• RBR’s new STEM Supervisor

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 6/13/2024

    Congratulations to Mr. Philip Greene on his appointment as RBR’s new STEM Supervisor! His extensive experience as a teacher, coach, and educational leader make him an excellent choice for the role. It's clear from his impressive accomplishments and service that he's deeply committed to the success and well-being of RBR students. His dedication to promoting collaboration, progress, and student-centered initiatives is truly commendable. I'm sure he'll excel in his new position and continue to make a positive impact on the RBR community. Best wishes to Mr. Greene as he takes on this important role!  

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  • Community Service Update

    Posted by Dr, Louis Moore on 5/6/2024

    A huge thank you to RBR Dreamers for their outstanding planning and leadership in organizing a community clean-up event in Red Bank on April 20. The initiative saw participation from over 50 students and community members, making a significant impact on our local environment.

    We deeply appreciate everyone who contributed their time and effort to make this event a success. Your dedication to community service is commendable, and your commitment to making our community a cleaner and healthier place is inspiring.

     

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  • Master Schedule Statement

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 1/11/2024

    Dear Families and Students,

     

    After careful consideration, I am pleased to report that we will be moving forward with the implementation of a new master schedule/bell schedule for the 2024-25 school year.

     

    This initiative was started in 2021 when a working group of teachers, counselors, and administrators undertook a comprehensive effort to explore alternatives to the current block schedule. The committee examined different master schedules, visited multiple schools, and engaged in numerous conversations on this important topic with the RBR school community. Ultimately, they concluded that a schedule based on the rotating/drop model would be the best option. I agree with that assessment.

     

    There are several reasons that this change is right for Red Bank Regional. First, the new schedule will increase overall instructional time and allow teachers to use class time more efficiently. Second, classes will meet more frequently and for shorter periods (55 minutes vs. 82 minutes), avoiding prolonged gaps between lessons. 

     

    The new schedule retains many of the positive features of the existing “block” model. Students in the VPA and other academy programs will continue to take the same number of classes supporting their major. Class meetings can be sequenced to create extended instructional periods for rehearsals and projects. In addition, the MOD structure with lunch periods and study halls will be retained. 

     

    We will soon begin transitioning to the new schedule to ensure we are ready to go in September. Here are some highlights:

    • Starting this spring, teachers will review the curriculum and adjust lessons and learning activities to ensure a smooth transition to the new schedule.

    • Professional development days will be scheduled for teachers to meet with colleagues in districts that use the rotating/drop model to discuss student workload and curriculum.

    • The Faculty Advisory Board and the Student Advisory Board will collaborate to examine student concerns about academic workload, testing schedule, and homework.

     

    We all owe a debt of gratitude to the master schedule working group and the Faculty Advisory Board for all their efforts to take on this difficult task. The implementation of the new bell schedule in 2024-25 will require continued efforts and present some challenges.  However, the reform will benefit everyone significantly and strengthen our academic program. More details about the new bell schedule can be found here and on the RBR website.

     

    Sincerely,

    Louis Moore
    Superintendent

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  • Back-to-School Night Follow-Up

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 9/26/2023

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

     

     

    As a follow-up to our Back-to-School Night program, I wanted to share these important district updates with you. In addition, the links in this document should assist you in accessing information and school resources.

     

     

    I’ll start by reviewing some upgrades to the instructional program. Our guidance department and school leadership did a great job creating a master schedule for 2023-24. Average class size in most core areas is 20 or less. We’ve also extended the times when teachers are available to provide extra-help for students. This year, most teachers are being released from one study hall period per week to provide tutoring for their students during the MOD periods. Details on additional extra-help times and locations can be found here. These improvements were put in place to ensure that all students can receive direct assistance from their teacher whenever it is needed. Please take advantage of this support.

     

     

    The district is also expanding the use of a number of assessment tools to monitor student progress and provide families and teachers with timely feedback. Starting this year, grade 9 students will be taking the CogAT assessment to measure reasoning abilities and assist us in identifying students for enrollment in advanced coursework and participation in enrichment activities. Please see these links to find more information about the Pre-AP assessments in ELA 9 and 10 and the MAPs benchmarks in Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Additional information about assessments can be found on the RBR Assessment Information Website

     

     

    One of our district goals for this year is to strengthen school/community links and a number of programs have been planned for the fall. A “meet and greet” session will be held at the Red Bank Primary School on October 12. In addition, NFL football player and ESPN analyst Ryan Leaf will kick-off the The SOURCE’s “Raising Awareness-Inspiring Action” series on October 24. Our “Spotlight on Excellence” news briefs will resume in October and I will be sending out an invite to my Saturday/Evening coffee sessions soon. 

     

     

    To assist you in finding people and information, we have updated the Family Quick Resource Guide. For families who are new to RBR, here is the presentation shared with freshman parents on Back-to-School Night. As was mentioned, Mr. Clark’s “Community Week at a Glance/C-WAG” is an important source of school information and is usually sent on Fridays.

     

     

    As our partners, we greatly appreciate your support and interest in our programs. Success in school can be promoted by encouraging students to attend extra help sessions when needed. Families can support RBR by setting high expectations, maintaining clear behavioral boundaries at home, and encouraging involvement in extracurricular activities. If you have any questions, concerns, or are facing an obstacle, please reach out.  We are here to help. Have a great school year everyone!

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  • Statement of Support of RBR Dreamers

    Posted by Dr. Louis Moore on 9/11/2023

    We are blessed at Red Bank Regional to be a school with a large population of immigrant students, including those who are undocumented. In addition, we are thankful to the members of the RBR Dreamers Club, who have led efforts to improve understanding, promote inclusiveness, and advocate for needed reform.

     

    We are also grateful for the outstanding leadership of their advisor Mrs. Marisol Mondaca, who led efforts to establish the club and volunteered her time for many years before the Dreamers were officially recognized.

     

    Recently a controversy has emerged because one of the five members of the Board of Education present for the meeting on August 16 rejected my recommendation that Mrs. Mondaca be reappointed. Because RBR has a nine-member board, five votes are required for any resolution item to pass regardless of how many members are in attendance. On August 16, four BOE members supported my recommendation; one did not and this, unfortunately, was enough to overrule the majority vote.

     

    It is inspiring to see the way our students are standing up for themselves and others amidst the current dispute. While I am proud of their efforts, I am not surprised. I have been a long-standing and committed supporter of the Dreamers. My recommendation that they be recognized as an official district club was approved by the Board in September 2021. Even before attaining this status, they actively worked to support immigrant students, RBR families, and participate in valuable service projects that benefitted our entire school community.

    In 1855 a depressed Abraham Lincoln wrote to his friend Joshua Speed about the growing popularity of the Know-Nothings, an anti-immigrant political party that was rapidly gaining support. “As a nation, we begin by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ ... When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read ‘All men are created equal, except Negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.’ When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty--to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure.”

     

    Virtually all Americans are immigrants or the children of immigrants but periodically misplaced anger and bigotry have influenced attitudes toward immigrants and distorted understandings of the positive role that immigrants play in American life. Regretfully, The Know Nothing impulse is still with us.

     

    I urge my colleagues on the Board of Education to reflect on their roles as community leaders, to set an example for empathy and understanding, and to strike a blow against the dark forces that Lincoln deplored so many years ago. I am hopeful that the Board of Education will approve my recommendation to re-appoint their club advisor, Mrs. Mondaca, so that the Dreamers can carry out their vital role here at RBR. The Dreamers deserve the unanimous support of the Board of Education tonight and at all times.

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