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Principal's Bulletin (Principal's Corner)

April 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian,

It appears that winter is finally over and spring has arrived. Only a few months remain before the school year ends. It is important that students remain focused. In addition to completing course requirements, more students than ever will be taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual credit exams. All biology students will be taking their end of course exam.

Last month students in grades nine through eleven took the state mandated PARCC examination in English Language Arts (ELA) and math. This test replaced the HSPA, which was a graduation requirement designed to measure student proficiency. This new endeavor has been challenging, yet our students and faculty rose to the occasion.  

Our revised school calendar for this year is now posted on our website. Please note that due to severe weather, we have added two days for students, April 2nd and June 19th. Graduation will take place on June 19th at 6pm. Senior class activities are detailed in this bulletin.

Please review our final exam schedule as well as the school and athletic calendars. Our performances and sporting events offer wonderful opportunities to see our talented students and athletes on the stage and on the field.  

I wish each of you a wonderful end to the school year. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a restful and relaxing summer.


Risa Clay


732-842-8000 ext 1-210

Follow me on Twitter @PrincipalClay


The 2015-2016 school calendar is currently posted on our school website along with the revised calendar for the remainder of this school year.




















Students report to class for EXAM ONE at 7:35am         

Exam one scheduled for 7:35am to 9:30am                      

Students report to class for EXAM TWO at 9:40am

Exam two scheduled for 9:40am to 11:35am



MAKE-UP EXAMS - 7:30am





Parents should note that final exams will be administered over four days.  There will be an 11:35am dismissal on all exam days.  Seniors have a MANDATORY graduation practice on Friday, June 19th, at 9:15am.

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.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES                                                                                                                                                   Driver Safety

The week of June 1st begins with a crash simulation with first responder participation. In addition, there are weeklong presentations planned for large and small groups focusing on the prevention of impaired driving and the impact of substances on motor skills.

Senior Prom

This year's prom is Friday, June 5th, at the Shore Casino in Atlantic Highlands. All seniors may leave at 11:30am on that day without being signed out by a parent or guardian. Underclassmen attending prom may also sign out, but if under 18 he/she MUST be signed out by a parent. All students must be present in school a minimum of four hours to attend prom. All students will be subject to a Breathalyzer test at prom.

Senior Awards

June 8th is the date for our Senior Awards Program. The program will begin at 7:00pm. The ceremony will be held in our auditorium. Please join us as we honor our graduating seniors.

Senior Picnic

Senior Picnic is Friday, June 12th. The picnic will be held on campus.  If there is rain, the picnic will be held inside. Permission slips and $5.00 are due in the main office by Friday, June 5th.  All seniors attending the picnic must arrive by 9:15am and they will be released at 1:30pm.  It will be a normal day of school for seniors who are not attending the picnic.  Any student not in school because of an unexcused absence on Monday, June 8th will not be able to attend the senior picnic. Seniors must maintain solid attendance for the remainder of the school year.  A day with excessive senior absences or early sign-outs will eliminate the picnic. Seniors who have more than 20 school absences, and/or excessive lates or sign-outs will not be permitted to attend the event.  Only those who have obtained an attendance waiver will be exempted from this policy.


Seniors will have graduation practice on Friday, June 19th at 9:15am. At this time tickets, caps and gowns will be distributed. Students MUST resolve any financial obligations in the main office prior to this date to receive these items. Commencement will take place June 19th at 6pm at the football stadium, weather permitting. Seniors must arrive in the field house by 5:00pm dressed in proper attire. Sneakers and shorts are not permitted. Students will be subjected to a Breathalyzer test. All personal items should be left with family members or home as they will not be permitted in the field house.


The Second Annual Battle of the Classes Food Drive is underway. Faculty and students donate food to benefit Lunch Break and the Red Bank Salvation Army.  The class that donates the most food wins $1000 toward their prom and valuable Battle of the Classes points.  Last year, the RBR community donated over 11,505 items. Food should be labeled with students' graduation year and brought to the main office, the class advisors' rooms or to Ms. Dorn in room 205.  The contest runs until April 1st - donate and make a difference.


