Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent
Creating a Mission Statement
On May 16th, the District-wide Strategic Planning Committee came together to continue the work from the April 30th meeting where 45 teachers, administrators, parents, and community members spent Saturday morning together to talk about the key areas of focus in our district as we move forward with the creation of our new Strategic Plan.
As indicated in previous communication, the District is committed to valuing the work that began in 2014 when the Warner School facilitated the strategic planning process. Therefore, the vision of the District and the priority areas will remain the same (Academic Program, Culture and Climate and School/Family/Community Partnerships). However, what wasn’t identified during this time was a mission statement.
A mission statement is used by an establishment to explain, in simple and concise terms, its purpose(s) for being. It is usually one sentence or a short paragraph, explaining a company's culture, values, and ethics. During this session, contributors focused specifically on writing a mission statement. Participants broke up in their original groups aligned with the District’s “Big Rocks” and utilized the entire session to come up with a statement they felt reflected our District.
They focused on “the what”, “for whom” and “the why”. The golden rule of thumb…can your mission statement fit on a T-Shirt? Will everyone know it? Will it be uniformly seen, heard and felt when you walk into our schools. If you need more information regarding how to write a mission statement, please use the following link for a quick tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xs4I349cdc. Here are the four choices we came up with!
The Newark’s Central School District’s Mission is to…
- Educate, engage and empower every student, every day because today is now and the future matters.
- Every day we inspire and empower all students to chase and achieve their dreams.
- Educate and engage today to empower for tomorrow.
- As life-long learners, we will create a positive, inclusive and empowering community to provide equitable access, opportunities and engagement for the future success of every student, every day.
Which one do you like best? We would like to hear from you – please take the time to vote for which statement defines our daily purpose. Please click on this link to vote by Friday, June 3rd: https://forms.office.com/r/y0jyPLfpZv
Thank you in advance for contributing to our strategic planning process! Our next step in this process will be to define our core beliefs. If you wish to be part of that process, please contact Stacy Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's Capstone Time!
This year I had the distinct pleasure for the first time to participate in our District’s Capstone Presentations by being part of a panel that observed the seniors as they presented their culminating project before being handed their cap and gown…a true rite of passage.
For those of you unaware of what a Capstone Presentation entails, it is an opportunity for students to explain their their personal/academic journey throughout their High School career. Students give an overview of their Senior Paper and conclude their presentation with a brief question and answer session.
- Must be between 8-12 minutes long
- Must include a digital media component (Examples include student created PowerPoint, Prezi, Sway, Google Slides)
Our entire program consists of the following components:
- 20 Community Service Hours
- Healthy Choices Reflection Writing Assignment
- 10th Grade Argumentative Paper
- 12th Grade Senior Paper
- Senior Digital Media Presentation
As I learned about each student’s journey throughout their life, and how that connected to their thesis statement, I couldn’t help but think about how each one of them have already had an impact on the lives around them and in their community. Their maturity and insight brought me back to my own purpose and some of my learnings through these student’s eyes based on their selected quotes included:
- At the end of the day, you are solely responsible for your success and failure…
- Your self-worth and the importance of your happiness is the most crucial element to being successful and finding yourself…
- Normality is a paved road: It is comfortable to walk on but no flowers grow on it…
- I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed…
- They are wise beyond their years and I have no doubt each one of them will be highly successful…
I left thinking about all of the possibilities life offers for our youth, reminiscing about the dreams I once had, some of which have been fulfilled, others that were not as I missed some of the very lessons these students already know. They are bright, capable, driven and their diverse experiences in life and in the Newark Central School District will truly make them an asset to the new world they are about to experience. Congratulations to all of our seniors who shared their project this week and a very special thanks to Tori, Lisa, Trent and Emma who inspired me through their life story.
A Fun Newark Middle School Family Night
It was a great night!! We had about 50 students and their families come out and enjoy the night.
Student Pitch Competition: 2022 Eligibility and Submission Guidelines
Health and Wellness
Upcoming Board of Education Meetings
The next Board meeting will be held on June 1st at 6:30 PM. This meeting will be in-person at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center. You can view this meeting (and all Board meetings) by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/nhsreds
If you would like to speak during Public Comment at a Board meeting you can sign up ahead of the meeting by contacting Stacy Warren at 332-3217 or email@example.com or there will be a sign up sheet at the entrance to the Conference Room.
You can find a complete list of the Board meetings happening during the 2021-22 school year on our website. Please check the website closer to each meeting date for the agenda.
The 7th Annual Laurel House 5K is Back in Full Force!
When: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Can't be there on June 11th? Take advantage of our virtual option. Send in your time and a photo and they will include you in our race results.
Time: 9:00 am start
*Packet Pick-up: Day of race in Central Park Bandstand beginning at 7:30
Where: Registration is in Central Park. The race begins on Main Street near the Post Office and ends on East Avenue near Alex Eligh Community Center
Why: All proceeds will benefit Laurel House Comfort Care Home, 224 Fair Street, Newark NY
Cost: $30 until June 6, 2022 / $35 day of race
Includes: *Race Shirt guaranteed to the first 200 participants. (not just Newark Staff ALL registrants) Race bag with snacks, coupons and surprises
*Packet Pick-up: Day of race in Central Park Bandstand beginning at 7:30
Race Awards - Awards for top three male/female finishers in the following categories: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70+
Post Race Raffle: Stay after awards and enter our raffle! Must be present to win!
Chicken BBQ - Purchase tickets for our chicken BBQ sponsored by Old Mill BBQ. BBQ can be picked up after the race
Click Here to Sign Up: Laurel House 5K Walk/Run. - 9am (runsignup.com)
Safe Schools Hotline
In response to the needs of our community, I am excited to introduce to you a Safe School Helpline as a preventative measure to safeguard our students and our schools PreK -12. This helpline has been developed for you, our students, parents and staff members to help maintain safety and the most positive school environment possible. The hotline can be used to report wrongdoings or illegal activity. Any type of information involving a threatening situation to students, the school or staff should be reported. Examples include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, weapons, bullying, drugs and alcohol and theft. It is confidential, anonymous and available 24/7. For students that need immediate assistance, a counselor will be on hand and responsive.
To access this line, just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information. Or TEXT: 614-426-0240 Then type: TIPS Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken. Posters and brochures will be visible throughout the District and information will also be on our website.
Thank you again for your continued support to continually improve your child’s education and sense of belonging in our District. If you have any questions regarding the Safe School Helpline, please don’t hesitate to call. I am looking forward to an amazing school year!
Please click here to access additional information on our Safe School Helpline from our website: https://www.newarkcsd.org/safeschoolhelpline
District Hiring Needs
The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:
- Elementary Teacher
- Special Education Teachers
- Science Teacher
- Living Environment Teacher
- Reading Teacher
- Business Teacher
- Spanish Teacher
- French Teacher
- Technology Teacher
- Long Term Sub Elementary Teacher
- Long Term ELA Teacher
- Building Substitute Teachers
- Speech Therapist
- Teaching Assistants
- Teacher Aides
- Bus Drivers
- Bus Monitors
- Clerical Positions
Please click here for a newsletter from Dan McAlpin, Executive Director of Human Resources. There are links in the newsletter to apply for any of the above positions. https://www.smore.com/6qrxm