Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent
The past two weeks our district has has been filled with appreciation. First, on Thursday, March 31, 2022, the Rotary Club recognized our staff as dedicated front-line workers for their commitment to our students through COVID. This Community Service Project entitled, "Newark Rotary Salutes You!!!” went very well and our staff was beyond thankful. Each building and district office was supported by a team of Rotarians that showed their gratitude by providing a snack, meal, flower… etc.
I want to say a very big thank you to Norma Madayag-Reilly, Adam Olschewske and the Club Community Service Committee for embracing and endorsing this project. I also want to say thank you to the planning team and all the members who supported and helped on Thursday.
Each School Team had a leader who organized and executed the day’s events and giveaways. They included:
- Lincoln & Perkins School Teams led by JJ Cotter and Anne Rogers
- Kelley School Team led by Lucina Hallagan
- Middle School Team led by Steve Hasseler and Chrissie Kent
- High School Team led by Jean & Bob Bendix
- Bus Garage Team led by Dave Johnson
- District Office Team led by Linda Werts
It is without doubt that the Newark Central School District staff being saluted were very appreciative of the Rotarians gesture of recognition. A difference was made today! Lastly, Channel 13 came to the High School and the Newark Rotary Club was featured for the Bright Spot! You can see the smiles on the staff here: https://13wham.com/features/bright-spot/bright-spot-newark-rotary-club-03-31-2022
Also, this week Courtney Dentel, art teacher at Perkins School shared her expertise at a gathering where staff had the opportunity to unwind, relax and learn how to paint the sunflower portrait below. This was amazing! A special thank you to Kelly Faust and Mikey DaVanzo who hosted this event. Mrs. Dentel had great patience with us, and the end product will be on display at Perkins. Who knew she would unleash such talent…real world Picasso’s right here in Newark 😊
Strategic Planning KickOff! Community Member Involvement Requested
We will be kicking off our Strategic Planning Process to update our Strategic Plan in Newark on Saturday, April 30th from 9 AM - Noon at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center (Diamond Room). Holding true to our last design over 5 years ago, we will be focusing on Newark’s “Big Rocks”. Participants who would like to be part of the planning team can sign up in an area of their choice including the following:
- Academic Programming (Curriculum, Instructional Practices)
- Culture and Climate (Multi-tiered systems of support and Safety and Security)
- School/Community/Family Partnerships (Communication and Connections)
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In addition, we will be focusing on collecting information to identify the following:
- Core Beliefs
- Strategic Priority
- Guiding Strategies
- Desired Outcomes – Supporting Evidence
Please consider participating in this process as we would like to have community members from multiple areas and backgrounds represented. To sign up to attend on the 30th, please fill out this brief information survey identifying the area in which you wish to focus: https://forms.office.com/r/be12WMzPMQ
You can also contact Stacy Warren at 332-3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks so much!!
Code of Conduct Feedback Needed
We have been meeting with numerous groups to review our current Code of Conduct. We would love your feedback also. So far, we have met with teachers, administrators, coaches within our MTSS framework, members of our PTA, and other stakeholders. Below you will find a link to provide your feedback on our current Code of Conduct. Embedded within this form is a link to our current document. Please note that we will be looking at trends of feedback for our final revisions, some of the wording will need to remain due to legal obligations.
Thank you for taking the time to support us in this process.
Please provide all feedback by Friday, April 8th.
Lewis Wins 2022 Supervision Award
Krista Lewis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the Newark Central School District is the 2022 recipient of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Supervision Award.
The Genesee Valley Chapter NYS ASCD, in an ongoing search for what works in schools, seeks out, highlights and celebrates the accomplishments of educational leaders who achieve excellence in the areas of Supervision, Curriculum and Service.
Every year, the Genesee Valley ASCD selects three winners from an annual nominations process. The annual awards are one way of recognizing emerging and established educational leaders and sharing their exemplary practices with the education community.
“I am truly humbled and honored to be the recipient of this award,’’ Lewis said. “It was a total surprise and I am deeply touched by my colleagues’ confidence in me.”
