“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 hope everyone had a lovely weekend!  

Mrs. Casey Daniel and her wonderful Journalism Staff are thrilled to venture in the social media world updating parents on East daily activities.  Please check us out on Instagram (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay), Facebook (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay), Twitter (Tretoday_TheRaiderWay) and Website (Tretoday_Theraiderway.wordpress.com).  Emails to Mrs. Daniel can be sent to Tretodaytheraiderway@gmail.com).  Our daily Bulletin will be posted on our school website each day.

Week in Review

We began our Week of Kindness on Monday morning.  We shared out information and participated in various activities throughout the week.  We believe kindness is an important characteristic in support of our school vision and mission.  On Monday, our Renaissance team wrote notes of kindness on lockers and on the bathroom mirrors – encouraging students to believe in themselves.  We continued our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month this week.  I informed the students that the month is a celebration of Hispanic-Americans whose ancestors can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.  The celebration lasts from September 15 to October 15 every year and it starts in the middle of the month because the 15th marks the independence days of five Latin American countries:  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.  Mexico, Chile and Belize follow shortly after, on the 16th, 18th and 21st.  Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.  Thank you Mrs. Liz Rodriguez for all you do promoting cultural awareness in our building!  

On Tuesday, we held our monthly I & RS meeting in the Main Office Conference Room in support of personal student needs.  Thank you Mrs. Erin Anders for coordinating the meetings.  Mr. Kevin McCann and I held our monthly Freshman Lunchtime Academy meeting in the Media Center.  We spoke to the kids about a Growth Mindset.  I provided an overview of the importance of developing a mindset which encourages freedom to explore your educational pursuits without fear of failure.  Mr. McCann provided a short quiz to the students and explained how various responses impact individual confidence to pursue your best in the classroom setting.  Mr. McCann challenged every student to be involved in at least one extra-curricular club or organization and to raise your hand in class to answer a question by the end of the week.  Great job!  

Mr. McCann and I also met with various Peer Leadership members during respective lunch periods to discuss the Growth Mindset model and how we can infuse through active student involvement.  My goal is to teach our staff how to infuse the mindset through daily practice and instruction and our students how to assume ownership of the process.  We met with our senior Peer Leaders on Tuesday.

Wednesday was our Peace, Love and Kindness Day!  We made announcements throughout the day and encouraged positive student behavior.  Various students and staff dressed in hippie attire in support of the goal.  Mr. McCann and I met with our Freshman Academy team during period 5 lunch and our junior Peer Leaders in support of infusing a Growth Mindset in to our school environment.  Great meetings!  We held our monthly staff meeting after school and I shared out school safety information regarding our various types of drills.  Student Assistance Coordinator, Mrs. Dawn Aulisi, provided reporting responsibilities for substance abuse issues during the school day.  Various staff members shared our information regarding our social media outlets, character initiatives, and committee organization.  We celebrated International Cuisine Night in the Media Center Wednesday evening.  Great job to Mr. Joel Tourjee and Mrs. Lucia Doulong for coordinating the event.  Various cultural dishes were provided and students enjoyed the delicious food.  

We continued our Growth Mindset discussions with our Freshman Academy and Peer Leadership meetings Thursday afternoon.  I think it was a productive week of discussion.  I do, however, find it to be a challenge to eventually accomplish this goal.  But, I am excited for the opportunity and know that we will meet our respective objective(s) in time!  We are committed.  

Mrs. Kati Koenigstein and Mrs. Jenn Fazzini provided our seniors with the Commitment to Graduate Challenge!  We held our senior picture during period 6 on the football field Friday afternoon.  Students were asked to sign a graduation robe to make a personal commitment to graduate and to support one another on the road to graduation!  I spent the day in the hallways and classrooms observing many of the wonderful things going on at East.  I really feel we are doing incredible things to support our students and want our parents to know that our staff are going above and beyond!  The Band paraded through the hallways Friday during period 8 in preparation for our game that evening.    

I wanted to congratulate our Field Hockey, Boys Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball (3 big wins) teams for gaining victories this week on the athletic field!  I know all of our programs are working hard and playing with pride, and that is all I expect from them!

Thank you to Matthew Pringle for being recognized as Respectful Raiders this week.  Matthew was noted for being very kind and found a wallet in the Media Center.  He turned it into the Main Office!  The wallet was returned to the owner.  

