“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,

I would like to take a moment to thank all of our military families for their service to our country.  Although I have never served, I respect those who have.  I always think of the sacrifices our men and women make to protect our freedom.  When I watched Saving Private Ryan for the first time and observed the destruction when the soldiers charged up Normandy Beach, I wondered how I would have handled that moment at that age.  The movie helped me to better appreciate those who were (and are) willing to sacrifice their life for the well-being of others.  Thank you to all of our East families who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces.  We acknowledge and appreciate you!

Week in Review

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We began our Science Testing Monday morning for all junior level students.  Great job to our students and staff for making this final examination window a success.  Our National Honor Society held their Spring Induction Ceremony Monday evening.  Special thanks to the current members and Mrs. Laura Morgan for organizing a nice evening for our inductees.  Congratulations to all of our new members, I appreciate your commitment to your academics, community service, leadership, and character.  I wish our senior members the best as they have demonstrated a healthy mindset towards personal goals and represented East with pride during their tenure in our building!  

We concluded our Science Testing on Tuesday and am happy to have gone through the past two months between the PARCC, AP, and Science without incident!  I know our students did their best and that is all I can ask for!  We held our Academic Awards Ceremony Tuesday evening!  I would like to congratulate all of our letter winners for all of their hard work over the year.  I appreciate students who are committed to their academics and growth!  I was proud of our kids and wanted to thank them again for being positive reflections of our school community!

Our Chorus held their annual Spring Concert Wednesday evening.  It was a lovely evening as Director, Mrs. Kristin DeLucci, conducted her final as an educator at East.  Mrs. DeLucci will be retiring in June.  Mrs. DeLucci can leave knowing she has impacted the lives of all of her students in so many positive ways.  She is caring, talented and capable of getting others to succeed and to feel good about themselves.  I enjoyed the evening and the quality of the songs she provided.  I was particularly impressed with the large number of alumni who came back to participate in her final song.  Thank you Mrs. DeLucci for bringing joy to our school for so many years.  You will be missed!

Mrs. Erin Anders attended our Ocean County Superintendent’s Breakfast for our Teacher of the Year, Mr. Doug Trumble Thursday morning.  We held our Senior Scholarship Awards in the evening.  Special thanks to Ms. Kimberly Picinic and Mrs. Ann Millard of coordinating and effectively running the evening to perfection.  Thank you to various members of our Orchestra who volunteered to play for our guests prior to the ceremony!  Great job Mrs. Susan DeGoey for organizing the music.  I would like to also acknowledge all of our community partners who so generously donated funds for our students.  We appreciate you!  I wish our seniors the best as they look beyond our hallways to their college pursuits!  

We held our annual SAT and Community Service Breakfast Friday morning in the Media Center.  We recognized students who scored 600 or above on each of math and English portions of the test, as well as students who scored perfect scores on various sections!  Joe Scott, Paul Bianchini and Alex Waldren each scored a perfect score on a portion of the exam.  Very impressive.  We also recognized students who compiled a minimum of 40 hours of community service over the year.  We recognized more than 53 students for their commitment to serving their community.  We provided cords to seniors who have accumulated more than 160 hours over the past four years.  Participating students were treated to a delicious breakfast catered by Mrs. Patty Jamison.

Congratulations to our Top 10 Seniors based on G.P.A:  (10) Miraj Jiyani, (10) Jordan Daly; (9) Raymond Kleinschmidt; (8) Keystin Arnone; (7) Madeline Higgins; (6) Mackenzie Casais; (5) Erica Jackson; (4) Cady Diehl; (3) Jospeh Scott; (2) Lindsay Diehl; and (1) Mallory Feigin.  It is quite an accomplishment to achieve this recognition as you have had to maintain a high level of commitment throughout your tenure at East.  I commend you for your efforts and am proud of your accomplishments.  I wish you all the best in your pursuit of personal success in your future college and career endeavors.  Thank you for representing East with pride.

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our Office Secretaries and our Guidance Department.  The ladies worked extremely hard over the past few months in preparation for our ‘Awards Week’.  The ladies coordinated the certificates, food, set-up, brochures, music, business partners, and evening logistics to perfection.  I know they were all very tired by Friday afternoon and I think they all deserve a great big thank you!

Congratulations to our Guidance Department for pulling together an incredible week of events.  I am awarding our Employee of the Week award to the entire department for their commitment to excellence.  We are all very fortunate to have hard working staff members in our building who are dedicated to student success!  Thank you Ms. Carrie Bush, Mrs. Ann Millard, Mrs. Carol
Ann Salvaggione, Mr. Bob D’Ipollito, Mrs. Elise Weinberger, Ms. Rachel Calhoun, Mrs. Monica Santamaria, Mrs. Lisa Robbins, Ms. Kimberly Picinic,
and Mrs. Barbara Ennis for all you do!  We acknowledge your efforts and appreciate you!

Athletically, I would like to congratulate our softball team for their impressive run in the State Tournament, losing in the Semi-Finals of the South Jersey Group III Section!  I was very impressed with the growth over the past year!  Great job girls, you made us all proud.  Great job to the baseball team for their run in the playoffs as well. We lost in the Quarterfinals of the State Sectional Tournament, but we leave with lasting memories and pride in our accomplishments!    

