The Reds Tale

May 23, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

A note from It's REAL and Ms. Ohlson, "Members of the It’s REAL (Rights, Education, Advocacy, Leadership) group worked collaboratively with Columbia University graduate and Sodus High School principal, Mr. Arkee Allen, to produce an assembly on implicit bias for the entire Newark High School community. The presentation took place on Friday, May 17, and involved four grade-level sessions in the auditorium. Mr. Allen has become one of the area’s leading experts on implicit bias, and he has been recruited to speak about the topic at various school districts and events, including the March Superintendent’s Conference Day here in Newark.

In his presentations, Mr. Allen first shared compelling personal experiences that illustrated his resilience and tenacity in the face of hardship. He then presented foundational information about the concept of implicit bias. Mr. Allen included multiple opportunities for active audience participation, including a question and answer session, and an online survey that produced real-time results so that audience members could immediately see and analyze the data. Audience feedback about the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. Here is what some students had to say: 'That was the best presentation we had all year. I really got a lot out of what he (Mr. Allen) had to say. Particularly about how we need to stop calling people racist, because it’s counterproductive. It just divides people.'-Alessio Muto, Grade 12; 'Thank you for bringing him (Mr. Allen) here. Implicit bias is a really important topic.' -Paris Morris, Grade 9; 'I really liked the quote Mr. Allen used by Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.’ Also, when you call someone racist, it’s just adding on to the hatred that’s already in the conversation. It just adds on to the negativity. I think what he (Mr. Allen) was telling us to think before you speak because you might end the conversation before you get to know the whole story.' Elijiah Griffin, Grade 10 and It’s REAL member"

From the Desk of Ms. Ross


Mash Up

From the Science Dept., "Hello, I just wanted to touch base with the final list of students who will be attending a Lab Make Up Day on Tuesday, May 28th. I have reserved Library Classroom 1, so if there are any concerns or need for students that is where we will be. Students are expected to attend from 7:30 am until they are lab eligible, with time for them to go to lunch. If there are students who are not eligible by 3:00, there may be an opportunity to stay in the after hours learning center until 4. Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you! Becca Yuhas"

Too many teenagers die every year from drunk and distracted driving. On Thursday, May 30, Newark High School and the emergency response agencies of our community will attempt to warn them of these dangers in a realistic and powerful way. Newark High School Juniors and Seniors will be invited to watch a mass casualty drill which will simulate a motor vehicle collision, caused by distracted and drunk driving on prom night and will include various conditions from minor lacerations to critical and life-threatening injuries. These effects will be created by make-up and moulage effects and may be upsetting to some faculty, staff, and students. To complete this program, students will not be able to park in the student parking lot on May 30 until after 11:00am. Students will be permitted to park in the lower staff lot. Students are being encouraged to carpool and use school buses on Thursday. In an effort to help ease any parking issues, we would ask any faculty and staff who can carpool on Thursday to also do so. Please direct any questions to Shawn Flanagan, acting as liaison between the school and the agencies involved in this program, and he will answer them as best he can.

The Reds Tale is off until Thursday, June 6.

Recently Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES has been experiencing a shortage of tutors. If you are interested in tutoring, I urge you to contact BOCES and ask for the Human Resources Department: 315 332 7400. Here are the potential perks:

  • Only take assignments that you want
  • The pay rate is $20/ hour
  • Tutors are paid for an hour of planning for every two hours of tutoring
  • If a student does not show up to a tutoring session, you get paid for an hour of tutoring

If you're interested I encourage you to inquire with Human Resources at BOCES.

Prom Crash Simulation 2016-2017
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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

A quick shout out to our counseling office who are leaving nothing off the table when it comes to reconnecting our students to school. Just last week, Ms. Hugunine and Ms. Specht dropped a care package off at the home of a student designated as homeless and struggling to attend regularly. He was in school today sharing his appreciation!

Instructional Corner

Instead of just teaching SEL, we should look at infusing SEL into every part of what we do. At the end of the day, a classroom where a student feels welcome is a classroom where academic achievement comes on its own. Our classrooms have access to large amounts of data stemming from summative and formative assessments, teacher observations, district, and state assessments. Studies have found that the effective use of data can lead to improved student achievement. As we close in on the end of the year, we can look at this data to inform instructional decisions for targeted instructional review. This type of targeted review will give each student the support they need, where they need it.

Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

Wednesday, May 29th- Lab Make Up Day 7:30a-3p/possibly 4 if needed.

Monday, June 3. NYS Regents in Global History and Geography (Transition Regents). Contact M Eakins, D McEwen or R Ross.

Thursday, June 6. Academic Awards Assembly and Cap and Gown Walk. Contact: T Roote.

Important Band & Chorus Dates

  • 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 Recognition

Senior Year Events


  • Prom: June 1,2019 7p-10:30p @ Club 86, Geneva NY
  • Last day of classes for students: June 17
  • Last day for Teachers: June 26
  • Graduation: June 21
  • Regents Exams: June 18-25

Saturday, June 8 from 9:00-5:00 pm at the BOCES Conference Center. New & Expecting. Relationships. For Real. Contact: 315-679-6542

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Close Up/Share a Pic

That's our Ms. Palmisano in the center after completing course work for her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration. Pictured at right is former NHS PE teacher Ms. Katrina Davenport.
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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.