“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,

District News!

Please take a moment to view the below link(s) highlighting district news and accomplishments!  

Week in Review

Don’t forget to check out our Twitter and Instagram feeds at @raiderpublco and our Facebook @raiderpubco.  You can also get updates from our school accounts, www.facebook.com/tomsriverhseast, www.twitter.com/tomsriverhseast and www.instagram.com/tomsriverhseast.  Parents, don’t forget to check our website for information posted on our Daily Bulletin.  We highlight weekly club and various school-related activities which are not typically posted in this newsletter.  Check our College and Career Connection Google Classroom for specific college-related information (https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/NTc5NjE2NzUwN1pa).

We tested our Algebra 2 and Geometry students during the PARCC testing window last week.  We will complete the 2018 testing window Thursday, May 11.  We held our second Senior Graduation Committee meeting on Tuesday.  The students voted on various ceremony procedures and activities.  I always enjoy these meetings.  

Mr. Vern Rutter attended the UNSUNG HERO dinner for Samantha Convery Wednesday evening.  Samantha was recognized for overcoming adversity and showing great improvement.  Great job Samantha!  I interviewed several candidates for our Physics opening in the fall.  We were pleased with the quality of candidates and look forward to moving forward.  Friday was Cafeteria Lady Day.  Our Climate Committee acknowledged the wonderful efforts of Nancy Michell, Cecilia Cocco, Tina Ormsby, Felicia Lubrano, Rachelelina Verace, Tiffany McDonough, Jocelyn Morey, Clare MacIver, and Danielle D’Pisa-Vaclavicek.  We provided little gifts and expressed our appreciation for all they do for our students.    

I would like to recognize Hayley Buatez for being a Respectful Raider this week!  Hayley found a cell phone and turned it into the Main Office. The phone was returned to the owner!  Thank you Hayley for being a positive reflection of our school community!

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our Climate Committee for arranging the recognition of our various Food Service staff members.  Thank you to Mrs. Cindy O’Donnell, Mrs. Janine Hatton, and Mrs. Ashley Fitzgerald!  I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the entire staff for their professional approach to the PARCC testing.  Staff members arrive early and are prepared to support the testing dynamics.  Thank you to our wonderful assistant principals, Mr. Vern Rutter, Mrs. Erin Anders, and Mr. Kevin McCann for all of their efforts to maintain growth while balancing various school-related issues.  They have a very challenging job!  

Congratulations to Mrs. Monica Santamaria and Mrs. Lisa Nigro, our Employee(s) of the Week.  Mrs. Santamaria spent the past few months preparing for the testing process of the PARCC.  Mrs. Santamaria is our Head Guidance Counselor.  Her work ethic is unbridled and the quality she produces is commendable.  We are a better school for her efforts!  Mrs. Nigro was also selected for her efforts balancing the daily scheduling flux resulting from the testing dynamics.  Mrs. Nigro ensured we covered every class as our staff members were called upon to administer the test.  There were minor scheduling issues which Mrs. Nigro expertly addressed.  Thank you Mrs. Santamaria and Mrs. Nigro for all of your hard work supporting the PARCC Test.  You both are positive reflections of our school community.  

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

39.  Dress up one day for school.  When you look good, you feel good.

38.  Actually read the plaques on the walls of the hallways.  Some people did amazing things that once walked the halls like you did.

37.  Talk to someone new.

36.  Take a risk.

35.  Learn it’s more important to be the most interesting person in the room than the best looking.

34.  Buy sunscreen and use it.  Your skin will thank you.

33.  Start flossing your teeth if you don’t already.

32.  Find a hobby.

31.  Be nice to your siblings.

30.  Watch the news.

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

Freshman Academy/STEAM

Mr. Kevin McCann and our STEAM Academy students are gearing up for our STEM field trip to Ocean County College on May 16, 2018.  Students will be provided an opportunity to attend one of four separate workshops.  Students will learn about the Arduino Project, Crime Scene Evidence, Scented Soaps, and/or Cosmic Show.  Construction has begun on our new Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab at High School East!

Attendance Matters

State of Parenting

A Snapshot of Today's Families

Eating Together

79% of parents have dinner together as a family on most nights

Research has found that teens who have frequent family dinners are more likely to be emotionally content, have high-quality relationships with their parents and be drug-free. Nearly four in five parents (79%) surveyed said their family has dinner at home together most days a week. Millennial parents, the youngest generation, are actually more likely than Baby Boomers to have meals with their families most of the time.

A Rainbow a Day

Why is it important for kids (and parents!) to eat a variety of colors of fruits and vegetables? This video answers that question and offers tips for picky eaters.

