Principal's Bulletin (Principal's Corner)

April 2014

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Although the weather has not been cooperative, spring is here! 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. A move toward end of year (EOY) tests signifies a change in state required assessments.

Last month thirty juniors participated in the PARCC English Language Arts (ELA) state-wide field test. This opportunity provided our school with a valuable test of the technology infrastructure of our building. Next year all students in grades nine through eleven will be required to take the PARCC in both ELA and Math. Our curriculum addresses the Common Core Standards, nationally recognized, with a focus on college and career readiness. These changes have been implemented across the curriculum. This continued endeavor will be new and challenging.

Included in this bulletin are many exciting details regarding accomplishments and awards. In addition, you will find the final exam schedule as well as the calendar for the Visual and Performing Arts Department’s Spring Performances. Do not miss the opportunity 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


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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 20th, 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.





The week of June 2nd 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.



This year's prom is Friday, June 6th, at The Gramercy at Lakeside Manor in Hazlet. 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.



June 9th is the date for our Senior Awards Program. The program will begin at 6:00pm with light refreshments and music from our VPA students. The ceremony will be held in our auditorium. Tickets are $12.95.



Senior Picnic is Friday, June 13th. 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 6th. 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 9th, 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 20th at 9:15am. At this time tickets, caps and gowns will be distributed. Students MUST resolve any financial obligations prior to this date to receive these items. Commencement will take place June 20th 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 items should be left with family members or home as they will not be permitted in the field house.



Piano/Harp Concert, May 9, 7pm, Auditorium

Dance Show, May 15, 7pm and 5/18, 2pm, Auditorium

Band Concert, May 22, 7pm, Auditorium

Count Basie Awards May 28, 7pm

Choir Concert, May 29, 7pm, Auditorium

Swashbuckler CD Release May 30

Tri-M Inductions June 12, 6pm Cafeteria



WINTER SPORTS UPDATE                 

Boys’/Girls’ Indoor Track

  • Xavier Chestnut named Second Team All Shore
  • Mario Williams named Third Team All Shore
  • Sarena Dixon named Second Team All Shore for Shot Put
  • Xaire Williams named Third Team All Shore for Shot Put


Boys’ Basketball   

  • Boys’ Basketball - Team of the Year for Monmouth County (The Star Ledger)
  • Final rankings: #5 in Monmouth County (The Star Ledger), #7 in the Shore Conference (Asbury Park Press) and #9 in the Shore Conference (Shore Sports Network)


Girls’ Basketball

  • Jazz Van Loon named All Division (Asbury Park Press) and scored more than 1000 points, a milestone in her high school career.



Boy’s Lacrosse

  • Started the season on Wednesday, March 26 and currently are undefeated with a 2-0 record


Girl’s Lacrosse

  • Started the season on Wednesday, March 26 and currently are undefeated with a 3-0 record





The Second Annual Battle of the Classes Food Drive is underway. Classes 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 5,200 items – we have already beaten that total. At press time we collected over 7,000 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 May 1st - donate and make a difference.



On May 16th and 17th 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 Relay for Life of the Two Rivers has been extremely well attended and successful in both increasing education about cancer prevention and raising money.  More information is available at



On Wednesday, February 19th, our Environmental Club once again invited Stevie Thorsen, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the American Littoral Society, to help launch Red Bank Regional’s participation in the annual Beach Grass Planting project. Recognizing the important role that dunes play in protecting our coast from storms, Ms. Thorsen spoke to our students about the importance of dunes. Students transplanted individual American beach grass plants and took them home to care for their plants.  All of these students were at Sea Bright on March 29th to transplant their growing beach grass plants.



Staff member Amy Zambrano will be volunteering with the Africa Yoga Project, a non-profit organization. Using the power of yoga, this project supports economic development to alleviate poverty in Kenya this June.  Amy will be teaching and practicing yoga with the Kenyan community, by immersing herself in physical service work that positively impacts others. The Africa Yoga Project empowers, educates, and elevates lives in East Africa and globally through the practice of yoga.  We wish her much success, namaste!



