Despite the snow, spring has arrived! Only a few months remain before the completion of this school year. In addition to fulfillment of course requirements, more students than ever will be taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and dual credit exams. We are ecstatic that this year approximately 40% of our students have challenged themselves with higher level coursework. It is our firm belief that students who challenge themselves in high school achieve a greater level of success post-graduation.
RBR students have achieved notable accomplishments on the field and in their chosen endeavors. Our Cyber Patriots are onto Nationals. The Future Business Leaders of America earned seven medals at the State Leadership Conference. The RBR Theatre Company had a fantastic debut of “Kismet” this spring. Our students have been recognized with prestigious awards in journalism, art and spoken word. The number of our students who demonstrated fluency in a second language almost doubled this year, each earning the prestigious Seal of Biliteracy for their diplomas.
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 sportsmanship and leadership.
I hope you have found an opportunity to become involved in our school community. Our BUC Backer and Source Foundations support many endeavors and greatly enrich the lives of our students and teacher. Many of our programs include parent groups and advisory boards to support RBR.
These are exciting times for Red Bank Regional. We are in the process of exploring additional dual credit options for our students. We are also investigating various options for expansion and revision of our academy programs. Our award winning model is successful because we consistently strive to stay current and be progressive while meeting the interests of our stakeholders.
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.
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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 Tuesday, 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 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 25th 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 2nd, at the Battleground Country Club in Englishtown. 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 8th 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 9th. 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 2nd. 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 5th 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 Tuesday, June 20th 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 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 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 19th and 20th 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, Wednesday, April 26th, 6-7:30pm at Red Bank Regional HS 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 17 years serving RBRHS students and their families at their End of Year Reception May 31st, 5:30-7:30pm in our Commons area. The scholarship awards that will be presented are Andrew Kroon, Albert Martin, and Mr. Sean Macon Memorial Scholarships. We will also feature scholarships from the Latino American Association of Monmouth County and the Cerbone-Bleemer Scholarship.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at the State Leadership Conference in Atlantic City on March 16th. Fourteen RBR students qualified and received top level awards:
- Cybersecurity: Makoto Brown - 1st Place, Bobby Villaluz - 2nd Place, Kyle Neary - 3rd Place
- Intro to Information Technology: Steven White - 4th Place
- Networking Concepts: Dylan Reitsma - 3rd Place, Max Mason - 4th Place, Chloe Sharpe - 5th Place
COMPUTER SCIENCE COMPETITION
The Computer Science students participated in the CSTA-SNJ Computer Programming Competition at Stockton University on March 17th.
- Seven Program Challenges Solved: Jack McNally, Andrew Schembor, Bobby Villaluz
- Six Program Challenges Solved: Makoto Brown, Jake Glauber, Dylan McRae
- Honorable Mention: Harry Jain, Damanbir Sahi, Ford Zacks
The CyberPatriot teams at RBR had an outstanding year.
- Team Maroon won 1st in NJ, 1st in the Northeast Region and qualified as a Top 12 team - they are going to Nationals to compete for the big trophy!
Bobby Villaluz, Kyle Neary, Young Chen, Andrew Costa, Jack Ferrone, Woody Quinn
- Team Gray won 2nd in NJ and 2nd in the States:
Makoto Brown, Nahjeek Mitter, Dylan MacReady, Max Mason, Jared Prezwodek, Matt Cindrario
- Team White won 3rd in NJ and 3rd in the States:
Akin Gaddis, Brycen Greco, Josh Goldsmith, Charlotte Jansky, Harry Jain, Chloe Sharpe
POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION
Sophomore Shealyn Grant was one of two finalists in the Regional Poetry Out Loud competition. RBR was among 19 high schools from Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties that participated in this competition.
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.
Annual Red Bank Rotary RBR Career Day
On April 20th, 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 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 27th, from 6:30 to 8:30p.m. in the Collins Arena.
