“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!

I spent my Saturday and Sunday at Fairfield University visiting my daughter during Parent’s Weekend.  We spent the day visiting the town and enjoying the various activities prepared for the parents.  We attended the men’s soccer game Saturday evening, which was fun.  I wanted to give a great big Shout Out to my Vikings for their win over the Jets (sorry to our Jet fans)!  I hope the win will continue to move the Vikings closer to a playoff spot!

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.

Mrs. Donna Setaro presented to our Health classes Monday and Tuesday on the Move Over Law.  Students learned that when you see lights flashing on the side of the road, slow down and if possible, move over - away from police, fire personnel, paramedics and safety trucks.  The objective is to support safety procedures for emergency responders as they are addressing issues along the side of the road.  Thank you to Mr. Mike Nemeth for coordinating Mrs. Setaro’s presentation.  Our Peer Leaders met with our Freshman Academy Teams during lunch periods to present on topics related to the qualities of effective leadership.  Great job Mrs. Stacey Nadeau and Mrs. Rachel Hay for preparing our Peer Leaders effectively to present a meaningful lesson!

We held our Attendance Hearings for students who do not comply with our district attendance policy on Wednesday.  I would like to thank Mrs. Kristi Koskowski, our Attendance Officer, for organizing the Hearings and for her guidance to provide support for our at-risk student population.  We have observed fewer chronically absent students than our neighboring schools through the efforts of Mrs. Koskowski and her team.  Thank you!

Our Guidance Department hosted a workshop for senior students on the college application process.  Students learned how to apply to college.  The workshop was sponsored by Ocean County College.  Thank you to Mrs. Monica Santamaria for organizing the event in support of post-secondary success.

I met with our Guidance Department to discuss the college application process and my goal to provide our parents with a clearer understanding of what is available to them through our website(s) and workshops.  We discussed what we currently do and how we can better ‘market’ the information available to our parents.  We also discussed providing a document/newsletter to disseminate to our parents on how to prepare year-by-year.  Please check out what is available at this time through the following sites:  https://classroom.google.com/c/NTc5NjE2NzUwN1pa; http://www.trschools.com/hseast/guidance/test%20career.html.  I will begin to highlight a more structured approach in the College and Career Section listed below.

I attended our Spanish Heritage Club’s sponsorship of a Genesis training workshop Thursday evening in the Media Center.  Mrs. Liz Rodriguez organized a workshop to support an understanding of the Genesis program to our Hispanic speaking population.  Mr. Mike Nichol presented the workshop, guiding parents how to navigate through Gradebook, Progress Reports and Parent Portal.  Thank you to all of our student helpers and Ms. Marissa Regad for volunteering to watch young children while our parents participated in the workshop.  I would also like to thank Mrs. Melissa Friedman and Mrs. Erin Anders for volunteering their personal time to help parents address various technology issues.

I attended the Girls Space graduation ceremony held in the Media Center Friday morning.  Great job to Mrs. Elise Weinberger and Ms. Carrie Bush for their time and energy to promote positive peer relationships and self-esteem with many of our female students.  I could have avoided the donut, but still enjoyed the ceremony!  Friday was Hat Day – a day where our Ambassadors sponsored a fundraiser to raise money for Breast Cancer awareness.  Special thanks to Mrs. Casey Daniel and Ms. Candice Schultz for coordinating the day and to all of our wonderful Ambassadors for their support.  We raised $116 on Friday.    

A great big Thank You to our PTO for their event Friday evening before the football game.  Members of our PTO were on site at the Patio providing popcorn, cotton candy, water, and a free Bubbakoos burrito to our Raider Nation family.  Special thanks to Bubbakoos for donating the burritos and for supporting our school initiatives!  I am very proud of our group!    

Congratulations to Mr. Mike Yost for being named our Employee of the Week.  Mr. Yost was nominated by Mrs. Amy Stack on Friday for his commitment to supporting our students and staff.  Mr. Yost is our Head Custodian and works to keep the school clean and functional with the varying demands.  I appreciate Mr. Yost’s dedication and positive attitude he brings to work each day.  Thank you Mr. Yost for all you do!

I would also like to thank our parents who take the time to write me positive notes regarding student and staff issues.  It makes my day hearing how a staff helped a student or parent regarding a concern.

Congratulations to our Band for their performance Saturday evening!  Coach Sandford informed me that we jumped almost 4 points from our competition last week.  We placed 4th out of 8 in our respective group!  Keep up the great work kids!

