The Reds Tale

March 30, 2017

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

If a measure of main office success is how many NHS issues trickle into district office, last week was an epic fail. Low-lights of the week:
  • "Good afternoon, this is NYSED calling. Please call back with information regarding..."
  • Parent message pertinent to a student leaving a classroom without permission, "She said that she has to make up the 2 minutes by staying after school from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. It’s not happening! I am not giving her permission to do so, that is the most ridiculous thing I have heard of. If my child was a terrible student and skipped class or left classes on a regular basis I would be all for it. It certainly isn’t her fault that the bathroom wasn’t properly equipped for her to use. I know for a fact if she thought for one second that she would get in trouble for it she would of never left and has told me that several other students leave early on a regular basis to go make out with their girlfriends/boyfriends. This was not the case at all!! This is absolutely absurd!"
  • Parent message pertaining to a conference scheduling glitch, "I am infuriated right now. [...] If this meeting does not take place TODAY that was scheduled YESTERDAY we will be making further legal actions! This is proving that the Newark High School does not care if the students attend school or to find a way to help get the child an education! I am sickened by this!"
  • Parent in a conference, "Mr. Roote, Mr. Wagner, I have forbidden my daughter from ever interacting with you!"
  • Parent response in the main foyer to student role in the chorus piece Glory from the movie Selma, "Disgusting!"

The good news is your main office has pretty thick skin. The bad news is that we cannot help but to carry our failures with us more so than we carry our successes. As of writing this both Ryan and I were reflecting on our effort on behalf of our students leading to the preceding. We were quick to vent (cannot share what that sounded like), but did spend a bit of time reminding ourselves of the following from our mission/vision, "Staff embody the school values and impart confidence while providing an inviting classroom environment with clear expectations and specific academic and behavioral goals." Given the differentiated instruction work happening in the building we cannot ignore that the sum total of the experiences of each and every one of our "customers" is different. Thus, our approach to imparting confidence and being inviting must be different depending on a multitude of variables. Unfortunately, the pace at which the prompts to differentiate come at us are difficult to keep up with and sometimes get away from us. We must always examine our overall mindset as it applies to the work we do with our families. Sometimes, a small adjustment there can lead to overarching improvement across the entirety of our work. One way to adjust a mindset is to manage the energy around it. From How to Unleash the Magnificent, Unstoppable Energy Inside You, "Daniel Goleman first became aware of spiritual energy three decades ago in Asia. The author of the best-selling Emotional Intelligence, Goleman was a Harvard graduate studying meditation in India when he noticed that most seasoned practitioners exuded what he calls "a special quality, magnetic in a quiet sense." Contrary to stereotype, these spiritual types did not seem otherworldly at all. "They were lively and engaged," he says, "extremely present, involved in the moment, often funny, yet profoundly at peace—equanimous in disturbing situations." What's more, it seemed to him that this quality was communicable: "You always felt better than before you'd spent time with them, and this feeling lasted. Goleman discovered that the components of spiritual energy are as carefully quantified in ancient traditions as waves and particles are in physics. "One of the words used to describe this magnetic state is sukha," he says, a Pali expression denoting a sense of "repleteness, contentment, delight—a calm, abiding joy regardless of external circumstances." Sukha is selfless in nature and connected to a greater purpose—which is why it increases through service to others. Traditional cultures recognize that spending time with individuals who radiate this quality is nourishing in itself. In the Hindu custom known as darshan ("presence"), people "tune in to someone who is already in that magnificent internal space," Goleman says, "catching it, so to speak, and carrying it out to others."

Give it a try!

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

We work hard as a school-community to not only provide students with the knowledge and skills to graduate high school, but also to prepare students for the path they choose after. As quoted from the Teacher Handbook, “The Capstone graduation requirements is representative of a student’s successful embodiment of our mission and vision. Meeting our Capstone requirements will give Newark High School students the opportunity to develop a range of skills and extend their learning beyond the classroom: (1) Public speaking (2) Research and writing (3) Reflection and critical analysis (4) Responsibility (5) Career exploration (6) Community awareness (7) Networking (8) Communication (9) Time management.”

