Husky Highlights

December Newsletter

Principal's Corner


  • College application season is underway. If you have any questions or need assistance with the college application process, please schedule an appointment with your school counselor. Also make sure you are paying attention to deadlines and giving your blue sheets to your counselors at least ten days beforehand.
  • Juniors and seniors- If you need financial aid and are planning to attend the prom, please see your counselor about Cinderella's Closet Prom Boutique. This is an amazing event held in March where you can obtain a prom dress/tuxedo, shoes, and accessories!
  • Monmouth County Vocational School District applications open on January 18th. Please see their website,, for open house dates and details.

College Instant Decision Month

November was Matawan Regional High School's college instant decision month. Among the 9 schools that participated, 43 acceptances were offered on the spot to 30 individual students. There was also scholarship money provided instantly, totaling $530,000. The schools that participated were NJIT, Rowan, Stockton, Seton Hall, Rider, Kean, William Paterson, Ramapo, and Quinnipiac. Congratulations to our students!

After School Tutorial

The purpose of academic tutorial is to ensure student success through targeted instruction aligned with the curriculum of the specific course. Any student struggling in his or her classes can attend after school tutorial for extra help. Please see the December tutorial schedule below.
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Husky Athletics

Congratulations to our Fall Sports Teams & Student-Athletes!

Girls Cross Country

  • State Sectional Group II Meet
  • Cassandra Daniele- Advanced to the Group II Meet & The Meet of Champs

Boys Cross Country

  • State Sectional Group II Meet

Girls Tennis

  • Monmouth County Tournament- Emily Friedman & Rachel Oksa

Girls Soccer

  • State Tournament - Advanced to the Central Jersey, Group II, Sectional Final
  • Shore Conference Tournament
  • Dana Morgan - Shore Conf., B North, All Division / Shore Conf Sr. All-Star Game
  • Kelly Lambertson - Shore Conference, B North, All Division

Boys Soccer

  • State Tournament- Advanced to the North II, Group III, State Sectional Semi-Final
  • Marcelo Colonna- Shore Conference, B North, All Division
  • Mal Mehari- Shore Conference, Senior All-Star Game

Field Hockey

  • State Tournament- North II, Group II
  • Barri Haber- Shore Conference, B North, All Division
  • Brianna Wietecha- Shore Conference, B North, All Division
  • Hannah Certo- Shore Conference, B North, All Division


  • Noah Colleton- Shore Conference, Patriot, All Division Team
  • Devin Williams- Shore Conference, Patriot, All Division Team & Maxwell Award Winner
  • Lucas Castaneda- Lombardi Award Winner

Student-Athlete Leaders

  • Emma Garofalo- NJSIAA Student-Athlete Ambassador
  • Dylan LoPresti- NJSIAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council
  • Lucas Castaneda- NJSIAA Senior Leadership Summit
  • Khoryn Bannis- Monmouth University Women's Leadership Luncheon

The Winter Sports Season has begun. Come out and support the Huskies!

Schedules can be viewed on line at

- Boys & Girls Basketball

- Boys & Girls Bowling

- Boys & Girls Winter Track

- Wrestling

- Ice Hockey

- Cheer

- Dance

- Winter Guard

- Challenger Basketball

- Special Olympics Bowling

Nurse's Corner

December is drunk and drugged driving prevention month!

We all know the effects that alcohol has on a driver. Now, prescription, over the counter, and illegal drugs are entering our society and are creating another potential hazard on the road ways. Whether by drugs or alcohol, impaired driving puts the driver, their passengers, and others at risk. It is a known fact that alcohol impairs drivers’ dexterity. Society is well informed about the dangers of driving while intoxicated from alcohol, while the effects of drugs on driving are becoming more apparent and causing an increased concern for the public and governmental agencies in the United States.

The most recent study in 2013 and 2014 compared information from a study in 2007. Both studies included drug testing and showed that one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could potentially affect safe driving skills. This is an increase from the 2007 results. Through these voluntary studies they are hoping to be able to gain knowledge about how drugs influence driving. Once data is obtained, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Agency (NHTSA) will be able to develop new or enhance existing programs to decrease drug impaired driving.

This is the wave of the future and we will begin to see a lot of initiatives from government agencies moving forward. As of right now, the NHTSA will be starting a national dialogue, developing strong policies, launching a public awareness initiative to stigmatize drug-impaired driving, and exploring innovative approaches to prevent drug-impaired driving. In addition, they will begin an education campaign. Their goal is the development of public education tools and campaigns, including an advertising campaign that focuses on the message that impaired driving includes both alcohol and drugs, pilot testing a training course for prosecutors and toxicologists to help them understand each other’s roles and how to work together when presenting evidence in court, and an administering online training course to help highway safety professionals understand drug-impaired driving and how it differs from alcohol-impaired driving. NHTSA will develop guidance to help States strengthen their foundation for drug-impaired driving programs, including potential legislative changes to test, track and inform enforcement and prevention efforts.

With this being said I hope that everyone has a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season!


