The Reds Tale

March 22, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

As we work with our students to examine the host of social issues surrounding us I received a great message regarding a place to effect some positive change and at the same time to raise student voice. Below is a note from Mr. Ian Krager, Ontario County Youth Court Outreach Specialist, "If you are not already familiar with the program, Youth Court is a peer-based juvenile justice diversion program operating within the philosophy of restorative justice. Serving two core populations in Ontario and surrounding counties, Youth Court is an opportunity for both youth volunteers and offenders. Youth Court allows first-time juvenile offenders who have committed non-sexual, non-violent offenses to be given a second chance. By choosing to have their case heard by their peers in Youth Court, offenders are not labeled a juvenile delinquent and avoid paying costly attorney fees while simultaneously participating in and learning about the criminal justice system. For youth volunteers in 8th-12th grade, Youth Court allows them an opportunity to have a first-hand experience with the criminal justice system while promoting community service and fostering leadership and team skills. Volunteers can choose to serve as a member of the Jury, Bailiff, Prosecution, Defense, or the Judge in a real courtroom setting. Not deciding guilt or innocence, but rather appropriate sanctions for participating offenders, volunteers operate under a strict oath of confidentiality. I am reaching out to you to discuss ways of cooperating to expand Youth Court’s services. Currently, we are experiencing a large increase in case referrals. As a program we must compensate to ensure an adequate number of volunteers to handle the increasing caseload. Consequently, I would like to schedule a time at your earliest convenience to have myself or a member of our staff come in to Newark High School and talk to students about the program. We are specifically targeting freshmen and sophomores for volunteer recruitment, but we welcome any youth in grades 8-11 who wishes to join the program. Seniors interested in Youth Court are encouraged to volunteer as a member of the Youth Court jury until their graduation. This is a great opportunity for Newark students, and one that I hope you will take full advantage of."

As reread Mr. Krager's note to prepare it for the Reds Tale I could feel both optimism and hopefulness embedded in his words. This is an incredible school and community partnership that can highlight all the things our teenagers need to flourish.

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

Children’s books can be quite thought-provoking. Rosie Revere, Engineer is about a young girl named Rosie who dreams of becoming an engineer – maybe some of you have read it. The excerpt below is prompted by young Rosie’s attempt to make a flying machine for her great aunt. Rosie is crushed when the cheese-copter crashes: “She turned round to leave, but then Great-Great-Aunt Rose grabbed hold of young Rosie and pulled her in close and hugged her and kissed her and started to cry. 'You did it, hooray! It’s the perfect first try! This great flop is over. It’s time for the next'. Young Rosie was baffled, embarrassed, perplexed'. 'I failed', said dear Rosie. 'It’s just made of trash. Didn’t you see it? The cheese-copter crashed' 'Yes!' said her great aunt. 'It crashed. That is true. But first it did just what it needed to do. Before it crashed Rosie… before that… it flew!'"

When reading this to my daughter, I began thinking about our students and how important it is for us to be supportive when they fail (like great aunt Rose). We want to foster resilience in our students, so they do not shy away from challenges. Part of that is developing an understanding that they may not be successful right away – it takes hard work and perseverance. My wife and I work really hard with Nora when she says she can’t do something. I try to have similar, but more advanced conversations with our students. The article, Teaching Strategies: Let Students Learn from Failure, identifies some important teaching strategies used to support students.

Mash Up

"Due to the increase in interest over safety issues, we have created an email address that staff, students, and the community may use to email any concerns that they may have. Any emails received will be reviewed and filtered to determine if they are a district level issue, or a building level. The email address is: Thank you, Jay Flock"

Calendar Share

A period 1 schedule runs on April 18 and May 23. A period 5/6 or 6/7 schedule will run on May 9. SELF. Contact: T Roote.

Monday, February 19-March 24. Reception, Sunday March 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm. 36th Annual Wayne County High School Art Show.

Monday, April 9 at 1:20 pm in the auditorium (see bell schedule below). Merry-Go-Round Theater. Contact: A Lannon or R Ross.

Thursday, April 12. Next Reds Tale. Contact: T Roote.

Tuesday, April 17 in the afternoon. Capstone Presentations. Contact: K Ganter.

Monday, April 23 at 7:30 pm in the HS Auditorium is The Spring Band Concert

Wednesday, April 25: High School Wind Ensemble and Concert Band at NYSSMA in Spencerport.

Tuesday, May 22 at 6:30 pm: High School Cabaret Night/Jazz Festival (with a special guest artist from Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra)

Monday, June 4 at 7:30 pm: High School Band Spring Concert

Wednesday, June 6 at 7:30 pm: High School Choral Spring Concert

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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Did you ever hear this story growing up? "A woodcutter strained to saw down a tree. A young man who was watching asked 'What are you doing?' 'Are you blind?' the woodcutter replied. 'I’m cutting down this tree.' The young man was unabashed. 'You look exhausted! Take a break. Sharpen your saw.' The woodcutter explained to the young man that he had been sawing for hours and did not have time to take a break. The young man pushed back…'If you sharpen the saw, you would cut down the tree much faster.' The woodcutter said 'I don’t have time to sharpen the saw. Don’t you see I’m too busy?'”

Here’s how Stephen Covey takes this story and applies it to his seventh habit: “Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual. Here are some examples of activities:

  • Physical: Beneficial eating, exercising, and resting
  • Social/Emotional: Making social and meaningful connections with others
  • Mental: Learning, reading, writing, and teaching
  • Spiritual: Spending time in nature, expanding spiritual self through meditation, music, art, prayer, or service

As you renew yourself in each of the four areas, you create growth and change in your life. Sharpen the Saw keeps you fresh so you can continue to practice the other six habits. You increase your capacity to produce and handle the challenges around you. Without this renewal, the body becomes weak, the mind mechanical, the emotions raw, the spirit insensitive, and the person selfish. Not a pretty picture, is it? Feeling good doesn’t just happen. Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself. It’s all up to you. You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can pamper yourself mentally and spiritually. Or you can go through life oblivious to your well-being. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. Just remember that every day provides a new opportunity for renewal–a new opportunity to recharge yourself instead of hitting the wall. All it takes is the desire, knowledge, and skill.”

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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.