Lewis was nominated for the award by Superintendent Susan Hasenauer. She wrote:
“Krista has almost 30 years of experience in education. She started out as a Speech Therapist, has worked as a Special Education teacher and Supervisor and then went on to pursue her administrative degree in 2005. After obtaining her administrative degree, she has held positions as Coordinator of Special Education in Rush Henrietta, High School Assistant Principal / Staff Developer in Williamson and then returned to Newark as the Director of Pupil Services from February 2007 – September 2013. She then moved into the position of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction in October 2013 and has held that position for the past eight years.
“Krista is one of the most dedicated professionals that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I can’t think of a more deserving individual to receive this award and it is an honor to recommend her for this accomplishment. Krista has proven her loyalty to the students in Newark time and time again as she has worked endlessly to provide them with a top-notch instructional program. She is dedicated, hardworking, highly experienced and extremely knowledgeable in her craft.
“In addition, her current role highlights her ability to think critically and as part of a collaborative team she makes decisions based on assessment data to inform instructional practices, leads the curriculum design process and cycle, oversees the comprehensive professional development plan and makes innovative programmatic recommendations.
“ Krista has a positive working relationship with both district and building leaders, teachers and support staff which allows her to implement district and building goals aligned to the vision and mission of the district. She is highly regarded by the Board of Education and the whole school community.
“As a Comprehensive Support and Improvement District, Krista ensures all SCEP/DCIP plans are written and implemented. Her demeanor and leadership style allows her to support the Principals across the K-12 continuum, ensuring these plans are implemented and evaluated. As the leader of Curriculum and Instruction Council she ensures our curriculum is rigorous, viable and aligned with the NYS standards. She leads the instructional coaching team in each building and models pedagogical practices that support differentiation in the classroom and the individual child.
“Krista is amazing and an outstanding Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. I highly and unequivocally recommend her for this award.”
Hasenauer’s nomination was accompanied by equally glowing letters of recommendation from NCSD Director of Pupil Services Teresa Prinzi and Sandra Ordan, Director of Multi-Tiered Support Services and Innovative Programs.
Lewis and the winners of the Curriculum and Service awards will be recognized May 12th at the Genesee Valley Chapter NYS ASCD’s Annual Awards Reception at Shadow Lake Golf & Racquet Club in Penfield.
Newark Middle School to Perform Willy Wonka KIDS
Rehearsals are underway at Newark Middle School for the April 22-23 musical production of Willy Wonka KIDS. Directed and choreographed by Newark High School English teacher Emily Howard, the show chronicles the adventures of Charlie Bucket during his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory in this fun-filled adaptation of Roald Dahl's imaginary tale. Enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to some new ones, Willy Wonka KIDS will delight audiences.
"We are very excited to have live theatre again at Newark Middle School! This will be the first Middle School musical for all the cast and crew,” Howard said.
Melissa Narusky, NMS vocal music teacher is the music director for the show; Stefan Uveges, an NMS school counselor, is the assistant director and Perkins School vocal music teacher Lara Larsson is the stagecraft director.
Howard said the 40 members of the cast and crew, who are being mentored by members of the NHS Drama Club, are building sets, collecting props and assembling costumes. “We’ve been collecting recyclable items that the crew, under Lara Larsson’s artistic vision and supervision, are turning into our ‘sweet set,’ Howard said.
Cast members: Addison Burgess as Veruca; Ridley Chandler as Matilda; Hope Clerveau as Phineous Trout; Maggie Cornwell as Violet; Reagan DeSain as James; Anna Eckert as Grandpa George; Ave Ellis as Mrs. Bucket; Dayna Hermenet as Mrs. TeaVee; Julianna House as Mrs. Beauregarde; Cavan McNeil as Mike; Matiece Miller as Mr. Bucket; Isabella Osmen as Grandma Georgina, Peyton Sandore as Mrs. Gloop; Kloie Sergeant as Mr. Salt; Braydan Sherman as Grandpa Joe; Talmadgha Streeter as Willy Wonka; Genevieve Witter as Charlie Bucket; and Heidi Wunder as Augustus.
Oompa Loompa/Candy Kids Ensemble members: Lillian Cauvel, Kylie Craig, Emma Gant, Kylie Gravino, Elizabeth Hamelinck, Avery Kelly, Tyeryn McKinney, Kalyn Norton, Ava Parker, Morghan Perry and Victoria Ridley.
