“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.

We kicked off Red Ribbon Week Monday morning.  The objective of Red Ribbon Week is to present a visible commitment to living a safe, healthy and drug-free life.  Red Ribbon Week serves as a symbol of awareness of the impacts caused by alcohol and other drugs in America.  Mrs. Dawn Aulisi made morning announcements each day educating students and staff on substance abuse in an effort to support positive life choices.  Students and staff were asked to wear RED in support of a drug-free lifestyle on Wednesday.  Our Raiders Helping Raiders mentoring program participated in their annual scavenger hunt Monday morning.  The objective was to participate in a fun hands-on activity between our mentors and mentees to make personal connections.  Mrs. Erin Anders and her team conducted our monthly I & RS Committee meeting for students in need of additional school support throughout the day.

On Tuesday, I met with student leaders at the 12th, 11th, and 10th grade levels during lunch periods to discuss positive mindsets and motivation.  We discussed our school objective to teach students to become more accountable for their personal outcomes as they progress in life.  The discussions were meaningful and I felt it to be a valuable opportunity to develop a unified approach to supporting college and career readiness.  We talked about goals and specific skills required for success and how we are doing as a school to promote.  Special thanks to all of our student volunteers and Mrs. Rachel Hay and Mrs. Stacey Nadeau for their efforts to move our school forward.  Mr. Kevin McCann met with our Ambassadors and Mrs. Casey Daniel to discuss how we will create a ‘buddy’ system at East for our lower grade levels.  I would like to identify junior and senior leaders who will ‘partner’ with 9th and 10th grade students to provide additional support in the building – both personally and academically.  Students and staff were invited to go to the TV-21 studio to record ‘thank-you’ messages as part of our Random Acts of Kindness!  Mrs. Anders and I met with the owner of our local Popeyes establishment Tuesday afternoon to discuss how they can support our school initiatives.  Thank you Mr. Tasheem for your time!

We conducted our monthly security drill Wednesday morning.  We tested our Bomb Threat procedures without incident.  Thank you to all of our students and staff for their efficiency!  Mrs. Ann Millard conducted her College Workshop series to all senior students Wednesday in the Lecture Hall (see below).  I attended the play, Anytown, Wednesday evening in the cafeteria!  Anytown is a musical about opioid abuse and its impacts on teens and families.  The musical was sponsored by the HSE and HSS DART Youth Prevention Coalition.  Special thanks to Mrs. Aulisi and Mrs. Kate Defino for organizing the musical.  

We held our district ½ Day Professional Development Day Thursday afternoon.  We ran our East Camp, which consisted of various presentations by staff members on the following topics:  Extracurricular Clubs and Activities, Creating Assessments Using Google Forms, Identifying Signs of Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom Setting, Creating a Caring Community in the Classroom, What are We Doing to Promote College and Career Connections?, Developing Personal but Professional Student-Teacher Relationships, Promoting Resiliency Skills in the Classroom, Computational Thinking and Coding in Non-Computer Science Classrooms, Balancing Home and Work, Renaissance, Supporting Your PTO, What is Addictive Learning – Tripping the Reluctant Adolescent Brain, and Upping Your H20 Intake versus Building Better Breakfasts.  I would like to thank all of our teacher presenters for the excellent workshops.  I was not able to attend all of them, but was very pleased with the quality provided!  Staff were expected to attend 3 sessions, each lasting 30 minutes in duration.  

On Friday, we held our monthly Conference-Conference sessions in our new Jersey Mike’s Professional Development Room in E-31.  We received generous donations form Jersey Mike’s, the Raider Class of 1998, Morano Tours, and our wonderful PTO to fund the vision of this new room.  We are looking to create a collaborative environment where staff are able to meet to move instruction and other school growth ideas forward.  We also created the workspace to support a better balanced home and work life relationship.  The room is beautifully decorated, compliments of Mrs. Kaitlin Mahony.  Special thanks to Mr. Ed Kayler and Mr. Mike Yost for physically constructing the furniture and pictures.  Thank you also to Mrs. Erin Anders and Mr. Kevin McCann for helping to paint the room and to bring the vision of the room to life!  I spent each session recognizing staff who have gone above and beyond, provided directions regarding our student involvement survey, and held a meaningful discussion on what are the characteristics of an ‘excellent’ staff member.  Our Band paraded through the hallways at the end of the day in support of our home football game.  Our Freshmen held their Field Day during Periods 7 and 8 (see below).

On Sunday, I attended our History Club Field Trip to my hometown in Annapolis, Maryland.  Students and staff took a tour of the Naval Academy and then spent a few hours walking along the historic streets of Downtown Annapolis.  I always love being back home.  I encourage anyone if they get an opportunity to go and visit for a weekend!  Great job to Mr. Kevin Cohen for always going above and beyond for his students.  This was our 59th trip established by the History Club and Mr. Cohen!

