“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 review the following link in an effort to address the severe and negative impact resulting from the reduction of state aid from P.L. 2018, Chapter 67, otherwise known as S2.

Simply put, S2 will have dire and unintended consequences for the students in many districts whose state aid will be reduced over the next six (6) years. If fully enacted, the reduction in state aid will result in a catastrophic effect on educational programming for our students. Updates on S2 will be issued on our district website and will be highlighted in our East Newsletters.  

The special education parent group (SPEG) meeting is at HSN media center at 6 PM on Feb 6.  Babysitting will be available.

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 completed our Quarterly Exam schedule this week.  I hope our students were successful and felt they were able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a productive manner.  We held our monthly Attendance Hearings on Monday to support our students who do not comply with our district attendance policy.  Great job to the team for all of their efforts to meet the individual needs of our at-risk student population.  Great job Mrs. Kristi Koskowski and her team for all of their hard work.  

We held our monthly I & RS Committee all day on Tuesday to support the individual needs of our at-risk student population.  The team meets with students and parents and works collaboratively to provide a plan to improve student school outcomes.  Great job to Mrs. Erin Anders and her team for all of their hard work.  We held our 8th Grade Transition meeting Tuesday evening at East.  We welcomed our new families and presented on the various scheduling and graduation requirements.  I spoke to the parents about school expectations, the characteristics of an ‘Excellent’ student, and resources in support of the college readiness process.  Mr. Kevin McCann spoke to our parents about the Freshman Academy and Mrs. Monica Santamaria spoke about scheduling, course sequencing, and state graduation requirements.

On Wednesday, we held our weekly professional development workshop in our Jersey Mike’s PD Room.  Mrs. Lucia Doulong and I presented on making emotional connections to engage students.  We discussed how emotions are at the top of learning, constructed from experiences, and influence the way we perceive, pay attention, and motivate to act.  What we remember is a reflection of this process.  We discussed specific strategies to meet individual student needs and how student outcomes will improve through a concerted effort to connect to our students, provide a safe educational environment, and to make the content material relevant and relatable.  I appreciate all of the hard work Mrs. Doulong put in to support this PD for our teachers.  Great job Mrs. Doulong.          

We conducted our monthly security drill Thursday morning and tested our ability to respond to an emergency lockdown scenario.  Great job to the students and staff.  Thank you to Berkeley College for their support to meet with our STEAM Academy students on Thursday to discuss the college readiness process.  Our students learned about goal setting and establishing SMART Goals.  Students learned how to apply the steps to achieve those goals and how the goals relate to the college acceptance process. Thank you to Ms. Melissa Couden-Rapolla for her efforts to support our children!  

I attended the district CTC Survey Committee meeting on Friday to discuss how we are going to address the respective risk factors identified in the survey that negatively impact student behavior.  We will report out to our community as we move forward.  

I would like to congratulate Mr. Casey Scallon for being selected as our Employee of the Week.  Mr. Scallon was selected by Ms. Carrie Bush for being a tremendous support and resource to the CST team and an exceptional educator in our special education program.  Mr. Scallon is appreciated because he is someone who takes the time to make those personal connections with his students.  He cares and his students succeed under his guidance.  Thank you Mr. Scallon for being a positive reflection of our school community.  

I would like to acknowledge Ms. Marissa Granato as part of our 180 Days of Excellence.  Ms. Granato was recognized by a parent for providing love and support for her child.  Ms. Granato provides a safe and supportive educational environment conducive for achievement.  

I would like to congratulate Steven Howard for being recognized for a Raider Excellence Award on Friday.  Steven was acknowledged for demonstrating a caring attitude toward animals in need.  Steven donated more than 100 pounds of animal food for our local shelter.  Thank you Steven for being such a positive reflection of our school community!

Great job Daniela Luna, Brian Baxter, Brian Cosentino, and Tyler Corblies for being recognized as a Respectful Raider this week!  Daniela was acknowledged for starting a Toy Drive program in Manchester.  Brian Baxter found airpods and turned them in to the Main Office and Brian Cosentino found $20 cash and turned it in.  Great job!  Tyler found $10 cash and brought the money to the Main Office.  Thank you Daniela, Brian, Brian, and Tyler for being positive reflections of our school community.

Congratulations to Mrs. Kristen Mason and Mrs. Noel Hendrix for being our monthly professional development winners.  Thank you both for your commitment to move your skills as an educator forward!

Did You Know?

We started a new club, Future Teachers of America (FTA)?  FTA is a national organization that strives to allow high school students to explore the possibility of becoming a teacher and studying in the field of education in college. One of the goals of FTA is to help the students of TRHSE experience what it is really like to be a teacher.  The club has implemented a new Teacher Shadowing Program where students are able to work side-by-side with faculty members in various subject areas to explore their interests in education.  We currently have about 20 participating students with 30 interested teachers. We are looking for some new members from any grade level. If interested, please see Mr. Jon Knight in E3C, or seniors Kelly Roma or Elizabeth Keogh for more information! 

