The Shoreline _____________ The Community Newsletter of Shore Regional High School - FALL 2010
Lear n ing By Do ing: Shore Students Rise to the 21st Centuryâ€™s Challenges Monmouth Park Highway 36 West Long Branch, NJ 07764 (732) 222 - 9300 (phone) (732) 222 - 8849 (fax) www.shoreregional.org
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The Shoreline is published by the Shore Regional High School Office of Public Information and is funded by donations from the Shore Regional Educational Foundation and business advertisements. Shore Regional High School Monmouth Park Highway 36 West Long Branch, NJ 07764 (732) 222 - 9300 www.shoreregional.org Staff Leonard G. Schnappauf, Superintendent/Principal Dennis W. Kotch, Business Administrator Andrew W. Ker, Director of Public Information
A Note from the Superintendent STEADFAST SEASONAL ACHIEVEMENT Autumn is truly an auspicious season to observe Shore Regional High School District. Within the schoolʼs classrooms, upon sporting fields and throughout the community, one can sense a vitalized dynamic of students eager to learn, compete and serve. Although the weather grows colder and daylight becomes more precious, this enthusiasm never wanes, and is perpetuated by an environment of care and pride in the Shore Regional mission to educate the “whole person.”
Author, Editor, Producer, The Shoreline
The Shore Regional High School District Board of Education 2010-2011 Frank J. Pingitore, President (Oceanport) Russell T. Olivadotti, VP (West Long Branch) David Baker (Monmouth Beach) Nancy DeScenza (Sea Bright) Beth Garrigal (West Long Branch) Diane Merla (West Long Branch) Anthony F. Moro, Jr. (Monmouth Beach) Ronald OʼNeill (West Long Branch) Paul Rolleri (Oceanport) Tadeusz “Ted” Szczurek (Oceanport)
The Shore Regional High School District Educational Foundation Board Members Thomas Duffy Joseph Lagrotteria Mary Lynn Mango Valerie Manzo Edward Miller Patricia Pfleger Pauline Poyner James Ronan Donna Ruane Leonard Schnappauf
Fueling the revitalized atmosphere at Shore Regional in 2010 are the immense structural improvements actualized by the near completion of the recent referendum. Classrooms are more learning-friendly, hallways more comfortable and perhaps most importantly, the building has been stabilized by new infrastructure that ensures continuous operation for decades to come. Over the past few months, each day has offered opportunities to continuously marvel at Shore Regionalʼs exceptional student body and faculty. Hosting dozens of French exchange students and journalistically collaborating with the Asbury Park Press are but two of myriad accomplishments Shore Regional successfully undertook. In these and every effort, Shore students, faculty and staff put forth the hospitality, pride and diligence that set the district firmly upon a level with the finest in the state. With the approach of the “Holiday Season,” the district extends its best wishes to all for healthy and festive times with friends and family. Sincerely,
Leonard G. Schnappauf Superintendent and Principal
A “state of the building” report from Business Administrator Dennis Kotch. As with any meaningful referendum, the goal of enhancing student learning must remain the focus of such potentially massive undertakings. It is upon this premise that Shore Regional’s most recent effort has been based. Everything envisioned and designed since 2008 has been achieved with the student in mind. The importance of a comfortable learning environment cannot be understated; from modern climate control features to energy-efficient, yet brilliantly projected light, Shore Regional’s classrooms have become ideal centers for learning and instruction. Had the school been “built from scratch” in 2010, it would prove a daunting task to envision and actualize a more beautiful, efficient and effective learning environment as has been wrought forth from 2008’s referendum. Although fiscal responsibility has driven every facet of the numerous projects encapsulated by the referendum, the incredible effect the project has had upon student and employee alertness bears repeating. Students, comfortable in the school’s temperate climate, remain involved and not exasperated by fluctuating temperatures. Teachers and staff subsequently benefit from this physically vitalizing atmosphere, productivity and creativity both becoming heightened and energized. Within this issue of “The Shoreline,” much more depth concerning the residual dividends of the school’s referendum can be found in the “Before and After” companion piece to this column. Success cannot make the district complacent, thus it remains the mission of the Office of Business Administration to perpetually endeavor to “plan ahead” for future contingencies considering the current economic clime. As the state continues to progress further down the path of aid stringency, advancing a “tight” budget cap that does not sacrifice student opportunity becomes a primary objective. Although the immense savings achieved by Shared Services are remarkably important, the Business Administration Office continually seeks alternative means of generating revenue and offsetting the bleak conditions that continue to dominate recent headlines. Sincerely,