Brookdale Early Bird Program
An outstanding opportunity exists for seniors planning to attend Brookdale next year! The RBR 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. 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 28th at 9:00am. 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:
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:
- Carol A.L. Penn, DO, MA,FACCE, Board Certified in Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment, Class of 1974
- Cassandra Dorn, Class of 1986, Red Bank Regional English Teacher
- Joey Fields, Class of 1987, Sergeant of Red Bank Police Department
- Ramona Q. Johnson, Class of 1991, Lead RCI Teacher at Hawkins St. School at Newark Public Schools
- Erin Moss Curtis, OD., Class of 1997, Doctor of Optometry
- James T. Pierson, Class of 2001, Red Bank Middle School Vice Principal
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:
Boys Swimming - Record 10-1-2
- Monmouth County Meet, Medley Relay, placed 4th Christian Galindo, Cole Bardinas, Andrew Hall, Matthew White,
- Monmouth County Champion, Andrew Hall (Junior) in the 100 Breaststroke
- Ten (10) boys qualified for the Shore Conference Meet
- Andrew Hall placed 2nd in the 200 IM at the Shore Conference Meet
- Andrew Hall qualified for the Meet of Champions in the 200 IM and the 100breastroke
- The Boys Swim Team made it to the semi-finals of the NJSIAA State Meet for Central C
- The Boys Swim Team named B-North Division Champs
Girls Swimming - Record 9-3
- RBR Girls Swim Team finished Monmouth County Meet 4th place over all
- Fourteen girls qualified for the Shore Conference Meet
- Central C State Finalist in the State Team Tournament
- The Boys and Girls Bowling Team successfully finished fifth in the B North Division.
- Enrollment for both the JV and Varsity teams have experienced an increase in participation
- Finished 4th in the WOBM Christmas Classic: Grace Dengler named to the All- Tournament Team
- Most wins since 1996 (17 to date)
- Qualified for state playoffs for 5th straight year
- Won first game in Shore Conference Tournament for the first time since 1998
- Ranked as high as #9 in the Shore
- Currently ranked #9 team in Group 3 in all of NJ (was ranked as high as #6)
- Junior Devin Cooper named to the All-Tournament Team of the Albert E. Martin Buc Classic
- Junior Devin Cooper was a unanimous 1st Team All-Division (A-Central) by the Shore Conference Coaches Association
- Senior Nasir Williams was named to the Shore Conference Senior All-Star Game
- Senior Frank Taddeo was named to the Third Team Shore Central All Stars
- Sophomore Page Lootsma was named Honorable Mention to Shore Central All Stars
- Senior Tyler Wark won the team’s “Hobey Baker” Award
Girls’ Indoor Track
- Tiaunna Macon won the North 2 Group 3, and Monmouth County Championship Shot Put titles, as well as qualified for the Meet of Champions, placing 5th in the state
Boys’ Indoor Track
- At the Monmouth County Championships, the Distance Medley Relay (Tyler Schwinn, Jaden Mack, Ryan Humelsine and Danny Vega), finished 4th place.
- Ryan Humelsine qualified for the Group 3 and Meet of Champions Meet in the 3200m; Brendan Loftus qualified for Group 3, and Meet of Champions in the Shot Put
- Brycen Greco qualified for the Group Championship in the 55 meter Hurdles, with
- Richard Kane also qualifying for the Group 3 Championship in the Shot Put
- Tyler Schwinn placed 3rd in the Shore Conference Championship Meet in the 3200m
- Brendan Loftus, Richard Kane, Shot Put Relay, placed 4th at the Monmouth County Championships
PERFORMING ARTS EVENTS
5 - Vocal Major Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
12 - Spring Dance Show, 7pm, Auditorium
17 - Choir Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
19 - Senior Photo Art Show Reception, 6pm, Canvas Art Studio, Rumson
22 - NAHS Induction, 7pm, Commons
24 - Piano/Harp Concert, 7pm, Auditorium
1 - "Echoes", 7pm, Auditorium
7 - Tri-M Induction, 7pm, Cafeteria