Congratulations to Mrs. Rachel Hay for being selected as our Employee of the Week.  Mrs. Hay was chosen by Mr. Yost for being a staff member who is always kind and helpful.  Great job Mrs. Hay, we are so very proud of you!

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I would like to acknowledge our Physical Education Department (again).  I provided them with a Department Award during our Conference-Conference sessions Friday afternoon.  I recognized Mrs. Dawn Aulisi for all her hard work promoting healthy lifestyle choices.  I gave a ‘Shout Out’ to our counselors for their support of our student needs and our assistant principals for their enduring commitment to provide appropriate behavioral support for students while maintaining the integrity of our building expectations.  I thanked all of our staff members who are mobile between periods due to our elevator repairs and to Mrs. Hay and Mrs. Nadeau for their efforts with Peer Leadership.  I recognized Mrs. Michele Schindler for her support organizing the Freshmen Field Day and to Mrs. Elise Weinberger and Ms. Carrie Bush for providing life skills to female students as part of our Girls Group.

Congratulations to our Field Hockey team for another outstanding season.  We competed in the Sectional Tournament this week after we won our first round game.  Good things to come for our team next fall!  Great job to our gymnastics team for their impressive victory over our rivals, Toms River North.  I was fortunate to be at that game and felt the kids did a tremendous job.  I felt like closing my eyes while they participated in several of the events as I was nervous for the kids, but they certainly showed more courage than I did!  Great job Coach O’Donnell!  Great job to Coach Sandberg for his impressive win over Colts Neck Friday evening.  The boys won our final football game of the season at home – demonstrating growth from the previous season.  We still have Central at home on Thursday in the State Consolation Game.  Good luck boys!  Good luck to our boys soccer team for their game versus Moorestown Monday afternoon!  

Congratulations to Angelina Befumo for being recognized as a Respectful Raider this week.  Angelina found a ring and brought it to the Main Office!  Congratulations to Tyler Middleton and to Damian Chizan for also being recognized as Respectful Raiders.  Tyler found a wallet and brought it to the Main Office and Damian was caught holding doors for his peers during his lunch period.  Thank you Angelina, Tyler, and Damian for being a positive reflection of our school community!

Did You Know?

Freshmen Academy/STEAM

We held our Freshmen Field Day Friday afternoon.  Congratulations to Team Silver for being the Overall winner!  Team Blue won for Most Spirited and Team Black won for Best Representation!  Great job kids and to our PE Department for coordinated the events down at the football field.  

Attendance Matters

Why Does Attendance Matter?

Every school day counts in a child's academic life...

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. In this era of increased accountability for states, districts, and schools, the connection between student attendance and learning is being studied more than ever before. As a result, education agencies are asked with increasing frequency to report attendance data in a standard manner to allow comparisons across organizations and jurisdictions.

The primary rationale for high-quality attendance data is the relationship between student attendance and student achievement. Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success,1 but chronic student absence reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge.2

Poor attendance has serious implications for later outcomes as well. High school dropouts have been found to exhibit a history of negative behaviors, including high levels of absenteeism throughout their childhood, at higher rates than high school graduates.3 These differences in absentee rates were observed as early as kindergarten, and students who eventually dropped out of high school missed significantly more days of school in first grade than their peers who graduated from high school. In eighth grade, this pattern was even more apparent and, by ninth grade, attendance was shown to be a key indicator significantly correlated with high school graduation.4

The effects of lost school days build up one absence at a time on individual students. Penalties for students who miss school may unintentionally worsen the situation. The disciplinary response to absenteeism too often includes loss of course credits, detention, and suspension. Any absence, whether excused or not, denies students the opportunity to learn in accordance with the school's instructional program, but students who miss school are sometimes further excluded from learning opportunities as a consequence of chronic absenteeism.

I will provide the next section in next week’s Newsletter.

The above article was taken from the following site:  https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/attendancedata/chapter1a.asp

Character Counts

The below information was collected from the following website (con’t):


Kindness Decreases


Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins—the brain’s natural painkiller!


Perpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population!


A group of anxious individuals performed at least six acts of kindness a week.  After one month, there was significant increase in positive moods, relationships and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals.  


Stephen Post of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine found that when we give of ourselves, everything from life satisfaction to self-realization and physical health is significantly improved.  Mortality is delayed, depression is reduced and well-being and good fortune are increased.


Committing acts of kindness lowers blood pressure.  According to Dr. David R. Hamilton, acts of kindness create emotional warmth, which releases a hormone known as ocytocin.  Ocytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels.  This reduces blood pressure and, therefore, oxytocin is known as a “cardioprotective” hormone.  It protects the heart by the lowering blood pressure.