Dennis W. Kotch, Business Administrator
Referendum RECAP: Referendum RECAP: During the spring and summer of 2008, Business Administrator Dennis Kotch and the Shore Regional High School administration found their thoughts continually drawn to preparation for the coming winter. Having just “escaped” calamity during the previous cold-weather months, the administrative team made it a priority to overhaul the nearly fifty-year old building infrastructure. As Kotch recalls, “the daily operation of the school and the well-being of its employees was directly threatened by a system that had outlived its operative functionality by decades. Its failure was imminent and we had to find a viable, long-term, efficient solution.” The solution Kotch and the administrative team endeavored upon, made possible by greatly appreciated voter endorsement in September 2008, brought about more than just a simple solution. The nearly completed work has radically transformed the building from a 1960s era heating and electricity archetype to cutting edge, twentyfirst century modernity. Determined to no longer live on the “borrowed time” granted by fifty-year old boilers (their life expectancy was estimated at 25 years making them in need of replacement in 1987), Kotch instituted a project of staggering size that included a massive revamping of the buildingʼs utility systems. Aimed squarely at cost-efficiency, Kotch guided a project that, over a two year span, provided for an awe-inspiring “makeover.” The end results stand as model forms of schoolhouse efficiency: • Building-wide Climate Control via a state of the art forced hot and cold air system maintained by new boilers and an ultra-efficient in-ground ice-storage system. • Institution of cost efficient electricity delivery and natural gas systems. • Cost-efficient lighting throughout the building set upon timers that auto-shutdown when not in use. • Music room, CAD Lab and Auditorium refurbishment that dynamically improves student learning, environment interaction and performance ability. Reflects Kotch, “This building has been remade for optimal efficiency. When comparing utilities expenses of the past to current expenditures, the cost savings are absolutely remarkable.” In actualizing the referendum, Kotch left nothing to chance, perhaps most evident in the institution of a computerized building management system. The system dynamically enhances regulatory ability and ensures massive cost savings by allowing the building to be programmed from remote locations online. Remarks Kotch, “The system constantly searches to detect any potential problems whether they be as simple as a clogged filter or catastrophic like a classroom unit failure.” Should anything threaten the stability of the buildingʼs climate, such as a low fuel level in the backup diesel generator, or a fire alarm going off in “D-Hall,” a hierarchic chain of command instantly “kicks into action” alerting Shoreʼs Facilities Manager and Kotch of potential complications. Ultimately the system makes sure that at all times Shore Regionalʼs operational systems and the cost they incur are effectively moderated and set for best effect. Entering its final stages, the 2008 referendumʼs capstone project, refurbishment of the auditorium, remains on target for an early 2011 completion date. Meanwhile, students, faculty and staff throughout the building have enjoyed the comfortable climate, learning friendly lighting and new building atmosphere since the first day of the 20102011 school year. Coupled with the assurance that each passing day at Shore Regional progresses without the “emergency situation” the school faced in 2008, all stakeholders can be satisfied to know that 2008ʼs referendum has truly met its intention of resuscitating Shore Regional High Schoolʼs facilities and given the school decades of efficient operation to come.
Reviewing 2008-2010ʼs Progress Before...
Rusted, dilapidated boilers, twenty-five years past their prime, such as those pictured above and below have been removed and recycled.
In the place of a nearly defunct, antiquated heating system now stands modern, efficient devices (above and below) primed for potentially fifty future years of cost-friendly output.
The “Music Room” (above) used to be a cramped, fluorescent lit, “cove” that made for far from ideal conditions for musical performance.
