The Reds Tale

February 27, 2020

From the Desk of the High School Principal-Mr. Tom Roote

Given that this month was Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month I am choosing to engage the campaign's motivator, and spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts! Since the theme for 2020 is "1thing" and "meeting teens where they are at" I started by looking at the Am I a Good Partner quiz. In the interest of being a bit vulnerable, and maybe validating my effort a bit, I thought I would share the quiz question that led me to pause, seemingly unable to answer with a resounding NO WAY, I NEVER DO THAT:

  • Have trouble making time to listen to my partner when something is bothering them?

After the kids have gone to bed each night Allyson usually migrate to opposite ends of the couch. I tend to settle into an easy chair near one end of the couch and recline it way back. When I do this, my head settles below some fluffy pillows. I am afraid that my posture here does not promote real healthy communication, particularly when the topic is important to my wife. In the spirit of 1thing; I will seek to be a more active/attentive listener!

In addition to my personal growth in this area as noted above, I am taking a greater interest in the blossoming, steady and withering relationships of our teenagers. I suspect that by taking a bigger interest here, I can better impact relationships with healthy bits of advice consistent with meeting teens where they are at. As for today, I am going to count the number of couples I see in our halls showing outward signs that they are in a relationship...

Contact me at or 315-332-3250.

From the Desk of the Administrative Intern-Mr. Jason Dentel

Student voice is such a powerful thing needed for a successful high school. Early in the school year as part of my graduate work, I decided to take a look at a system for students to have their voices heard. My premise was this: If as a student, I have an idea that enhances the Newark High School Community, how do I get it done?

As I began learning more about NHS, I realized there are so many groups that are part of the mission to make Newark High School a safer, more inclusive, and empathetic place. Groups like Student Council, National Honor Society, and It's Real are just a few in the ever-expanding menu of groups for students.

Early in the process, an opportunity to create the system emerged. Students and parents approached me about painting parking spots. In using this scenario as a template, I created a draft procedure for students having a voice in their education.

The attached is the draft flowchart: Flowchart

If students/staff/or parents have input, please email Mr. Dente.l I hope to have a created document for the 2020-2021 school year.

Contact me at or 315-332-3255.

Mash Up

We will adjust the bell schedule on March 11 for the Jostens (7:30-8:00 am grades 11-12) and Pause Before You Post (8:00-8:30 am 9-12) assemblies with Mr. Scott Fitch. All classes will meet. Ms. Cohrs will troubleshoot any WTCC issues that may arise.

From Mr. Corey, "We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for members of our Unified Basketball program. On Tuesday, March 3rd, our Unified Basketball team will have the opportunity to participate on the court at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester in between the Section V Class AA Boys Basketball Semi-Finals. They will watch the first semi-final at 6:00 pm and then be on the court at approximately 7:30 pm and play against Honeoye Falls-Lima for 15 minutes. If you are available to attend, we would love to have Newark presence at the game! Admission would be $5 for everyone over the age of 5 but would give you access to the two semi-final games and our Unified team as well. Go Reds!"

From Ms. Krystal Crawford, "Hello. I wanted to reach out to communicate and give you a heads up about the plan for March 12 that I am working on. [...] Save a Life Tour will be coming that day and setting up in the Gym. It is a virtual distracted driving experience for students. We plan to include all our 11th and 12th grade students. The morning would consist of a 40 minute presentation for all 11th and 12th, and then students would be escorted down (after attendance) to participate in the experience in the Gym from PIG/Economics and US History. Those 1st period students that will miss their slot due to the morning presentation will be given passes to come down through out the day."

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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

From The Trauma Informed Teacher, "Praise is one of the simplest strategies we can use in a trauma-informed classroom! It can seem like a no-brainer, but when used correctly, praise has the power to transform our students and our classrooms. [...] Praise in a trauma-informed classroom goes beyond 'good job' or 'nice work.' It has to have meaning and feeling behind it. Although, that doesn’t mean we can’t use those phrases sometimes."

Instructional Corner

As teachers, our everyday interactions with students are the relational foundation that much of our work rests upon. How can we foster these connections when our time each day is limited? The hallways of our building can be the great equalizer. How can we repurpose or reframe our time in the hallways to make it about more than just enforcing expectations? Here are a few ideas you should challenge yourself to try every day in the hallways.

Five Positive Hallway Conversations

  1. Address a student by name during each passing period. (1) If you see someone you know, ask them how their day is going (2) If you see someone you don’t know, learn a new name.
  2. Hold a door open for students. (1) This creates a natural conversation space between you and the students
  3. Wish students good luck when they compete. (1) Wishing students luck on something they care deeply about is a great way to spark a conversation.
  4. Recognize students for meeting expectations. This provides positive reinforcement to all students who choose to meet expectations. (1) Rewarding students with a bit of acknowledgement shows them we are noticing their efforts to do things the right way!
  5. Ask a consistent question and notice when you get an irregular response. (1) “Do you mind showing me your pass?” (2) A simple question about a school expectation can allow us to intervene and figure out what’s going on when students respond irregularly.

Our interactions with students do not need to be elaborate or meticulously planned. They do however need to be genuine and heartfelt.

1:1 Device News and Notes

Thanks much for responding to the survey re: device availability. As best I can tell power issues abound. Also, 70% of respondents indicated that they are never or only sometimes able to acquire a device for their student when the student is unable to secure their own. I am hoping to have a tier II intervention to deploy that addresses this. Thanks.

Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

Wednesday morning, March 11 in the auditorium from 7:30-8:30 am (bell schedule below). Jostens (7:30-8:00 am grades 11-12) and Pause Before You Post (8:00-8:30 am 9-12) with Mr. Scott Fitch. Contact: D Barry, A Hennessey and A Pieters

Thursday, March 12 in the gym (time TBD). Save a Live Tour (11-12). Contact: K Crawford

Saturday, March 21 from 7:00-10:00 pm at the Alex Eligh Community Center. Senior Snow Ball. Contact D Barry

First Tuesday of each month. Staff Meeting. Contact T Roote

Thursday, March 26, Thursday, April 30 and Thursday May 28. Below 65 Detailed School Tool Reports. Contact: T Roote.

Thursday, April 30. Capstone Day. Contact D Barry, K Ganter or R Ross

Monday, May 11. Field Trip Black Out Begins. Contact: T Roote.

Upcoming Field Trips

  • Tuesday, March 3: PIG Field Trip. 8:45-2:30 pm. Contact: Mark DeYoung
  • Wednesday, March 4: Monroe County Math League meet. 7:30-3:00 pm. Contact: Lori Reed
  • Thursday, March 5: Drama Club. Kelley, Lincoln and Perkins. Contact:Emily Howard.
  • Monday, March 16: Counseling Office, Rochester Convention Center. 8:00-12:00 pm. Contact Danielle McGavisk.
  • Tuesday, March 17 Workforce Development @FLCC Canandaigua. Contact: Deb Barry
  • Wednesday, March 18: Child Psychology Class to Roosevelt Children's Center 7:50-10:50 am. Contact: Nicole Favreau.
  • Wednesday, January 8: Rochester Museum & Science Center 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.

  • Thursday, May 7, English 10 @ Geva Theatre. 10:30-2:30pm. Contact: Amy Austin & Chelsea Fladd.

  • Monday, May 18. Physics Day at Darien Lake 9:00 am-6:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.

  • Tuesday, June 2: Drama Club, Auditorium Theatre. 6:00-11:30 pm. Contact: Emily Howard.

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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.