The Reds Tale

September 19, 2019

From the Desk of the High School Principal-Mr. Tom Roote

As we settle into September there has been a strong emphasis on school safety. We are paying close attention to the unfortunate, but necessary reality that is the hardening of schools across the nation. Recent criminal activity in the Lyon's area reinforces our need to be vigilant:

  • Our visitor management system is functioning properly and can be relied upon to flag registered offenders.
  • Law enforcement, PINS and probation are sharing notes with us and re-familiarizing themselves with our norms.
  • Our traffic patterns are being monitored and vehicle/traffic law is addressed regularly with education and in some instances a consequence.
  • Our emergency protocols designed to counter a fire, air quality issue, suspicious person/package etc. are at the ready.
  • Loosely supervised and high traffic areas get regular attention from monitors and Swoop security in Mr. Jose Otero.
  • Security cameras are monitored regularly to detect worrisome behaviors that may suggest vandalism or whether a theft may occur.
  • Our doors are numbered for easy recognition by emergency personnel.
  • Fire and electric code compliance is being addressed seasonally.

I am very proud of our efforts in the aforementioned areas. However, the effort I look most forward to being a part of each and every day is associated more with personal safety, or better stated social and emotional wellness. We spend an extraordinary amount of time examining and understanding the trauma or ACES present in our students' lives. Coupled with that are the assets that can counter trauma. By assets I mean the building blocks of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.


One asset includes the idea of equality and the seamless integration of students no matter their circumstance. In fact, I learned a great lesson the other day from a colleague that works with students confined to a wheelchair. She pulled me aside and described how difficult it was for wheelchairs to navigate our sidewalks because some of our vehicles actually rest their wheels on the curb which leaves the rear quarter of the vehicle blocking the sidewalk. I immediately realized that I may be the worst offender!


As I thought about the changes I needed to make, I considered an empowerment asset that applied, "Young person perceives that adults in the community value youth." Take a look at the list of assets mentioned earlier to see if there are some areas you need to look at differently!


Contact me at thomas.roote@newarkcsd.org or 315-332-3250.

From the Desk of the Assistant Principal-Mrs. Robyn Ross

Newark PRIDE

Our 4 principles of Newark PRIDE are Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and A Community. The matrix translates Newark High School’s expectations into expected behaviors. https://newarkcsd.sharepoint.com/:w:/r/sites/HighSchoolStaffShares/_layouts/15/Doc.aspx?sourcedoc={993299d8-f3ae-4843-976b-0b9b2ea0b954}&action=edit&wdPid=69fed5c7

The matrix clarifies for our students what our behaviors should look, sound and feel like. Introducing, discussing, modeling and reinforcing positive social behaviors is an important step of a student’s educational experience. Explicitly teaching our behavior expectations and acknowledging students for demonstrating them is key to our success. It is important to integrate the language into our interactions throughout the school day as well as use PRIDE language regularly and consistently.

Why do we explicitly teach our expected behaviors?

· They are necessary skills for success in life.

· They are the basis for a positive and safe climate.

· Doing so increases opportunities to teach other skills.

Why do we teach our expected behaviors?

  • At the beginning of school year.
  • Often enough to achieve and maintain fluency.
  • Before times when problem behaviors tend to increase.
  • Ongoing throughout the year. (refresher lessons)
  • At teachable moments.

How Do We Teach Social Behaviors?

Tell – Introduce the expected behaviors and discuss why it is important
Show – Demonstrate and model
Practice – Role play expected behaviors in the relevant contexts
Monitor – Pre correct, supervise and provide positive feedback
Reteach – Practice throughout the day

Where Do We Teach Our Expected Behaviors?

· In every classroom throughout the school.

· Everywhere in the school.

· It is embedded in other school activities.


Contact me at robyn.ross@newarkcsd.org or 315-332-3270.

Mash Up

#neighboREDS: If you need a fox grab one from Ms. Mateo. Plenty to go around.


