“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!  

Do you struggle to find time for your own personal wellness? Do you need help with resources?  INSPIRE TR (SEPAG) has an event for you!  Join us on Dec. 5th for an evening ALL ABOUT YOU as a caregiver.  Some discussion topics will be- Stress management techniques for parents; The Mind/Body connection; Healthy Eating; Family Support....and more!  Date: Wednesday, December 5th.  Location: High School East Media Center.  Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm.  No RSVP required...Just show up!

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.

In line with our Random Acts of Kindness initiative, we recognized the efforts of our security personnel Monday.  I would like to thank Mr. Ed Kayler, Mr. Scott Kenny, Mr. Rich Whitmeyer, Mr. Gary Stiles, and Officer Tom Herbst for their commitment to providing safety to our students and staff.  Safety is our number one priority in school and we have the right people leading the way.  Thank you to our Peer Leaders for their efforts to acknowledge the various staff members for their commitment to excellence!  Our counselors met with our 9th grade students this week.  Our counselors spoke to the kids about the role of a high school counselor, academic planning, how to address personal problems, planning for the future, guidance resources, academic honors, personal goal setting, being involved, important websites, how to meet with your counselor, and resources for extra help.  Thank you counselors for the wonderful effort!  Various school clubs and organizations began their preparations for our annual Holiday Food Drive.  Special thanks to our Ambassadors for their efforts coordinating the activities.  Our School Improvement Committee met after school and discussed our November pillars and activities to move our building forward.  Our Attendance Committee will be implementing a ‘Bring Your ‘A’ Game’ instructional day later this month where staff are encouraged to present their favorite instructional activity on a Friday to support our goal to improve student attendance through engagement.  Our Behavior Committee shared out on our upcoming December drive to teach students how ‘respect’ matters.  We will be running various activities through our Physical Education Department to improve student understanding and appreciation for following school expectations and how the behavior affects achievement.  Our Climate Committee discussed our Super Thankful Day on Friday and ideas for December.  I thought the meeting to be productive and appreciated the efforts of our various staff members.

On Tuesday, our Spanish Heritage Club conducted their community service project by providing Spanish to English and English to Spanish translations for our Hispanic speaking student population at Parent-Teacher Conferences at Walnut Elementary School this week.  Special thanks to Mrs. Liz Rodriguez and our wonderful student ambassadors for volunteering their personal time to support our community families!  Great job Angélica Santiago, Ariel López, Carlos Mercado, Clara Marín, Ericka Martínez, Esmeralda Barajas, Isabella Canchón, Jessica Martínez, Melanie Hernández, Natalie Ramírez, Raisa Thunig, Stephania Barajas, and Zamantha Castillo for providing the support!  You are all a positive reflection of our school community!  We held our monthly PTO meeting Tuesday evening in the Main Office Conference Room.  I briefly spoke regarding school growth initiatives and updated members on school activities.  Mr. and Mrs. Engelhard, from the Raider Nation Alumni Group, presented to the PTO on their initiative to purchase banners for our gymnasium.  The group is looking to raise approximately $25,000 to fund the initiative and is in the process of promoting awareness for the cause.  We also discussed as a group connecting our alumni to the school through a social fundraiser in the winter.  Check out the Raider Nation Alumni site for further details.  

Mrs. Ann Millard ran her College Workshop Series on Wednesday again for interested seniors.  Mrs. Millard presented on the college application process.  I ran a professional development workshop in support of the Attendance Committee’s ‘Bring Your ‘A’ Game’ event in December.  We held the workshop in our Jersey Mike’s Professional Development Room.  Mr. Chris Rampone from Jersey Mike’s stopped in as we invited Mr. Rampone to inspect how his funds from our fundraiser last spring were spent in support of our school vision and mission.  Thank you to Jersey Mike’s for all of their wonderful support of our school.  I spent the professional development sessions sharing out to staff on our goal to improve school attendance through various initiatives.  We discussed events we held the past few years and the impacts of the attendance initiatives on our daily average rate for the problematic day(s).  Bring Your ‘A’ Game is designed to promote positive school attendance through innovative instruction.  Various staff members shared out on their ‘go to’ strategies and we discussed the importance of creating school-wide support of the activity in December.  Special thanks to Mrs. Lucia Doulong for creating the idea and spearheading the initiative!  We held our annual Powderpuff competition Wednesday evening.  Great job to all of the kids, our athletes and cheerleaders for their positive behavior!  I enjoyed watching the game and the halftime show!  Congratulations to our seniors for their impressive victory!

