Tom Roote, principal of Newark High School, recently put together an hourlong “Virtual Variety Show” in hopes of igniting joy and lowering heightened stress levels among students after they navigated through their first full week of more rigorous remote coursework.
Twitter users viewed, liked and/or retweeted the acts performed by math teachers Melissa Allison, Robert Castor and Shannon Hersh; assistant principal administrative interns Tiffany Cohrs and Jason Dentel; English teacher John Dalton; social studies teachers Mark Eakins and Dave Roman; Drama Club director Emily Howard; special education teacher Sarah Kiley; science teachers Stephen True and Lindsay Walters; instructional coach Robin Uveges; and Bronte, the school’s therapy dog owned by Eakins.
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The 15-act show was inspired by the 57 USO tours put on from 1941 to 1991. Roote and faculty members wanted to lift students’ spirits during the coronavirus pandemic.
Roote ended the show with his “fishing” act, in which he caught a note for the Class of 2020.