From the Desk of Principal Kevin Raylman, October 24, 2022

Toms River High School South Safe Trick or Treating

Calling all local families in our community with little ones! Come out for a FREE FUN SPOOKTACULAR NIGHT!!! Toms River High School South’s Key Club and Interact Club are collaborating to host a Spooktacular Concert/ Safe Trick or Treating event on Wednesday, October 26th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm! The concert will begin in the High School South cafeteria at 5:30 pm followed by safe and fun trick or treating through the decorated halls of our school. All families arriving by 7pm will be able to trick or treat.


Toms River High School South is excited to welcome 14 students and 2 teachers from the Wilhelm-Hauff-Realschule in Pfullingen, Germany, who are currently in town for a two-week stay. These students, who arrived on October 21st, are part of an exchange program run by Mr. DeMarco and Mrs. Walsh. Students spend their time living with host families in the area and attending school at High School South. Various cultural excursions are also part of the program, including trips to the boardwalk, Island Beach State Park, and New York City. Of course, attending football games and the Halloween parade are on the itinerary, as well as participating in the many school-spirit-related activities South has to offer.

The 14 participants from South will then travel to Germany in July for the second half of the exchange, where they will spend two weeks living with families, attending school, and going on cultural excursions to nearby attractions. The goal of this exchange program, now in its fourth year, is to provide students with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience another culture as no tourist can, and to foster cultural understanding and improve language skills.



On Thursday October 6, 2022, you received an email with information pertaining to ordering your child's graduation cap, gown and diploma. If you didn't receive the email, please check your blocked or spam folders as it may be there.

Please review the email and submit the requested information.

If you have any questions, please email dcicala1@trschools.com or call 732-505-5734 ext. 230007.

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If you are interested in purchasing a 2023 yearbook, or creating an ad to recognize a senior, go to the following website: http://www.yearbookforever.com. Once you are there, it will ask you to search for our school. You should enter "Toms River High School South" and it will bring you to the page where you will be able to directly purchase a yearbook or create an ad. In order to be guaranteed a yearbook, make sure to pre-order using the link above. If you have any questions about purchasing a yearbook or ad, you can contact vdemario@trschools.com.
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We are excited to participate in the NJ Department of Education’s Governor’s Educator of the Year Program. This program highlights educational innovation, student learning, and the rewards of teaching. It recognizes and honors the contributions of outstanding pre-K through grade 12 classroom teachers and educational services professionals who possess a special talent for inspiring a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities and are leaders in their fields.

Over the past two and a half years, educators changed the way they delivered instruction. Now, more than ever before, is the time to celebrate New Jersey's outstanding educators.

Nominations may come from parents and colleagues and are due no later than 3PM Friday, November 18, 2022. Our school Teacher of the Year also has the chance to become County and State Teacher of the Year, so the more you share in your nomination, the better! Please click here for details.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rcGRILs-MQ1kMjuS0FFl1IQLGmfnyjuq/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=110000811160699744926&rtpof=true&sd=true

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We are really rocking it here at South! Listen to this…

In Forensic Science, Ms. Marano set up her classroom to include three crime scenes! Students took the role of crime scene investigators in an effort to determine which was the correct scene of a murder. Having learned about Locard’s Exchange Principle, students were asked to follow industry accepted evidence collection procedures in an effort to be sure they were collecting trace evidence that was not cross contaminated. Students worked productively in groups and were asked to consider all evidence and make conjectures.

In Social Studies, Mr. Rodriguez got into character to tell the story of the Mayflower from the settler and from the King’s perspectives. Students analyzed the text of this document and then developed their own modern-day version of the Mayflower Compact. So interesting!! Way to bring history to life, Mr. Rodriguez!

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Council for International Education Exchange

Spend the summer abroad through CIEE (Council for International Education Exchange) is a global non-profit organization that has been providing academic study abroad opportunities for high school students for over 75 years. Our donor generously awards over $5.5 million in scholarships every summer to students who qualify for both merit and financial need scholarships (cover from 10%-100% of program tuition). We offer four week-long World Language programs (French, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, German, Arabic, Japanese and Portuguese), where students can receive 4 college credits through Tulane University. We also offer programs in Science, International Relations, Arts, Business and Leadership (students can receive 12-50 service hours). Picture yourself in one of 30 amazing destinations in Europe, Asia, Latin America, or Africa. Apply by December 1 for a chance to win a free flight! Free Ticket Raffle.

Fill out the Google Form if you are interested in attending the CIEE presentation on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 . Please contact Ann Gural at agural@trschools.com with questions.


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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) will open October 1st for the 2023-24 school year. Seniors and their parents/guardians should file early so that students can find out from their accepted schools what aid they will qualify for. File the FAFSA at www.studentaid.gov.


Financial Aid Representatives from Ocean County College will be at High School South on Wednesday, November 2, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to assist parents and students file the FAFSA. This is an excellent opportunity to complete this very important step in the college/higher education application process. Please use the form at the link listed below to sign up for the event by Friday, October 28. A confirmation email will be sent for your requested time on Monday, October 31. There are two sessions available: 6:00pm-7:00pm and 7:00pm-8:00pm. Please sign up for only one session.

(NOTE: A student does not need to be planning to attend Ocean County College to take advantage of this event. Because Ocean County College is our local community college, this is a FREE service they offer.)


Students may sign up to visit these colleges through their guidance counselors google classroom..
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ESL Night School for Adults

We are happy to announce that we have been approved to bring back the ESL Night School for Adults program. As we see that our community is becoming more culturally diverse, this is a great opportunity to broaden communication and enrich relationships with the families we serve.