Our Community Outreach Committee, thanks to Mrs. Diane Harz, sponsored a College and Career Workshop for various classes on Thursday.  Mr. William Hill from Monmouth University presented on the importance of various inter and intra-personal skills in workforce.  Communication, resourcefulness, analytical thinking, etc. are important skills employers look for in qualified candidates.  Mr. Hill spoke about resumes, components of a successful interview, important factors in success in college and what employers look for in candidates.  We held our 5th annual Spanish Heritage Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday evening in the cafeteria.  What a wonderful evening to spend with our families.  Great job to Mrs. Rodriguez and her students for hosting the event.  Special thanks to all of our staff who volunteered to serve and to our night custodians for their help cleaning after the dinner.  We listened to music, stories of the Raiders In-Service’s trip to the Dominican Republic and other cultural events.  I truly believe Mrs. Rodriguez’s efforts are bridging the gap between several groups of students and achievement!  

Friday was a unique day in our school history…we held a Super Thankful Day where students and staff were encouraged to acknowledge individuals in their respective lives who they were thankful for.  I received encouraging notes from our kids and it made my day.  I am aware that many staff received similar notes and we all left feeling pride in what we do as part of a school community committed to success.  I love this school and all of our students and staff.  I could not think of a better place to work.  I made an announcement and thanked our students for going out of their way to acknowledge me in the hallways.  I also thanked our staff for being student-centered and for going above and beyond to support student needs.  Many of our various clubs and organizations participated in the festivities, offering words of encouragement and posting positive notes on lockers.  All Raiders were encouraged to dress in their favorite superhero costume in support of the day’s objective.  Many of our staff participated and it made for an entertaining day.  Mr. Kevin McCann ran his Kevin’s Corner Professional Development Workshop Series Friday in our Jersey Mike’s Professional Development Room.  Mrs. McCann shared out on questioning strategies to foster engagement, relevance, and rigor.  Mr. McCann is such a valuable resource in our building and we are fortunate to have him!

I would like to thank Mrs. Erin Anders for her support conducting a school-wide student involvement survey as we pursue our goal to involve all of our students in an extracurricular activity.  There are statistical correlations between extracurricular activities and student achievement and we believe our students will benefit from the experiences as they prepare for their future college and career endeavors.  We will be dissecting the results in the following weeks, however, at this time, we collected surveys from approximately 83% of our student body.  We noted that our 9th grade students demonstrated an 89% involvement rate, compared to 86%, 79%, and 73% for our 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students, respectively.  We noted that our female population is generally more involved, particularly evaluating participation in clubs.  Our female population is also generally more apt to participate in multiple activities (double the percentage than our males), such as sports and clubs than our male population.  It appears that students are more likely to maintain participation rates when they begin early in their high school career.  We will be looking at the impacts of our variable components on academic achievement, attendance, behavior, and social and emotional success in the next few weeks.  We will be reporting back to you.  Great job Mrs. Anders for your efforts!

Congratulations to Mr. Kevin Cohen for completing his 60th History Club trip this weekend.  The kids went to Washington, D.C. and walked around the various monuments and museums.

Congratulations to Mia Pereira and James Kaari for being recognized as our November Seniors of the Month!  Mia has a 98.9% attendance rate during her tenure at East.  She is in the top 10 of her senior class.  She is described by her teachers as someone who strives for excellence at every opportunity.  She is a member of NHS, Ambassadors and TEAM.  Mia demonstrates a strong work ethic and will graduate having taken seven (7) AP courses.  James owns a 99.8% attendance rate during his tenure at East and is described by his teachers as having the ability to communicate with fellow students and educators with a maturity beyond his age.  He is in the top 10 of his senior class and has never earned a grade lower than an ‘A’, with the past two years being straight A pluses.  He is a member of the TRE Marching Band and the Indoor Color Guard.  James volunteers his personal time at a local animal shelter.  Congratulations to both Mia and James for being positive reflections of our school community.

