Our first marking period has now officially ended and students’ first marking period grades have been posted; take time to carefully review this information as first marking period grades may be an indicator of how a student will perform for the balance of the school year. Please review your child’s grades and attendance. This can easily be done through our Parent Portal; be sure to register. Grades, attendance data and teacher comments provide useful information.
Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for the evening of December 5th beginning at 5:00pm. Teachers may request a conference via a comment on the student report card. Our teachers and counseling staff are here to work in collaboration with students and families to ensure academic success. Good communication is a vital part of this equation.
Should your child need additional academic support, homework help is now provided to our students four days per week, after school, in our Media Center. Peer tutoring is available during our lunch periods. Our faculty is very willing to assist your student; encourage these requests.
We are proud of the many supports we have implemented at RBR. They begin with a caring and skilled faculty and include myriad interventions. These strategies range from programmatic approaches to intervention services. This month’s Principal’s blog topic is Supporting our Students – read it on our website.
There will be a noon dismissal for students on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Transportation will be provided and modified for the revised schedule that day. Also listed below are mid-term examination schedules and information about emergency school closings.
I welcome and encourage your comments regarding any items in this mailing or any concerns you may have. Thank you for your continued support of Red Bank Regional High School and enjoy a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday season.
Supervisor ELL/Bilingual Education
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- Mid-Term Examination Schedule 2014
The mid-term examination schedule appears below. We anticipate that Wednesday, January 22rd will be a “B “day. Parents should note that the examinations will be administered over four days. There will be an 11:35am dismissal on all exam days. Examinations are indicated by class blocks. The mid-term examination will constitute 10% of the final grade for each course except in classes in which quarterlies are required.
| 1 A
| 1 B
|| Tuesday 1/28
|| Wednesday 1/29
| 3 A
| 3 B
| CLASSES RESUME "A" DAY
Students will report to class for Exam One immediately at 7:35am
Exam One is scheduled from 7:35 to 9:30am
Break and Passing 9:30-9:39
Students will report to class for Exam Two at 9:40am
Exam Two is scheduled from 9:40 to 11:35am
11:35am DISMISSAL ALL DAYS
Make-up Exams will be done on Wednesday, 1/29, and Thursday, 1/30, after school.
Absences and Make-up Exam Procedures
Students are expected to be in attendance at the time and on the date specified for their exams. In the event a student is absent for a valid reason as stated in the student handbook (illness, death in the family, etc) he/she MUST report to the Attendance Office on the next day and submit a note from his/her parent or guardian explaining the reason for the absence.
Students will not be permitted to schedule a make-up exam unless they are issued a “Clearance Note” from the Attendance Office.
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
The evening of December 5th has been designated for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Review your student’s report card carefully as teacher comments indicate the need for a teacher conference. Appointments may be scheduled through the Principal’s office by dialing extension 202, 207 or 437 (for Spanish assistance) beginning November 13th. Please call between the hours of 8 -11am if possible.
Student Council Officers 2013-2014
Danny Lloyd, President
Brian Bruno, 1st Vice President
Kristin Wawrzynski, 2nd Vice President
Brendan Hickey, Treasurer
Jazz Van Loon, Business Manager
Jenna Schneck, Corresponding Secretary
Paty Martinez, Recording Secretary
Ray Reynolds, Rep at Large
Ryan Lloyd, Public Relations
Fatima Carranza- President, Class of 2014
Houston Migdon, President, Class of 2015
Jack Anderson, President, Class of 2016
Griffin Perry, President, Class of 2017
Student Council Homecoming King and Queen
Ryan Lloyd and Jazmiera Smothers
Big news this season in sports! Our Girls' Cross Country team record is 7-0. Our Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country teams are Division Champions and still strong competitors.
Both Boys’ and Girls’ soccer qualified for the NJSIAA State Tournaments. In girls’ soccer Jazz Van Loon broke the single season school record for the most goals.
Girls’ Volleyball qualified for the NJSIAA State Tournament- GO BUCS!
Stay tuned for a special surprise at this year’s Athletic Awards.
- From the Principal’s Office
You can now follow me on Twitter by linking to my account on the main page of our website. If you have a Twitter account simply search for me @PrincipalClay. I love to tweet current news about RBR, pictures from our events and news from our classrooms. In addition, I send out links to current articles that I think may be of interest to students, families and staff.
You can also access my blog, the Principal’s Corner on the front page of the RBR website, www.rbrhs.org. Find out what is happening in our school and get in contact with me quickly via email email@example.com
After school homework help is offered Monday through Thursday from 2:45-5:15. Most subject areas are represented. I urge you to encourage your child to attend. Homework help is perfect for students who need a structured place to complete their assignments. Physical education make-up classes are also available. These dates are posted in the locker rooms and are offered once per week after school and any student is eligible to elect this option to improve their grade.
Students can receive one to one assistance from peer tutors during the lunch blocks by asking for a pass from their study teacher at the start of the study period. Students sign in and receive tutoring from other students who work with Mr. DeCotis, school counselor, to deliver these services. This is a wonderful option available to our students.
We offer one specialized tutoring during study hall with either a math or language arts tutor. Bilingual assistance is available in this study. Please request this study through your student’s school counselor.
