Indian Valley Local Schools

Students attending grades 1-12 in the Indian Valley Local School District are set to begin classes for the 2019-2020 school year on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Kindergarten students will use a two-day phase in with all students attending Friday, Aug. 23. Starting time for students will be 8 a.m., with the school day ending at 3 p.m.

Bus routes will be the same for many students, but there will be some changes.

Any new students to district will be notified by their bus driver of the pick-up time. Any necessary adjustments will be made after an accurate count of passengers is established. For any busing questions, contact Aaron Haney at 740-254-4262 or at

Lunch prices for the 2019-20 school year have been set. Type A lunches for grades K-5 will be $2.50; reduced lunch is $.40; grades 6-12 will be $2.75; reduced lunch is $.40; adult lunches are $3.25. Extra milk or juice will be $.50. Breakfast will be available at all buildings. Cost for breakfast will be $1.25; reduced breakfast $.50. Supply fees are $40.00 for students in grades K-8. High School students’ supply fees are determined by classes taken throughout the year. Parents with students in grades K-8 are offered a $5.00 discount if they pay their fees on or before Oct. 7, 2019.

Supply lists for Midvale Elementary, Port Washington Elementary, and Indian Valley Middle School are posted at the buildings and also available on the schools websites. Go to and click on the respective building to find the link to the supply lists.

Any kindergarten student needing to register and be screened can call Midvale Elementary at 330-339-1191 or Port Washington Elementary School at 740-498-8389 to schedule an appointment. Your child must be 5 year old by Aug. 1 to register.

Senior Citizen passes for athletic events are again available at all buildings after Aug. 14, 2019. A new pass is required for the 2019-20 school year. The pass is available for anyone age 60 or older and must be retired and living in the Indian Valley District. Proof of age and address is required.

All-Sport Passes will be on sale at the High School after Aug. 14, 2019.

Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District

The Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District will begin the 2019-20 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 for all staff. The first day for students will be Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. Students attending classes at Buckeye Career Center will begin on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019 for new students and Aug. 20, 2019 for all students.

School starting and closing times are: East Elementary School (Grades K-1) at 8:30 a.m. and 2:50 p.m.; West Elementary School (Grades 2-5) at 8:15 a.m. and 2:55 p.m.; Newcomerstown Middle School (Grades 6-8) at 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.; and Newcomerstown High School (Grades 9-12) at 8:15 a.m. and 3:07 p.m. Students that walk to school should not arrive before 8:00 a.m. Parents are to call the school absence line at 740-498-4086 to report their child absent from school.

Cafeteria prices will be as follows: Breakfast cost is free for all grade levels.

Lunch cost is as follows:

Newcomerstown East Elementary School (K-1) is free.

Newcomerstown West Elementary (2-5) is $2.90 and reduced is .40 cents.

Newcomerstown Middle School (6-8) is $2.90 and reduced price is .40 cents.

Newcomerstown High School (9-12) is $2.90 and reduced price is .40 cents.

Extra milk is .50 cents and adult meals cost $3.25.

The Administrative Staff for the 2019-20 School Year includes:

Superintendent of Schools Jeff Staggs, East Elementary School Principal, Brian Collins, West Elementary School Principal, Erin Peoples, Newcomerstown Middle School Principal, Jason Peoples, Newcomerstown High School Principal, Josh Branch, and Newcomerstown High School Assistant Principal, Dirk Gadd. The technology coordinator for the district is Shawn Dakin. The curriculum coordinator is Seth Corder and the special education director is Chris Lipinski.

The annual back to school packet, which should be completed, on the online parent portal includes emergency medical authorization forms, free and reduced lunch forms, payment of student fees, and early dismissal forms. Please complete no later than Aug. 23, 2019.

School insurance forms are available on the website.

Every Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District School Bus passed inspection by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Students in second through fifth grade who live in the East Elementary School end of town can walk to the East Elementary School in the morning and ride a bus from East Elementary School to the West Elementary School or to Newcomerstown Middle School. Kindergarten and first grade students that live in the west end of town can walk to the West Elementary School in the morning and ride a bus from the West Elementary School to the East Elementary School. School buses will not pick up students within the borders of the village unless under special circumstances. The out-of-town bus routes will remain the same as last year. Some minor bus route changes may occur after the start of the school year. If you have questions about a particular bus route, please call the Superintendent’s Office at 498-8373. Students riding the bus to the Buckeye Career Center should be at Newcomerstown High School at 6:50 a.m.

West School

The first day of school is right around the corner. Here is some important back to school info:

Open House for West School students will be 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Students and their families are invited to come into the building, find their classroom and meet their teachers.

School starts for students on Monday, Aug. 19.

Our doors will not be open before 7:30 a.m. When students arrive at school, they should enter either the front doors on Beaver Street or the back doors by the art room and cafeteria (off the back parking lot.) All other doors will be locked. We ask that parents do not come into the building and walk their child to their classrooms. Staff members will be out in the hallways to help students find their way. As part of our school safety plan, parents are permitted in the building only if they have signed in at the office and picked up a visitor’s badge.

When students arrive at school they should report to the cafeteria. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria until 8:15 a.m. every day. Breakfast is free for all students.

The tardy bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. Please make sure that your student arrives on time.

We are looking forward to another great school year! Please call with any questions or concerns you may have. Our office phone number is 498-4151.

Here are some ways to keep up with school events and happenings throughout the year:

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You can also find us on Facebook- Newcomerstown West Elementary School.