Now, the “Music Room” (above) is but one of myriad examples of the Referendum providing remarkably better learning environments schoolwide.
THE BOARD FORUM The Shore Regional High School Board of Education, firm its commitment to ensuring a fiscally prudent, inclusive, learner-centered education, celebrates the achievements of all Shore students.
Dr. Moro presents Class of 2010 graduate Dylan Hansen-Fliedner with a certificate acknowledging his status as an APâ€ˆScholar.
Mr. Szczurek presents Class of 2010 graduate Hilary Goldfine with a certificate acknowledging her Horatio Alger scholarship.
Class of 2010 graduates pose with their certificates from the Board of Education acknowledging their selections as Bloustein Scholars.
Dr. Moro presents Jesse Phalanukorn, Class of 2013, with a certificate acknowledging his stellar community service.
Dr. Moro presents Class of 2010 graduate Drake Halpern with a certificate acknowledging his accomplishments as a volunteer and Eagle Scout.
FOCUS on SHARED SERVICES The Shore Regional High School Board of Education supports the goal of “Regional Curriculum Development,” believing that articulation and collaboration are the engines for student achievement.
Beginning in July 2010, Monmouth Beach Schools, Oceanport Schools, West Long Branch Schools and Shore Regional High School have shared Director of Curriculum Bruce Prestonʼs expertise and guidance. Traveling from school to school and interacting with K-12 faculty, Preston has found his shared service role to be one that has already “allowed the formative creation of common standards for all students.” Hoping to stimulate the use of “informed processes to raise standards,” Preston heads a multi-district initiative to align “best practices” aimed at getting regional teachers “on the same page and using connecting resources.” Reflecting upon shared servicesʼ immediate applicability within the region, Preston references unique circumstances within certain schools where a singular faculty member is solely responsible for curriculum development for grades 6-8. “Through my shared service role, I can coordinate shared and collaborative instruction with all teachers rather than leave them in insulated environments,” asserts Preston. Among the Board of Education sponsored endeavors undertaken by Preston, creating a regional model for professional development stands out among many early achievements. Within Prestonʼs first six months as Director, heʼs already overseen regional curriculum writing and the creation of a new staff induction program. Such reorganization has come through introspective reflection with many staff and faculty throughout each of the regionʼs schools. In dialoguing with various regional educational professionals, Preston dwells upon essential questions such as “what is student achievement?” With increased state importance being placed upon standardized tests, Prestonʼs inquiries serve as catalysts to engage the larger discussion of how children learn and what can be done to best suit each individual learnerʼs needs. “Itʼs not unrealistic to create a series of benchmark standards across the region that help us unpack standards and tailor education to best meet the needs of each individual student,” remarks Preston. Although it might take several years to fully realize his ambition, Preston is encouraged by the early signs of success heʼs seen when interacting with the “fantastic professionals that reside in each building” of the regionʼs schools. He adds, “Weʼve got a great foundation for growth. Working together I foresee enhanced standards for region-wide excellence as an attainable goal for the near future.”
BOE Meeting Information The Shore Regional High School Board of Education holds public meetings at 7:00PM on the final Thursday of each month (unless otherwise noted). For information and meeting minutes, please visit the Board of Education section on the district’s website, www.ShoreRegional.org.
Behind the Scenes of a “Day In the This past October, the students enrolled in Mrs. Victoria Koontzʼs Journalism class received the excitingly unique opportunity to coordinate the “Shore Regional edition” of the Asbury Park Pressʼs longstanding “A Day In The Life” series. Aimed at recording a “typical” day at Shore, Asbury Park Press staffers collaborated with Koontz and her students to “capture the essence” of the school.
Asbury Park Press coordinating editors Eric Pinckney and James Connolly visited Mrs. Koontzʼs Journalism class in October to coordinate story concepts and student responsibilities.
A “brainstorming” session in Mrs. Koontzʼs Journalism class. Chelsea Lopez served as storyboard planner during the Pressʼs visit in October, helping define the concepts for “A Day In The Life.”
Shore Regional student Chelsea Lopez and Asbury Park Press Multimedia Editor James Connolly collaborate on a story during the actual “day in the life,” Monday, November 1, 2010.
