Toms River East High School

Newsletter - September 27, 2021

Dear Families,

I hope you had a wonderful week last week and more importantly, a relaxing weekend! On Monday, I attended a Dual Enrollment meeting to discuss the logistics of the Program. Please see below to sign up! On Tuesday, we held our monthly I&RS/504 meetings with our families and our PTO met in the evening to discuss our goals for the year. I brought up the goal to improve our school-home relationships in support of student achievement. We also discussed our fundraising goals for the year. Our PTO will be hosting a Meet and Greet on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm in the Main Office Conference Room! All parents are welcome to attend!

I held our Freshmen and Sophomore Class Assemblies on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively to establish the mindset for success! I will be meeting with our Junior and Senior Classes on the 29th and 30th, respectively. The kids were respectful and I appreciated their attention.

We held our Back to School Night Thursday evening and I was happy to see our parents back in the building. I would like to thank our parents who demonstrated Raider Respect and wore their masks in the building throughout the evening. I am aware we all have our opinions on masks, but I was appreciative to all those who were kind enough to adhere to our mandate.

We held our monthly Faculty Meeting on Friday to discuss the our Start Strong Testing Schedule for October 1-3. Great job to Mrs. Monica Santamaria for her hard work to provide East staff members with the appropriate information.

I attended my daughter's Family Weekend on Saturday at Marist College. It was good to see her and spend the day on the campus doing fun things. I tell parents all of the time to appreciate the time they are here at East, it goes quick and the kids grow up fast!

Class Assemblies

I spoke to the Freshmen students on Wednesday and Sophomores on Thursday. I stressed the importance of developing the MINDSET that our education matters to our future success and that you (students) are the main ingredient as to whether you succeed or fail. We talked about the difficult transition to high school, especially in these challenging times and the personal challenges we are asked to overcome. However, it begins with a belief that you are worth the time and effort. I also stressed that learning can be fun, especially when it applies to building our portfolio (confidence, knowledge, skills) to pursue whatever it is we want to do in this beautiful world. I tried to relay personal experiences, successes and failures with the kids.

My Raider '5' Keys to Success are reflective in the belief that:

  • We appreciate that we are here to prepare for our future
  • We are expected to do our very best every day with integrity
  • Kindness and respect are crucial for our individual growth and that we are a part of a greater good
  • We must be accountable for our personal outcomes

  • We must have fun - be involved

Senior of the Month!

Our male senior of the month is ranked in the top 10% of his senior class and in the STEAM program. He is a student that is described by his teachers as friendly, uplifting and energetic. He is an active member of the High School East community. He participates in Interact, the Writing Center, History Club, Math League, Character Club and Master Choir. This young man is a leader on the volleyball team in and out of school. He is the social media coordinator for the Toms River East Principal Ambassadors where he is usually heading up the Welcome Wagon tours. He is dedicated and always does his best each and every day. Congratulations to our September Senior of the Month, Adaym Corbet.

Our female senior of the month is ranked in the top ten of her senior class. She not only excels academically but is a dedicated member of many extracurricular activities. This young lady holds leadership positions in Ambassadors and Student Council. She is also actively involved in Peer Leadership, National Honor Society and TEAM. She is involved outside of our school community with her dance studio and volunteers her time with the Habitat for Humanity. She is described as a student who embodies the best traits of scholarship, community service, citizenship and accomplishments. She is known by her peers as a person of character and integrity. Impressively, she has had perfect attendance for the past three school years! Congratulations to our October Senior of the Month, Allison Jackson.

Senior Conferences!

Our Counselors will be meeting with our seniors to review the following:

Ocean County College

Are you interested in earning college credits while in high school?

The Early College program offers high school students the opportunity to earn college credits during their regular high school day. These courses are set up through articulation agreements between OCC and TRRS. Each course meets the standards and curricular requirements of a college class taught at OCC.

Click on the google form link below to view available courses, general program information, and the registration form.
Early College Program at HSE

The registration deadline for Fall courses is Monday, 9/27/2021. The registration deadline for year long courses is Friday, 10/1/2021. The registration deadline for Spring courses is February 18, 2022.

Respectful Raiders!

Great job to Justin Veltri for being recognized as a Respectful Raider this week! Justin notified Safety Officer Ralf Solomone regarding a threatening Snap Chat posting which alerted our security and school administration. Justin's actions help to prevent a potential threat to students and staff of our school! Great job Justin!

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Freshmen Lunch Academies

We are beginning our Peer Mentoring Program this week. Here is our agenda:


This past week was a busy week addressing COVID positive students and identifying respective Close Contacts at East. We will continue to be diligent in following our COVID reporting procedures and keeping kids in masks at East to ensure a safe school environment. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to call me at East! I would like to thank our parents for their continued support regarding masks!

We are currently looking into alternative means to provide lunches to students outside of the cafeteria, patio, and Media Center in support of social distancing demands. I will keep you informed as we move forward.


We are hosting a Meet and Greet this evening at 6:00 pm in the Main Office Conference Room. Light Refreshments will be served. All parents are welcome to attend and meet current PTO Board Members and Principal Thomas. We will provide an overview of the program and how we are looking to move forward for this calendar year! Hope to you tonight!

Last week's agenda:

Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Main Office Secretary, Mrs. Brenda Cassidy, for being recognized as our Employee of the Week. Mrs. Cassidy was selected by Mr. Ferrara for her positive attitude and willingness to support her colleagues! Thank you Mrs. Cassidy for being a positive reflection of our school community!

Toms River Teen Library Tour - Teen Program