Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have reached the mid-point in the school year. The year is quickly progressing and it is very important to take time to talk with your child about grades and student progress. Our school counselors and teachers are available to address any concerns. The Parent Portal provides quick access to your child’s academic performance.
This time each year we participate in the New Jersey Teacher of the Year selection process. I want to share with you some of the kind words offered by parents, students and staff about our teachers. Each and every day our classrooms come alive here at Red Bank Regional as our dedicated staff performs their craft. Students described their nominees as “making them feel comfortable and safe,” “quickly learning their strengths and working endlessly to ensure their success,” and “making learning fun and having a style that was effective and engaging.” Many students described teachers and coaches who ultimately helped them become not just better students but better people and better prepared for the world they were about to enter. Our teachers recognized their peers as creative, compassionate, dynamic and caring individuals. While only one staff member can be named Teacher of the Year, please join me in acknowledging our entire staff, a treasured and valued resource.
I would also like to take a moment to commend our students on the wonderful things they do each day. We hear so much about terrible events that so often in schools, we cannot dismiss the commonplace positive occurrences that we sometimes take for granted. The daily routines, how we work together in class, travel through the hallways and eat in two very large groups during lunch blocks. Often our students alert us when they have concerns about each other. Safety drills are now part of our school routine. What we cannot forget is the intrinsic value of helping each other. We are a community and our students have a vital role in our school and in making our school community a success.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions, suggestions or thoughts you may have regarding our school community. I may be reached by phone or email and welcome your comments and suggestions. Follow my Twitter account @PrincipalClay for daily tweets about our school community.
Principal 732-842-8000 x 1-210
RBRHS will be open on Friday, February 14th to make-up a snow day.
RBRHS will be closed February 17th in observance of President’s Day Weekend
The HSPA will be administered on March 4-6, 2014 to all 11th grade students and some 12th grade students. Additionally, RBR will be administering the ACT Explore and Plan to all 9th and 10th grade students, respectively, on the same days.
Proficiency on the HSPA is a New Jersey graduation requirement. Therefore it is critically important for all students to perform well. For an 11th grade student, failure to achieve proficiency on the HSPA could seriously affect his/her graduation eligibility and will impact his/her course selection for the senior year. The exam lasts up to three hours each day of its administration.
For 9th and 10th grade students, the ACT Explore and Plan are equally important. These tests are most closely aligned with the Common Core, which students have been addressing in class and on which they will be assessed next year through the PARCC examinations. We will use the results of these tests to check for college and career readiness and to assist with planning for the future.
High-stakes testing can be a stressful and challenging experience. You can help your child’s preparation by ensuring he or she sleeps properly and eats a healthy breakfast. You can also encourage your child to work hard during class and to complete HSPA preparation assignments.
Seniors who are not taking the HSPA will report to school at 9:15am on the three HSPA administration days. Study halls will be available for seniors who choose to come in at 7:35am. Seniors will be taking part in several meaningful programs. One day will be dedicated to the “Alive at 25” program; this program promotes safe driving for young people. The next two days will include presentations from “Steered Straight” and the Department of Homeland Security. We view these programs as critically important for seniors, and attendance at these events is mandatory. A senior must be present at these events in order to be eligible to attend the 2014 RBR Prom and the Senior Picnic.
HSPA & Practice HSPA Administration – March 4-6, 2014
12th Grade Students Arrive at school by 9:15am all three days
NOT taking HSPA Dismissal at 11:35am each day
No busing available for 9:15am arrival
12th Grade Students Arrive at school at 7:35am on day(s) taking HSPA,
TAKING HSPA 9:15am on days not taking HSPA
No busing available for 9:15am arrival
Dismissal at 11:35am each day
11th Grade Students Arrive at school by 7:35am all three days
Dismissal at 11:35am all three days
9th & 10th Grade Students Arrive at school by 7:35am all three days
Dismissal at 11:35am each day
Dismissal for all students on all three days will be 11:35am. Busing will be available for a 7:35am arrival and an 11:35am dismissal.
