Newark Central Schools

Every Student, Every Day

Superintendent's Message

  • Message from Matt Cook, Superintendent of Schools

    Prevention Committee

    Before I became a Superintendent, I was a social worker who worked mostly in the field of addictions.  Specifically, the focus of my work was preventing problems before they started.  Now that I’m lucky enough to be here in Newark, that issue remains near and dear to me.  You may recall last year, we said that we were going to put together a group of people who were concerned about how to maximize our effect on reducing the risk factors and increasing the protective factors that are connected with substance abuse and other high risk behaviors.  Our first event will be Tuesday, 11/3/2015 and will be held in the High School Large Group Instruction Room – though it is open to all community members, students, parents and staff who wish to attend.  Being concerned about these issues should start young and not be perceived as only a high school problem.  We will have vendors from local agencies and a panel discussion from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  The night also corresponds with the Rotary Spaghetti Dinner at the First United Methodist Church, so come on over after that event please – if you want to do both!  Our panel will consist of Sheriff Virts, Judge Barrett and representatives from the Family Recovery Network and Wayne County Substance Abuse.  Child care will be offered in the High School Library by some of our own student volunteers.  Our Prevention Counselors, Nicole Reinholtz & Katie DiSalvo along with our Coordinator of Student Affairs, Jay Flock, deserve the credit for getting this off the ground.  This will not be the only thing the committee takes on this year and I’m sure our efforts will grow and our membership will change but our aim will remain true.  We need to work together to keep our kids safe, healthy and happy as they move through our school community.


    Common Core Standards

    On a completely different topic, we have an invitation from our new Commissioner at the NYS Education Department.  As you may have heard, the Common Core State Standards are up for a review.  I am encouraging all who wish, to read the following note and lend your voice and thoughts to the process. 


    The New York State Education Department has launched an online survey that will allow New Yorkers to provide detailed feedback on the State's English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and Math Common Core Learning Standards for prekindergarten through grade 12. Teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, the business community, and anyone with an interest in the future of our schools should participate in the review.


    The survey, which can be found at, allows respondents to review and comment on any ELA and math standard for any grade level. The survey will be open until November 30, 2015, and the results will help inform changes made to the standards. An advisory group - made up of stakeholders, particularly teachers, school administrators and parents - will review the survey results and recommendations and present suggested changes to the standards.


    As always, I thank you for your continued interest and support in helping the Newark Central School family make strides toward our Vision:


    "Newark Central School District is the centerpiece of our community that binds students, staff, families and neighbors through a profound sense of hometown pride.  We engage all students with the diverse opportunities and academic experiences they need to reach their maximum potential.  Our students thrive in an environment of high expectations, collaboration and respect.  Effective communication and sustained connections foster a sense of importance, contributing to the success of every student every day."


    Matt Cook, Superintendent of Schools

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