The Reds Tale

July 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

This summer I was able to join a group study on the book The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experience Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip and Dan Heath. As we were introduced to the "study" process the facilitator retold a story a story about a young Thomas Edison who came home one day with a paper for his mother: He told her, “My teacher told me to give this paper only to my mother.” Thomas’ mother read the note and her eyes filled with tears. Thomas asked his mother what the note said, and she read aloud, “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.” And that’s exactly what Thomas’ mother did; she homeschooled her child with devotion and dedication.

As the story goes, many years later after Thomas Edison’s mother passed on, and he was now one of the world’s greatest inventors, he found a folded paper among other family items. He opened the very same paper that had been handed to him to give to his mother and read the following message...." You are going to need to Google the incredible end to the story as I didn't want to give it all away yet. The story was shared to illustrate the overarching theme in the book which is how moments, when made powerful, can fill pits.


I think anyone with young children understands that this comes naturally as part of parenting 101. For example, very early in the spring this year conditions were favorable to get the family boat out on Irondequoit Bay. Last year, Jack (7) was given the privilege of piloting the boat a bit from my lap. This summer, a powerful moment was created given the simple act of sliding Ava (see picture) over in the seat to take over the steering wheel. This was her moment...and mine too!


I would really encourage you to check out the book The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experience Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip and Dan Heath. It is a quick read. In the meantime, think about the moments you will create in the lives of the young people around you.

From the Desk of Ms. Ross

Chip and Dan Heath have written all about the power of moments and the science on how to create them in the book, The Power of Moments: Why Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact. The authors discuss how simple adjustments in life or career, can make an impact.


  1. Elevate Moments: When you think back to moments that made you who you are today, most likely those moments highlight periods of transition or milestones– participating in a musical, giving a Capstone presentation, prom, starting college, moving, getting married, having a child. Chip and Dan Heath call these experiences moments of elevation. They explain “the most memorable periods of our lives are when we break the script.” To make moments that rise above the ordinary, we need to try something new. Breaking the script doesn’t have to be complicated. On your next date night, have a picnic or in your next lesson, incorporate different learning styles.
  2. Shape Moments: When reflecting on our experiences, our memories are not just an average of everything we did in a day. Rather we forget most of what happened and focus on a few noteworthy moments – peaks, valleys, and the ending. So, the next time you are planning a family vacation, don’t stress about having something fun to do every minute of the day. This is something I am working on right now. Focus on one or two extraordinary experiences to shape your memories. Don’t forget to take some time at the end of the day to bring into focus a few moments that meant something to you. This allows you to finish on a high note.
  3. Celebrate Moments: We all want to feel appreciated for our contributions and recognized for our achievements. Why else would you keep all your trophies from school? It is important to take time to celebrate our victories, no matter how small. So, the next time you finish a big project at work, celebrate. Your students aced a tough unit, celebrate. A great way to create celebratory occasions is to set goals. Plan a series of milestones that build on each other in route to a more substantial goal. As you celebrate each accomplishment along the way, you will build motivation and momentum that keep you going.
  4. Connect Moments: Of all the wonderful memories you have, what is the one thing that is always present – you are with others. Chip and Dan Heath explain how we strengthen moments by sharing them with others. Furthermore, we can deepen that bond by taking on a demanding task together, whether it is as a department or a school.


If we understand what powerful moments are made of, we can be intentional about creating them. Think of all the extraordinary moments we can create for our students from an ordinary day.

