Raider Family News

August, 2023

Welcome Class of 2027 & New Students

We are so happy and excited to be welcoming you to Somerset Berkley Regional High School for the 2023-24 school year. It's a new day and a new year and we are eager to get going with our new school year! I urge you, even if you never have before, to get involved in all SBRHS has to offer. I also strongly encourage you to check your email for updates as the administration, teachers and staff utilize this on a regular basis for disseminating information out to our student body and their families. Please take the time to read through this newsletter as it contains some very important information about our upcoming year. We are still preparing, so please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Matthew Talbot as the Grade 9 Assistant Principal for this upcoming school year. Mr. Talbot has been in Somerset and Somerset Berkley Regional School District for over two decades, most recently as the Content Coordinator for the Science Department. He is eager and excited to take on this new role and looks forward to meeting his students and families soon!

On behalf of the faculty and staff, we are dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals and, perhaps, even create new goals that they didn't even know they had! We are here for you to achieve in your academics, but also care about you as individuals and people. If you need any assistance or guidance, please reach out to your teachers, counselors, or administrators--we are all here to help! Work hard and dream big! As some of you are already realizing, these four years go by very fast--make the most of them! We look forward to seeing you soon.


Dr. Susan Brelsford


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Mr. Matthew Talbot

Grade 9 Assistant Principal

Follow me on Twitter: Matthew Talbot @SBRHS_Talbot

Mrs. Kim DoCouto

Grades 10 & 12 Assistant Principal

Follow me on Twitter: Mrs. DoCouto @SBRHS_DoCouto

Mrs. Erica Pereira

Grades 11 Assistant Principal

Follow me on Twitter: SBRHS_Pereira @PereiraSbrhs





Digital Citizens



Technology Night--August 23, 2023--Save the Date

Students that are new to our district as members of the Class of 2027 OR have transferred into any other grade over the summer are invited to attend Tech Night with their families. Here, you will be able to pick up your Chromebooks as long as you have signed the district's Acceptable Use Policy. Families may also want to purchase Chromebook Insurance, which covers costs of repairs. Insurance is optional and is $100.00 ($25 per year). You can pay by cash, check, or My School Bucks.

All students/parents must complete the AUP in order to receive their Chromebook. You can do so prior to 8/23 by completing the attached form. Otherwise, you will need to complete this at Tech Night.

Technology Night Times

Students with last names A-L are invited to attend from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Students with last names M-Z are invited to attend from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please enter through the Student Dining Center. Here, you will be given a paper copy of your schedule. As part of your night, you can walk the school to find your classrooms as well as find and open your lockers.

We look forward to seeing you! Again, please be sure to have the Acceptable Use Policy read and signed before attending (see above).

If you cannot attend, Chromebooks will be available for pick up 8/28 and 8/29, 12pm-2pm in the main office as well as on the first day of school. Again, the AUP must be signed before the Chromebook is given to the student.

First Day of School

The first day of school for all students will be Wednesday, August 30, 2023. It will be an early release for students in grades 10-12 (7:25-11:30 a.m.). Lunch will be a grab and go for any grade 10-12 student interested. From 11:30 a.m.-2:05 p.m., freshmen students will meet with their guidance counselors, teachers and other support staff to assist in the transition to the high school programming. Freshmen will have access to a full lunch selection the student dining center on this day.

Bus transportation is available for all students on this day.

Somerset Berkley Regional High School 2023-24 Schedule

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Lunch is free to all students for the 2022-23 school year.

Who Is My Guidance Counselor?

Your guidance counselor is there to assist you in navigating your four years at SBRHS and beyond. We urge you to get to know your guidance counselor and connect regularly. If you have any questions on your schedule, please do not hesitate to reach out to them via email. If you would like to meet in person, also reach out to them via email or stop by the guidance office (across from the library) to schedule an appointment.

To email your guidance counselor, please click on their name.

School Adjustment Counselor for Grade 10 & 12: Mrs. Tracy Medeiros

School Adjustment Counselor for Grade 9 & 11: Mrs. Ann Nassiff:

School Adjustment Counselor for Programming and Groups: Ms. Alison Loranger

School Psychologist: Ms. Melanie Phruksachart

If you have any questions about any of our guidance services, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Elizabeth Coogan, , Director of SEL/Counseling & Student Growth.

