NEWPORT -- The Soli Deo Gloria Honor Society of United Christian Academy has received a national charter from the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Charters are given to public, private and Christian schools after an extensive review of academic standards, national test scores and scores sponsored by the College Board (PSAT, SAT, AP exams). A national charter for UCA gives the school recognition with colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.

Feb. 1 is the next deadline for Box Tops. Participants need to clip and collect the "box tops" coupons that can be found on various grocery items. Put a child's initials and grade on the back of each box top to ensure that they get a chance to win a prize. The Parent Association provides a small prize to the students who bring in the most box tops. Each box top is worth 10 cents which helps raise money for UCA.

Wish List: Ellen Swenson would like to buy used kids and adults skis, goggles and ski helmets; Front Office, tissues.

Basketball schedules (all home games will be played at the Newport Elementary School unless stated otherwise. MB -- Newport Municipal Building): girls varsity, Feb. 4, UCA @ Mid VT, 1 p.m.; boys varsity, Feb. 4, UCA @ Mid VT, 2:30.

Calendar of Events: Feb. 6, PA meeting, 3 p.m.; Feb. 13-17, Love of Reading Week; Feb. 14, St. Valentine's Day; Feb. 17, Geography Night; Feb. 27--March 2, Winter Vacation; March 5, school resumes; March 16, St. Pat's Day; March 24, UCA Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show; March 29, Poetry Night; March 30, third quarter ends; May 5, UCA Benefit Dinner & Auction, Junior Class and parents.

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