On May 15th and 16th the American Cancer Society is sponsoring Relay for Life, a community effort to raise money to fund the battle to end cancer. An organized team effort is hosted at RBR that begins on the Friday afternoon and lasts through Saturday morning. Traditionally the Two Rivers Relay for Life has been extremely well attended and successful in both increasing education about cancer prevention and raising money.  More information is available at


The SOURCE is hosting their annual “Encourage an “A” Dinner,” Tuesday, April 21st at New Corner Pizza in Red Bank.   Students who receive 2 or more “A’s” on their report card and no failures during the 3rd marking period may select from a variety of gifts awarded that evening.

The SOURCE will celebrate 15 years serving RBRHS students and their families at their End of Year Reception June 11th, 5:30-7:00pm in our Commons.   Scholarship awards will be presented from The SOURCE, Andrew Kroon, Albert Martin and Riyadh’na Farrow Memorial Scholarships.


RBR had an outstanding performance in this year's CyberPatriot competitions. All three BUC teams made it through the initial rounds to qualify for the elite Platinum tier.  Team Maroon and Team White not only took the top NJ State Titles but also won the top Northeast Region title.   Team Maroon's scores qualified them for a trip to DC as one of only 12 teams in the country invited to the CyberPatriot 7 Finals Competition.  During this four day event our RBR team performed with distinction but did not place in the top three categories.  Their team spirit and sportsmanship towards other teams made them a favorite of the conference.  Team Maroon truly made us BUC Proud!

Here is the final tally for 2015 CyberPatriot season:

  • Team Maroon - National Finalist Team,  Northeast Region Champion, NJ State Champion
    (Josh Even, Louis DiOrio, Bobby Villaluz, Kyle Neary, Mark Eulner, Tyler Birn)
  • Team White - Northeast Region Runner-Up, NJ State Runner-Up
    (Ryan Terpak, Zach Carrano, Cris Sochacki, Andrew Noglows, Thomas Smith, Derek Arnheiter)
  • Team Gray- Platinum tier qualifying team
    (Young Chen, Dylan McRae, Makoto Brown, David Guerin, Nahjeek Mitter)

AOIT teachers Mandy Galante and Jeremy Milonas also coached two middle school teams, donating their time to this pilot effort with 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Markham Place School in Little Silver.  Their goal was to inspire young women to pursue an interest in technology. Of the nine students that enrolled, six were girls and the two teams quickly became masters at security computers.  Competing against 190 middle school teams nationally, the teams went to finals, returning with the 2nd and 3rd place trophies in the Middle School Division.


The Point Road SciVention Convention is a school-sponsored activity designed to supplement classroom instruction. The purpose of the SciVention Convention is to encourage an interest in science and invention, to further develop inquiry and investigation skills.

Each year our students from the Technology Student Association, and their advisor, Ms. Hawley, volunteer their time to judge this event.  This year students from Mr. Mancuso’s science class also helped in the judging.  Our students did a fantastic job judging and their younger peers were excited to share their projects.  Among the group were Vincent Novellino, Jade Glab, Cecelia Gunderson, Natalie Gunderson, Kristen Jones, Abigail Joyce, Javier Molina, Elisa Orsini, Kevin Jose Paz, Jose Ramirez, Therese Elizabeth Schmidt, Ricky Wild, and Kinga Stopka,

FBLA COMPETITION                

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club competed at the State Leadership conference on February 26th and 27th in Edison.  Ten RBR students from the Academy of Finance and Academy of Information Technology programs qualified and received top level awards:

  • Christian Bonomo - 3rd Computer Problem Solving
  • Darby Olex-Memoli - 3rd Cyber Security
  • Mark Eulner - 4th Cyber Security
  • Josh Even - 4th Desktop Application Programming
  • Logan Applegate and Tim Hill - 1st Global Business Issues
  • Cris Sochacki - 2nd Mobile Application Development
  • Tyler Birn, Zach Carrano, Louis DiOrio - 2nd Network Designs