Freshman Academy/STEAM

Congratulations to the following Freshmen Academy Award winners:


Most Improved:                        KAYLA BRATTLI

Most Humility:                        MARGARET MORSE

Most Spirited:                        OLIVIA PALLEN

All Around Greatest Raider:        SARA HERBST



Most Improved:                        JAMES SCHINDLER

Most Humility:                        MIA SHAPIRO

Most Spirited:                        AIDEN MICHAELS

All Around Greatest Raider:        EMILY KETCHAM



Most Improved:                        ALEXA RAMOS

Most Humility:                        JULIAN SAAR

Most Spirited:                        JERVIN SEVILLA

All Around Greatest Raider:        SABRINA CHUNN

STEAM Academy students met with Ms. Melissa Couden-Rapolla from Berkeley College to discuss the connection between goal setting and college readiness on Thursday.

Attendance Matters

Transcript for Work

A two-year college in Missouri issues "job readiness work ethic" scores on students' transcripts, as well as a rating for attendance.

By Paul Fain February 12, 2013

(continued from last week’s newsletter)

Value Add

Donald Claycomb, Linn State’s president, says the plan originally came from trying to respond to a widespread notion among employers around the nation that there has been a “deterioration of the work ethic” among new hires.

Linn State’s leaders didn’t just go with their gut. In 2006 the college polled the more than 300 members of its industry advisory committee (which now has more than 350 members) to see if they liked the idea of rating students on job readiness skills and attendance.

“Their response was overwhelming that we should do that,” he says, with 80 percent of respondents endorsing the idea.

The college then collaborated with various industry partners to see which skills are valued and how to rate students on them. For example, they studied workplace evaluations from several employers.

Once Linn State had a draft job readiness score chart, it began experimenting with small groups of instructors who tried using it. The college made subsequent tweaks, and then launched the full-scale grading process in 2009. Most of the changes were in how to define attendance, such as what should count as an excusable absence, says Claycomb. Adjustments were based on the consensus among employer standards.

Some faculty members had concerns about the job readiness grading, mostly due to worries about how much additional time they would have to spend tracking students’ performance in the six categories. But Claycomb says those initial misgivings have faded. These days, he says many instructors like having another way to assess students, which he said also helps their teaching.

Students also like the new transcript grades, according to Claycomb -- at least students who do well on them. In particular, he said students value getting some credit for performing well in areas besides their final grades in courses. And for some, a good job readiness score could help lift up the overall appeal of their transcript.

The key is whether employers actually look at the document. Karp says she was skeptical that transcripts factor much into the hiring process for technical jobs, although she also said it would great if employers did use Linn State's transcripts.

However, many community colleges report that there is a hunger for colleges to help students develop their soft skills. And it doesn’t seem like a big leap for companies and others on the hiring side to encourage colleges to rate students for their employability.

“We are seeing more and more employers who are showing more attention to this,” says Claycomb.

Linn State is upfront with its students about the high priority it places on workforce readiness, which is part of its recruitment pitches. “If it isn’t right for you,” Claycomb says, “then this isn’t the place for you.”


Character Counts

Raising Your Kids with Respect: How to Teach Your Child to Care for the World Around Them

by Pam Myers, BS Ed | on January 9, 2018 | in BehaviorMannersParenting

One of the biggest challenges modern parents face is instilling respect in their children. This isn’t an issue in which you can just tell your child, “Respect is important, so be respectful.” No, the development of respect in a child goes much deeper than words. Respect essentially means placing value in someone or something and responding in kind. When you value your friends, for example, you treat them kindly. When you value your local community, you avoid littering. Although respect is a concept that can be difficult to understand, it’s important to help your child learn to grasp what it means to be respectful. Because of this, it’s important that parents understand what it takes to help a child develop respect for other people, for themselves and for the world around them.

When your child was born, you were probably so excited that you read baby books, scoured baby naming websites and debated for hours over what color to paint your nursery. Once your little one was born, you may have been so busy changing diapers and trying to get some sleep, you didn’t think until much later about the importance of teaching your child values such as respect.

For some parents, respect isn’t an issue they consider until their child is well into their teenage years or going through a rebellious phase. Unfortunately, at this point, it’s almost too late to squash disrespect. Before your child begins going through hard times, make sure you start thinking about ways you can help them understand the value and the meaning of respect.

Demonstrate respect

Children learn most frequently through imitation. Your kids will learn to demonstrate and mimic your behavior early in life. If you treat the people around you with respect, your kids will pick up on that. If, however, you talk down to other people or ignore their opinions and insight, your children will choose those behaviors to imitate. While no parent is perfect, make sure you spend some time considering what your behavior says about you. Are you argumentative? Are you rude? Are you pushy and mean? Do you go out of your way to help others? Do you clean up after yourself? Do you avoid littering? There are many ways you can demonstrate respect in everyday life, so don’t be afraid to ask yourself the hard questions about how you’re doing.

Talk about respect

Explain to your kids what respect is. Even from a young age, your children can explore the idea. This can be something as simple as talking about the importance of sharing toys or not taking something from another child. It could be more complex, like explaining why your child should be polite or kind to other people. When you open up the discussion on respect, your kids will feel more comfortable exploring this topic with you. Most importantly, they’ll be able to ask you questions about what it truly means to demonstrate respect to others.

