Toms River High School East

Weekly Principal Newsletter: September 26th, 2022

Dear Families,

We had a great week here on Raider Way. On Monday and Tuesday I met with each of the four classes in the cafeteria for our yearly assembly. The students were polite and respectful! I went over the expectations of a Raider and introduced the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Some of the highlights of the assembly included Habits #1-3:

  1. Be Proactive- take responsibility for your life
  2. Begin with the End in Mind- Define your goals
  3. Put First Things First- Prioritize, and do the most important things first
Student will continue to hear more about the habits on a daily basis! I also emphasized that East is a FAMILY. We need to look out for one another, support one another and care for one another. Part of being a family involves keeping drugs, violence, bullying and weapons out of OUR HOUSE! Every student deserves the right to come to school to feel comfortable and safe. We will continue to emphasize these concepts throughout the school year.

I met with the entire staff on Friday for our monthly faculty meeting and reviewed procedures and updates for September. I thanked our staff for a smooth opening! Finally, I finished up the week with an enjoyable football game under the lights! Great WIN for East football! I would also be remiss if I didn't mention the outstanding half-time performance for the East band. It was the first time I can recall seeing a stunt in the middle of the show, great work!

Have a great week!


Seniors of the Month- September

The September female senior of the month ranks in the top 10% of her class. Her ability to balance a challenging course load with a demanding extra-curricular schedule is unparalleled. Words used by teachers and advisors to best describe this senior are hard-working, polite, and ambitious. She is a student in the STEAM Academy, a selected member of the National Honor Society, co-president of the Thespian Honor Society, highly involved in the school musicals, an active participant in East Ambassadors, a Representative of the Class of 2023, and Student Body President. It has been said of this female that “She is a ‘go-getter’, certainly worthy of any recognition that comes her way.” Congratulations to the September female senior of the month, Kira Jacobus.
The September male senior of the month is in the top 10% of his class. A perfect example of a student-athlete, this senior dedicates himself to both his academics and extracurricular activities, approaching all his endeavors with a positive attitude, exceptional motivation and unwavering drive. Words used by teachers, coaches, and advisors to best describe this senior are dependable, goal-oriented, accountable, and resilient. He has been described by one of High School East’s staff members as “a highly motivated student who is always supportive of his classmates’ successes”. This senior is a student in the STEAM Academy, an athlete on the Ice Hockey and Baseball teams, a selected member of the National Honor Society, an active participant in East Ambassadors and Key Club, and hoping to reinitiate the Fishing Club here at HSE. His commitment to community service outside of school is quite impressive, and most recently he took a lead role in developing a sensory room for Autistic students at Hooper Avenue Elementary. Congratulations to the September male senior of the month, Jake Verdon.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that from September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month? This time honors the contributions of Latino people in the USA. It started in 1968 with the National Hispanic Heritage Week declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1988, President Ronal Reagan extended the week to a month. The date is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, México, and Chile. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within these 30-day period.

¿Sabías que del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre Estados Unidos celebra el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana? Durante este tiempo se celebran las contribuciones de los hispanos en Estados Unidos. Empezó en 1968 como la Semana Nacional de la Herencia Hispana declarada por el presidente Lyndon B. Johnson. En 1988, el presidente Ronald Reagan la extendió por un mes. Esta fecha es significativa porque se celebra el aniversario de la independencia de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, México, y Chile. También, El Día de Cristóbal Colón o el Día de la Raza, el cual es el 12 de octubre, cae en este periodo de 30 días.

Parent Portal-Genesis Parent Night

Are you having trouble navigating Parent Portal or can't sign in? Come to the media center on October 19th at 6pm. We will be giving a presentation in ENGLISH and SPANISH to help you!
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All our welcome at the monthly PTO meetings September 27th at 6pm in the Main Office Conference Room. I will be discussing monthly happenings with the PTO and discuss the school year initiatives.
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Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Mrs. Schindler who was presented with the award from Mrs. Walters! Mrs. Schindler has taken on a new teaching responsibility this year and is doing a great job! She and her journalism classes are running our school social media. If you have not followed it on Instagram, I highly recommend it! Tretoday_theraiderway Great work Mrs. Schindler!

Chat with the Principal

Thank you to the parents that attended the Google Meet chat this month. Save the date

( October 17th @ 9am) for the next Chat with the Principal:

Guidance Weekly Updates

1) The Early College Program (Dual Enrollment) registration deadline is 9/30/22.

2) The PSAT is on Tuesday, October 25, 2022 for 10th & 11th graders. No registration is required.

3) Financial Aid Night is on October 26, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the HSE Student Center. Flyers will be mailed home to all seniors.

4) The OCSCA College Fair is on Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 6:00pm in the HSE Student Center.

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5) The SAT is on November 5, 2022. Registration deadline is 10/7/22. Register at

6) College/University representatives are coming to HSE to conduct information sessions. Please sign up in Guidance. For a full list of the Colleges and Universities visiting our Guidance office please our College and Career website or click on the link: College Rep visits

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Curriculum Corner

This week, Mrs. Julie Clark designed an interesting and interactive physical education lesson to teach her students the finer points of scoring in a golf game. Students took turns working in groups to kick a ball into a hula hoop target, counting the number of "strokes" taken to meet the objective. Mrs. Clark laid out a simulated "golf course" on the field hockey field, and students navigated their way through the "holes." Student teams utilized a scorecard to determine their number of strokes for each target, and then used the terms bogie, par, birdie, eagle, and albatross to classify each attempt. A great time was had by all on a beautiful fall day outside!

Mrs. Gregorek began a new and exciting LATIC (Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom) unit with her STEAM Academy Biology class. Students will have the opportunity throughout this unit of study to select from a variety of self-guided learning experiences to cover a variety of topics related to the biological molecules such as proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and carbohydrates. Students will be completing group lab activities, working with partners on station activities, and completing individual web quests and online interactives. These activities will help students lay the foundation for understanding the building blocks of living things!