The Reds Tale

September 6, 2018

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

And we are off! From Difference between Student and Scholar, "A student is formally engaged in learning whereas a scholar defines a person who has done advanced study in a particular field. [...] So, scholar also can be described as a person who shares knowledge, ideas, findings, results and such for furtherance of knowledge. Thus, scholar can refer to a student and also refer to a person who has attained deep knowledge in a specific field. Scholar as a term is considered to be more productive than a student. This little difference can still have a great impact in referring a person." That quote captures nicely what was noteworthy at NHS the first few days of school. Our exchange students were seen throughout the building sharing their gifts with us. Several students sought out advisers in the building seeking to be more involved. They asked questions like, "When does the Student Advisory Cabinet meet?" and "What do I need to know about the Wall of Fame?" . I am working with an art teacher to get an independent study going where there was student interest in Jewelry, but not a course to be offered. Natalie Acquista pulled me aside and said, "Can I co-present PLANT with you?" Again, some great scholarly behavior.

The highlight of the week were the grade level student assemblies. Our freshman assembly in particular was modeled after the work of our instructional coaches and included smaller learning sessions as opposed to a large group. The freshman were able to interact with facilitators that covered topics from prevention and mindfulness to unique academic programs at NHS to electronics and vaping.

I was able to check in on the new and newer teacher class of 18-19 and I am impressed. Their mindset in the classroom seems to embody the statement I included in my summer letter home where Chris Lehmann, founding principal and CEO of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia stated, “Parents send us the best things they’ve ever done, they send us their kids. They’re not leaving the good ones at home for somebody else to teach. We’ve got to be worthy of that.” He urged [us] to go beyond thinking our job is to prepare kids for the 21st century workplace and think about future citizens. “If we shoot for worker, that is all we will get.” he said. “But, if we shoot for citizen, then we will get the neighbors, the scholars, the parents, the voters we desperately, desperately need.”

September is a busy month with seniors looking to earn privileges, homecoming, a Script N refresher for staff and students and the roll out of our building plan for excellence. Stay tuned!

Mash Up

We would like to welcome Swoop to NHS. With Swoop comes a better supervisory presence. Among others, management by being around or walking around(MBWA) is a hopeful theme to cultivate! With more adults there is more access. Add highly skilled adults to the mix and we have a good recipe.

The following FAME members are hiring!

From IT, "Just and FYI – we are upgrading the software we use the manage our iPads. We previously used JAMF which was located on a virtual server here at Newark. While it has served us well, when an iPad was lost/stolen last year, we were unable to track it. This prompted us to look for a better solution. We have decided to upgrade to JAMF Cloud Based software. This should allow us to push apps, manage iPads, and now track their location when they leave NCSD." See your e-mail for update details.

Staff: Wear your badges please!

Parents: Please use the south doors for your AM drop off. Please avoid the bus loop doors.

REPRINT: Department supervision will be as follows:

  • Mr. Roote: Math, Technology, Science and Special Education
  • Mr. Corey: Health/PE, Business/FACS and Art
  • Ms. Ross: English, Social Studies and Foreign Language

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

REPRINT: 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.

REPRINT: Updated staff handbook and student handbook.

Instructional Corner

Welcome Back Teachers, September 2018: We will be working as Instructional Coaches in our building this year. In this role, we will be available to support teachers in reaching their goals for student learning. This support can take many forms throughout the school year depending on the teacher’s needs at a given time.

Below is a document that includes a table of support options for you to consider when deciding what you might want to access a coach for. The items on this list are not exhaustive, so if you have another idea, please don’t hesitate to suggest it! We are looking forward to working and learning with you!

Will, Robin, and Aaron

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

September 19 and October 17. Quarter 1 Below 65 Reports. Contact: S Mateo

UPDATED: 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, September 12. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are 10/10, 11/14, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.

Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22. Homecoming. Contact: Student Council

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

Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30-7:20 pm. Open House. Contact: T Roote

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.