The Reds Tale
January 16, 2020
From the Desk of the High School Principal-Mr. Tom Roote
With an eight and a ten year old at home I am finely tuned into the challenges different types of media can present to Jack and Ava. For example, Jack likes to grab the comics out of the Sunday paper. When doing so, he has happened upon graphic images of the latest wild fire. Ava, now able to work the remote control, recently landed on a movie trailer showing the Hollywood version of a child being abducted. And finally, Jack is studying government in class. Questions abound as he has developed a pretty clear understanding of impeachment proceeding and our current president. Hitting home at Newark High School is the escalating conflict with Iran. A Google check on this topic revealed the following as first on a list of hits, "WW3: Is World War 3 about to happen? Will there be another war?" When news such as this trends there is always an increased need that we consider impact on our teenagers. We approach this work through the lens of being trauma informed.
From What is Trauma-Informed Care? we understand that, "When trauma occurs, it affects an individual's sense of self, their sense of others and their beliefs about the world. These beliefs can directly impact an individual's ability or motivation to connect with and utilize support services. A system utilizing a Trauma-Informed Care approach realizes the direct impact that trauma can have on access to services and responds by changing policies, procedures and practices to minimize potential barriers. A system utilizing a Trauma-Informed approach also fully integrates knowledge about trauma into all aspects of services and trains staff to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma and thus avoid any possibility of re-traumatization."
Work in this area is not easy as finding a healthy balance between sticking to the script and going off script to unpack what makes teenagers uneasy takes a great deal of thought. Despite the challenges, know we are doing all we can to stay abreast of the worry of our teenagers. We accomplish this by accessing the talents of our Counseling Office. Please consider engaging a counselor or psychologist as I do!
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From the Desk of the Administrative Intern-Mr. Jason Dentel
The Importance of Feedback:I started coaching soccer in Newark in 2000, and for the past ten years, I have coached at Empire United Soccer Academy, a premier soccer club in Rochester. For the past five years, I have attended National coaches conferences in Philadelphia and Connecticut. In saying all that, I am saying that I know a lot about coaching soccer and running a soccer program.
This season with the premier club, I am getting observations, both announced and unannounced, similar to our teachers. It would be easy to scoff at this and take all of the feedback with "a grain of salt." Instead, I look at these feedback sessions as opportunities for growth. If there is one nugget of information that can improve me as a coach, "Why wouldn't I listen?" The high school has held four feedback sessions with students and staff this year, and although some of the feedback is tough to hear, there are still nuggets within them that can help improve our school. For example, there was a question about the use of SRT referrals, a topic we are still trying to make more clear.
The feedback cycle in Newark has grown for both staff and students. For our staff, walk-thru and lesson plan checks provide in the moment "nuggets." They should create a dialogue about teaching and learning. For our students, our use of formative assessments gives feedback instantly to guide the direction in which we go next. During my many times inside classrooms, I see our staff providing feedback on both the behavioral and learning side of being a student in our school. This is a link is to an article that speaks to the power of feedback.
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The Main Office has a speaker bar if anyone is in need of it.
The Reds Tale will be off until February 13.
Ms. Stadler, "We have contracted with BOCES to deliver physical therapy services. Welcome Rachael Harding who will join us on Tuesday, January 21st. We plan to have her transition with Julie Howie to get up and running."
WTCC students should access their Williamson program and New Visions program during Regents week. Exceptions would only be as a result of a mid-term assessment or Regents.
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REPRINT: For many students, the January Regents week is a time to recharge. However, this school year all our English 11 students will take the NYS Regents. Additionally, students that have faltered in the first and second quarters will be required to report to school. Stay tuned for an invite to the latter that notes, "When a student falters during the first semester we respond with added opportunities to 'right-the-ship' so to speak. This effort is ongoing but increases in frequency and intensity during NYS Regents week (January 21-24) when we require a select group of students to access a menu of supports available only during the January Regents week. [Your student] is expected to report to the high school library to receive supports in [A, B, C]. These supports will be available for students throughout the week outside the times of their assigned exam(s). Supports available during this week include Regents prep, credit recovery support, specific work-completion, and lab makeup. If you have any questions, please reach out to the high school."
Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence
"Routines are the backbone of daily classroom life. They facilitate teaching and learning…. Routines don’t just make your life easier, they save valuable classroom time. And what’s most important, efficient routines make it easier for students to learn and achieve more." ~ Learning to Teach…not just for beginners by Linda Shalaway
"When teachers establish and consistently follow routines, the routines, not the teacher, become the "class manager"." ~Simonsen and Meyer
As we get closer to midterms and January Regents exams, our classroom routines and procedures are essential to maximizing a feeling of consistency and safety for all of our students. When routines and procedures are carefully taught, modeled, established, and re-established in the classroom, learners know what’s expected of them and how to do certain things on their own. By reviewing these routines monthly, you will be able to maintain consistency and fluency in your classroom. As we work to continue embedding our expectations and rule prompts into our daily lessons and activities, our students will have a clear understanding of expected behaviors and social-emotional skills. Having these predictable patterns in place allows teachers to spend more time in meaningful instruction and continue to create a safe environment for every student, every day.
Every Teacher, Every Day!
Tier I Pride acknowledges our wonderful teachers!
- Alex Hennessy - He stepped in to fill a position for several weeks without hesitation. He truly cares about the growth and success of the students and teachers he works with.
- Kirstin Roides - She is always checking in on me and making sure I am supported in my career mentally, academically, and emotionally.
- Lindsay Engels - She prepares her students while keeping the material interesting and fun.
- Justin Fladd - Coach Fladd hosted Teacher Appreciation Night with his Lady Reds Varsity Basketball Team. He provided a dinner and gifts for the teachers that team members nominated. He enjoys giving back and making sure teachers feel noticed.
- Dan Micciche - He collaborates with other teachers in his hallway to find the best way to address students who are struggling among several teachers.
- Jackie Miller - She always has the best new books and lovely displays to showcase the new texts for staff & students.
- Robin Uveges - She is such a positive light whenever you need a pick-me-up (or a quick protocol!).
- Jeff Sutton - He makes learning fun and realistic in all his business sections. Students love learning from him!
- Melissa Allison - She hosts detailed Community Circles and makes it a point to implement them during her curriculum.
- Chelsea Fladd & Jennifer Johnson - The dedication and commitment to helping students succeed via Link Crew is fantastic. The Midterm Review for the freshmen was great for academics but also helps build the bonds with the upperclassmen.
- Jason Breau - He took on the challenge his first year and midway through the year to add a freshman class into his schedule. Kudos!
- Haley Curley - She is always willing to collaborate with me.
- Stacey Brewer - She took on the role as the new National Honor Society Advisor and is doing wonderful things collaborating with other staff members to assist in the selection process.
- Department leaders- for their support preparing for midterm week
Document Sharing Space
Monday, January 20 at 12:45 pm at the Ohmann Theatre Cafe. The Wayne County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration (parade at noon). Contact: Rev. Mack Smith (585-319-4365), Pat Hall 585-737-2542 or Jim Wood at email@example.com (585-967-8687).
Wednesday, February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13 and June 10. College Wear Wednesday. Contact S Gardner.
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, 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.