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  • MRHS College Acceptances - Congratulations to our high school seniors.
    Click here to see where our students are heading in the fall.
     
     
    Matawan Regional High School Ranked #98 in Best NJ Public High Schools
     
    Congratulations to Matawan Regional High School in the Rankings of Best NJ Public High Schools in 2017.  We have moved up to #98 in the standings.  To read the complete article, please click the link below.
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    2016-2017 Upcoming Events
     

     

    Thursday, May 18th - Spring Choir Concert

    Saturday May 20th & 21st - Relay for Life

    Monday, May 22nd BOE Meeting - Personal Best Week Presentation

    Wednesday, May 31st - Thespian Inductions

    Thursday, June 1st - Academy Graduation

    Friday, June 2nd - MRHS Career Day

    Tuesday, June 6th - Senior Awards

    Friday, June 9th - PROM

    Wednesday, June 21st - Senior Semi Formal

    Friday, June 23rd - Graduation - 5pm @ Brookdale Community College

     
     
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    GOOD NEWS
     
    Congratulations and Good Luck to the following Count Basie Awards Nominees:
     
    Outstanding Actress in a Dramatic Production: Melissa Calicchio and Kerriann Ring for Plaza Suite
    Outstanding Musical Production: Honeymoon in Vegas.
    Outstanding Direction for a Musical: Linda Walling
    Outstanding Set Design for a Musical: Sam Pickens
    Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical: Michael W. Wells and Jessica Amorino
    Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical: Linda Walling & Julie McKurth
    Outstanding Choreography: Phil Solomon
    Outstanding Orchestra: Lindsey Lorefice
    Outstanding Chorus: Andre Baldasserini
    Outstanding Featured Ensemble: Show Girls & Ticket Agents
    Outstanding Featured Performer: Kevin Costello
    Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Musical: Kerriann Ring
    Outstanding Supporting Actor for a Musical: Antonio Straniero
    Outstanding Actress for a Musical: Melissa Calicchio
    Outstanding Actor for a Musical: Quinn Surdez & Ryan Deahl
     
     

    2017-2018 All State Chorus

    Congratulations to the following students for making the following ensembles!

    NJ All State Mixed Choir

    Althea Miquela - Alto 1

    Emily Teubner - Alto 1

    Jalen Garraway - Tenor 2

    Joshua McCord - Tenor 2

    Lawrence DiCristina - Bass 2

    NJ All State Women’s Choir

    Rhicki Santos - Alto 1

    Congratulations also to Caitlin Kileen for being accepted into the Grammy Nominated a cappella group, The Rock n' Roll Chorus. She will be touring the eastern seaboard this summer performing in some of the most famous concert venues in the country!

     
    Congratulations to the Archery Team for their participation in the 2017 National ArcheryState Tournament. Our school placed 3rd in the State in the Team Competition.
     
    Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and were accepted into the 2017 All-Shore Band Director's Association Symphonic Band:
             Bryanna Long - Clarinet                                            William Stein - Trumpet
     
    Congratulations to the Varsity Winter Guard for being promoted from the Scholastic Regional A Class to the Scholastic A Class this weekend....This means they have gone from Minors to the Majors.
     
    Congratulations to the Matawan Jazz Band for participating in the Allentown Jazz Festival.  The students received an award for "Best Saxaphone Section" and Jordan Phillips received an "Outstanding Soloist" Award.
     
    Congratulations to all the bowlers representing Matawan at the Special Olympics Individual Sectionals held this weekend.  Nico Schykernec (HS) sweated it out, winning the GOLD by just 5 pinfalls  Brendan Pluff (MAMS) hungry for a medal, raised his score by 40 points for his last of 3 games to win the BRONZE.  Also from MAMS, Kieran Wingler steadily improved with each game to clinch the SILVER.  All 3 bowlers will be moving on to the States in April with an eye on being chosen for a try0out for the National Team.
     
    Congratulations to our Math Competition Team.  Two of our students, Jeffrey Opokuh-Mensah and Abudlah Ramadan, performed exceptionally well on the AMC 10 and 12 mathematics competition and have been invited to participate in the American Mathematics Invitational Exam. This prestigious exam is by invitation only and is part of a series of exams that culminates with the International Mathematics Olympiad.  We are very proud of these gentlemen and wish them well in the next round of competition.
     
    The Brain Bee Team competed on February 25th at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  We had an outstanding performance.  This year the competition had 35% more contestants.  This was the largest in its history.   We had 6 semifinalists:  Ricki Santos, Meet Patel, Emily Loniewski, Sarah Abel, Lidia Haraszti, Althea Miquela.  We had 2 finalists:  Ricki Santos, Meet Patel.  The 3rd place finisher in the 2017 Neurophysiology Brain Bee is Rick Santos.  Congratulations to the team for their performance and dedication while preparing for this prestigious competition.
     
    The Speech & Debate Team had and excellent tournament at Montville Twp High School.  
    Jane Ahn - 1st place in Informative Speaking
    Katarina Schmidt - 2nd place in Improvisational Acting
    Julia Thompson & Katarina Schmidt - 6th place in duo
     
    Congratulations to the Girls Bowling Team for taking 2nd in GROUP 1 at the NJSIAA Central Jersey Sectional Championships.  This has not happened in close to 20 years for the girls team who will not compete at the All Groups on Friday, February 10th.
     
    Congrats to the Challenger Bowlers from the High School.  Nico S. earned a Silver and Thomas D came through with a 5th place win.  From MAMS, Brendan P's amazing curve ball got him to Silver status and Kieran W stuck to it to come away with a Gold medal  All the bowlers have been dedicated to improving their game all season.  For the medal winners, the home lane advantage will be on their side at Sectionals as they try to secure their place for State Games.  
    Sectional will be held on February 25th at Strathmore Lanes...times TBA.
     
