The Reds Tale

February 6, 2020

From the Desk of the High School Principal-Mr. Tom Roote

As I type I am feeling a bit down in the dumps as some bad news regarding a handful of seniors chasing passing Regents scores and passing course grades hit my inbox. Basically, a few seniors "no showed" their assessments during Regents week. Reducing this issue to its most basic parts is to say if graduation were tomorrow, this group would not graduate.

Since me operating down in the dumps does not serve anyone well I thought about what I could do to operate as a catalyst for change here. To that end, I asked staff to share their collective wisdom with our seniors. Essentially, I asked the question, "Knowing what you know now, what would you do differently your senior year." Here are some responses:

  • Me: I would have worked much harder in French class and would have taken an extra math and extra science course the summer before college as calculus and physics in college were brutal.
  • Mark Eakins: It is never too early to start some positive habits that will follow you through life.
  • Melissa Allison: If only you knew the freedom in your life and your learning that comes with college.
  • Amy Austin: "our word is your bond.
  • Jayne DePugh: Don't sweat the petty stuff!
  • William Bean: Take a moment reflect on where you are now. Where you are is a combination of your thoughts and actions. The past is the past, and the choices you make will effect your future. When you are unsure of where you are or where you are going, stop and ask for directions to help you get back on track.
  • John Dalton: Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad and work on internships. The more you experience, the more you will come to understand yourself and what you what to pursue.
  • Michael Celent: Fortune favors the bold. On the other hand, the person who first said this got killed soon after saying it-so maybe 'fortune favors the thoughtful' would be the better way to go.
  • Sarah Kiley: Everyone has times when things fall apart - remember that life can change in a heartbeat and the value of all the work you put in now will pay off for a lifetime.
  • Robert Humphrey: Good Enough" is never "Good Enough.
  • Beth Ketcham You are in charge of your own journey, You can accomplish anything,if you put your mind to it.can accomplish anything
  • Chris Corey: Do everything. Hang out with friends, join a club (with a friend), play a Spring sport even if you’ve never played, stay up late, go to away sectional events, go to the musical. Do everything.
  • David Roman: Love yourself and others enough to succeed in achieving excellence in mind body and spirit.
  • Michael Palmer Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.
  • Stephen True Whether it is your teacher, your mentor, your boss, or your spouse, the most important interaction with them is to listen with all of your attention. You need not be brilliant or solve their problem on the spot, you just have to care.
  • Michael Ciranni: Manage your time wisely.
  • Jason Dentel: Don't count your time...Make your time count!
  • Rebecca Hauf: If I only knew that I would regret not continuing my education past an associates degree, I would tell my younger self to stick with it, finish the task, stay strong! I would of had the chance to touch so many more young lives if I had become the teacher I'd always dreamed of being.
  • Stacey Brewer: Grades do not define you - hard work and effort will take you farther than any thing else.
  • Karen Cline: When you stop pushing the bolder up the hill, it tends to roll backwards and crush you!
  • Donice Mulberry: When you enter collage , you will miss your loved one. Focus on the new friends you will make, for they also are missing home 'even if they say they aren't they are' . It won't be long before your wings take flight!
  • Nicole Favreau: My wise words consist of two of my favorite quotes..."It's the journey not the destination" and "One day at a time."

Finish strong!

Contact me at or 315-332-3250.

From the Desk of the Administrative Intern-Mr. Jason Dentel

As part of my administrative program, I am reading the book Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. The book looks at how to change things when change is hard. As an educator of 22 years, change is inevitable, and I have learned that we all react differently to it. A clear path is vital for a successful transformation.

This year we are utilizing a classroom referral as part of our management of student behavior. I have had many conversations with students, teachers, and parents, and a lack of clarity has emerged. Questions about purpose and benefits seem to be the most prevalent.

  • For the teacher: a classroom referral is an excellent tracking mechanism for individuals and classes. It should inspire possible Tier 1 interventions or give data to support a possible SRT referral. In all cases, it should spark a conversation related to the classroom matrix and our school's core values. (respectful, responsible, safe, and a community).
  • For the Parent: it should be reassuring that your child's story will be utilized by administration when we meet with them. I met a student last week, and as we processed a referral about disruptive behavior, we were able to discuss some of the stories her classroom referral was telling. The time spent talking about the "story" this student referrals were telling is of enormous benefit as it allowed her to be vulnerable.
  • For the student: it allows them to be held accountable to the expectations of a classroom in a way that is teachable and not always punitive. It gives opportunities to be reflective. It also allows students to lessen the impact of behavior on their learning.