At the end of February students in this academy participated in a presentation from Elite Sports Physical Therapy and RYPT Sports Performance.  Sharon Wentworth, DPT, ATC and Bobby Smith, CSCS are the owners of this facility located in Tinton Falls, NJ.  The owners, along with the Director of Sports Performance, Adam Feit, CSCS, shared their backgrounds  and experiences that gave them the ability to overcome challenges in the fields of physical therapy and exercise science/sports performance.  They discussed how they developed a very successful business while motivating injured athletes and those seeking to increase their performance level.


Congratulations! With great BUC pride we are proud to announce the selection of Ms. Jill Maline as Monmouth County’s Counselor of the Year. Truly deserving of these accolades due to her commitment to her students, the community and her profession, Ms. Maline earned this honor from the Monmouth County School Counselor Association.

College Decisions

As colleges send their acceptances and financial award packages, remind your senior to bring the letters to his/her school counselor. All scholarships and awards are noted in the graduation program, even those awarded by schools your child has decided not to attend. We depend on you for this information. In addition, on May 1st the senior Graduation Survey will open on Naviance. This survey provides the high school with important information regarding post-graduate plans. As always, remember your school counselor is a valuable resource. Contact him/her regarding any questions you may have.

Annual Red Bank Rotary RBR Career Day

On April 16th, approximately 25 Red Bank Regional sophomores will participate in the annual Career Day sponsored by the Red Bank Rotary Club. These students will be afforded the opportunity to shadow professionals in the Red Bank area. In the past, participants have been matched with doctors, accountants, law enforcement agents, city managers, car dealership owners and many other professionals. We look forward to similar experiences this year. In addition to a full morning of hands-on workplace experience, students also attend a luncheon at the Molly Pitcher Inn where they will be inspired by both a motivational speaker and the Red Bank Rotary leadership.

Upcoming College Fair with Special Guest

The upcoming spring college fair at Brookdale Community College features representatives from over 200 colleges and universities. This year’s fair will be held on Thursday, April 24, from 6:00 to 8:30p.m. in the Collins Arena. We are especially excited to announce a special guest—Rob Franek, author and national speaker, who will be presenting “Getting In- Navigating the College Admissions Process,” prior to the start of the fair. His seminar will be held from 5:45-6:45 in the Brec Room (adjacent to the Collins Arena). Attendees will have time to explore the fair after his presentation. This program is appropriate for students/parents of students in grades 9-11.

Women: Running and Winning

Every year several RBR young women are invited to participate in the annual Running and Winning workshop sponsored by the League of Women voters. This program includes a panel discussion with female leaders from many levels of government throughout New Jersey. Students participate in developing a campaign based on current legislation, taking on various roles in the campaign platform process. As a culminating experience, the “candidate” from each team will give a speech regarding their proposal. This year’s RBR representatives are Anna Bongiorno, Mikayla Byron, Grace Dengler, Ellie Farrington, Sara Murphy, Claire McEvoy, Hannah Noglows and Gabriela Recalde.

Brookdale Early Bird Program

An outstanding opportunity exists for seniors planning to attend Brookdale next year! The RBR Guidance Department will take approximately 60 students to Brookdale for a tour, counselor conference and course registration. In addition, pictures for the Brookdale ID card will also be taken. After completing the Early Bird program, the only step remaining for the family is completion of the FAFSA and tuition payment. Permission slips for the trip are available now in Guidance.


Be sure to check Naviance for updated scholarships. There are still many opportunities with deadlines fast approaching.


Our induction ceremony will take place on April 24th at 12 noon.  The honorees will address our students and faculty during an assembly program.  This year’s inductees possess a variety of talents, skills, and life experiences.  The day includes a brunch catered by our Culinary Club with music from our performing arts students.

