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Christmas tree recycling available, St. Paul FFA excels in competition, Veritas killing it on PSATs, parent group on tap in January

GARY ALLEN - The Newberg High School Performing Arts Booster Club hosted its annual Winter Gala dinner and concert Dec. 14 at the Drea Ferguson Auditorium. The event featured performances from band, orchestra and choir students.

Recycle your Christmas Trees

The Newberg High School Grad Night Committee will soon recycle Christmas trees as a fundraiser for its year-end party for the Class of 2018. Appointments for pick up can be scheduled for Dec. 30 or Jan 6. Trees can also be dropped off from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 28 at Newberg Hardware. Suggested donation is $10. To schedule a pick up, call 503-318-5921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To stay up to date with 2018 Grad Night activities, including updates from the committee, visit http://bit.ly/2BwWIwz, join their Facebook page (NHS 2018 Grad Night Parents) or subscribe to their email list by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Grad Night meetings are held in the high school commons on the third Monday of each month.

St. Paul FFA students excel

Members of the St. Paul High School FFA performed well at the District FFA Knowledge and Creed Events Dec. 12, with two students and one team taking first place. Madelyn Nicklous won the Individual Knowledge competition, with Allyson Nicklous placing second. The Nicklous siblings also teamed up with Mason Rose to take first place in the team competition and will compete at the state convention in March. Madelyn Nicklous also won the Creed competition to advance to sectionals in March, with Allyson Nicklous placing fourth.

Veritas class of 2019 aces PSAT

The junior class at Veritas School performed well on the recent PSAT test, which also serves as the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The Class of 2019 finished in the top 10 percent of schools nationally on the math section and in the top 7 percent in total score. In addition, two students placed in the top 1 percent in the nation in total score.

Parent group offered in January

Newberg First United Methodist Church will host a Parent-to-Parent Colaborative Problem Solving (CPS) Overview group in January. The group is intended for parents — including foster, adoptive, step and grandparents — of kids who have behavioral challenges and whose parents are interested in learning more about CPS, a strength-based neurobiologically-grounded approach. All groups are confidential and provide parents the opportunity to: gain a new perspective on challenging behavior and a new way of helping their child; improve relationships, reduce conflicts and help their child develop needed skills; and gain support from other parents. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. To register, call Jan Urton at 503-435-9107 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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