RBR PrincipalPosted by Lou Moore on 6/21/2019
June 21, 2019
Dear RBR Families and Students,
As you know, since April we have engaged in a comprehensive search for the next principal of Red Bank Regional. I am proud to report to you that earlier this week our Board of Education approved Mr. Julius W. Clark to be our next principal.
We were fortunate to have a very strong group of candidates apply for the position. Mr. Clark greatly impressed the interview committee and emerged as one of four finalists from a large applicant pool. He has been a successful administrator since 2014, serving as an education leader in Red Bank Public Schools and, more recently, in the West Windsor-Plainsboro District. He has deep teaching experience, serving as a mathematics teacher for grades 6-8 in Red Bank Middle School. In 2014, he received the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award for his work.
Mr. Clark’s professional experiences are rich and varied. As an administrator, he effectively addressed the academic and social-emotional needs of a diverse student population as an instructional leader, mentor, and disciplinarian. He has been deeply involved in promoting academic excellence and equity for all students, both in Red Bank and though partnership work with sixteen school districts in New Jersey. He was selected to serve on the Monmouth County Common Core curriculum design project.
Mr. Clark will be new to his position at RBR, but he is not new to our community. Since 2005, he has worked closely with RBR teachers and administrators to strengthen articulation, curriculum, and professional development programs. These experiences will assist him in succeeding in his new role. Mr. Clark will bring a commitment to collaboration and teamwork that his colleagues and our committee identified as one of his greatest strengths.
I know we will all do our best to welcome and support Mr. Clark in his new role. I will be updating everyone on his anticipated start date and plans to introduce him in person to our school community.
Spring UpdatePosted by Lou Moore on 5/1/2019
Dear Students and Families,
As we head into the final phase of the year, it’s difficult to keep track of everything! Please review this update for important information about final weeks of school. Of special note is the information pertaining to our seniors.
At our Alumni Hall of Fame program, I spoke about the importance of not being afraid to make mistakes or intimidated by the possibility of failure. The central truth is that no one is born great at anything. Only by trying, learning from missteps, and striving again do we succeed. I also shared a few bits of wisdom on this theme:
“One mustn’t be afraid to do something wrong sometimes,” the artist Vincent Van Gogh noted.
“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible,”
St. Francis of Assisi advised when he initiated his ministry to reduce human suffering.
“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living,” the great champion of freedom Nelson Mandela stated.
I hope these words motivate everyone as we head into finals and bring our academic year to a close. Thanks to our staff and students for their hard work, inspiration, and contributions this year. All the best to everyone! Go BUCS!
Memorial Day Holiday Extension
Because the district did not make use of any of the scheduled emergency closing days, the Memorial Day holiday will be extended to include Tuesday, May 28. A revised calendar will be posted on the district website after formal adoption by the Board of Education on May 17.
FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
Exam 1 (7:35 AM - 9:30 AM)
Exam 2 (9:40 AM - 11:35 AM)
Students report to class for EXAM ONE at 7:35am Exam one scheduled for 7:35 am to 9:30 am
Students report to class for EXAM TWO at 9:40am Exam two scheduled for 9:40 am to 11:35am
MAKE-UP EXAMS - 7:30am
GRADUATION PRACTICE - 9:15am
ALL SENIORS REPORT TO THE FIELD HOUSE
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 Thursday, June 21th 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 each of 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 the next day to submit a note explaining the reason for the absence from his/her parent or guardian. Students will not be permitted to schedule a make-up exam unless they are issued a “Clearance Note” from the Attendance Office.
Mr. Donohoe reviewed expectations for behavior and shared this information with the senior class on
June 3rd will kick off the week-long series of events to promote safe driving and healthy decision-making. There will be a crash simulation with first responder participation on Monday, June 3. In addition, there are presentations planned for large and small groups during PE classes focusing on the prevention of impaired driving and the impact of substances on motor skills.
This year's prom is Friday, June 7, at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. All seniors may leave at 11:30 am that day without being signed out by a parent or guardian. Any underclassmen attending the prom must be signed out by a parent/guardian. All students must be present in school for a minimum of four hours to attend prom. All students will be subject to a breathalyzer test at prom. Remember that all students must arrive at the prom no later than 6:30 pm.
June 13 is the date of our annual Senior Awards Program. The program will begin at 7:00 pm. The ceremony will be held in our auditorium. Seniors receiving recognition this evening will receive invitations to attend. Please join us as we honor our graduating seniors.
