Toms River High School East

Newsletter - April 6, 2022

Dear Families,

What a nice weekend! We held our Pocketbook Bingo Friday evening in the Cafeteria to great success! The Final Four games Saturday were entertaining and I simply just relaxed on Sunday. So, feeling good this morning! I hope you had a nice weekend too! I did watch a movie on Netflix, The Bubble, on Sunday. The movie had potential, but way too long and I think it just lost the plot. I would not recommend the movie!

Senior Parent Reception

We are holding our annual Senior Parent Reception on Monday, April 25, 2022 at 6:00 pm. in the Cafeteria. We will go over important end-of-year information related to Prom, Graduation, school expectations, and safety. Please see the attached to RSVP your attendance on the 25th.

PTO Pocketbook Bingo

Great job to our PTO for their very well organized Pocketbook Bingo Friday evening! Special thanks to Mrs. Beth Boettger, Mrs. Christine Cabezas, Mrs. Melissa Friedman, Mrs. Michelle Gies, Mrs. Diane Harz, Mrs. Laurie Rose and Mrs. Danielle Adams for all their hard work to make the evening memorable! Thank you also to Coach Petrosino and Mr. Jamie Dirk for their time to call the numbers! I really enjoyed the evening and thought everyone did as well!

Career Talks

Our next speaker is former Raider, Mr. Nicco Steriti! Mr. Steriti will speak on the topic, Mindful, Social, and Emotional Techniques for Successful Performance in Sports, Education and Life, on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.


Good News! Raider Adaym Corbet received a full scholarship to attend Dartmouth College this fall. Adaym was also accepted to Yale and will weight his options in the coming weeks! Congratulations Adaym, we are so very proud of you!

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Guidance Weekly Information

The 8th Annual Spring College Fair is on Wednesday, April 6th at HSE from 5pm-8pm. See flyer for registration information. Spring 2022 College Fair flyer. OCC's Spring Open House is on Wednesday, April 27th from 3pm -7pm. It’s a great time for students to tour the campus, meet with faculty and staff, and check out student support services. There will be refreshments and swag too! Registration is required. OCC Spring Open House. The registration deadline for the May 7th SAT is 4/8/22. Register at Please be sure to turn in your community service hours no later than Wednesday, May 4th for those hours to be totaled for this year's Spirit of the Raider Award. As a reminder, students who receive 40 hours or more of logged hours of community service each high school academic year (June to May) will be invited to attend the Community Service Breakfast. New scholarships are available on the HSE Guidance website. Check out the multitude of new scholarships recently added!

Girls Softball Supports Walk for the Homeless!

Former Toms River Councilman Turnbach organized a walk on Saturday to raise awareness for the homeless population in Ocean County. Within our district, we have over 120 students who are classified as homeless. The walk began in St. Joe’s parking lot and headed down Hooper Ave to the County Offices. Mrs. Foran and her softball team came out in support of the event! Thank you girls for representing East with pride!

Autism Awareness Day

April is Autism Awareness Month. Many of us personally know a student, family member, or relative who has Autism. The rate of individuals diagnosed with Autism has risen over the years and as of today the nationwide average is 1 in 44 while New Jersey remains among the highest at 1 in 34. World Autism Awareness Day was scheduled for April 2nd which is a Saturday, so we would like to invite all staff and students to show support for our students and community by wearing any Autism Academy or Autism Awareness shirts you may have on Thursday April 7th in support of Autism Awareness and Acceptance. Thank you for your support!

Just a reminder that there is still time to get your peeps order in!! Mrs. Hart and Mrs. Svoboda's students are making Peep lollipops and baskets as a way to work on a variety of life skills and to raise money for community based instruction opportunities. Please see the attached flyer if you would like to place an order or stop by E-14A and support our program. Thanks!

Indoor Color Guard!

The Indoor Guard placed 6th in the SRAA division with a score of 74.58 their score went up by 7.38! They did such an amazing job! Next competition will be at Brick Memorial on Saturday, April 9th, and they will perform at 5:50 pm.

Financial Service Speaker

We are hosting a guest speaker on Monday, April 4, 2022 from the Financial Service Industry. Our speaker will touch on some of the key terms in the business, difference between a financial advisor and financial planner, the different ways advisors/planners get paid, questions asked by an advisor/planner to each client and the types of investments (putting money in the bank vs. investing and compounding interest, inflation impacts, and other factors that impact investments). Looking forward to the discussions!

Equity Team Activity

Our Equity Team developed a lesson as part of last month's Activity Day. The objective was to promote tolerance and awareness for inclusivity. Students were asked to develop a link in a chain that highlighted their ethnic background, which were then linked together to demonstrate unity!

Spring College Fair

The Ocean County School Counselors Association (OCSCA) is hosting its Spring College Fair right here at HSE next Wednesday 4/6 from 5pm-8pm. There will be 2 Financial Aid Workshops for families to attend as well. Below is the flyer and the list of schools should you feel your classes (or family & friends!) could benefit. This event is FREE and there is no need to register.

The QR code located on the flyer will lead to an online mailing card the students will only need to do once. They'll be sent a barcode which the Reps can scan the night of. The students will get a list of the reps names & contact info who scanned them so they can follow up after the fair. Please help spread the word

Sunflowers for Ukraine!

Great job Mrs. Christie Urgola and her students, Yana Shupak, Yasmeen Vazquez, and John Mangano, for their help and support to raise money and awareness to the families defending their freedom in Ukraine!

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DJ Tourjee!

Our German teacher, Mr. Joel Tourjee took over the responsibilities on Friday to entertain our students and staff. He chose a global theme and here was his playlist:

Não Sei Viver Sem Ter Você by CPM 22 (Brazilian Portuguese); Walka królestw by CF98 (Polish)

E20 Norr by Millencolin (Swedish); Sakura by 175R (Japanese); Surf Kreuzberg by Terrorgruppe (German); No me arrepiento de este amor by Attaque 77 (Argentinian Spanish); Lo Rotze Lehitbager - Useless ID (Hebrew); Unang Tikim by Kamikazee (Tagalog); Baby mä oon rock’n’roll by Ursus Factory (Finnish); Bhutsu by Chikwata.263 (Shona); and L’epoque by Intenable (French).

I never heard the music before, so I was educated! Good job Mr. Tourjee!

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Mrs. Stacey Nadeau for being named our Employee of the Week. Mrs. Nadeau was selected for her commitment to her students and love of education. Mrs. Nadeau is a former Teacher of the Year and runs our Peer Leadership Program at East. Thank you Mrs. Nadeau for being such a positive reflection of our school community!

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Food Services - Important

Due to the upcoming kitchen renovations the last day for hot food to be served will be Friday April 8th. For the remainder of the school year starting April 11th a variety of cold options will be available that will include assorted sandwiches and salads and limited a la carte selections. Menus will be posted next week that will reflect the changes. All food will be served out of the vending machine area.

Relay for Life!

Raiders are heading to Relay for Life to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society! We hope you can join us!

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