It is an incredibly challenging time to be a parent, student or educator. We face a daily barrage of disturbing news about school shootings, suicides, bullying incidents and adolescent depression. As parents, we often question ourselves, wondering if we are adequately supporting our children. As educators, we do the same, hoping that we can meet the academic, social and emotional needs of each of our students. At times these challenges feel nearly impossible. Still we wake up each day and strive to do the very best for our children in a challenging and ever-evolving world.
Being an adolescent in 2018 is so different than it was years ago. Social media poses challenges that didn’t exist twenty-five years ago. Messages and images do not disappear, leaving behind the potential for conflict and discord. Gone are the days of notes that could be hidden or destroyed. Everyone looks perfect on social media; no one posts their worst day or their worst look. Trying to live up to someone else’s best day or best look creates terrible stress.
The number of violent incidents in our nation is astounding. Keeping students and staff safe has become a daily concern. Years ago the drills we practiced were drills to protect us from unknown foreign threats. Students now practice how to protect themselves from a potential threat from within. Young children practice this on a regular basis. It is a sad reality.
We are grateful that at RBR we have a very proactive staff and an onsite mental health clinic. We work hard to resolve conflicts between students. We want to hear your thoughts and your suggestions. We must continue to work together as a community to keep our children safe.
Despite the snow and multiple Nor’easters Spring has arrived. RBR students have achieved notable accomplishments on the field and in their chosen endeavors. RBRHS was named a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence, one of only 11 across the nation. Students in our Italian program were awarded the first place trophy in a statewide Italian competition, a huge honor for such a new program. The RBR Theatre Company had a fantastic debut of “Into the Woods” last month. Our students have been recognized with prestigious awards in journalism, art and the spoken word.
Winter sports teams had a fantastic season. Their individual accomplishments are detailed within this bulletin. Not only did we break records and win high stakes games, our students and coaches demonstrated excellent leadership.
Our performances and sporting events offer wonderful opportunities to see our talented students and athletes on the stage and on the field. Please note changes to our PARCC testing schedule, final exam schedule and graduation date detailed within this bulletin.
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.
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The 2017-2018 school calendar is currently posted on our school website along with the revised calendar.
FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE
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
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.
Driver Safety and Healthy Decision Making
Thursday, May 24th will kick off the week long pre-prom efforts geared toward driving safety and healthy decision making. There will be a crash simulation with first responder participation. In addition, there are presentations planned for large and small groups in physical education classes focusing on the prevention of impaired driving and the impact of substances on motor skills.
This year's prom is Friday, June 1st, at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan. All seniors may leave at 11:30am 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 for a minimum of four hours to attend prom. All students will be subject to a Breathalyzer test at prom.
June 7th is the date of 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 is Friday, June 8th. 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 1st. All seniors attending the picnic must arrive by 9:15am and they will be released at 1:30pm. It will be a regular day of school for seniors who are not attending the picnic. Any student not in school because of an unexcused absence on Monday, June 4th 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 Thursday, June 21th 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 21th 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.
RELAY FOR LIFE
On May 18th and 19th 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 www.RelayForLife.org/TwoRiversNJ.
The SOURCE is hosting their annual “Encourage an “A” Dinner for students only, Thursday, May 10th, 6-7:30pm at RBRHS in the Commons. Students who receive 2 or more “A’s” on their report card with no failures during the 3rd marking period may select from a variety of gifts awarded that evening.
The SOURCE will celebrate 18 years serving RBRHS students and their families at their End of Year Reception, Wednesday, May 30st, 5:30-7:30pm in our Commons area. The scholarship awards that will be presented are Source, Andrew Kroon, Albert Martin, Joyce Williams and Sean Macon Memorial Scholarship. We will also feature scholarships from the Latino American Association of Monmouth County, Red Bank Block Party and the Cerbone-Bleemer Scholarship.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at the State Leadership Conference. 11 RBR students qualified and the following received top level awards:
- Cybersecurity: Max Mason - 1st Place, Chloe Sharpe - 2nd Place, Shane Mehr - 4th Place
- Intro to Information Technology: Gian Guerra - 2nd Place
- Networking Concepts: Rafael Martinez - 2nd Place, Kevin Richards - 5th Place
COMPUTER SCIENCE COMPETITION
The CyberPatriot teams at RBR had an outstanding year.
