Toms River High School East

Newsletter - January 3, 2022

Dear Families,

Welcome Back! I hope you were able to enjoy time with your families over the holiday break! My older daughter returned from college with Covid, so our holiday was a little different than our normal. We did spend quality time as a family even though my daughter was in quarantine for most of the break. I watched a few movies, lots of football, and did things around the house.

I always look forward to the start of the year as I take this time to reflect on my progress towards personal goals. Being away from school helps to clear my mind of the distractions that impede growth and to think more clearly how I will adjust my mindset and strategies to move forward. My main goal for our school by June is to establish a more defined structure to integrate stakeholders in the decision making processes with the hope of increasing accountability for personal outcomes. I picked up a book, Leader in Me, over the break which I believe is an excellent resource to affect change in developing our students as leaders. I will be looking to our parents for support and hope you will be interested in adding your value.

Covid numbers are on the rise and we continue to encourage our students and staff to follow the health and safety guidelines highlighted on our school website.

Autism Academy Holiday Festival!

Thank you to our Spanish Heritage Club for hosting this year's Autism Academy Holiday Festival. Our students enjoyed festive music, delicious food, and entertaining games! Great job!

Ski Trip

On Sunday, 1/2/22, the TR East Ski and Snowboard Club took their first trip in 2 years to Windham Mountain, NY. Approximately 40 students with varying riding levels took the trip to New York, which was chaperoned by club advisor Mr. Konopka and Ms. Blondina. The next trip is scheduled for Saturday 2/12/22 to Elk Mountain, PA, and there are still a few spots available! Pictured below is senior Holly Koch

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Parents - Looking for Your Help!

Hello parents and guardians. I would like to hold a brief workshop on January 25, 2002 at 6 pm in the Cafeteria for parents interested in adding their value to our school in support of our mission. I am going to talk to the parents about our goals and current strategies to best prepare our students for their college and career endeavors. I would like to discuss avenues that you may be able to help and to gather your feedback on your needs. Examples of parent support opportunities include (but are not limited to):

  • Career guest speaker
  • Volunteer for school events/activities
  • Academic Tutor
  • Life skills workshops (time management, stress management, organizational skills)
  • Writing college essays
  • Interview skill development and resume building
  • School advocacy committee to develop and promote school expectations
  • Guidance and Main Office activities
  • PTO
  • School safety monitoring (traffic/duties)
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Employee of the Week

Congratulations to Ms. Debrs Gallo for being recognized as our Employee of the Week. Ms. Gallo teaches English and does an incredible job making the subject matter relevant and fun! She loves her students and teaching! She volunteers her time as a club advisor and is always demonstrating a positive mindset! Thank you Ms. Gallo for being a positive reflection of our school community!

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HSE Equity Team

Our team, led by Mrs. Erin Anders, discussed implicit bias in schools and brainstormed ideas to bring to a school-wide activity. I am very proud of this team for their efforts to make our school an inclusive environment!

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Morning Traffic

I have compiled data for the two weeks prior to our holiday break regarding the morning traffic flow. Check out the following to support a more informed arrival time:

  • 6:35 am - 6:51 am (16 min) - Approximately 19.1% of our cars arrive on property
  • 6:51 am - 6:57 am (6 min) - Approximately 17% of our cars arrive on property
  • 6:57 am - 7:09 am (11 min) - Approximately 47% of our cars arrive on property
  • 7:09 am - 7:14 am (5 min) - Approximately 13% of our cars arrive on property
  • 7:14 am - 7:20 am (6 min) - Approximately 3.9% of our cars arrive on property

Evaluating the above, the most advantageous window to arrive to avoid the heavy traffic is between 6:35 am and 6:51 am and certainly before 6:57 am. Remember, the bell rings for students to enter the building at 7:05 am. I am asking our parents to make the appropriate arrangements to arrive to school by 6:51 to ensure your child does not enter the building late. Students are expected to be in their seats ready to learn by 7:15 am. Please make the appropriate adjustments for inclement weather days. Thank you to our parents who ensure their child is on time ready to learn on a daily basis.