The Reds Tale

October 18, 2018

Best of luck to Mr. Ryan Phelps who is moving on to another professional endeavor. Mr. Phelps has contributed to Newark High School as a teacher and coach. I will remember him for his easygoing style. We will miss you.

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From the Desk of Mr. Roote

What do you think about having your own school computer? That was a question I posed to several students in the cafeteria a few days ago. Their responses surprised me. One student said, "I am good, I like to work on paper." Another student stated, "I like my home lap top best." A third student stated, "I would be to worried it would get broken." As I moved around the cafeteria asking the question several more times a few indifferent responses came in and then suddenly, out of nowhere, a student stated, "I think it would make things more interesting!"


As I reflected on the student responses I appreciated the former responses because they reminded me of something Mr. Cook often says, "Lets not do it just because it is the shiny new thing!" I also liked the latter response because it reminds me of something Mr. Cook often says, "Lets not do it the same way just 'cause that is how we have always done it." I think my biggest takeaway from my quick check in with the students about going 1:1 was that their readiness really needs to be accounted for in our roll out. Currently, students are not hearing how teachers will use the devices and teachers are not hearing how students hope to use the devices. You can trust that we will get there!


As we work our way towards a solid roll out, here are some thoughts from the NHS and NCSD versions of C3PO: "Good afternoon! I know that you have heard the news about our Smart School Bond Act plan approval and we wanted to take a minute to explain what that means for you! All students grades 6-12 will be getting a BakUSA Atlas 2-in-1 laptops. The Atlas laptop will be issued to the students and they are able to be brought home. Students are expected to bring them to school every day fully charged. All professional staff including teachers, related service providers, and nurses will be receiving a BakUSA Atlas 2-in-1 laptop. This laptop includes:

  • Windows 10 (looks exactly like your desktop computer)
  • A touchscreen that rotates 360 degrees around the keyboard
  • Active stylus (includes a AAAA battery for inking – Great for OneNote!)
  • Front/rear-facing camera (camera spins 180 degrees to be both front/rear facing or facing up to use a special microscope attachment)
  • Handle for carrying
  • Classroom durability
  • Fingerprint sign-on
  • Screen protector
  • Full day battery

A lot of research and device testing went into this decision. We selected the BakUSA Atlas for many reasons, but one of the most important was its use of Windows. Because we are an Office 365 District, we felt very strongly about selecting a device that is powered by Windows 10 while being a device that is fully supported by Microsoft. We also understand the importance of using a stylus for taking notes and utilizing the touchscreen to accommodate all types of learners and felt like this device would meet those needs. We also wanted to make sure that our staff would have the same capabilities as our students while using a device that was powerful enough to meet the demanding needs of an educator. BakUSA, housed in Buffalo, is a direct Microsoft partner. This means that not only will we have a support team located just a couple hours away, but that the Rochester and Syracuse Microsoft stores will be able to be on site to help with the rollout. All three partners are also planning to provide high-levels of Office365 professional development just for us. One last bonus for our community is the possibility of BakUSApartnering with Ultralife for batteries and IEC Electronics for motherboard components. Introductions have been made and it’s possible that the next iteration of these devices will be built with components made right here in Newark. Be on the lookout for the next email detailing when your actual devices will be handed out! Have a wonderful rest of the week! Best, Aaron Sweet & Jamie Sonneville"

From the Desk of Ms. Ross

Mash Up

Teachers: Don't forget to turn in lesson plans and below 65 reports.


Hoods are trending, they are required to be off in the building. I recommend a gentle request at the start of each lesson and then a disciplinary referral for non-compliance. We ask that this occur to promote building safety and security.


Teachers: If you have students that eat with you, be sure that they are redirected when you are out and with a sub. I would not expect a substitute to host your lunch bunches.


Due to the significant effort made to get us in compliance with several recent code violations I would ask that any lighting or used upholstered furniture brought into the building be approved by a principal. Also, any major changes to wall space (paint, tapestries, banners) should be handled with a maintenance request.


Adviser's: Please be sure to provide me with completed field trip checklists. These need to be submitted after the trip to show completion of the checklist.


REPRINT: Drama Club Newsletter


REPRINT: Council on Alcoholism in the Finger Lakes: September Newsletter


REPRINT: Check out the Sept.-Oct. Junior/Senior Spots for all things college!

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Instructional Corner

John Hattie says, “The effect size of 0.40 sets a level where the effects of innovation enhance achievement in such a way that we can notice real-world differences, and this should be a benchmark of such real-world change.” Therefore, we should judge the success of an educational practice relative to d=0.40. What teachers do matters. For our purposes, look at the graphic at right for some common factors and their effect on learning.


John Hattie’s research has used effect sizes to put influences that can impact student learning on a continuum. This allows us to see which influences have the greatest impact. The things that have the most significant impact are those that make learning visible to students. They are almost always the influences that teachers have control over. What is required are teachers who are aware of what individual students are thinking and knowing, who can construct meaning and meaningful experiences in light of this knowledge, and who have proficient knowledge and understanding of what progression mans in their content to provide meaningful and appropriate feedback. If we (teachers) are doing all of the talking, then we do not know what the students understand during the lesson. Look at the graphic below for more insight! Please take a moment to visit Newark’s Top 10 Instructional Protocols, which will act as a resource for discussion protocols in your classroom. Also, please check out this video on the Formative Learning Cycle Video.

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Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

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


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


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


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


Tuesday, November 27 in the afternoon in our auditorium. Jacy Good: Hang up and Drive. Contact: N Reinholtz


Band and Choir upcoming performance dates. Contact: Cynthia Briggs.

  • Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27- Guest Artist Stephen Melillo Workshop and Concert (Bands)
  • Tuesday, November 6-Veterans Day Concert and Reception (Bands and Choirs)
  • Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3-Jr. High Area All State (Bands and Choirs, select students at Wayne CSD)
  • Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17-Sr. High Area All State (Bands and Choirs, select students at Webster)
  • Friday, December 7-Eastview Performance (Bands and choirs)
  • Monday, December 17- Winter Concert (Bands and Choirs)
  • Friday, December December 21-Outlet Mall Performance (Bands and Choirs)


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

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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.