Tips to Improve School Outcomes

Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers

We tend to idealize childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. Children can be asked to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom to bullying by classmates or even abuse at home. Add to that the uncertainties that are part of growing up, and childhood can be anything but carefree. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience.

The good news is that resilience skills can be learned.

Building resilience — the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress — can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. However, being resilient does not mean that children won't experience difficulty or distress. Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else's loss or trauma.

We all can develop resilience, and we can help our children develop it as well. It involves behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned over time. Following are tips to building resilience.

  1. Make connections 
    Teach your child how to make friends, including the skill of empathy, or feeling another's pain. Encourage your child to be a friend in order to get friends. Build a strong family network to support your child through his or her inevitable disappointments and hurts. At school, watch to make sure that one child is not being isolated. Connecting with people provides social support and strengthens resilience. Some find comfort in connecting with a higher power, whether through organized religion or privately and you may wish to introduce your child to your own traditions of worship.

  1. Help your child by having him or her help others 
    Children who may feel helpless can be empowered by helping others. Engage your child in age-appropriate volunteer work, or ask for assistance yourself with some task that he or she can master. At school, brainstorm with children about ways they can help others.

  1. Maintain a daily routine 
    Sticking to a routine can be comforting to children, especially younger children who crave structure in their lives. Encourage your child to develop his or her own routines.

  1. Take a break 
    While it is important to stick to routines, endlessly worrying can be counter-productive. Teach your child how to focus on something besides what's worrying him. Be aware of what your child is exposed to that can be troubling, whether it be news, the Internet or overheard conversations, and make sure your child takes a break from those things if they trouble her. Although schools are being held accountable for performance on standardized tests, build in unstructured time during the school day to allow children to be creative.

  1. Teach your child self-care 
    Make yourself a good example, and teach your child the importance of making time to eat properly, exercise and rest. Make sure your child has time to have fun, and make sure that your child hasn't scheduled every moment of his or her life with no "down time" to relax. Caring for oneself and even having fun will help your child stay balanced and better deal with stressful times.

The above information was collected from the following site:  (https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resilience.aspx).  I will provide 5 more tips in next week’s Newsletter.

College and Career

Mrs. Millard presented her College Workshop on ‘Big Future’ to seniors this week.  Students were taught how to search for colleges, make a college list and compare colleges of interest.  Students also participated in activities which explored how to identify a major, utilize the Occupational Outlook Handbook and how to navigate our College and Career website.  Mrs. Millard also presented on available resources on our website, links to career interest surveys and how to pick a major that best fits your personal interest.  Our next workshop will be held on the 14th of November and will discuss the college application process on Common App.  Mrs. Millard will share out on letters of recommendation and the all-important resume!  Great job Mrs. Millard!

Please review the following site to provide guidance for preparation for college (11th grade level and junior planning):


We welcome College of Mount Saint Vincent, Ramapo College, Albright College, University of Lynchburg, Seton Hall University, Stevenson University, and Susquehanna University this week in Guidance.

Parents of sophomore students, please check out the following websites to support the college application process.

Sophomore (To Dos)

1. Industries at a glance:  https://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag_index_alpha.htm

2. Occupational Outlook Handbook:  Get answers to questions on your career interests: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

3. College major search:   https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/college-search

4. Virtual campus tours https://www.campusreel.org/?user=us-student&ad=tour-college-campuses-from-home-with-vr-student-videos

Café Corner!

Are you aware that you can now set up an account for cafeteria purchases?  Log onto WWW.schoolcafe.com.  Click on create an account.  Once the account is set up you should be able to add a student.  Use your school issued ID number with an 8 in front.  For example, if your ID number is 12345 you would enter 812345.  You will also be able to access ingredients and nutritional information for any meal.  If your short on time at lunch, stop in the cafeteria at any time and make a salad or sandwich.  The cafeteria staff will be happy to keep it refrigerated until you are ready for it. 



Parents, please do not drop off or pick up on the side of the building.  Please follow the morning and afternoon traffic pattern to ensure student safety.  

This Week at East

Our Peer Leaders are hosting our Bus Driver Appreciation Day Monday afternoon in recognition of the wonderful efforts they provide our students each and every day.  Mr. McCann and his STEAM team will be meeting on Monday to discuss course sequencing for the Academy students.  Our varsity athletic programs are in action this week in their respective State Tournament games.  Good luck!  We are hosting our annual Safe Trick or Treat Tuesday afternoon between 4 and 5 pm at HSE.  All are welcome!  We are conducting our Military Wall Dedication Ceremony Friday afternoon.  More to follow on this event!


