The Reds Tale

December 14, 2017

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

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From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

With our theme of joy this year and with the holiday break coming, I asked some students to reflect on some connections they have made with teachers. Here is some of what students shared….

  • AB – “Ms. Hersh and Ms. Cline are very helpful. They help me get caught up on my work and listen and give me advice.”
  • TG – “Ms. Shipp helps me understand Math.”
  • JV – “Mr. Johnson helps me understand the work. He’s a good teacher.”
  • AC – “Ms. Hersh is great. She connects with students.”
  • LB – “Mr. Flanagan – I’ve had him since 8th grade and I'm in NAVA. He is always there to talk and give advice. He pushes us to do our best.”
  • AC – “I appreciate Ms. (BJ) Ross. We have a family connection. She gives me rides to school and I appreciate that. She also helps me in school when I have questions.”
  • JC – Ms. Lannon is helpful land one of the greatest teachers in the school. She always expects us to do better.”
  • BC – “Mr. Harrington explains things in depth, so we understand it. He gives us help in class when we need it. He’s really funny, but also serious when he wants to make sure we understand something.”
  • AH – “Mr. Harrington is real fun and gets to know us. He’s really good at explaining Physics.”
  • NP – “Ms. LaPaglia is a really good science teacher. She is great at explaining the mathematical part of Chemistry, so I can understand it.”
  • TR - Mr. Kopnitsky works as hard to teach us as he expects us to work to learn the material. Despite some tough love, he loves us!
  • HG – “Ms. Sutton-Spike has a great heart. She is always making sure everyone is okay. She always makes me laugh and smile and she gives good candy.”
  • AP – Ms. Ganter because every time I ask for help she really helps me and understands that I need help.”
  • GJ – Mr. Ciranni is about low stress and he’s a cool guy.”
  • HD – “Ms. Johnson understands me best.”
  • KM – “Ms. Dentel is open and I can tell her anything”.

I hope you all enjoyed reading these and find it rewarding to see that our students are grateful for the time and effort you all put in to making positive and supportive connections with them. Happy Holidays!!

Mash Up

On Friday, December 22, Mr. Wagner and I will spread some cheer across the building with donuts and bagels for you to enjoy. Look for something at the greeter desk, custodial/maintenance area, staff room and library. Enjoy!


This is a quick reminder that December to January Regents week is the time to explore new course development and your program in general. Please collaborate with your department leader if you have a course you think could run at NHS.


The Reds Tale will be off until January 11, 2018.


This is a reminder that if you have a field trip, you are supposed to leave out the Library doors. It is too loud to be waiting in the foyer when parents and students are signing in.


From Kimberly Young:

I just want to thank you for making the visits to Myrtle and Silver Hill possible today. I was able to spend time with each group today and clearly could tell the excitement on the side of our individuals as well as students. Everyone really seemed to have a great time. I would welcome them back anytime. Please do share this positive feedback with the schools. I do have a really great picture of the Myrtle ladies and students if you would like it. Thanks

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Wednesday's SELF day is cancelled. We will run a regular bell schedule.


Congratulations to Ms. Kate Flock who received a Golden Apple Award this morning from News 8's Adam Chodack. The theme was connections with kids as many had a chance to reflect on the qualities that make her a great educator and person. Special thanks to Ryan Hermenet for nominating Ms. Flock! Viewing details TBD.
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Close up/Share a pic!

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Calendar Share

Tuesday, January 2. School reopens after the holiday break. Contact: T Roote.


Tuesday, January 2 at 2:30 pm in the LGI. Staff Meeting. Contact: T Roote.


3:00-4:00 pm on January 17; February 27; March 22; April 25; and May 14. PD Hours. Contact: Robin Uveges


Cancelled: Jeff Yalden assembly


Friday, December 22. Winter Pep Rally (schedule below). Contact: B.Ross

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The Instructional Corner

In case you missed our Padlet Reflection, from our last PD hour, here are some well-articulated responses from teachers regarding community building in our classes:

  • “We all need to take risks and create a safe learning community for students and adults. Together we accomplish more.”
  • Feeling safe and secure is a basic human need that we all have. We need to reflect on how we create that feeling for others. Do we make students feel safe and secure? Do we help our colleagues feel safe to share ideas and opinions different than our own? This work requires self-reflection, and this isn't always easy because we have to look at our own strengths and weaknesses. It's well worth the challenge though, because it makes us all better!”
  • Creating a classroom where students feel comfortable to speak and share their work will lead to student growth.”
  • We can't help students be the best version of themselves if we are not the best version of ourselves. How do I make people feel? Am I kind and thoughtful in all of my interactions? Am I reflective of how I make people feel? Do I lift others up? We have to look at our own behavior and always strive to be better if we expect students to do the same.”

The complete Padlet Reflection is available to view by following the link provided. Stay tuned for a winter/spring elective on community building that will be posted after the holidays!

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.