Congratulations to Robert Thomas for demonstrating ‘Respect’ for his classmates by turning in $70 in cash found in the hallways.  The money was returned to the owner, who was more than glad for Robert’s honest approach to life!  Thank you Robert for being a model East citizen and someone we are all proud of!  Congratulations to Gabriella Rosario for being recognized as a Respectful Raider as well.  Gabriella made Mr. Edward Goodman’s day by sending him a note acknowledging his positive impact on her life!  Thanks Robert and Gabriella for being positive reflections of our school community!  

I acknowledged Ariel Lopez-Torres and Charlotte Feigin for their efforts this week demonstrating the type of behavior characteristic of a Raider.  Ariel was written up for not only helping out our Hispanic Parent-Teacher Conferences at Walnut Street last week, but also for volunteering to help our wrestling team.  Wonderful!  Charlotte was written up for taking the time to write a teacher-specific note informing the staff member how he has positively impacted her life.  It takes a mature person to make such an effort.  Thank you Ariel and Charlotte for being positive reflections of our school community.  

Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Mika for being selected as our Employee of the Week.  Mrs. Mika was chosen by Mrs. Cindy O’Donnell for being a staff member who is always going above and beyond for our at-risk student population.  Mrs. Mika does not enjoy the spotlight or being acknowledged for such acts of kindness, but we wanted to take the time to do so in this form.  Thank you Mrs. Mika for caring about children and using your value to make a difference in the life of a child.  We appreciate your efforts with our mentoring program!  

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I recognized Mrs. Diane Harz for going above and beyond and providing our students with an opportunity to meet with a guest speaker on college and career readiness.  I also recognized all of our school counselors, secretaries, security personnel, nurses, and specific committee lead teachers who go above and beyond each day at this incredible school.

Congratulations to Hailee Sicknick, Daniella DeConde and Lauren Rumbolo for representing High School East in the All Star Field Hockey Game this past month.  Great to see our kids doing so well in and out of the classroom!    

Did You Know?

Our Physical Education Department’s pillar this month is ‘Breakfast’.  We will be providing information to our kids on the importance of breakfast to individual and student success.

Freshman Academy/STEAM

Congratulations to the following Freshmen Academy Award winners for the month of October:

Team Blue

Most Improved:  Ariel Lopez Torres

Most Spirited:  Sean Howlett

Character – Respect:  Enzo Torino

Best All-Around:  Kayla Tomczak

Team Black

Most Improved:  T.J. Nigro

Most Spirited:  David Casas

Character – Respect:  Julia Herczeg

Best All-Around:  Alexa Pasnicu

Team Silver

Most Improved:  Victor Gomez

Most Spirited:  Lizzie Gillen 

Character – Respect:  Nicole Rosas

Best All-Around:  Kelly Goodall

Attendance Matters

Congratulations to Richard McMenamin, Christopher Hamilton, and Torrie Ferrara for being selected as our Monthly Perfect Attendance Winners.  Each student was present for the entire month of October and proudly displayed their commitment to their academic and personal success through their attendance.  Each student received a $10 WaWa gift card.  Congratulations to Alexander Flores for demonstrating perfect attendance to date this year!  Alexander won a $20 WaWa gift card.  Congratulations to Mrs. Melissa Reimertz’s period 1 class for winning the Homeroom with the best overall attendance for the month of October.  The class will receive a bagel and donut breakfast!  

I will provide October’s Attendance Data in our next Newsletter.  

Character Counts

Congratulations to Mike Goodall and Julia Slevin for being recognized as our October Character Counts Students of the Month.  Mike was selected because he is always showing his peers around school and helping those in need.  He shows responsibility by representing his football team with pride and by being a model student athlete.  He is always kind and respectful towards others.  Julia was recognized for demonstrating character when no one is looking.  She recently was recognized for helping a student in need when the student was visibly upset and embarrassed.  Julia went out of her way to ensure the student was supported as she demonstrated compassion for others.  Congratulations Mike and Julia for being such positive reflections of our school community.  

Tips to Improve School Outcomes

How Positivity Makes You Healthy and Successful

By Travis Bradberry

When faced with setbacks and challenges, we’ve all received the well-meaning advice to “stay positive.” The greater the challenge, the more this glass-half-full wisdom can come across as Pollyannaish and unrealistic. It’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive when positivity seems like nothing more than wishful thinking.

