“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!  

Week in Review

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.

Great job to our Physical Education Department Monday morning.  Mrs. Julie Clark and Ms. Courtney Coppinger presented to all of our PE classes on the importance of hydration to personal and academic success.  I enjoyed the presentations and I hope the students appreciated the effort!  We will be supporting educational tips on proper hydration throughout the month of October.  We celebrated (internally) Nurses Day on Monday.  Classrooms throughout the day brought down flowers and cards recognizing the work Mrs. Sammi Hvidding and Mrs. Michele Carter do for our students and staff.  

Great job to Mrs. Lucia Doulong and her students who worked so very hard on our “I Rise to Learn” Lecture Series which began on Tuesday.  The group presented “Journeys to School” throughout the day in the Media Center to various classes.  The presentation was student-led and discussed the challenges many students across the globe experience just to be educated.  I was amazed watching the videos and listening to the discussions of the danger children from various cultures face each and every day.  The presentations certainly elevated coming to school every day and being on time in a new perspective.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn and to pursue our personal goals in this country through education.  I think the kids benefited from the experience.  Great job to Aimée Skweres, Aisling Jones-Wollerton, Arianna Smith, Cheyenne McMichael, Elaine Buczynski, Esmeralda Barajas, Joy Dionio, Karly Maul, Lindsey Lecuyer, Liz Burns, Malak Jamil, Michelle Lasky, Natalya Milian, Sierra Barrett, and Taylor Sexton for their part in the presentation!  

On Wednesday, Mrs. Doulong and her student team presented on “Singapore, An Inspiring Journey to Success through Education”.  Student leaders presented on why Singapore has become such an economically successful country resulting from the priority to learn and to give back to their communities.  I truly believe we can make tremendous strides as a school community if we are better able to correlate education to future success and to teach understanding of our individual role in the learning process.  Hopefully, through workshops like these, we will better support our school vision and mission.  Congratulations to the team for all of their hard work!  I was very impressed!

Mrs. Erin Anders and I met with various committee leads on Thursday in support of next week’s School Improvement Committee meeting.  Our goal is to share out on our monthly school expectations and to utilize the various subcommittees to support the respective initiatives.  October is the Month of Respect.  We will be looking for our students and staff to participate in our monthly character lessons to apply the concept in meaningful ‘East’ ways.  We held our monthly fire drill on Thursday without incident.  

Mr. Kevin McCann presented on our monthly awards to our Academy Teams Friday during the lunch periods (see below).  Mrs. Dawn Aulisi and our DART students placed information on opioid abuse on door handles across the building Friday morning in support of promoting substance abuse prevention and awareness.  Great job!  

I spent most of the day running around and recognizing all of the wonderful students and staff who go above and beyond each and every day in the building.  I presented Raider Excellence Awards to Ms. CarriEve Horna and Mrs. Amanda Gregorek for their pursuit of scientific excellence.  Both staff members were recently published in academic journals for their work.  Ms. Horna wrote an article on the self-belief of female African-American students in the field of physics and Ms. Gregorek developed several STEM-related laboratories utilizing engineering practices in Biology.  Both staff members are leaders in their field and we are so fortunate to have them in our building!  I also recognized Mrs. Melissa Friedman for her work in supporting the “I Rise to Learn” Lecture Series, providing positive client relationships with parents as our Main Office Secretary, and the kind emails I received on her behalf for helping students in need of support throughout the week!  Mrs. Friedman is a wonderful addition to our school and is making a difference in our building!  I also provided Mrs. Doulong with a Raider Excellence Award as she went above and beyond to provide the presentation on the importance of school attendance to personal success!    

I recognized Logan Romero for his caring attitude towards an East student in need.  Logan was first on the scene at an accident involving one of his peers.  Logan stayed with the student until emergency personnel arrived.  Logan received a Raider Excellence Award for his actions and I am very proud of him.  The student in the accident is fine and back in school!

