The Reds Tale

March 15, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

This past Wednesday, our school counselor Mr. Joe Feeney introduced the student body to the idea of personal resilience. To a packed house, he noted that resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress-such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems or workplace and financial stress. It means bouncing back from difficult experiences. He summarized unhelpful thinking habits considered barriers to resilience:
  • Seeing things only one way
  • Viewing or comparing situations negatively to those around us
  • Exaggerating the outcomes of a situation we find ourselves in


Take a minute to consider what are examples in your life where you have unhelpful thinking habits? Try recognizing these patterns and developing problem solving techniques that can improve personal control and decrease stress.


Soon after the aforementioned assembly I was met in the main office by a teary eyed student. He described getting tripped in the hall. He shared some quick details that would allow me to track down the student, but lingered for longer than I anticipated. He continued to whimper a bit so I reassured him that he could depend on me to do the work on his behalf. He seemed reassured a touch so I used this as a chance to encourage some resilience. I asked him if there was any reason he could not get to his next class to focus on his learning. He hemmed and hawed a bit so I asked the same question, but a touch differently. Suddenly, he looked encouraged and he confidently indicated that he could trust my work AND be patient with it. He returned to class!

From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

The use of cell phones in school or class is highly controversial. I hear multiple opinions, issues, strategies, etc. from teachers, parents and students. The school of thought I support is aligned with the idea that cell phones are technology students use every day, and it is therefore at least partly our responsibility to teach appropriate use. Technology is going to keep advancing and it will become increasingly more present in our lives whether we like it or not. I actually did not own a smart phone until 2012 because I rejected that level of connectedness and felt it would compromise my free time. My beliefs regarding technology slowly started to transform too, as I began to see all the benefits it offers, specifically instructional and organizational benefits for our students. We all know that teenagers love their phones. My suggestion would be to have students use their phones in classes for educational purposes, thus allowing them time on the phone, but not time off task. Organizationally, I see a lot of value in teaching students how to use their calendar and notes applications, as well as using a communication app such as Remind. Instructionally, I see a lot of value in using standard applications such as taking photos of a notes on the Smart Board, and there are several easy to use apps that can be used for formative assessment. No doubt this is challenging, but finding a balance between meeting the needs for student technology use and setting clear classroom norms would be an effective method that may help prevent cell phone distraction. Using Smart Phones in the Classroom is a concise resource to check out if you are interested.

Mash Up

Hoods are trending! Please ask students to remove them and follow up accordingly on refusals and students with a high volume of requests to comply. It is fair to operate with the assumption that every student in the building knows the rule. A hood off the head is a safety and security measure that we have adopted and are expected to maintain.


Hall behavior seems to be on the rise. You are reminded that hall passes are (pre-signed) required of all students in the hall. Furthermore, an effort should be made to confirm that a student has reached their destination. Since it can be difficult to follow up effectively on large numbers of kids leaving your space, you are encouraged to limit student movement that will put students in the hall during instructional time.


The Lighthouse Team (SELF group) would like to hear what you believe should be included in a list of staff and student auditorium norms. We are noticing that in the last two SELF days in the auditorium, messages are getting lost and in some cases not delivered due to our current auditorium climate. Please let a counselor or admin. know of your thoughts.

Calendar Share

Tonight (Tuesday, March 13) at 7:00 pm. Cavalcade of Bands. Contact: C Briggs.


A period 1 schedule runs on 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.


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


Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00 am. Parkland Victims Remembrance. Contact: T Roote.


Thursday, March 22 at 6:00 pm at Canandaigua Library. Youth Court Informational Meeting. Contact: tinyurl.com/joinyouthcourt.


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


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

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Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Several years ago, very soon after my mother passed away, I recall driving home from Bath, NY where the funeral was. I had a splitting headache from the stress of the day. It was one of those that I felt would never subside. It was not a migraine, just an intense splitting, stress induced headache. On the radio was a talk show with an old TV host by the name of John Tesh. He described reflexology based stress relieving techniques. One of which I tried (webbing of the thumb and forefinger) and it worked!

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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.