The Capstone office presented an outline of the day to both the middle and high schools on March 16th, and we fielded many important questions that helped us better prepare. The following was decided based on some of the feedback and questions:

  • The scoring rubric was changed from “failed” to “needs improvement”
  • The schedule includes “runners” who will collect materials form the presentation site and bring them to room 258
  • The plan was reviewed to support students when their presentation needs improvement
  • A plan was developed to congratulate students after they are told they passed
  • Information for head panelists will be sent out this week

We would like to thank everyone for the feedback and questions. Please plan on meeting in the auditorium for a welcome at 10:30am before we begin the presentations. I know I speak for most of when I say that I am excited for Capstone Day on April 4th as I look forward to our seniors showcasing their high school experiences.

Mash Up

Please consider supporting your colleagues (Chelsea, Ryan, Ashley, Danielle, Eric, Katie and Justin) at the Wednesday, April 5 Board meeting. The team of teachers/counselors will join Ryan and I as we celebrate our efforts on the Plan for Excellence.

Kudos to the counseling office for their use of the website and Prezi to get a clear message out regarding college. This is a must view for all of us.

Last night Ryan and I conducted our last School Community Advisory Cabinet (SCAC) meeting of the school year. I have posted the agenda and notes under NHS News. We are particularly proud of the commitment from the following cabinet members: Margaret Clark, JoAnn Mincemoyer, Elaine Esan, Shawn Flanagan, Holly and Marc Kreuser, Suzanne Tulloch, Katie Childs, Yvonne MacTaggart, Kathy Cornwell, Christine Taylor, Valerie Michaels and Melissa Correia. Next year we will be working hard to blend the work of this group with that of the Student Advisory Cabinet (SAC).

Please let me know if you prefer your room to NOT be a Find the Fox location. Our next round of this fellowship promoting initiative will begin on Monday, April 10. Stay tuned.

As is typical, there will be a good admin. presence in the building next week. However, please know that as Ryan and I travel along the teacher recruitment trail, Chris and Robyn will be helping out.

REPRINT: Newark in France travel blog.

REPRINT: April 13 assembly schedule:

  • Period 1 7:30-8:08 am
  • Announcements 8:08-8:16 am

  • Period 2 8:19-8:57 am
  • Period 3 9:00-9:38 am
  • Period 4 9:41-10:19 am
  • Lunch 5 10:22-10:52 am
  • Period 6/7 10:55-11:33 pm
  • Period 8/9 11:36-12:14 pm
  • Period 5/6 10:22-11:00 am
  • Lunch 7 11:03-11:33 am
  • Period 8/9 11:36-12:14 pm
  • Period 5/6 10:22-11:00 am
  • Period 7/8 11:03-11:41 am
  • Lunch 9 11:44-12:14 pm
  • Period 10 12:17-12:37 pm
  • Period 11 12:40-1:00 pm
  • Interact Assembly in auditorium 1:00-1:45 pm
  • Pep Assembly in gymnasium 1:45-2:30 pm

UPDATED: The Interact Lip Sync Contest was cancelled. However, we will still hear a presentation by Honor Flight

REPRINT: April 4 Capstone Day early release schedule below:
  • Period 1: 7:30-8:07 am
  • Homeroom: 8:07-8:15 am
  • Period 2: 8:18-8:55 am
  • Period 3: 8:58-9:35 am
  • Period 5/6, 6/7: 9:38-10:15 am

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Calendar Share

Friday, March 31 in the AM. Tom Out for DASA Refresher with CSO's. Contact: T Roote.

Friday, March 31 at 10:00 am at Nye Road office. Wayne County Suicide Prevention Coalition Stakeholder Kick-Off Meeting. Contact: N Reinholtz.

Monday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 5-6. Tom and/or Ryan Out for Teacher Recruitment Road Trip. Contact: T Roote.

Tuesday, April 4 in the afternoon. Capstone Presentations. Contact: K Ganter.

Thursday, April 13 in the afternoon (see schedule in Mash Up). Interact Assembly/Pep Assembly. Contact: T Roote.

Thursday, April 13. Freshmen Ice Cream Social in the cafeteria from 12:17-1:00. Contact: W Bean.

By 3:00 pm on May 2. ↓65 Infinite Campus Grade Reports. Contact: T Roote.

Friday, May 5 at 3:00 pm. Field Trip Blackout Begins. Contact: T Roote.

Friday, May 12 at NRW. Special Olympics.

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.

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