Toms River High School East

Newsletter - May 2, 2022

Dear Families,

How was your weekend? I spent it doing things around the house! However, it was nice enough to get some sun in the process, so I will not complain! My Vikings botched yet another Draft. They had good picks, traded down, and chose poor players. Well, it is burden of being a Viking fan. Congratulations to Giant fans though. You received two super picks in the first round!

Band Trip!

Our kids are in Norfolk, Virginia participating in the NATO Parade of Nations. They will be visiting the historic sites in Williamsburg while they represent East with pride!


I would like to give a great big shout out to all of our students and staff who worked on putting the event together. I was so proud of them and the evening was extremely enjoyable. I felt the Raider pride again watching the kids perform throughout the night. Special thanks to our Senior Class Advisors, Mrs. Schindler and Mrs. Bowker, for their efforts to coordinate the event. Great job to our hosts, contestants, and volunteers. Mr. TRE 2022 was awarded to Nick Medina! Congratulations Nick! Our Runner-Up was Aiden Sicknick and Mr. Congeniality was awarded to Riley Bufano. Great job kids!

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Great Job!

I am proud to share that Dante Kanterezhi-Gatto place third at the TSA Extemporaneous Speech competition las week. Great job Dante, I know that public speaking is not something most people are comfortable doing!


Congratulations Matthew Bagdi to for receiving a full Navy ROTC scholarship to attend his college of choice. Matthew informed me he plans on attending Virginia Tech and will pursue a degree in engineering. We are very proud of you Matthew.

Senior Graduation Committee

Our Senior Graduation Committee met for our initial meeting on Thursday. We began discussing our ideas for the ceremony. We will meet every Thursday for the next few weeks until we finalize the details. I will report out on our outcomes in our newsletters!

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Administrative Professional Day!

We recognized as our secretaries as part of Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday! It is a day where we honor the ladies who keep our school moving forward and support our professional needs! I have always said they are the backbone of this school - people who are genuinely kind and caring individuals. What I appreciate most about our ladies is how they successfully balance so many variables. They always seem to have an answer for any question and are willing to help out a colleague in support of their respective work. They help to guide our children while developing relationships with our parents, They always act with integrity and pride for our school. I love them all and am thankful everyday to work with such incredible professionals. Thank you for always doing what you do with a smile and positive mindset! Thank you Helen Klem, Lisa Robbins, Lisa Varley, Carol Nigro, Barbara Ennis, Sheryl Middleton, Sue Yajcaji, Trish Hill, Lisa Nigro, Brenda Cassidy, Rose Porzio and Ellen Gaynor! Where would we be without you?

Senior Parent Reception

Thank you to all of our parents who attended our Senior Parent Reception on Monday. Mrs. Fazzini, Mrs. Anders, Mrs. Santamaria, Mrs. Bowker and Mrs. Schindler all presented on end-of-year senior items of concern. Thank you to our Ambassadors for their assistance that evening along with Mrs. Klem and Mrs. Nigro for providing light snacks for our guests! I have also attached my notes from our Senior Parent Reception in case you were unable to make the meeting last week.

WOBM Student of the Week!

92.7 WOBM and Gateway Toyota of Toms River honor Kelly Goodall of Toms River High School East as the Student of the Week. Ranked second in her class and a regular on the Silver Honor Roll she is a member of the National Honor Society, TEAM, Student Government, and Ambassadors. Kelly was captain of the Field Hockey and Basketball teams and also plays on the golf team and has received the NJSIAA Female Student-Athlete Award. She also finds time to volunteer in the community, tutor, and teach CCD. Headed to the Honors College at Rutgers where she will study biology is Kelly Goodall, our Ocean County Student of the Week.

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Media Center Highlights - March and April!

March is Women’s History Month and is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society. The National Women’s History Alliance designates a yearly theme for Women's History Month. The 2022 theme was "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." They chose this theme as "both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history." The Media Center celebrated Women’s History Month through both the numerous featured books as well as the informational posters and resource documents on display. “One Child, One Teacher, One pen and One book can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai

During the month of March, the Media Center hosted the Guidance Counselors as they met with their students to review scheduling for the 2022-2023 school year. Students were able to review their chosen courses and ask their counselors any questions they might have had. For information on scheduling, please contact the Guidance Department.

The Media Center was the location for the New Jersey Graduation Proficiency Assessment (NJGPA) on March 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. Students in grade 11 were tested in both English Language Arts and Math.

High School East's Hispanic Heritage Club partnered with the school's Spanish Club to host the inaugural Spanish Scrabble Tournament. "The objective was to get our kids together and apply their Spanish-speaking skills in competitive and fun ways," said Spanish teacher and advisor to both clubs Liz Rodriguez. Students greatly enjoyed the games and the winners were awarded Wawa gift cards. Please contact Mrs. Rodriguez at for more information on either club.

The Gamers Club met after school in the Media Center on March 16th and 30th. Club members gather to engage in all types of gaming activity, including board games, card games, and electronic games. For more information, please contact club advisor Naomi Holliday at

April is National Poetry Month. Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month “reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters.” The Media Center celebrated with book displays and informational posters and bulletin boards.

April is also School Library Month. This year marks the 37th year that school librarians have celebrated school library month and it was started by the American Association of School Librarians. The theme of the first national observance of School Library Month was "Where Learning Never Ends: The School Library Media Center” and the Media Center joined the celebration as the learning hub of HSE!

On April 14th the Media Center was the location for the Special Education Art Expo. Senior student Nicole Rosas spearheaded the event for her National Honor Society project. Several clubs set up interactive displays for our Special Education students. A great time was had by all!

The sophomore Engineering students from the STEAM Academy met in the Media Center on April 26th for problem solving and critical thinking using the business model canvas. Along with several online speakers, NAVAIR Logistics specialist Tim Sperry spoke with the students and he was followed by Aminka Belvitt. According to the website Women of Influence, Aminka is the “founder of Wofemtech Solutions, an online virtual collective empowering professionals and businesses through video conferencing and online course creation services. Aminka is also the founder of ForUsGirls Foundation, An international community organization provides skills-based, leadership, and mentorship programs for marginalized girls in Canada, the United States & the Caribbean.” Thanks to all who participated for such an educational and interesting experience! For additional information please contact Supervisor of Educational Technology Tiffany Lucey at

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