Toms River High School East

Newsletter - June 13, 2022

Dear Families,

Happy June! Busy, busy, busy around the Home of the Raiders! We are fast approaching graduation and I could not be more proud of the students and staff for their commitment to finishing the year strong. Regardless of a few bumps along the way, we are moving forward!


Graduation will take place at HSE on June 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm. The ceremony will be held on the football field. Mandatory graduation practice will be held in the school cafeteria on June 22nd and June 23rd at 7:30 am. Our Senior Walk will be held on June 22, 2022 immediately after practice. Caps and gowns will be provided to our seniors on the 22nd. Graduation tickets along with handicap parking permits will be provided after practice on the 23rd.

Our STEAM graduation ceremony will be held on the 23rd at 11:00 am in the school cafeteria.

Senior Walk

We are asking any of our students planning to participate in the Senior Walk should complete the Google form link below. This information will be shared with elementary principals and will help each to ensure that they have the identities of the visitors that will be coming to their buildings.

Senior Prom!

The kids looked lovely! I enjoyed the beautiful ceremony at the Mainland Hotel in Manahawkin, NJ. Thank you to our parents for ensuring a safe and orderly event for the kids! Congratulations to Prom King Nick Bengivenga and Prom Queen Brielle Bullock - two wonderfully kind people! The food was good, the snacks delicious, and the company exceptional! Special thanks to all of our staff who volunteered to chaperone and show their support for our students! I hope everyone had a wonderful evening!

Senior Night

Our seniors enjoyed their evening playing games, eating delicious food, and signing Yearbooks. The evening ended with our traditional hypnotist entertaining our kids!

Senior Scholarship Night

Congratulations to all of our Senior Scholarship winners! You are all proud reflections of Raider Excellence - doing your best every day in pursuit of a goal with integrity!

Relay For Life!

Toms River HSE Interact Club and Thespians raised $3,924 for the American Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life! Great job to all of our Raiders!


We are sad to say goodbye to several East staff members who have served our school community well during their tenure in education! Jay McKelvey, Joyce Wille, Tommy Herbst, Karen Seeland and Cheryl Basile - we wish you safety, health, and happiness as you move forward on your next adventure.

  • Jay McKelvey (thank you for always doing what was needed of you in your role as an educator). I appreciated your patience and demeanor to connect with your students. You taught your students the importance of accountability. You’ve had a tremendous career as a Raider….student, athlete, and teacher. You embody the ideals inherent in character and excellence Jay, and I am very proud to have worked with you for so many years.
  • Joyce Willie (thank you for always being so kind and helpful to others). Joyce worked at East as our District Athletic Secretary. She was always efficient and effective at her work. I appreciated Joyce’s ability to make personal connections with others in a very challenging job. You always came to work with a smile and willingness to do your job to the best of your ability.
  • Tommy Herbst (thank you for keeping our building safe). I appreciated your commitment to support student and staff needs while balancing the difficult line of accountability. You always seemed to make things work and support those most in need. You helped to foster positive student relationships through your daily contact with our students.

  • Karen Seeland - (thank you for always directing your students to act with integrity). I appreciated your consistent message to do your best each and every day. Your students respected you and you have made a tremendous difference in the lives of your children!
  • Cheryl Basile - (thank you for always providing the support needed to keep students focused on their learning). I appreciated your energy to come to school and give your best every day!

Retirement Parade

Great job to our Band and our entire student body for their support of our retirees as they conducted their final walk through the hallways of High School East.

National Honor Society

Congratulations to all of our students for demonstrating the virtues of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. We acknowledged our senior members and inducted our juniors at our May 25, 2022 ceremony!

Peace Poles

We installed our Peace Poles this week and will conclude with our ceremony on June 17, 2022.


Great job to our freshman boys baseball team for their Shore Conference Tournament Championship. From what I understand, it is our first in the past 10 years! Way to go boys!

Beachwood Memorial Day Parade

Our Toms River HS East Band at the Beachwood Memorial Day Parade showing their pride for their school community!

Summer School Tuition Assistance

Toms River Regional Schools is dedicated to the academic success of its students. As our community continues to recover from the challenges of the pandemic, we realize that many families are in need of financial assistance to pay for tuition based programs within our district such as Summer School Credit Recovery courses through Educere.

The district has received funding from the federal government that may be applied to assist these circumstances and provide our students with fulfilling their academic needs.

Please complete the following information so that we may better provide financial assistance to those families who qualify.

Student Election Winners - Congratulations!

Bring Your Child to Work Day

We held our Bring Your Child to Work Day on June 3rd. Our staff provided specific lessons led by our respective students in art, science, physical education, social studies, math, and English! It was a wonderful and entertaining day!

Academic Awards!

We held our 43rd Annual Raider Academic Awards ceremony on the font patio on May 27th. I was proud to recognize students who have earned a grade point average of 3.7 or better, received no grade lower than a ‘C’, and maintained honor roll status throughout the year! Each of our recipients prioritized their schoolwork and demonstrated academic excellence. Great job!

East Happenings

East Jazz Ensemble

Great job to Mr. Strohmetz and Mr. Douglass for their efforts to prepare our students for their incredible shows at East and HSN. The kids really enjoyed their time to shine!

SAT and Community Service Breakfast!

We celebrated our students who have earned academic excellence on standardized tests and have given back to their community through various service activities. Congratulations to all of our students for standing out among their peers in their pursuit of excellence!

Dress Like Your Teacher Day!

National Art Honor Society Induction!

Congratulations to our new members of the National Art Honor Society! Each student received a certificate acknowledging their pursuit of excellence!

Early College Pathway

Do you have a student interested in completing a liberal arts degree from Ocean County College before graduating high school? Learn more about the opportunity through this Early College presentation and complete the application of interest linked below. For more information, you can also visit our Dual Enrollment webpage at