Press coordinators Eric Pinckney and James Connolly met with Koontzʼs students during their regularly scheduled Journalism class to “brainstorm” story ideas, assign specific tasks to students (such as writers, photographers and editors) and design a working schedule to facilitate interviews and media gathering. “Right from the start the students were exposed to journalistic processes that are used in the ʻreal worldʼ,” states Koontz. Just as a traditional journalism team delegates responsibilities, so too did each student in the class receive orders to cover a particular story or serve as a media collaborator. On November 1st, editors and reporters from The Asbury Park Press descended upon Shore Regional to begin the daylong experiencing of “life” at the high school. The staffers, consisting of a photographer, videographer and editors, worked closely with the journalism students throughout the day. Turning the E1 multimedia classroom into a base of operations for the day, Press staffers aided students in writing articles, capturing photographs and taking video of Shoreʼs many extraordinary features. Journalism students diligently worked as reporters and photographers, and engaged in the editing process crafting their stories and images to tell the story of the “anything but average” Shore Regional High School day. With 2:30pm deadlines hovering over each student, all engagingly accomplished their respective “job” with professionalism.
Life of Shore Regional High School” Two days later, on November 3rd, Koontz traveled with her students to the Press building, headquartered in Tinton Falls, to review and edit the final articles. In addition to working closely with Press journalists, print and online layout artists and administrative directors, students also sat in on a news meeting and were treated to lunch. Recollects Koontz, “It was a wonderful learning experience for the students. They got to see firsthand the evolution of an article and what itʼs like to work for a newspaper. Iʼm very proud of how each student conducted their collective efforts.” “Actually going to the Press headquarters was an amazing experience,” affirms sophomore Kelly Brody. She adds, “during the experience I learned invaluable lessons that Iʼm certain will aid me as Copy Editor of The Beacon (Shoreʼs student newspaper).” Beacon Design Editor Jenna Wyatt echoes Brodyʼs enthusiasm for the undertaking. “Seeing production from the professional vantage point makes working on The Beacon all the more exciting. Itʼs more realistic to appraise the quality of our school newspaperʼs appearance and quality having been on the ground floor of an actual newspaper facility,” relates Wyatt. The articles, photo slideshow and video featurette about “A Day in the Life of Shore Regional” went “live” on APP.com on November 17th and were printed in the Pressʼs November 18th edition. Reflecting back upon the whole experience, junior Briana Cotton offers, “This unique experience to work with professional journalists as a high school student really helped me and the whole class get a feel for what itʼs like to work in the media industry.” Koontz is equally pleased with the outcome, enthusiastically reflecting, “these opportunities are those that can change a studentʼs perspective about what they want to do in life. The whole experience has vitalized each of my students perceptions of modern media.”
After turning Shore Regionalʼs multimedia classroom “E1” into a temporary base of operations, Asbury Park Press coordinators Pinckney, Connolly and Canacci work with Shore Regional students to capture “a day in the life.”
Shore journalism students take a break from editing and layout work during their daylong (November 3, 2010) editing session at the Asbury Park Pressʼs headquarters.
The Fall 2010 Shore Regional journalism class poses for a group photograph during their editing session at the Asbury Park Pressʼs headquarters.
Details of the exceptional opportunities offered within Shore Regional IB: A Dynamic Program that ALL Shore Regional With the enrollment of its fourth cohort in September 2010, the Shore Regional High School International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme more than doubled in size, as twenty-three juniors joined ten seniors as diploma candidates. Moreover, the schoolʼs decision to combine the honors-level and the IBlevel courses in English and history further increased the size of the program: more than twenty seniors decided to pursue the honors/IB option in one or both disciplines, and more than thirty juniors did the same.
A standing room only crowd of Shore IB students and Honors History students view “Hiding.”
Shore Regional students interact with a “Nomad” from the LiNK program.