Teacher of The Year
Please join me in congratulating Mr. Krishna Kanuga, Red Bank Regional’s Teacher of the Year. Each year it is our honor to choose, by committee, one teacher who exemplifies excellence in education. Mr. Kanuga follows in the tradition of RBR teachers who have demonstrated their expertise and caring both in and out of the classroom, as evidenced by student success and outstanding contributions to the RBR community.
Black History Month Celebration
On the morning of February 20th, we will recognize Black History Month with two assembly programs.This year’s featured speaker will be Mr. Ronald Dukes, RBR alum, Villanova University graduate. Ronald majored in Management Information Systems and minored in Peace and Justice. He eared his Masters of Accountancy, also from Villanova. Ronald is a traveling consultant with Pricewaterhousecoopers (pwC), aspiring author and entrepreneur. He will be joined by RBR’s performing arts students and staff in an inspiring assembly program. Our Multicultural Club has worked diligently to plan this month’s program.
Red Bank Regional Education Foundation
Our Education Foundation is hosting a benefit performance with Tim McLoone and our RBR Visual and Performing Arts students. This year we have a special guest appearance by Ben E. King! Tickets are available through our website. The Education Foundation funds many school initiatives. This fundraiser directly benefits RBR students and staff. The show is February 23rd at 3pm. Tickets are $40 for reserved seats, $20 for open seating and $10 for students, RBR staff and seniors.
The Source Foundation
The Andrew Kroon Memorial Fund operating under the auspices of The Source Foundation at RBR is hosting a Fashion Show and Gift Auction Sunday, February 9, 12-3pm at Buona Sera in Red Bank. Tickets are $40 and include lunch and Fashion Show. All proceeds benefit the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Fund for Latino students.
Casino Night Event
The Source Foundation will be hosting their annual Casino Night on March 29th, 7pm at McLoone’s Pier Village in Long Branch. Tickets are $100 and include buffet and entertainment. The Source provides many services to RBRHS students including; counseling, academic support, conflict resolution, preventative medical, dental and eye care, recreational and cultural events and scholarship opportunities.
Winter Sports News
Boys/Girls Indoor Track
- 4 National Qualifiers, to compete March 13th at NY Armory
- 12 Eastern Qualifiers, to compete February 24th at NY Armory
- 7 new school records set or broken
- 4 x 4 Group II Relay Champions, Scott Reeves, Sean Patterson, Mario Williams,
- Current record is 7 wins, 4 losses.
- Currently ranked #5 in Monmouth County (The Star Ledger)
- Currently ranked #7 in the Shore Conference (Shore Sports Network)
- After winning just four games last year, the BUCS have returned to their place among the best teams in Monmouth County and the Shore Conference
- Current record is 5 wins, 7 losses with a very competitive schedule
- Jazz Van Loon top ten in Shore Conference in scoring
- The team endeavors to finish the season with a .500 record, the first time since
1997-1998 that the team completed with a .500 record in two consecutive years.
- Currently in third place in our division
- Qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament
- Currently overall record of 5-1-1; tied for first place in the Division
- The team’s Division record is 4-0-1
- Senior Emma Sullivan placed seventh in the 200 IM and fifth in 100 breast stroke at Monmouth County Championship
- Currently the Boys Team is on a 4 meet winning streak, with a record of 4-3.
- The team chemistry is a direct reflection of their success
- Placed thirteenth overall at the Monmouth County Championship meets in the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay
Heroin Education Program
The heroin epidemic in Monmouth and Ocean counties has been publicized in the news and through such informational sessions as the Prosecutor's presentations throughout the area. When the topic arose in the senior health classes by the students themselves, the teachers knew they had the perfect opportunity for a "teachable moment". Working with Lori Todd, Student Assistance Counselor, senior Health and Physical Education teachers Mary Karlo and Mark Alter decided to bring in some experts in the field to help the students understand the magnitude of this epidemic.