Department Leaders will be discussing with their teams a goal to be accomplished prior to the October staff meeting. Supporting the work is the following from Mr. Sweet, "To support the use of student laptops and to ensure students can quickly and easily access course content, Will, building administrators and I, identified important features of Schoology and we created an easy-to-use resource to help you get started.

If you have questions about these expectations, please ask your principal. If you need help with Schoology, please ask me or Will Bean."


Anyone experiencing symptoms who uses vape products should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Healthcare providers should report possible cases to the local poison control center (1-800-222-1222). If individuals are concerned at all with their vaping device or products or just want more information, they can call the NYSDOH's Vaping Hotline at 1-888-364-3046.

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

As educators through and through it is natural for us to struggle to understand the level of disengagement in some of our students. It is particularly surprising at the start of the school year as our assumption is that a fresh start should lead to optimism coupled with motivation. Because disengagement is typically the behavioral manifestation of a larger issue we need to pause to consider what the root cause is. Consider learning issues, peer struggles, mental health challenges (anxiety/depression), and trauma. As you face disengagement you will want to focus on:
  • Modeling the importance of learning, self-discipline, and hard work
  • Being kind and welcoming
  • Set and enforce high but realistic expectations
  • Providing structure and monitoring
  • Knowing what is going on in and our of school
  • Being persistent and consistent.

Instructional Corner

Welcome Back Teachers. We will be working as Instructional Coaches in our building this year. In this role, we will be available to support teachers in reaching their goals for student learning. This support can take many forms throughout the school year depending on the teacher’s needs at a given time. Below is a table of support options for you to consider when deciding what you might want to access a coach for. The items on this list are not exhaustive, so if you have another idea, please don’t hesitate to suggest it! We are looking forward to working and learning with you! Will, Robin, and Aaron

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Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

From Ms. Crawford our Prevention Counselor, "Suzanne Catholdi will be here during lunches on Monday, September 23 to share information with students for Suicide Awareness Month. She will have a table set up with Suicide Prevention flyers, LGBTQ resource information and hotlines, crisis text line flyers etc. Thanks!"


Homecoming Spirit Week themes

  • Monday, September 23 is Movie Villain Monday
  • Tuesday is Tacky Tourist Tuesday
  • Wednesday is Wild West Wednesday
  • Thursday is Time-travel Thursday: Freshmen 90's, Sophomore 2000's, Junior's 70's, Senior's 80's and Staff 50's
  • Friday is Maroon and Gray Friday


Homecoming is Friday, September 27-Saturday, September 28. Contact L Walters or B Yuhas:

  • The Pep Rally is at 1:30 pm on Friday September 27 on the football field
  • The parade from AECC to school starts at 5:00 pm on Friday, September 27
  • The tailgate for high school students is at 5:45 pm on Friday September 27 outside of Fox Den (free hot dogs - HS students only)
  • The football game starts on Friday, September 27 at 7:15 pm
  • The dance is Saturday, September 28 from 7:30-10:00 pm in the high school gym (tickets are $5 pre-sale and $7 at door)

Wednesday, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 11, April 15, May 13 and June 10. College Wear Wednesday. Contact S Gardner.


Friday, September 27. Field Trip Requests are due. Contact T Roote


First Tuesday of each month. Staff Meeting. Contact T Roote


SchoolTool detailed progress reports (below 65) for quarter 1 due Thursday, September 26 and Thursday, October 24. Contact T Roote


Tuesday, October 22 at NHS, time TBD. Open House. Contact T Roote


Thursday, April 30. Capstone Day. Contact D Barry, K Ganter or R Ross


TBD. NHS Program/No WTCC Program. Contact R Ross


College Planning. Contact D McGavisk:

  • PSAT Administration-All juniors: October 16 from 7:45-11:15 am
  • Financial Aid Night (Tentative): October 8 from 6:30-8:00 pm
  • FAFSA Filing Night: October 15 from 6:30-8:00 pm
  • Individual senior meetings with counselors-September 16-30
  • Rochester Area Colleges visit-September 26 from 10:15 -11:00 am

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BitMoji of the Week: Who is it?

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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, Respectful and A Community.