Toms River High School East

Newsletter - March 7, 2022

Dear Families,

How was your weekend? The weather is turning for the better (temperature). I certainly appreciate walking out of the house without a jacket. Unfortunately, the rain hampered my enthusiasm on Sunday but I am looking forward to better days ahead! If you get the chance, check out, Against the Ice, on Netflix. The movie was based on the true story of Denmark's 1909 polar expedition to claim Greenland. I think it is remarkable the levels the explorers went to for their country!

Teachers Who Rock!

Congratulations to our very own, Mrs. Jennifer Fazzini for being recognized as a Teacher Who Rocks by WJRZ! Mrs. Fazzini teaches AP Biology at East, co-created our Renaissance Program, and is a Student Council Advisor! Check out what was said about her on the radio this week

  • Jen Fazzini is an incredibly dedicated teacher who strives to make her students be the best possible “scientists” out there. Her passion and knowledge for science and biology curriculum is truly amazing.

  • Jen is tough as nails and requires her students to work hard in order to be successful. She is demanding in the classroom, but she still makes learning fun. Jen takes every concern of her students personally. She wants them to be successful by working hard, not giving handouts.

  • In addition to her classroom duties, Jen is also the co-advisor for Student Council, and she encourages her students to experience the best that high school has to offer by being involved in the school community.

  • A graduate of TR East herself, Jen Fazzini promotes her passion for TR every day. She is one of the most respected teachers in town, and she is most definitely a Teacher Who Rocks!

Custodial Appreciation Day!

We celebrated our custodians on Friday as part of our Custodial Appreciation Day! We would like to thank Mr. Nigel Arcia, Mr. Dave Costine, Mr. Joe Falcetrano, Mr. Larry Cruz, Mr. Brandy Clanton, Mrs. Val Brindley, Mr. Mike Yost, and Mr. Gerry Christensen for keeping our school clean and orderly for our students to learn! I know your job is not easy, but you do it every day with a smile and intent to make a difference!

We provided food, kind notes of thanks, and reduced their work burden on Friday to show them how much they are valued at East! Thank you all for making this day so special and to our custodians for taking care of us!

Legally Blonde

The Eastside Theatre Company proudly presents, Legally Blonde, the Musical on March 24th, 25th, and 26th at 7 pm and on the 27th at 2 pm in the Student Center! All guests are welcome to enjoy the efforts of our thespians! I loved the movie with Reese Witherspoon and am looking forward to seeing the Play on stage this year!

Parents, if you are interested in volunteering to support one or more evenings, please email Mrs. Melissa Reimertz at! We would love your support!

District News

To our school families, please be aware that kindergarten registration for the 2022-2023 school year is scheduled to open March 14. Please visit and bookmark our Central Registration page for more information, and please help us spread the word about kindergarten registration to any family members or friends looking to become part of the Toms River Regional Schools family. Thank you.

New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA)

This March, schools across New Jersey will administer the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) in English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The assessments for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics will be administered to students in grade 11 for the purpose of meeting the state graduation assessment requirement. The state-mandated New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment will be administered March 14 - March 17, 2022, with make-up dates from March 21 - March 24, 2022. All 11th grade students should communicate with their respective English teacher to receive their testing room location! Students need to bring a charged Chromebook each day to their testing location!

Senior Credit Recovery

Every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning April 4, 2022 through June 3, 2022, we will be offering an opportunity for seniors (free of charge) to recoup lost credit during the school year. Two sessions will be offered each day, one between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm and the other between 3:15 pm and 4:15 pm. Snacks will be provided during each session. This is a wonderful opportunity for seniors who are in danger of failing to recover credit and to ensure the walk with their peers on graduation day! Please contact your child's guidance counselor for further details!

Get Involved at East!

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Cool New Clubs -

  • Surf Club, Bake Sale Club, Black Culture Club, Debate Club

Guidance and Weekly Information

Starting on March 7th, sophomores will have the opportunity to speak with their guidance counselors regarding their 2022-2023 schedule. Students will be brought to the media center by their Phys Ed teacher during assigned periods. Save the Date. The OCSGA College Fair is on Wednesday, April 6th at HSE. More information to follow. The registration deadline for the May 7th SAT is 4/8/22. Register at Volunteer hours need to be submitted every month. Please drop off your community service card in Guidance. New scholarships are available on the HSE Guidance website. Check out the multitude of new scholarships recently added!

Great Job

Congratulations to Jessie Wittmer and Alyxandra Zimmerman for being recognized for their attendance and academic success this past month! Both students earned accolades from their teachers for their efforts to be the best versions of themselves. Congratulations also to Rose Gonzalez and Grace O'Neil for being recognized as Respectful Raiders this week! Both students identified a peer in need and supported their friend through a difficult situation! I am proud of all of you for being such positive reflections of our school community!

Employee of the Week!

Congratulations to Mrs. Joyce Willie, our District Athletic Secretary, for being named our Employee of the Week. Mrs. Willie has been a long serving member of our school community and has done an outstanding job over the years supporting our students, parents, and staff. Mrs. Willie always has an answer to a problem and provides a bright and smiling face in our hallways. We appreciate Mrs. Willie for all she does!

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Seniors - Share Your Plans!

Seniors, take a moment to inform us of your post-graduate plans (college/career). I will highlight seniors in future newsletters! Here is the link:

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