Mariner Weekly!

September 13, 2021


Congratulations to seniors Jena Bhandari and Ishan Shah, who have been recognized as National Merit Semi-Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT). Semi-Finalists are recognized as one of 16,000 (Top 2%) students nationally for exceptionally high achievement on the PSAT. The selection score is a combination of the Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. Both Jena and Ishan had a combined selection score of 1510.

Both students will now have the opportunity to continue in the Merit Scholarship competition and advance to Finalist standing by meeting a number of additional requirements.


The first days of school are always difficult with regard to arrival and dismissal. Bus schedules take time to work themselves out, new student drivers need time to navigate, and new parents need time to get used to drop off procedures.

This morning, Old Freehold was clear by 7:10am, so I believe we are moving in the right direction. A few observations that may make the process easier:

1) We tend to be the busiest between 6:55am and 7:10am. Arriving or Dropping before that time will allow for much easier travel with less traffic. Students can sit in the gym until 7am. Free breakfast is available to all students.

2) If you are dropping your child off, please only do so at Door 18 in the back of the school. That area is always monitored and will be the safest. Remember, it will be dark each morning in just a few weeks and dropping in the designated area will help keep everyone safe.

3) Please do not drop your child off on Old Freehold Rd, on either side of the street. This is very dangerous and could have disastrous consequences.

4) All student and parent traffic must enter the campus through the main entrance on Blue and Gold Way (road with the grass divider) and make the right into the parking lot or left to the drop off. Travel should be counterclockwise around the building.

5) Student drivers should refrain from making the left turn directly into the student parking lot from the south bound lane of Old Freehold Road. This entrance is not designed for entrance from the southbound lane and could cause an accident.


As you are aware from the district email, Dr. Genco has designated this week, as mask optional in unairconditioned spaces, due to excessive heat. Masking is still required in areas that are air conditioned. As the weather gets cooler, masking will be required in all indoor areas. Mask breaks will be allowed throughout the day. Student do not have to wear masks when eating in the cafeteria and while outside of the building.

I acknowledge that this is sensitive topic, and I admit that I, personally do not enjoy wearing a mask throughout the day. However, our main goal must be for our students and staff to remain healthy and in school. Please send your child to school with a mask daily. I appreciate your assistance with this moving forward.


Please be reminded that all students should come to school dressed in an appropriate manner while dressing for the weather. Please see our dress code as outlined in our School Code of Conduct. Thank you for your assistance with this.

STUDENT ATTIRE - The administration reserves the right to determine proper and appropriate student dress and footwear that is safe for the school environment. Your Code of Dress should reflect good judgment when selecting school clothes. Any clothing deemed unsafe, offensive, or disruptive to the educational process will be dealt with by the administration. Please be reminded that although fashion changes, we expect:

● Undergarments NOT be exposed;

● Strapless, halter, bandeau or crop style tops, spaghetti straps, half shirts and short shorts may NOT be worn;

● Footwear to be safe and appropriate;

· Hats, hoods from sweatshirts, and other headwear may NOT be worn.

Clothing that is extreme in brevity, transparency, length, tightness may NOT be worn.


All students in grades 6-12 are provided with a district chromebook which will remain in their possession until they graduate from Toms River schools. We are asking for all families to review the student device handbook, which can be accessed both on the district website Parents page at and on the Parent Portal. We are offering optional insurance coverage that parents will have an opportunity to waive in lieu of acceptance of a fee schedule that is outlined within the handbook. Please visit the Parent Portal at your earliest convenience to review the district policies and procedures. All parents are required to either waive or accept the optional insurance by September 30th or the family will be considered as having waived the insurance and will be responsible for the fees as outlined in the handbook. If there are no damages reported within a given school year, the chromebook insurance will carry over from year to year for students who have paid and/or are exempt. Any student who is currently in possession of a district device will be asked to return that device before receiving a new one.


Submit a clothing order for your FREE t-shirt by September 23rd! After that date it will cost $10 for a senior t-shirt! Other clothing options are available. Visit our website:

Senior BBQ is on September 21st. This is a free event that will be from 1:50-4 on the softball field.

Senior Portrait Make-Up Dates

Senior portrait deadline is fast approaching. If you have not had your senior portrait taken yet, there is still time.

The last two make-up dates are Saturday September 25th and Tuesday October 26th.

The photographers from Lors Studio will be in the Media Center from 8am - 2pm on the above dates.

Appointments are necessary.

The appointment schedule for September 25 will open on September 4 and the schedule for October 26 will open on October 5. Contact Lors Studio to schedule your appointment. Lors Customer Service Department 908-964-0847 or Monday-Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm.


Nautical Star Theatre Company

The Nautical Star Theatre Company will host their interest meeting on Monday, Sept. 20 from 2-4 pm in the Blue Cafeteria. Any student who is interested in performing (i.e. acting, singing, dancing) or creative work (i.e. set building, set painting, costume design, makeup design, hair design, lobby design, etc.) are encouraged to attend. We will be reviewing our program and our season. We will also be playing some fun ice breakers and even viewing a performance from our student Executive Board. Questions? Please reach out to Carolyn Little at

National Arts in Education Week

Sept 12 - Sept 18 marks National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education. The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity.

ArtsEdNJ created a video to promote this week and TRN Senior John Claude Yambao is featured in it! John played the role of Shea Crescendo in TRN's 2021 Musical A Killer Party. Check it out HERE. (John is featured at marker 4:17)