Crew members: Dean Aldrich, Olivia Almekinder, Kennedy Dunbar, Isabella Hartgrove, Autumn Kent, Zachary Ladd, Kianna Leslie, Claire Paro, Alyvia Poole, and Rosemary Winkler.
The musical will be presented in the NMS auditorium at 7 p.m. April 22nd and at 2 p.m. April 23rd. Tickets are $3.
Health and Wellness
Professional Development Corner
Here are some of the upcoming sessions:
- 4/7/22: Career Pathways / Career and Technical Education Programs
- 4/21/22: Understanding Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and the Committee on Special Education (CSE) Process
- 5/4/22: Keeping Students Safe Online
Upcoming Board of Education Meetings
The next Board meeting will be held on April 20th at 6:30 PM. This meeting will be in-person at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center. You can view this meeting (and all Board meetings) by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/nhsreds
If you would like to speak during Public Comment at a Board meeting you can sign up ahead of the meeting by contacting Stacy Warren at 332-3217 or email@example.com or there will be a sign up sheet at the entrance to the Conference Room.
You can find a complete list of the Board meetings happening during the 2021-22 school year on our website. Please check the website closer to each meeting date for the agenda.
As you know, the Budget Vote / Board election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM in the High School Gym. There will be 2 open Board Seats this year. Please click here for information on submitting a petition to be included in this election: https://www.newarkcsd.org/cms/lib/NY01000239/Centricity/Domain/30/Board%20Candidate%20Nominating%20Packet%20May%202022.pdf. Petitions are due at the District Office by 5:00 PM on Monday, April 18, 2022.
The 7th Annual Laurel House 5K is Back in Full Force!
When: Saturday, June 11, 2022
Can't be there on June 11th? Take advantage of our virtual option. Send in your time and a photo and they will include you in our race results.
Time: 9:00 am start
*Packet Pick-up: Day of race in Central Park Bandstand beginning at 7:30
Where: Registration is in Central Park. The race begins on Main Street near the Post Office and ends on East Avenue near Alex Eligh Community Center
Why: All proceeds will benefit Laurel House Comfort Care Home, 224 Fair Street, Newark NY
Cost: $30 until June 6, 2022 / $35 day of race
Includes: *Race Shirt guaranteed to the first 200 participants. (not just Newark Staff ALL registrants) Race bag with snacks, coupons and surprises
*Packet Pick-up: Day of race in Central Park Bandstand beginning at 7:30
Race Awards - Awards for top three male/female finishers in the following categories: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70+
Post Race Raffle: Stay after awards and enter our raffle! Must be present to win!
Chicken BBQ - Purchase tickets for our chicken BBQ sponsored by Old Mill BBQ. BBQ can be picked up after the race
Click Here to Sign Up: Laurel House 5K Walk/Run. - 9am (runsignup.com)
Safe Schools Hotline
In response to the needs of our community, I am excited to introduce to you a Safe School Helpline as a preventative measure to safeguard our students and our schools PreK -12. This helpline has been developed for you, our students, parents and staff members to help maintain safety and the most positive school environment possible. The hotline can be used to report wrongdoings or illegal activity. Any type of information involving a threatening situation to students, the school or staff should be reported. Examples include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, violence, weapons, bullying, drugs and alcohol and theft. It is confidential, anonymous and available 24/7. For students that need immediate assistance, a counselor will be on hand and responsive.
To access this line, just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information. Or TEXT: 614-426-0240 Then type: TIPS Your message will not be traced and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken. Posters and brochures will be visible throughout the District and information will also be on our website.
Thank you again for your continued support to continually improve your child’s education and sense of belonging in our District. If you have any questions regarding the Safe School Helpline, please don’t hesitate to call. I am looking forward to an amazing school year!
Please click here to access additional information on our Safe School Helpline from our website: https://www.newarkcsd.org/safeschoolhelpline
District Hiring Needs
The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:
- Business Teacher
- Spanish Teacher
- Technology Teacher
- Long Term Sub School Psychologist
- Long Term Sub Elementary Teacher
- Building Substitute Teachers
- Speech Therapist
- Teaching Assistants
- Teacher Aides
- Bus Drivers
- Bus Monitors
- Clerical Positions
Please click here for a newsletter from Dan McAlpin, Executive Director of Human Resources. There are links in the newsletter to apply for any of the above positions. https://www.smore.com/6qrxm