Husky Highlights

November Newsletter

Principal's Corner


On November 13th, we hosted “The Husky Experience”- our annual orientation for 7th and 8th grade students. During the evening, there were a number of programs on display including the jazz band, chorus, fall drama, and presentations by each of our Academy programs. The evening was meant to provide incoming students with a glimpse of what they will encounter during their time at Matawan Regional High School.

On my drive home, I couldn’t help but think about what kind of answers our current students would give when asked to describe their own “Husky Experience.” I’d imagine everyone would agree that the fundamental purpose of any educational institution is to provide students with new knowledge and learning opportunities that will set them on a path for success in college and career. My hope is that every student’s “Husky Experience” will take them well beyond this.

Regardless of what stage of your MRHS career you are in, there is still time to be involved in different programs, explore another club or activity, and build relationships with members of our community. I hope that everyone takes advantage of their years here so you can look back on the moments at Matawan Regional High School as some of the best of your life.

My favorite holiday is July 4th, but coming in a very close second is Thanksgiving. In addition to my love for turkey and mashed potatoes with gravy, I love the sense of family and community that comes with the days leading up to it. I also have fond memories from my childhood of my mom dressing up as a pilgrim for her 1st grade students, and eventually, as the Principal of a K-3 school. (The History major in me can’t help but bring up how incorrect the common interpretation of pilgrim culture is and the “festivities” of the “First Thanksgiving”...every year.) Regardless of your love for Thanksgiving dinner or the memories you will have of the holiday season, being thankful for what we have should be a year-round routine.

Thank you for being a part of the Matawan Regional High School community and for playing a role in each other’s “Husky Experience.”

I wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday season.

After School Tutorial

The purpose of academic tutorial is to ensure student success through targeted instruction aligned with the curriculum of the specific course. Any student struggling in his or her classes can attend after school tutorial for extra help. Please see the November tutorial schedule below.
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Fall Drama

The 2019 Fall Drama will be "Lend Me A Tenor". The show will run December 5-7th at 7:00 P.M. and Sunday December 8th at 2:00 P.M. Tickets for the evening performance will be $10 and $5 for the afternoon performance. Please come out and support our Thespians in this outstanding comedy.

Husky Athletics

Student-Athlete Signing Day - Wednesday, November 13th

Congratulations to our student-athletes who have signed their national letter of intent!

  • Kelly Lambertson - Marist College - Soccer

  • Anna Margarites - Gettysburg College - Soccer

  • Sara Margarites - Gettysburg College - Soccer

  • Bryn Radvanski - Winthrop University - Soccer

  • Brynn Reiser - Sacred Heart University - Softball


The Matawan football team finished their season on a high note with a 5-4 record after defeating Plainfield 21-0. The team started 0-2 and 1-3, but won four of the last five games to finish with a record of 5-4. Many of the players contributed and showed great pride, dedication, and commitment to the program. We wish the twelve seniors in the program the best of luck and look forward to working with the underclassmen. Go Huskies!

Boys Soccer

Boys soccer had a successful year. The varsity team finished out the year with a record of 9-6-1 which placed them second in their division. Sixteen seniors played in their senior night against Brick where they won 5-0 with five different seniors scoring a goal. Both JV and freshman teams moved on to the second round of their tournaments before losing in the quarter-finals.
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Girls Soccer

The 2019 girls soccer showed that they could play with some of the best teams in the Shore Conference when they tied both Red Bank Regional and Saint John Vianny. The team lost in the quarter finals of states, but put up a great fight during every game. Finishing 10-7-3, the Huskies had a successful season.

Field Hockey

This year the field hockey team finished with a record of 2-12-2. They had great competition against teams like Ocean, Wall, and SJV. These lady Huskies put up a great fight this season. This team was lead by five seniors: Julie Long, Ava Lynch, Katie Perrotta, Danielle Perlstein, and Emma McNamara. They showed great leadership on and off the field. We will miss them dearly and wish them the best of luck in the future!

Girls Cross Country

The Matawan girls cross country team took 9th place at the Monmouth County Cross Country Championships out of 21 teams. This accomplishment qualified them for the Shore Conference Championship Meet. At Ocean County Park the ladies were led by Cassandra Daniele, Amelia Dischler, and Julia Jankojc. Each runner contributed to place 9th out of 23 teams from Monmouth and Ocean Counties. At State Sectionals the ladies placed 6th overall with amazing performances from the top seven student-athletes: Cassandra Daniele, Amelia Dischler, Julia Jankojc, Olivia Colavito, Michaela DeGeorge, Gabriella Collins, and Sophia Politis. Congrats to senior Cassandra Daniele who placed 13th out of 99 runners and will be moving on the the Group II State Championship at Holmdel Park.