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mrs. Lisa Marotto for working on our school calendar to support student involvement in extracurricular activities.  Thank you too to Mr. Joel Tourjee and Mrs. Lucia Doulong for taking your personal time to promote the importance learning about other cultures.  Mr. Tourjee teaches German and Mrs. Doulong, French.  Mr. Tourjee is excited about setting up for German Week at East next week.  Mrs. Doulong is preparing her team for the “I Rise to Learn” Lecture Series next week.  Both staff are examples of going above and beyond!

Congratulations to Mrs. Kati Koenigstein for being recognized as our Employee of the Week.  Mrs. Koenigstein was selected by Mrs. Rose Porzio for her efforts coordinating the Renaissance activities in the building and running a successful Yearbook Club!  Great job Mrs. Koenigstein and thank you for all you are doing!

I provided an Employee Excellence Award to Ms. Courtney Coppinger, Mrs. Julie Clark and Mrs. Liz Rodriguez for their commitment to promote health and wellness and cultural awareness in our students.  Ms. Coppinger and Mrs. Clark collected donations of water and put together a PowerPoint presentation they will be sharing with the students next week on the importance of proper hydration.  Mrs. Rodriguez is working with our staff to bridge the gap between our Hispanic speaking homes and the school.  Thank you all for going above and beyond!

Congratulations to September Seniors of the Month Jake Ryan and Alexis Schroepfer.  Jake is a member of our National Honor Society.  He assumes leadership roles in our building and is involved in the Photography Club and TV-21.  He is described by his teachers as a kind, caring and committed person.  He was a presenter in our Journey to School presentations last year.  He has great attendance and values being in school!  Alexis is described by her teachers as being resilient and someone that pushes herself beyond her limits.  She is an active member of our Key Club and has leadership positions in TEAM and the National Honor Society.  She is a student athlete on the tennis team and maintains an impressive academic record.  Congratulations to Jake and Alexis for being positive representations of our school community!

Did you Know?

To determine the amount of water you need to drink in a day, a basic rule is to divide your body weight by 2.  So, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces or about 4 to 5 bottles a day.

Freshmen Academy/STEAM

We will be holding Freshman Lunchtime Academy meetings once per month per team.  We will provide students with tips and information how to be successful students.  As I indicated above, Mr. McCann and I met with the three teams this week to discuss a Growth Mindset.  We will further the discussions next month.  

We are holding our Freshman Academy Awards next week!

Attendance Matters

10 Facts About School Attendance

  1. Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. Read more...


  1. Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. Read more...


  1. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Read more... 


  1. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back. Read more...


  1. By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Read more...


  1. Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence. Read more...


  1. Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care. Read more...


  1. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. Read more...


  1. Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. Read more...


  1. Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically. Read more...


Character Counts

14 Little Ways to Encourage Kindness (cont.)

These simple ideas teach your children to be nice, generous people, one good deed at a time.

By Kristine Breese

Look on the Bright Side.

Give your kids rose-colored glasses. 

Sometimes, it can seem as if bad news is all around us. Point out to your kids the good things that are happening and the good people who are helping others. Cut out newspaper articles about student groups who volunteered to build homes or collect clothes after a natural disaster. This makes your kids feel better about the world they live in and also gets them thinking creatively about ways they can make a difference. 

Don't criticize their efforts. 

Yes, you can get the wet towels off the floor faster, sort the laundry better, and pour the milk without spilling it, but if you take over (or critique too much) it leaves your little helpers feeling inept, unskilled—and less likely to offer their services again. If you're impatient, you can turn a teachable moment into a missed opportunity. "Kids want to help cook dinner, wash the car, and do the dishes, and, sure, they'll do it slowly and imperfectly at first," says Dr. Schonfeld. You're teaching them that they can make a difference at home. Just imagine how good they'll feel when they step out into the world.

I will share out the rest in next week’s newsletter.  Please feel free to finish the article from the below link.


Tips to Improve School Outcomes

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

A growth mindset is essential to promoting the skills required to become a lifelong learner.  This is our focus at East.  A student with a growth mindset believes that intelligence can be developed and leads to a desire to learn and therefore a tendency to:  Embrace challenges, persist in the face of setbacks, see effort as a path to mastery, learn from criticism, and finds lessons and inspiration in the success of others.  A growth mindset student reaches ever-higher levels of achievement.  A few tips to begin this process are listed below (continued from last week’s newsletter).  