The real obstacle to positivity is that our brains are hard-wired to look for and focus on threats. This survival mechanism served humankind well back when we were hunters and gatherers, living each day with the very real threat of being killed by someone or something in our immediate surroundings.

That was eons ago. Today, this mechanism breeds pessimism and negativity through the mind’s tendency to wander until it finds a threat. These “threats” magnify the perceived likelihood that things are going—and/or are going to go—poorly. When the threat is real and lurking in the bushes down the path, this mechanism serves you well. When the threat is imagined and you spend two months convinced the project you’re working on is going to flop, this mechanism leaves you with a soured view of reality that wreaks havoc in your life.

Positivity and Your Health

Pessimism is trouble because it’s bad for your health. Numerous studies have shown that optimists are physically and psychologically healthier than pessimists.

Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania has conducted extensive research on the topic. Seligman finds much higher rates of depression in people who pessimistically attribute their failures to personal deficits. Optimists, however, treat failure as a learning experience and believe they can do better in the future.

To examine physical health, Seligman worked with researchers from Dartmouth and the University of Michigan on a study that followed people from age 25 to 65 to see how their levels of pessimism or optimism influenced or correlated with their overall health. The researchers found that pessimists’ health deteriorated far more rapidly as they aged.

Seligman’s findings are similar to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic that found optimists have lower levels of cardiovascular disease and longer life-spans. Although the exact mechanism through which pessimism affects health hasn’t been identified, researchers at Yale and the University of Colorado found that pessimism is associated with a weakened immune response to tumors and infection.

Researchers from the Universities of Kentucky and Louisville went so far as to inject optimists and pessimists with a virus to measure their immune response. The researchers found optimists had a significantly stronger immune response than pessimists.

Positivity and Performance

Keeping a positive attitude isn’t just good for your health. Martin Seligman has also studied the connection between positivity and performance. In one study in particular, he measured the degree to which insurance salespeople were optimistic or pessimistic in their work, including whether they attributed failed sales to personal deficits beyond their control or circumstances they could improve with effort. Optimistic salespeople sold 37% more policies than pessimists, who were twice as likely to leave the company during their first year of employment.

Seligman has studied positivity more than anyone, and he believes in the ability to turn pessimistic thoughts and tendencies around with simple effort and know-how. But Seligman doesn’t just believe this. His research shows that people can transform a tendency toward pessimistic thinking into positive thinking through simple techniques that create lasting changes in behavior long after they are discovered.

I will provide the rest of this article in next week’s Newsletter.  If you want to read it before it is posted, check out the link:  


College and Career

Mrs. Millard presented on the college application process on November 14th.  Students will learned about online apps, the Common App, letters of recommendation, and the activity resume.

Please review the following site to provide guidance for preparation for college (12th grade level and senior planning):


We welcome Georgian Court University and Penn State University this week in Guidance.

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. 



Friendly reminder…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

Various clubs and organizations will be donating to our Ambassador’s Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Our Raiders Helping Raiders mentor program will be supporting the process, as mentors and mentees will be coloring and preparing the food baskets for our families in need.  


Instant Decision Day @ HSE for Ramapo College is on 11/29 @ 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.  Seniors who have a college application deadline of January 1st need to submit their paperwork to their counselor by December 12th to ensure delivery by 12/21/18.  HS East is offering a free SAT full length practice test on Saturday, January 26th from 9am-12:45pm. Interested students should see their counselor for registration information.  HS East in partnership with NJ Natural Gas is providing a free workshop: College Admissions- Secrets and Strategies on December 5th at 6:30pm.  Please RSVP to amillard@trschools.com.  FAFSA workshop is on December 6th @ 6pm in the HSE Media Center.  This is a free program that helps families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form that is required to apply for federal and New Jersey financial assistance programs. Please call the guidance dept. for more information.  Ms. Cavanaugh from the Ocean County Arts Program is coming to HSE on Monday, November 26th to give a presentation to students during their lunch period.  Volunteer hours need to be submitted at the end of every month.  Please drop off your community service card in Guidance.  College/University representatives are coming to HSE to conduct information sessions.  Please sign up in Guidance.


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.