Congratulations to Mr. Tom Trotta for being named our Employee of the Week.  Mr. Trotta was selected by Mrs. Kati Koenigstein for all of his wonderful work moving our Special Needs Program forward.  What an amazing classroom culture Mr. Trotta has created to support the development of life skills with his students!  Keep up the great work Mr. Trotta!

I would also like to congratulate Mr. Kyle Sandberg for being named October’s Mentor of the Month.  Mr. Sandberg was selected by the RHR (Raiders Helping Raiders) Mentor members for his work supporting the needs of his mentees.  Mr. Sandberg goes out of his way to ensure his students appreciate the importance of their education and positive school behavior to future success.  Mr. Sandberg cares, and it shows!

I made an announcement last week regarding our school expectations on earbuds and phones.  I recognized students in the hallways for doing the right thing and placed student names caught being respectful of the expectation in a hat for a drawing for various prizes.  Thank you to Kyle Raponkus and Deonna Joyner for demonstrating model behavior!

Congratulations to Colin Mirabile, Damon Clayton, and Angela Scala for being recognized as Respectful Raiders this week!  Colin returned a lost phone to the Main Office.  Damon offered to help a visitor carry equipment in to Guidance.  Angelo returned a lost wallet to the Main Office!  Thank you Colin, Damon, and Angela for being positive reflections of our school community.

Congratulations to Erin Cohran, Karina Mascera, and Cheyenne Roberts for committing to their education!  All three students were selected for various prizes for demonstrating perfect attendance for the month of September.  Congratulations to Mr. Brian Vernachio’s Homeroom for winning the Homeroom with the best overall attendance for the month of September.  Mr. Vernachio’s class will receive a bagel and donut breakfast for their accomplishment!  

Congratulations to Vinny Rotondo for being selected as a WOBM Student of the Week.  Vinny was selected for his gentlemanly behavior, commitment to excellence in the classroom, involvement in extracurricular activities, and being a role-model for our younger students!  Thank you Vinny for being such a positive reflection of our school community!

Did You Know?

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mr. Kyle Austin for his outstanding efforts promoting TV-21!  Students are provided with real-world experiences in the television production industry (and they love the class).  I would also like to acknowledge Mr. Kevin Cohen for his outstanding efforts to promote history education to our students.  Mr. Cohen loves his subject matter and children, it shows!  Great job to Dr. Robin Lowery for her devotion to teaching educators on the social and emotional needs of our at-risk student population.  By providing our staff with resources to support student needs, we are better able to ensure students can be successful!  Thank you Mr. Austin, Mr. Cohen, and Dr. Lowery for being positive reflections of our school community!

Freshmen Academy/STEAM

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized for personal and academic success:



Most Improved - Matthew Kentos

Most Spirited - Lily Van Derventer

Character Education (kindness) - Brian Baxter

Best All Around - Scott Miller


Most Improved - Aiden Michaels

Most Spirited - Arianna Dentato

Character Education (kindness) - Leah Soper

Best All Around - Caldwell McCormick


Most Improved - Michael Miccio

Most Spirited - Emily Cottone

Character Education (kindness) -Tyler Hemmes

Best All Around - Elizabeth Gillen

Attendance Matters

Very good month in terms of attendance in September!  THANK YOU parents for instilling the importance of coming to school every day and being on time!  We noted 974 students with perfect attendance (out of 1440) and we documented a 95.9% daily attendance rate.  We observed approximately 130 fewer absences and 85 fewer lates to school comparing September 2017 and September 2018.  Great job!  We also noted approximately 50 more students overall with perfect attendance in comparison to last September.  Our seniors were our biggest attendance issues in terms of absences and lates to school.  Mondays and Fridays continue to be our worst attended days of school.  We are addressing through our Behavior/Attendance Committees this year and hope to continue to observe growth in this area!  

Character Counts

Reviewing our behavior data for the month of September, we observed approximately 100 fewer discipline referrals comparing September 2017 to September 2018.  Attendance referrals are our largest concern and will be monitored and addressed through our various programs.  The following lists the percentages of the types of referrals which were addressed in September:  Cuts (43.5%), cutting detention (1.9%), disruptive behavior (11.1%), drug policy (0.9%), HIB (1.9%), insubordination (4.6%), lates to school 32.4%), vaping (1.9%), and school policy (1.9%).  Overall, a good month in comparison with previous months!  Thank you to our parents for instilling the mindset for positive school behavior at East!

