Principal's Bulletin (Principal's Corner)

November 2014

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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. Should your child need additional academic support, details are provided within this bulletin.

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for the evening of December 4thbeginning at 5:00pm. You may schedule an appointment to discuss your child’s performance and I encourage you to do so. Procedures for scheduling an appointment are included in this bulletin.

At each grade level there are important milestones and opportunities about which you should be aware. Our freshmen are well on their journey – transitioning to high school life and making choices that will enrich their learning such as the honors option for English and/or Global Studies. Sophomores, immersed in their chosen academies begin to explore career options and interests. Our juniors are beginning their research into post-secondary opportunities, exploring college and career options. Seniors are navigating the intensity of college applications and the financial aid process as they complete their highly rigorous academic choices. Our faculty and staff are here to help guide you and your child through these exciting steps.

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.


Risa Clay, Principal 732-842-8000 ext. 210

Follow me on Twitter @PrincipalClay


Student Council Officers 2014-2015

Mark Eulner, President

Patty Martinez, 1st Vice President

Chris Arnone, 2nd Vice President

Joe Malley, Treasurer

Randy Boehler, Business Manager

Paul Long, Rep at Large

Houston Migdon, President, Class of 2015

Rick Wild, President, Class of 2016

Griffin Perry, President, Class of 2017

Michael Eulner, President, Class of 2018


  • Parent/Teacher Conferences

Appointments may be scheduled through the Principal’s office  by  dialing  extension 1- 202,

1-207 or 1-437 (for Spanish assistance) beginning November 12th. Conferences will be held December 4th from 5-7pm.

Early Dismissal

Wednesday, November 26th is a noon dismissal for students. Happy Thanksgiving!


Girls’ Cross Country is having an exceptionally strong season.  They are 6-1 Public Division Champions, placed 3rd at Monmouth County Championship, 2nd at Six Flags Safari 5K, 3rd  at Shore Coaches Invitational and 4th at Reebok Manhattan Invitational.

Both Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer have qualified for the NJSIAA State Tournaments.  The Boys have been ranked as high as 4th in their State Group and as high as 4th in the Shore Conference.  The Boys’ Soccer team is headed for the NJSIAA State Sectional Tournament Final Game.  They will compete against Princeton on Thursday, November 13th at 2:00pm at Princeton High School.  GO BUCS!!

Congratulations to Boys’ Soccer team players Sam MacPherson, Justin Gilson and Randy Boehler for being named to 1st Team All-Division.  Players Joe Malley, Dylan Fogerty, Justin Delaney and Connor Kelly were named to the 2nd Team All-Division.

The  Girls’  Tennis  team  completed   their   season   with   a  record   of  11-10.  This is  the second year in a row they have recorded an over .500 season.

The Field Hockey had seven wins, more wins accumulated than over the last few years.  They qualified for the NJSIAA State Tournament.

At the conclusion of Week 9 of the Football Season, our BUCS have a record of .500, with 4 wins and 4 losses.  We have two games remaining; a State consolation game versus Lawrence High School on Saturday, November 15th, beginning at 1:00pm and the traditional Thanksgiving Game versus Long Branch on Thanksgiving morning, beginning at 10:30am at Long Branch.  GO BUCS!!

RBR BUC Backer Foundation

Parents and family members welcome.  This is a great opportunity to join other adults who support our school.  The next meeting will be December 2nd at 7:30pm in Room 108.

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,  Find out what is happening in our school and get in contact with me quickly via email

Student Supports

Homework Help

After school homework help is offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2:45-5:15pm in the Media Center. 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.

Peer Tutoring

Students can receive one to one assistance from peer tutors during the lunch blocks by asking for a pass from their school counselor. Students sign in and receive tutoring from other students who work with our school counselors.

Parent Portal/Sign Up

Registering for the Parent Portal provides parents with access to important information such as attendance data and grades. Students may also register for an account to follow their own progress! Simply log in to our main and follow the link for the Parent Portal under Quicklinks or visit our school counseling 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 English 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 seniors—and their parents—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. The RBR School Counseling Department recognizes these concerns and is here to help! For the answers to your questions regarding the application process, please contact your child’s school counselor.

College-bound students every year lose opportunities for financial assistance due to a failure to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Don’t be left out of the loop for financial aid—come to our program, “Navigating the Financial Aid Process,” for a better understanding of the requirements. This one-hour program will not only cover the finer details of the FAFSA, CSS Profile and scholarships/loans/grants, it also will answer many pressing questions from the audience. Navigating the Financial Aid Process will be held on January 22, 2015 at 6:30pm, in the RBR Auditorium. 

Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ms. Van Ness will have her work published in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s scholarly journal Work and Days in the Spring of 2015. The publication will include Ms. Van Ness’s paper on Alison Bechdel’s memoir Fun Home. This will be Ms. Van Ness’s third published work.

Ms. Dorn’s Leadership students recently designed and manufactured the Buc Deckschool pride T-shirts that are worn by the student body at sporting events in support of our athletic teams.

The National English Honor Society is holding a used book sale in mid-November to raise money for The 2nd Annual Walden Scholarship.

Numerous staff members continue to receive training in IB and AP curriculum in order to foster and strengthen the Open Enrollment Program.

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 2. Information is always posted on our website at 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 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 ( 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:

   November 20, 21, 22: 7:00pm

November 23: 3:00pm


(For ticket information call 732-842-8000, press 1 then ext. 227)


  • Visual and Performing Arts Events


11th-      Veteran’s Day Services, Monmouth St. Red Bank at 11am

18th-      Strings Chamber Concert at Red Bank Public Library at 7pm


During the month of November Studio Art, IB Visual Arts & AP Studio Art will have an Art Exhibit at the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson.


5th -        Kaleidoscope in Commons at 6pm

11th-      Strings performance at Monmouth Mall in morning

12th-      Piano/Harp/Choral Concert in Auditorium at 7pm

18th-      Dance Concert in Auditorium at 7pm;

19th-      Deadline for 4 Year Academy Applications for 2015 -16 school year

20th -     Dance Concert in Auditorium at 2pm

22nd-     InterDistrict Choral Festival in Auditorium at 9am

15th-       Band/Strings Concert in Auditorium at 7pm

17th-      VPA Auditions for the applicants of the 4 Year Academies