to the reboot of the Newark Central School Website! The new look and a
new feel is part of our ongoing effort to improve
communication and make things easier and more transparent for our
students, parents, staff and community members. The new design and the
emphasis on our commitment to our vision is embodied on the front page,
where under Newark Central School District, it
reads: “Every Student, Every Day”.
school year, we brought together a group of teachers, parents,
administrators, board members, community residents and students
to begin the process of creating a Vision Statement for the Newark
School Community. The question I asked the 75 or so people gathered in
the Newark High School auditorium was: “If you were at a party, five
years from now, and you were describing the Newark
Central School District and how happy you were with us, what would that
look like, sound like, feel like?”
resulted, after a few months of hard work, is the Vision Statement at
the bottom of this tab, and all the tabs on the home page
of the website. It’s aspirational, powerful and idealistic. Are we
there yet? No. But I hope that you can see that this is a fantastic
target for us to strive for. Every day, I think about what I can do to
help move us closer to this vision and I’m encouraging
all of our students, staff, parents and community members to join me!
the work begins to achieve this vision. Our next step on this path is
to develop a strategic plan that will guide our decision
making over the next 3-5 years. Too often in education, we are
reactive. The government will pass a new law or regulation, funding will
be cut, a crisis will emerge, etc ... and we react to those things.
a clear plan, it’s too easy for that reaction to become the guiding
principal on how we behave as an organization and that’s
not good enough for Newark. Our kids deserve better. They deserve a
well thought out plan that puts our vision into action and helps refocus
our efforts when distraction inevitably comes along.
help, I’ll be reaching out to many of you over the coming months. It
might be to provide feedback, to sit on a committee or to
weigh-in by answering a survey. Our ability to live our vision will be
made easier if we hear from as many voices as possible about the best
way to get there. I encourage all of you to think about the best way to
help our kids become the best version of themselves.
another note, we are excited to welcome many new staff this year that
will help us along the way. From the maintenance crew to
the classroom, from the bus garage to the athletics fields, there will
be many new faces in 2015-16 and their energy and enthusiasm has been
inspiring to me as we have gone through the hiring process this summer.
I encourage you to go to the Newark News section
of the website and learn more about some of these individuals in the
articles published there.
Have a great rest of your summer and we’ll see you in September!