The Reds Tale

March 21, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

A year or two ago I had an opportunity to experience an un·con·fer·ence for the first time. An unconference is a loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events. I absolutely loved the conference model and as a result I was very excited to get the following from our Instructional Coach, Mr. Will Bean, "Back by popular demand, we are planning for an EdCamp for a portion of the conference day. For those unfamiliar with this term or would like to review it, we created a video for you to watch to give you an understanding of what to expect. Please view the PowToon video (created by Lisa Eakins) for a glimpse at the definition and purpose of an EdCamp!"


After losing at Jack and Ava's Pinewood Derby for the umpteenth time I got to thinking that we need to be a bit more innovative in our approach. I wonder if a derby car unconference is in my future! Rebecca O. Bagley in her article How 'Unconferences' Unleash Innovative Ideas mentions, “'It’s important to understand innovation as a group process,' Kauffman says. 'The reality of innovation is that we co-create it by feeding off and enabling each other. To be innovators, we need to support each other as we take turns pushing boundaries.' Unconferences are a microcosm of what I envision for regional innovation economies across the country. Too often entrepreneurs are not aware of the innovation assets that exist right in their backyards. Too often entrepreneurs don’t have access to power players that can help them take their ideas to the next level. Too often they are not up to speed on the latest trends and technologies. Unconferences break down these barriers to innovation by giving attendees a voice and by redefining who is an expert. Can you imagine how regional economies would thrive if we were somehow able to implement unconference-like business cultures?"


Cannot wait!

From the Desk of Ms. Ross

You need to check out the website, Cult of Pedagogy. It is a professional development website for teachers. The website offers teachers blogs, podcasts and videos. The Blog organizes teaching tips under three headings: The Craft, Go Deep (theory and beyond), and Teacher Soul. Each of these headings has 3-5 subheadings to explore. A topic menu is also provided. For example, under Teacher Soul is the subheading Inspiration. One of the posts under Inspiration is Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers. Specifically aimed at first year teachers, "Find Your Marigold" stresses the importance of finding positive, supportive, energetic role models. Podcast length varies, but many are an hour or so. Episodes cover mainstreamed ESL students, plagiarism, educational technology, common teaching problems, and more. Currently, there are 117 podcasts. Videos cover instruction, classroom management, educational technology, and advice for teachers.

Mash Up

Friday evening we will test the fire alarms at approximately 3:30 pm. Plan accordingly.


The Script N Ceremony has been postponed until early April.


For the sake of improved dialogue on the issue, the main office will begin to track your requests for student removals from classrooms. Please be clear with the main office what your need is so we can track things appropriately and share the data.


Due to building codes, we are unable to properly stall in a series of urinals in the southwest bathroom near the elevator. As a result, it will be designate a boys restroom while the one next door remains a gender neutral bathroom. This will be effective April 1.



Merry Go Round Theatre will be at the HS on Thursday, March 28th to present The Hound of Baskervilles. The performance is 1:20-2:20 pm in the auditorium. We will plan on running a full schedule with revised times. A schedule and auditorium seating chart will be coming soon.

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Instructional Corner

Will and I want to give three cheers to the team (Becca, Robyn Ross, Alex, Haley, Shannon Walsh and Laurie Palmisano), that presented to the BOE our progress handling walk through feedback, the formative learning cycle, tiered interventions and SEL. I received the following compliment from someone attending the meeting, "That team at the table tonight was quite impressive!! They were confident, proud and engaged for not just our students but the entire building. They were amazing to listen to and I can't wait to hear more presentations like that. Keep up the great work!!"
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Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

Tuesday's in the LGI: April 2, May 7 and June 4. Staff Meetings. Contact: T Roote.


April 2. SELF Days. Contact: T Roote.


Wednesday, April 10. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are: 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.


March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.


Kick Butts Day is Wednesday, March 27. Wear RED, WHITE & BLUE. Contact: Nicole Reinholtz


Thrusday, March 28th. Merry Go Round Theatre presents, The Hound of Baskervilles Performance 1:20-2:20. Contact R Ross.


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


Important Band & Chorus Dates

  • April 22-NYSSMA Preview Concert
  • April 24/25-NYSSMA Majors
  • May 11-Cabaret and Jazz Festival
  • May 26-Memorial Day Parade
  • May 28-ELENBE Awards
  • June 3-High School Bands Year End Concert and Senior Recognition
  • June 5-High School Choirs Year End Concert and Senior Recognitionbe


Senior Year Events

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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.