The Reds Tale

September 21, 2017

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

THRIVE: Of a child, animal, or plant. Grow or develop well or vigorously. "The new baby thrived" prosper; flourish. Synonyms: flourish, prosper, burgeon, bloom, blossom, mushroom, do well, advance, succeed.

I like this word to describe our desired outcomes for our teenagers. It would be hard to argue something less than developing well, vigorously, prospering, burgeoning and succeeding. Catholic Charities certainly agrees with the preceeding and as a result, we will enjoy year two of partnering with them to bring The Thriving Families Program into our English 12 classes. The program is a Federally Grant funded program, which is allowing us to provide a rich relationship enhancement curriculum, and case management, free of charge, to all high school seniors and individuals from ages 18 to their mid to upper 30's within Wayne County. The program is settling in throughout Wayne County by providing the curriculum and services to high school seniors. The curriculum begins with a self-exploration component, of, who am I, what are my values and morals. Also, what are some of the things that I bring into my relationships, and how are my relationships impacted by them. Students will explore social media and its impact/effect on relationships, partner violence (how it can be other than just physical), as well as healthy and unhealthy ways of breaking up. The class is very participant based, activity based and discussion based, rather than lecture based and dovetails nicely with our SEL work as a District.

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From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

Everything we do as educators revolves around building strong relationships with our students. On our first social and emotional learning day, it was evident to me as I moved around the building that new relationships were being built through the learning experiences offered throughout the day. During the advisory period, I appreciated seeing staff and students interacting through discussion, games and learning activities. Staff members really took this opportunity and created some valuable experiences for students. I was thinking about some possibilities for advisory and wanted to share my thinking for anyone looking for ideas:

  • Engage your group in a service project possibly for the school or community.
  • The groups are heterogeneous, so there is a wide-range of skills. Determine student strengths and develop a peer tutoring model that allows for students in in different grade levels to support one-another.
  • Take a part of each advisory to collaborate with the students to plan the next advisory block.
  • Focus on kindness and engage the students in an activity that promotes positive climate and culture in the school.

Those are just a few ideas. I think we are off to a great start and remember….

"We need to make the positive so loud that the negative becomes almost impossible to hear."

Mash Up

If you have a personal air conditioner cooling your room please remove it by Friday. When it is very hot/humid outside our health and safety people have indicated that you are welcome to use fans to cool your space as they have a much lower draw on the electricity for the room. Also if the air conditioners are not installed properly they could fall from the window to the ground below or create a possible fire hazard if the breakers get too hot.

Please begin to familiarize yourself with the "note" section of SchoolTool. We will begin to use this feature to manage SRT referrals and follow up.

Please examine the field trip checklist to better understand time lines for submitting approval paperwork.

From Mr. Gnau, "As the Capital Project progresses forward, we will need to have a walk through with the potential bidders for the different parts of the project. [...] We would like to do this on October 18th starting at around 2:00 at the HS to look at the athletic field work and then move to the HS/MS campus and then to the Primary and Elementary buildings as their day ends closer to 4:00 and the students will be gone by then. The contractors will be looking in the rooms to see them as well as the ventilators and any other area that will be affected or touched by the capital project. If you would let me know if there is something scheduled at your buildings that this would be an issue with please let me know. I don’t want them coming if we have an Open House scheduled or something like that or a community event scheduled that evening."

On September 27, our next SEL day, Wayne County Probation will do a sexting and cyberbullying presentation for all freshmen students during advisement. There will be two opportunities for students to consume the message at 10:46 am and 11:26 am. Freshmen students that have lunch B or C should be sent to the auditorium after the small group forum at 10:46. Freshmen that have lunch A should be asked to report to the auditorium after lunch at 11:26 am. See Mr. Wagner with any questions.

A note from Warren Bushart, "Many of you already have lunch accounts and take advantage of purchasing food, beverages, or snacks in the cafeteria. Some of you may have forgotten about [...]. If you are interested in finding out if you have an existing account or would like to have an account set-up please let me know and we will get you taken care of."

