November Student of the Month

Congratulations to Mathew Hursey for being selected as the November Student of the Month.

Mathew is a senior who is a member of the marching band, and he also serves as a Team One and Interact member.

Mathew has been invited to the Newcomerstown Honors Banquet three years, and he is a member of the National Honor Society. He was chosen to attend the leadership development program named Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) in Warren, where a variety of topics are covered such as leadership fundamentals and ethics, communication skills, problem solving and conflict management, and community and global citizenship.

Outside of school, Mathew is a nine year member of the Buckhorn Tribe 4-H Club where he has taken over six different projects and has served as a camp counselor. He was chosen to attend the Ohio State 4-H Leadership Camp at Camp Ohio to represent Tuscarawas county.

Mathew also stays active by playing soccer for Kids America, and he also participates in SOCCA in the spring. Mathew's future plan is to attend Wilmington College and pursue a career in agronomy.

Driver's Training

Drivers training book work classes are available through the East Central Ohio Educational Service Center. Students must enroll in classes by contacting Donna Golec weekdays from 8 a.m. to Noon at the ECOESC office at 330-308-5349, text iPad at 740-229-9105, or email at with the student's full name, mailing address, date of birth, phone, which school he/she attends, and which class they would like to enroll in. Informational fliers with dates and times of classes are available in the high school office. The next class that will be held at Newcomerstown High School will begin in March; however, there are other classes available at the ECOESC in New Philadelphia.

Junior class fundraiser

Members of the junior class are selling candy bars and chocolate covered pretzel rods as a fundraiser for prom. Candy bars are $2 a piece and pretzel rods are $1 a piece. The junior class would appreciate any support you can provide in this fundraiser.

Thanksgiving break

There will be no school for students Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. Students will return to school on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

The first day of deer season is included as part of the Thanksgiving break. Any student planning to go deer hunting during school time should do so after careful deliberation and by following proper procedures.

One or two additional days may be permitted depending on grades and/or attendance. The necessary forms that students will need to fill out in order to receive approval can be picked up in the office and must be returned by Friday, Nov. 22.

Early release

Students will be released at 1:07 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Midterm grades

The midterm for the second nine week grading period is Friday, Nov. 22. Once the midterm grades are submitted, they will be mailed home on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

School culture

From the start of the school year, we have been stressing the importance of a positive school culture to our students. Kindness and respect are the core values of our school culture, and it is an expectation for everyone at Newcomerstown High School! Your son or daughter may have mentioned this to you; I speak to them about it at least once a week.

Positive school culture starts with each student reflecting upon and monitoring their actions and words and focusing on their academic achievement and school involvement.

Please stress to your son/daughter the value of putting their academics first and the importance of demonstrating kindness and respect to everyone. Students have embraced this concept, and I look forward to watching them carry it over into their college careers and into the workforce.