The Reds Tale

April 6, 2017

From the Desk of Mr. Roote

March Madness for me will close out with a teacher recruitment run, that by Friday, will have taken me from Buffalo to Brockport to Cortland. As a result, I am typing from my recruitment table in Buffalo this morning. Normally, when I drive west during the 5:00 am hour it is to secure a spot on the edges of Oak Orchard Creek casting a baby rainbow for the elusive spawning trout. Not today. On this day I am surrounded by no fewer than two hundred recruiters and at least five times that number of recruits. I have done enough of these trips to have reached the point that I am able to take in a few more of the sights and sounds around me. I hear young people talking of their hopes to get something "close to home." One candidate stated candidly to her friend, "That commute would kill me." I am keenly aware of handshake styles as I have a bandaged injury from a blister that peeled off after a weekend of raking leaves. My two most memorable shakes were the "air-shake" where a moment of eye contact led the candidate and I to literally miss one another. The second, I will name the "dainty-shake" as it included only fingertips. The dainty shake was especially odd since it was with a kid that was the size of Rob Gronkowski.


Just for fun, I wandered the room to take in the array of tchotchkes (see pictures below) at each table. Among a few other items, this year I have with me some pens, pamphlets and my business card. The table in front of me has cups, mouse pads and highlighters. I had a bit of fun with the Victor Superintendent and accused him of stacking the deck by offering Von Maur gift cards. He laughed and said they are actually Nordstroms. When designing the set up of my table I chose to add a few items beyond pens and pamphlets. To my left is a Yogibo fox stress ball and a yearbook. To my right are a series of folders filled with our memories captured by Brenda Pittman in her press releases. Grounding myself in a concept that can be shared with candidates wanting to hear more about Newark could be difficult. However, it is not given the presence of these items. Your commitment to Newark and the joy our students experience is resounding in all of these recruitment tools I have amassed and will share with the next wide eyed NHS teacher. Thank you for all you do and thank you for giving me so much to share.

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From the Desk of Mr. Wagner

Mr. Roote and I were in the room with the first group of students that had completed the first round of Capstone presentations yesterday. Going into today, we were not completely sure what to expect as this is the first Capstone presentation day since the program began in 2013-2014. We were both excited to hear students talking about their presentations with their peers while they anxiously waited for one of us to talk to them. You could feel the positive energy in the room and sense of accomplishment. As the day went on, I heard one positive comment after another from staff and parents expressing how impressive our students were. The students absolutely exceeded my expectations. I was eager to hear their perspective on the day and this is what a few of them shared:

  • “It was a very helpful experience…. People always talk about preparing for college and I think this helps us prepare for college…. I liked that I knew the teachers and had my aunt there to support me…. It was also meaningful to talk about my personal experiences...”
  • “There was a lot of academic pressure put on the Capstone presentation, but it was not that hard…. It was a great experience…. It was nice to look back to see how much we’ve grown and be able to share that with people who have educated us and our family….”
  • “I really liked it…. It gave us the opportunity to speak in front of people and provided us with skills we will need in a professional interview…. I am going to study business so it’s very valuable for me…. I have to be able to speak in front of people to sell a product….”
  • “I liked it… I was happy with my panel…. I would not have presented in front of people I didn’t know if you guys didn’t make me…. It helped me step outside my comfort zone… I don’t normally do that”

It was rewarding to hear students reflect on their presentations as a valuable experience that helped them become more college and career ready. I want to thank everyone for their positivity, support and participation yesterday. Everyone had a hand in making yesterday a great day for Newark and it is appreciated. Thank you!

Mash Up


Ms. Briggs, "I am very proud to announce that Newark Central School has been awarded a Best Community for Music Education Award by the NAMM Foundation. Special thanks to Maria Walton of Perkins School for doing all of the research needed to submit! Congratulations to all who support music education in our schools. What an incredible honor.



REPRINT: April 13 assembly schedule:

  • Period 1 7:30-8:08 am
  • Announcements 8:08-8:16 am

  • Period 2 8:19-8:57 am
  • Period 3 9:00-9:38 am
  • Period 4 9:41-10:19 am
  • Lunch 5 10:22-10:52 am
  • Period 6/7 10:55-11:33 pm
  • Period 8/9 11:36-12:14 pm
  • Period 5/6 10:22-11:00 am
  • Lunch 7 11:03-11:33 am
  • Period 8/9 11:36-12:14 pm
  • Period 5/6 10:22-11:00 am
  • Period 7/8 11:03-11:41 am
  • Lunch 9 11:44-12:14 pm
  • Period 10 12:17-12:37 pm
  • Period 11 12:40-1:00 pm
  • Interact Assembly in auditorium 1:00-1:45 pm
  • Pep Assembly in gymnasium 1:45-2:30 pm


Mr. Cook, " I'm inviting all of you to join me in planting flowers during Community Pride Day, 5/20. We start at 9:30 am, people get assigned an area and pick up flowers that are donated by the Village and get to work. Usually done by 11:00 am, if not before. Let me know if you would like to join me and we can make plans accordingly."

Social Emotional Learning and the Plan for Excellence

What does SEL mean?

Calendar Share

Thursday, April 13 from 7:15-7:35 am in the library. Script N Ceremony. Contact: T Roote.


Thursday, April 13 in the afternoon (see schedule in Mash Up). Interact Assembly/Pep Assembly. Contact: T Roote.


Thursday, April 13. Freshmen Ice Cream Social in the cafeteria from 12:17-1:00. Contact: W Bean.


By 3:00 pm on May 2. ↓65 Infinite Campus Grade Reports. Contact: T Roote.


Friday, May 5 at 3:00 pm. Field Trip Blackout Begins. Contact: T Roote.


Friday, May 12 at NRW. Special Olympics.

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.