Principal's Bulletin (Principal's Corner)

August 2014

Dear Students and Families:

Our high school faculty, staff and administration are pleased to extend a warm and personal welcome to you and your child. Red Bank Regional continues to garner prestigious accolades. Our challenging curriculum not only earns us national recognition, it has placed us in the forefront of preparation for recent changes in education.

As you may have seen on national and local news, all public schools in New Jersey are required to administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) to students in grades 9-11. Fortuitously, we participated in the field test for English Language Arts last spring. We have revised our school calendar to minimize interruption of instruction eliminating the midterm exam days. The revised calendar is accessible on our website.

In an ongoing effort to prepare our students for this rigorous assessment, curriculum has been updated to ensure inclusion of the Common Core State Standards in all core subject areas. Our teachers have also engaged in meaningful professional development throughout the summer months.

Getting involved begins with the successful completion of summer work. Every child has summer requirements that must be fulfilled before the opening day of school. It would be helpful if families ensure that students are prepared from the day they enter the building. The standards at RBR are rigorous. Students can be supported through homework help, tutoring or counseling as needed. Students should be encouraged to take advantage of available resources.

Our website and Parent Portal are major modes of communication. Relevant forms may be found on our website under Quicklinks in both English and Spanish under the tab labeled “New School Year Forms.” All forms are required to be completed and returned to study hall teachers by September 12th. Families are urged to sign up for our Parent Portal. The Portal allows access to important information such as grades, attendance and student schedules.

September 4th is the first day of school for students. This will be an “A” Day; September 5th will then be a “B” Day. To help ease the transition for our incoming freshman students, RBR will hold 9th Grade Orientation for students on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 2:30pm at the high school. All information regarding orientation is posted on our website.

We face this year with the hope and optimism that the 2014 school year will bring both new challenges and new beginnings. Thank you for your commitment to RBR and to your child’s education. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome. GO BUCS!



Risa Clay
732-842-8000 x1210
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Student Schedules

Available on our Parent Portal is your new class schedule indicating class blocks, teacher names, subjects and room assignments. Also appearing on each schedule is your assigned locker and locker combination. Parents, please stress to your child the importance of keeping this information secure. In some instances, changes have been made to a student’s course selections. Some changes were necessitated by scheduling conflicts. QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUR SCHEDULE CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE GUIDANCE OFFICE BEGINNING AUGUST 25, 2014.

Schedule for Opening Day: A Day

Our opening day, September 4th, will be an A Day. The second day of school, September 5th will be a B Day.

School Calendar

Located on our website you will find our 2014-2015 school year calendar. The faculty and administration of Red Bank Regional High School place a high priority on student attendance. The classroom experience can never be replicated when students are absent.

We appreciate your cooperation in scheduling family vacations and personal commitments during school holidays and after school hours. Family vacations during days school is in session will be recorded as “unexcused” absences. Please note that we will no longer have midterm examinations with half day schedules in January. Teachers may still administer an assessment within their class blocks. This change is a result of the increased state testing time necessary for the PARCC. Final exams will begin June 12, 2015. These dates may change depending on inclement weather. Please be aware that the school has the flexibility to add days to the school calendar.

Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 18th from 7pm-9pm. As per past practice, there will be a delayed opening (9:30am) the next day. On Friday, September 19th students are expected to report to first block by 9:30am. All transportation pick-up times will be 2 hours later than usual.

Parent/Family Involvement

We welcome parents and families at RBR! There are many ways you can become involved with our school. We have a great parent organization, the RBR BUC Backers, and membership is simple. You can locate the sign-up form in the new form section of our website. There are many opportunities to volunteer and participate. It is a great way to meet other RBR families.

BUC Pride

This was a very busy summer for our athletic program. We hosted many tournaments, leagues, and camps in preparation for the 2014-2015 seasons. This fall will be very exciting as we kick off the season on Friday, September 12th against Wall under the lights! Our annual BUC Backer Bash is on September 13th. Join us for a special fundraiser hosted by our RBR BUC Backers, details on our website.

SOURCE Foundation Fundraiser

Let’s get ready for football! On Friday, September 12th, The Source, our school-based youth services program, is kicking off the season with an “under the lights game” and BBQ celebration. This annual fundraiser supports our school based program. Ticket price includes BBQ and admission to game. This year marks the Source’s 15th anniversary. Come out and support the BUCS as we vs. Wall Township High School.

BUC Backers Day at the Races

Families are welcome to participate in the BUC Backers Day at the Races, Saturday, September 21st at the Monmouth Park Picnic Area. This is an excellent opportunity to meet parents and families while enjoying a delicious buffet and contributing to a worthy cause. The BUC Backers consistently support RBR through donations to our school. In past years these included a MAC lab for our Media Center, mobile iPad carts, mobile sound system, digital display signage, and athletic gear.


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RBR Parent Portal

Families can access student report cards and attendance through the Genesis Parent Portal on our school website. Sign up for the Portal can easily be accessed 24/7 through your computer and is safe and secure. We use the Portal for important notifications and information throughout the school year. All necessary paperwork may be found using a special tab on our school website.

Federally Subsidized Breakfast and Lunch Program

An application for a free or reduced school meal program is viewable on our website. Families meeting the income guidelines for this program are encouraged to return a completed application as soon as possible to ensure delivery of services to your child. Families completing applications may expect applications to be processed within one week from the time of submission. Students will be responsible for their own meals during the processing period. If your child was receiving federally subsidized meals in June 2014, your child will continue to receive those meals through September 30, 2014. You must reapply by September 30th to potentially receive free/reduced priced meals after that date.

For additional information and/or assistance completing this application please call 732-842-8000, extension 1-250, for assistance in Spanish please dial extension 1-437. The high school office is open every day from 7:30am–2:30pm throughout the month of August. After September 1st, the high school offices are open until 3:30pm.

Student ID Card

All students must have and carry their student ID. This card displays an individual barcode number for each student allowing students to use the card as a source of identification and as a means to borrow reference materials from the Media Center. In addition, the card serves as a personal debit card in the school cafeteria, eliminating the need for a student to carry cash to school. Please stress to your child the importance of keeping this card in a safe and secure place on their person at all times. There is a fee for card replacement. Parents can add money on line to your child’s lunch card through My School Bucks, it’s easy and convenient and may be accessed through our website Freshmen and transfer students are issued a photo ID card free of charge during the first week of school.

School Photos/Yearbook Portraits for Underclassmen – Senior Make-Ups

Yearbook pictures for freshmen, sophomores and juniors are scheduled for September 8th and 9th in the field house. October 20th is the make-up date for seniors, October 21st for underclassman, both in the rear of the auditorium.

Military Recruiters - Federal Legislation Requirements/Exemptions

The law requires that districts receiving Federal funds must, upon request, provide military and college/university recruiters access to the names, addresses, and telephone listings of high school students. Parents and students, who wish to receive information from the military and/or colleges/universities, do not have to sign or return this form. If this form is not completed and returned, the district will provide the military and colleges/ universities, upon request, with the student’s name, address and telephone number. Forms are available in the Guidance office and on the school website.

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 ( 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.

Student Handbook

All students receive a student handbook on the first day of school. Our handbook is available for review on our website. Take the time to review the handbook with your child. Students receive an overview of school policies by our Dean of Students during the first week of school. All students and parents/guardians are asked to sign an acknowledgement form stating that they have reviewed school policies. Several policies are also on our website.