- Team Maroon won 1st in NJ and qualified for the Semi-Finals event.
Andrew Costa, Jack Ferrone, Woody Quinn, Josh Goldsmith, Rafael Martinez, Harry Jain
- Team White won 2nd in NJ and qualified for the Semi-Finals event.
Akin Gaddis, Brycen Greco, Max Mason, Jared Prezwodek, Chloe Sharpe, Nick Chrysanthopoulos
- The RBR CyberPatriot Club has grown from 2011 with 1 team of 6 students to this year's 48 students in 8 teams.
- RBRHS District was named as a CyberPatriot Center of Excellence, one of only 11 across the nation. The Center of Excellence designation is awarded to communities and institutions that provide leadership and support to further the educational experiences of their students through the CyberPatriot program.
The Italian 2-3 Accelerated class won 1st place at the Italian Teachers Association of New Jersey Italian Language and Culture Competition at Montclair University. They competed against 10 other high schools, both public and private, who presented skits and artistic performances in Italian. This was RBR’s third time competing at Montclair and the first time having placed.
NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Senior College Decision Time
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.
The PARCC assessment will be administered over six half days during the testing window from April 18th thru 25th.
Students grades 9 - 11 will be tested in English Language Arts.
Students grades 9 - 12 will be tested if enrolled in an Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra 2 course.
Students will be informed of the specific testing location to report in school.
The general schedule will be as follows:
April 18-20: 7:35-11:35
All Juniors will report for testing
Freshmen with last names A-L report for testing
Seniors and Sophomores report to class
Freshmen with the last names M-Z report to classes on a half-day schedule.
April 23-25: 7:35-11:35
All Sophomores will report for testing
Freshmen with the last names last names M-Z report for testing
Seniors and Juniors report to class
Freshmen with the last names A-L report to classes on a half-day schedule.
*The length of the testing day for students with extended time may exceed published times
Make-up testing: April 26, 30, and May 1st during the school day
Students are asked to bring their own ear buds to testing for English Language Arts.
Annual Red Bank Rotary RBR Career Day
On May 3rd, approximately 30 RBR 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, broadcasters, marketers and many other professionals. We look forward to similar experiences this year. In addition to a full morning of direct “real world” workplace experience, students also attend a luncheon afterwards where they will be inspired by both a motivational speaker and the Red Bank Rotary leadership.
Upcoming College Fair at Brookdale Community College
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 26th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Collins Arena.
Brookdale Early Bird Program
An outstanding opportunity exists for seniors planning to attend Brookdale next year. The guidance department will take 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.
Be sure to check Naviance, The Guidance Updates (posted on the rbrhs.org website), register for Remind101, and stop by the bulletin board outside guidance for terrific national and local scholarshipopportunities.There are still many opportunities with deadlines fast approaching.
Please join me in congratulating this year’s distinguished alumni:
I am excited to share the list of Inductees for this year’s Red Bank Regional High School/Red Bank High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame - Class of 2018. The Inductees of the Class of 2018 include the following individuals:
- William H. Truswell, M.D., F.A.C.S. Board Certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Class of 1964
- John “Jay” Waters, Colonel (retired) United States Army, Class of 1983
- Francis Hankins, PNC Bank Arts Center I.S.T.S.E. union stage hand and head electrician, Class of 1985
- Sarah K. Landy, Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Nickelodeon, Class of 1993
- Jennifer Brush, Music Teacher, Markham Place, Little Silver School District; Class of 2005
Our parent organization, The BUC Backers continues to experience much success thanks to our parents and families
WINTER SPORTS UPDATE
Our teams had very successful seasons. Here are some highlights from our athletic department:
Wrestling - Dual Meet Record 13-8
Edison Quesada advanced to the NJSIAA State Finals in Atlantic City. Placing third in the NJSIAA Region 5 Tournament
District 18 - Sixth Place
BUCS sent six wrestlers to the “first” Individual Shore Conference Tournament
BUCS finished 5th in the BUC Classic
BUCS finished second in the Patriot Invitational
BUCS finished 7th in the Edison Classic
Boys Swimming – Record 9 -2
The RBR Boys’ Swim Team are B North Division Champions
Fourth Place as a team at Monmouth Counties
Shore Conference Meet thirteen RBR swimmers qualified
Shore Conference Champion: Andrew Hall placed 1st in the 200 IM and 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke
Andrew Hall qualified for the Meet of Champions in the 200 IM, 100 Fly, the 100 Breaststroke
Andrew Hall broke the school record in the 200 IM, 100 Breaststroke and 100 Fly
Girls Swimming – Record 9-3
Jordan Sandoz placed 2nd in the 100 Butterfly at Monmouth Counties, and the 4th in the 200 IM.
