The Reds Tale
September 20, 2018
From the Desk of Mr. Roote
From the Desk of Ms. Ross
I’ve read a lot of articles of late focusing on building rapport with students. Whenever asked about my core values, the first thing that comes to mind always, is the importance of building relationships. In last week’s Reds Tale, I highlighted an article on how to get to know your students. The article stated that, “building solid relationships with your students is arguably the most important thing you can do to be an effective teacher. It helps you build trust so students take academic risks, allows you to better differentiate for individual needs, and prevents different kinds of power struggles…”
The first step to building this rapport is by greeting our students at the door. A sincere greeting establishes a positive environment in the classroom. We experience greeting throughout our daily lives. Walking into a restaurant you are met with a smile, the host/hostess makes you feel welcome and sets a positive tone for your dining experience. The same applies to students entering our classrooms. While not always possible, we should strive to welcome our students to our classes every day, because building rapport with students is half the battle. Greeting our students at the door will allow for us to accomplish the following.
- Build relationships with our students enhancing their emotional needs.
- Offer praise and give feedback (doesn’t have to be class related).
- Gives you a chance to connect with every student and to gauge their emotional state.
- Gives you a chance to have a one-on-one conversation with a student.
- Gives you an opportunity to model (and for students to practice) socially acceptable behaviors, like eye contact, a firm handshake, and good posture.
Ms Hauf has volunteered to keep the web-page picture scroll up to date. If you have pictures that can add value to the page please pass them along to her!
Please click here to volunteer or to serve NHS beyond the classroom. Your interest is due by Friday. Thanks.
Predictably, e-cigarette's are trending at NHS. A few low-lights include a device randomly lost/discarded in our hall and the generally distasteful act of vaping in a bathroom as an unsuspecting student walks in, wanting nothing to do with the behavior. To date, we have recovered five devices and redirected the behavior in six different students. For the first offense of vaping at NHS, students are placed in a suspension room for three days. With a willingness to engage with activities developed by our prevention counselor, students can see a significant reduction in the suspension. For second offenses, students will be placed on out of school suspension with a request for additional involvement in a more rigorous prevention program. Second offenses will require increased parent engagement on the problem in order to activate a reduced term of suspension. For more information on the problem click here.
The NHS track is unavailable for an indefinite period of time. It cannot handle foot traffic or otherwise. Thanks!
Just a reminder that as you follow up on attendance tasks initiated by Ms. Acquista, and evidence that a student was unaccounted for emerges, it is the teacher with "that" students attendance that is required to produce a class cut referral. While there is a student accountability component to this, there is also a systems accountability piece here that ensures our students are safe and secure.
Just a quick reminder that our pep assemblies are not the appropriate venue for anti-freshman chants etc. Rarely, but an issue nonetheless, is that a chant targeting freshman starts and freshman respond with an inappropriate intensity. The simple fix is to talk about expectations in your 11th period class. Encourage cheers and spirit. Discourage boos and chants that target one particular group.
Seems there may be some confusion regarding the goal of the PA tests last week. The system was checked every period to give you ample opportunity to identify if the system was not working in each of your spaces. So far, I have only received feedback re: two locations. One was an internal counseling office space and the other was an IT space. Can I assume speakers are working everywhere else? If not please alert Liz ASAP.
Pathways Speakers Program
If you have a student group that is planning a trip to any of the locations listed below, please let Mark Miller know in advance. Through a grant, transportation costs and the costs of any pavilions can be covered up to $1,000:
- New York State parks, nature centers, or historic sites
- Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Education Centers
- Five Rivers, Reinstein Woods, Rogers, Stony Kill Farm
- DEC Fish Hatcheries
- Montezuma Audubon Center
- SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's Newcomb Campus
- Adirondack Loj
- Maurice D.Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center
- Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
- Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary
From Mr. Corey, "With the construction on the fields, we have had to make some adjustments to events around homecoming. Here are some key times and dates for this year’s happenings…
Friday, September 21:
- 1:15 pm - Pep Rally – High School Gym
- 7:00 pm – Homecoming Dance – High School Gym
- 1:00 pm – Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Penn Yan – Upper Athletic Fields
- 3:30 – Floats gather at Alex Eligh Community Center for parade
- 4:00 – Parade begins (ends at High School)
- 6:30 – Spectator Bus (pending sign ups)
- 7:00 – Varsity Football vs. ER/Gananda – Lyons High School
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Yuhas, Lindsay LaPaglia, Lisa Eakins, Michelle Malchoff, or myself!"
The Friday Pep Assembly schedule is below. Please listen to the PA for dismissal prompts to a freshman event during 11th period and to the assembly itself.
Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence
You may have heard that our first SELF day included a focus on community. Most notably, students identified preferred etiquette for our auditorium. Due to a mix of staff actions and student buy in, I need to say that we left the auditorium as proud of our students as ever. Students indicated a desire to see electronics usage put on hold. Staff willingly accompanied students to their assigned location in the auditorium and sat with their students. The mindset really became the sum is greater than the part. Mind you, when we have a whole school activity in our auditorium we are mixing 600+ students and 75+ staff. There is a lot of pressure to get it right given the number of eyes!
Our professional learning hour focused on identifying and applying the formative learning cycle into our daily lessons. The formative learning cycle is a high-leverage process that brings the lessons learning target to life. It fuses feed-forward information and goal-directed learning with the power of the classroom learning team. Below are a few key takeaways from our staff following the session:
- It needs to be a continual process
- It guides students through learning
- We need to continually raise the bar
- Students will learn self-regulatory skills
- Students will eventually direct their own learning
- Data-driven feedback drives each phase of instruction
- We need to constantly provide feedback and include extended learning opportunities
- Providing informed, constructive feedback is something every student will benefit from
As always, please reach out to Will Bean for any resource need or questions you might have.
~ Better is a never-ending quest.
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Tuesday's in the LGI: October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7 and June 4. Staff Meetings. Contact: T Roote.
September 19 and October 17. Quarter 1 Below 65 Reports. Contact: S Mateo
UPDATED: September 13 and 27, October 11 and 25, November 8 and 29, December 13, January 17 and 31, February 14, March 14 and April 2. SELF Days. Contact: T Roote.
Wednesday, October 10. College Wear Wednesday. Future College Wear Wednesdays are 11/14, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, 5/8, 6/12. Contact: Sue Gardner.
Friday, September 21 at 1:30 pm in the gym. Pep Rally. Contact: L LaPaglia, R Yuhas or S Hersh.
Friday, September 21-Saturday, September 22. Homecoming Games. Contact: C Corey
Saturday, September 22 depart at 4:00 pm from AECC. Homecoming Parade. Contact: L LaPaglia or R Yuhas.
Monday, September 24- Friday, September 28. Teen Driver Safety Week/Wear Orange on Monday. Contact: Nicole Reinholtz
October 11 at 9:00 am. Evacuation Drill. Contact: R Ross
October 12 and 13 at 7:00 pm in our auditorium. Fall Drama. Contact: E Howard
Tuesday, October 16 from 5:30-7:20 pm. Open House. Contact: T Roote
Friday, October 26 and 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.