    Congratulations to Jess D, Katarina S, Julia T, Jane A and Yanise F for claiming victory at the Borelli Tournament at Freehold Twp HS on February 4th.
     

    Congratulations to MRHS for winning 3 prestigious awards at The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties' Students Change Hunger Awards Ceremony yesterday at iPlay America: The Comeback Kids Award, the Division 5 High School Award, and the 2,500 Pound Club. This year, the school contributed 2,514 pounds of food, enough to provide over 2000 meals for people in need. Thanks to all of the students, faculty, parents, and community members that participated! #StudentsChangeHunger

    Food Bank  

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/999835063369889/1351921381494587/?notif_t=like&notif_id=1485358692650205

     

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    Congratulations to the Boys Winter Track Team for winning  the Group 2 State Relay Championship.
    .Winter Track Champs
     
     
    Congratulations to Peter Houdalis and David Casazza for being accepted into the New Jersey All-State Ensembles.
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    Congratulations to the Matawan Girl’s Track and Field Team for their performances at the Group II State Relay Meet.  Cassandra Daniele, Samantha Anderson, Amanda Ferrara, and Rachel Kenny blazed through the finish line in a remarkable time of 9:47, bringing home the gold.  These Group II State 4x800 meter champs are now ranked 7th in New Jersey.

    Girls Winter Track
     
    Great job to Isabella Viggiano & Mue Carroll who placed 6th in the Pole Vault clearing 8'6" and 88'0"
     
     
     
     

Principal's News

  • Dear Huskies:

    It is an exciting and proud time to be a Husky!  Our high school community continues to celebrate our well-deserved honor as one of the Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” in the United States of America!  Our school has continued to offer the most rigorous academic courses while providing opportunities for all students to excel in diverse areas of our curriculum.  We are committed to enhancing our curriculum offerings, implementing innovative programs and fortifying our strong school community partnership. 

    Our dedicated and talented faculty continues to offer expanded course offerings and internship opportunities for our STEM, Business and Visual & Performing Arts Academies.  Our language arts and social studies faculty are implementing our Global Humanities Academy which will focus on developing and enhancing critical thinking, reading, writing and speaking skills.  This academy will focus on offering students an environment to make connections between literature and history and to synthesize knowledge and study diverse perspectives.    Additionally, our Visual & Performing Arts Academy has added a strand of study which will include AP Art Studio 1 and 2 along with courses in art history and appreciation and artist career training.

    The high school faculty and student body are excited to continue the guiding principles of our Leadership Academy which are dedicated to providing our community with civic leaders who are instilled with the tenets of effective and transformational leadership qualities.  These students will be integral to the mission of community service inherent in such events as Aberdeen Day, Relay for Life and numerous school sponsored events. 

    Our high school staff will also be continuing a district wide initiative to bring a variety of social emotional learning programs to our high school.  These initiatives will be consistent with the 21st century skills of building communication and problem solving among students and creating connections with trusted adults in our school and community.  We are hoping to implement programs such as Sources of Strength which will incorporate these strategies in a peer leadership component.  Additionally, our staff is planning to implement several programs with the goal to reduce stress and anxiety and to promote student coping skills. 

    The district continues to develop and enhance our 21st century life skills program with the complete renovation of the classroom which accommodates our Family and Consumer Science courses and a life skills component for our special education programs.  This complete renovation will be an asset to many aspects of our school community.

     As we continue to expand our academic opportunities to our student athletes, the athletic department is offering the program:   NCAA Academic Eligibility Requirements:  An Information Session for the College Bound Student-Athlete on Thursday, August 25th at 7pm in the high school auditorium.  Samantha Hegmann, the Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance for Athletics at Monmouth University, will be the keynote speaker.

    Our freshman students continue to thrive in our successful and innovative Freshman Academy which is centered around the concept of a small learning community.  The Academy is a school-within-a-school organized around interdisciplinary teams of English, mathematics, science and social studies.  Additionally, the district administration is continuing the practice of offering PSAT testing to all sophomores and juniors at no cost to parents.   Our Freshman Orientation program is scheduled for Wed. August 24th at 7:30am. 

    As you prepare for the school year, kindly visit the MRHS website under “Announcements” with the heading “2016-2017 Husky High School Packet” for the important documents that will help start the year off successfully.  If you do not have access to a computer and/or printer, please visit the main office on August 29th, 30th or 31st to obtain hard copies. 

    Student schedules will be available on the Realtime Parent Portal beginning Thursday, August 25th.  If you do not know your Parent Portal username and password, please email mprinzi@marsd.org for this information.  Counselors will be available on Friday, August 26th through Wednesday, August 31st to answer scheduling questions.  While reviewing your child’s schedule, we urge you to update your contact information so that you receive phone, e-mail and text message communications from the high school.

    I look forward to meeting our students on Tuesday, September 6th.  Students will be able to enter the building at 7:10am and they must be in homeroom no later than 7:25am.  If you are transporting your child to school, please utilize the loop in the south parking lot.  The driveway in the front of the school is restricted to our school buses.  Your anticipated cooperation is appreciated.

    I would like to thank you for your continued support as our administration, faculty and staff remain committed to providing your children with a safe and supportive environment that fosters academic achievement along with social and emotional growth.  Please mark Thursday, September 22nd on your calendar as we will have our annual Back to School Night from 7:00 pm-9:30 pm.  The staff and I look forward to meeting you and sharing our goals and expectations.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions.

    It is a great day to be a Husky!

     

    Sincerely,

    Michele Ruscavage

     

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