The Reds Tale

January 31, 2019

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

I recently had a chance to put into practice some of my skills in supporting restorative approaches to student decision making. First some context. From Restorative Practices in Schools: Research Reveals Power of Restorative Approach, "Growing awareness that punishments such as detention and suspension only aggravate issues such as bullying, violence, poor academic performance and parental apathy has prompted educators to explore restorative practices to create safe, supportive learning environments. Restorative practices promotes inclusiveness, relationship-building and problem-solving, through such restorative methods as circles for teaching and conflict resolution to conferences that bring victims, offenders and their supporters together to address wrongdoing. Instead of punishment, students are encouraged to reflect on and take responsibility for their actions and come up with plans to repair harm." At Newark High School we are engaging in restorative practices at a much better rate than in years past. Now back to me putting in practice my skills:

  • At 7:35 am I made a lap around the building to be sure students and teachers were settling into the day.
  • As I neared one classroom a student approached the closed and locked door and stated to the student standing on the other side, "Open the fu_ _ing door you fu_ _ing reta_d."
  • The student glanced at me, but focused quickly on getting into the classroom.
  • Not wanting the student to miss any more instruction, I kept my composure and indicated that her language concerned me and moved on.
Later that morning, after some time to reflect on her behavior, I asked her to join me in my office. Just prior to us meeting I regained access to the tools our Special Education Department annually shares to educate us on the power of the "R" word. I reexamined the Spread the Word to End the Word website and watched a short video. We spoke about the ideal climate in the building regarding language and the student defensively stated, "Nobody heard what I said." I shared with the student my belief that the school culture and climate is a mix of what we say and do when others are looking AND when no one is looking. I assigned her a detention and watched carefully as her body language grew rigid. Not wanting her to stay emotional, I quickly added, "But you don't need to serve a detention if...". At that point her body language became more positive. She was listening! I shared that my goal was to restore the school to the condition it was in immediately prior to her use of the word. Or better yet, my goal is to make us better than we were before. At that point, I introduced her to the resources I looked at before we met and revealed to her that two teachers (Mr. Groot and Mrs. Kiley, a pair of special education teachers) were looking forward to meeting with her.

While my work here is not perfect, it HAS to move the needle just a bit doesn't it? Can we agree that a detention in this case would be the nutritional equivalent of a bite of air? I would love to get your thoughts...

From the Desk of Ms. Ross

Thank you for all the support during mid-term/Regents weeks.

Mash Up

We are looking forward to welcoming Ms. Reenah Golden to Newark High School on Tuesday, February 5. Ms. Golden is known for using the power of word, page and stage to affect thinking! She comes highly recommended by Mr. Arkee Allen, Sodus Principal and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day keynote speaker. The Newark High School It's REAL student group has engaged with Ms. Golden and is excited to share her talents with the rest of the school. Parents are welcome to attend the assembly, please RSVP to the main office your interest. Details forthcoming on the high school web page.

Electronic cigarettes are a real issue in many high schools and Newark High School is no exception. We have shared our struggles and we will share our success. We recently went eight days straight without recovering a device!

Wall of Fame 2019

Juniors looking towards senior privileges...

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

From Mr. Waldbillig, "Many of our kids navigate anxiety and/or depression either as a diagnosis or experience symptoms of these mental health disorders. These resources scratch the surface of what these illnesses are, signs and symptoms, risk factors, and what to do when you recognize these symptoms within a student. Give these a read (see Document Sharing Space) if you would like to and if you have any questions or would like to have a conversation about these items, I would be more than happy to discuss."

Instructional Corner

Does the weather have you feeling down? Are you getting tired of planning in isolation? Wouldn’t a nice warm cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate and comfortable chair help? Looking for a place to collaborate with your colleagues? We have a solution for you!

Come visit our Teachers’ Lesson Lounge in room 259. You will find a variety of resources and supplies to use as you plan and design your engaging lessons in a comfortable and calming environment. Your key will always open our door.

The following resources are available but not limited to:

  • Free Coffee, Tea, and Hot Chocolate
  • Computer Access
  • Flexible Seating
  • Professional Development Resources
  • Colored paper
  • Classroom supplies
  • Conference Room
  • Take What you Want and Leave What you Can Shelf…

If you have resources and supplies that are cluttering your desk or storage area that you would like to donate, please drop them off in Room 259. Will Bean, Instructional Coach

Alumni Profile: Sarah Griepsma (Kuperus) NHS Class of 2008

During her time at NHS, Sarah was part of the Volleyball 2005 and 2007 Section V Volleyball Champion teams and was awarded an Honorable mention nod for Section V Volleyball 2005-2007. Sarah attended MCC after high school, played lacrosse and was a member or the 2009 NJCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Team. She transferred to SUNY Oswego graduating in 2013 with a degree in Broadcasting and Mass Communication. While in college, she worked at Disney World to earn college credits. When working at Mission Space she got to “Group” Wil Wheaton (Star Trek and Big Bang Theory) onto the ride. Sarah married fellow NCS Alumni Mason Griepsma and they have a daughter Amelia. Sarah currently works at Perkins School.

Words of Wisdom: When you are hugging a child, always be the last one to let go. You never know how long they need it.

Document Sharing Space

Calendar Share

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

January 31, February 14, March 14 and April 2. SELF Days. Contact: T Roote.

Tuesday, February 5 at TBD in the NHS auditorium. Reenah Golden Assembly and It's REAL Inservice. Contact: Ms. Ohlson.

Wednesday, February 13. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are: 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.

Tuesday, February 19 from 9:00-12:30 pm. FLCC Visit Day.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

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

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.