Toms River High School East

Newsletter - May 23, 2022

Dear Families,

Hope your weekend went well! My older daughter graduated from Fairfield University on Sunday. I reflected during the ceremony and was very appreciative of the individuals who influenced her life in positive ways. I was very thankful for the elementary, middle, and high school teachers, counselors and coaches who taught her valuable lessons to support her personal and academic growth! I know she would not be the person she is without those influences. I am a proud Raider parent. However, I am sad to see her move on from school and into the work-world. It goes so quick and I hope our Raider parents reading this appreciate the time their children spend at our school. My advice, do not focus as much on the outcomes as you do the process of learning. Make sure your children are involved, surrounded by positive people, and work with the intention to become the best versions of themselves!

Junior Prom

Junior Prom was a success Saturday evening in the Student Center. The theme was Casino Night. More than 250 students attended the event and showed their Raider Pride! Congratulations to Joe Rome and Emerson Dirk for being recognized as our King and Queen, respectively. Thank you to all of our staff who volunteered to support the evening to keep our students safe.

Dual Enrollment

On Monday, June 6, 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm, we will be hosting a virtual parent information session for families to learn about all of the dual enrollment opportunities available, including the Liberal Arts Degree Pathway, P.L.A.N. program, and dual enrollment. Dr. Henry Jackson and Jim Hauentstein will be joining us to present their programs, and I will invite all guidance counselors to attend as well (they will be paid if they attend). The attached flier will go out from our office to all parents grade 8 and up, and I will ask the supervisors to have all teachers post it in Google Classroom as well.


On Wednesday, East Student Council brought back the Dodgeball Tournament after a long hiatus. The tournament consisted of 10 teams, which played a double elimination bracket for the title. Teams decided on a name and matching attire, and an award was given out for the Best Dressed Team. The Mystery Gang, adorned in their Scooby Doo costumes, took home that award. The Mystery Gang consisted of Joe Rome, Luke Barber, Joe Scala, Mike Bruno, and Max Huttemann. The finals of the tournament were a best 2-out-of-3 format, with The Ninja Turtles securing the crown over the Godfathers, The Ninja Turtles team consisted of Coach Petrosino, Dante Carr, Anthony Encarnacion, Nino Scala, and Bobby Sabatino. They won trophies, tee-shirts, and Wawa gift cards. The tournament was well-attended, and we hope to make this a bigger and better event in the years to come. Sara Herbst and Emily Naecker ran the show, and all of their organization and hard work paid off.

HSE Garden Dedication Ceremony

High School East will host a grand opening for our new garden at our dedication ceremony to be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022. The garden is located south of the gymnasium past the Wellness Center. The garden consists of a vegetable garden area and a "Sweet Shells" intention garden, which our special needs program students will maintain. Peace Poles, created by several of our school's clubs, will also be installed prior to the ceremony. Special thank you to Mr. Scott Kenny for all his hard work to make this event a possibility! You always go above and beyond Mr. Kenny.

College and Career Presentation

Topic: You're 18....Now What?

Former Raider, Matthew Donahue, spoke to the kids about adult responsibilities as an 18 year old. Mr. Donahue spoke about social media and impacts to future employment. He also spoke to the kids about creating a living will, financial responsibilities, and police interactions as an 18 year old in the eyes of the police. Mr. Donahue is currently practicing law and wanted to give back to his alma mater. Thank you Mr. Donahue for your support of our students!

HSE Color Run

I would like to thank Mrs. Ashley Fitzgerald and her Interact Club members for their successful Color Run this past weekend! Our group ran/walked for The American Cancer Society and our very own Life Skills Program! The event was fun for all involved!


Interested in sending your favorite senior a message with a bag of Hershey Kisses to be received on graduation day? If so, complete the order forms which will be sent home to all senior parents this week. Messages are $3 per 'Kiss'! Please return order forms to Mrs. Erin Cosentino by Friday, June 10, 2022.

Counselor Newsletter

Please check out Ms. Bush's Newsletter @