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

9.  Be proud of yourself.

8.  Be on time for graduation practice.

7.  Don’t write anything you’ll regret in someone’s yearbook.

6.  Wear shoes you can walk in at graduation.

5.  Tell your family thank you.

4.  Smile.  You are almost at the finish line.

3.  Take one last stroll around the halls of HSE.

2.  Pick up your cap and gown.

1.  Graduate!  You did it!

Thank you Ms. Kelly Fitzgerald for entertaining us for the past few weeks!  I hope our seniors will take your advice and try your ‘100 Things to do Before You Graduate’ tips.  Good stuff!

Freshmen Academy/STEAM

Construction on our new STEAM Human Anatomy Lab is underway!  I am looking forward to the completion of the classroom!

Attendance Matters

The following is a link for parents to support positive school attendance.  


Character Counts

Be Honest and Reliable

The world operates on trust. If you establish a reputation for trustworthiness, lots of good things follow. For instance, on the occasion when you need a favor or need someone to give you the benefit of the doubt, you’re much more likely to get what you need if you have a track record of reliability.

On the other hand, one dishonest act (cheating on a test, plagiarizing, lying) will cause people to distrust and doubt you—and it will take a long period of reliable, trustworthy behavior to regain their confidence.

There are other benefits to honest, reliable behavior. For starters, you like yourself better. You may be able to fool a lot of people, but you can’t fool yourself. A fraud may seem reliable to friends, family, and teachers, but when he looks in the mirror he sees the truth. Do yourself a favor, and make sure that when you look in the mirror you see someone who’s doing his or her honest best.

Second, dishonesty and other bad behavior actually harm you.  Many of the great stories from world literature make this point: the things you do often affect others, but they always affect you. To take one example, Oscar Wilde’s famous character, Dorian Gray, appears to be as good as he is handsome, but secretly he does terrible things. Despite his misdeeds, he remains not just handsome but youthful over many years. However, his portrait, painted when he was young but hidden away, shows the true effects of his evil behavior: it becomes more and more ugly, showing the monster Dorian has become. (You can read the whole story in Wilde’s 1891 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray).

If we do bad things, perhaps our worst punishment is that we become bad people.  Conversely, when we do good things, we make ourselves better people. Some would say we improve our souls, while others would speak of improving our character. In the words of the American theologian Tryon Edwards (1809-1894), “Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form

habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny”.

These truths have been observed by wise men and women from many cultures and religious traditions around the world and across the centuries.  One more advantage of being honest and reliable: people really do notice. I have attended many faculty meetings in which students are discussed, and listened to many staff-room conversations. I can tell you that teachers notice how students behave. When it comes down to who earns the awards, or who is appointed to positions of responsibility, or who receives positive letters of reference, those little things you do every day really count.

The above was taken from Good Habits, Good Students by Eric MacKnight.

Tips to Improve School Outcomes

40 Tips to Improve Student Success

(continued from last week)

11. Be organized

Students who aren’t organized end up wasting precious time looking for items or notes, or doing last-minute work they forgot about.  Here are some ways to become more organized:

12. Break big tasks into smaller ones

Big tasks seem complicated and overwhelming, which is why many students procrastinate.  Break every big task down into smaller tasks. For instance, instead of deciding to work on your history paper, you might break the task down into the following smaller tasks:

When you work on the history paper, focus on completing one task at a time. This will make it less likely that you’ll procrastinate.

13. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night

Students who perform well are effective learners. As the research shows, sleep is a vital part of becoming an effective learner.  Sleep boosts memory and enhances learning. So go to bed at roughly the same time every day, and make it a priority to get 8 hours of sleep a night.  If you do this, I’m sure you’ll see an improvement in your academic performance.

14. Create a conducive studying environment

Here are some tips to do this:

15. Keep track of important dates, deadlines, etc.

This is related to Tip #3, but it’s more specific.  I’ve worked with many students who try to keep track of important dates by storing them in their brains.  Needless to say, these students occasionally forget about upcoming tests or deadlines. This results in panic – and low-quality work too.  Use Google Calendar or Google Keep (an old-fashioned planner works too) to keep track of important dates, and you’ll become a more effective student.

I will include 5 tips each week, which are provided from the following link:




As we approach the final few weeks of school, students tend to take liberties in regards to school dress code and electronics policies.  Please reinforce with your child that September rules and expectations will be followed through June 22nd.  Thank you for your support!  

This Week at East

We are holding our annual Special Needs Prom at 9:00 am Tuesday morning.  I love this day!  We will conduct our final round of Attendance Hearings throughout the day in the Main Office Conference Room.  We will be holding our 8th grade Transition Monday evening.  I will meet with all of our Driven to Excellence student’s period 2 on Tuesday morning to discuss the details of the ceremony on Friday.  We are holding a fundraiser for our local Children’s Hospital Wednesday evening at East.  Our Retirement Parade and 3-Sport Varsity Breakfast will be held on Thursday.  Our Driven to Excellence Ceremony will be held on Friday morning at the RWJ Barnabas Arena followed by our Senior Prom Friday evening!  Big Week!  Be safe!


Toms River High School East will be offering PSAT’s to Grade 9 students and Grade 10 students beginning 2017-2018. If your child is going to be a junior next year, they will only receive the second administration of the PSAT upon request. This request must be in writing to our Guidance Office. Please notify the Guidance department by June 22th.


If you have an interest in joining the PTO and supporting our worthy causes, please email Mrs. Kim Platten at kimplatten24@gmail.com. 


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.