Registering for the Parent Portal provides parents with access to important information such as attendance data and grades. Simply log in to our main website www.rbrhs.org. and follow the link for the GENESIS, Parent Access Request or visit our guidance office for more information.
- News from our School Counselors
Freshmen now have access to an outstanding program for personal, college and career planning. Last month, Mr. DeCotis, the freshman school counselor, introduced ninth grade students to Naviance, a software program designed to assist students with researching and developing goals for high school and beyond. In group sessions held during each of the global studies classes, Mr. DeCotis taught students how to access and use the program. Parents are encouraged to register as well—contact your child’s school counselor to set up an account if you do not already have one.
Every year many seniors experience heightened anxiety due to increased demands at school, home and work, at a time when they will make a cornerstone decision in their life—where to go to college. This year RBR’s Guidance Department has developed a new workshop for seniors—a three-session program taking students from exploring and selecting colleges to which to apply through completion of the actual applications, including essays. Ms. Maline, a school counselor, and Mr. Forrest, an English teacher, designed and ran the sessions. Demand for the program initiated a second set of sessions. It is our hope to continue this program in the future, particularly in July/August, before seniors start the school year.
Understanding the high cost of college and the burden it places on families, RBR’s Guidance Department invited Mr. Ed Zamora and Ms. Kelly Sponeybarger, with many combined years of experience in colleges and financial aid, to present to RBR students and their parents the ins and outs of the financial aid process. This one-hour program not only covered the finer details of the FAFSA, CSS Profile and scholarships/loans/grants, it also answered many pressing questions from the audience.
Kudos to Ms. Kaszuba, our Director of Student Services, who has been named President of Monmouth County Guidance Directors Association.
Our freshman students participated in a jam-packed day on October 16th. While our students on grades 10 and 11 were testing, freshmen participated in our first Career Fair in the field house. Academy lead teachers, students and career representatives shared their thoughts and knowledge about the programs. Students then moved to the middle of the field house for the Game of Adolescent Game Life, a social skills building program presented by the Central Jersey Family Health Consortium and co-facilitated by the Source. The last stop was a presentation by the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office on Internet Safety. Freshman Academy Supervisor Suzanne Keller and lead teachers, Jennamarie DeVito, Jenn Morrisy and Jenn Kanuga were busy coordinating the program while our freshman teachers guided students throughout the busy morning.
- News from the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences
Two of our teachers, Sara Van Ness and Darlene Fenick, recently led a workshop at Monmouth University for NJ educators. The topics included: cooperative teaching, AVID Binders/organizational skills, critical reading skills, summarizing, writing and editing strategies. Our Academy Supervisor, Tom McDonough, along with Ms. Van Ness and Academy lead teacher Andrew Forrest were keynote speakers at a recent symposium on AP (Advanced Placement) and Open Enrollment. They identified strategies that we use to increase enrollment and support our students.
As a school, RBR has worked to increase open enrollment by providing additional strategies for success as well as removing obstacles to higher-level courses. All of our students in grades 10 and 11 take the PSAT during the school day at no cost to our students.
Students in Ms. Dorn’s Leadership Elective, one of the keystone courses in the academy, are busy organizing a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please begin saving your cans of food for this event.
- Update from the Academy of Sports Medicine and Management
Last week our academy students were treated to an introspective presentation by Diana Toto, Program Coordinator of the Health Assessment Center for Athletes at Barnabas Health. Diana has been working with us since August bringing concussion and cardiac screening to our students in a partnership with St. Barnabas. In the classroom she worked with Lead Teacher Christina Emrich and Sports Medicine Teacher Sandra Ploe to share her knowledge of the field of exercise physiology. Students participated in role-playing activities coached by Ms. Toto as they sought coveted positions in their academy fields.
- School Closing/Delayed Opening
With winter weather rapidly approaching, a school closing or delayed opening may be necessary. In the event of emergency closings and/or delayed openings, information is available to students and parents on these networks: radio stations New Jersey 101.5 FM and WJLK FM-94.3. You can call the school at 732-842-8000 and access the current school message by pressing 3. Information is always posted on our website at www.rbrhs.org for information in Spanish please dial extension 1-437. Signing up for a text alert is the quickest form of notification.
- Emergency Notification System
RBR is now using Code Red to power the Two River Alert system. This system is used to inform you of emergency information and closings as well as other information related to school events.
To ensure that you continue to receive our messages you must go to Two River Alert icon on upper right hand portion of the front page of the RBR website (www.rbrhs.org) and create a new account. If you wish to receive messages from more than one of our partners you will need to create separate accounts for each. We encourage everyone to register now so you do not miss important information or alerts. Please note that you must sign up into the Code Red system even if you were receiving Two River alerts in the past.
The Red Bank Regional Theatre Company Presents
A Comedy by Moliere
November 20, 21, 22: 7:00pm
November 23: 2:00, 7:00pm
November 24: 3:00pm
(For ticket information call 732-842-8000, press 1 then ext. 227)
- December Visual and Performing Arts Events
December 4 - Band & Strings Concert 7pm, Auditorium
December 6 - Sinatra Bash featuring Concert Choir, 8pm, Count Basie Theatre
December 13 - Piano, Harp & Choir Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
January 17, 2014 - “Kaleidoscope”, 6pm RBR Commons