In case you missed it - be sure and check out RBR faculty and staff starring in our own version of the Happy Video.



The 2014-2015 school calendar is currently posted on our school website.





On April 10th freshmen will view two presentations- one a survivor of the Sudan who was displaced and orphaned during the Second Sudanese Civil War and the second a survivor of the Holocaust, sent to England on one of the last trains out of his country. Brookdale Community College provides these guest speakers.  A third speaker, provided by the Prosecutor’s office, will discuss human trafficking.



Sponsored by private donations from Horizons Day Camp, tutoring services are available in the community Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30 pm.  RBR teachers and NHS students provide academic support and organizational skills training. Dinner is included.





Our creative writing students demonstrated outstanding success in the National Scholastic competition, the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States, Canada, U.S. territories, or a U.S. school abroad.


Red Bank Regional High School VPA Creative Writers received 97 awards, including 18 Gold Keys, in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.  They are considered among the top young writers in the country.


Winners and their teacher attend an awards ceremony at Carnegie Hall. The Empire State Building is lit up in gold in their honor.



Fashion honored two students who created prom dresses and modeled them in the Monmouth County Cinderella's Closet fashion show. In only their second year of participation, both students placed in "The Audience's Favorite" and "Best Design" show categories. This county-wide show requires that students design and sew their prom dresses. Congratulations Abby Lashovitz and Ceara Gagliano.


Fashion student Alana Ramirez writes a fashion blog in our very own Buccaneer-be sure to check it out!



Sarah Vates placed first for Dramatic Interpretation in the New Jersey Forensics Competition.

Alicia Moeller was the third place winner at the English Speaking Union Tea in the Shakespeare competition.


VPA Students Sophie Halpern, Joe Ferguson, Hannah Sauer and Will Cronin assisted Markham Place students in the pit for their musical production of "Peter Pan.”

Chris Bevacqua, piano major, attended the Commercial Music Camp at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Griffin Perry, Pieter Lootsma and Adam Goldsmith, Piano Majors, performed at the Jewish Community Museum of History in Freehold.

Kacey Grieco, piano major, won the Gold Key award with a Superior rating and will be performing at Carnegie Hall in the spring.



Students worked diligently to prepare and serve food for a variety of events.  Club members catered food for the United Way Board and the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at the Little Silver Firehouse. They also collaborated with Soul Kitchen for a major fundraising event.



FCCLA members and advisor Mrs. Eads attended this year’s Leadership Conference. Students participated in several competitions including:

  • Chapter Banner- Gold Medal – All-Group Participation
  • Go Green: four students produced lamps using recycled material.
  • Gold and Silver Medals Cupcake Challenge: three groups won Silver medals for preparing original cupcakes to be sold for Share Our Strength.
  • Web Connect our Silver Medal winner designed an FCCLA website to be linked with the teacher website.



Studio Art 3 students created a piece that will be part of Monmouth Museum exhibit "100 Days of Silence" commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda.



NJ All State Chorus: Mackenzie Clark, Patrick Martini, Katie Robinson, Courtney Ravelo, Shurmila Dhar, Jaclyn Gisondi

NJ All Shore Chorus: Mackenzie Clark, Patrick Martini, Katie Robinson, Courtney Ravelo, Shurmila Dhar, Jaclyn Gisondi, Jazmin Graham, Lauren O'Brien, Alexa DeAnna, Emma Craven, Kacey Grieco, Amanda Strydio, Allison LaRochelle, Eliana Swartz, Shannon O'Donnell, Dannielle Wolf, Dana Brown



Mr. Dance of Southern New Jersey 2014 - Bobby Davis

Photogenic Award 2014 - Gianna Amato, Jaimie Berube  

New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble - Allison Gardella , Most Captivating Soloist