She also broke the school record in the 100 Butterfly.
RBR had eleven girl swimmers qualify for the Shore Conference Meet
RBR girls broke the school record in the 200 Medley Relay (Mairead Kelly, Zoe Appio, Jordan Sandoz and Claudia Kelly)
Jordan Sandoz qualified for the Meet of Champions in the 100 Butterfly
Boys’ Indoor Track
Monmouth County Relay Championship Meet:
The Boys 4x200m Relay Team placed 3rd
The Boys 4x400m Relay Team placed 4th
Shot Put Relay combined for 2nd place
Brendan Loftus placed 3rd in the Shore Conference Championship Shot Put with a school record throw of 55’9”
Brendan Loftus placed 3rd in the Monmouth County Shot Put
Brycen Greco placed 3rd in the Monmouth County 5m Hurdles
The following qualified for the Group 3 Championship Meet: Brycen Greco, Brendan Loftus, Danny Vega, Tyler Schwinn, Trey Soya
Girls’ Indoor Track
Monmouth County Relay Championship Meet:
Tiaunna Macon and Kristin Dingelstedt combined for 3rd place in the Shot Put Relay
The following qualified for the Group 3 Championship Meet: Maggie Cahill, Tiaunna Macon
Tiaunna Macon placed 2nd in the Shore Conference and Monmouth County Shot Put
Girls’ Basketball – Record 17 wins
For the first time in twenty years, RBR Girls’ Basketball advanced to the State Section Semifinals
Hosted the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, after graduating seven key players last year
Coach John Truhan received the Hoop Group Coach of the Year award
Junior Dean Hottmann was named to the All-Tournament Team of the Albert E. Martin BUC Classic Tournament
Sophomore Matt Weidman and Junior Dean Hottmann were both named Honorable Mention for Shore Sports
Network’s Player of the Week for the A-Central Division of the Shore Conference
At the English Speaking Union Monmouth County Regional Competition RBR drama major student Shea Grant placed 2nd. This is Shea's second time placing in the top three at the Regional level.
RBR students Charlotte Jansky, Maggie Mulaney and Holly Scanlon were selected to perform at the All Shore Band.
RBR string major student Salvatore Giglio was selected to perform at the CJMEA Intermediate Region Orchestra.
At the Brightside Tavern Film Festival in Jersey City, RBR interactive media major John Tuohy received The Rising Star Award for his film "Parallax Dreams.”
13 Spring Band Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
20 “Voices” Creative Writing Majors, 7pm, Auditorium
20 Senior Studio Art Reception, 7pm, The Guild Little Silver
24-25 “Reverberations” Sr. Music Recitals, 7pm, Auditorium
27 Drama Major Showcase, 7pm, Auditorium
4 Spring Dance Show, 7pm, Auditorium
9 Spring Orchestra Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
11 “Echoes” Creative Writing Majors, 7pm, Auditorium
11 Senior Photo Major Exhibition Reception, 7pm, Belmar Surf Taco
17 Spring Choir Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
21 National Art Honor Society Induction, 7pm, Commons
24 Spring Piano Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
5 National Tri-M Honor Society Induction, 7pm, Cafeteria