Boys Cross Country

The boys cross country team has eighteen members this year and is intent on improving both as a team and individually. All athletes this year were given opportunities to compete and have shown improvement in their personal times. Captain Joseph Bettios works with the team members and helps them to recognize that "they are all in this together". His philosophy is evident when you see just how well the members work together to be on time, execute a practice plan, or treat their fellow team members. Coach Lasko and Coach Murphy are excited about the teams progress and believe that this season's effort and attention to detail will pay dividends throughout the year and into next season. The future is bright for Matawan Cross Country. New members are always welcome. See Coaches Lasko and Murphy if you are interested in being part of this impressive squad.

Girls Tennis

The girls tennis team celebrated their season last week during sports awards. The girls finished with a record of 4-15, playing against some of the best teams in the shore conference. Emily Friedman was this year's MVP. She compiled a record of 12-6 at first singles and was the only qualifier for the individual state tournament. Rachel Oksa was this year's Maroon & Steel recipient. She finished with a record of 8-9, mostly at second singles and was a co-captain. Grace Mozeika earned the most improved award. She greatly improved from last year to become our best doubles player. She also stepped up a few times to compete at third singles when needed. Lastly, Sophia Valenza was this year's coach's award recipient. Unfortunately, she was sidelined with a knee injury for the duration of the season, however, that didn't stop her from bringing the energy and leading and supporting her teammates each and every day. They are looking forward to next season as all the girls will be returning with more experience under their belts.


The MRHS cheerleading teams finished their 2019 football season. They would like to congratulate seniors Olivia Calcagno, Gabrielle Downey and Cayley Stanke. The team hopes you have an amazing senior year and wishes you the best of luck in your futures!

Dance Team

After having a wonderful fall season, the dance team enters their next season in full force and ready to compete. The dance team will be competing in two competitions and states in the new year in the styles of lyrical and hip-hop. The dancers are led by Coach Erin Haines, and Captain Gianna Velez , Anna Caputo, Brianna Gambino, Jenna Long, and Caley Scheuing. The dancers will be dancing at a few varsity basketball games this winter as well. Keep it up dancers!


October 27 culminated Challenger Sports’ eighth season here at Matawan Regional High School. They have reached an all time high for buddy participation with six buddies and over 80 percent attendance. Post graduate players Adam Leventhal and Alyssa Varga both completed their sixth fall season of playing. Richard Pluff and John Jackson displayed superior skills. Newcomer Carly Villanueva showed both passion and skill. Buddies help facilitate the skills of both soccer and flag football. New buddies for this year were Dennis Buonagura, Baldemar Rojas, Nick Glende, Andrew Myerson, Owen Rensachler, and Bryn Radvinski. Mike Mallozzi is helping out with his fourth year! The team will be starting basketball on December 5th.

Marching Band has a Championship Season!

The 2019 Huskies Marching Band has finished their season with four "1st Place" competitive titles, which include several awards given for best color guard, best percussion, and best overall effect. This year, the band performed a show based on the music of Beethoven that also included "The Sound of Silence" by Paul Simon.

Color Guard soloists this year were Allyson Lombardo and Jade Greene. Instrumental soloists were Kassie Miano, Allison Chen, Dorothy Brussel, Lucas Lew, and Riley Moffitt. Our Drum Major this year was Mr. Garret Crawford. The band expanded its size this year to compete in Group 2A class in the US Bands circuit.

Among numerous awards, the band was honored to win the Yamaha Cup Group 2A title on 10/5 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. On 10/19, the marching band hosted "Train Up with the Band" Day here at the High School. Over twenty students from Lloyd Road School and MAMS bands came to train with the band and guard, meet the staff, learn proper movement technique exercises, and got to see a full performance of the halftime show.

The marching band students and staff would like to thank the MRHS community for all their support. Also, they are so thankful to have the constant support of the band booster organization. Matawan band Boosters hosted the 22nd Annual Bayshore Band Competition here at MRHS and welcome twenty-two bands from all over New Jersey to compete on September 21st. The band boosters support all aspects of our band and color guard programs and they could not do it without them! They have had a very successful season and look forward to representing the communities at important events throughout the year. For more information, please visit or email

Civic Leaders

Civic Leaders have been working hard throughout the month of November to promote the food drive partnership with Students Change Hunger through the Fulfill organization of Monmouth and Ocean counties. Please be sure to donate food in the boxes located in the front lobby, cafeteria, or as part of the homeroom challenge. The homeroom that collects the most food will win a bagel breakfast!