I will provide weekly information and tips about the importance of positive school behavior to individual and future success.  We believe in being respectful, responsible, trustworthy, caring, fair, and promoting a citizenship mindset.

14 Little Ways to Encourage Kindness

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

By Kristine Breese (continued from last week article)

Do Unto Others...

Lighten someone's load. Send your child out to meet the mail carrier on the sidewalk before he or she has to climb your steps or walk up the driveway. Offer a fellow grocery shopper help to the car with her bags. Let someone with less stuff go ahead of you in line at the supermarket. 

Cheer up a stranger (or a friend). If you see that your neighbor's newspaper is always getting soaked by the sprinklers, toss it onto her porch. If the guy who drives your bus has been gone for a few days, ask him how he's feeling when he returns. Is a friend sad? Give her a hug. Teaching your kids to notice what's going on in the lives of folks in their own backyard fosters empathy and can inspire them to become keen helpers.

Do something that's above and beyond the call of duty. If your neighbors have lost a pet, call and ask whether they've found their furry friend. If they haven't, you and your child can offer to hang up more signs and keep an eye out for their pal. 

Give thanks. Compliment a stranger on her great sweater, say "good morning" to a neighbor, and thank the pizza delivery guy. Sometimes a simple acknowledgment or expression of appreciation is all the boost someone needs to get through the day.

Be a good neighbor.  My family lives in an area that was built in the 1940s as a place where returning WWII veterans could buy a first home, settle down, and start a family. Today, many of the houses are still occupied by their original owner, typically an elderly widow. On our street, there are five such women, and a neat thing has happened. Without anyone's suggesting it, the immediate neighbors of each of these ladies have taken to rolling their garbage cans in and out of their garage and to the curb and back every Monday (trash day on our street). We recently joined the ranks of the Croydon Avenue trash-can brigade when the husband of our elderly neighbor passed away. The Monday morning after the funeral, Travis, my 10-year-old, said, "Maybe we should get Ann's cans too." And so now we do. There's probably a group that needs help or a problem to be solved in your own neighborhood. So the next time you see something awry, don't complain. Look at it as an opportunity to get involved. Inspire your kids to find ways to make their corner of the world a brighter place. 


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.  




With the beginning of any new year, I want our parents to support the expectations to come to school every day, be on time, and prepared to learn.  Being prepared to learn implies you respect your peers, teachers, school policies, yourself, and do your best!  Please be respectful of our school dress code, attendance, and behavior policies.  Please speak to your child about earbuds and cell phones, they are not permitted and are viewed as a sign of disrespect.

This Week at East

PSATS will be held on Tuesday.  All students are expected to be in attendance all day at East.  Testing students will participate in the PSAT between 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  All non-testing students are expected to arrive to school on time.  Students will be placed in our gymnasium and will receive instruction from our PE Department on proper healthy habits to personal and academic success.  Students will also participate in a Mindfulness activity to demonstrate methods to release stress.  Our School Improvement Committee is meeting after school to bind the various subcommittees in support of our monthly character pillar, Respect.  More to follow on this.  Our Freshman Academy teachers will be meeting with Mr. Kevin McCann to develop our Field Day activities.  The Band will parade through the hallways in preparation for our Homecoming game and Dance this weekend!  

The district is holding our Full Day Professional Day all day at High School North on Tuesday.  Various teacher-led discussions will take place in supporting the social and emotional growth of our students.  I look forward to the day!


Seniors, please check for October College visits (schedule is listed in guidance and on our Daily Bulletin.  For PSAT testing students, please do not forget to bring a calculator.  


If you have an interest in joining the PTO and supporting our worthy causes, please email Mrs. Kim Platten at kimplatten24@gmail.com.  Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 6 PM at HSE Main Office Conference Room.


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.