21. Learn from other people’s mistakes.

It’s not always wise to compare yourself to others, but it is important to realize that humans share the same weaknesses.

22. Make a new goal for every goal accomplished.

You’ll never be done learning. Just because your midterm exam is over doesn’t mean you should stop being interested in a subject. Growth-minded people know how to constantly create new goals to keep themselves stimulated.

23. Take risks in the company of others.

Stop trying to save face all the time and just let yourself goof up now and then. It will make it easier to take risks in the future.

24. Think realistically about time and effort.

It takes time to learn. Don’t expect to master every topic under the sun in one sitting.

25. Take ownership over your attitude.

Once you develop a growth mindset, own it. Acknowledge yourself as someone who possesses a growth mentality and be proud to let it guide you throughout your educational career.

The above tips were collected from the following link.  Feel free to explore.  




Parents, please respect the morning traffic pattern expectations.  Please do not enter along our Dunedin entrance.  That entrance is for staff only.  We are trying to teach our students the importance of positive school behavior to becoming productive citizens.  I think we send the wrong message when we do not follow simple school expectations.

This Week at East

The first week in October is our Week of Respect.  We will continue to promote positive school behavior through our instruction and service learning clubs and organizations.  Take a look at the Daily Bulletin for Spirit Days next week!  Our PE Department will begin their month long promotion of health and wellness by teaching our students about the importance of proper hydration.  We will conduct our “I Rise to Learn” Lecture Series in the Media Center this week.  The objective is to demonstrate to our students the extremes other cultures go through simply to be educated.  I believe the presentations will provide perspective to our students.  


Media Center Highlights: Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at High School East, where there’s Nothing Greater Than A Raider!  The Media Center is up and running with 2 computer labs and side computers, for a total of 65 computers!  Several subscription databases are available for student use, including Britannica School, EBSCOhost, eLibrary, and STEM database.  I encourage all students to try out these online resources!  We also have several featured book displays for STEM, Teen Guides, Self-Help books for Teens, Graphic Novels, Hot Topics, and Cultural Diversity.  Our Feature of the Month books celebrate Hispanic Heritage.  Please "Check Out" our books! 


Spanish teacher Mrs. Liz Rodriguez and the Hispanic Heritage students created a bulletin board display in the Media Center honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from September 15th through October 15th.  The bulletin board celebrates Latino American Culture, Heritage, and Hispanic Contributions.  Great job Mrs. Rodriguez and Hispanic Heritage Students! For further information, please contact Mrs. Rodriguez at lrodriguez1@trschools.com 


The Photography Club held its first meeting in the Media Center on September 18th.  Advisor Mrs. Marianne Steinhart welcomed new and returning members.  Future projects were discussed.  For additional information, please contact Mrs. Steinhart at msteinhart@trschools.com


The National Honor Society offers peer tutoring in the Media Center after school every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:45 until 2:25.  Subjects covered are Math, Science, English, and Social Studies.  Tutoring is free and no appointment is necessary.  For further information, contact NHS advisor Ms. Laura Morgan at lmorgan@trschools.com


Please stop in to the Media Center for research on a computer, to do school work at a table, or to find a quiet place to read!  We are open before school starting at 6:30 am, during lunch periods and study halls, or after school until 2:25.  Check back next month for more Media Center Highlights.

1)  The OCPGA College Fair is on Tuesday, October 2nd @ 6:00pm at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena (located at HS North). Financial Aid seminar begins at 5:30pm.  2)  The guidance counselors have started meeting with seniors to provide them with college information and an unofficial copy of his/her transcript. Seniors are also being asked to complete a senior questionnaire. The responses gathered will be used to present workshops to help guide students through their educational and career planning.  3)  The first senior college workshop is on Wednesday, October 17th during Phys Ed classes.  4)  The SAT is on November 3, 2018.  Register at www.collegeboard.org.  5)  The ACT is on October 27, 2018.  Register at www.actstudent.org.  6)  The PSAT is on Wednesday, October 10th.  We encourage all 9th and 10th graders to take it.  7)  Any course dropped after Friday, October 12th will result in a withdrawal grade on the student's transcript.  8)  College/University representatives are coming to HSE to conduct information sessions.  Please sign up in Guidance.


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.