. The fee for driver education is $290. You may send the total amount with paperwork that will be mailed to you or downloaded for the Web site There are forms available in the Newcomerstown High School office.

Trojans raffling off beef

The Lady Trojans basketball team is selling tickets for a chance to win 70 pounds of beef processed from Darr Farm.

The meat will be prepared in the form of steaks, hamburgers, etc. Each ticket is $5 and the drawing will be on Jan. 31. Just contact any Lady Trojan basketball player or contact Coach Craig Hamilton at Newcomerstown Middle School by calling 498-8151, ext. 2300 if you would like to buy a ticket.

Akron University courses offered at NHS

Akron University representatives came to talk with Mr. Sherman and Mrs. Cork about the likelihood of offering college level courses from the University of Akron via our distance learning services. This Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) will allow students to be able to take post secondary courses without leaving your high school! The University of Akron currently offers courses through interactive, multimedia classrooms in Medina County high schools, Barberton High School and Springfield High School. We (NHS), as well as many other area high schools are taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity offered from Akron University. The PSEOP was created by the Ohio Legislature to allow high school students in Ohio to enroll in a college or university. The program is available to qualified students who are enrolled in public and non-public high schools. Through the PSEOP, high school students are eligible to enroll in the University of Akron classes for the fall and spring semesters beginning in the 2009-10 school year. Prospective NHS students must work with Mrs. Cork, guidance counselor, to discuss specific guidelines and policies. Enrollment in the PSEOP is NOT intended to be a substitute for the academic programs, social growth, or maturing experience provided by high schools. It is NOT intended to interfere with or replace advanced placement courses nor the high school's college preparatory curriculum available at NHS. This program will allow the eligible students to receive both high school graduation credit and college credit. The college will be paid directly out of the public school system's state funding allowance. Required textbooks, non-consumable materials, and tuition and fees related to coursework are provided for the students. The guidelines for eligibility for the PSEOP at the University of Akron for juniors and seniors are: To have a 3.30 cumulative GPA with a 24 ACT composite or 1110 SAT math and critical reading combined score, or 3.50 cumulative GPA with ACT/SAT scores for placement purposes (all applicants must submit ACT/SAT scores for placement purposes). Juniors and Seniors may enroll in 14 credits per semester. See Mrs. Cork, NHS Guidance Counselor, for further details and scheduling classes for the 2009-10 school year.

Project Prom

What is Project Prom? We are a group of senior students putting fundraisers together to help out a fellow senior pay for the outstanding expenses of graduation from Newcomerstown High School. The proceeds will go towards the chosen students' prom, senior pictures, a yearbook, cap and gown, etc. Keep your eye out for our donation cans and other fun things. Other activities will be announced! Call the school for any further information.

Featured Teacher of the Month: Mr. Cigavic

This month's featured teacher is Mr. John Cigavic, English teacher and co-yearbook advisor at NHS. Mr. Cigavic graduated from Garfield Heights High School in Garfield Heights, and later attended Kent State University, main campus, where he earned a bachelor of science in education. He has taught English at Garfield Heights and Bishop Rosecrans High School. Last May 2008, he earned a master of arts in education at Muskingum College and acquiring an Ohio Principal's Licensure. He is married to Lois Cigavic who was a teacher at the elementary and high school levels. Presently, Mr. and Mrs. Cigavic co-teach a religion class of third graders at their church. Mr. Cigavic has taught a religious education class at St. William of York in Stafford, Va. Mr. Cigavic has two sons, one of which is a lawyer in San Fransisco, Calif., and the other son is in marketing in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Cigavic enjoys fishing, sports, theatre, riding his Harley Davidson and doing therapy dog activities for TDI with his dog, Daisy. Mr. Cigavic is a member of the Newcomerstown Elks Lodge.

Dates to remember:

Jan. 28: Early dismissal (1 p.m.) for inservice

Feb. 2: Shawn Harper, former NFL player, motivational speaker assembly

Feb. 9: Newcomerstown EVSD BOE meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 14: Winter Court Dance at 7 p.m.