Superintendent's Message

Susan M. Hasenauer, Superintendent

Superintendent's Goals 2021 - 2022

Dear Newark Families,

As we move into the school year, it is hard to believe we are halfway through October. With that said, we have hit the ground running as we begin to accomplish the identified goals aligned to the “Big Rocks” in the Strategic Plan. Specifically, this year’s goals will focus on three key areas:

1. School/Community/Family Partnership:
The Superintendent will increase meaningful, two-way communication between the school, parents and community as well as help all stakeholders learn about the district.

2. Academic Program:
The Superintendent will set, monitor, adjust and evaluate clear goals that will lead to the continuous improvement of the district.

3. Culture and Climate:
The Superintendent will create a safe and nurturing environment in which students can learn and staff can teach.

Today, we had our first District Safety Committee Meeting of the year and we highlighted where we are going and what we have accomplished thus far as we examine the culture and climate of our district/school. Highlights of where we are going include:

  • Enhancing current violence prevention policies and procedures by integrating targeted violence prevention best practice recommendations and establishing a District-wide Behavioral Threat Assessment Management Team Model
  • Promoting communication and establishing a central reporting mechanism for concerns
  • Enhancing District-wide and building level Emergency Response Plans
  • Reinforcing, designing and implementing safe school procedures with an emphasis on alternative discipline, such as but not limited to restorative practices
  • Creating a culture of belonging for both students and staff where they feel valued and supported
  • Reviewing and updating the current Code of Conduct for the purpose of integrating restorative practices, threat assessment and to ensure consistent discipline and referral procedures
  • Creating and publishing a School District/Newark Area Community Resource Guide to help make connections to local agencies to best support our students and families

As we strive to accomplish the action items listed above, highlights of what we have accomplished include:

  • The implementation of the Safe School Helpline. This is a free, and confidential helpline that is available 24/7. This can be used for a variety of facts, remarks or actions that could jeopardize the safety of our children, staff or school. Examples of this include: Bullying, Drugs/Alcohol, Health and Safety, Violence, Weapons or Suicide. This has been utilized effectively and is a great asset for our district.
  • We have begun enhancing our Districtwide Emergency Response Plan. This year we made changes to our plan where we were out of compliance and we will continue to recraft it as the year moves forward to include all the needed elements that were identified in an audit that concluded in June.

On Monday, we will be kicking of Newark’s Targeted Violence Prevention Program as we learn how to establish a Districtwide Threat Assessment and Management Team Model (BTAM). Mark Concordia, Training Manager & Certified Threat Manager, will be working with our administrative teams on this implementation.

On Monday evening, a session will be open to the public to learn more about this model (Register here: Ultimately, the goal of the BTAM team is to prevent violence and to address the underlying conflict while balancing the safety and support needs of all involved in the threat assessment process.

You can see all goal and actions items here:

Targeted Violence Prevention Program: Monday, October 18th

This event will take place on Monday, October 18th from 6-7:15 PM. You can participate in this event in-person in the High School LGI. If you choose to participate in-person, click here to register:

If you prefer to participate via a Zoom link, please contact Stacy Warren at 332-3217 or and she will provide you with a Zoom link.

Description of Event: The Newark Central School District is committed to a holistic approach to creating and maintaining a safe and supportive learning environment for our entire school community. Emergencies and violent incidents in school districts are critical issues that must be planned for and addressed expeditiously and effectively. However, comprehensive early identification and intervention models are the best strategies to prevent a violent incident from ever occurring. Therefore, the District is implementing a Targeted Violence Prevention (TVP) Program that will prioritize violence prevention through a Community Schools collaborative model that emphasizes early behavioral-based interventions and supports. In this session, gain an understanding of what a TVP Program includes and how this model will enhance the safety and security of our district.

Homecoming 2021 Update

We have been thrilled to welcome back Spirit Week activities to all of our buildings in anticipation of our pep rally, homecoming parade and football game. Due to quarantining a number of students, we had to cancel this Saturday’s football game vs. Batavia. The pep rally, homecoming parade and halftime announcement of our homecoming court will now take place on Thursday, October 21st around our varsity football game vs. Geneva. Participants in the parade will meet starting at 4:15 at the Alex Eligh Community Center with parade departure at 5:00pm, ending at the High School. The football game will start at 7:15pm.

We also encourage all of our students, staff, and community to wear Maroon and Grey on Thursday to show their Newark pride. Go Reds!

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Newark Middle School Wins Dollar General Book Grant

Congratulations to Sam Lovejoy, Middle School Library Media Specialist on obtaining this grant to enhance the Middle School library book selection for our students!!

Please click here to read entire article:

Professional Development Corner

In an effort to enhance communication with our families, we have developed several sessions to help you to learn more about a variety of programs and areas of focus for our district. Please click on the link below to view our fall/winter family offerings and to sign up to participate in those that interest you. Thank you!

COVID-19 Testing / Updates / Resources

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Annual Holiday RPO Concert is Back!!

Mark your calendars! The District is again able to offer the Annual Holiday Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Concert to the community. This is will take place on Friday, December 3rd in the Newark High School Auditorium at 7:00 PM. More information to come in the near future!!

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.

Newark CSD Athletic Schedules

Please click here for our Newark CSD Athletic Schedules:

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:

Board Meetings Open to the Public

As you may know, Board of Education meetings are now open to the public; however, we must still limit 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. If you plan to speak, you will need to state the topic(s) you will be speaking about. Meetings are now held at the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Conference Center (131 Drumlin Court).

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, and return to Susan Carr in Human Resources.

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