Husky Highlights

February Newsletter

Principal's Corner

I would like to personally invite all members of the Matawan Regional School District community to participate in the Strategic Planning Renewal Committee. Please see the invitation below for more details.
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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 February tutorial schedule below.
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Husky Athletics


Student-Athlete Signing Day - Wednesday, February 5th


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

  • Jaysen Kalieta - The George Washington University - Baseball

  • Kaitlyn Knauer - Centenary University - Softball

  • Dayna Moyer - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - Track & Field - Pole Vault



Sports Physical Submission for Spring Sports Participation Deadline 2/25/20

Attention all student-athletes interested in joining a spring sports team (baseball, softball, boys spring track, girls spring track, boys tennis, special Olympics basketball and track, challenger softball, intramural volleyball, intramural golf, and spring weight room): The deadline for submitting your updated Family ID Registration and your updated sports physical is 2/25/20.


Family ID registration link - closes 2/25/20

Deadline for submitting updated sports physicals to the school nurse - 2/25/20


An updated sports physical is required for after school training in the weight room.


Family ID registration for spring participation is still required, even if If you have an updated sports physical on file from participation during the fall and/or winter.

Wrestling

The Matawan Huskies wrestling team has put on impressive performances despite injuries and sicknesses throughout the lineup. The Huskies lost to top seed, Wall, in the Central Jersey Group 3 Section by fifteen while missing three starters from the lineup. The team also nearly upset Colts Neck, who was ranked #10 in Monmouth County. The biggest win of the year was on January 25th when the Huskies defeated Holmdel, who was ranked #7 in Monmouth County at the time. Recently, nine Huskies were selected to compete in the Shore Conference Individual Tournament. David Rubin finished 3rd at 113 lbs, Kamrin O’Neil was top 6 at 126 lbs, and Adam Coleman finished top 8 at 145 lbs. Also competing were Ricky Gomez (106), Lee Rubin (120), Damiano Rotolo(132), David Quinlan (152), Lance Santos (170), and David Ounoha (220). The Huskies now enter the team state tournament as the 5th seed against Rahway before looking toward competing at the District Tournaments on February 29th.

Boys Basketball

The boys basketball team is coming off a successful month of January. The team has been in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 for two weeks and has been as high as #7. The boys have qualified for the state tournament starting in March and are playing to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament. The Huskies are led by their six seniors: John Beukers. Zaire Williams, Niles Haliburton, Ethan Okello, Carlos Zeno and Elijah McKenzie.

Girls Basketball

Congratulating to seniors Bryn Radvanski and Mia Williams who have been dedicated student-athlete leaders for the past four years. Bryn Radvanski was recently honored by the NJSIAA at a luncheon for National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The tandem of Gianna Aiello and Jada Allen have been competing at a very high level. Kaitlyn Givens and Megan Stuart have been providing with some much needed support when needed. Bryn Radvanski, Skylar Parris, and Colleen Lillis have also been looking sharp and making strong contributions as well. The team has had an exciting season and has hopes of being a contender in their section this year. They are looking to finish strong and and have been getting better everyday.

Boys Winter Track

The boys winter track team has seen a lot of growth this season. Young sophomores such as Dan Poncio (athlete of the week winner) and Aidan Corpus have made big strides in the 55 meter hurdles and 55 meter dash events. Carter LoPresti is showing the rest of the team that it is possible to run a personal best every time you touch the track as he has shown tremendous improvement in the 1600 and 3200 this year. The boys are being led into the State Sectional Meet by junior Jack Gardell who is looking to compete for the top spot in his 3200 race. Seniors Jayden Getter and Samuel Onuoha have both reached their best efforts in the hurdles and shot put respectively. While the boys will have a tough time being crowned Sectional Champions this year, they look to have several athletes qualify for the Group Championships and Meet of Champions. Great season and good luck!

Girls Winter Track

Congrats to the Matawan girls track team on their overall team performance at the Monmouth County Championships. Matawan placed 3rd overall with over 30 teams competing. Congrats to the three Monmouth County Champions: Cassandra Daniele, Latiesha Small, and Dayna Moyer. Also medaling for the lady Huskies with a 4th place finish in the shot put was Emma Garafalo. At the Shore Conference Championships, Lateisha Small medaled with a 4th place finish in the shot-put and Dayna Moyer with a 3rd place finish in the pole vault. Good luck competing at the State Sectional CJ Group 2 Championships on February 15th!

