Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent
As we experience the start of spring, during which the natural world revives and reinvigorates after the colder winter months, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize and celebrate all our student successes that we have had in the past month as we look to new beginnings.
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our musicians, actors/actresses, athletes and our artists. First, our drama club put on an amazing performance of Singin' in the Rain. Our student talents are truly limitless. Our music department certainly hasn’t disappointed the community either as they had two performances that rocked the house: The Cavalcade of Bands and the District choir performance.
Secondly, our athletes have brought that brick home to Newark in three instances! Congratulations to the following Section V Champions:
- Boys Varsity Basketball
- Boys Bowling
- Girls Bowling
Our Girls Bowling Team went on to win the first State Championship in program history!!
In addition, our Indoor Track Team had many athletes who won Section V individual championships and earned medals by placing in the NYS Championships.
Finally, our artists… Congratulations to the Newark High School students who won ribbons in the Wayne County Council for the Arts Art Show! See below for more details!
Another area I would like to highlight is our Office of Curriculum and Instruction. Thanks to their planning and the collaboration of staff and community members, this Superintendent’s Conference Day was filled with a variety of activities for our entire staff to take part in as they immersed themselves in their craft and learned new things. This past Friday, both the Middle and High Schools had the opportunity to participate in a poverty simulation. This simulation is a profoundly moving experience. It allows participants to think about the harsh realities of poverty and to talk about how communities can address the problem. More importantly, it calls participants to make a difference. All our staff has now had the opportunity to participate in this activity.
What is the rationale for a poverty simulation?
- Promotes Poverty Awareness. During the simulation, participants role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families' lives.
- Increases Understanding. After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.
- Inspires Local Change
- Transforms Perspectives – with the goal of empathy, inclusivity and a sense of belonging.
A very special thank you to all district staff who made this day possible with a variety of learning experiences and to our community members who volunteered their time to make this happen for our employees. Your dedication is greatly appreciated!
Wayne County Art Show Winners
The Newark Winners:
2D -1st- Courtney Jadas-Cheerios Painting in Acrylic
2nd-Kylie Lewis- Portrait
3rd-Kayce Fagner- Dragons
3D- 1st-Esperanza Braman- Mummy Vessel (ceramics)
2nd-Devina Bueg- Head Sculpture
3rd-Cody Acquista-Mirror Sculpture
HM-Pottery Class Collaboration of Ceramic Wall Tiles
HM- Zoe Fisher-Belly
HM - Alexandra Staiger Hau
HM - Amber Johnson
Strategic Planning KickOff! Community Member Involvement Requested
We will be kicking off our Strategic Planning Process to update our Strategic Plan in Newark on Saturday, April 30th from 9 AM - Noon at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center (Diamond Room). Holding true to our last design over 5 years ago, we will be focusing on Newark’s “Big Rocks”. Participants who would like to be part of the planning team can sign up in an area of their choice including the following:
- Academic Programming (Curriculum, Instructional Practices)
- Culture and Climate (Multi-tiered systems of support and Safety and Security)
- School/Community/Family Partnerships (Communication and Connections)
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In addition, we will be focusing on collecting information to identify the following:
- Core Beliefs
- Strategic Priority
- Guiding Strategies
- Desired Outcomes – Supporting Evidence
Please consider participating in this process as we would like to have community members from multiple areas and backgrounds represented. To sign up to attend on the 30th, please fill out this brief information survey identifying the area in which you wish to focus: https://forms.office.com/r/be12WMzPMQ
You can also contact Stacy Warren at 332-3217 or email@example.com.
Thanks so much!!
Code of Conduct Feedback Needed
We have been meeting with numerous groups to review our current Code of Conduct. We would love your feedback also. So far, we have met with teachers, administrators, coaches within our MTSS framework, members of our PTA, and other stakeholders. Below you will find a link to provide your feedback on our current Code of Conduct. Embedded within this form is a link to our current document. Please note that we will be looking at trends of feedback for our final revisions, some of the wording will need to remain due to legal obligations.
Thank you for taking the time to support us in this process.
Please provide all feedback by Friday, April 8th.
COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available:
We will be doing another drive through for free COVID-19 Rapid Tests on Tuesday, April 5th from 4-6 PM in the High School front loop. Please drive through and pick up your Rapid Tests. We ask that if your child has any symptoms over April break that you test them prior to their return to school on Monday, April 18th.
If you are ever in need of a COVID-19 rapid test, please feel free to stop in to our District Office and pick one up any time.
Did you know that a percentage of Wayne County sales tax revenue supports our schools and local communities?
As school districts across the Wayne County region present their proposed 2022-23 school year budgets, residents may notice the positive impact of shared sales tax revenue. This unique practice of sharing sales tax revenue, which began in 1967, provides many benefits to not only the districts in Wayne County, but the communities in which they are a part of.
