The Reds Tale

April 25, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

Capstone Presentation Day marks one of the most fulfilling days of the school year at Newark High School. Ms. Ganter notes, "As you know, Capstone Presentation Day is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30. On behalf of the Class of 2019, I would like to invite you to join us for student presentations." Student presentations are a culmination of not just four years of high school effort. The presentations cover one's perception of their growth over the course of their entire life. We will hear difficult stories of overcoming trauma; happy stories of success will be shared; validating stories of helping others will be shared. You name it!

Last school year, just after the 2018 presentations we noted, "What do the Capstone graduation requirement, martians, Renee Bailey, Kim Roger-Fowler and outer space habitats have in common? Last week, I attended several Capstone presentations. Like many of you, this event is fast becoming one of the most enjoyable culminating experiences for us to participate in with our students. One presentation I viewed included a student detailing her time exploring our elective menu. She made mention of an Architectural Drawing class with Ms. Rogers-Fowler, an AP art class with Ms. Bailey and her love of mathematics. Her diverse experiences led her to look at college programs that will allow her to integrate all of her loves. Would you believe that she has found a venue for the preceding and will pursue college programming that will allow her to design outer space habitats. No, she is not interested in martian habitats, she just wants to look a the closest and least hostile planets/moons in our galaxy like Mars and the moon and figure out what can be built on them!

Mr. Wagner (former assistant principal) noted, "I had the pleasure of seeing four Capstone presentations and they were all incredible! One common theme that all four students talked about was the relationships they built along the way with peers and teachers, and how those relationships helped shape who they are. One student talked about how he was “a class clown” early in high school and developed as a student throughout sophomore and junior year. When asked when he started to change, he mentioned a specific incident when Ms. Fleck said that she expected more out of him. He explained the impact this had on him and how he immediately started to change after that. Reading between the lines, anyone could see that there must have been a strong student-teacher relationship there. Shout out to Ms. Fleck if you still read the Reds Tale (I’m sure that you do)! It was so rewarding to hear our students talk about their experiences both in life and at Newark."

From the Desk of Ms. Ross

Now a days, students spend more time on their phones/computers/iPad than they do talking to each other. According to a new study from the family technology education non-profit group, Common Sense Media, teens are spending more than one-third of their days using media such as online video or music and the majority of their written communication is on social media.

In the article, Sparking Change in Teaching Practices, the author states “In order to serve our students, we too must change and grow. As teachers, we need not frantically chase the next new thing in education, but we must improve the core of our craft as research, best practices, and the world evolve.” In the article, educators share key moments that catalyzed change.

Mash Up

Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 7: Click here to nominate a staff member (any staff) for a random act of kindness. Past nominees have received a freshly grilled steak, car wash, 80's rock serenade, and even a portion of the principals salary. Click here for more random acts information.

We will run a regular bell schedule on our Capstone Presentation Day.

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month and National Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month. This month and throughout the year, the Victim Resource Center encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Wayne County a safer place. We can all help the next generation foster attitudes that promote healthy relationships, equality, and respect.Get engaged this April. TEAL is the designated color to show your support to those affected by sexual assault & and BLUE represents child abuse awareness. We are asking school/community members to Go Teal Tuesday April 23rd in your own way & Bring the Blue on Friday April 26th to show support. April 24th is “DENIM DAY” and this year is the 25th Anniversary. Millions of people across the world will wear jeans with a purpose, support survivors, and educate themselves and others about all forms of sexual violence. We are hoping that community members, business owners, school staff and students will wear jeans on this day. We will be traveling around the county on April 24th and if you’d like us to stop by to take pictures, let us know. We also have our Facebook page (, Instagram (@victim_resource_center), and our Twitter (@vrc132). Feel free to tag us in any photos your take and post them on our sites. We would love to show New York State how Wayne County supports Sexual Assault Awareness Month & Child Abuse Awareness Month.

National Take Back Day (Prescription Drop-Off) Saturday April 27th 10am-2pm

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

Engaging in the fine arts IS social and emotional learning! Check us out at the Main Street Art Gallery!

Instructional Corner


Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

National Take Back Day (Prescription Drop-Off) Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 am-2:00 pm

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

Important Band & Chorus Dates

  • May 11-Cabaret and Jazz Festival
  • May 26-Memorial Day Parade
  • May 28-ELENBE Awards
  • June 3-High School Bands Year End Concert and Senior Recognition
  • June 5-High School Choirs Year End Concert and Senior Recognitionbe

Senior Year Events

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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.