The Reds Tale

October 11, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

I visited a handful of classrooms this week and last week and I really enjoyed what I was seeing. There seemed to be some very solid routines forming that I believe are consistent with cultivating the learner behaviors we agree will set our students up for success in their next class, their next school year etc. As we work harder and harder to turn the work Mr. Bean and Ms. Uvegas are doing with us into practice, I want turn your attention to a question. From Why Are We Doing This? Establishing Relevance to Enhance Student Learning by: Jeff Fox, "Students frequently wonder and sometimes ask, 'Why are we doing this? Why do I need to know this? Why are we spending so much time on this? Why do we have to do this busywork?' When students don’t see the connection between the content and activities of the course and their future lives, they question what’s happening and what we ask them to do. Research confirms that perceived relevance is a critical factor in maintaining student interest and motivation. It also contributes to higher student ratings on course evaluations. Three straightforward practices can help [us] establish the relevance of course content and activities. We should 1) regularly share and discuss the learning outcomes of the course; 2) clearly tie those learning outcomes to the required activities and assignments; and 3) orient students at the beginning of each class period by discussing the 'What, Why, and How' of that day."

From the Desk of Mrs. Ross

Over the summer I took part in a Restorative training with members from our district, as well as, staff from neighboring school districts. The three day training was eye opening, put some of my reasoning to the test, and challenged me to think out of the box. This approach looks at a restorative approach to fulfill our school values. The aim of the restorative approach is to develop our community and to ultimately manage conflict and tension by repairing harm and building relationships.

This can easily be shown in our school values which are:

Respectful – we value, support and empathize with each other

Responsibility – we are responsible for our actions

Safe – we value building a culture of respect and care.

Trustworthy – we strive to be dependable and reliable

For effective teaching and learning to take place, I believe that there should be good relationships within the school. The restorative approach puts repairing harm done to relationships at the heart of the school. This allows us to build, nurture and repair relationships.

Mash Up

The next “Be a Champion” Day will be the day after the Open House-Wednesday October 17th. This will be a nice day to casually dress like a champion and wear our shirts. And don’t forget about Wear Purple on Thursday 10/18 and Wear Pink on 10/19.


Thursday announcements will air from 8:01 to 8:07 am.


NHS Open House is coming up!


Drama Club Newsletter


Council on Alcoholism in the Finger Lakes: September Newsletter


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


FYI: NEC has Popcorn for sale every Wednesday around 9:30 am. Please call 3286 if you would like some. $1.00 per bag.


Once again, the entire district is participating in Denim Day/Go Pink Day. On Friday, October 19, staff can donate $5.00 to wear jeans and/or pink in support of breast cancer awareness.


Last year, we raised over $900 which was split between Embrace Your Sisters and a colleague who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This year, the entire donation will go to Embrace Your Sisters (EYS). (EYS) fills a unique niche in breast cancer services by providing short-term emergency financial assistance to residents of Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne & Yates counties in New York. A grant from EYS can help friends dealing with mounting co-pays and medical expenses. This emergency funding can also help with rent/mortgages, utilities, and other necessary expenses.


Beginning Thursday, October 4 through the morning of October 19, you can donate your five dollars to:

High School: Sue Gardner/Patti Verbridge

Middle School: Lisa Eakins

Kelley School: Tina Lewis

Perkins School: Sarah Griepsma

Lincoln School: Rebecca Briggs

District Office: Stacy Warren


When you donate, you will receive a sticker to wear on the 19th and a lollipop. Let’s see if we can make it to $1000 this year!

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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Due to the evacuation drill cancellation, the SELF schedule will run as previously printed.


Social-Emotional Learning & Upstream Approaches to Suicide Prevention in Schools

Instructional Corner

The most effective teaching and the most meaningful student learning happens when teachers design the right learning target for today’s lesson and use it along with their students to aim for and assess understanding. A learning target describes, in language that students understand, the lesson-sized chunk of information, skills, and reasoning processes that students will come to know deeply and thoroughly. Success criteria are descriptions of what it means to do quality work in today’s lesson in terms that are observable, and measurable; so that students can use them to assess the quality of their work while they are learning. The criteria explain what good work (success) looks like for today’s lesson to help students understand what they will be asked to do to demonstrate their learning and how well they will be asked to do it. Success criteria are specific to the learning target, understandable, and visible.

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.


October 17. Quarter 1 Below 65 Reports. Contact: S Mateo


10/22-10/26. Red Ribbon Week Themes.

Monday, Make Healthy Choices: Wear Red

Tuesday, My Future Matters: Wear Neon

Wednesday: Be A Champion & Show Your Newark Pride: wear Maroon & Gray

Thursday: Peace Out to Drugs: Wear Tie Dye

Friday: Reach For The Stars: Wear Red, White & Blue


UPDATED: October 11 and 25, November 8 and 29, December 13, January 17 and 31, February 14, March 14 and April 2. SELF Days. Contact: T Roote.


Wednesday, October 10. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are 11/14, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.


Thursday, October 11 at 9:00 am. Evacuation Drill. Contact: R Ross


Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 pm in our auditorium. Fall Drama. Contact: E Howard


Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30-7:20 pm. Open House. Contact: T Roote


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.