“East…Always Moving Towards Excellence!”

Our mission is to work with the school community to provide a safe educational environment where students are stimulated to become lifelong learners, equipped with the knowledge and analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills to meet the demands of college and/or careers as informed citizens in a globally competitive market.

Greetings Raider parents, guardians, and friends,

Calling all former Raiders!  I met with Mr. Rob Goodall and his team of former alumni Monday evening to discuss creating an East Alumni Association to reinvigorate the athletic culture in our building.  Speaking to Mr. Goodall, there is a groundswell of interest by former Raiders to support a project to raise funds for athletic banners in our gymnasium.  I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about former individual and team athletic accomplishments in the 1980’s and the pride Mr. Goodall had for his former school.  The group established a Facebook account and will be putting out information about the project.  I look forward to reconnecting to our alumni and moving East forward through this positive relationship.

Our very first PTO Gift Auction will be held this Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center.  We have sold approximately 400 tickets and will be looking forward to a fun evening with East friends.  I cannot thank enough the efforts of our PTO ladies.  They have been working very hard for several weeks now simply for the benefit of our school.  I admire their efforts and the passion for doing something so positive for East.  I will recognize the ladies at the event Friday evening and sharing out the information in our next Newsletter!      

A great big thank you to Jersey Mike’s on Fischer Boulevard!  Jersey Mike’s will provide a free regular sub to anyone who donates a minimum of $2.00 to High School East!  I am aware that our sister school was provided the same opportunity and they earned approximately $4,000 for school funds.  The money we gain will be used to support our school growth initiatives and individual student needs!  The fundraiser takes place between April 25th and April 29th.  I hope you will be able to support!  Thank you Jersey Mike’s for being such a wonderful partner in our commitment to produce well-educated and highly ethical graduates.

Week in Review

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Welcome back Mr. PARCC, we missed you!  We began testing our 11th grade ELA students Monday morning.  Fortunately, our students and staff are well versed in the procedures and we were able to begin the testing window without incident.  The students were well behaved.  Please reinforce with the child the importance of doing your very best!  PARCC testing will be in place through May 11th.  We ask parents to please respect the testing environment, ensuring your child comes to school every day, is on time, and comes to school ready to learn (respects peers, staff, school policies, and does his/her best).  

Our Peer Leaders held a workshop on Thursday and are preparing for our Freshman Transition Meeting on the 29th of May.  Dr. Robin Lowery held a De-Escalation Workshop after school Thursday for interested staff members on tips to de-escalate potentially volatile school scenarios.  The workshop is designed to support at-risk student needs in the classroom learning environment to promote personal and academic achievement.

We sent a group of students to the Youth Wellness Summit.  It was a wonderful experience for our students as they were provided good information for our staff in the area of helping to prevent teen suicide.  We are planning to turn key the information to our students and staff at a later date.  

I met with our Maintenance Department Friday morning to discuss our Military Wall Project, which is spearheaded by Security Officer Mr. Scott Kenny and our Military Club members.  We discussed reducing the cost by doing the work ourselves.  We plan to break ground in July and expect the project to ready for the opening of the school year in September.  We also discussed reconstructing Room E-06 to become our new Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab.  We are also reconstructing Room E-08 to become our new Autism Academy Life Skills Classroom.  Exciting things ahead!

Mr. Scott Kenny attended the Military Ball Saturday evening along with our Military Club members.  We acknowledge and respect those who serve our country!

Athletically, our boys lacrosse team beat HS North and Jackson Liberty this week!  Great job Coach Alfieri.  Our tennis team beat Barnegat, but lost to Brick Memorial and Central Regional.  The boys track team beat HS South and competed at the Central Relays Friday afternoon.  Our boys golf team beat Brick Township on Thursday!  Congratulations.  Keep working hard kids, your efforts will pay off!

Congratulations to Jack Goodall and Peter Wilenta for being recognized for excellence as they were acknowledged as a part of the All-Shore Academic Football Team.  Jack and Peter were recognized at a brunch ceremony on Sunday with their families and coaches!  Congratulations Jack and Peter for being positive reflections of our school community!

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mr. Dan Batchelor for his passion to inspire young computer engineering minds.  I always find it fascinating when I pop in for a quick observation of his class.  I observed our students creating 3-D images which would be used in the 3D printer to produce the respective object.  Mr. Batchelor loves his subject matter and his students – great job Mr. Batchelor!  I wanted to acknowledge Mrs. Monica Santamaria for getting our PARCC testing off the ground without incident.  Mrs. Santamaria has spent the past several months working meticulously to ensure we are meeting the testing expectations and providing the best possible environment for our kids!  I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Supervisor, Mr. Charlie Evers, for always being there for us at East.  Mr. Evers supports our testing process and is in the process of working hard to provide East with a deserving replacement for Physics Teacher, Mrs. Cathy Angilletta.  Great job to Ms. Ashley Fitzgerald!  Ms. Fitzgerald is such kind and supportive teacher in our building.  Every Friday, she goes to the Cafeteria and welcomes students into the building as part of our High Five Friday!  She begins the day on a positive note!  Thank you Ms. Fitzgerald.  Finally, I would like to acknowledge Mr. Kevin Kanarkowski.  I stopped in this week and observed a wonderful lesson on Stress.  Mr. Kanarkowski talked about various types and reasons for the behavior and how to alleviate.  Students were actively engaged and appeared to enjoy the dialogue with their peers and teacher!  Keep up the great work Mr. Kanarkowski!

