Colts Neck High School

November Newsletter

From the Principals Desk

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we move towards Election Day on November 5th I want to take a moment to highlight Ensuring Excellence, the Freehold Regional High School Districts referendum. This referendum will allow us to address critical infrastructure projects without raising taxes. I urge all parents and voting age students to look over the information on the referendum below and vote on November 5th. Our plan is to enhance building security, make critical infrastructure upgrades, modernize classrooms, and update athletic facilities all without an increase in the Freehold Regional’s current tax levy by repurposing expiring debt to issue new bonds in order to complete the proposed projects. These projects are a necessity, and by funding them through a referendum, the state will pick up 24% of the total cost of the project.

The referendum is even more critical in the face of the state aid cuts the FRHSD is facing. As you may know our district’s state aid funding is due to be cut by more than 50% over a several year phase in period. This will require meaningful cuts to programs and services that distinguish this district in the State of New Jersey. While the referendum will not solve the state aid issues we are facing, its failure will make the situation worse. The infrastructure upgrades included in Ensuring Excellence are critical to running the district, and will need to be completed.

The FRHSD spends $3,500 less per student than similar school districts, yet we are able to accomplish so much and still be fiscally responsible. When you consider Colts Neck High School’s accomplishments alone, you get a sense of the quality of our student’s experience.

  • 2018-2019 Mock Trial State Champions
  • 2018-2019 NJROTC Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation
  • Numerous Shore Conference, Sectional and State Championships in 2018-2019
  • Opening of our state of the art Mathematics Laboratory funded through a competitive grant
  • $19 Million in scholarship money by the class of 2019
  • 92% of our students in the class of 2019 went on to colleges and universities
  • More students enrolled in AP Classes and are succeeding: Consider that in 2013 only 578 students took an AP Exam, in 2019 594 students achieved a 3 or above. .
  • Almost 33% of our students are enrolled in at least 1 AP class.

These are just a few highlights of the well-rounded educational experience our students receive in the FRHSD. I hope that you will vote on November 5th, and consider investing in the continued success of our students.


Dr. Donahue


FRHSD Ensuring Excellence

A proposal to reinvest in our schools without raising property taxes. For more information please click on the link below. PLEASE VOTE NOVEMBER 5TH

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FRHSD: Ensuring Excellence Overview

What's Happening at CNHS

Week of Respect

Peer Leaders wrote inspirational messages in the court yard, promoting a culture of respect.


October 19th was homecoming. We celebrated with a great pep rally and a big win by the football team. Congratulations to Tom Lidondici & Madison Flynn-Homecoming King & Queen.
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Magnet Program Open Houses

Recently CNHS hosted our NJROTC and Law and Public Service Magnet Program Open House's for 8th grade students.

Check the Paw Print-CNHS Student Newspaper

Highlights from our Athletics Teams

The Colts Neck Cougar sports teams collectively have been very successful this fall and are on the precipice of their postseason runs.

  • The Football team is rolling at 6-2 and has a shot at the playoffs.
  • The Field Hockey team finished their season 15-3-1, making it to the Shore Conference and NJSIAA playoffs.
  • The Boys Soccer team made a run in the Shore Conference Tournament, losing to Freehold Township in overtime in the semifinal round on Saturday October 19th; this was the team's first Final Four appearance since 2001.
  • The Girls Soccer Team made a run in the State Tournament and plays in the sectional semi-final on Monday, November 4th.
  • Our Cross Country teams captured B North divisional titles on October 2nd at Holmdel Park. It was the fourth straight and 13th overall division title for the girls and the 11th overall division title for the boys.
  • At the Monmouth County Championships, the Girls team took 2nd overall and Lilly Shapiro won the sophomore race, while the Boys finished 4th overall and Matt Bogdan placed 3rd in the junior race.
  • At the Shore Conference Championships Lily Shapiro won the girls race, and Matthew Bogdon finished 4th for the boys.
  • Our Gymnastics team has a successful season qualifying several for post season championships.
  • A special thank you to Student Council and the Spirit Committee on doing such an excellent job with the Pep Rally and the Homecoming Dance. The students had a great time at both events!

Student Achievements

Lily Shapiro races to the finish line to capture the Shore Conference individual Championship in October

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September Students of the Month

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September Athletes of the Month

Congratulations to our September Athletes of the Month as nominated and voted on by our fall coaches:

  • Female Varsity: Jess Thesing (Field Hockey)
  • Male Varsity: Tom Lidondici (Football)
  • Female Sub-Varsity: Madison McSorley (Volleyball)
  • Male Sub-Varsity: Michael Bartelli (Soccer)

PE Students of the Month

Congratulations to Jake Burdge and Ashley Jordan on winning October Physical Education Student of the Month. These students have been acknowledged for their exemplary performance in class

Important November Dates at CNHS

  • School Closed November 7th & 8th
  • Battle of the Classes November 13th 6:00 PM
  • Parent Conferences November 14th 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Partial Day November 15th
  • Fall Drama: DNA: November 21st & 22nd 7:00 PM
  • Fall Drama: DNA: November 23rd 2:00 & 7:00 PM
  • Partial Day: November 27th
  • School Closed: Thanksgiving Holiday: November 28th & 29th
For Athletic Schedules Please click the link below