The Reds Tale

February 28, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

Several years ago there was a great deal of buzz around a Derek Sivers Ted Talk called How to Start a Movement. If you have not seen the talk the gist is, "First, of course you know, a leader needs the guts to stand out and be ridiculed. What he's doing is so easy to follow. Here's his first follower with a crucial role; he's going to show everyone else how to follow. Now, notice that the leader embraces him as an equal. Now it's not about the leader anymore; it's about them, plural. Now, there he is calling to his friends. Now, if you notice that the first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. It takes guts to stand out like that. The first follower is what transforms a lone nut into a leader."


While not likely to proclaim herself a lone nut, Ali Hearn is emerging as a leader with guts. Some of you may recall seeing her present at NHS this summer. Since then, she has emerged in and around the region talking to small groups of leaders. Ali's background in school social work provides the experience and knowledge to support the most vulnerable youth, but her big picture and systems thinking is what allows her work to impact ALL. I am hoping to be a bit of a first follower here and see if I can get her message to you as it is well packaged and delivered. The photos below are from her Twitter @heyalihearn and will kick off my messaging...

From the Desk of Ms. Ross

Mash Up

We are very lucky to have Mr. Mark Miller acting on our behalf to secure money to support our students. In his role as Director of Grant Services and Special Programs he is accomplishing a great deal. To better support his efforts, we need to keep our eye on grant opportunities. To that end, please consider the $1,000 available to each of us to assist in developing and implementing an innovative program or project. See "Document Sharing Space" below...


Wall of Fame 2019


Juniors looking towards senior privileges...


"March 4-8 is National School Breakfast Week. This year we are celebrating (and hopefully promoting higher breakfast participation) by giving away a beautiful brand new bike in every school building, thanks to the generosity of General Mills. Students will get an automatic entry to win the bike each time they get breakfast the week of March 4-8. If a student gets breakfast all 5 days they will have 5 entries. We will draw the winners the week of March 11. The bikes will be on display in the serving areas so the kids see them during breakfast and lunch over the next two weeks." Mr. Bushart


Attention seniors: The Josten’s representative will be here Thursday, March 14 during the SELF day to pass out graduation information on Cap/gown, etc. This is a very important meeting. The rep will be back on Thursday, March 21 during lunches to take your information and place your cap/gown order. Please plan on being here on Thursday, March 14 for the packet and again on Thursday, March 21 during all of the lunches, to place your order. WTCC students, your packet will be handed out to you before you board the bus on March 14.

Questions, please see Mrs. Lannon or Mrs. Barry

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Mr Waldbillig, "For those of you who are interested in some more information about how social emotional learning (SEL) and academics connect, give this a read....It's written by Maurice Elias who is a professor at Rutgers who has been writing about the connection between SEL and academics for decades. Maurice does a great job in this article showing the collaboration of SEL and academics and how one cannot happen without the other."

Instructional Corner

Authentic relationships are the key to any school community’s health. Teachers are not salesmen, but sometimes, we come off that way. In fact, some of our students know the drill and can see when an educator is really trying to connect with them or if they are just trying to sell them something. The way we model relationships with all of our students has to be authentic to what be believe relationships should be. Relationships matter because people matter – not because they have a particular fringe benefit that helps us accomplish some other goal.


Using relationships to get a student to behave, to get a piece of information, or to do anything other than value another person – means that we’ve missed the mark. Having a positive relationship with a student is different than simply knowing something about them. Teachers who just survive might learn a few facts about their students in September, but teachers who thrive make getting to know their students a priority all year. The challenge is clear, get to know the people in our school (both students and staff) because they’re people and because that makes it worth it. That makes it real, every day.


Will Bean. Instructional Coach. Newark High School. Varsity Assistant Football and Baseball Coach

Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

Tuesday's in the LGI: March 5, April 2, May 7 and June 4. Staff Meetings. Contact: T Roote.


Friday, March 1-Sunday March 3. Spring Musical: Music Man. Contact: E Howard.


March 14 and April 2. SELF Days. Contact: T Roote.


Wednesday, February 13. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are: 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.


Tuesday, February 19 from 9:00-12:30 pm. FLCC Visit Day.


March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.


Friday, March 15. NHS Program/No WTCC Program. Contact R Ross.


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.