Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent
We Belong in Newark!
Today was Superintendent's Conference Day and what an amazing day it was! The pictures seen above do not do this day justice when capturing the overall spirit of the event. First, I would be remiss if I did not publicly thank Krista Lewis, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for organizing this day. Secondly, I would like to thank all of the community members who participated along side our staff in the Poverty Simulation. We couldn't have done this without your support!
As we continue to foster a sense of belonging in our district, we work to break down the barriers and the implicit biases that exist to ensure we are a truly inclusive environment. One of the activities offered today as mentioned above was a Poverty Simulation. This session was an interactive, immersion experience to understand the realities of poverty. Participants were assigned to “families” who do their best to survive week-to-week over a simulated one-month period. After the simulation, participants debriefed and unpacked their learning. The overall goal was to shift the paradigm about poverty away from being seen as a personal failure and toward the understanding of poverty as structural.
Unfortunately, poverty is a reality for many individuals and families in our Newark community. Therefore, as we continue to foster a sense of belonging for both students and staff across the district it is so important to be able to understand the lives of all the children we serve. Today’s simulation makes poverty feel more real and understandable. Not only does it provide awareness but it also can promote local change. Together, we can be a voice to end poverty in our community.
Interscholastic Athletic Audit Interviews
COVID-19 Testing / Updates / Resources
Pursuant to Commissioner's Determination on COVID-19 testing 10 NYCRR 2.62, schools have to offer screening testing to unvaccinated students on a weekly basis.
If you are interested, please complete this form in order for your child to receive the weekly screening testing while at school. In addition, if your child is symptomatic you can also receive diagnostic testing. You will need to fill out one form for each of your students.
Please click to complete the testing permission slip: https://forms.office.com/r/THcyQ28Wyy
Spanish Permission Slip: https://forms.office.com/r/LkaqwwsMPS
Professional Development Corner
Annual Holiday RPO Concert is Back!!
Newark Will Celebrate Fall with a Pumpkin Sculpture Contest
The Village of Newark will celebrate this fall with a Pumpkin Sculpture Contest. From October 25th to October 29th, sculptures will be placed in front yards of homes and outside of businesses for all to see!
The best residential pumpkin sculpture will win a Trick-or Treat Basket of Holiday Goodies and the Great Pumpkin Trophy will be awarded to the winning Newark Business.
Paint, Carve, Stack or make a Pumpkin Creature. Be creative and have fun!
Entries will be judged on fall spirit and original design. Call (315)-226-8105 when you complete your design (and no later than noon on Friday, October 29th) to enter and Contest Judges will take a photo of your creation.
Photos of entries will be judged on Friday, October 29th.
Manufacturing Careers By the Numbers
For students who are interested in exploring a future in manufacturing, Manufacturing Day is an annual event that showcases career pathways. In New York State, FuzeHub and its partners are hosting 2021 Virtual Manufacturing Day, an online event that is expected to draw nearly 100 manufacturers, educational and training resources, and other organizations with valuable information to share. If you’re a student or an educator, register now for our October 15th event.
Got5 Challenge: Schools across New York State can support students’ mental health and Suicide Prevention Month this September by joining the Got5 Challenge!
The Got5 Challenge will help raise awareness of the Crisis Text Line - a free, anonymous, text-based support network that’s available 24/7. You simply text “Got5” to 741-741 to start a texting conversation with a trained Crisis Counselor who can help you get through a difficult moment.
To complete the Got5 Challenge, your school must:
- Distribute an email to students and faculty to help spread awareness of the Crisis Text Line and include a link to SPCNY’s Crisis Text Line video.
- Post SPCNY’s Crisis Text Line video on your school district’s social media accounts and tag @preventsuicideny.
Promote the Crisis Text Line on your school’s outdoor monument sign or in a heavily populated area inside the school (cafeteria, lobby, library, etc.).
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
Board Meetings Open to the Public
The next Board meeting will be held on October 20th at 6:30 PM. 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.
District Hiring Needs
The Newark Central School District is in immediate need of the following positions that offer full benefits:
- Daily Substitute Teachers
- Long Term Subs (Media Specialist, Music, Resiliency Room)
- Reading Teacher
- Counselor/Social Worker
- Bus Drivers
- Bus Monitors
Please complete an application that can be found under the Human Resources tab on the Newark website, www.newarkcsd.org and return to Susan Carr in Human Resources.