The Reds Tale
October 3, 2019
From the Desk of the High School Principal-Mr. Tom Roote
As the school year gets rolling I am finding opportunities to dive into our classrooms on a more regular basis. I was recently reminded of just how rigorous high school can be when I joined an Algebra I classroom where an effort was being made to get students to do some "mathematical" talking with one another. You could slice the energy in the room. Some students sought to avoid saying anything, others were busy trying to figure the problem out and still others had the answer and wanted to shout it out. Most noticeable were the students avoiding eye contact with the teacher and their classmates. I can remember feeling the same way in many of my high school classes. I can also remember compensating for my lack of understanding with tomfoolery. I made jokes, distracted others and what have you.
As you work with your children to understand their high school routines and subsequent routines at home for keeping up with homework, studying for tests, charging their 1:1 etc., be sure to dig in on a few key pieces of data. First, consider reaching out to their teachers for a very quick update. I recommend simply asking, "What is Johnny's homework average?" and "How did Johnny do on the first test/quiz of the year?" Finally, you may want to contact me, Ms. Ross or Mr. Dentel to get a sense of behavior in the classroom as that is a key focus are for us this school year. If you miss the chance to reach out by all means be sure to attend Open House on Tuesday, October 22 between 5:30 and 7:00 pm.
I believe strongly that every student wants to succeed. As a result, disruptive behavior in our classrooms is likely a symptom of a larger issue such as academic frustration. We work hard to reduce the frustration level of our student by modifying assignments, assigning supports, and offering hurdle help. Unfortunately, quite often the only solution is to consider extended school day supports in after school teacher appointments (2:30-3:00 pm) and the After Hours Learning Center (3:00-4:15 pm). In the coming weeks, as you navigate learning and behavioral challenges with your student consider the role academic frustration may be playing. This may compel you to adjust routines at home so that a greater emphasis is placed on school...outside of the traditional school day.
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From the Desk of the Assistant Principal-Mrs. Robyn Ross
To help with student engagement take a moment to read the following article where the teacher realized that explaining the intentions behind his lesson plan improved engagement and helped students get back on track when something wasn’t working.
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From the Desk of the Administrative Intern-Mr. Jason Dentel
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Teachers are reminded to provide Schoology codes to parents so they can access classroom materials.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of violence. Pay attention all this month for messages, activities and other events that support the idea that everyone deserves a healthy relationship.
Have you seen our Friday Morning Lights segments??
Our students today require a teaching focus on how to be successful and behave responsibly in school. This is based on the belief that social behavior is learned and therefore, can be taught. Students can learn socially acceptable ways of behaving just as they would learn any academic subject. Direct instruction in social behaviors can be provided to students, and practice, encouragement, and correction given as needed. Implementation of our Classroom Teaching Matrix is critical in the foundation for establishing consistency in our classrooms and in learning our district and school wide expectations. By having Procedures and Routines in place with your Classroom Teaching Matrix research finds:
- An increase instructional time by preventing problem behavior
- Freeing teachers from correcting misbehavior
- An improve classroom climate
- A creation of shared ownership of the classroom
- The development of self-discipline
Central to this teaching approach is the ability to view misbehavior as a teaching opportunity. When social errors occur, educators are given the opportunity to teach alternative behaviors that are more appropriate. This allows teachers and administrators to remain objective in the face of problem behavior, focusing on teaching out of care and concern rather than react angrily, personally, defensively, or punitive. The goal becomes teaching and maintaining high standards for responsible student behavior and keeping all students in school where they can learn the skills necessary for both academic and social success.
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Safety Week is the week of Monday, October 21
Wednesday, 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.
Tuesday, October 22 at NHS, from 5:30-7:00 pm. Open House. Contact T Roote
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
College Planning. Contact D McGavisk:
- 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
Upcoming Field Trips:
- Wednesday, March 4: Monroe County Math League meet. 7:30-3:00 pm. Contact: Lori Reed.
- Monday, May 18. Physics Day at Darien Lake 9:00 am-6:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.
- Tuesday, October 15. Drama Club- Genessee Community College Theatre 4:00 pm-9:15 pm. Contact: Emily Howard
Monday, November 18 and Tuesday , November 19: Global 9 Multiple Faith Locations Field Trip. Contact: Dan Micciche.
Wednesday, January 8: Rochester Museum & Science Center 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.
- October 8, 10,15,17, 22, 24, 29 and 31. Advanced Child Psych to Perkins School 10:00-10:45 am. Contact: Nicole Favreau.
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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.