Husky Highlights

June Newsletter

Principal's Corner

Another school year has come and gone way too quickly for my liking. The end of the year is always bittersweet. It comes with the beautiful summer weather and a chance to spend time learning away from the school environment, but it also has us saying goodbye to graduating class as they embark on a new journey with great experiences.

At some point, I hope you will come back. Perhaps it is as a guest speaker during Career Day, to catch the next Basie Award winning musical, to check out an athletic event, or simply to arrange a visitation as a guest speaker. Make sure you come back.

At the same time, the start of summer also gets us closer to welcoming a new class of students as they make the journey from Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School to become part of the Matawan Regional High School community. The introduction of new faces means fresh ideas and the opportunity for a new impact to be made on MRHS.

No matter what, we will miss the students who will be leaving, while anxiously anticipating the new group arriving.

Have a great summer, and I look forward to our new start in September.

2019 Final Exam Schedule

Friday, June 14th

7:25 – 7:50 Review class period 1

7:50 – 9:20 Exam class period 1

9:20 – 9:30 Break

9:30 – 9:55 Review class period 4

9:55 – 11:25 Exam class period 4

Monday, June 17th

7:25 – 7:50 Review class period 2

7:50 – 9:20 Exam class period 2

9:20 – 9:30 Break

9:30 – 9:55 Review class period 5

9:55 – 11:25 Exam class period 5

Tuesday, June 18th

7:25 – 7:50 Review class period 3

7:50 – 9:20 Exam class period 3

9:20 – 9:30 Break

9:30 – 9:55 Review class period 6

9:55 – 11:25 Exam class period 6

Wednesday, June 19th

7:25 – 7:50 Review class period 8

7:50 – 9:20 Exam class period 8

9:20 – 9:30 Break

9:30 – 9:55 Review class period 7

9:55 – 11:25 Exam class period 7

Thursday, June 20th

7:25 – 11:25 4 hour session – School is in session

Make-up exams by appointment w/teacher

Friday, June 21st

7:25 – 11:25 4 hour session – School is in session

Make-up exams by appointment w/teacher

Graduation rehearsal

Monday, June 24th

7:25 – 11:25 4 hour session – School is in session

Make-up exams by appointment w/teacher

Graduation rehearsal

Graduation at Brookdale - 5:00 pm

Boys Track

The Matawan Boys Track Team captured the 2019 State Sectional Central Jersey Group 2 Championship. This is the sixth state championship in a row for the boys and the ninth title in the last eleven years. The boys were led by NJIT commit Zach Hall who won the 400, placed second in the 100/200, and anchored the winning 4 by 4 relay team. Other big performances were turned in by Charlie Serrano, Dylan LoPresti, Justin Sumner, Joe Natoli, Jack Gardell, Lucas Castaneda, Anthony Ferrara,Dom Allen, Jayden Getter, Laurence Wilson, Luke Zibbell and Diego Marroquin. Great season, boys!

Girls Track

The Matawan Girls Track and Field Team finished the season strong. The girls took second at the State Sectional Group 2 Championships. Individual champions included Latiesha Small, Tiana Ellis, Angie Golis, Khoryn Bannis and Dymond Bennett. There were several strong performances across the board. Medaling for the Lady Huskies were Khoryn Bannis, Mue Carroll, Tiana Ellis, Rica Ongsiako, Morgan Lapinski, Julia Jankojc, Cassandra Daniele, Gianna Aiello. Great job ladies! Congrats to Mue Carroll, Dayna Moyer and Latiesha Small for qualifying for the prestigious Meet of Champions.

