The Reds Tale

May 31, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

The traditional African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” has been widely quoted. For example, the proverb is in the title of a Cara Stevens post dated December 23, 2015. The post titled It Takes a Village: 15 Parenting Quotes to Live By gives parenting advice for raising kids. I have adapted it a bit so that it is applicable to our students as we are hoping they will finish the year strong:

Making the Decision to Have a Child -- It is Momentous. It is to Decide Forever to Have Your Heart Go Walking Around Outside Your Body.-- Elizabeth Stone, author

  • The concept of passing a diploma along to a teenager is as much (or more) about families as it is about the graduate. If your future graduate is falling behind, remind them that they owe you a diploma and as a result, they must check the boxes to graduate!
Everybody is a Genius. But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree, It will Live Its Whole Life Believing That It is Stupid.-- Anonymous
  • If your future graduate is lagging, now is the time to use your best positive speak. Start your sentences with "You got this!" or "You are not alone." or "What can I do to help you?".
It's Easier to Say Yes Than to Say No...Don't be Afraid to Say No.-- Wendy Charest, mom of a college student
  • Repeat this phrase: "No" is also an answer. Giving in is a slippery slope that leads down to losing control. You are able to hold your lagging future graduate back from Seabreeze or the parade etc. if you feel they are not meeting your expectations.

You will Always be Your Child's Favorite Toy.--Vicky Lansky, author

  • You'll never regret dropping everything for 10 minutes to play a game with your kid. In fact, it is possible that your child would appreciate some help making up flash cards or is yearning for a quiet place to study. Give them the attention they need so they can achieve some small successes.
Listen to Your Children Now so They'll Talk Later.-- Anonymous
  • What is your student saying about graduation? Believe it or not, some students subconsciously start to undermine their success. What is he/she saying about the end of their high school career?
If He isn't Dirty at the End of the Day, He Hasn't had Enough Fun-- Jacqueline Carras, mom of two toddlers
  • It may feel counter-intuitive, but some unconditional/scheduled fun (movie, day-trip etc.) before graduation can motivate at a key time.
What's Easy isn't Always Right, and What's Right isn't Always Easy.-- Kristen Ingarra, teacher and mother of two
  • Think about the big picture. What is better, keeping your student home to finish a paper, or the prospect of summer school?
It's a Big Deal if You Make It a Big Deal.-- Colleen Kishore, mother of three
  • It is very normal for students to begin to engage in some avoidance as the warm weather hits. Slow and steady probably beats putting your foot down once and for all.
Press Pause.-- Arlene Cooke, clinical psychologist
  • As you tackle academic issues with your teenager, things may flare up. Instead of indulging in a tantrum or joining the screaming, press pause. Pressing pause is a great tactic even parents need a time-out now and then!
It is One Thing to Show Your Child the Way and a Harder Thing to Then Stand Out of It.--Robert Brault, author
  • I actually struggle with this quote because it suggests that maybe not graduating or maybe failing a course is the right pathway. I will note that you need to be aware of all, I mean all of the intended and unintended consequences of letting a teenager fail.
Don't Worry that Children Never Listen to You; Worry That They are Always Watching You.-- Robert Fulghum, author
  • The best way to get your child to stop texting and talk to you is to put down your phone and talk to him.
Take Your Time. It Goes So Fast.-- Stephanie Pitcher-Cohen, mom of three
  • Watch them sleep. Sniff their hair. Catch an extra snuggle when they least expect it. Put down your phone.

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

I did a training at our January faculty meeting regarding administering and proctoring the NYS Regents exams. As the administration of Regents is high stakes, I want to review some important information from the regulations.

Preparation of the examination room:

  • Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign posted on the door;
  • Have a clock visible to all students;
  • Clear desks and shelves; and
  • Cover or remove all instructional materials pertinent to subject area being tested

The uniform admission deadlines:

  • The uniform admission deadlines are 10:00AM for the morning exam and 2:00PM for the afternoon exam. This means that a student is not allowed to start an exam in the morning after 10:00AM and after 2:00PM for an afternoon exam.


  • Students are not allowed to have any electronics or any other materials not required for the test during the administration of the exam. Students should follow the same protocol as January and turn their device(s) in to the table set up outside the gym. I will read the electronics statement over the PA before each exam. If a student has a device on them during the exam, please contact an administrator.

Directions to students:

  • Students must use blue or black inked pen; a pencil is only used when they are making drawings or diagrams
  • After the exam, please make sure that students sign the declaration on the bottom of the answer (bubble) sheet


  • Please make sure there is a 30:1 student-teacher ratio in the gym at all times and circulate regularly when proctoring.