(Parent Toolkit: State of Parenting: Family Dinners http://bit.ly/2pTLE5b)

Parent Skills

Parents today need a variety of skills and talents to effectively balance the demands of their own lives with the challenges of raising well-adjusted children. Parents are often the biggest influence in their child’s lives, and today’s parents believe they should be patient and understanding with their children, more so than setting rules and guidelines.

(Parent Toolkit: State of Parenting: Important Skills for Parents http://bit.ly/2pTLE5b)

Spending Time Together

51% of parents say they spend more time with their children than their parents did with them.

Children with families who spend time together are often more successful in school, less likely to engage in violent behavior, and better able to adapt to life’s changes. Despite the 24/7 digital world today’s parents are raising their children in, 51% of parents say they spend more time with their children than their parents did with them. But for working parents, striking a balance between time at home and time away can be a struggle - only 46% of working parents spend more time with their children than their parents did with them, for non-working parents, that number is 63%. Time can also be an issue for parents who want to be more involved in their child’s education - 43% say they’re too busy.

(Parent Toolkit: State of Parenting: Level of Parent Involvement http://bit.ly/2pTLE5b)

I will continue to provide sections of the above article from the site listed below in the following Newsletters.  Interesting stuff!


Character Counts

Our May Character Pillar is Fairness (Play by the rules • Take turns and share • Be open-minded; listen to others • Don’t take advantage of others • Don’t blame others carelessly • Treat all people fairly).  Students will engage in a meaningful lesson to discuss the importance of fairness in being a value-added citizen and the benefits to reaching personal goals.  Students will participate in lessons which promote service learning.  

Tips to Improve School Outcomes

10 Good Habits for Students: How Top Students Learn

We all know someone who is outstandingly brilliant at learning.

They are the Stephen Hawking or Marissa Mayer of your class and you’re probably scratching your head wondering why you can’t do it too, am I right? Many students lose motivation when someone else is thriving and you feel as though you’re lagging behind. This is not uncommon but if you’re thinking their learning ability is simply due to good genetics, you’re wrong. It’s more likely that they are using better study strategies than you.

There’s a bunch of good habits for students high-achievers are already following that may surprise you. Follow these learning tips to take the lead! Top students learn by (next 5 from last week’s newsletter):

6. Testing Themselves Regularly

Cramming doesn’t even enter the mind of a top student. Reviewing material in regular bursts ensures that information is stored in the memory over the long-term, extending the learning experience beyond the test. Many top students use the spaced-repetition concept to optimize learning by systematically reviewing notes to embed knowledge in the brain. Creating practice quizzes is another way to regularly engage your mind.

7. Enhancing their Learning based on Mistakes

If you want to build good habits for students into your study routine, you should start at where you are right now. Take a look back at your recent marks and review where and why you missed the correct answer. Whether it’s a question they answered incorrectly in class or a grade from a pop quiz, top students always analyze their mistakes to build on their learning.

8. Practicing Under Test Conditions

The number one way high-achievers ensure they reach their target grades is by preparing for tests in the way that they will sit the real thing. This means a certain amount of dedication will need to be demonstrated by setting a timer, putting your books away and answering questions to put your brain to work. Online quizzes are an ideal way to easily create exam-like conditions and put your knowledge to the test.

Try the timed quiz below (don’t worry it’s general knowledge!) to get a feeling for this technique:  (https://www.goconqr.com/en-US/p/470054-General-Knowledge-Quiz-quizzes)

9. Applying Learning to Real-life

Top students recognize that acquiring skills is critical for the challenges faced in life. Learning is not about studying for a test and getting good grades, it’s about understanding knowledge and what you can do with that knowledge. During the deeper learning process, students take ownership of their learning by applying core academic skills to real-life situations. Find out more about developing your deeper learning skills here.

10. Following What They Love

Those students you admire are passionate about what they are learning. They have the drive to develop their learning further based on their love of what they are discovering. This may not always be the case and is often unavoidable but if you follow what interests you and cultivate a curiosity of this area, your motivation to learn will thrive.

Not every student is the same and many top students don’t follow the status quo. The best way to create good habits for students is to try a variety of techniques and figure out what works for you.

The above information was provided from the following link:  https://www.goconqr.com/en/examtime/blog/good-habits-for-students/


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 will recognize the wonderful efforts of our teachers, paraprofessionals, and nurses this week.  AP Exams begin on Monday and will continue for the next two weeks.  Our Senior Graduation Committee will continue the process of establishing a personal ceremony on the 22nd.  Our I&RS Committee will meet for the last time this year on Tuesday.  Our Safety Team Committee will meet on Tuesday as well.  Our final Faculty Meeting will be held on Wednesday.  



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.  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the 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.