The money that is given to school districts each year is based on the number of students that attend the district from the county. The Districts are able to provide critical support and enhance learning initiatives for students with this funding. In turn, the Districts then use that money to reduce the tax burden of Wayne County residents. The shared tax revenue is critical to supporting student learning and achievement.
The shared sales tax revenue is also a benefit to Wayne County residents and property owners. By sharing sales tax revenue, county property tax owners receive property tax relief. The schools use this money to reduce the property tax for residents and property owners in Wayne County. In 1992, the sharing was changed so that the county will always share $5,400,000 with the school districts. Without this benefit, property taxes in Wayne County could be an estimated 3-7% higher, depending on the district.
While property taxes are a yearly expense that can be cumbersome on families, the sales tax added on your purchases at your local florist or grocery store may not seem as big of a burden. Even those passing through Wayne County that stop at the local gas station to buy gas are indirectly supporting the school districts. This sales tax is an incredible benefit to our local communities and something that is appreciated and counted on by our Wayne County school districts.
On behalf of the Wayne County school districts, we would like to express our gratitude to all those who support local businesses and, in doing so, support the future of Wayne County.
Health and Wellness
Professional Development Corner
Here are some of the upcoming sessions:
- 4/7/22: Career Pathways / Career and Technical Education Programs
- 4/21/22: Understanding Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and the Committee on Special Education (CSE) Process
- 5/4/22: Keeping Students Safe Online
Upcoming Board of Education Meetings
The next Board meeting will be held on April 6th at 6:30 PM. This meeting will be in-person at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center. You can view this meeting (and all Board meetings) by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/nhsreds
If you would like to speak during Public Comment at a Board meeting you can sign up ahead of the meeting by contacting Stacy Warren at 332-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org or there will be a sign up sheet at the entrance to the Conference Room.
You can find a complete list of the Board meetings happening during the 2021-22 school year on our website. Please check the website closer to each meeting date for the agenda.
The 7th Annual Laurel House 5K is Back in Full Force!
When: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Can't be there on June 11th? Take advantage of our virtual option. Send in your time and a photo and they will include you in our race results.
Time: 9:00 am start
*Packet Pick-up: Day of race in Central Park Bandstand beginning at 7:30
Where: Registration is in Central Park. The race begins on Main Street near the Post Office and ends on East Avenue near Alex Eligh Community Center
Why: All proceeds will benefit Laurel House Comfort Care Home, 224 Fair Street, Newark NY
Cost: $30 until June 6, 2022 / $35 day of race
Includes: *Race Shirt guaranteed to the first 200 participants. (not just Newark Staff ALL registrants) Race bag with snacks, coupons and surprises
*Packet Pick-up: Day of race in Central Park Bandstand beginning at 7:30
Race Awards - Awards for top three male/female finishers in the following categories: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70+
Post Race Raffle: Stay after awards and enter our raffle! Must be present to win!
Chicken BBQ - Purchase tickets for our chicken BBQ sponsored by Old Mill BBQ. BBQ can be picked up after the race
Click Here to Sign Up: Laurel House 5K Walk/Run. - 9am (runsignup.com)
Safe Schools Hotline
In response to the needs of our community, I am excited to introduce to you a Safe School Helpline as a preventative measure to safeguard our students and our schools PreK -12. This helpline has been developed for you, our students, parents and staff members to help maintain safety and the most positive school environment possible. The hotline can be used to report wrongdoings or illegal activity. Any type of information involving a threatening situation to students, the school or staff should be reported. Examples include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, weapons, bullying, drugs and alcohol and theft. It is confidential, anonymous and available 24/7. For students that need immediate assistance, a counselor will be on hand and responsive.
To access this line, just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information. Or TEXT: 614-426-0240 Then type: TIPS Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken. Posters and brochures will be visible throughout the District and information will also be on our website.
Thank you again for your continued support to continually improve your child’s education and sense of belonging in our District. If you have any questions regarding the Safe School Helpline, please don’t hesitate to call. I am looking forward to an amazing school year!
Please click here to access additional information on our Safe School Helpline from our website: https://www.newarkcsd.org/safeschoolhelpline
District Hiring Needs
The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:
- Business Teacher
- Spanish Teacher
- Technology Teacher
- Long Term Sub School Psychologist
- Long Term Sub Elementary Teacher
- Building Substitute Teachers
- Speech Therapist
- Teaching Assistants
- Teacher Aides
- Bus Drivers
- Bus Monitors
- Clerical Positions
Please click here for a newsletter from Dan McAlpin, Executive Director of Human Resources. There are links in the newsletter to apply for any of the above positions. https://www.smore.com/6qrxm