The Reds Tale

March 8, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

I am currently working to develop a better understanding of a volume of lower level communication challenges occurring between a small group in the building. In this particular case, I am able to take a relatively neutral stance and listen to both sides. My listening sessions have revealed varying perspectives.

At this point I am left to wonder who is most responsible for managing the quality of communication occurring among a group of adults or teens: (1) Is it the person who initiates the conversation? (2) Is it the person with the most to gain/lose in the conversation? (3) Is it the communicator with the highest level of training?

Now add to that mix these thoughts: (1) Who decides what the right way to communicate is? (2) How do we learn to tolerate communication challenges.

I need to admit that as I wonder over and wrestle with good communication in the Newark school community, I am more thoughtful in my personal journey. In fact, just a few nights ago, Ava, our six year old daughter was helping around the house by dusting. Yah yah I hear you, but she loves to put on the dust glove! Anyway, she knocked apart a picture frame as she dusted. I watched her flip the frame and take the palms of both hands and press down on its back. She was employing the technique that suggested that if she was stronger than the glass she could fix it. I gently encouraged her to try a different technique. She resisted. Repeat the preceding two more times and you can see where this is heading. Eventually, she hollered at me a bit and I matched her tone. Well let's be honest, I matched her tone and then raised her two decibels. This occurred until I scooped her up and deposited her on a stair step. At one point, time seemed to slow down and I looked into Allyson's eyes and all I could see was utter disappointment in our exchange. I make mention of my work with Ava because there are moments in time that will slow down for you as you communicate. Consider these moments and what they are telling YOU about YOUR communication style.

In “Habit 5-Empathic Listening: The Key To Communication,” Stephen R. Covey explores the idea of communication as mutual understanding. Using what Covey calls Empathic Listening, he instructs us on how to reflect what a person says in our own words and in this way gain a deeper understanding of that person’s perspective and feelings. To truly listen is NOT to advise, counsel, probe, judge, question or analyze. It is listening with the intent to understand. Covey says Empathic Listening is to the heart what air is to the body.

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

As I was reading about The Magic of Validation, I began reflecting on the work I do with student behavior. One of the strategies I use is validation. Students are eager to tell me their side of the story and why they are frustrated or upset. If I can gain an understanding of how they feel, it is validating to them. This allows me to move on to the more difficult conversation of accountability and restoration. I think we have to remember that that students need to feel they are heard. Like us, they want to understand the why. "Why do I have to give a speech?" "This doesn't matter in real life. I will never use this." "Why do we have to have a hall pass"? I have heard these statements, and many others, come from students. What are they really asking? They are asking the why. It is important to remember, you won't always agree with their thoughts or perspective, but it is important to listen.

Mash Up

From our nurses: "The main office will notify you of our building absence and who the nurse on call will be. Emergency medical protocol to follow if the nurses are unavailable and the office is closed: Call the main office emergency number x2911 and a secretary or administrator will notify the nurse on call to respond. If you need emergency medical treatment that you feel the situation warrants EMS do not hesitate to call x9911 from your school phone."

REPRINT: Monroe Community College, W-FL BOCES, and FAME (Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers' Enterprise) are partnering this summer to provide current 8-10th graders, the opportunity to experience first hand advanced manufacturing skills, while earning 3 college credits through MCC for free! Deadline to Register is April 27, 2018

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REPRINT: Please see the attached 30-week assessment schedule below. Per our typical practice, please do not plan other assessments that require testing center supports during the examination weeks.

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

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A period 1 schedule runs on April 18 and May 23. A period 5/6 or 6/7 schedule will run on February 14, March 21 and May 9. SELF. Contact: T Roote.

Monday, February 19-March 24. Reception, Sunday March 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm. 36th Annual Wayne County High School Art Show.

Friday, March 9. The Council on Alcoholism will be in the cafeteria for Gambling Awareness Month. Contact: N Reinholtz.

Tuesday, April 17 in the afternoon. Capstone Presentations. Contact: K Ganter.

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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.