Husky families,

Our PTSO is in our second full school year. Your support and help are greatly appreciated as we continue our membership program and kick off our Stop and Shop A + Rewards Program here at MRHS.

Additionally, we will be hosting our spirit wear sale shortly.

There are open positions on the PTSO:
  • Vendor night (2 more coordinators needed)
  • Ways and means (such as app and catalog fundraisers) (2-3 coordinators needed)
  • Clothing drives (1 more coordinator needed)
  • Plant sale (1 more coordinator needed)
  • Friends & family nights at restaurants (2 coordinators needed)

Visit our PTSO page on the district website for information and links to the programs, fundraisers, or positions listed above. Or you can contact us at

We hope you can join us at our next meeting, 1/7/19 at 7 PM!

Thank you,

Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation

Seasons greetings from the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation! Last month, we announced that we had a record breaking number of grant applicants. Thank you to all the teachers that applied this year. Keep using your imagination to ignite your students’ minds and get them excited to learn!

After reviewing many interesting grants, we would like to congratulate the following teachers on being this year's grant recipients:

  • MAMS Disc 9 Golf Hole Course, Nick Vasilenko, MAMS
  • Earth Box STEM Garden Kit, Jacqueline Bliss, MAMS
  • Robotics and Java, Andrea Dandola-DePaolo, MRHS
  • Kindness “Rocks”, Christina Morrissey, Ravine Drive
  • Steel Drum: Real Fun,Lindsey Lorefice, MAMS
  • Tower Gardens in the Classroom, JoAnn Layton, MAMS
  • MAMS Goes VR, Deana Baumert, MAMS
  • Engineering for Preschoolers, Kristy Spagnuolo Cambridge, Park
  • Physics and Philm, Daniel Kaplan/Craig Burfeindt, MRHS
  • Breakout EDU Boxes, Laurie Lubniewski, MAMS

If you would like to learn more about their grants, please go to the MARSD website and click on the “Community” tab. Click on “Educational Foundation” and find “Grants Approved” on the menu to the left. While you’re looking at our webpage, feel free to take the time to learn more about what we do. We hold meetings every second Wednesday of the month and are always looking for new volunteers! Have a question? Email at us at Happy Holidays!

National Honor Society

National Honor Society is busy getting ready for their Induction Ceremony of new members scheduled for January 10, 2019. All are welcome.

Season of Giving

For the past two months the Civic Leaders have been working on their season of giving project. This project allows the students to study citizenship and how to become an active citizen for their school and local community. Their two main projects were the "Students Change Hunger" challenge through the Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank and "Adopt a Family" through the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation.

The Civic Leaders concluded their food drive season on December 10th and delivered over 3,600 lbs of food to the Monmouth and Ocean County Food Bank. This was the most our school has raised for this project ever! The success of this year's food drive is due to the efforts of the school community and local community combined.

During the week of December 17th-December 21st, the Civic Leaders will be meeting with the families they adopted through the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation. Each of these families has a child with cancer, and the Civic Leaders have raised hundreds of dollars to provide each family with an unforgettable holiday season. Through events such as selling ornaments at the St. Clements fair, selling Krispy Kreme donuts, and caroling at the Burger Shop, the Civic Leaders have been able to make sure these children's wish list will become a reality for the holidays this year. The Civic Leaders would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported their projects during the past two months, your contributions have not gone unnoticed and are greatly appreciated by the entire class.

Key Club Gives Thanks

This November Key Club members promoted the idea of being thankful in the school community by making a giant banner in the cafeteria saying "We Are Thankful". Members stayed after school on a Friday afternoon and handmade paper items that you would find in a cornucopia and created a "cornucopia of kindness" where students wrote what they were thankful for. Key club will continue to support and lead events in the school to spread kindness this year.

Club of the Month: Huskybots

At Matawan Regional High School, the Huskybots robotics team serves as a creative and educational outlet for students who have identified their passion within the fields of STEM. The team encourages students of all experience levels to become immersed in drafting designs, innovating software, and assembling hardware. In addition to forming new ideas, the team places emphasis on reflecting about past documentation of the robot. This enables the prior errors made to be remedied, and to potentially enhance the performance of the robot. These fundamental skills enable the team to develop a robot that is fit to compete in the international competition called the FIRST Tech Challenge.


The students in the Food and Fashion Club, also known as FCCLA, work together on fun, food related activities. Since the beginning of the year they have participated in a lot of great events, including baking pumpkin muffins and hosting a successful bake sale. The club also plans fun activities outside of school, such as the upcoming trip to the culinary school in Asbury Park. Come to the FCCLA club and bring a friend with you! See Mrs. Claudio with any questions.

NY Jets Sports Business Day

The Business Education Sports & Entertainment Marketing and Academy Computer classes attended the NY Jets annual Sports Business Day. Students learned from Jets executives about how to prepare for a career in sports entertainment, and the people power it takes to run MetLife Stadium during and after football season.

Dates to Remember

  • December 21st- Four hour session, building closes at 12 p.m.
  • December 24th-January 1st- School closed for winter recess
  • January 7th- High school PTSO meeting
  • January 10th- National Honor Society Induction
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