Please join me in congratulating this year’s distinguished alumni:

  • Howard Scher, Class of 1963, Attorney for Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, Philadelphia, PA
  • Melanie Safka Schekeryk, Class of 1964, Singer, Songwriter and Musician
  • Alisyn Camerota, Class of 1984, Television Journalist, Co-host of CNN’s Morning Show “New Day”
  • LeRoi Jones, Class of 1990, Assistant Principal of CPC High Point School, Morganville, NJ
  • Juan Sardo, Class of 1992, Sergeant of the Red Bank Police Department, Patrol Division

Our parent organization, The BUC Backers continues to experience much success thanks to our parents and families.


Our teams had very successful seasons.  Here are some highlights from our athletic department:        

Boys’ Basketball

  • Won the Albert E. Martin BUC Classic Tournament
  • Finished the season with a record of 16–7
  • Qualified for both Shore Conference Tournament and State Tournament
  • Sadiq Palmer was named to Second Team All-Division; First Team All-Division
  • Anthony Mitchell was named to Second Team All-Division: Senior All-Star Game
  • Head Coach Scott Martin won his 200th game as Head Coach

Girls’ Basketball

  • Finished 3rd in the Bayshore Holiday Tournament and qualified for the State Tournament            for the third consecutive season
  • Elizabeth Paterno was named to the All-Tournament Team

Bowling Team

  • Girls Bowling Team finished 3rd in the league and qualified for Shore Conference Tournament
  • Boys’ Bowling Team defeated CBA for the first time
  • Alec VanVelthoven finished the season with the division record high game of 297.
  • Victoria Seebeck finished the season with the high score of 223, league leader

Boys’ Swimming

  • Finished the season with a record of 6-3-1
  • Seeded 4th in the States Central Public B Division
  • The Boys’ 200 Free-Relay placed 7th in the Monmouth County Meet
  • Team finished 11th overall at Monmouth County Meet
  • Ten boys qualified for the Shore Conference Meet in 26 events

Girls’ Swimming

  • Finished the season with a 500 record
  • Seeded 8th in the States Central Public B Division
  • Team finished 14th overall in the Monmouth County Meet
  • Five girls qualified for the Shore Conference Meet in 14 events

Boys’/Girls’ Indoor Track

  • Boys’ 4x400 Relay placed 3rd in the Monmouth County Championship
  • Natalie Sidun ran a personal best to attain 1st place in the 55 meter hurdles at the Monmouth County Championship
  • Sarena Dixon received 1st place Group II sectional shot put, Monmouth County Championship
  • Destyni Cooper jumped an indoor best to win the Monmouth County high jump; 1st place Group II Sectional; 2nd place Group II Meet.
  • Charlie Cappella attained 2nd place Central Jersey Group II in the pole vault event


  • Defeated rivals RFH and RBC
  • Finished the season with 11 victories
  • Finished 5th in the District 22 Tournament overall
  • Jack McMahon and Tom Hinz qualified for Regional Tournament
  • Head Coach Scott Ferris named Coach of the Year by District 22



16th           Vocal Major Songwriting Concert, Auditorium, 7pm

17th           Inter-district Band Concert, Auditorium, 7pm

21st           Inter-district Strings Festival, Auditorium, 9am

21st-28th    Senior Studio Art Show, Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, with the Reception on

                    April 24th, 6-8pm

23rd           Voices, Auditorium, 7pm

27th           National Art Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Commons, 7pm

30th           Spring Band Concert, Auditorium, 7pm


8th            Piano/Harp Concert, Auditorium, 7pm

8th -22nd   Senior Photo Show, Canvas Art Studio, Rumson, with the Reception on

                   May 15th, 6-8pm

14th          Echoes, Auditorium, 7pm

21st          Choral Concert, Auditorium, 7pm

28th-30th  Dance Concert, Auditorium, 7pm, 2pm     


3rd           Orchestra/Strings Concert, Auditorium, 7pm

4th           National Tri-M Honor Society Induction, Cafeteria, 7pm