Boys Varsity Tennis

On one of the hottest days of the season, the boys varsity tennis awards were presented in the Media Center. Family members and friends were in attendance and congratulated each team member as they received their awards. Congratulations to our Varsity Tennis Award Recipients:

  • First time varsity letter recipients: David Tauman, Jeffrey Wheeler, Dennis Leonard ,and Brandon Eisenber
  • Second Year pins: Thomas Loniewski, Dave Schiettino, Ed Lei, and Sai Vedagiri.
  • Two players to compete all 4 years: Jarett Zborowski and Saharat Verrier
  • Most Valuable Player Award: Jarett Zborowski
  • Most Improved Player Award: David Tauman
  • Maroon and Steel Award: Saharat Verrier
  • The Team’s unofficial awards: Most Intense-Jeff, Most Competitive-Tom, Team Voice- Brandon, Best Smile and Attitude-DJ, and Best Dressed-Dave


The Huskies baseball team finished the season winning two of the final three games. They suffered a tough loss against the number two seeded Nutley High School. The Huskies defeated Sayreville at Somerset Patriots by a score of 6-4 and then Irvington on senior day with score of 12-2. Matawan has two senior playing in the Shore Conference Senior All Star game: Chris Gendi and Jackson Hercek. Chris Gendi and Jay Kalieta made the all B North Division team. Timmy Egan was chosen in the North/South Underclassmen All Star game. Congrats to all!


The Huskies had a great season. The team played in one of the toughest conferences that included two teams ranked in the top five in the state and a third in the top fifteen. The Huskies entered the state tournament playing number one JFK and came out on top in a 2-0 win. They faced a tough shore conference bracket beating Howell and Middletown South before falling in the semi-finals to the eventual shore conference champions Saint John Vianney. Outstanding season for Husky softball and best of luck to the graduating seniors!

Nurse's Corner

As we draw near the end of the school and look forward to having fun on the hot summer days you need to be aware of some of the health concerns that are commonly found while enjoying the outdoors. Here are some health tips to help you better enjoy the lazy days of summer:

  • Those with asthma generally have more difficulty in the hot summer months due to the humidity which leads to mold, smog and pollen. Continue to take your medicine, pay attention to the pollen levels and stay indoors on days which will increase your risk of an asthma attack.
  • Everyone loves to go swimming just for the fun of it or to try and cool off. Swimmers ear is a common ear infection that occurs to those who love the water. To prevent water from getting stuck in the ear canal, dry your ears thoroughly after swimming or showering by using a towel or you can tilt your head so one ear faces down to allow water to escape the ear canal, then gently pull your ear lobe in several directions to help the water drain out. If the water is still stuck, you can use a hair dryer to remove it. Keep the dryer on the lowest heat setting and hold it several inches away from your head. Ear care is especially important during the summer months when heat and humidity can fuel the growth of the bacteria and fungi that can cause swimmer's ear. Never stick a cotton swab or other object in your ear. Ear wax is a good thing since it helps protect the lining of the ear as long as it is not excessive.
  • Food Poisoning is two times more common in the summer months than any other time of the year. The hot humid weather breeds bacteria that can multiply in food. Prevent food poisoning by keeping perishable foods refrigerated or in a cooler with ice. Food left out of refrigeration for more than two hours may not be safe to eat. In temperatures higher than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, food should not be left out for more than one hour.
  • Heat exhaustion/heat stroke is very common in the summer months. The elder and those with chronic diseases are much more susceptible because they lose their ability to dissipate heat as they age or due to their condition. Cramps, heavily sweating, weakness, dizziness or nausea are all signs. To prevent heat-related illnesses, avoid exerting yourself outdoors during the hottest hours of the day, and seek air conditioning on hot days. Water is essential on those hot days but always consult with your physician as to how much is good for you, especially if you have a chronic medical condition.
  • The most common insect-borne disease in the U.S., Lyme disease peaks during the summer months when people are exposed to ticks in yards and woods. The CDC recommends seeing a doctor if you experience fever, headache, body aches, rash, facial paralysis or arthritis after a tick bite. The disease can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated, it can lead to joint, heart and nerve damage. Prevent tick bites by using a repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET on exposed skin, and one that contains the insecticide permethrin on clothing. You should try and cover up as much of your skin as possible and wear light colored clothing that will allow you to spot ticks easily. Always conduct a full-body tick check after coming in from a wooded or bushy area.
  • Eighty-five percent of people are allergic to urushiol, the oil found in the sap of plants such as poison ivy, poison sumac and poison oak, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Though you can get a rash from a poison ivy plant at any time of the year (even in the winter when the plant has no leaves) poison ivy is more common in the summer when people are more likely to have contact with the plant on their skin. Painful swelling and itching can be treated at home with hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion and an oral antihistamine. But see a doctor if the rash appears on your eyelids, lips, face or genitals, the skin around the rash appears infected, or you have a fever prescription medication may be needed.
  • Sunburn is the most common health issue of the summer. We all love to suck up the rays of the sun but those rays can cause damage to your skin. The damage can be as simple as aging your skin too fast to skin cancer. Your skin type, the sun’s intensity and how long you are exposed to the sun are all factors which increase your risk for a sun burn. You can relieve your sunburn with cold compresses or a bath. Creams or gels may take the sting out but also soothe if you refrigerate prior to use. If you experience a fever of 102 or higher, chills, severe pain, sun blisters that cover more that 20% or more of your body, and/or signs of dehydration like dry mouth, excessive thirst, reduced urination, dizziness or fatigue seek medical attentions. Prevent sunburn by watching the clock, stay out of the sun during peak hours, wear the right clothes such as a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeved shirt and pants, UV blocking sunglasses, and use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside, use even on an overcast day, reapply every two hours or more often if you are sweating or swimming.