Bus Passes! Please make sure you are providing students that stay after school with a bus pass. If you need bus passes, see Ms. George in the main office.

Please be sure to follow the procedure in the ERF when a student issue requires a removal from class. It is found in the section labeled student removal from class. We are asking that you follow the protocol to call the main office to access an administrator, rather than sending the student to the main office.

"The library paper cutter went missing during summer school. If anyone found a large paper cutter in their classroom and it's not yours, please let Ms. Miller know. Many teachers use it here in the library and it is greatly missed. Also a hoop earring was found in the parking on 9/19." Contact: Jackie Miller.

Park Church To Host Panel Discussion on Human trafficking, "On Tuesday, September 26th a Community Panel Discussion will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the church with representatives from the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Dr. Celia McIntosh, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner, currently chairs the organization. She is passionate about increasing awareness about human trafficking, ending human trafficking and becoming a voice for policy and social change in the fight against trafficking. For further information please contact Park Presbyterian Church at 315-331-2255, or"

Calendar Share

3:00-4:00 pm on October 24; November 30; January 17; February 27; March 22; April 25; and May 14. PD Hours. Contact: Robin Uveges

Wednesday, September 27 from 9:18-10:42 am (period 5/6 or 6/7 schedule). Forum (new name TBD). Contact: T Roote

Wednesday, September 27 by 12:42 pm. Forum Name Contest Submissions. Contact: T Roote

Wednesday, September 27 from 11:00-12:00 pm in the LGI. SAC (Student Advisory Cabinet) Meeting. Contact: T Roote

September 29 from 1:24-2:30 pm in the gym. Homecoming Pep Assembly (see schedule below). Contact: J Cruz or BJ Ross.

Tuesday, October 3 from 2:30-3:00 pm (and all first Tuesday's of each month) in the LGI or cafeteria. Staff Meeting. Contact: T Roote.

Tuesday, October 10 from 6:00-7:00 pm in the NHS Library. School Community Advisement Committee (SCAC). Contact: T Roote.

October 11, November 8 and December 13. College Wear Wednesday. Contact: Sue Gardner

Wednesday, October 11, from 7:30-11:15 am. PSAT's for Juniors. Contact: D McGavisk.

Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-7:20 pm. Open House: A Celebration of Teaching and Learning. Contact: T Roote.

Thursday, October 12 at 2:00 pm- Young Americans Assembly. Contact: K Flock

Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14. Young Americans. Contact: K Flock.

Tuesday, October 24; Thursday, November 30; Thursday, January 4; Thursday, February 8, Tuesday, March 20; and Thursday, May 3. Below 65 Progress. Contact: T Roote.

Tuesday, November 7 at 7:30 pm in the high school auditorium. Band/Chorus Concert. Contact: C Briggs.

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The Instructional Corner

The professional development hour allowed each of you to take a personalized learning approach into targeted instruction, one the four core areas of personalized learning. The resources you worked with, centered around best practices and will allow you to create learning environments where all individual needs can be met. As you continue to plan quality lessons, please access any of the materials from our PD and additional resources on the Instructional Corner web page or access one of the coaches any time.

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron Quku, Class of 2000

Aaron (pictured below) graduated 8th in his class. He continued his schooling attending Keuka College receiving a Bachelors in Education in 2004 and his Master's in Education via Nazareth in 2006. Aaron was a special education teacher at the Kelley School for 10 years, coached football and lacrosse and resigned in 2014 to join his brother Alex at Q’s Lawn Care as the service manager. He is certified in Briggs and Stratton, Kohler, Kawasaki , Generac, engine repair and a silver level dealer technician for Stihl. In high school, Aaron was a Wall of Fame recipient, a scholar athlete, member of the Honor Society, French Club, Broadcasting Club among a host of other groups. He played 3 years of varsity lacrosse and 2 years of varsity football earning All- League selection in both sports. Aaron married Amanda Mosher in 2007. Amanda is currently teaching at Perkins. They have 2 sons, Stuart and Reid. Words of Wisdom: “Work to your potential in everything you do!

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Close Up (send me a picture)

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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.