On January 14 and 15, 2014, all of the senior health classes participated in presentations by Deputy Chad Williams, of the Mesa County Sherriff's Office, and founder of Safe Kids America (www.safekidsamerica.org<http://www.safekidsamerica.org>). His message was very valuable to the students, not only about the dangers of prescription drugs and heroin, but about healthy life choices and having vision toward their futures.
Monmouth University students who are in recovery from heroin addiction spoke powerfully and supplemented Chad’s presentation. Their riveting personal stories and honesty hit home with the students.
RBR is currently planning a parent forum as a follow-up to the prosecutor's program on the evening of February 20th. Please contact Lori Todd, Student Assistance Counselor (email@example.com) for more information.
NEW SCHOOL SECURITY PROTOCOL
Please be informed that we are in the process of improving the security at Red Bank Regional High School. In order to make this transition seamless, all visitors must follow the new protocol starting February 10, 2014.
If you have any questions regarding these new enhancements please feel
free to contact my office. Our number one concern is the safety of your children.
Upon arrival, all visitors must provide the security desk with a reason for being at the school (over the speaker).
· Visitors dropping off an item or money for a student: Leave the item in the vestibule on the table. Clearly mark the item with the name and grade of the student—money should be left in a labeled envelope. Once the visitor has left, front desk personnel will retrieve the item and get it to the student at the earliest appropriate time.
· Visitors needing to come into the building: You must provide identification at the front desk. If an issue arises regarding ID, the School Resource Officer or an administrator will be contacted.
· All visitors must wear the bright orange visitor ID visibly around their neck for the duration of their visit and sign the ID back into the front desk before exiting the building.
· All visitors must be escorted if they are not going to one of the four main visitor destinations (VPO, Principal’s Office, Guidance, Nurse).
Thank you for your cooperation as we move toward a safer environment for everyone.
RBR School Counseling Update
The school counselors presented “If I Could Be Anything, I Would Be. . .” to all sophomores during their Physical Education classes. This interactive program provided students the opportunity to become aware of opportunities, establish goals and prepare a plan for achieving them utilizing many of the features of the Naviance program. Log onto your parent account to review the results.
On January 16th the school counseling department provided parents and students with insights into the college search during daytime and evening presentations. A significant portion of the presentation centered on identifying key areas on which college admissions officers focus when making admissions decisions. Both events were well attended and informative—feedback concerning the information gleaned was excellent. Don’t miss our next session, “Naviance: Not Just for Juniors”, to be held on February 27, 2014. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Monmouth County Vocational School District will present its variety of programs, shared time and full time, to all sophomores on February 10th during the second lunch module. This meeting will not only provide information regarding the accessibility of programs but also an overview of the application process. Sophomores interested in a MCVSD course of study must complete an application and in some cases an admissions test.
Freshman House Update
Academy Selection Process
Students will be selecting their 3 year academies within the next couple of weeks. To assist in this process all freshmen will participate in an assembly program scheduled for January 31st- February 6th. Students will hear from each of the Academy Lead teachers who will highlight keystone courses and curriculum and answer questions about the program. Students will complete an application and write a short essay on why they want to enter their chosen academy. Four year academy students will write an essay detailing their experience in their academy this year.
Freshman Parent Advisory Board
All freshman parents are invited to attend our next Freshman Advisory Board meeting scheduled for February 12th after school in the Career Center. For more information please contact Suzanne Keller, Freshman House Supervisor at 732-842-8000 ext. 1-236. Topics of discussion for this meeting include: academy selection process, Teaching Tolerance curriculum scheduled for April, house contests and end of year celebrations.
News from the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences
We have several presentations planned for the students in our Humanities Academy. In February local Red Bank historian, entrepreneur and motivational speaker Gilda Rogers will educate students on the current state of the T. Thomas Fortune Project, a historical landmark in Red Bank.