School Supplies

At the high school level, charged Chromebooks and checking email on a regular basis are the essential school supplies for day one! The first week of school, teachers will disseminate syllabi which will detail individual classroom expectations in terms of supplies. Most classes require some type of binder/folder/notebook and, of course, writing utensils. Again, more information will be forthcoming by teachers during the first week of school.

Bus Routes

Bus routes will be finalized when our administrative assistants return in a few weeks. It is important that students are prepared a few minutes early during the first week of school as bus routines get established.

Bus routes do not change dramatically from year to year. So, to get an idea of what bus route your child is on, please see the attached routes from the 2022-23 school year. When we finalize this year's routes, they will be uploaded onto the school website.

Don't forget your summer reading!!

Please note: If you are a junior or senior taking AP English Language & Composition OR AP English Literature and Composition, you have a different summer assignment. Please see below for a link to this assignment.

All other students, Grades 9-12 see below:

-- Students may select any fiction or non-fiction book of interest to them that exceeds 100


--Students may also choose to select from the list of suggested books at the appropriate

grade level (Four titles at each grade level).

--Each list will include fiction and literary non-fiction choice appropriate for a range of

readability and interest levels

-- We have also provided a Summer Reading Graphic Organizer that you may use to

prepare for the fall pre-assessment. (See Summer Reading Graphic Organizer)

-- Each Grade 9-12 Summer Reading list, separate AP English lists, and the Summer

Reading 2023 Graphic Organizer will be posted on the Somerset Berkley Regional High

School Website.

Summer Reading Pre-assessment:

  • The book you read will be used for your Response to Literature pre-assessment prompt in September.

  • The pre-assessment is graded (students will be provided with extra time as needed and requested).

  • The pre-assessments measure students’ independent reading levels which are used by teachers to select appropriate instructional resources and materials.

Students will be responsible for obtaining their book choices:

● At (Paperback or Kindle)

● At local book stores

● At local libraries

Summer Reading Graphic Organizer for Students Grades 9-12 (not in AP ELA courses)

AP English Language & Composition and English Literature & Composition Summer Reading Assignment

For a complete list of all summer assignments for AP classes, please click here.

Check out Raider's Turf our School Store

There are many SBRHS items available for purchase both online and in our school store, located just outside of the gymnasium. Items include jackets, quarter-zips, rugby shirts, dress shirts, raingear, varieties of pajama bottoms, jogger sweatpants, socks and accessories. There is something for everyone. School store staff will notify you of pickup dates when items are shipped. Payment options are as follows: Credit Card, Venmo, PayPal or you may pay cash/check (only) upon delivery when you pick up items at the school store.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Steven Melo at

Register for Fall Sports on Family ID

With the Fall season only a few weeks away, a reminder that the SBRHS Fall 2023 Sports registration on FamilyID is live!

  • Link to: Practice/Tryout information for Fall 2023 Sports
    • Football - starts August 18th
    • Cross Country / Field Hockey / Golf / Soccer / Volleyball -start August 21st
    • Unified Basketball - starts the week of September 11th).
    • Fall Cheer tryouts and FamilyID registrations were already completed. The first day of formal practice will be August 21st. Contact Coach Kristin Smith at if you have any questions.
    • Free preseason conditioning/weightlifting sessions are ongoing. These are not sport specific, but are a great way to get ready for your season. They are open to all students. Please scroll to the bottom of this link if you are interested.

For more information about our Fall sports programs, please contact the head coach or the Athletic Director via email:

Attention all Fall Sport Athletes: Save the Date--Wellness Night

Wellness night will be held on Monday, August 28, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. All fall athletes and their parent/guardian should attend.

Attention Students Interested in Music Extracurriculars

Marching Band Camp: 8/14 - 8/18 from 2:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Interested in being part of the marching band or have more questions? Reach out to our band director, Mrs. Rausch, at

Show Choir Camp: 8/21- 8/26 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Interested in being part of the show choir or have more questions? Reach out to our show choir director, Ms. Medina, at

Fall Play Auditions: 8/30 from 2:15 PM - 5:00 PM

No experience is needed, and all audition materials will be provided to you at the audition. Have questions? Reach out to Mr. Young at

SBRHS Music and Performing Arts Opening Meeting: 9/5 at 5:00 PM

Have questions about what we are doing this year? Stop by this informational meeting! Info about rehearsals, shows, competitions, and more will be provided at this meeting. We will also have representatives from the Friends of Somerset Music to talk about their organization and our upcoming 50th annual Musictown Festival!