The Senior Picnic is Friday, June 14. The picnic will be held on campus. In the event of rain, the picnic will be held inside. Permission slips and $5.00 are due in the main office by Friday, June 1. All seniors attending the picnic must arrive by 9:15 am and they will be released at 1:30pm. It will be a regular day of school for seniors who are not attending. Any student not in school because of an unexcused absence on Monday, June 10 will not be able to attend the senior picnic. Seniors must maintain solid attendance for the remainder of the school year. Seniors with more than 20 school absences, and/or excessive lates or sign-outs will not be permitted to attend.
Seniors will have graduation practice on Friday, June 21 at 9:15am. Tickets, caps and gowns will be distributed at this time. Students MUST resolve any financial obligations in the main office prior to this date to receive these items. Commencement will take place June 21st at 6 pm at the football stadium, weather permitting. Seniors must arrive in the field house by 5:00 pm 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.
RELAY FOR LIFE
On May 17 and 18 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 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 www.RelayForLife.org/TwoRiversNJ.
Ridge Road Run
On Sunday, May 19 the second Ridge Road Run will be held. RBR students and staff have partnered with colleagues at RFH and RBC to sponsor this event to raise funds to prevent suicide. This will mark the first year that RBR is hosting. More information is available at www.ridgeroadrun.org/
Annual Red Bank Rotary RBR Career Day
On May 2 approximately 30 RBR sophomores participated in the annual Career Day sponsored by the Red Bank Rotary Club. In addition to a full morning of direct “real world” workplace experience, students also attended a luncheon afterwards where they were inspired by both a motivational speaker and the Red Bank Rotary leadership.
Brookdale Early Bird Program
Seniors planning to attend Brookdale Community College will have an opportunity to attend this year’s Early Bird Program on May 23rd. The Guidance Department will meet students at 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.
Be sure to check Naviance, Guidance Updates (posted on the rbrhs.org website), Remind101, and the bulletin board outside the guidance office for terrific national and local scholarshipopportunities.There are still many opportunities with deadlines fast approaching.
Red Bank Regional Choir and Band performed in the Virginia International Arts Festival in Norfolk, VA over spring break and received the following awards: Gold 1st place Mixed Choir, Gold 1st place Women's Choir, Best Overall Vocal Soloist: Catherine Creed, Gold 1st place Concert Band, Gold 1st place Jazz Band, Best Overall Instrumental Soloist: David Grant, Grand Champions: RBR Mixed Concert Choir. Congratulations to Mr. Pryor, Ms. Hodge, and everyone who performed!
Congratulations to Shea Grant, who received a Count Basie nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama (“The Diary of Anne Frank”) and Kevin Cogan, who received a Count Basie nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama (“The Diary of Anne Frank”).
Congratulations to John Simone, our first ever RBR VPA guitar major named to the NJMEA Honors String Ensemble!
Congratulations to Drama major Lily Pena, who won the NJ Poetry Out Loud Region 3 contest to represent Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties in the state competition.
Congratulations to Vocal Major Claire Taylor who was awarded the 2019 All Shore Chorus Vocal Performance Scholarship.
Girls’ Lacrosse have advanced to the semifinals in the Shore Conference.
Boys’ Lacrosse are on track to win more games this season then in the past three years combined!
Congratulations to Nigel Michel and the RBR track team. Nigel is the Monmouth County 100 meter champion for 2019.
RBR baseball defeated #2 ranked Ocean Township on May 8.
Despite playing in one of the toughest divisions in the Shore Conference, Softball continues to work hard and compete.
Boys’ tennis will be competing in the state finals next week.
Good luck to all our athletes and coaches on finishing strong this season.