Instant Decision Day @ HSE for Georgian Court University is on 11/19 @ 9am. Students need to see their guidance counselor for more information.  Instant Decision Day @ HSE for Rider University is on 12/11 @ 9am. Students need to see their guidance counselor for more information.  Freshmen conferences will begin on 11/12.  The 9th grade students will meet with their guidance counselor to discuss the transition from middle school to high school, graduation requirements, the importance of academics, the effect grades have on GPA/Rank & college acceptances, tutoring (Writing Center, NHS, etc.), and athletic eligibility (especially for Spring sports).  Volunteer hours need to be submitted at the end of every month.  Please drop off your community service card in Guidance.  The registration deadline for the December 1st SAT is 11/2/18.  Register at www.collegeboard.org.  The registration deadline for the December 8th ACT is 11/2/18.  Register at www.actstudent.org.  The Job Opportunity board has been updated.  Check out what stores are hiring.  College/University representatives are coming to HSE to conduct information sessions.  Please sign up in Guidance.

Media Center Highlights: October has been a busy month in the Media Center.  We have been actively promoting several activities, including Anti-Bullying month, Hispanic Heritage month, The National Day on Writing, October 20th, and the monthly Character pillar “Respect”.

On October 3rd and 4th, the Attendance Committee, headed by French teacher Lucia Doulong, hosted two student-led presentations titled “I Rise to Learn”.  Each day the students watched videos and participated in discussions highlighting the struggles that students in other parts of the world encounter on their way to school.  The presentations demonstrated the importance of education to our students to ensure East students come prepared to learn every day.  For more information, please contact Lucia Doulong at ldoulong@trschools.com.

Peer Leadership conducted group activities with the Freshman Academy students on October 15th, 16th, and 18th.  The group activities were held during their lunch period and included fun activities to help students bond and feel comfortable.  Kudos to Assistant Principal Kevin McCann, Peer Leadership students and advisors/English teachers Rachel Hay and Stacey Nadeau and the Freshman Academy students.  For information on Peer Leadership, please contact Rachel Hay at rhay@trschools.com or Stacey Nadeau atsnadeau@trschools.com.

On October 10th, the Media Center computer lab hosted the PSAT in for many students.  The PSAT/NMSQT is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships.  Good luck to our students!

The Media Center computer lab was also the location where several students took part in the Ocean County College information session “College 101”on October 17th.  Ocean County College representatives explained to students the benefits of enrolling at OCC, both academically and financially.  For additional information on Ocean County College, please contact the Guidance Department.

On the evening of October 18th, Spanish teacher Liz Rodriguez conducted Genesis Parent Portal training for our Spanish speaking families.  Ms. Rodriguez demonstrated to the families how to access the Genesis Parent Portal so they can stay informed about their children's progress.  Lending a helping hand were the Hispanic Heritage students as well as Main Office secretary Melissa Friedman.  The evening proved to be a successful and fun night for all!  Please contact Liz Rodriguez at lrodriguez1@trschools.com for further information.

Guidance Counselor Carrie Bush held a “graduation ceremony“ on October 19th for the Girls Space Spring 2018 club members and also welcomed the new Fall 2018 club members. Girls Space week; promotes the building of positive self-esteem, the importance of female leadership, and the value of positive female role models.  Please contact Carrie Bush atcbush@trschools.com for more information on Girls Space.

Freshman Academy students, led by Freshman class advisor and English teacher Michelle Schindler, gathered in the Media Center during their lunch period on October 22nd, 23rd, and 24th to decorate t-shirts and make signs for Freshman Fun Day on October 26th.  The Class of 2022 proved to be both artistic and creative!  For information on the Class of 2022, please contact Michelle Schindler at mschindler@trschools.com.

October 23rd was the date when the Photography Club hosted its monthly meeting after school in the Media Center.  Club members uploaded and discussed their favorite pictures.  Club advisor and Media Secretary Marianne Steinhart led a discussion about photographing the upcoming school play.  For more information on the Photography Club, please contact msteinhart@trschools.com .  

Just a reminder that the National Honor Society offers free peer tutoring to students seeking help in Math, Science, English, and Social Studies.  Tutors are available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Media Center and no appointment is necessary.  For further information, contact NHS advisor and English teacher Laura Morganat lmorgan@trschools.com

Please check back for future Media Center updates!


The next PTO meeting is Tuesday November 9th at 6:00 pm in the TRHSE PTO.  Join the PTO Remind - text @ah89ee to 81010.  We will use remind for event and meeting reminders.  Our email address is trhsepto@gmail.com, Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/trhsepto and find us on instagram @ tomsriverhse.pto.


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.