The Reds Tale

September 13, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

This school year Ms. Ross and I have challenged ourselves to get to know one specific thing about each of our students AND to be able to recognize them on a first and last name basis. So...if you see us with a stack of about 700 index cards please know that we are just doing our homework.

We decided to embark on this journey, while challenging the staff to go on the same journey with us, for a simple reason based on the notion that our hearts swell with pride when an adult takes the time to get to know our own children. We introduced this challenge with staff at our opening staff meeting and provided them with a token to remind them of the importance of names. I have to believe that when equipped with a first and last name and some very basic knowledge about every NHS student, more doors can open for our students. I think I said, "We can move the needle.". Admittedly, this is going to be a big challenge filled with some awkward moments. In fact, I cannot tell you how many times I have said hello to a student using their formal name as opposed to their friendly name. For example, every Thomas is not a Tom and every Christine is not a Chrissy etc. Also, I have some older siblings names burnt into my brain, often the pause to get past the name burnt in my brain becomes a missed opportunity. Either way, we think we can make this happen. We are looking forward to this journey and any help you can offer is appreciated!

From the Desk of Robyn Ross

Building positive relationships with your students is the number one way to anticipate any behavior problems that can arise in the classroom. The more students know and respect you, the more they will behave for you in the classroom. So often we enter the classroom and expect our students to respect us without having done anything to earn it. I am the teacher. Therefore you must respect me. Wouldn't that be ideal? Unfortunately, our students do not hold the same view, especially older students. "Why should I? What's in it for me?" they ask.

Think about it for just a minute. When was the last time you automatically respected a person you'd only just met? Normally, it takes me a while. That person's actions, consistent over time, will eventually earn my trust and admiration. So why should we expect to receive this instantaneously from our students? Building positive relationships with our students is about taking time. We must take time every day to say hello to each one. We must take time to find out how each student is doing and to talk one-on-one. We must take time to care about each student in our classroom. This isn't always easy. Below is a link to an article to help you gain a few ideas to help you get started.

A 4-Part System for Getting to Know Your Students

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I would like to make a proposal regarding electronics etiquette among adults. When we scan a document that will be shared digitally, can we be sure to give it a friendly file name before sharing it?

On Friday we will run a test of the PA system exactly five minutes into each class period. Please let the main office know if you do not hear the message along with your location.

The area registry of sex offenders is available from the greeter desk. Feel free to view it as needed. It does get pulled for updating from time to time so check back if it is ever not available.

Instructional Corner

REPRINT: Welcome Back Teachers. We will be working as Instructional Coaches in our building this year. In this role, we will be available to support teachers in reaching their goals for student learning. This support can take many forms throughout the school year depending on the teacher’s needs at a given time. At right is a table of support options for you to consider when deciding what you might want to access a coach for. The items on this list are not exhaustive, so if you have another idea, please don’t hesitate to suggest it! We are looking forward to working and learning with you! Will, Robin, and Aaron

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Tuesday's in the LGI: October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7 and June 4. Staff Meetings. Contact: T Roote.

September 19 and October 17. Quarter 1 Below 65 Reports. Contact: S Mateo

UPDATED: September 13 and 27, October 11 and 25, November 8 and 29, December 13, January 17 and 31, February 14, March 14 and April 2. SELF Days. Contact: T Roote.

Wednesday, October 10. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are 11/14, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.

Friday, September 21, Afternoon. Pep Rally. Contact: L LaPaglia, R Yuhas or S Hersh.

Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22. Homecoming Games. Contact: C Corey

Saturday, September 22 at 4:00 pm at AECC. Homecoming Parade. Contact: L LaPaglia, R Yuhas or S Hersh.

October 11 at 9:00 am. Evacuation Drill. Contact: R Ross

Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30-7:20 pm. Open House. Contact: T Roote

Friday, October 26 and Friday, March 15. NHS Program/No WTCC Program. Contact R Ross.

Tuesday, April 30. Capstone Day. Contact K Ganter or D Barry

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

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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, Trustworthy, and Respectful.