10 Senior Photo Major Exhibition Reception, 6-8pm, Canvass in Fair Haven
10 Drama Showcase, 7 pm, Joseph A. Russo III Theater
11 RBR Jazz Festival, 12 pm, Joseph A. Russo III Theater
15 Spring Choir Concert, 7 pm, Joseph A. Russo III Theater
16 Guidance College Program: The Next Steps for Juniors & Underclassmen, 7pm
Joseph A. Russo III Theater
21 Spring Band Concert, 7 pm, Joseph A. Russo III Theater
21 National Art Honor Society Induction, 7pm, Commons
23 Echoes Creative Writing Performance, 7pm, Joseph A. Russo III Theater
31 Spring Dance Showcase, 7 pm, Joseph A. Russo III Theater
7 Senior Prom
11 National Tri-M Honor Society Induction, 7 pm, Cafeteria
12 National Technical Honor Society Induction, 6:30 pm, Commons
12 Academy of Engineering & Academy of Information Technology Senior Showcase, 7 pm,
13 Senior Awards, 6:30 pm, Joseph A. Russo III Theater
14 Senior Picnic
21 Graduation practice 9:15 am
2018-2019 Budget UpdatePosted by Lou Moore on 4/12/2019
Message from the Superintendent, Dr. Moore
Highlights for the 2019-2020 Budget
April 12, 2019
While the district budget will not be finalized until May 1, this update provides some highlights for the spending plan for 2019-20. The development process this year has been challenging at times and we would like to thank the staff and community for all their efforts. A number of important changes have been made to the preliminary budget originally discussed at the Board of Education meeting held on March 20. Ice hockey and golf have been restored with participants bearing some of the costs; a transportation contract for athletics has been successfully negotiated; and our summer accelerated language program in French, Italian, and Spanish will be offered on a tuition-basis to new students.
Significant cost drivers in the budget continue to be transportation expenses, health benefits, and tuition costs for out-of-district placements. This includes special education, vocational, as well as other alternative programs. These increases are not unique to RBR and are of concern to many districts throughout the state, particularly because state aid has not kept pace with rising costs. Although goals for recruitment and enrollment of tuition-paying students have been met for the incoming 9th grade class, the district has experienced a decline in revenue from tuition-paying students since 2015.
Facing these limitations, the Board of Education finance committee worked with the RBR Administration to review allocation requests and identify areas for savings. Reductions were made in some assistant coaching positions, facility repairs, and equipment purchases but the impact on academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs has been minimized. Families are being asked to bear more costs for AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment programs as well as some athletic and summer enrichment programs. Our communities are being asked to contribute more in revenues.
With these targeted reductions and revenue enhancements, the budget supports the district’s commitment to excellence for all students. A new alternative education program, Inspire Academy, will be initiated that will reduce out-of-district placement costs, better serve at-risk students, and utilize the Source for counseling services. Because reductions to the professional staff have been minimized, class sizes in core academic areas will be maintained.
The district’s fiscal position has been strengthened by the passage of the facilities referendum in December 2018. This will support the creation of state-of-the-art learning spaces and other improvements with construction scheduled to begin in November 2019. These enhancements will benefit our total school program and stabilize the enrollment of tuition-paying students. In short, the proposed budget for 2019-20 reflects our commitment to our students, our school, and our values.
The following charts show the regional district’s portion of the tax levy per each sending district.
Tax Rate Per $100 of Assessed value
Taxes per $100,000
of Assessed Value
$0.43 (1 cent increase)
$0.49 (5 cent increase)
$0.48 (-1 cent decrease)
Annual Regional School Tax
Vaping InformationPosted by Lou Moore on 4/11/2019
Important Facts About Vaping and Young People
The recent increase in vaping is a serious concern for everyone. Please take a look at these materials to become informed about vaping and its consequences. Please do not hesitate to reach to us if you have additional questions or particular concerns.
Louis B. Moore
School Performance ReportPosted by Lou Moore on 4/1/2019
April 1, 2019
I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to provide you information about the 2017-18 New Jersey School Performance Reports, which were recently released and are available on the NJ School Performance Reports webpage at https://rc.doe.state.nj.us/
The School Performance Reports reflect the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) extensive efforts to engage with parents, students and school communities, and share the information that is most valuable in providing a picture of overall school performance.
The 2017-18 reports include changes that respond to stakeholder feedback collected through a feedback survey, at parent round tables and workshops, and from stakeholder engagement throughout the year. These changes include:
- More informative, easier to understand one-page Summary Reports;
- Additional navigation tools and an improved search page within the reports;
- Emphasis on student growth with the growth section of the reports newly featured before the academic achievement section in the reports; and
- More information about Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, dual enrollment, graduation pathways, progress toward English Language proficiency, staff demographics, and discipline.
One-Page Summary Reports
Along with the full reports, one-page Summary Reports for each school and district are also available. The Summary Reports provide a high-level summary of how well a school or district is performing with data that address questions such as:
- How does our students’ growth compare to students’ growth in other districts?
- Are students at risk?
- Are students graduating?
- How did students perform on assessments?
- Are students college and career ready?
- Do they have access to high-level coursework and arts courses?
A Summary Report Guide is also available on the School Performance Reports webpage to explain the different data points on the Summary Reports.
Louis B. Moore