The Reds Tale

November 3, 2016

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

We remain very excited working with the Student Advisory Cabinet (SAC) and the School/Community Advisory (SCAC). I am pleased to report that last week was a milestone for us at NHS as members of the SAC worked directly with members of the SCAC. The outcome of the work done cooperatively between the groups is perfectly in line with our plans to raise student voice! I am also happy to report that after attending a Youth Leadership Conference that brought together several areas schools there is an opportunity to further solidify student voice in the school with some collaboration with a group of student leaders Ms. Reinholtz works with. When our two separate groups attended a conference together it was impossible not to recognize that our goals were similar and so our voice should be one!

Keeping with the theme of student voice I want to share that the SAC has asked to present to the student body their perception of "voice" in the school and their plans for raising voice in the school. That will occur just before or after the Pause Before You Post presentation. Speaking of the Pause Before You Post presentation, check out a preview by clicking here.

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

One of our primary objectives in the main office is to hold students accountable when they violate the code of conduct for the purpose of reducing behaviors that disrupt student learning. Mr. Roote and I worked with staff this summer in different venues to fine tune some of our systems that support changing student behaviors. The data below does show a reduction in the number of behavioral incidents when comparing September of 2015 and 2016.

  • Total: 2015-172 and 2016-117
  • Grade 9: 2015-72 and 2016-65
  • Grade 10: 2015-35 and 2016-26
  • Grade 11: 2015-29 and 2016-11
  • Grade 12: 2015-36 and 2016-15

The top three behavioral incidents for September, 2015 were inappropriate behavior, class cut and tardy and for 2016 include insubordination, class cut and inappropriate behavior. Insubordination is an area Mr. Roote and I always have our eye on as it is essential for our students to comply with reasonable adult requests. There are some areas that I am proud of that may be contributing to student success. The freshmen team as well as other teachers that do not have freshmen have posted the expectations: Be Respectful, Be a Learner, Be Safe. I think that the visual reminder and the fact that teachers are using consistent language to support student management is beneficial to our mission. In addition, our freshmen IST process is pushing us to create effective Tier 1 interventions both academically and behaviorally. To support social competence, our PRIDE committee is active in creating opportunities to foster student social skills. Furthermore, the main office has committed to working with the counseling office and families to use restorative approaches when possible to change student behavior. Lastly, the addition of Mrs. Ross to our team has significantly helped our efficiency in responding to student discipline issues. We are only through the first two months, but I feel that we have some strong systems in place and my hope is that we keep improving.

Mash Up

This is a reminder that hoods are not allowed at NHS. Students know this rule so a disciplinary referral upon seeing a recurrence after an initial redirection is appropriate. I was able to successfully help a student navigate his issues with our no headband rule so positive momentum is always possible. Second, I counted fifteen students in the hall upon the final bell for class ringing. In fact, one teacher had to invite four students into her room. We have good code of conduct language regarding students arriving late to class. Please review it and follow up.

I am working on the schedule for the AHLC for December-January. If you did not receive my scheduling e-mail on November 1 please check in with me.

Plan for 11/16 Half Day Staff Development for NHS:

  • 10:30-12:00 pm for teachers: Assessment items that evaluate higher order thinking
  • 10:30-11:30 pm for teacher assistants: Provide support to teachers/building assignments
  • 11:30-12:30 pm for teacher assistants: Lunch
  • 12:00-1:00 pm for teachers: Lunch
  • 12:30 pm until end of work day for teacher assistants (or until 3:30 pm for those who need CTLE credit and wish to extend their work hours): The Power of Our Words with Robin Uveges in the cafeteria
  • 1:00-3:00 pm for teachers: Office 365 training options

Regarding Bus passes: "When filling out the bus passes please only include one name per pass. It needs to include the student's full name and not a nickname. Thank you for your assistance." Ms. Shelia Dittmar.

November 22 assembly schedule:

  • Period 1 7:30-8:08 AM
  • Announcements 8:08-8:16 AM
  • Period 2 8:19-8:57 AM
  • Period 3 9:00-9:38 AM
  • Period 4 9:41-10:19 AM
  • Lunch 5 10:22-10:52 AM, Period 6/7 10:55-11:33 AM, Period 8/9 11:36-12:14 PM
  • Period 5/6 10:22-11:00 AM, Lunch 7 11:03-11:33 AM, Period 8/9 11:36-12:14 PM, Period
  • 5/6 10:22-11:00 AM, Period 7/8 11:03-11:41 AM, Lunch 9 11:44-12:14 PM
  • Period 10 12:17-12:44 PM
  • Period 11 12:47-1:14 PM

AM BOCES will miss period 8/9 as they will be required to take lunch 9. PM BOCES will get a double lunch (lunch 5 and lunch 7).

Early Release Day Schedules

November 16

  • Period 1: 7:30-8:07 AM
  • Homeroom: 8:07-8:15 AM
  • Period 2: 8:18-8:55 AM
  • Period 3: 8:58-9:35 AM
  • Period 5/6, 6/7: 9:38-10:15 AM (PM BOCES students do not have this class in their schedule and as a result will be provided a studyhall until their departure at 11:30 am)

March 16

  • Period 4: 7:30-8:07 AM
  • Homeroom: 8:07-8:15 AM
  • Period 7/8, 8/9: 8:18-8:55 AM
  • Period 10: 8:58-9:35 AM
  • Period 11: 9:38-10:15 AM

April 4

  • Period 1: 7:30-8:07 AM
  • Homeroom: 8:07-8:15 AM
  • Period 2 8:18-8:55 AM
  • Period 3 8:58-9:35 AM
  • Period 5/6, 6/7 9:38-10:15 AM

Lori Reed, "December 6, the Math Team is hosting the Monroe County Math League from 3:00-6:00 pm. 10-15 staff volunteers will be needed. I am the contact person."

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

This summer I met with a handful of WTCC juniors set to start their senior year in September. The objective of my meeting was to prompt some quick growth given some worrisome behavior trends in and around their junior year BOCES program. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and one student I met with faltered. As a result, she was required to sit on opposite ends of the bus as a classmate. She rejected the plan and instead sat where she wanted. This morning (Wednesday, October 26) I met with her to reset the expectation. I picked the waiting area in the main office as our meeting location as I thought it represented neutral territory. I sat to her right and picked away at the issue. She stared straight ahead and offered me a, "This is bulls+*t" and something about "heads and a$$es." Not a successful meeting, up to that point. I quickly transitioned the conversation to the notion of showing me she can comply and then lets talk about the expectation for the long term. Her shoulders dropped a touch indicating that her anxiety level lessened. She agreed to try harder to comply. At this point something amazing happened. Customarily, she would have stormed away misplacing her anger on me. Instead, she said, "Can you do me a favor and get me into the cafeteria so I can replace the Cece's yogurt that I spilled before coming up her?" I agree the preceding is not a grade A premium example of the behavior we hope for in our kids, however it showed me massive growth. And that is adding value to NHS!

Calendar Share

Thursday, November 3 AM only. Tom Out: Wayne County Principals Meeting at WTCC. Contact T Roote.

Friday, November 4 from 2:30-3:00 pm. STAC. Contact: T Roote.

Monday, November 7. Picture Retakes. Contact: K Springett.

College Wear Wednesday: November 9 and December 14.

Tuesday, November 22 in the afternoon. All School Assembly: SAC and Pause Before you Post. Contact: A principal.

By 3:00 pm: December 1, January 10, February 14, March 22 and May 2. ↓65 Infinite Campus Grade Reports. Contact: T Roote.

Save the date: Special Olympics will be May 12 at North-Rose Wolcott CSD.

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.