The Reds Tale

April 26, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

What do the Capstone graduation requirement, martians, Renee Bailey, Kim Roger-Fowler and outer space habitats have in common?

Last week, I attended several Capstone presentations. Like many of you, this event is fast becoming one of the most enjoyable culminating experiences for us to participate in with our students. One presentation I viewed included a student detailing her time exploring our elective menu. She made mention of an Architectural Drawing class with Ms. Rogers-Fowler, an AP art class with Ms. Bailey and her love of mathematics. Her diverse experiences led her to look at college programs that will allow her to integrate all of her loves. Would you believe that she has found a venue for the preceding and will pursue college programming that will allow her to design outer space habitats. No, she is not interested in martian habitats, she just wants to look a the closest and least hostile planets/moons in our galaxy like Mars and the moon and figure out what can be built on them!

A special thanks goes out to Ms. Ganter, Ms. Barry and Mr. Wagner for their efforts coordinating our Capstone day. Well done!

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

I had the pleasure of seeing four Capstone presentations and they were all incredible! One common theme that all four students talked about was the relationships they built along the way with peers and teachers, and how those relationships helped shape who they are. One student talked about how he was “a class clown” early in high school and developed as a student throughout sophomore and junior year. When asked when he started to change, he mentioned a specific incident when Ms. Fleck said that she expected more out of him. He explained the impact this had on him and how he immediately started to change after that. Reading between the lines, anyone could see that there must have been a strong student-teacher relationship there. Shout out to Ms. Fleck if you still read the Reds Tale (I’m sure that you do)!

It was so rewarding to hear our students talk about their experiences both in life and at Newark. Thanks Class of 2018 and great work!

Mash Up

From Mr. Corey to Ms. Hauf. "I am happy to inform you that you have been selected to receive an Appreciation Award from Chapter 5 of the New York State Athletic Administrators Association. This award is given to individuals throughout Section V that offer outstanding contributions to our athletic programs. You are receiving this award because of the important role you play as a booster for our girls swimming, girls basketball and softball program."

Please begin to think about what you can do to acknowledge the incredible effort of our staff leading up to National Teacher Day on Tuesday, May 8. You can start by nominating a staff member for a random act of kindness. Click here for the nomination form.

Due to significant testing conflicts we have cancelled the May SELF days.

A Shred-Text truck is coming to the district on Wednesday, May 23rd. The truck will come to each building if there are at least ten (10) boxes to be shredded at each location. Please let a main office secretary know how many boxes you have and where they are located by May 21st . We will gather them in one central location

As you archive files in the coming weeks, before you send any records to storage:

  • Place them in brown, file storage boxes as these fit on the shelves properly
  • Place a detailed label on the face your box describing its contents including the year(s), department, type of files
  • Use Schedule ED-1 to assign a “destroy date” (just the year) to the contents of the box.
  • Remove binders, file folders, binder clips, paper clips and FILL the box entirely. It is ok to combine “like” documents as long as they have the same destroy date.

Calendar Share

Friday, April 27 at 1:45 pm. Pep Rally (see schedule below). Contact: BJ Ross or Jen Cruz.

Friday, April 27. Day of Silence.

No Empty Chair Campaign is from April 23-27. Contact: Nicole Reinholtz. Law Enforcement will be concentrated around school campuses to enforce the following:

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 – Cell Phone Use and Texting
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 – Operation Safe Stop
  • Friday, April 27, 2018 – Underage Drinking and Impaired Driving

On April 28, 2018 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Prescription Drug Take Back Day

(Newark Wegmans parking lot)

Monday, May 7 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm in the LGI. Health & Wellness Fair.

Tuesday, May 8. National Teacher Day.

Saturday, May 12. Cabaret Night/Jazz Festival at 6:30 pm in the High School Gym.

Saturday, May 19 from 10:00-12:00 pm. Community Pride Day.

Wednesday, June 6 from 7:30-10:30 am. Academic Awards Ceremony. Contact: T Roote.

Wednesday, June 6 from 10:30-2:30 pm. Cap and Gown Walk. Contact: T Roote.

Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 am at the Alex Eligh Community Center. Laurel House 5K.

Upcoming Senior events summarized

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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

We are currently exploring the possibility of bringing an emotional support animal into Newark High School. An (ESA) animal is an animal that can provide emotional and therapeutic benefit to those in contact with the animal. In our case, we are considering an emotional support animal in a dog, but other animals like cats and pigs can also be registered.

Currently, we are examining the medical profile of each of our students to determine if an emotional support animal could trigger any type of negative reaction; allergic or otherwise. We plan to connect with each family to determine if the student condition would preclude us from welcoming the dog into the school. Additionally, we would appreciate your feedback on our work in this area as we don’t want to leave any stone unturned.

Below is a note from Mr. Eakins. Please consider reading it to gain additional insight into his effort in this area:

  • Hello, my name is Mark Eakins. This year, I teach Psychology and Economics. I would also like to introduce you to my dog, Bronte. She is a 1 1/2-year-old golden doodle. My goal is to bring her with me to the high school a few days a week to provide emotional support for our students. After a few weeks, I would allow staff members to sign her out for all students to have the chance to benefit from her presence in the school. Emotional support dogs (ESA) are dogs that provide comfort and support in forms of affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. An emotional support dog is not required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like service dogs are. They are meant solely for emotional stability and unconditional love. They can assist with conditions such as anxiety, depression, and other psychological and emotional conditions. An ESA, is a companion animal which provides therapeutic benefit to the community, by alleviating or mitigating symptoms of mental or emotional disabilities. The animal is not specifically trained to perform tasks for a person who suffers from emotional disabilities. However, my dog, Bronte has successfully completed Dog Obedience Levels I and II as well as Canine Good Citizenship Class and Exam at Lollipop Farm. Our dog doesn't have the dander that causes allergies. I would like to ease her into this role and would start with her attending 1-2 days a week this spring.

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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.