The Reds Tale

January 18, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

The feedback coming in from Jeff Yalden's assemblies with students and staff as well as with the community has been overwhelmingly positive. I thought you would appreciate a thumbnail look at what he shared during his high energy presentations:
  • Get to know who you comfortable with who you are not.
  • When a door closes look for one that is open.
  • Take time to think.
  • Attitude and choices.
  • What are three things I can do today?
  • Your life tomorrow is a continuation of today.
  • Life does not happen to you, life happens for you.
  • Five out of four people have trouble with math.
  • I am ok with texting, social media, but master the handshake. So very important.
  • One of Jeff Yalden’s first themes was about looking in the mirror (responsibility) vs blaming others (fault).
  • Value yourself.
  • What is the “5% of a person” that you see immediately and begin to pass judgment? Why would it be helpful to reduce this list?
  • What is important to you and what do you value every day? If you are struggling to answer this, how can you go about finding something?
  • When you hear “life doesn’t happen to you, but it happens for you”, what is your reaction? What are your thoughts on this? How does it apply to your life?
  • Start your day with something positive, make your bed. It will be made when you get home.

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

Developing a positive and supportive Classroom Culture can be challenging. There are many critical attributes to consider when thinking about the wide range of diverse learners in your room. Where do you focus most of your attention? What is most important to think about regarding classroom culture? How do you recognize every student’s experiences and background? How do you make sure your class is welcoming and comfortable for all learners? If you visit the link above, you will notice that the critical practices are broken down into five key focus areas:

  • Honoring student experience
  • Thoughtful classroom setup and structure
  • Shared inquiry and dialogue
  • Social and emotional safety
  • Values-based behavior management

I think that each section is worth reading as there are some thoughtful classroom-based suggestions and strategies that you may find helpful. A couple years ago, Mr. Roote and I organized a professional development opportunity that was based on the book, Discipline with Dignity. The common thread that links these two sources is the Covey habit, that much of Jeff Yalden’s presentation was focused on, Seek to Understand. Finding ways to integrate this into our teaching and learning will only result in a more positive and responsive classroom culture.

Mash Up

From Mr. Dalton: "Good evening all. Jackie, Judy, Tom C and I recently held a fundraiser in memory of Chris Brothers. It is with great appreciation and gratitude that I let you know that we raised a total of $535. This is an amount which I will pass on to Mr. Celent to deliver along with the litter box and other items he purchased for the Humane Society. I can honestly say that these donations would gratify Chris."

The second semester begins on Friday, January 26. It will be an A day.

Please be sure your WTCC students understand that they must stay back from BOCES to take exams. Again, an exam takes priority over WTCC for next week only.

REPRINT: January is a critical month for assessing learning. Most students have a rigorous mid-term schedule and some must re-take Regents. To that end, please encourage students to attend the After Hours Learning Center. This is a great space to prepare!

“Working to unify.” WARE Youth Service Award goes to Newark’s Nichelle Camp.

NYS January Regents planning documents are here.

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Congratulations goes to Mr. James Schuler, friend of Newark Schools! From Sheriff Barry Virts: "James Schuler received the Wayne County MLK Citizen of the Year Award. James works for the Youth Advocate Program here in Wayne County and does a program in our Jail Facility to help our incarcerated youth. Congratulations James for your tireless community work."

Calendar Share

January Regents schedule. Contact: R Wagner.

Thursday, February 8, Tuesday, March 20; and Thursday, May 3. Below 65 Progress. Contact: T Roote.

Sunday, February 11 at noon at Ontario Beach Park. Groot and Bouchey Polar Plunge. Contact: M Groot or J Bouchey.

Wednesday, February 14 grades 9 and 11-12 from 9:15-12:45 pm. Youth Risk and Protective Survey. Contact: T Roote.

A period 1 schedule runs on January 31, March 7, April 18 and May 23. A period 5/6 or 6/7 schedule will run on February 14, March 21 and May 9. SELF. Contact: T Roote.

The Instructional Corner

As we move into the second half of the year, I am thinking about how I might improve my instructional coaching. The time I have spent with teachers and students has provided me with wonderful opportunities to learn. I have been wondering if there is a way that we can create an even greater impact on your students’ learning.

In the next few weeks, I would like to check in with you to see how we might work together to increase our impact on student learning. While I have a few ideas, I am sure you have a few as well. I think by brainstorming a bit, we will be able to figure out a way in which we can work together that meets both your and your students’ needs. As always, I would be happy to touch base with you at any time or you can reach out to me through email. Thank you for your patience with me as an instructional coach and I look forward to continuing our work together. Will Bean. ~ Better is a never-ending quest.

Alumni Spotlight: Steven Hasseler NHS Class of 1990

While at Newark, Steve maintained a 90+ average and earned three Varsity letters in Wrestling and Lacrosse as well as two Varsity letters in Football. Steve attended SUNY Albany graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics. While at Albany, he was a three-year member of the Lacrosse team. Steve is the Branch Manager at Lyons National Bank in Newark. He has been married for 15 years to Tanya, has 2 daughters ages 9 & 11 and lives in Newark. Steve serves on the Village Zoning board, Newark JR. Reds board, Newark ambulance (NAVA) board, Blessings in a Backpack member, and is Vice President of the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce. He enjoys golfing, reading, bonfires, the LA Chargers and the NY Mets. His mother is long time (retired) teacher Chris Hasseler.

Words of Wisdom: John 8:7 – “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

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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.