The Reds Tale

October 19, 2017

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

I recently took a few minutes to glance back at the last few "Close up" portions of the Reds Tale. Without revealing too much of my thinking, I will simply share that the first five + weeks of the school year this year look starkly different from the same time frame last year.

Consider what the difference is saying about our brand? I would love to hear your feedback. In the meantime, check out what Trish Rubin shares in her OnTopic article titled Building Your Brand: "Many schools have websites with a logo and a mascot and think that’s their brand. But that’s not the same. Right. In marketing terms that’s your identity marker. Many schools, their website is very static. It has a stock mission statement—nothing unique about it. Mascot? Check. Logo? Check. School colors? Check. They assume that’s their brand, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. Again, brand is about feeling. There is no feeling represented by seeing that. I say to people, define your school in three words. Look at how Disney defines itself: 'Fun, Family, Entertainment.' That’s it. I think of Disney, because even when they had some horrible things happening to them, they knew exactly what to do to make people believe that they are still 'Fun, Family, Entertainment.' You say having a good brand and a good feeling will promote a lot of community engagement. Yeah. We live in a camera culture, and it’s so easy for people to use that camera to share. When you establish your brand and people understand that they and their kids are part of it, they want to share. That camera culture can really help tell your story. That’s why brands are so important because they create a sense of belonging."

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

At our School Community Advisory Cabinet meeting last Tuesday, we were discussing our social and emotional learning program. I asked some of the students that were there to comment on the first few SEL days. One of the students made a very accurate statement when he said, “I have noticed that the students that need this the most are not the ones participating in the discussions”. This is also something I have noticed, but nevertheless made me reflect on our work. In my conversations with students who are resisting the SEL work there is a consistent theme, which is students do not know they need to develop their soft skills. It is our job to continue to promote this message as employers and colleges are communicating to schools that many students are lacking critical interpersonal skills. Please share this graphic with students who seem to be resisting the work. Advisement presents a great opportunity to support student understanding and development. Often, students just want to be heard and if you listen carefully, they will tell you what the need.

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Mash Up

I am looking for a few able bodies to help organize an Apple Crunch event in the cafeteria on Monday. Help! If you are a cafeteria monitor you can do this and your monitor work at the same time!

If you have heating and/or cooling issues in your classroom that are ongoing and unresolved please contact Ms. George with your room number and a description of your issue. We will work with maintenance to resolve your issue prior to 7:30 am each morning.

Effective the ten week point of the school year I am required to authorize all grade changes. Ms. Verbridge has the required paperwork to prompt a change by Ms. MaryBeth Springett. FYI: Turning an incomplete into a grade does not constitute a grade change.

As I prepare the main office for a new admin. asst. I want you to be aware that Ms. Verbridge will take over managing my calendar, updating Script N/The Reds Tale, and planning the June awards ceremony.

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

October 25 is our next SELF day. We will start the day with 5/6 or 6/7. To better inform our work leading up to Wednesday, Mr. Wagner and I spent quite a bit of time in the halls during our last program. For the most part, kids and staff were happy. However, we felt that in general, we were deviating from the systems and protocols that allow all of us to be accountable and accounted for. Here are a few recommendations that will positively impact all of us when followed:
  • If you have a student that has been particularly resistant during your small group work or regularly not present, please contact their counselor and administrator prior to Wednesday. The plan will be to positively implement some strategies that will make the upcoming message more relevant to them.
  • Students require passes (pre-signed and otherwise) to transition through the building. This procedure is more critical on SELF days when there is a much higher volume of movement. If you wonder what the overall negative effect is on not providing passes please stop into the cafeteria and watch a principal or monitor suggest that a student may not leave. The preceding is often the complete undoing of all the work that was done within the large and small SELF groups.
  • During the small group work I would ask that co-teacher pairs both be present. Your partnership is the very definition of synergy and cannot evolve if you are not both present. How you manage advisement is not my concern and just requires that you mutually agree on a model.

Calendar Share

Thursday, October 19. Domestic Violence Awareness Day WEAR PURPLE.

Thursday, October 19. Teachers and Technology Meeting 2:30 in the LGI Contact: A Sweet

Friday, October 20. Think Pink Denim Day: Wear Pink. Contact: S Gardner

October 23-29. Red Ribbon Week.

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.

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

Tuesday, October 24 during the lunch block. Apple Crunch Day. Contact: T Roote.

Tuesday, October 24 from 2:30-3:00 pm in the main office. SELF Lesson Review. Contact: T Roote.

Thursday, October 26 from 6:00-7:00 pm at the Penfield High School. Mental Heath and Substance Abuse Resource Fair.

Saturday, October 28 from 10:00-2:00 pm at Wegmans parking lot 800 West Miller Street. Wayne County Pharmaceutical Collection.

Monday, October 30 from 8:00-1:30 pm in the LGI. Picture Retake Day.

Monday, October 30. Red Ribbon Week Door Pictures. Contact: N Reinholtz.

Wednesday, November 1 from 3:00-5:00 pm in our LGI. Newark School District Flu Clinic. Contact: Wayne County Public Health.

Monday, November 6 during all lunches. Finger Lakes Community Health. Contact: N. Reinholtz

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

Tuesday, November 7 at 2:30 pm. Staff Meeting. Contact: T Roote.

Wednesday, November 15 during all lunches. Wayne County Public Health. Contact: N. Reinholtz

Thursday, November 16. The Great American Smokeout. Contact: N. Reinholtz

Monday, November 16. Victim Resource Center will be in Health classes. Contact: N. Reinholtz.

The Instructional Corner

As we continue to dive into designing and sharing meaningful learning targets, there is a lot to take into consideration when we are thinking about the types of learning targets that we focus on. For example, we need to think about the appropriate size and scope of learning targets.

We must watch out for targets that are too broad in content or concept, for example, “We are learning to describe all the key factors that led up to World War I,” or “I can explain volume formulas and use them to solve problems.” On the other end of the spectrum, we don’t want targets that can be met within just a few minutes of a class period, such as, “We are learning to write an equation with three operations.” Our goal is to craft “just right” targets that are specific and focused in what they require of students, yet meaty enough that they can be worked on for at least a whole class period.

For additional support please follow the link to the Instructional Corner. The instructional corner is now even easier to access, Click on Staff Tools from the district homepage and then click on the Instructional Corner link!

Alumni Spotlight: Caitlin Simonse Barnes

Caitlin Simonse Barnes graduated from NHS in 2006. While at Newark she was an Honor Society member, played soccer for 3 years and was in concert band. Caitlin went to Brockport from 2006-2009 and graduated with dual degrees in Women & Gender Studies as well as Communication Studies. She then went on to earn her Masters in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Buffalo in 2012. Catlin worked in the Clyde Savannah schools from 2012-2013 then became the Gananda Elementary School Librarian in August of 2013, where she still is currently employed. Caitlin married Dan Barnes, an NHS graduation class of 2003, in September of 2016. Caitlin is the daughter of Barb Simonse, Kelley School secretary and Pete Simonse, Maintenance.

Words of Wisdom: “You need to read, no matter what it is, read!”

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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.