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Newcastle Public Schools head back to the classroom

FOX 25 was on hand as Newcastle Public Schools kicked off the 2016 school year. (KOKH)

Newcastle Public Schools kicked off their school year with FOX 25!

Malcolm Tubbs was on hand and learned about the district fill a backpack event and sports and clubs from Superintendent Tony O'Brien.

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Newcastle extended their school day by a few hours and has moved to a four day school week as the state faces budget cuts.

Newcastle High School Principal Jennifer Beer said the high school has a peer program that helps freshman get acclimated to the school's procedures.

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The Newcastle Early Childhood Center hosts kids from pre-k to first grade.

Malcolm also spoke with Newcastle High School football coach Keith Bolles. The school will host a scrimmage Aug. 16. The team kicks off the season Sept. 5 against Noble. Newcastle women's basketball took home the gold in 2016 at the state tournament. The team only lost one senior from the championship team.

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