The Shore Regional High School administrationʼs offering of these unique new academic opportunities for all students again demonstrates the districtʼs high support for the IB programme. Even though a student may not opt to enroll in the full diploma program, he or she can take advantage of two high-level IB courses that may, in fact, increase the chances of admission to more selective colleges. Also, for juniors, taking these classes and completing the associated assessments may result in a studentʼs receiving college credit in one or two disciplines. Involvement in the IB programme on even a reduced level, then, will enhance a studentʼs academic experience in high school. Yet, the IB program is not only about academics. In fact, for the thirtythree diploma candidates, the required components (enrollment in Theory of Knowledge, completion of CAS service hours, and the composition of two required essays) challenge, inspire, enlighten, and test these teensʼ personal convictions and encourage involvement in the global community. Students are taught to examine closely their feelings about various issues, as they seek to find their places within the world. Through their work within the IB
update High Schoolʼs International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Students Can Now Beneficially Partake framework, they grow personally, intellectually, and socially. Much of their growth occurs through their involvement with community service organizations and projects. Service Learning At Its Finest This fall the IB students have already taken part in several community projects. In September, several students assisted Bike NY with the Twin Lights Bike Ride, and others helped non-profit groups in Red Bank stage the first-ever Paddle the Navesink Day. October saw more involvement, as more than twenty students participated in the 30th annual Red Bank Area CROP Walk. All students in the IB Diploma Programme also worked with one of the seniors, Judy Lamb, to raise money through the “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” effort. On October 22, the IB programme hosted a member of a global organization, Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), who told them about current conditions in that country and about efforts to assist refuges. Plans for November and December include working with area food banks to collect canned goods and other non-perishables and to assist Holiday Express with local families who need support during the upcoming holiday season.
IB Juniors and Seniors prepare to begin their walk to end hunger in Red Bank this past October.
The IB Programmeʼs candidates assembled before participating in the Red Bank Crop Walk as part of their CAS initiative.
Students interested in joining the IB program next year will be able to download the application from the schoolʼs website beginning December 1, 2010. The deadline for submission of the completed application is February 1, 2011. For more information, please contact Ms. Linda Ensor (LEnsor@ShoreRegional.org), Programme Coordinator, via E-Mail.
ALUMNI Since 1964, many of nearly a half-centuryʼs worth of Shore Regional graduates have gone on to great achievements. Beginning with this edition of “The Shoreline,” the Alumni Spotlight column will shift its focus to a more “Class Notes” style, publishing brief acknowledgments of career accomplishments and other life changes amongst the Shore Regional alumni body. In the columnʼs kickoff edition, members of the Classes of 1980, 1999 and 2006 are spotlighted.
CLASS of 1980 - John Farrell
John Farrell (ʻ80) poses in the Toronto Blue Jays Clubhouse this past October.
In October 2010, John was chosen to succeed Cito Gaston as manager of Major League Baseballʼs Toronto Blue Jays. After eight seasons pitching in the majors, winning a career-high 14 games for the Indians in 1988, John retired as a player after the 1996 season. John was Cleveland's player development director for five years and Boston's pitching coach the past four seasons.
CLASS of 1999 - Jordan Woolley
Jordan Woolley (ʻ99) on the “red carpet” with fellow cast members from “The Jonses.”
Jordan (left at “The Jonses” premiere) performed in this past springʼs Demi Moore feature length film “The Joneses.” Jordan can currently be seen as a cast member in Ashton Kutcherʼs most recent television series “The Beautiful Life.” Featured as a web-broadcast rather than traditional television, episodes can be viewed by visiting www.youtube.com/TBL
CLASS of 2006 - Kelly Scriven
Kelly Scriven (ʻ06) presents her research in recent collegiate health symposium.
Kellyʼs undergraduate senior honors thesis on the Waverly Public Health was featured in Fall 2010 edition of The University of South Carolinaʼs honors college alumni newsletter. Now attending medical school at Georgetown University, Kellyʼs work continues to aim at helping young people think about health and empowering them to make positive choices as they grow toward adulthood.
SPOTLIGHT In September 2010, Shore Regional launched an alumni armed-forces section on the district website. The Alumni Veterans section catalogues the service records of alumni that entered military service upon graduation and apprises stakeholders of their personal accomplishments. The spotlights below are a sampling of the large body of alumni who have served the nation honorably since their days at Shore Regional and kept in touch with the district.