Give real-life examples of respect

Make sure you give your child plenty of examples of what respect looks like. Many people grow up thinking they understand respect, yet they know little about the concept. Do your kids know what respect looks like? If they don’t, try to discuss real examples with them. You don’t have to make anything up. Just point out examples of respect and disrespect as you go about your day. Before you know it, they’ll understand exactly what you’re talking about.

While parenting is tough, it’s important that you face the hard issues head-on. Respect is one of those tough topics. Every parent wants what’s best for their child, so make sure you focus on developing respect early on. This will help prepare your child not only for survival in school but for flourishing in the workplace as well.


Tips to Improve School Outcomes

I am going spend the next few weeks highlighting the characteristics of a Growth Mindset in this section.  I will provide links to articles and videos describing how to promote in the home.

What is a Growth Mindset?  

Check out Carol Dweck’s video at the following link which discusses how the brain develops and learning occurs:


Summary of video

College and Career

Important new developments on raising money to pay for college expenses!  Your child can earn micro-scholarships from colleges for your achievements as early as 9th grade.  Please go to the following website for further details:

How Much More Do College Graduates Earn Than Non-College Graduates?

Studies have proven time and again that college-educated workers often earn more than those with only high school diplomas. Learn more in this video.


Highest-Earning Occupations

Many white-collar occupations require applicants to hold at least a 4-year degree, and some require more advanced degrees. In a 2015-2016 report, PayScale.com provided salary information for top-paying occupations based on employees that held only bachelor's degrees. Let's look at the top 10 occupations and the entry-level median salary and mid-career median salary for each.


Entry-Level Median Salary

Mid-Career Median Salary

Petroleum Engineering



Nuclear Engineering



Actuarial Mathematics



Chemical Engineering



Electronics and Communications Engineering



Computer Science and Engineering



Electrical and Computer Engineering



Systems Engineering



Aeronautical Engineering



Computer Engineering



(I will include the rest of the article in next week’s newsletter)


Please remind your child about the importance of respecting school expectations.  I battle every day with children regarding ear buds, electronics, and hats in school.  We are doing our best to instill positive behavior traits in our students as they prepare for their future, but we need your support.         

This Week at East

I have a district administrative meeting Monday to discuss the results of the referendum and to budgetary limitations resulting from the loss of state aid to our school system.  Our STEAM team will be evaluating applications this week.  Many of our students will be participating in the Seal of Biliteracy Test on Tuesday and we wish them success!  The Ocean County Vocational Schools will be running a Career Day at East on Wednesday in the gymnasium.  Our Peer Leaders will also be running a workshop with our STEAM Students during lunch period on Wednesday.  Our School Improvement Committee will be meeting after school on Wednesday to discuss our February objectives.  We will be holding a Freshman Academy Workshop on Thursday during lunch period.  We will test our monthly fire drill procedures as well.  We will be holding a workshop on Wednesday for staff on developing student resiliency skills and another on Friday to reflect on our school’s core values in the Jersey Mike’s Professional Development Room.  I will be attending our district Health and Wellness Committee meeting Friday morning.


In support of our goal to promote accountability to individual success, we are offering student-led workshops to improve study skill habits for our 9th and 10th grade students.  The workshops will be conducted by our Peer Leaders, under the guidance of Mrs. Rachel Hay and Mrs. Stacey Nadeau in the Media Center during freshman and sophomore lunch periods on the 12th and 26th of February.  We met with the Peer Leaders at least 3 times over the past few weeks and discussed how to best get students to become more accountable for their outcomes and aligned/engaged to the school mission.  The kids felt student to student would be most effective as additional support to after school hours teachers normally provide.  The workshop on the 12th will be on Time Management and Organization strategies and on the 26th will be on Maintaining a Positive Mindset.  Please encourage your child to attend if you believe the workshops to be beneficial!

The counselors visited the English classes to give students scheduling information for the 2019-2020 school year. Course requests will need to be entered via parent portal. The course selection guide is available on the district's curriculum webpage.  The registration deadline for the March 9th SAT is 2/8/19.  Register at www.collegeboard.org.  Juniors and Seniors interested in taking the Accuplacer on February 25th must sign up in Guidance.  The OCVTS Open House is on Thursday, 2/7/19 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Visit www.ocvts.org for more information.  The OCVTS Career Day @ HSE is on 2/6/19. Students will be able to experience the post secondary programs offered at OCVTS.  

The Ocean County Library presents the Universal African Dance Drum Ensemble on Monday February 11 at 7:30 pm.  Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble will perform traditional African dances and music.  This troupe has been featured on NBC and CNN, and has performed nationwide at the NAACP National Convention, casinos, museums, political events, military events, arts and culture festivals and more.

We are bringing our East Pantry back to school.  In support of our families in need, we are looking to stock the school with various school, food, and clothing supplies.  We are looking for donations.  If interested, please contact Mrs. Erin Cosentino at ecosentino@trschools.com.  Mrs. Cosentino is our coordinator.   


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.  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6 PM.


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!

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.