The Reds Tale
January 9, 2020
From the Desk of the High School Principal-Mr. Tom Roote
Have you ever been in a meeting and a bunch of attendees leave a minute or two before the meeting ends or leave midway through a final closing thought? How about in a classroom where students pack up a few minutes before the bell? I can think of several similar scenarios that illicit a bit of a human-emotional reaction. Managing responses "in the moment" is an area we are working through at NHS. Guiding our way is Classroom Practice #4 Encouraging Appropriate Behavior. Our goal in the coming months is to manage the "energy" associated with a difficult situation. In this case, managing the energy is not dissipating it. Instead, to manage it is to turn it into positive energy.
When thinking about students packing up early to leave a classroom, consider which scenarios present to you as positive and which are negative:
- Prior to the start of the class the teacher states, "A few of you came to me with other obligations that require you to leave a bit early. Thank you and feel free to step out as needed."
- As the lesson winds down, "For those of you that need to leave a touch early the materials will be available on-line."
- At the start of the lesson the teacher states, "It would be nice (said sarcastically) if nobody left early today."
- "Unless you spoke to me today about leaving early, stay in your seats until I dismiss you."
- Said sarcastically to the remaining group after the early departures, "I am glad you are committed.".
Moving forward, we will consider difficult classroom (and office) scenarios that are best handled with encouragement. Midwest PBIS defines practice #4 or the encouragement of appropriate behaviors as, "A set of strategies that encourage appropriate behavior by instructing what is expected, communicating positive examples, giving specific feedback, and motivating students with reinforcers designed to promote a growth mindset and community inclusion."
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From the Desk of the Administrative Intern-Mr. Jason Dentel
It is incredible to think we are coming up to the half-year point of our school year. For our freshman, it will be their first experience with midterm exams. This linked document gives all of the information you will need to ready your students for their exams. For many of our sophomores, retakes on all-important exams from 9th grade will be taking place. In the morning of those exams, we will have review sessions for interested students in our library. Information about this is also in our packets. Our entire junior class, for the first time in many years, will be taking their English Regents in January. Success on this Regents will create time during the June Regents exam week to prepare for other tests. Finally, our Seniors are positioning themselves for a June graduation. All and all, this is a big month for the entire NHS student body. Please carefully look through the materials that were mailed home and can be found here. Please feel free to reach out to your child's counselor with any questions.
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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."
Pictured below are Deputy Kevin Vaughn (School Resource Officer) and Mrs. Tiffany Cohrs (Dean of Students Intern). Please make the pair feel welcome as they will add to or enhance our current systems. In advance of it, we are appreciative of their effort building A COMMUNITY!
Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence
From Mrs. Renee Bailey and Mrs. Danielle Ohlson, "As we return for the new year, you will discover in our front loop a new art installation. As part of our Diversity Unit, the Multicultural Studies English 12 classes and Mixed Media Art class created an Identity Sign that represents/symbolizes who they are/stand for. They could use any of the following line, shape, color, type, and imagery to show off their multifaceted lives. So, even if you see a word, realize that there is more behind the word. The student had to think about the symbolism for their choices which could be obvious or subtle. Each student has a story to tell and not a single story. How can they represent that story on a sign? How does each story, their identity sign, relate to the groups which shows our Diversity? Does it work well together- coexist and thrive despite differences and similarities? Can it be beautiful? Should we celebrate it? Danielle and I hope you enjoy our Diversity Pole installation as it welcomes you every day into our NHS community. We know from these classes our diversity is beautiful and we celebrate it each day with these artists. Feel free to ask them about their sign to learn a little bit more about them. Thank you: Ali Avery, Owen Adams, Chayanne Carithers, McKenna Kersten*, Sarah Lape, Cameron McAllister*, Nick Bernardi, McKenna Briggs, Blade Case, Jada Emanuel, Naya Garcia, Taj Greene, Kenny Loggins, Anthony Wright, Isabelle Fanning, Zoe Fisher, Alyssa Gunkel, Jasmine Johnson, Lauren MacTaggart, Kamryn Reyome, Emily Spry, and Deborah Szarek along with Danielle and myself. Logan Dayton and Tyler Lochman are finishing up their signs over break and we will add them soon."
As we start getting back into our regular flow of school, I think about what lies ahead for this year. I wonder if we look ahead at the next month through the lens of perspective.
As we spend time working to energize our classrooms, we often get stuck in our old ways and have a hard time initiating change. Even though we may love new beginnings that come with the new year, we quickly find ourselves back in old routines that may not serve us and those around us well. So, before you find yourself in a rut, take time to switch up your perspective. How do you go about doing that? Here are three tips from Changing Your Perspective:
- Change your routine.
- Take back your power.
Visualization has the power to help you to change your perspective: “For example, if you climb to the top of the mountain and look out at the view in front of you, what do you see? The sky, the horizon, the valley below (as vague, tiny figures with no clarity) and you also see your immediate surroundings of trees, rocks, shrubs, whatever is around you. Now place yourself in the valley. Look around you now. What do you see? The tall mountain in front of you with its peak so far away you can’t see the individual rocks and trees. You see the sky from a further distance and maybe the clouds look smaller and less fluffy. Now your immediate surroundings; they are no longer tiny, indistinct things. They are full of detail and life. You see things you couldn’t possibly see from the top of the mountain.” What’s possible if you change your perspective?
Every Teacher, Every Day!
The Tier I Pride team continues to celebrate the amazing educators in our building:
- Dave Roman made free flavored lattes for teachers the day before break starting at 6:30 and then again during his break!
- Chelsea Fladd and Jennifer Johnson for taking the lead on Freshman midterm review sessions. They always put on fun and helpful events for the Freshman class with their Link Crew Leaders.
"Anyone can find the dirt in someone. Be the one who finds the gold."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (585-967-8687).
Wednesday, January 15, 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
TBD. NHS Program/No WTCC Program. Contact 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 Psycology 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.