Toms River High School East

Newsletter - March 28, 2022

Dear Families,

Great weekend! The kids did a great job with our school play, the college basketball tournament was exciting, and the Oscars was a good way to conclude the weekend! Sad to see Saint Peters lose, but what a ride. The athletes will remember this tournament for the rest of their lives! Great job to them! Congrats to Dune for their impressive wins all evening at the Oscars. I must admit, I watched the original, but have not seen the re-make. I'll check it out this week. I didn't see Being The Ricardos either, as the Best Actor and Best Actress winners were from that movie! Lots to catch up on!

I really enjoyed watching Legally Blonde this week! The cast and crew did a fabulous job. I appreciated the commitment our students put in on the Play, which truly entertained! There were great messages throughout the Play, scene stealing moments, and just a whole lot of fun! Thank you kids for giving us all a moment to simply detach from our lives and to appreciate the Arts! You all should be proud of yourselves - great job Mrs. M!

Week in Review

We celebrated World Down Syndrome Day on Monday by wearing Blue and Yellow along with crazy socks! Mrs. Basenfelder's students raffled off socks and conducted a trivia game throughout the day to promote awareness and inclusivity!

On Tuesday, our PTO met to discuss our upcoming Pocketbook Bingo event on Friday, April 1, 2022 at HSE. I shared out important end-of-year dates, State Testing, and other miscellaneous items. We are proud to announce that we will be dedicating our Baseball Field to former Coach, Bill Frank this season. More to follow on that! Mrs. Pagano conducted her parent Book Club in her classroom on Tuesday evening as well!

On Friday, I held a Conference-Conference throughout the day to provide our staff much needed social and emotional connections. We are all under the stress from the demands of educating in the covid world and are in need of perspective. We discussed our stressors and re-aligned our focus to appreciate the things we have! We raffled off prizes for those in attendance! Great job everyone for your positive energy!

We concluded our Spirit Week with Rock Your Socks Monday, Cameo vs. Tie Dye Tuesday, USA Day Wednesday, Celebrity Day Thursday, and Business Upstairs and Zoom Downstairs Friday!

Legally Blonde

We gave the kids a pep talk on Thursday prior to the opening show that evening. They were so excited and you could feel the pride! I was very pleased with their efforts and impressed with their ability to balance school and the Play so very well! They are truly remarkable students! I am proud of them all!

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Guest Speaker

We have the president of EPA Financial services coming in to speak to students about general investing and the importance of investing for the future (retirement, etc.). This will be a great opportunity for our students to learn important life skills!

College Fair

Climate Committee

Our Climate Committee convened and discussed next month's activities. We are planning a nice day for our secretaries as part of School Secretary Day on the 27th. We will recognize our retiring staff members at our end-of-year party scheduled for June 1. I will acknowledge our respective staff members in future newsletters! Next week's Friday DJ duties will be handled by Mr. Joel Tourjee followed by Mr. Steve Ebert! Ms. Carrie Bush continues to work hard to stock our school pantry for students in need. If you would like to contribute, please reach out to Ms. Bush at!

Respectful Raiders!

I would like to acknowledge three wonderful young ladies for being such kind individuals. Kayla Sunday, Emma Garbacki, and Georgianna Montano made a point to sit next to a student in lunch who was eating by himself. Their kindness and compassion for another demonstrates the type of character our school hopes to instill in all students! Thank you Kayla, Emma, and Georgianna for being such positive reflections of our school community!

Spanish Heritage Club

The Hispanic Heritage Club together with the Spanish Club hosted the First Spanish Scrabble Tournament. The objective was to get our kids together and to apply their Spanish speaking skills in competitive and fun ways! The winners were:

First place: Catalina Corona & Isabella Colasurdo with 265 points; Second Place: Luis García & Nicole Rosas with 205 points; Third Place: Stefanny Veintinilla & Enid Ortiz with 157 points

Fourth Place: Suheily Medina & Kassandra Molina with 122 points. Congratulations kids!

Peace Poles

A Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its four or six sides. There are estimated over 250,000 Peace Poles in every country in the world dedicated as monuments of peace. Mr. Scott Kenny and Mrs. Christina Gregus Bowker have been collaborating in a school initiative to encourage students and staff in working together to demonstrate hopes, dreams, strength, peace, and encouragement at East. We invite staff and students from clubs, teams, classes, and departments to participate in another incentive to beautify our school and to demonstrate the level of character East represents. Be creative and utilize your individual personalities to create your peace pole.

Many of our clubs are participating and are in the process of creating their poles. More to follow on our installation day!

Employee of the Week!

Congratulations to Mrs. Gayle Robinson for being selected as our Employee of the Week Award! Mrs. Robinson teaches English and simply loves her subject matter. She brings her passion for reading into the classroom environment and works to motivate her students to learn every day! Thank you Mrs. Robinson for being such a positive reflection of our school community!

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Mrs. Basenfelder's Class DJs!

Great job to Mrs. Basenfelder's class for providing our music on Friday! Each student picked a song of their choice and announced the song before playing! Here is their Playlist:

Celebration by Kool and the Gang; King of Anything by Sara Barellis; Shut up and Dance with Me by Walk the Moon; It's a Great Day to be Alive by Travis Tritt; Uptown Funk by Mark Ronsin; My Sweet Lord by George Harrison; Feel this Moment by Pitbull; and We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel. Great choices kids!

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Weekly Guidance Information

Starting on March 28th, freshmen 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. The 8th Annual Spring College Fair is on Wednesday, April 6th at HSE from 5pm-8pm. See flyer for registration information. Spring 2022 College Fair flyer. The registration deadline for the May 7th SAT is 4/8/22. Register at Please be sure to turn in your community service hours no later than Wednesday, May 4th for those hours to be totaled for this year's Spirit of the Raider Award. As a reminder, students who receive 40 hours or more of logged hours of community service each high school academic year (June to May) will be invited to attend the Community Service Breakfast. New scholarships are available on the HSE Guidance website. Check out the multitude of new scholarships recently added!