The Reds Tale

Summer 2019 (Edition II/II)

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

Ever since I studied a marketing unit in high school I developed a fascination with the concept of branding. As a result I was excited to learn that a closer look at the brand or values (P-A-W-S, Script N, S-P-A-R-K-L-E etc.) informally trademarked in each of our buildings was reconsidered so that it focused us on a District brand instead of individual building brands. To that end, Newark PRIDE is apparent when we are:

  • Safe
  • Respectful
  • Responsible and
  • A Community

Consider the following from the article, Why Is Branding Important To An Organization? 4 Benefits of Organizational Branding, "When you communicate your brand throughout your organization, amazing things start to happen. It will become easier for your team to achieve success because they all know what success for the company looks like. Your brand will be empowered because employees will handle situations with consistency and purpose. [...]

To strengthen your brand, consider the way it’s thought of with your audience. Is your brand recognizable within your community? When people speak to others about your brand, how do they do it? The article went on to get into some of the specifics of branding. What really got my attention was the concept of memorability, "One of your top goals with your brand should be to achieve a high level of brand awareness. Any elements that promote awareness are inherently memorable. Brand elements that gain your audience’s attention are more likely to help with recall or recognition. This helps you stay memorable to those most important to you."

I am excited to share that each member of our staff will receive a fox (stuffed of course) that can accompany them on all their exploits living the value "We Are A Community". Exploits will be documented on Twitter with #neighboREDS.

Contact me at or 315-332-3250.

From the Desk of the Assistant Principal-Mrs. Robyn Ross

Teamwork is the name of the game when it comes to inspiring a positive culture showered with school pride. Regardless of whether you work in a primary, elementary, or secondary school, creating and maintaining a strong atmosphere of school pride takes a lot of work from a team of educators. I think everyone can agree that having a culture centered upon school pride can make a huge difference for students. I have witnessed it with our pep assemblies, cheering on our unified basketball team, awards assemblies, or watching our seniors present their Capstone projects.

The culture of our district is built upon a foundation of core values to ensure not only student achievement but nurture of the heart and soul. Newark PRIDE represents the values that we strive to represent daily through our choices, words and actions.

Here at Newark High School we show our pride by being safe, respectful, responsible, a community. We are:

  • Safe: (1) Be physically and emotionally safe
  • Respectful: (1) Have integrity, empathy and compassion (2) Do your part, consider what you and others need (3) Work with others, take turns
  • Responsible: (1) Own your actions and learning (2) Make things right (3) Complete tasks on time with quality
  • A Community: (1) Look out for each other (2) Support, challenge and collaborate (3) Celebrate everyone’s success

Contact me at or 315-332-3270.

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

Building a community is challenging work. Last week I witnessed two events, which show efforts in creating the Newark High School community. Monday I had the chance to break bread with the new faces to the Newark School District. Our student-athletes greeted this group of 30+ new staff members as they entered the building. We have some great new staff at the High School that we will be welcoming next week.

Thursday, I got to see the Link Crew welcoming the new 9th graders. The hard work of Mrs. Fladd and Mrs. Johnson enabled the student leaders to make a very anxious group of freshman feel more comfortable in their new school. As a new person to the building, I can tell you it takes time to adjust. I am excited that our oldest students helped our newest ones feel like part of our community.

Contact me at or 315-332-3255.

Welcome New Teachers

Mr. Jason Breau: Social Studies, "I am excited to begin my first full year of teaching here at Newark High School where I will be teaching United States History. In my free time I love to watch sports with my family and cheer on my favorite teams: the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Sabres. I'm extremely excited to join the Newark team and I cannot wait to get started. LETS GO REDS!!!!"

Mash Up


NEW: Thank you parents for accompanying me on our first ever parent walking tour of the building.

NEW: Per Mr. Sweet, "Students will be receiving their laptops on September 9 throughout the school day. They will be escorted to the gym with their social studies classes. Students must have signed a form, either a paper copy from the Student Device Handbook or Microsoft Form, to receive a laptop. This information and form has been sent in an email to families and the students will be receiving a hard copy on Friday. If students did not fill out a form, they will not be able to receive a laptop. There will be alternate times throughout the week they can meet with me to receive a laptop - I will send those dates/times out to you and make announcements for students.When students receive their laptops they are to go through six different stations that will walk them through how to use their laptop, very similar to the steps you took when you received your laptop. If the laptop is not charged, there will be a station they can plug in their laptop and work on the 'six stations' available to them in a package, and they will be staying at the table."

NEW: Teachers please add the following stock language to your course outlines:

  • "Mobile devices not supported by the school may not to be seen or heard in our instructional spaces i.e. classrooms."
  • "Students are required to have a hall pass anytime they are in the hall and may only visit the location designated on the pass. The student must take the initiative to possess a pass per the teachers' preference."
  • "Teachers are able to manage low intensity classroom behaviors with a menu of interventions that includes: verbal warnings, hallway conferences/conversations, required after school appointments, phone call home etc."
  • Newark High School Pride Matrix

NEW: Please follow the directions in this Sway to add printers to your desktop and/or laptop. Students will also follow very similar directions to add printers - please direct them through this process.

NEW: Per Ms. Kelly Jorgensen, "The SafeSchools training courses[...] must be completed by ALL STAFF per a new mandate this school year. Beginning on August 21st, SafeSchools will send notifications to ALL STAFF containing a link to the website and a username."

Seniors: Click here if you are interested in Senior Privileges.

Juniors/Seniors: Looking for parking/driving paperwork? Click here.

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

This school year we will open with an opportunity for staff to get creative. We BELIEVE the claim that making art…may be as important to your health as balanced nutrition, regular exercise, or meditationis is fact!

Instructional Corner

Tier 1 Instruction Every Student, Every Day: "Tier 1 isn't Tier 1 unless the entire school is doing it"

What is a Twitter Chat...

Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

Prior to distributing, teachers turn in your Course Outline(s) for approval. Contact T Roote

Thursday, September 5 at 7:30 am. Opening Day.

Friday, September 6 auditorium. Grade Level Assemblies:

  • 9th grade 7:45 am
  • 10th-11th grades 9:35 am
  • 12th grade 1:15 pm

Monday, September 16. Picture Day.

Wednesday, September 18, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13 and June 10. College Wear Wednesday. Contact S Gardner.

Friday, September 27. Homecoming. Contact R Yuhas or L LaPaglia

Class period you would like to sub for another teacher by Wednesday, September 11 and on a rolling basis each Wednesday. Contact: S Mateo

Friday, September 27. Field Trip Requests are due. Contact T Roote

Wednesday, September 11. Extracurricular Stipend and Volunteer interest is due. Contact T Roote

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

SchoolTool detailed progress reports (below 65) for quarter 1 due Thursday, September 26 and Thursday, October 24. Contact T Roote

Tuesday, October 22 at NHS, time TBD. Open House. Contact T Roote

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

TBD. NHS Program/No WTCC Program. Contact R Ross

College Planning. Contact D McGavisk:

  • Gemini Registration: September 10 from 11:30-12:45 pm in the front foyer
  • PSAT Administration-All juniors: October 16 from 7:45-11:15 am
  • Financial Aid Night (Tentative): October 8 from 6:30-8:00 pm
  • FAFSA Filing Night: October 15 from 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Individual senior meetings with counselors-September 16-30
  • Rochester Area Colleges visit-September 26 from 10:15 -11:00 am

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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.