The data comprised of this work informs building-wide decisions. For example, phone usage is still an issue here at NHS. A committee of hardworking, dedicated professionals created a building-wide incentive based on this data. This incentive rewarded the grade level with the most significant improvement in this area. The classroom referral process informed this need. As an administrative team, we continue to build the usage of this data and are encouraged by the multitude of ways it is currently being used.

Contact me at or 315-332-3255.

Mash Up

During National School Counseling Week we recognize that school counselors are instrumental in "Helping Build Better Humans." To that end, we want to focus public attention on the unique contributions of school counselors at NHS and in all schools. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve! At Newark High School our entire counseling office works tirelessly on behalf of students needing a path to college, a path to work, a path through high school or any path. Enjoy my favorite poem that seemingly references the role of our school counselors!

Enjoy Friday treats in the staff room as a small reminder that counselors help build better humans!

The Reds Tale will be back on February 27.

Mrs. Renee Bailey, "Please take time to notice that art work has now been added to the walls of the CSE meeting room/fish bowl/previously the senior lounge/ previously the AD office. The room across from Guidance with all the glass! We will be working on a sign! Scott M painted it for us back in the fall and we are now starting to add a rotating art display in there from our Media Arts and Fine Arts classes. Our students, as part of our state standards, will be helping the with the displays. Tyleek Sevor and McKenna Kersten just aided in the first installation. Hope you enjoy it!"

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Every February across the United States, teens and those who support them join together for a national effort to raise awareness to teen dating violence. Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. By joining together every February, we can spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts! The theme for 2020 is "1thing" This focus is on meeting teens where they are at. By learning one thing about teen dating violence and sharing that with a friend, every teen can make a difference. Every step towards ending dating violence is an important one. Mrs. Crawford will be sharing facts on the announcements through out the month and students will be encouraged to take a healthy relationship quiz to examine their own relationships.

Sexting behavior among teenagers can siginficantly impact ones digital footprint. While the law on this behavior is difficult to navigate, all should be aware that when the school has knowledge (reasonable suspicion) that a photo is circulating, all efforts will be made to end the cycle of circulation. This effort often starts by securing the phone for law enforcement. More on this topic can be found at Teen Sexting in NY. As a reminder, NHS prescribes to the philosophy at Common Sense Media. We also lean on Jostens/Scott Fitch for help finding the words to educate our students on this topic. Please review their resources.

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1:1 Device News and Notes

Students are reminded that being prepared with their 1:1 device is a requirement of most of our classrooms. We are finding it difficult to manage the concept that a student is regularly in possession of their lunch money, cell phone, folders and back pack; but not their device.

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Calendar Share

Wednesday, February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13 and June 10. College Wear Wednesday. Contact S Gardner.

February 11 is WEAR ORANGE day for Teen Dating Violence Awarenes

Saturday, March 21 from 7:00-10:00 pm at the Alex Eligh Community Center. Senior Snow Ball. Contact D Barry

First Tuesday of each month. Staff Meeting. Contact T Roote

Thursday, March 26, Thursday, April 30 and Thursday May 28. Below 65 Detailed School Tool Reports. Contact: T Roote.

Thursday, April 30. Capstone Day. Contact D Barry, K Ganter or R Ross

Upcoming Field Trips

  • Wednesday, March 4: Monroe County Math League meet. 7:30-3:00 pm. Contact: Lori Reed.
  • Monday, March 16: Counseling Office, Rochester Convention Center. 8:00-12:00 pm. Contact Danielle McGavisk.
  • Wednesday, March 18: Child Psychology Class to Roosevelt Children's Center 7:50-10:50 am
  • Wednesday, January 8: Rochester Museum & Science Center 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.

  • Friday, February 7, 9:45 am-12 pm, Career Day at Geva Theatre. Contact: Emily Howard

  • Monday, May 18. Physics Day at Darien Lake 9:00 am-6:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.

  • Tuesday, June 2: Drama Club, Auditorium Theatre. 6:00-11:30 pm. Contact: Emily Howard.

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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, Respectful and A Community.