Toms River High School East

Newsletter - February 7, 2022

Dear Families

How was your weekend? I really didn't do much, which was nice! I caught up on a few emails and began reading my new book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, by Sean Covey. I would like to create a culture in this building that better supports students as leaders. We are moving in the right direction, but this will take some time. If you get a chance, check out Netflix's Nightmare Alley. Good acting and unique storyline! I think you will enjoy!

Black History Month

Shania Murat and Nyall Troy have been doing a wonderful job presenting daily announcements to recognize Black Americans who have contributed to the growth and development of our country. This week, we recognized the accomplishments of Mae C. Jemison, Mark E. Dean, Dorothy Johnson Vaughan, and George Washington Carver.

As an additional Black History Month resource, please see the Ocean County Library's eNewsletter. It includes the library's BHM calendar of events, which is open to all. It also includes Films provided by Kanopy and a Book List by NoveList, and those are available with an Ocean County Library card. Anyone without a library card can apply online or at a local branch to access these and many other resources

Month of Love

We love our students and appreciate our staff for all they do in support of student success. We recognized staff members, Mrs. Rachel Calhoun, Mr. Charlie Diskin, Mr. Nigel Arcia, and Mrs. Laura Morgan. We recognized students, Erin Mitchell, Lea Ferrari, Kaylee Urbanski, and Nicholas Pobol. Congratulations to all of our recipients and thank you to our local organizations who graciously donated prizes!

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Senior Spotlight

Parents, this is the time of year when our seniors begin receiving notifications from the college application process. I love sharing out happy information to our school community. Please click on the link and fill in the appropriate information for me to post in our weekly newsletter if there is something wonderful you would like me to share regarding your child's college or career plans!


Congratulations to Erin Beaudry, Olivia Casella, Aliya Nagaria, and Venisse Mandanas for their 3rd place finish in the 200 free relay yesterday at the shore conference swimming championship.

Our boys bowling team finished 3rd in the Ocean County Tournament on Tuesday, February 1. Congratulations!

Freshmen Lunch Academy

Check out this month's agenda - Building Resumes!

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

1) The counselors visited the English classes to give students scheduling information for the 2022-2023 school year. Course requests will need to be entered via parent portal from 2/11-2/25. Scheduling information can be found on the guidance counselor's Google classroom. 2) The registration deadline for the March 12th SAT is 2/11/22. Register at 3) The registration deadline for the April 2nd ACT is 2/25/2022. Register at 4) The Early College Program registration deadline for Spring 2022 is February 18, 2022. Early College Spring 2022. 5) Volunteer hours need to be submitted every month. Please drop off your community service card in Guidance. 6) New scholarships are available on the HSE Guidance website. Check out the multitude of new scholarships recently added!

Casino Pier will be coming to HSE on February 16, 2022 and February 17, 2022 to discuss summer employment opportunities.

HSE Colorguard supporting the Pittie Project

This past Sunday, Vanessa Barberi, Brianna Byrnes, and Izabelle Skertsdad volunteered their time for Pittie Project fundraiser held at Waters Edge in Bayville. This organization provides awareness and education as well as spay and neutering for bully breeds. Great job ladies!

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College Spotlight

Each Friday, the students receive a College Spotlights of the Week posted in their school counselor's Google Classroom. These spotlights come from colleges and universities who have sent updates and information to our office. The post then connects them to our College and Career website (under "Selecting a College that Fits) where they are spotlighted in detail with direct links. This is worth noting as these spotlights feature application fee waivers, new majors or university expansions, or special events to name a few.

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Respectful Raiders

Congratulations to Charlie Cunningham, Doaa Jamil, and Kelsey Broderick for being recognized as Respectful Raiders. Charlie returned the belongings of another student to the Main Office while Doaa and Kelsey were kind enough to bring Donuts to school to the Main Office! Thank you Charlie, Doaa, and Kelsey for being proud reflections of our school community!

World Down Syndrome Day

We are celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on March 21, 2022. We are selling t-shirts to help raise awareness. All proceeds will go to fund community outings for our special needs students. Payment can be dropped off to Mrs. Emily Basenfelder and/or Mrs. Karen Shaunessey.


Mrs. Ann Millard created out Student 4-Year Scheduling Guide for parents to complete with their child. Attached are forms your child will be provided during this week's scheduling meetings. We would like our students to complete their vision for their tenure as a Raider to provide clarity for the graduation process. All of our forms will be posted on the Google Classroom of your child's counselor.