  • All exams will be scored in-house. Department leaders will organize grading teams for each exam.

These are just some highlights. You received the power point titled Administering and Proctoring NYS Regents Examinations and the highlighted version of the NYS Regents Regulations via email to review and sign-off with Ms. George after you have read them.

Mash Up

The senior parade to school route on Friday is being redirected. The parade route will follow East Ave to Miller, then Miller to Peirson. The South Main and W Maple intersection will be closed to all traffic this Friday. ~Start time is 9:30 am.

We are currently considering alternative locations to the auditorium that will allow for an outdoor graduation. Nonetheless, our auditorium is the spot where we will have an indoor graduation. Those not able to get tickets for an indoor graduation can tentatively plan to view the ceremony in the middle school auditorium.

The main office and athletic will be hosting a staff luncheon later in the morning on Thursday, June 21. Your ticket into the cafeteria is a dish to pass. If you have any food restrictions or preferences feel free to forego the "meat" we will provide. We will be happy to cook your veggie burger for you or mix your smoothie etc. In addition to fellowship we will honor our retirees.

REPRINT: Cap and Gown Walk: It has become a Newark tradition whereby seniors tour their feeder schools in their caps and gowns. I am happy to share that this ritual will come back this year. On June 6, immediately after the high school end of year awards ceremony, seniors will board buses and head to their first school (either Lincoln or Perkins) where they will get their cap and gown. After a walk in (11:20 am) those two building the group will head to Kelley (11:50 pm) by bus and then to Perkins Park for lunch. They will end their tour at the middle school (1:10 pm) and will get their yearbooks upon return to NHS. As an added touch this year I would like to invite our District Office Staff to join us in the park for some food and fellowship. Also, some staff/parents enjoyed doing a bit extra last year and baked for the kids. Anyone interested in doing so again should drop their goods off at the high school the morning of the event and it will be transported to Perkins Park.

REPRINT: Parking in the lower staff lot is going to get tight after the upcoming holiday. From the figure below you can see the planned footprint for several trailers that will be accessed regularly by contractors. Because they will be accessed, some flex space will be accounted for around them. The plan is to allow staff and some limited student parking to co-mingle in hopes all can be flexible.

Good morning Newark CSD!! We will be shaving our hair to raise critically needed funds for teen and young adult programs at 13thirty Cancer Connect as well as cutting-edge cancer research and compassionate, innovative patient-care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. We are holding a little fundraising competition up at the High School. 3 of our Staff members are participating in Bald for Bucks-Rochester, Tammy Garrett, Will Bean and myself (BillieJo Ross). Yes all 3 are of are going to shave our heads. I will be donating my hair for a wig as well. We will be kicking this fundraiser off with the kids next Tuesday and asking them to vote for who they think should shave their head by donating money into specific jars for each of us! Our students love a good competition!!! The big event will happen on the NHS morning announcements June 11th. Please tune in and see our results! Cick here for a link for donations. You can add to the voting by donating at an individual page or donate at our team page!

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Calendar Share

Thursday, May 31. Last Reds Tale. Contact: T Roote.

Friday, June 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the high school gym. District Wide Art Show. Contact: C Dentel.

Monday June 4 at 7:30 pm. High School Band Spring Concert in our auditorium.

Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 pm in our auditorium. High School Choral Spring Concert.

Wednesday, June 6 from 7:30-11:00 am. Academic Awards Ceremony. Contact: T Roote.

Wednesday, June 6 from 10:30-2:30 pm. Cap and Gown Walk. Contact: T Roote.

Friday, June 8 at 7:00 pm. Wayne Tech & Career Center Student Recognition Ceremony.

Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 am at the Alex Eligh Community Center. Laurel House 5K.

Upcoming Senior events summarized

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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

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The Newark High School Mission, Vision and Values

The Newark High School Mission: We are a school community with deeply held hometown pride, committed to readying young people to be life-long learners with experiences aimed at continuously motivating us to hone our skills in the complex tasks of teaching and learning. Our community is devoted to providing supports for the aspirations of our adolescents as they mature into adults with ambitious plans for college and careers.

The Newark High School Vision: Staff embody the school values and impart confidence while providing an inviting classroom environment with clear expectations and specific academic and behavioral goals. Students embody the school values through intellectual and emotional perseverance. Families embody the school values while remaining actively involved as advocates for their children and supporters of the school programs and staff.

The Newark High School Values: Safe, Responsible, Trustworthy, and Respectful.