Community calendar for July 18, 2018


KNRLS Summer Reading Program continues

The Kemper-Newton Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program is currently underway. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock” and many of this summer’s events will be centered around music. Here is the remaining schedule for the Union, Newton and Decatur branches:

• 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, Decatur – make your own tambourine

• 2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 19, Union – strings instrument petting zoo

• 2-3 p.m. Monday, July 23, Newton – Rock candy Part 2 for teens and young adult

• 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, Union – Toads and tutus story time; 3-4 p.m. Decatur – Make your own wind chime

• 2-3 p.m. Thursday, July 26, Union – Percussion instrument petting zoo

• 3-5 p.m. Friday, July 27, Newton – Movie night: “Leap!”

UPSD to host two registration sessions

The Union Public School District will host registration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 19, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 20 in the high school cafeteria. Parents and guardians are asked to bring two current proofs of residency. These may include a current (June or July) electricity, gas or water bill, driver’s license, voter ID card, filed Homestead Exemption form, car tag receipt, or apartment or home lease. The fees are $40 for kindergarten (supply fee), $30 for grades 1-4 (supply fee), and $10 for grades 5-12 (instructional fee).

Middle and high school students who complete registration and pay their instructional fee will receive their class schedules for the 2018-19 school year.

Elementary students who complete registration and pay their supply fee will receive their postcards identifying their teacher for the 2018-19 school year.

Seventh graders must have proof of a TDAP booster on an Immunization Form 121.

Parents or guardians of new students must bring a copy of the students’ birth certificate, immunization record, Social Security card, two proofs of residency with one showing section, township, and range and withdrawal forms from previous school.

NCMS hosts Parent University

Newton County Middle School is hosting a Parent University for upcoming sixth grade students and their parents/guardians.  The event will be informative inclusive of introductions to of the sixth-grade teachers and each teacher’s classroom procedures; subject content and resources; and to answer any questions or concerns.  The night will involve a rotation system simulating a normal day in the life of a sixth grader.  Families are encouraged to enter the building at the NCMS sign.  There are two optional nights, July 24 or 26th, and families are encouraged to plan to stay from 3-7 p.m.

Extension service to host third annual ‘Christmas in July’ learning session

Newton County’s Mississippi State University Extension Service will be sponsoring a morning of educational sessions for the community on Wednesday, July 25 at MSU Experiment Station, Newton. Included in the event will be how-to instructions on decorating dining areas with local greenery, directed by Jim DelPrince. Registration costs $10. Other experts from around the state will be converging to deliver this information at the event.

Newton Historical Cultural Commission to host meeting

The Newton Historical Cultural Commission will host its annual meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Hoye House. The meeting will be for the purpose of electing officers and board members for the upcoming year. All members and other interested persons are invited to attend.

Chunky Fire Department to host first crafts fair

The Chunky Fire Department will be hosting its first ever crafts fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the Chunky Ballfield. Any vendors interested can contact the Chunky Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page. Everyone is welcomed.

Lake youth football/cheerleading registration now through Aug. 3

Lake Youth Sports Organization is holding open registration for 2018 football and cheerleading until Aug. 3. Forms can be picked up at The Hornet’s Nest in Lake or by texting/calling Wendy Clark at 601-507-8249 to have one emailed. The fee for football is $80 and cheerleading is $60. Each child will keep their uniform at the end of season. Please make checks payable to Lake Youth Organization. A copy of birth certificate is required. Registration forms are to be returned to Lake Youth Organization, P.O. Box 61, Lake, MS 39092. For any questions, please feel free to call Robert Savell at 601-919-7924.

NCSD open house set Aug. 6

Newton County Schools will be hosting 2018-2019 Open Houses on Monday, August 6th.  The NCMS/HS campus’ event will be from 1-6 p.m. with a Sixth-Grade Parent Meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the NCMS/HS cafeteria. Sixth grade students will need to pick up their schedules before 5 p.m. 

Families of sixth-12th grades are encouraged to visit the curved wall at the front entrance and receive directions from there.  The NCES families are encouraged to visit the NCES campus from 2-6 p.m.

New to the registration process this year is online free/reduced application available now.  Go to and fill out the 2018-2019 document while online.  If you have not completed the registration process, please visit the district website and click on the SchoolMint link.   

NCSD uniform swap set

Newton County Schools will host a Uniform Swap for families of the Newton County School district.  The event will be from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, in the Danny Lindsley Gymnasium, located on the NCES campus.  The event is supported by volunteers and churches within the Newton County School district.  For more details or to “sponsor” a student and provide school supplies or uniforms for those in need, please call/text NC Parent Liaison Janine Vincent at 601-357-0143. 

Union Public School District to host open house

Open House for Union Public School District will be Sunday, Aug. 5 from 2-5 p.m. Students’ first day of class is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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