Also In February, Matt Craw, RBR alum (’98) will be coming to speak with students about both his experiences as a Marine in the war in Afghanistan and his journey toward healing through writing. For more information about our speaker, please visit http://www.matthewcraw.com His recently published book, The Song Each Bullet Sings, is available on amazon.com, as well as in our Media Center
Nicole Tortoriello, RBR Alum, Georgetown U alum and current Columbia U student will be speaking in March. Nicole will discuss her work as an intern for the late Senator Lautenberg, her position at a non-profit educational organization in Washington, D.C. Her presentation will also include advice about preparing for law school.
Dr. Nancy Mezey, Associate Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of Gender Studies at Monmouth University will speak in April. She will discuss her experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. A return engagement, Dr. Mezey always provides fantastic visuals and profound wisdom about the world outside of our own experiences. http://outlook.monmouth.edu/index.php/features/1126-meet-dr-nancy-mezey-of-the-sociology- department
Academy of Math and Science
Recently our academy students were treated to a presentation from Christina Lazaro and Debra Malles who are Certifed Public Accountants at WithumSmith+Brown. Their presentation was designed to enlighten students about the field of accounting and to help students overcome their misconceptions that accounting is boring and dull. They showed the students an interesting video that depicted accountants at work, traveling across the world and working for sports teams or music stars. They answered questions and at the end of the session presented students with a scholarship opportunity. Students left the session with new ideas about career options in the field of certified public accounting.
Academy of Information Technology
The CyberPatriot team qualified for the Semifinals round 3, only 50 teams of 600 starting this fall reached this level. We competed in this round last month and we placed #28 in the Open Division for public schools. Our score was not in the top 12 so we are not eligible for the finals in Washington, D.C. but we will still compete for the N.J. State trophy later this month and the Northeast Regional trophy in March. This is a brand new team and they are quickly rising to the top!
The CyberAces completed their qualifying rounds and we have two BUCS that qualified for NJ State Championship- student Chris Sochacki and our teacher Mr. Jeremy Milonas. This competition is open to both students and adults. Only 70 people qualified out of the 378 starting in NJ and only 12 of those were high school students- nice work Chris! The ZeroRobotics team made it to the Semifinals as well.
Visual and Performing Arts
The RBR Concert and Chamber Choirs were featured performers at the annual Martin Luther King program at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank. Speakers included Mayor Menna, Council Members, NAACP President, local clergy and school administrators. The Director of the Holocaust Center at Brookdale Community College also spoke. Our choir was led by Mr. Kris Zook and accompanied by Ms. Camille Thompson. The performance included an African American spiritual, African chants and a gospel arrangement of the Hallelujah Chorus. The audience was enthusiastic and the students added so much to the program.
We Welcome the Year of the Horse
Students in Ms. Wu’s Chinese class will join with students from Holmdel’s Jersey Shore Chinese School to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. RBR juniors Kobe Miller, Houston Migdon and sophomore Kevin Zheng will emcee the event. The program features Chinese folk dance, yo-yo demonstrations, and the legendary Dragon dance. We are thrilled to bring this celebration to our school because we truly value the integration of culture with the learning of a second language for our student body.
Please join us for our outstanding Visual and Performing Arts Productions:
February 12th Reverberations, Senor Recitals, 7:00 pm
February 28th National Art Honor Society Art Auction, 6:30-8:30 pm
April 3rd-5th 42nd STREET musical, 7:00 pm
April 6th 42nd STREET musical, 3:00 pm
April 9th Echoes & Voices, Creative Writing Majors, 7:00 pm
April 25th Senior Art/Photo Show Reception, 6:00-8:00 pm The Guild, Shrewsbury
Show runs April 22nd thru May 7th
April 25th Vocal Concert, 7:00 pm
April 28th NAHS Induction Ceremony, 7:00 pm
April 30th Strings Concert, 7:00 pm
The Red Bank Regional Theatre Company Presents
April 3rd - 5th, 7:00 pm
April 6th, 3:00 pm
(For ticket information & reservations please call 732-842-8000, press 1 then ext. 227 or visit our website for the PayPal option)