The Reds Tale

March 1, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

As we all look to spend more time examining our personal and professional practices in the wake of the tragedy that occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School I am more frequently looking for moments of peace and calm. I am searching for moments free from the stress of trying to make sense of the senseless. My effort keeps bringing me to August 23 of this past summer when we remembered Mr. Chris Brothers. At that remembrance I recall the words of Pastor Kirk Baker. I am paraphrasing, but he helped the group in attendance realize that when faced with grief, the best "medicine" can be to volunteer! I am proud to report that students and staff as well as members of the community are answering the call to serve (see photo) as we manage our grief and look to best secure our precious daily cargo. Our students!

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

We are talking a lot about student reflection, self-assessment and peer feedback. Though challenging, it is of value to our students to teach them these critical skills. Not only does it help them with their own learning process, they are given the opportunity to think critically to help their peers. In the article, Developing Students’ Ability to Give and Take Effective Feedback, Katrina Schwartz explains that the success of peer critique is dependent some specific ground rules including: 1) Pick work that matters, 2) Be Kind, 3) Be helpful, 4) Be specific, 5) Keep moving, and 6) Hold everyone accountable. Additionally, Schwartz explains that one of the goals of this process is to hone student interpersonal skills. Furthermore, she writes about using the Six Thinking Hats to support some of the soft skill development. I think that developing student skills in these areas is worth the time and effort when considering the growth that could result.

Mash Up

Monroe Community College, W-FL BOCES, and FAME (Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers' Enterprise) are partnering this summer to provide current 8-10th graders, the opportunity to experience first hand advanced manufacturing skills, while earning 3 college credits through MCC for free! Deadline to Register is April 27, 2018

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Please see the attached 30-week assessment schedule below. Per our typical practice, please do not plan other assessments that require testing center supports during the examination weeks.

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Calendar Share

Friday-Sunday. Spring musical: Nice Work If You Can Get It. Contact: E Howard

A period 1 schedule runs on April 18 and May 23. A period 5/6 or 6/7 schedule will run on February 14, March 21 and May 9. SELF. Contact: T Roote.

Monday, February 19-March 24. Reception, Sunday March 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm. 36th Annual Wayne County High School Art Show.

Tuesday, March 6 at 2:30 pm. Staff Meeting. Contact: T Roote.

Friday, March 9. The Council on Alcoholism will be in the cafeteria for Gambling Awareness Month. Contact: N Reinholtz.

Tuesday, April 17 in the afternoon. Capstone Presentations. Contact: K Ganter.

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Alumni Spotlight: Sherry Durgan Class of 1993

Sherry graduated with an 85 average. While in school she was a 4-year member of the soccer team playing defensive midfielder. She earned the Sportmanship award multiple times, was a member of SADD and a volunteer Youth Soccer Coach. After high school, Sherry attended Finger Lakes Community College obtaining an Associates in Business Administration and an Associates in Computer Information Systems then attended Medialle College obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration. Sherry has been employed at Wayne ARC for 17 years as Senior Program Accountant. Sherry has been a softball coach with the AECC Community Center for 12 years, a softball coach for Newark Schools for 6 years. She also serves as a Sports Council Member for Newark Schools and is an AECC Board of Directors Member. Sherry resides in Newark and is the mother of 2 children and 2 stepchildren. Words of Wisdom: “Never stop learning because life never stops teaching.”

The Instructional Corner

Sharing learning targets with students means more than simply writing the target statement on the board or stating the target at the beginning of the lesson. Sharing the learning target occurs when teachers use multiple strategies during the formative learning cycle to make sure that students recognize, understand, and aim for what is important to learn during today’s lesson. Below are few ideas you may want to consider as we continue sharing our learning:

  • After sharing out the learning target are the beginning of class, have your students Think-pair-share, asking to explain to each other what the Learning Target means in their own words and share out to the class.
  • Once you share the learning target and students show an understanding, work with students to co-create the success criteria for the lessons (this may work well in lessons later in a sequence as skills have been developed in previous lessons).
  • Engage students in a performance of understanding in which they are able to use success criteria to assess the quality of their learning

If you have not done so, please take a moment to complete the following Technology Survey. This will allow Aaron and I to plan and design meaningful technology sessions/trainings to offer our staff. ~ Better is a never-ending quest.

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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.