Additionally, Civic Leaders are fundraising money for their Season of Giving where they adopt families from the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation and provide support for the Holiday Season. They had a successful FruttaBowl "give back" fundraiser on November 9th and are selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts throughout the month of November. Contact any Civic Leader or see Mrs. O’Neill in room 415 for more information.

Additionally, please consider sending a “thankful candygram” during the week of Thanksgiving to a friend, teacher, or classmate. Candygrams will be on sale during lunch periods by Civic Leaders. Thank you for all of your support!

Student Council

The 2019 Homecoming game featured an inspiring victory from the football team. Seniors Brandon Rodriguez and Zaire Williams were selected as homecoming King and Prince respectively, and Emily Mulradelis and Bryn Radvanski were selected as Queen and Princess respectively. All members of the court were honored at the game. The Student Council is extremely excited to be hosting such ambitious year-long events, and they are eager to start tallying up participation points from each class. They urge you to continue to stay active in your community and continue to pay attention to websites on social media, the morning announcements, and on the Scoop. Go Huskies!

Nurse's Corner

Just a little note for a safe Thanksgiving dinner:

Food handling errors and inadequate cooking are the most common problems that lead to poultry-associated food-borne disease outbreaks in the United States. Safely thaw your turkey. Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water that is changed every 30 minutes, or in the microwave. Never thaw your turkey by leaving it out on the counter. A frozen turkey is safe indefinitely, but a thawing turkey must defrost at a safe temperature. When the turkey is left out at room temperature for more than two hours, its temperature becomes unsafe as it moves into the danger zone between 40°F and 140°F, where bacteria can grow rapidly.

November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) awareness month. COPD occurs when there is chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. COPD is a treatable disease and one that can be managed once diagnosed.

  • Two of the most common conditions that contribute to COPD is emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

    • Chronic bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes which is characterized by a daily cough and mucus production.

    • Emphysema is a condition in which the alveoli at the end of the smallest air passages of the lungs are destroyed as a result of damaging exposure to cigarette smoke and other irritating gasses and particulate matter.

  • Symptoms include:

    • Shortness of breath, especially during physical activities

    • Wheezing

    • Chest tightness

    • Having to clear your throat first thing in the morning, due to excess mucus in your lungs

    • A Chronic cough that may produce mucus that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish

    • Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds

    • Frequent respiratory infections

    • Lack of energy

    • Unintended weight loss (in later stages)

    • Swelling in ankles, feet or legs

  • Causes include:

    • Tobacco smoking

    • Fumes from burning fuel for cooking and heating in poorly ventilated homes

    • Genetics

    • Air pollution

    • Workplace exposure to dust, smoke or fumes

    • Age

COPD has a clear cause and a path for prevention. Stop smoking or never smoke to prevent this disease. If you have occupational exposure to chemical fumes and dust, speak with your supervisor about the best way to protect yourself. If you think that that you may have COPD, speak with your physician about a treatment plan that will work for you.

Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation

The Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation hopes that this newsletter finds everyone well and ready for the holidays. They are off to a great start this year. They broke last year’s record of eighteen applications by one and received a total of nineteen applications! They are also very happy to announce that MAEF is awarding grants in each school throughout the district this year. Thank you to all the teachers for applying and congratulations to all of this year’s recipients. Grant projects like these make learning fun for our students and help raise the bar in our district.

The Educational Foundation would also like to thank the district and our community families for all your support. They are able to award these grants to our MARSD teachers because of your donations and support.

The 2019-2020 MAEF Grant Recipients are:
  • Power Up with UNICEF- Sheryl Preiser- Strathmore
  • Virtual Business Academy- Krista Huebsch- MRHS
  • Collaborative Cricut Crafting- Michelle Sloan- MRHS
  • Preschool Beetbox -Sarah Bakley, Rachel Alvarez, Alexa Johnson- Cambridge Park/Cliffwood
  • KEVA Planks Education- Lisa Schultz- Clifffwood
  • Tapping Tabla- Lindsey Fiore- MAMS
  • Grant Me My Tech Wish- Lisa Baue,r Dave Lehman- Lloyd Road
  • A Day with Edgar Allen Poe- Diana Starr, Dana Spafford, Samantha Dansky, Kerri Maltese, Cynthia Sobieski- MAMS
  • Learning Through Movement- Kristen Fisco- Ravine
  • Coding in Kindergarten, Colleen Burden, Colleen Marion, Nicole Cordi, Wendy Riley, Lisa Schneider- Strathmore

Dates to Remember

  • November 25-26: Parent teacher conferences, 4 hour sessions
  • November 27: 4 hour session
  • November 28-29: School closed for Thanksgiving
  • December 5-8: Fall Drama
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