Monday Message

from Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent

Monday, June 7, 2021

Dear Families,

Today Governor Cuomo and his team held a press conference where he provided clarification regarding updated guidance. At this time, we remain committed to following the official NYS guidance and we will change our reopening plan accordingly.

Specifically, the Governor announced the following:

  • The NYS guidance will be updated to allow for optional masks outside for both students and staff. We will implement this immediately.
  • The NYS masking requirements for students and staff while inside will not change and both students and staff will still be required to wear masks indoors.

As a district, we understand the weather is getting warmer and we will encourage mask breaks in classroom settings when students are socially distanced 6 feet apart. I am aware that some of you will not be pleased with this, while others will be grateful. Nevertheless, I do feel this is a step in the right direction and anticipate as I indicated in yesterday’s correspondence, a very “normal” opening in September.

Lastly, thank you for all the feedback. Each of your opinions is valued and your voice helps us better understand where our school community is on this issue.

Thank you,


Sue Hasenauer

Board of Education Meetings Open to Public

The Board of Education meetings are now open to the public; however, we must still limit capacity due to COVID restrictions. Please contact Stacy Warren at (315) 332-3217 or to sign up to attend or speak at an upcoming meeting. You will need to state the topic(s) you will be speaking about. Meetings are now held at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center (131 Drumlin Court). The Board will be meeting on the following dates: June 16th and July 14th. Please check the District website closer to the meeting date for the agenda and the starting time of the meeting.

Community Input Need at Federal Funding Meeting This Week

As you may have heard, the Newark Central School District is receiving Federal Funds to support Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). The funding in these two funds total approximately $7,667,004.

This funding will be used to address the impact of lost instructional time, carry out the implementation of evidence-based summer enrichment programs, carry out the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs, as well as preparing schools for reopening, testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to lessen the potential spread of COVID-19 in school buildings, as well as further preparing, preventing and responding to COVID-19.

Ed Gnau presented this information at last week's Board meeting on June 2nd:

School Districts are required to ask for public input on the use of these funds and you can do so at the Community Zoom meeting tomorrow evening.

Ed Gnau and Laurie Palmisano will be holding a Community Zoom Meeting on this topic on Tuesday, June 8th at 6:00 PM. Here is the link to attend that meeting:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 964 4162 0583
Passcode: 185388

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Superintendent for Business Ed Gnau at 332-3203 or and/or Superintendent Susan Hasenauer at 332-3205 or

Congratulations to Jaston Brooks!!

Jaston Brooks, a senior at Newark High School, has been chosen to compete nationally in the upcoming Jimmy Awards in July. We are so proud of your accomplishments Jaston! You can read the entire article here:

High School Awards Assembly Recipients Recognized

The High School held its Annual Awards Assembly on June 1st outdoors on the Football Field this year. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

Stephen Comstock Award: Sara George

Jim DeWitt Tough as Nails Award: Alexandra Briggs

Robert Stell Memorial Scholarship: Cameron Watson

Tyler Finn Memorial Award: Amelia Henson

Ashley Henkel Award: Michaela Colacino and Jacob Stalker

Sharon Marie All Scholarship: Alexandra Briggs

Taylor Bliss Memorial Scholarship: Emma Robbins and Michaela Colacino

Donna Comella Award: Michael Hermenet

John Marsh Memorial Award: Michael Hermenet

Brad Timerson Memorial Scholarship: Cameron Watson

Bob Binggeli Scholarship: Kylee Camacho and Dillan Hernandez

Newark Arcadia Memorial Post VFW: Sara George

August Mauer Post 286: Rachel George

Admiral Gehres Award: Joshua Mercer

Barbara and Russell Cuyler Award: Michaela Colacino and Julius Teabout

Robert Healy Memorial Award: Dillan Hernandez

Community Bank Business Award: Morgan Colacino

Business Awards: Morgan Colacino, John Comella, Ethan Puff, Hunter Horvat, Travontay Murray, Madeline Brownell

Anne Crothers VanNorman Award: Jacob Stalker

Kevin George Memorial Award: Jared Dennis

John Meath Memorial Award: Jackson Vermeulen

James Curtis Scofield Memorial Award: Brenna Stefanides

Derrick Chappell Memorial Award: Carter Steve

Rochester American Chemical Society Recognition Award: Sara George

Marietta Hobkirk Creative Writing Award: Ah’nja Conley

The State Education Department: Rachel George, Stephen Skvarek, Michaela Colacino, Alexandra Briggs, Carter Steve

Newark Coaches Athletic Awards: Emma Robbins and Dillan Hernandez

Cedric Tiebout Award: Carter Steve and Emma Robbins

The US Army Scholarship: Leah Lockwood and Elijah Malach

Most Outstanding Athletic Award: Trinity Wells and Travontay Murray

US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Awards: Broden Haltiner and Jenna Havert

Tracy Fenyn Bussani Award: Tyheria Streeter

US Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award: Trinity Wells

The Jeremiah Piano Memorial Award: Dillan Hernandez

Marlin Siegwalt Memorial Award: Carter Steve

George and Alice Mary Feller Memorial Prize: Rachel George

John & Carolyn Spafford: Jacob Brown

Why Memorial Day Essay Winner: Nick LaVilla

Victor Thomas: Michael Hermenet

DAR History Award: Rachel George

Lincoln School Fun at Field Day!

Lincoln School kicked off their Field Day on May 27th with a fun parade!
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Spring into Wellness with Virtual Health Fair

Please click on this link (Virtual Health Fair link) and explore the Wellness Virtual Health Fair brought to you by the Wellness in Newark Coalition (WIN). If you have any questions, please contact Krystal Crawford, Prevention Counselor, at (315) 332-3281 or
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Help Support Laurel House

As many of you know, Laurel House is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that hopes to be the first choice for families of Wayne County. It is a comfort care home where residents spend their final days, at no cost to themselves or others, surrounded by loved ones and kind-hearted staff and volunteers who attend to their needs. This facility is located right here in Newark! They are holding their Annual Laurel House 5K Run / Walk (live or virtual) on Saturday, June 12th. Please consider signing up for this amazing cause!!

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District Hiring Needs

The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:

  • Cleaners and Custodians
  • Food Service Helpers
  • Bus Drivers

Please complete an application that can be found under the Human Resources tab on the Newark website, and return to Susan Carr in Human Resources.

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