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