The Reds Tale

May 3, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

I recently had a chance to learn a bit more about the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts as they were updated from a 1996 version to a modern day version. By the way, in 1996 the Macarena was at the top of the Billboard charts.

The visual arts standards place a premium on several artistic processes shared by all arts disciplines: (1) Creating (2) Performing/Producing/Presenting (3) Responding (4) Connecting. The standards go on to explain, "Engaging fully in the arts as prescribed by these Standards allows individuals to develop and eventually attain their true creative potential while fostering a deeper understanding of what binds us together as human beings artistically, culturally, socially, and emotionally." Soon after getting a refresher on the standards, Ms. Kessler came to me with an idea that I am proud to say embodies the preceding. Here were her thoughts, "I came across this project a little while ago called the Inside Out Project by street artist JR. The project was started as a global art initiative in 2011 for communities (schools) to take action and stand up for a cause. Inspired by JR’s large‐format street 'pastings', INSIDE OUT is supposed to give everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for as a group. It is a platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. I'm sharing this information with you because I was given the okay to do this project here at NHS (thanks Tom!). I was inspired by this image in particular with this caption from a high school that participated in Austin Minnesota, 'We support a view of hard working teachers and school workers lifting up and empowering a diverse culture of young people to prepare them for the realities of life.'" More at

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

At the beginning of the school year I collaborated with a group of about 15 staff to create the School Innovation Committee. My goal, was to begin to create some energy around innovative ideas in the classroom. We decided to focus specifically on transforming learning environments as there is some solid research that connects creative classroom design with increased student engagement. I wanted to share some of the progress made so far… We explored some ideas and models for classroom design, worked with Mr. Miller on potential grant opportunities, and a few of us visited Dundee to view their furniture and various classroom set-ups. There was a lot of learning done! There are also many teachers who have made alterations to their classrooms. Ms. Yuhas, Ms. LaPaglia, Mr. Flanagan, Ms. Yatteau, Ms. Hersh, Ms. Brewer and Mr. Eakins, to name a few, are experimenting with flexible seating/design. Additionally, Ms. Dentel and Ms. Curley have plans to transform their learning environments. I appreciate the work that was put in by all so far as I believe this will help us make important instructional shifts to better meet the needs of all students. If you are motivated to redesign your classroom or just make some minor changes, I encourage you to talk to your colleagues about some of their experiences. 12 Ways to Update your Classroom Design is also a nice resource to spark your thinking.

Mash Up

Next week's Reds Tale will be the Teacher Appreciation Week edition. Please be sure to spend a few moments recognizing the extra effort of all our staff throughout the entire week, but especially on Teacher Appreciation Day (Tuesday). Early in the day on Tuesday we will be sure to have a drawing for a random act of kindness.

It is with regret that I share that our beloved night cleaner, Ms. Brenda Oosterling, will be retiring later this month. I was fortunate to get to know Brenda as we would laugh together as I closed out for the night and she got going. We will miss you Brenda!

Calendar Share

Monday, May 7 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in the LGI. Health & Wellness Fair.

Tuesday, May 8. National Teacher Day/donuts and bagels in staff room. Contact: T Roote.

Saturday, May 12. Cabaret Night/Jazz Festival at 6:30 pm in the High School Gym.

Saturday, May 19 from 10:00-12:00 pm. Community Pride Day.

The Shred Truck will be coming on Friday, May 25 at 9:30 am.

Sunday, May 27. HS Marching Band Newark Memorial Day parade/recognition.

Monday June 3 at 7:30 pm. High School Band Spring Concert in our auditorium.

Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 pm in our auditorium. High School Choral Spring Concert.

Wednesday, June 6 from 7:30-10:30 am. Academic Awards Ceremony. Contact: T Roote.

Wednesday, June 6 from 10:30-2:30 pm. Cap and Gown Walk. Contact: T Roote.

Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 am at the Alex Eligh Community Center. Laurel House 5K.

Upcoming Senior events summarized

Monday, June 10 at 6:30 pm. High School Music Awards Banquet.

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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

The Instructional Corner

As we dive deeper into providing our students with actionable feedback during our lessons, please consider the following. Feeding students forward with targeted feedback teaches them to recognize challenges, take steps to meet them, and set challenging goals of their own. It also increases students’ sense of self-efficacy, a motivational factor that plays a major role in how they approach goals, tasks, and challenges. Students can increase their perceptions of self-efficacy by tackling appropriate levels of challenge in specific areas and by attributing their success to the decision they make and the strategies they use. The feedback we provide as teachers should help students prepare for, work through, and master content/skills that make up the learning target for today’s lesson.

To maximize and gauge the effect of our feedback, we must allow our students the opportunity to use that feedback and attempt part of the performance again. This second chance benefits both students and teacher, by creating an environment that is rich in improvement and learning. We will continue to foster the skill and the will for students to examine the quality of their own understanding and make strategic decisions about how to improve.

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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.