Toms River High School East

Newsletter - March 21, 2022

Dear Families,

How is your bracket doing? I'm doing ok, but never expected Saint Peters to beat Kentucky and Murray State. However, I'm happy to see a New Jersey school doing so well! I drove down to Annapolis to visit my parents for an evening and then took my daughter back to college following her spring break on Sunday. Busy weekend!

We concluded our State NJGPA testing for our juniors, recognized our Teacher of the Year and Educational Service Professional of the Year at the Board meeting, held our School Improvement Club meeting and participated in our monthly Activity Day to promote inclusivity! Great job Raiders!

Women’s History Month

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, will host a virtual program featuring a panel of diverse female healthcare professionals. All youth in grades 5 -12 are invited to log in for what will be an inspirational and empowering career exploration event. Students will also have the opportunity to interact with our panelists and ask questions. Registration Required: Attached are the event flyers along with the links to social media posts below in both English and Spanish.

Spirit Week

We began Spirit Week this week! We celebrated St. Patrick's Day on Thursday and Raider Nation Day on Friday!

Indoor Color Guard!

Congratulations to our Indoor Color Guard for their performance this past weekend Monroe Township High School. We placed 6th in the SRAA Division with a score of 67.2 - almost 5 points higher than our last show a few weeks ago! We are proud of you!

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Activity Day

"Our mission as a team is to cultivate a community of educators, students and members of our community who strive for educational equity and culturally responsive classrooms and teaching practices. We are dedicated to learn from and relate respectfully with people of our own culture as well as those from other cultures."

Our students worked VERY hard on creating an activity period that is completely run by our Equity Team and were really excited to present it to the school on Friday. The students created the idea, filmed, edited and scripted the video played to our student body on inclusivity. Teachers engaged their students in meaningful discussions and prepared cultural links as part of the activity.

Guidance and Weekly Information

Students who are interested in attending vocational school next year should speak to their guidance counselor about visiting a vocational school program to gain first hand knowledge about the program. Student visitation week is March 29th - April 1st. The 8th Annual Spring College Fair is on Wednesday, April 6th at HSE from 5pm-8pm. See flyer for registration information. Spring 2022 College Fair flyer. The registration deadline for the May 7th SAT is 4/8/22. Register at Please be sure to turn in your community service hours no later than Wednesday, May 4th for those hours to be totaled for this year's Spirit of the Raider Award. As a reminder, students who receive 40 hours or more of logged hours of community service each high school academic year (June to May) will be invited to attend the Community Service Breakfast. New scholarships are available on the HSE Guidance website. Check out the multitude of new scholarships recently added!

School Improvement Club

We met after school on Tuesday and completed several tasks in support of our goal to refine our physical environment to reflect school values. We are promoting pro-social behavior, a welcoming and family environment, inclusivity, high expectations, safety and purpose! In support, we hung up staff degree certificates (where they attended college and characteristics they value in successful students), identified signage for the building, created a parent information bulletin board, created stairwell stickers that depict school values, and created a Google Classroom along with flier templates for our clubs and organizations. Great job kids!

Request for Community Service Hours

Please be sure to turn in your community service hours no later than Wednesday, May 4th for those hours to be totaled for this year's Spirit of the Raider Award. As a reminder, students who receive 40 hours or more of logged hours of community service each high school academic year (June to May) will be invited to attend the Community Service Breakfast. This event honors those civic-minded students where they receive the Spirit of the Raider Award.

Future seniors who log 160 hours or more of community service receive a cord to wear for graduation. Due to the limitations brought on by COVID-19, only the current senior class of 2022, may log 140 hours in total for all 4 academic years to be eligible for their community service cord.

Students can receive a log card at the front of the Guidance Office. Log cards can be turned into the volunteer box in the Guidance Department. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Bush.

Great Job!

I would like to thank Emily Naecker for filling in for Hannah Fuschetto Wednesday evening at the Board Meeting under short notice. Emily arrived and presented East information expertly and represented our school with pride! Thank you Emily!

Board Meeting!

Congratulations to Mr. Jamie Dirk and Mrs. Ann Millard for being recognized by the Board Wednesday evening as our school's Teacher of the Year and Educational Service Professional of the Year, respectively!

Military Club

Our Military Support Club has a new Instagram account and once a month we have a "Throwback Thursday" posting of former students who served in the military. We would like to expand this to our HS East staff as well. For those staff members who are interested they can add their information the following process:

  1. Go to the TR School District website
  2. Go to "Our Schools" and open the dropdown menu to "High School East".
  3. Scroll down the "High School East Home of the Raiders" page. Look under the "Navigation" menu until you come to "Military Alumni" and activate that button.
  4. Scroll down until you see "Military Alumni Form" and activate that button.
  5. Fill out the form with the proper information and list /STAFF at the end of your name. It is required that you enter a year for "Toms River High School East graduation year"; enter any year to advance and submit your information.

East Happenings!

Career Speakers

Our next Career Speaker will be Shore Builders on March 22, 2022. They will be bringing various professionals from the industry such as tradesmen, an electrician, an architect etc. Shore Builders Association is a group of young professionals that are business owners will be here to meet, discuss, and present various jobs available in the construction/trade industry to high school students who may not be interested in attending college. The Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey is a trade association encompassing all realms of the building industry. From the one-man subcontracting company to national builders, and suppliers to mortgage companies – we form one strong collective. Collaboration and innovation are at the forefront of the Association, allowing our members to make advancements together in today’s ever-changing landscape. The SBACNJ stands for quality, integrity and responsibility, proudly serving Monmouth, Middlesex, Mercer and Ocean Counties

Dual Enrollment

Please join us on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30pm for a Dual Enrollment virtual information session led by Dr. Jackson, OCC's Executive Director of Academic Success. He will discuss the Dual Enrollment program and how high school students can earn college credits during their regular high school day.

Employee of the Week

Mrs. Janine Hatton was recognized as our Employee of the Week! Mrs. Hatton teaches Marketing I and II and is our Spirit Club, FBLA and one of our Student Council Advisors. Mrs. Hatton brings an unbridled passion and commitment to East every day. She loves her job and her students! I appreciate Mrs. Hatton's enthusiasm as it is so contagious! Keep up the great work Mrs. Hatton!

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DJ Schilling!

Mrs. Brooke Schilling ran our staff DJ Day this past Friday! Her playlist included the following songs: What I Like About You – The Romantics; Shoop – Salt N Pepa; Friday I’m In Love –The Cure; Material Girl – Madonna; Tainted Love – Soft Cell; Just a Girl– No Doubt; Numb – Linkin Park; Just What I needed — The Cars; Far Behind – Candlebox; Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore – Reo Speedwagon. Great job!