Monday Message

from Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent

Monday, May 24, 2021

Dear Families,

This weekend, along with many other community volunteers and staff, my daugthers and I participated in Community Pride Day. While driving home, I began to think about how grateful I was to be able to spend my morning giving back to our community as part of a collective effort. Not only did I get to share the experience with my own kids, I met a wonderful student and her mom and together we were able to make a difference even if it was small.

I share this because sometimes I think we all need reminders to acknowledge the goodness in our lives. When we recognize gratitude, we feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve our health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships with those around us.

In addition, research indicates that writing gratitude letters significantly increases mental health for weeks following that exercise. As this unprecedented school year comes to an end, please take the time to look around, step out of the day-to-day routine and appreciate the people, things and experiences we have as our world begins to reopen again.


Sue Hasenauer

Apologies for Incorrect Information

I sincerely apologize to the Music Department for the typo in my Monday Message last week. The musical our High School students did such an amazing job performing was "We Will Rock You". I incorrectly referred to it as "Rock of Ages". I am truly sorry for this error!

Student to Appear on the Dr. Oz Show

Please read about the uniquely caring endeavor our student, Madison Shade and her stepdad have been working on. Madison will be featured on the Dr. Oz show on July 12th.

NHS Students Inducted into National Honor Society

Sixteen Newark High School juniors and one senior were inducted into the Newark High School chapter of the National Honor Society at an evening ceremony May 20th. Please see our website for the entire article:

Board of Education Meetings Open to Public

The Board of Education meetings are now open to the public; however, we do still have to allow for a limited capacity due to COVID restrictions. Please contact Stacy Warren at (315) 332-3217 or to sign up to attend or speak at an upcoming meeting. Meetings are now held at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center (131 Drumlin Court). Here is a list of upcoming Board meetings:

  • June 2nd
  • June 16th
  • July 14th

Community Pride Day Thanks!!

The Village held its Annual Community Pride Day this weekend. Many thanks to the volunteers who helped to clean up and beautify the Village. Everything looks great!!

Federal Funding for Schools

As you may have heard, the Newark Central School District is receiving Federal Funds to support Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSA) and American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). The funding in these two funds total approximately $7,667,004.

This funding will be used to address the impact of lost instructional time, carry out the implementation of evidence-based summer enrichment programs, carry out the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive afterschool programs, as well as preparing schools for reopening, testing, repairing, and upgrading projects to lessen the potential spread of COVID-19 in school buildings, as well as further preparing, preventing and responding to COVID-19.

School Districts are required to ask for public input on the use of these funds. Please contact Assistant Superintendent for Business Ed Gnau at 332-3203 or and Superintendent Susan Hasenauer at 332-3205 or

Help Support Laurel House

As many of you know, Laurel House is a not-for-profit volunteer organization that hopes to be the first choice for families of Wayne County. It is a comfort care home where residents spend their final days, at no cost to themselves or others, surrounded by loved ones and kind-hearted staff and volunteers who attend to their needs. This facility is located right here in Newark! They are holding their Annual Laurel House 5K Run / Walk (live or virtual) on Saturday, June 12th. Please consider signing up for this amazing cause!!

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District Hiring Needs

The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:

  • Cleaners and Custodians
  • Food Service Helpers
  • Bus Drivers

Please complete an application that can be found under the Human Resources tab on the Newark website, and return to Susan Carr in Human Resources.

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