Summer is a great time for family and friends. Just be healthy and safe so that you may enjoy the lazy days of summer…

Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation

We hope everyone is welcoming the warm weather as much as we are here at the Educational Foundation. June is a bittersweet time where we say goodbye to the school year and hello to summer. We thank everyone for all the support you have shown us. We could not help our teachers without your help. Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing you in September! If you would like to volunteer, please find us on Facebook or e-mail us at

Kindness Rocks

Mrs. Morrissey, Ravine Drive Elementary School

The second-grade students created kindness rocks as part of a grant from the Matawan Aberdeen Educational Foundation. Kindness rocks are meant to promote random acts of kindness. The students used river rocks, paint pens, and Modge Podge to create the rocks. Students brainstormed inspirational quotes and images during class meetings. In art class, the students painted their words and pictures. The second graders absolutely loved this project! Our last plan is to help decorate the sensory walk at Cambridge Park in May.Thank you for supporting us in this amazing project, we could not have done it without your help.

Tower Garden

Tower Garden Vertical Farm, Room 312

After two unsuccessful attempts at generating seedlings, room 312 has finally started the Tower Garden Vertical Farm. The tower is growing basil, cherry tomato, and cucumber plants. It seems unlikely that we will harvest before the end of school, however with luck, students will see a growth and maturity in the seedlings. The tower will be a focal point for the Unit 5 Research Topics and Presentations which center around Human Impacts to the environment. Some of these topics include the Ogallala Aquifer and agricultural impacts, GMO's and pesticides, overpopulation, climate change, and the global water crises. The tower garden will be used by students to demonstrate solutions and alternative ideas to current practices in order to reduce the human impact on the environment.


Our MRHS PTSO, the newest PTSO in our district, is looking for volunteers to both expand and to replace volunteers whose children graduated/will be graduating.

Open Executive Board positions:
  • Ways & Means (2 volunteers)
  • Treasurer (1 volunteer)

Open Committee positions:
  • Friends & Family Give Back Nights (2 volunteers)
  • Fall & Spring Fundraisers (Online/Catalog fundraisers) (2 volunteers)
  • Vendor Event (2-3 volunteers)
  • Fall & Spring Plant Sales (1-2 volunteer(s))
  • Pretzel Sales (2 volunteers)

For position descriptions, questions, or to apply, visit the MRHS PTSO page on our district website or "MRHS Parents" Facebook page or reach out to us at

Thank you in advance for any time or help you can give!
Matawan Regional High School

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