Toms River High School East

Newsletter - November 8, 2021

Dear Families

How was your week? I hope you had fun! I went to Rehoboth, Delaware for the Sea Witch Festival on the 30th and 31st. The town really gets behind the Halloween Spirit! Lots of fun! We went to visit my parents in Annapolis, Maryland afterwards and spent a day in the downtown area. I always enjoy walking around the historic town! For the rest of the week, I worked on my deck with our SRO (Tommy Herbst) and did things around the house. I am ready to get back into a routine again and looking forward to this incredibly fun month of the year!

Spirit Week!

We celebrated Spirit Week the last week in October. We celebrated Decades Day, Country vs Country Club Day, Squad Day, Pajama Day, and Halloween Costume Day.

Halloween Spirit

We celebrate Halloween in style at East! The kids prepared all week for the Safe Trick-or-Treat on October 29 by decorating various doors throughout the lower hallways. We held our annual Halloween Costume Contest on the 29th and then hosted our parade throughout the hallways! After school, we welcomed in our little trick-or-treaters as part of our Safe Trick-or-Treat event! The kids did a great job and I could not have been more proud of them!

Congratulations to our Costume Contest Winners:

  • Best in Show - Nicole Rosas
  • Most Original - Julian Saar
  • Best Group - Ryan, Jason and Jose
  • Funniest - Leonardo Batista
  • Scariest - Elizabeth Tschirpke

Congratulations to our Guidance Department for winner the Staff Costume Contest this year. Their theme was Jurassic Park! Great job ladies!

Special thanks to our Thespians for their impromptu rendition of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown during Safe Trick-or-Treat! Loved the show!

Safe Trick-or-Treat

Genesis Parent Workshop

We held a workshop for parents on October 26th in the Media Center to support how to navigate Parent Portal. Special Thanks to Mr. Mike Nichol and Mrs. Liz Rodriguez for their help that evening along with our wonderful Spanish Heritage Club members!

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DART Youth Prevention Training

Student volunteers participated in our D.A.R.T Your Prevention Workshop this past week. Students learned the importance or connecting with others as a form of drug prevention. #dartyouthprevention...#rwjbanabas

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Career Day

Donna Velardi from the Ocean County Prosecutors Office presented on the topic of Forensic Nursing on October 28, 2021 to interested students.



Congratulations to our girls volleyball team for reaching the South Jersey Group IV State Sectional Final! The girls will compete against Toms River High School South at 4:30 pm in OUR gymnasium Tuesday (November 9) afternoon. I am encouraging all Raiders to come out to support the team as we compete for the title!


Congratulations to our gymnastics team for their 4th place finish at the State Sectionals Tournament this past week. Christine Vincent scored a perfect 10.0 on her vault and subsequently is the SJ Group IV State Sectional Champion. Christine also won the Shore Conference vault competition this past week, scoring a 9.85! Good luck Christine as you pursue the overall Group IV title!

Respectful Raiders!

Congratulations to Ryan Seaman for being recognized as a Respectful Raider this week! Ryan demonstrated integrity while taking a test in his Spanish class. The answers to the test were highlighted in the electronic portion of the test and Ryan reported the issue to his teacher. Great job Ryan. I admire you!

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Empowering Parents Workshop

On October 27, we held a workshop for parents to support our school direction by articulating what our students should be able to think, do, and say after 4 years of education at HSE. The parent group went through a process and eventually came to a group agreement that all graduates should:

  • Have the ability to learn from failure and to be more resilient [Growth Mindset]
  • Be socially involved and engaging [Interpersonal skills]
  • Understand the value of money [Life skills]
  • Be personally accountable
  • Own a community mindset [Civic Responsibility]
  • Be patient and know how to gather information
  • Be self-motivated

If you were unable to attend, please feel free to complete this Google Form Survey to provide your input as we define our school direction and what we will hold ourselves accountable for!

Need Help With Your College App?

Our Guidance Department is offering College Application support every Tuesday for interested seniors during Period 7 in the Guidance Office. No appointment is necessary.

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Mrs. Sheryl Middleton for being selected as our Employee of the Week. Mrs. Middleton had been a Main Office Secretary since she began her employment at High School East. However, due to budget reductions, was asked to share responsibilities between the Main Office and Guidance until her transfer to the Guidance Office full time. Mrs. Middleton came to work every day with the same positive spirit and willingness to help others! I appreciated her kindness and professionalism to make the transition seamless! Thank you Mrs. Middleton for going above and beyond!

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Senior Photo

The Class of 2022 collected their Senior Photo on Thursday, October 28. The kids signed their traditional graduation gown depicting their commitment to graduate. We read the following announcement to them prior to the photo:

"This year, the members of the Class of 2022 will be participating in our Commitment to Graduate initiative. Seniors, as you walk down to the stadium this morning to take your class picture together, we will be asking you to sign the East graduation gown. By signing this gown, you are making a commitment to graduate. You are pledging to work hard, stay focused and fulfill all the necessary requirements to graduate high school.

Not only are you making a personal commitment to graduate, but we encourage you to support one another on the road to graduation. We pride ourselves at East for being a family and family means no one gets left behind. By signing this gown, you are committing to support and inspire each other in the hopes that on graduation day you will all once again be together to receive that well-deserved diploma."

Raiders March On!

The following is from the President of All Shore,

I wanted to take a minute to thank you all for your participation in the All Shore Marching Band Festival last Wednesday. Your band's performance helped bring All Shore back to in-person events--and did so on a high note! All of your performances were filled with energy, and showcased the time and dedication your students and staff have poured into this year's field show. More importantly, your students were well behaved and respectful when they weren't performing and this helped to create the electric atmosphere for the other bands.

As the president of All Shore, I couldn't be prouder of your students for their dedication to music and their laudable character. We look forward to seeing you at next year's marching band festival, as well as at jazz and symphonic band auditions.

Great job Coach Miller and Strohmetz along with our incredibly talented musicians!

Special Education Parent Advisory Group