The Reds Tale

October 25, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

Welcome to Red Ribbon Week! Throughout the community and around NHS you will see the spirit of Red Ribbon Week. Ribbons are the visible signs of our commitment to helping our students be drug free. With its focus on encouraging healthy life choices, Red Ribbon Week heightens everyone’s awareness that we need to work together to eradicate drug and substance abuse.

We know we cannot do this alone. Parents are the single most important influence on children’s decisions to smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs. You are vital to the success of every child who lives in our community. In the spirit of the preceding, Allyson and I recently chatted with Jack (9) and Ava (7) about their perceptions of drugs. Conceptually, the idea of a "drug" is difficult for younger kids to grasp. Ava for example, stated that she didn't know what a "drug" was. She mixed up the idea of medicine and drugs. Jack was all ears as I made mention of marijuana and then later in the conversation, addiction. Allyson introduced the concept of "peer pressure" and Ava spun us around in circles for a bit demanding to know the names of Allyson's high school friends (we are talking 1991 here) that pressured her. I share the preceding because I hope we can agree that one isolated conversation with a young person is not going to perfectly shape their attitudes about drugs. However, an accumulation of dozens of conversations over many years and over many developmental points in a young persons life can have the desired outcome. I will encourage you to do as Allyson and I will do and stay committed to modeling good behavior, regularly educate our children and most importantly, fill our child's tool box with the knowledge and skills necessary for simply saying, "No thank you, that is not for me." or "That is not my style." If you know of a young person struggling, please say something by completing this anonymous form.

We will never become complacent in the struggle for drug-free youth and a drug-free community. As a high school, we vow to continue our initiatives that we believe contribute to the healthy development of all our youth. These include Youth to Youth/SADD, Mentoring, SELF, Bullying and Bias Training, Health Education Classes, and Link Crew. Together we can have an impact on the choices youth make to live healthier lives. Your support and involvement are critical, not only during Red Ribbon Week, but throughout the year.A special thanks to our coaches, Ms. Karen Cline, Ms. Nicole Favreau and Ms. Nicole Reinholtz who are steadfast in their commitment to prevent, treat and educate our students.

From the Desk of Ms. Ross

Over the weekend I had a chance to see our students perform in Midsummer/Jersey. Emily Howard does an amazing job every time she works with our drama club students. To preface the storyline, Midsummer/Jersey is a comedic spin on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The comedy was set in modern time at non-other than the Jersey Shore. The play intertwined four stories.

I was in awe throughout the whole performance. I had a smile from ear to ear and I think everyone could hear my cackling laugh during the performance. From our actors and actresses to our hair, stage, lightboard and sound crew, it was a treat to see such a remarkable group of Newark High School students shine. That’s one example of what Newark pride looks and sounds like.

Mash Up

The Reds Tale will be off next week.

Mr. Roote will be out Friday and Monday. As is typical, we will still be well covered with Ms. Ross, Ms. Palmisano and Mr. Corey.

"Lately I have noticed an increase in the number of students walking the halls without a pass in between classes and during lunches. I can't stress it enough, please make sure students have passes and that you know where they are going. This will help tremendously and hopefully cut down on issues. Thank you". Robyn

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

From the SELF Lead Team, "In our latest SELF training students were given the task to make some recommendations for our SELF days. One recommendation was to orchestrate a way students could become aware and connect with adviser of some of our clubs at NHS. Here is the idea to make it happen:
  • During the 30 minute block of SELF we would break up the 4th period classes into 2 groups. During the 2 time periods groups of students could walk around to each adviser table set up outside of their room or in the specified location.
  • The selected classrooms have access to venture around the building with a list of what is available to meet and connect with students/staff.
  • The group in the classroom would do their community circle and a quick team building lesson.
  • The next group would be excused to go around the building to look at clubs and do the same as the previous group.
  • The group that returned would do the same circle and lesson.

I appreciate your time."

Instructional Corner

The number one job of a teacher is to be faithful to authentic student learning. Unfortunately, our profession is overly fixated on results from one test, from one day, given near the end of the school year. Yes, that standardized testing data can be useful; however, we teachers spend the entire year collecting all sorts of immediate and valuable information about students that informs and influences how we teach, as well as where and what we review, readjust, and reteach.

Using this daily student evidence (formative data) allows teachers to gain a better idea of their students’ skill levels. This can provide a clearer understanding of your students’ strengths and weaknesses, so that you can plan instruction based on the student needs, not just the pacing guide. As we continue to dip our toes into personalized learning, the use of student evidence (formative data) to see what students need or don’t need is essential to being able to target instruction with meaningful activities that are at the level of our students. To accomplish this task, teachers need to frequently collect and review formative data (student evidence) to identify trends and areas that need improvement. This will allow teachers to think about the instructional practices that they use in order to identify areas to adjust or instructional protocols to implement. It also will provide a valuable opportunity to allow students to reflect on their efforts and set goals for learning.

If you are interested in looking over your formative data and brainstorm ways that it can be used to modify your instructional practices, please reach out to Will Bean or any of the other instructional coaches.

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Alumni in the News

Chris Martin NHS Class of 2009: During high school, Chris earned Wall of Fame status, was in the top 10% academically and participated in Drama & Musicals. A prominent memory of Chris’s is he somehow managed to sneak onto the bus for Physics Day at Darien Lake even though not part of the Physics classes. (Mr. Harrington had a laugh when I mentioned Chris’s name!) Chris joined the Young Americans and earned college credits thru North Central Michigan College, a non-profit. He toured with them for four years traveling to the UK, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Astoria, China etc. His next step was to settle in California and work for Marvel Universe Live as a lighting tech. He traveled all over the US and Europe again with them.

Chris is currently on hiatus helping his parents move from Newark to Fairport but anticipates returning to California, LA specifically, to work for various production companies in film, TV and live theater. Words of Wisdom: “You can have a plan and imagine your life that way, but I think it’s still important to stay open for new opportunities!”

Calendar Share

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

Thursday, November 1. No Reds Tale. Contact: T Roote.

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

Wednesday, November 14. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are: 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.

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

Friday, October 26 in the library classroom. (BEDS) Assistance with Stacy Warren. All Staff must have their online forms completed by November 16.

Monday, November 5. Academic Excellence Dinner and NHS Inductions. Contact: C Fladd or A Denny

Tuesday, November 6 at 2:30 pm. Staff Meeting. Contact: T Roote.

Tuesday, November 27 in the afternoon in our auditorium. Jacy Good: Hang up and Drive. Contact: N Reinholtz

Band and Choir upcoming performance dates. Contact: Cynthia Briggs.

  • Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27- Guest Artist Stephen Melillo Workshop and Concert (Bands)
  • Tuesday, November 6-Veterans Day Concert and Reception (Bands and Choirs)
  • Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3-Jr. High Area All State (Bands and Choirs, select students at Wayne CSD)
  • Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17-Sr. High Area All State (Bands and Choirs, select students at Webster)
  • Friday, December 7-Eastview Performance (Bands and choirs)
  • Monday, December 17- Winter Concert (Bands and Choirs)
  • Friday, December December 21-Outlet Mall Performance (Bands and Choirs)

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

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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.