Bowling

The boys and girls bowling teams have had great seasons. The girls went undefeated in the Shone Conference North A Division with a 45-0 record. The girls team won the Bayshore Holiday Classic Tournament and senior Faith Smith captured both the high series for the day as well as the Individual Girls Championship title.They came in 2nd place at the Monmouth County Tournament with senior Laura McConnon scoring the high series for the tournament. Laura also won the high game (221) and high series (547) at the Warren Wheeler Tournament. The girls came in second in the Group 2 Central Jersey Sectionals and will be competing in the state finals soon. The boys team had some ups and downs, but finished the season with a divisional record of 24.5 and 20.5. Junior Aaron Reingold has had a great season in both matches and tournaments. He had the overall high average for the North A Division at 205. Aaron took home the Individual Championship title at the Bayshore Holiday Classic tournament as well as the third high series at the Central Jersey Winter Classic Tournament (703). Aaron placed third in the Shore Conference Individual Tournament and placed 17th at the Central Jersey Sectionals which earns him a spot at the state individuals finals. Junior Lucas DiGregorio finished the season with the top high game in the North A Division with a 276 and took the third high series at the Warren Wheeler Tournament.

Cheerleading

The cheerleaders have been having a great time cheering for the boys and girls basketball teams this season. Congratulations to all of the seniors! The team wishes you the best of luck in your futures.

Challenger

As January comes to a close, the Challenger Sports team is winding down it's eighth successful basketball season. Congratulations are in order as Alyssa Varga completes her seventh season and Adam Leventhal finishes up his fifth. RJ Pluff, Ryan Willcox, and J.J. Jackson showed an outstanding display of skills. Newcomer Carly Villanueva proved to be accurate from anywhere within 2-point range. Gavin DeChristopher brought a passion for the game and improved his skills. Buddies Andrew Myerson, Mike Mallozzi, Nick Glende, Bryn Radvanski, and Owen Renschaler all provided excellent leadership of our athletes.

Unified Bowling

The Matawan Regional High School unified bowling team continues to impress as they near toward the end of a very successful inaugural season. The Huskies finished 1st in their division and competed for the Group A Championship on Monday, February 10th against Ewing High School. Senior co-captains RJ Pluff and Carly Villanueva bowled for the Huskies. Other varsity bowlers competing for the championship included Brendan Pluff, Kieran Wingler, Alexa Cecere, John Jackson, and Ryan Wilcox.

Nurse's Corner

February is national heart month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. But don’t be frightened by this information, heart disease it is the most preventable disease. Making healthy choices, managing health conditions, and recognizing symptoms of heart disease are essential for combating the disease.

Here are some tips to get you started:

Eat Healthy

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables

  • Eat more whole-grain foods

  • Use liquid vegetable oils such as olive, canola corn or safflower as your main kitchen fat

  • Eat more chicken, fish, and beans instead of other meats

  • Read food labels to help you choose healthy foods

  • Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars

  • Aim to consume no more than 2400 milligrams of sodium per day

  • No more than one drink per day for a woman and no more than two drinks per day for a man

  • Watch your portion size

The American Heart Association recommendations for overall Cardio Vascular Health are:

  • At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes OR

  • At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and

  • Moderate to high intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits

The American Heart Association recommendations for lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol:

  • An average of 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times per week


Preparedness is critical for any emergency. Know your warning signs for a heart attack and a stroke.

Heart Attack Warning Signs:

  • Chest discomfort which is feels like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain

  • Chest discomfort which last more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back

  • Discomfort in other areas of the body such as one arm, both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach

  • Shortness of Breath with or without chest discomfort

  • Cold Sweat

  • Nausea

  • Lightheaded

Stroke Warning Signs:

Spot a stroke fast

F: Face drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

A: Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S: Speech Difficulty. Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?

T: Time to call 9-1-1 if the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Cardiac Arrest

  • Sudden loss of responsiveness

  • No response to taping on shoulders

  • Does nothing when you ask if they are okay

  • Call 911 and start CPR


    For more information you can visit www.heart.org

Matawan Aberdeen Educational Foundation

Greetings and salutations from the Matawan Aberdeen Educational Foundation! We are happy to report that all of this year’s grant recipients have received their materials and most have already started to work with their students. As always, we would like to thank everyone who supports the Educational Foundation. We could not award these grants to our teachers without the support from our wonderful MARSD community. To share our excitement, here is a peek into the classrooms where the children are learning through this year's grant projects.


Cambridge Park - Preschool Beetbox / Sarah Bakley

During a Science Eyes small group lesson, the students discussed similarities and differences between vegetables (turnip, beet, celery). They used their senses to explore and learn about each vegetable. The students also listened to a story “Let’s See with Betsy: A Story about Celery.” During another Science Eyes lesson, the students learned about the importance of water and plant survival. They discussed predictions and observations while participating in an experiment involving food coloring, water and celery. They loved being scientists!

Civic Leader Updates

Civic Leaders would like to thank the students and staff for being so courteous to the 8th grade students during their visits in February during the "Husky Preview" program. The Civic Leaders received wonderful feedback from the middle school students and staff. They loved touring the building and learning more about the wonderful programs that MRHS has to offer! Additionally, Civic Leaders will be helping to host the Parents of Special People Snowball dance on February 29th.

Yearbook

Please go to the MRHS website to order a 2020 yearbook and/or place an ad in the yearbook. The yearbook is for sale online until May 2020, or until supplies last.

Dates to Remember

  • February 14th-17th: School closed for President's Day
  • March 13th: School closed for students
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