Congratulations to Mrs. Suzanne Signorelli for being named our Employee of the Week!  Mrs. Signorelli was chosen for her devotion to the Robotics Team, who will be competing at the Nationals in Detroit this week.  Mrs. Signorelli has been working day and night for the past few weeks procuring the funds for the trip and to ensure the team is prepared to best represent East.  We wish the kids all the luck as they will travel to Michigan.  I look forward to the valuable information they bring back to move our program forward!  Thank you Mrs. Signorelli for being a positive reflection of our school community.

Ms. Fitzgerald’s 100 Things to do Before You Graduate

59.  Give a freshman good advice.

58.  Study for a test.

57.  Dance at prom.

56.  Don’t worry so much.

55.  Stay off social media for one whole day.

54.  Stop comparing yourself to other people.

53.  Do your homework in the library after school.

52.  Stop complaining.

51.  Go to Driftwood for lunch.

50.  Leave a nice note on your friend’s car.  

I will include 10 or so each week.  Thank you Ms. Kelly Fitzgerald for your list!

Freshmen Academy/STEAM

Mr. Kevin McCann and Mrs. Erin Anders presented March Academy Awards out to our students this week.  Congratulations to the following recipients:


Most improved - Angelina Magliaro

Most spirited -  Alexa Carr

Character education - Faith Dionio

Best all around - Nicholette Fournier


Most improved - Gabriella Longo

Most spirited -  Natalie Dudar

Character education - Julia Bonafide

Best all around - Peyton Jensen


Most improved - Thomas Doneman

Most spirited - Aisling Jones-Wollerton

Character education - Jake Piantanida

Best all around - Jack Bratten

Attendance Matters

Congratulations to Angelia Rizzo, Mollie O’Donnell, and Justin Tucker for being recognized as our Monthly Perfect Attendance Winners for the month of March!  Congratulations to Dennis Carrino for being recognized as the winner of our perfect attendance winner for the year to date!  Congratulations also to Mr. Ed Goodman’s period 1 class for winning the Homeroom with the best overall attendance for the month of March!  

Evaluating March attendance data, we are observing similar trends with absences and lates month to month.  I have observed a slight leveling off of our growth based on an evaluation of the data this year in relative comparison to last year at this time.  We have noted a total of 41 more yearly absences this year in comparison to 2017 at this time.  We have additionally noted 25 more lates to school in the relative comparison.  We observed poor attendance in January and February, which contributed to our lower numbers.  However, this March, we observed approximately 9 fewer absences and 114 fewer lates in comparison to March 2017.  Friday was our most problematic day for absences, averaging approximately 103 per day.  We observed more total students who were absent (36) comparing March 2017 to 2018.  We observed approximately 9 fewer overall students who were late March 2017 to 2018.  As noted in previous newsletters, our seniors are our most problematic group concerning absences and lates to school.  

Cuts appear to be the same (noted 4 fewer this month).  Our cuts are primarily a reflection of our lates to school (students who are written up for exhibiting excessive lates to period 1).  We hope to address all of our other cuts through out Behavior Hearings.

To address, we continue to reinforce the importance of coming to school every day, on time, and ready to learn through our various Attendance Committee initiatives.  Please discuss with your child the importance of school attendance to individual success.  This message needs to be uniform from the school and the home to make our commitment successful!

I provide our staff with a detailed report each month highlighting the data.

Character Counts

Congratulations to Qua’Djea Thomas and Frank Murphy for being selected as our March Character Counts Students of the Month!  Both students were selected by their peers and staff for being positive reflections of our school community.  Both students were deemed to best represent the pillar Citizenship.

We noted approximately 242 referrals for the month of March, up 49 from last March.  The nature of the referrals of concern is the same.  We are looking at cuts, insubordination, disruptive behavior, and lates to school.  I hope to begin the process of putting a dent in the cuts resulting from students who arrive to school and subsequently cut out of periods 2-8 through the Behavior Hearings (we began addressing the most problematic issues last week).  The following is a breakdown of the percentage types we observed for the Month of March:  Cell phones (4.5%), cuts (25.6%), cutting detention (2.9%), disruptive behavior (12.4%), drug policy (2.1%), inappropriate behavior (0.8%), insubordination (14.4%), lates to school (26%), lates to class (1.7%), truancy (0.8%), fight (1.2%), smoking (2.1%), and school policy (5.4%).