As part of our 180 Days of Excellence, I would like to acknowledge Mrs. Liz Rodriguez for her time and effort running our Genesis training for our Hispanic speaking families.  I provided Mrs. Rodriguez with a Raider Excellent Award for going above and beyond.  I would also like to acknowledge Mr. Mike Nichol, Ms. Marissa Regad, Mrs. Monica Santamaria, Mrs. Erin Anders, and Mrs. Melissa Friedman for volunteering personal time to support the evening.  Thank you to our staff who volunteered to be part of our Attendance Hearings and to Mrs. Koskowski for coordinating the day.  

Did You Know?

Freshmen Academy/STEAM

We are holding our Field Day on the 26th.  Teams will be decorating their team banners and t-shirts this week.  Thank you Mrs. Michele Schindler for helping to organize the event.  The Freshman Academy team trophy will be on display and we wish all of our competitors success.  Mr. Kevin McCann will be meeting with district personnel to review STEAM course sequence and progression and to discuss future programs.  

Attendance Matters

If you are having trouble getting your child to attend school regularly and/or to be on time, please view the following (taken from our Attendance Works website):  


My Attendance SUCCESS PLAN

Possible Strategies to REACH MY Attendance Goals

To improve my attendance, I commit to the following:




We will review progress to meet this goal in one month.

      Student Signature:                                                          Date:                        

      Parent Signature:                                                          Date:                        

Character Counts

The below information was collected from the following website:


Did you know there are scientifically proven benefits of being kind?

Did you also know that kindness is teachable?

“It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” Dr. Ritchie Davidson , University of Wisconsin

Or that kindness is contagious?

The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!

Kindness Increases


Witnessing acts of kindness produces oxytocin, occasionally referred to as the ‘love hormone’ which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving our overall heart-health. Oxytocin also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re anxious or shy in a social situation.


“About half of participants in one study reported that they feel stronger and more energetic after helping others; many also reported feeling calmer and less depressed, with increased feelings of self-worth” Christine Carter, UC Berkeley, Greater Good Science Center


A 2010 Harvard Business School survey of happiness in 136 countries found that people who are altruistic—in this case, people who were generous financially, such as with charitable donations—were happiest overall.


“People who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older who volunteer for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying early, and that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.” Christine Carter, Author, “Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”


According to research from Emory University, when you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centers light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed—not the giver. This phenomenon is called the “helper’s high.”


Like most medical antidepressants, kindness stimulates the production of serotonin. This feel-good chemical heals your wounds, calms you down, and makes you happy!

Tips to Improve School Outcomes

Resiliency!  This term is something I believe our students need to learn.  Please review the following link to provide background on the topic.  We will be working on providing workshops to our students this year on developing mental toughness and the skills to come back from negative outcomes.  Please let me know your thoughts after having read the article and if you are interested in helping out in any way.


College and Career

Freshman Year

1. Get to know yourself Personality and career choices:                   http://humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm

Temperament:  http://www.keirsey.com/sorter/register.aspx#

Career Interests:        http://www.yourfreecareertest.com/

2. Get Involved at TRHSE (club listing will be posted on school site)

3. Make your courses count.  Typically, the following is what colleges are looking for in high school transcripts:

Please review the following site to provide guidance for preparation for college (9th and 10th grade levels):


We welcome Nova Southeastern University, Towson University, Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing, Marymount University, F.I.T, and Hofstra University this week.

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

We are holding our monthly I & RS Committee meeting all day on Monday.  Our Raiders Helping Raiders mentor program will be hosting their annual scavenger hunt in the afternoon.  Our Peer Leaders are holding a workshop for our 9th, 10th, and 11th graders Tuesday during lunch periods.  We are holding our monthly security drill this week.  We are celebrating Red Ribbon Week beginning on Monday.  Mrs. Ann Millard will be conducting senior college workshops on Wednesday.  We are holding our ½ Day Professional Day on Thursday, and will be providing quality workshops to our staff.  On Friday, We are holding our Conference-Conference sessions all day in our new Professional Development Room (to be named at a later time).  I am excited for this new project as we modeled the room after Google Creative Design rooms in hopes of fostering meaningful collaborative workshops for our staff.  Our Freshman Academy will host their annual Field Day Friday afternoon.  Our Spirit Club is hosting our Spirt Week (to begin on Wednesday).  


The next senior college workshop is on Tuesday, October 24th. The topic will be: Where do I start?  (Big Future, College visits, and Narrowing your Choices). Sign up in Guidance.  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.

Anyone interested in applying for the Hugh O’Brian Leadership Seminar please be sure to stop in Guidance.  


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.