The Reds Tale

October 24, 2019

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

Red Ribbon Week is coming up! Throughout the community and around NHS you will see the spirit of Red Ribbon Week. Ribbons are the visible signs of our commitment to helping our students be drug free. With its focus on encouraging healthy life choices, Red Ribbon Week heightens everyone’s awareness that we need to work together to eradicate drug and substance abuse. We know we cannot do this alone. Parents are the single most important influence on children’s decisions to smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs. You are vital to the success of every child who lives in our community. In the spirit of the preceding, Allyson and I have been discussing with Jack (10) his experiences with Deputy Rick and his school DARE program. He has been detailing the effects of alcohol, the dangers of chewing tobacco and strategies to counteract peer pressure. Conceptually, the idea of a "drug" is difficult for younger kids to grasp. At this time last year I shared a story about Ava (my youngest). She stated that she didn't know what a "drug" was. She mixed up the idea of medicine and drugs. Allyson introduced the concept of "peer pressure" and Ava spun us around in circles for a bit demanding to know the names of Allyson's high school friends (we are talking 1991 here) that pressured her. I share the preceding because I hope we can agree that one isolated conversation with a young person is not going to perfectly shape their attitudes about drugs. However, an accumulation of dozens of conversations over many years and over many developmental points in a young persons life can have the desired outcome. I will encourage you to do as Allyson and I will do and stay committed to modeling good behavior, regularly educate our children and most importantly, fill our child's tool box with the knowledge and skills necessary for simply saying, "No thank you, that is not for me." or "That is not my style." If you know of a young person struggling, please say something by completing this anonymous form.

We will never become complacent in the struggle for drug-free youth and a drug-free community. As a high school, we vow to continue our initiatives that we believe contribute to the healthy development of all our youth. These include Youth to Youth/SADD, Mentoring, Bullying and Bias Training, Health Education Classes, and Link Crew. Together, we can have an impact on the choices youth make to live healthier lives. Your support and involvement are critical, not only during Red Ribbon Week, but throughout the year. A special thanks to our coaches, Mr. Cameron Lanich, Ms. Karen Cline, Ms. Nicole Favreau and Ms. Krystal Crawford who are steadfast in their commitment to prevent, treat and educate our students.

Contact me at or 315-332-3250.

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


Contact me at or 315-332-3270.

From the Desk of the Administrative Intern-Mr. Jason Dentel

It was impressive the number of families that came to open house this week. It was an excellent opportunity for families to meet teachers and visit many community programs designed to help students to find their successes. The five-week progress report reminds me of my alarm clock on my phone. I know I have a little more time to get going, but that time is coming close. The same goes for our students and teachers. Our progress reports let us know where we are at what we need to work on before the quarter grades are in place. It guides the students to think about staying after school with a particular teacher or in our after-hours learning center. For our teachers, five-week grades provide data that help inform interventions that can support students as they strive for their goals. For parents, it sparks important conversations with both their student and teachers. All of this is a productive use of those extra weeks before the alarm goes off.

Contact me at or 315-332-3255.

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A note from the Prevention Counselor Ms. Krystal Crawford, "Red Ribbon Week is October 23rd-31st. At the High School, we will be celebrating Red Ribbon week next week, the 28th-1st. Red Ribbon week was initially started to honor the memory of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. Camarena was murdered in 1985 by drug traffickers he was investigating in Mexico. Schools and communities wear red and participate in activities to help spread a 'drug free' message. Next week please participate in the different 'dress up days.' Youth to Youth will be sharing facts every morning on the announcements and the community will participate in a Door Decorating Contest.In addition, there will be a Fox wearing a red ribbon hidden around the building each day. If you find the fox, please see Mrs. Crawford in the counseling office to answer a trivia question and get a prize. These activities act as a catalyst to spread the message of healthy alternatives to using drugs/alcohol. This is a perfect time to have conversations with youth about drug/alcohol use. If you need help starting the conversation visit this website."

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Three Keys to Infusing SEL Into What You Already Teach, "Use SEL signature practices in your lesson plans. There are three practices developed by CASEL professional development consultant Ann McKay Bryson that are widely used among classroom teachers to enhance community while also promoting academic engagement. Welcoming rituals like morning meetings or an interactive 'do-now' build community and set the stage for the learning that’s about to happen. This practice also brings all the voices into the room, and when you have students talking at the start of class, they are more likely to stay engaged throughout."

Instructional Corner

Active supervision is a highly proactive practice of moving continuously, scanning all areas of the setting, and interacting positively with authenticity. It is a process for monitoring our classroom or any school setting, that incorporates MOVING (continuous, random teacher movement throughout all parts of our classrooms) SCANNING (frequent and intentional visual sweeps of all parts of our classrooms) and INTERACTING (frequent and positive communication to encourage, reinforce, and correct behaviors of our students). Working to improve on our active supervision of our classrooms has shown:

  • The provision of immediate learning assistance to students
  • Increased student engagement
  • Reduction in inappropriate behaviors
  • Increases in appropriate behaviors
  • Timely correction of behavioral errors
  • Building positive adult-student relationships
  • A sense of safety for students
  • Ability to identify trigger and prevent problem behavior
  • Frequent opportunities to interact with students for relationship development
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Safety Week is the week of Monday, October 21:

  • Thursday, October 24 at 2:05 pm. Shelter in Place. In this drill a micro burst has blown the roof from the gym and auditorium. We will evacuate to a safer area of the building.
  • CANCELLED: Friday, October 25 at 9:00 am. Fire Alarm. In this drill we will evacuate five hundred feet from the building with a plan to navigate a blocked exit by room 159.
  • Friday, October 25 at 2:15 pm. Early Dismissal.

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

October 28-November 1. Red Ribbon Week. Contact K Cline or K Crawford.

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

First Tuesday of each month. Staff Meeting. 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

Upcoming Field Trips

  • Wednesday, March 4: Monroe County Math League meet. 7:30-3:00 pm. Contact: Lori Reed.
  • Wednesday, March 18: Child Psycology Class to Roosevelt Children's Center 7:50am-10:50am
  • Monday, May 18. Physics Day at Darien Lake 9:00 am-6:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.
  • Tuesday, October 15. Drama Club- Genessee Community College Theatre 4:00 pm-9:15 pm. Contact: Emily Howard
  • Monday, November 18 and Tuesday , November 19: Global 9 Multiple Faith Locations Field Trip. Contact: Dan Micciche.

  • Wednesday, January 8: Rochester Museum & Science Center 9:00 am-2:30 pm. Contact Aaron Harrington.

  • October 10,15,17, 22, 24, 29 and 31. Advanced Child Psych to Perkins School 10:00-10:45 am. Contact: Nicole Favreau.

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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.