United States Tournament of Dance, first place (16 – 19) Jazz - Gabrielle Ward

International Finalist at Youth America Grand Prix – Ballet - Devon McCluskey



Six AOIT students achieved passing scores on the challenging CompTIA Network+ Certification exam.  The students who earned their Net+ Certifications are: Cris Sochacki, Connor Costello, Zach Egner, Alex Dannecker, EJ Go and Denman Studdy.  The CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) certification programs are the recognized industry standard for foundation-level Information Technology skills.  Completion of the Net+ Certification earns the student college credit through articulation with the Brookdale Community College Tech Prep program.  This program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit for selected high school coursework that meets college standards.


The students from the Networking and Cybersecurity classes competed in the CyberAces quiz challenges.  The quizzes are challenging targeting college students and adults who have background in networking and security, but they are also open to high school students.  It is a real accomplishment that RBR student Cris Sochacki as well as teachers Jeremy Milonas and Mandy Galante finished with top scores.  This qualified them to compete in the NJ Net Wars challenge held at Brookdale Community College on March 22nd.   Winners of the Net Wars challenge are eligible for scholarships in the CyberAces Academy that provides an intensive, accelerated learning and development program that leads to top-level cybersecurity careers. 



Over 1600 students throughout New Jersey competed at the New Jersey State Technology Student Association Technology Competitions on April 2nd. . RBR sent 32 students to the competition and they brought home ten First Place wins and three Second Place wins.

·       Houston Migdon - First Place in Prepared Presentation

·       Elisa Orsini - First Place in Flight Endurance

·       Brad Tulley, Ian Stafford, Austin Turner - 2nd Place Team in System Control Technology

These students will compete globally at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. this summer.


FBLA COMPETITION                

Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) technology students had strong showing at the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) state competition that was held in mid-March. Ten students qualified to compete in states - four of them brought home top level trophies:

  • Louis DiOrio - 1st place - Networking Concepts
  • Tucker Machard - 3rd place - Cybersecurity
  • Cris Sochacki - 4th place - Desktop Application Programming
  • Bobby Villaluz - 4th place - Introduction to Information Technology






 Last month Math and Science Academy Lead Teacher Annie Murray and eight young women in grades nine and ten attended the Princeton Conference for Young Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The conference demonstrated new trends in the fields as well as offered a hands-on opportunity for students to test theory and practice.




Academy students have been invited to participate in the annual Global Understanding Convention at Monmouth University April 7-11th.  The students will be visiting the Sociology class of Dr. Mezzi in order to engage in a symposium on this year's theme: Towards Global Equality - Education, Opportunity, and Prosperity. 



The Humanities Academy in celebration of Black History Month, invited the Asbury Technical School of Dance to perform for RBR students. The troupe’s performance was based upon both African and African-American cultural experiences. Miss Burrell, the Director of the Asbury Dance Academy, created a ballet that communicating the historical "Amistad Experience.” The dance included a narrative, followed by questions from the audience. 





On April 24th, approximately 30 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 the will not only eat well, but will also learn much and be inspired by a motivational speaker and the Red Bank Rotary leaders.



Every year six 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 Nahdeja Hamilton, Hannah Haugenes, Riana Katz, Isabella Mancuso, Mia Nelson and Elisa Orsini.



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.



In the coming months, AVID students will go to Rutgers and Monmouth Universities to attend various lectures from professors while interacting with the students during the class.  They will also be touring the campus with the students to collaborate about their college experience.



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



Please join me in honoring this year’s inductees:

•    Gregory H. Montgomery, Jr., Class of 1983

•    Tiffaney M. Harris, Class of 1989

•    James C. Burden, D.M.D., Class of 1991

•    Brian Steckroth, Class of 1998

•    Seymour Siegler, Ed.D., Faculty Honoree

The induction ceremony will take place on April 25th. Each inductee has an opportunity to speak to freshmen followed by a lovely luncheon catered by our Culinary Club and music from our Performing Arts students.