We plan to continue to address by reinforcing our values inherent within our Character Counts Pillars.  We educate, hold students accountable, apply our Chart of Infractions consequences, and are looking at our Behavior Hearings as another component at addressing the targeted behavior.

Tips to Improve School Outcomes

Practice moral courage, be honest and reliable, treat everyone with respect and courtesy, take responsibility for your mistakes, ready every day, arrive on time, have a question – ask your teacher, have a problem – tell your teacher, drink lots of water, exercise regularly, and eat properly, get enough sleep,  and stay drug free!  

The above are tips from Good Habits, Good Students by Eric T. Macknight.


I ask that we continue to remind our children of the importance of coming to school every day with the intent of doing our best.  This mindset is so very important to creating a culture of excellence at East.  If we can develop this mindset, think how more productive we will become in terms of preparing our children for their future college and career endeavors.

This Week at East

Our Relay for Life begins on Monday.  Our Curriculum Committee reconvenes on Monday afternoon.  I will be meeting with our Senior Graduation Committee members on Tuesday during period 7.  We will discuss the graduation ceremony.  Our Climate Committee meets after school on Tuesday.  Our I&RS Committee will meet on Wednesday.  We will conduct a Pay It Forward activity on Wednesday during lunch periods.  Our Senior Parent Reception will be held on Wednesday evening in our Student Center.  Wednesday is also Secretary’s Day (our heroes in this this building)!  Our College and Career Connection Committee will meet after school Wednesday afternoon.  Jersey Mike’s is opening on Fischer Boulevard on the 25th and is generously donating proceeds to HSE.  Anyone who goes between the 25th and the 29th can receive a FREE SUB with a donation of $2 or more to HSE!  Not bad!  Our One ACTS will be held at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Thursday evening and our PTO Gift Auction will be held at 5:30 p.m. this Friday evening!  Big week – we look forward to your support in moving East forward!


April is Autism Awareness Month.  We will be conducting activities throughout the month in support of our East students!  The OCPGA is holding their 4th annual Spring College Kick-Off Fair on Wednesday, April 11th at 6:00 PM at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena (Formerly the Pine Belt Arena).

If your child is interested in pursuing a career in the hospital setting as a healthcare or service professional, we are holding interviews for sophomore and junior students in May.  Limited positions are available.  Applicants must apply by May 1, 2018.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office.


April 16-18 – English 11

April 19-23 – English 10

April 24-26 – English 9

April 30-May 2 – Algebra II

May 3-7 – Geometry

May 8-10 – Algebra I


If you have an interest in joining the PTO and supporting our worthy causes, please email Mrs. Kim Platten at kimplatten24@gmail.com.  If interested in participating on our school gift auction scheduled on April (27th), please reach out to Mrs. Platten.  


I would like to thank The Olive Garden for their continued support of High School East.  We have received several lunches in recognition of the efforts our staff make to support student achievement.  Thank you Olive Garden, we appreciate you!

Special thanks to our anonymous donors for our Raise Craze Fundraiser!  The donors purchased a 43” LCD Smart Television to auction off in support of our goal to promote positive school behavior!  Thank you!

I would like to thank Douglas and Mary Fantuzzi for their generous donation to our Robotics Club – Short Circuits.  Our Robotics Club growth is dependent upon the acquisition of funds from various community sponsors.  On behalf of Mrs. Suzanne Signorelli and Mr. Walt Patelunas, I would like to personally thank you for your support of our program.  

I would like to thank CBJ Farms for donating the shrubs/plants for the front entrance of our building for our beautification project.  CBJ Farms is located on 36 Newbold Lane in Chesterfield, New Jersey.  The phone number is (609) 291-9292.  

I would like to thank Chris Rampone for his continued support of our school’s educational incentives to improve school achievement.  Mr. Rampone has generously donated thousands of dollars in coupons to his Jersey Mike’s Subs establishments in Toms River.  Chris is committed to supporting our initiative to improve school achievement through positive school behavior and attendance.  Thank you Chris for all you are doing for East and our community!  

I would like to thank Morano Tours for donating $300 to our school account in support of our attendance and character initiatives.  Thank you Bill Morano your generosity.  The funds will be used to purchase certificates, shirts, and other gifts during our monthly student drawings.  Check out his website, Moranotours.net or call to make a reservation at (732) 237-9977.  Bill was a former teacher at East and is personally connected to our community.

I would also like to thank our wonderful partner, Thompson Health Care, for providing the staff with breakfast on our first day of school.  Thompson Health Care has volunteered to provide food, speakers, and other school-related services in support of our school vision and mission.  Thompson Health Care provides chiropractic, sports rehabilitation, acupuncture, physical therapy, medical pain management and medical weight loss to their patients.


Mr. Thomas, Principal

We at High School East


Anchored in Integrity,

Devoted to Excellence,


Focused on results:

well educated and highly ethical graduates.