CLASS of 2005 - Gregory Bebout
CLASS of 1973 - Stanley "Bud" Lowry Branch of Service: US Army Year of Discharge: 1977 Rank at Time of Discharge: SP4 Service Record: March 1974 to March 1977. Basic training-Fort Jackson, SC. U.S. Army Signal School, Fort Gordon, GA. U.S. Army Security Agency, Field Station, Berlin, Germany. Personal Update: After 3 years in the Army, “Bud” went to work for the federal government, retiring in March 2010 after 36 years of government service. 1977-1980, HQ, Naval District of Washington, Washington, DC. 1980-1981, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 1981-1985, HQ, 7th Signal Command, Fort Ritchie, MD. 19852010, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Washington, DC. Submit an Alumni Veteran update:
All alumni veterans, their families and friends are encouraged to send “updates” to Shore Regional. Visit http:bit.ly/SRHS_Vets Picture and story credit: “The Link News,” Nov.4 thru Nov. 10, 2010
or E-Mail PublicInfo@ShoreRegional.org for more information.
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A look back at days gone by, in anctipation of days ahead. As Shore Regional High Schoolʼs Fiftieth Anniversary approaches, it becomes apropos to engage in nostalgic reflection on the many memorable experiences and achievements that still resonate in the minds of thousands of graduates and community members. When the clock is “turned back” to 1964, the heart of the district swells with pride when it recalls the college acceptances of its first graduating class. No differently does the district delight in celebrating the acceptances and achievements of all its current students. Since its inception, Shore Regional has produced some of the finest 1 student athletes to competitively participate. The district has long delighted in the honorable achievements of its sportsmen and sportswomen. Looking back upon its student-athletes of yesteryear, itʼs apparent that the same verve, tenacity and honor that Blue Devils carried in years past has followed todayʼs competitors onto their respective playing fields.
In its nearly fifty-year history, the district has known not only success, but adversity as well. Reflection upon each past decade can provide for mournful reminiscence, albeit often wrought with proud emotion. The district recalls, salutes and appreciates its many veterans and service members who went on to serve and bring honor to the countryʼs longstanding honor. Sadly, at times it came at the ultimate price, a cost which the district shares the grief of all those who cherish the memory of graduates that had long brought great approbation from their community long before they entered the nationʼs service. 3 4
With Shore Regionalʼs Fiftieth Anniversary nearing, the district invites all past, present and future stakeholders to remain “in touch” and work together in planning a celebration that honors its ongoing legacy of secondary school excellence. Should any stakeholder wish to coordinate these efforts, share historical artifacts or photographs, please contact the district via E-Mail at PublicInfo@ShoreRegional.org (1) - "Colleges Accept Regional Students." The Daily Register 29 Jan. 1964: 1. (2) - "Kampf One-Hits Falcons; Adds Grand Slam Homer." The Daily Register 13 May 1964: 20. (3) - "County Marine Dies in Vietnam." The Daily Register 6 Feb. 1968: 1. (4) - "Four posthumous awards go to shore marine's parents." The Daily Register 12 Mar. 1968: 1.
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POSTAL PATRON News Brief: Shore Marches On at Regional Competition Shore Regionalʼs Marching Band continues to compile the awards and honors. Propelled by 2009ʼs placing at The United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) New Jersey State Championship, the Blue Devils Marching Band gave rousing performances at this past Octoberʼs All Shore Band Director's Association Marching Band Festival. Frighteningly splendid renditions from their “ʻnight theme” which included music from “Jekyll and Hyde,” “Twilight” and “Sleepy Hollow” wowed audiences at the annual event where area high school marching bands perform together.
Photo Credits: Eric Sucar, The Atlanticville
U P C O M I N G DAT E S T O R E M E M B E R :
Winter Break Dec. 24 - Jan. 2
Midterm Examinations Jan. 25 - Jan. 28
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
(School Reopens Jan. 3)
(Students released at 11:45am)
Monday, January 17, 2011