Welcome to Newark High School

Hello! My name is Dan Waldbillig and this is my first year as a school counselor at Newark High School. I live in the city of Rochester with my girlfriend Dominique and my black lab named Bear. A few things I enjoy are time spent with my dog, sports, being active, the buffalo bills, Syracuse basketball, cooking, and traveling. I am very excited to be part of the Newark team and I look forward to getting to know you all.
Ms. Shannon Walsh, "This will be my first full year teaching mathematics. I grew up in the Rochester area, completed my undergraduate degree at SUNY Geneseo, and currently live in Pittsford with my one-year old English Black Lab, Seamus. I enjoy reading, spending time with family, playing soccer, and hiking with Seamus. I am super excited to be part of the Newark team and I look forward to teaching!"
James Breithaupt, "This fall I will begin my 1st year teaching Living Environment at Newark and my 6th year teaching high school science. I have taught a variety of science courses and enjoy seeing students discover new things. I live in Fairport with my wife Kelly, our son Elliot, and our three pets. I enjoy athletics, documentaries, and the outdoors in my spare time and am very excited to be a part of the Newark community."

Mash Up

Our administrative intern, Ms. Laurie Palmisano will be with us:
  • Every other Monday AM/PM
  • Tuesday PM
  • Wednesday AM
  • Thursday AM
  • Friday PM


A reminder to staff, if you want to update your door display poster with a new picture or information about yourself, e-mail Robyn Ross with the image and changes.


There is a change in our College Bound Program. Previously, the program was headed by Allison Huff, who has recently moved on from the agency. The College Bound Program will now be headed by Enjoli Lyon.


Updated counseling office services:

  • Counseling center department leader Mrs. McGavisk grades 9-12 last names A-B
  • Clerical support in Mrs. Springett and Mrs. Verbridge
  • School counselors are Ms. Hugunine grades 9-12, last names C-F, Mr. Waldbillig grades 9-12 last names G-L, Ms. Specht grades 9-12 last names M-R, and Mrs. Gardner grades 9-12, last names S-Z
  • School Psychologists are Ms. Deirdre Rosenberg last names A-M and Mrs. Kristin Leonard last names N-Z
  • Prevention specialist is Mrs. Nicole Reinholtz


Updated staff handbook and student handbook.

Calendar Share

Tuesday's in the LGI: September 11, October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 17, May 7 and June 4. Staff Meetings. Contact: T Roote.


September 13 and 27, October 11 and 25, November 8 and 29, December 13, January 17 and 31, February 14, March 14 and April 2. SELF Days. Contact: T Roote.


Tuesday, August 22 from 10:00-12:00 pm in the LGI. New Teacher Orientation. Contact K Lewis or T Roote


Tuesday, August 28 from 8:00-1:00 pm starting in the gymnasium. Freshman Orientation. Contact J Johnson or C Fladd


Wednesday, August 29. First Day for Staff


Tuesday, September 4 at 7:30 am. First Day for Students


Thursday, September 6 in the auditorium from 7:35-9:00 am grade 9, 9:15-10:15 am grades 10-11, 1:15-2:15 pm grade 12. Grade Level Assemblies. Contact: T Roote


Friday, October 26 and Friday, March 15. NHS Program/No WTCC Program. Contact R Ross.


Open House (likely October 16). Homecoming TBD.


Tuesday, April 30. Capstone Day. Contact K Ganter or D Barry

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

I had the unique opportunity this summer to spend a morning at The Strong National Museum of Play. The goal of the learning opportunity was to invite members of the Newark administrative team to discuss how play impacts students in their buildings. Following the more directly taught portion of the morning we had a chance to wander the museum under the ruse we were observing others play. We were not! Once I mustered up the courage, I plunged a dollar bill into the token machine and played video games for a bit. Star Wars was my pick. I glanced to my right and sure enough, there was Ms. Ross building a rocket out of paper. Later, I joined Mr. Herbst at the entrance of Wegman's (the museum version) where we shared our collective memories of the chain. We were all happy! Take a quick look at this website that highlights the importance of play in school. Also, consider a peek at this article that captures our effort (Mr. Flanagan) to capture a bit of playful learning in a science class.


"More often than not, the child starving for love will ask for it in the most unloving way." -Author Unknown


A Day by Day Well-Being Guide

Close up/Share a pic/vid!

Photo credit goes to John Addyman, Sun & Record/Wayne County Mail

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.