The Reds Tale

September 12, 2019

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

Last week we conducted our grade level student assemblies where a host of topics were discussed to better prepare our students for the school year. One topic I covered was the sense of esprit de corps that we look to promote across all slices of our student body. My working definition is simply the idea of committing to something while working in and among a larger something. The commitment could be as simple as finding joy each and every day. One of the best examples of esprit de corps at NHS is associate with our Unified Sports program where players with intellectual disabilities and athletes (players without intellectual disabilities) create athletic teams for training and competition. Participation is rooted in the principle of meaningful involvement which ensures that every player is given an opportunity to contribute to the success of his or her team through their unique skills.

As the school year is getting started I am so proud of some of our students and their effort to will a sense of esprit de corps around them. Recently, Emily came to me with a plan for seniors to paint parking spots. Ciara asked me if she could continue with the club vacated by a graduate called PLANT or Putting Little Acts of Niceness Together. Finally, Its REAL (Rights Education Advocacy Leadership) is working hard to mobilize student support for their initiatives this school year. Personally, I am looking to embody the school value that says We Are A Community with an effort that includes hiding and eventually finding a fox hidden throughout the building. Also, we have developed a hashtag (#neighboReds) that will allow us to track our school spirit and sense of community AND sense of esprit de corps across the globe!

Feel free to join us in our effort!

Contact me at or 315-332-3250.

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

During our second conference day I lightly touched upon the 6 classroom practices that we will be implementing this year. I want to share with you information regarding classroom practice #1 – physical environment. The physical arrangement of your classroom is a preventative practice that positively impacts student performance. A well-designed environment promotes a sense of safety and security for all students.

The rationale behind having an effective arrangement of the physical environment is that it increases on-task behaviors, increases the perception of safety, supports the respect of others’ personal space and allows for teacher movement to actively supervise the room. A welcoming space can reduce anxiety and boost academic performance.

Guiding questions to help assess the physical environment of your classroom:

  • *How many students will you have in the room at a time?
  • *How should desks be grouped?
  • *What kinds of activities will be taking place in the classroom and where will they take place?
  • *How is movement in the classroom to be regulated? High traffic areas?
  • *What can you do to create a sense of well-being and safety for your students in your classroom?
  • *Does the physical arrangement in the classroom maximize the opportunities for positive-teacher interactions while minimizing disruptions?
  • *How will you ensure that students have optimal access to your assistance and attention?
  • *What modifications may need to be made to accommodate various learning styles?

Click here for a snapshot of Classroom Practice #1

Contact me at or 315-332-3270.

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


Contact me at or 315-332-3255.

Mash Up

The following preceded a moment of silence today, "As you flipped your calendar towards today you were likely reminded of the significance of September 11 or 9-11. Further reminding you of the events set in motion at 8:46 am on September 11, 2001 that started with hijackers deliberately crashing American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower is our flag raised only halfway today. Words cannot express the tremendous grief our nation experienced over the tragedy of that day and the conflict that followed. We continue to mourn the tragic loss of lives and injuries, and our deepest sympathies go out to the victims, their families and friends. We commend the heroic actions and courage of the rescue workers, volunteers, and government officials. We continue to look to the wisdom of our national leaders who are resolved to not allow this event to change our way of life or restrict our freedoms. In a few seconds we will observe a moment of silence:

  • For the innocent men, women and children who lost their lives on an airplane, at the World Trade Center, at the Pentagon, and on the streets of New York.
  • For civil servants, firefighters, police officers, and military personnel who have dedicated and lost their lives protecting our safety, our freedom and our democracy.
  • For the educators struggling to find the words to explain to teenagers this event and the hardened world we live in
  • For the thousands of families and friends who still wait for news of chronic health conditions stemming from the rescue and recovery efforts.

Newark High School and the people of the United States of America are united as a community and a nation celebrating democracy in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Our moment of silence begins now."

Many thanks to all who were patient with my effort to improve the lunch experience of our students assigned to lunch 7. Despite my annual work managing class rosters late each summer, the impact our lunch 7 numbers would have on each individuals dining experience did not become clear until the first day. Currently, we have the issue corrected by adjusting student schedules and/or adjusting staff schedules, we added an extra dining space and we have opened the serving line early to several dozen students. Things look great now!

NHS Counseling Office: September Junior/Senior Spots

FYI: FOB cases/sleeves are available with a main office secretary

We are noticing a number of students still in the hall after the late bell. A reminder to be in the doorways of classrooms during passing time. Be sure to utilize the minor behavior logs and interventions to get our students to class on-time.

From Ms. Acquista, "I just wanted to remind everyone to please remember to do your attendance every period within the first five minutes EXCEPT for 1st period. We have found that it is easier for you and for the attendance office to do attendance during home room. That way, if a student shows up late to class, you can mark it as such. If you do it during 1st period, remember that we need to know of any changes, because you cannot change 1st period attendance, only we can. Please remember we have to have the 1st period and home room attendance marked. Also, if you have a 2nd or 3rd period class and you have to change a student’s attendance from absent to present, please remember to let us know that information, too. This shows that the system is showing the student as absent, and we have no way of knowing otherwise, unless we hear from you. It will help to know in advance before I make the call around 9 am if a student is sitting in front of you. Thank you in advance for helping us with this. If you have any questions, please contact me at my new extension x3228. Christine Acquista."

Parents are reminded that our attendance call does not go out to homes until later in the morning (9:00 am). If you need to confirm the whereabouts of your student please contact Ms. Acquista directly.

From Mr. Gnau, "[...] many field trip transportation requests are coming in last minute which makes it difficult to find drivers that may have things already scheduled for that day. The farther ahead that we can give Sheila to post trips, the more likely that we are to have drivers. In looking at the Field Trip request form for each building, the request needs to be submitted 30 days prior to the date of the one day trip and 60 days before an overnight trip. The staff requesting the field trip will be given a FIELD TRIP CHECKLIST from the building’s main office indicating approval. Shortly after the approval is given to the staff member, the request for the trip should be sent to the transportation department to help with scheduling."

If you will be viewing the announcements via the Facebook Live stream, please use the following link:

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

This is a reminder that we invite an emotional support animal (pictured at right) into the building on a daily basis. Bronte's handler is Mr. Mark Eakins and he does a terrific job of managing norms around the presence of four legged friend in the building. Contact him with questions.

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Monday, September 16. Picture Day.

Wednesday, September 18, 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. Homecoming. Contact R Yuhas or L LaPaglia

Class period you would like to sub for another teacher by Wednesday, September 11 and on a rolling basis each Wednesday. Contact: S Mateo

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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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.