Mariner Weekly

Monday, November 16, 2020

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Good Morning Mariners!

I'd like to begin this week's message with a discussion clarifying our district's reporting protocols with regard to Covid 19 exposure and how it relates to our school.

Ocean County Department of Health and CDC guidance protocols are followed in addressing incidents of COVID-19. When we are notified of a student and/or staff member who has tested positive, we will immediately initiate our notification and response plan to identify close contacts (6 feet for 15 minutes or greater over a 24 hour period of time). The Ocean County Department of Health is consulted on every COVID related case in order to make the most informed decision possible. We will inform families and staff via email of the positive reported case in a general school-wide notification letter (adhering to privacy requirements). We will follow-up with an email and phone call for close contact notification and an email for casual contact notification to all relevant staff/families. Impacted school spaces will be deep cleaned to ensure a safe instructional environment.

To clarify, you will not receive a close or casual contact letter if the positive COVID case does not affect your respective child. You will only receive the school-wide general notification letter.

The respective school-wide notification letters that were sent on Friday were cases that originated from off-campus events. Students and staff have NOT been identified as close contacts related to these events on school property as students and staff are wearing masks and appropriately social distancing.

Attention Vocational Students and Parents!

Your child now has access to the Daily Covid Form four days per week. (Monday through Thursday) Please fill this form daily whether you are in person in our building or virtual. This will help us ensure that everyone is healthy and accounted for.


Congratulations to our November Students of the Month, Rebecca Mendoza and Ved Jain!

Rebecca is a member of our Varsity Tennis team and is active in the Class of 2021, Roots & Shoots, and Captain's Crew. She is a member of the Writer's Club and volunteered at Fresenius Medical Care. Rebecca has achieved High Honor Roll throughout high school and is currently ranked 8th in the senior class. She was recently named an AP Scholar with Honor. In addition to academics, she is bilingual in Tagalog, and has musical experience in chorale, guitar, piano, and violin. After graduation, Rebecca plans to attend Ocean County College through the NJ Stars Program before transferring to Rowan University majoring in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.

Ved serves as the Vice President of our National Honor Society. He is a member of our Golf and Math League teams. Outside of school he co-founded a non-profit called Share a Smile that helps people in need all around the world. Ved is a National Merit Commended Scholar and has achieved High Honor Roll status every marking period in his high school career. He would like to major in Computer Science at either Carnegie Mellon, Brown, or Stanford University.

Congratulations to our Staff Member of the Month, Mrs. Meredith Brooks!

Mrs. Brooks has worked as a Social Worker at North for the last 15 years of her 19 year career. She created and currently oversees our District Guardianship Program. This program is the only one of it's kind in New Jersey! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going to the beach, bike riding, and exercising. Mrs. Brooks loves the comradery that exists with our staff and students. She is proud to be a Mariner!

Special Education Parent Advisory Group

The Toms River Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) will hold its first virtual meeting of the year on Tuesday, Nov. 17th from 6pm-7pm. The topic is "Back to Basics" and will include information on related services, IEP meetings, evaluations, and topics related to virtual instruction such as the instructional model and behavior strategies for remote learning.

Please join them via the following link:

*This link is also posted on our special education (SEPAG) page on the District website.

Media Center

Greetings! All books and ukuleles are due back to the Mariner Media Center from Monday, November 16th through Friday, November 20th. If you have items that have been overdue for over a year (or two, or three), this is a great opportunity to return those materials and have all late fees erased!

Students can choose to browse for books in person or order them for checkout remotely; a video with directions on how to do the latter is located under the catalog on the Portable Mariner Media Center. Books will be delivered to students in class or will be available for pickup in the office for students who are learning remotely for the entire year.

Several of our policies have changed for 2020-21; read HSN's Mariner Media Center re-opening plan here:

Students can earn an hour of volunteer time by writing an online book review in our catalog; reach out to Ms. I for more information, or if you have any other questions: