The Community Newsletter of Shore Regional High School - FALL 2009
S P A NNI NG TH E GL O B E : Service Efforts of Shore Students are Making the World a Better Place
Monmouth Park Highway 36 West Long Branch, NJ 07764 (732) 222 - 9300 (phone) (732) 222 - 8849 (fax) www.shoreregional.org
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A Note from the Superintendent
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.
Throughout the past year, many in our and surrounding communities have witnessed firsthand the challenging economic times. Whether within our own home, a relativeʼs or a neighborʼs, the impact of the late recession has reared its presence and given us pause to reflect on what truly matters most. Such reflections have led many Shore students to become energized and seek to better their communities through service. In the spirit of the holiday seasons, this monthʼs Shoreline spotlights four young people from Shore (amongst myriad more) who have put their fellow man before them and succeeded in making a tremendously positive difference.
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
Author, Editor, Producer, The Shoreline
The Shore Regional High School District Board of Education 2009-2010 Anthony F. Moro, Jr., President (Monmouth Beach) Tadeusz “Ted” Szczurek, VP (Oceanport) David Baker (Monmouth Beach) Nancy DeScenza (Sea Bright) Elizabeth Garrigal (West Long Branch) Diane Merla (West Long Branch) Russell T. Olivadotti (West Long Branch) Ronald OʼNeill (West Long Branch) Frank J. Pingitore (Oceanport) Paul Rolleri (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
Seasons of Service
Weʼre also incredibly fortunate at Shore to have patient, supportive community members who have enabled the miraculous progress being made in the buildingʼs physical reconditioning. It is truly astounding to think that by the end of 2009, nearly every classroom in the building will boast new floors, energy-efficient lighting and be primed for new HVAC connections. None of the incredibly beneficial results of the ongoing referendum could have ever been realized without the support of the citizens of our sending districts. With that in mind, I wish again to extend my sincere thanks. As the winter approaches and thoughts turn to the Spring semester of 2010, Shore Regional has prepared spectacular elective and traditional course offerings aimed at engaging any student. In addition to in-class learning, tutoring services coupled with our devoted facultyʼs willingness to guide learners beyond the standard “period” remain at the core of how Shore Regional students continue to reach unparalleled levels of success. May the goodwill of the season bring happiness, health and peace to you and your family. Sincerely, Leonard G. Schnappauf Superintendent and Principal
A â€œstate of the buildingâ€? report from Business Administrator Dennis Kotch. The Fall of 2009 has filled me with an overwhelming feeling of optimistic satisfaction. At the time of publication for this edition of The Shoreline, I am immensely pleased to report that not only has the referendum construction been ahead of schedule, but it currently is under budget. Should these trends continue, it's not fanciful to forecast that by June 30, 2010 all of Shore Regional High School's classrooms will have been renovated with new floors, lighting and paint. In addition to the dramatic updating classrooms have received, the gymnasiums will also receive similar treatment. Once the summer arrives, all that will remain to be done are final connections for the new Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system. All looks to be on target, so it's with enthusiastic hope that the incoming class of 2014 will be the first to have a climate-controlled, comfortable Freshman year. Immense projects such as the current referendum have enabled the district to embrace environmentally conscious means of disposal and reassert commitment to "green" standards. Whether it be discarded metal, old wiring or the "gutted" contents of the boiler room, refuse taken from the school has been recycled in accordance with state mandate. Introducing eco-friendly building technology has added to the overall purpose of refreshing the building for functional longevity and simultaneously advancing environmentally friendly daily operations. As the season for "wish lists" draws near, it's important to take note of what are truly "necessities." The ongoing referendum has been a great reminder that the few updates the building's "baby-boom" era construction has seen have left many areas (both in and around the building) in questionable circumstances. With governmental change comes the prospect of reduced state aid and a furtherance of dependence on community budget support. Active participation in the civic enterprise allows a citizen more investment in the ongoing work to better the lives of all the children who attend Shore Regional. Thus, while the Office of Business Administration may hope to overhaul elements of the school such as the parking lots and locker rooms, securing the proper funding for the school's day to day functionality becomes paramount. In the coming months, as statewide political change becomes enacted, know that this office maintains its stance on the importance of presenting a frugal and wise budget that isn't filled with "wishes," but provides for the necessities that help make our students some of the finest in New Jersey. Sincerely,
A B ro t h e r h o o d o f M a n .
Shore Regional High School boasts many fine, service-oriented extracurricular clubs. For instance, Shore's Interact Service Club and International Baccalaureate CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) Group both provide students with opportunities to become involved and "help out" their local communities. Many students join and receive a "rush" from the excitement of helping others. For some, the feeling of aiding one's fellow man has
Helping Out From the Start By the age of seven, freshman Jesse Phalanukorn (Oceanport) had begun volunteering at Family Resource Associates (FRA, frainc.org). It helped that his mother, Nancy, was the Executive Director of the non-profit agency whose mission remains helping children, adolescents and people of all ages with disAbilities reach their fullest potential. Early on, Jesse did all he could in terms of support and education, assisting individuals of varied ages who had developmental delays or disAbilities as well as acquired disAbilities. "I enjoyed helping others and knew this was a calling," recalls Jesse.
Picture: Jesse Phalanukorn takes a moment for an interview in the RTO.
His service at FRA included the majority of every summer he's had "off" at the end of a school year. "Whether Iʼm helping a five year old with autism or a developmentally challenged twenty-something, it just doesn't seem like work to me. I can always go to the beach with friends later, and I have such a good time working with the disAbled it never seems like I'm ʻmissing outʼ on anything," Jesse adds. In his middle school years, Jesse found his service responsibilities growing as he made pilgrimages to grocery stores and other community locations taking clients of FRA with him to experience "the world" and become immersed in "everday life." At FRA or the Ocean Campus School, it's not uncommon to find Jesse playing coordination-building games with clients well into the afternoon, never once checking a clock to see when his "shift" might be over. "Money never really comes into my head when I'm volunteering. Working with these kids is payment enough because it Picture: Jesse during a past holiday serviceeffort helping children visit “Santa” heightens my moral awareness and raises the standards I have for how people should treat one another," relates Jesse. Over the years, Jesse's efforts have been lauded by both state and national officials. He received a National Congressional Award for "Outstanding Youth Volunteer" during his middle school days, and in September of 2009, Prudential awarded him their "Prudential Spirit of Community Award" (http://spirit.prudential.com) at a ceremony in Trenton. Beyond the accolades, Jesse finds that consistent volunteering "opens a wider view of the world" and helps make him "constantly empathetic to the needs of others."
Paychecks Are Overrated West Long Branch resident Samantha Campbell needed a job. Not that she didn't have two already, but she felt something was missing from her everyday routine of honors classes and "after-school" jobs for pay. Seeking fulfilment for her soul, Samantha made her way over to her former elementary (Betty McElmon) and middle (Frank Antonides) schools to see if she could help out. To her surprise, she was pointed in the direction of the "Y-Kids" program, a Before and After School program that enables parents to have their child cared for in a nurturing environment while providing time for homework assistance mixed with fun and learning activities. Although the program was "for profit," Samantha became intrigued in the volunteer roles the program advertised.
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gone beyond simple community involvement in high school. Current Shore Regional students and alumni alike have taken it upon themselves to seek out those in need and altruistically provide vital services and care. Among them, freshman Jesse Phalanukorn, junior Samantha Campbell, senior Drake Halpern and alumna Sarah Grimm are brilliant examples of how Shore's students "give back" not only to their neighborhoods, but to all mankind.
Within days of her first experience as a "Y Kids" volunteer, Samantha knew she had made the right decision. "It's not that I wasn't already busy, school and work were very taxing, but working with kids instantly struck me as the greatest thing!" exclaims Samantha. Supervising a K-5 group, Samantha's afternoons encompass homework assistance, creative enrichment activities, supervised athletic play, informal games, snack time, social opportunities, and much more. Attracted to her volunteer role by the YMCA Character values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility, Samantha's favorite aspect of volunteering at "Y-Kids" has been the feeling she gets when the children she guides make her laugh. "They crack me up! The things my kids say range from the cutest to the most ridiculous thing Picture: Samantha and her fourth grade pupil Samantha Hurd pose for a photo at an after school Y-Kids session. you've ever heard. But they're all just so funny. I can't imagine a better place to help kids and give them what they need when their parents are unavailable," adds Samantha. Volunteering nearly every afternoon after her day at Shore Regional, Samantha provides more evidence of Shoreʼs students dedication and willingness to see the lives of others improved, enhanced and filled with smiles.
Making Real Human Relationships Over the past year, senior Drake Halpern has done a lot of self reflection: "It's amazing how much I took for granted before I began volunteering in the Dominican Republic. I haven't looked at life the same way and I never will again." When Halpern's plane, headed for the Casa Monte Plata Childrenʼs Home in Monte Plata, Dominican Republic, took off, he admits to "having no clue about what I was in for." His first journey to the poverty stricken city of Monte Plata revealed to him a world of abject squalor and inequity. "I knew the Home specialized in schooling for 1st-8th graders, but I didn't expect some of the eighth graders to be nineteen years old," recalls Halpern.
Picture: Drake gets ready to do some “heavy lifting” during a day at the Casa Monte Plata Childrenʼs Home.
From the moment Halpern and his group of volunteers from Red Bank's First Presbyterian Church arrived, they were unsure of how to interact with the abandoned, orphaned, and/or abused children residing. "When you know the child staring up at you has lost a parent or has been wholly abandoned, you immediately start thinking about how good you had it when you were their age," Halpern reminisces. After the shock of the ride into Monte Plata through the "Haitian" part of town, Halpern and other volunteers got right to work building tables, painting rooms and creating relationships over baseball catches and meals with the young people living at the Home. "Just being there provided a spark of happiness for the children because it proved to them that there are people in the world that care about them," asserts Halpern. (Story continued on next page.) Picture: A “sink” in one of the dwellings Drake volunteered to help “spruce up.”
Despite the language barrier, Halpern's Spanish is admittedly imperfect, the ability to bridge cultural gaps came relatively easy. "Throwing a baseball around, playing games and even organizing a 'dance' gave us all the opportunity to mingle and just 'hang out.' Those kinds of interactions don't need words because the smiles and laughter speak volumes," recounts Halpern. Moving outside the confines of the Children's Home, Halpern's most moving experiences as a volunteer came during efforts in the "Haitian" part of the city: "We took a bus in and had the intention of 'cleaning up' some homes for children. But what we encountered made me instantly realize this wasn't about 'tidying up.' Dirt floors, no glass Picture: A typical dwelling in the “Haitian” district. windows, a coffee can for a toilet - these weren't houses so much as they were ramshackle huts no bigger than my bedroom. I've never been able to look at a hot shower in the morning the same way since," Halpern declares. The overall impact of Halpern's trips (he returned to Monte Plata to continue his work in November of 2009) has been to truly provide him with "college readiness." Knowing there's no substitute for the open mindedness he's garnered from his experience, Halpern proclaims the benefits of international volunteerism: "Yeah we 'fix stuff,' but you learn about people who have it so much worse than you, but that are still happier than you are. It teaches you that no matter what your hardships are in life, someone's got it worse and being 'down' is relative to your life situation. Be appreciative. Be thankful. That's why I volunteer. If I'm able to bring just a little more happiness to a person than they had before, than I know I'm actually accomplishing things with my life."
Picture: Drake and his newfound friend “Junior” pose.
Confronting Fears, Creating Bonds When Sarah Grimm (SRHS ʼ06) began her time at Fordham University, she never knew that it would be the schoolʼs “Global Outreach” program that kept her from transferring. Global Outreach is a cultural immersion and service program where Fordham students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice, while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth. Grimm applied to become part of a team of students aiming to live, work, and learn with another culture and share in the ultimate goal of creating solidarity, learning about issues of poverty and injustice, and connecting the local with the global. Grimm selected Romania because she knew the project dealt with issues of HIV/AIDS, a topic she had “always found myself kind of tuning out of.” Seeking to confront her own fears about the disease she joined a group of eleven other Fordham students and worked with them throughout the semester, having weekly meetings to discuss pertinent social justice issues, fundraising, and "reflecting" together. By the time they got on the plane to Romania, they were all extremely comfortable with each other, a process which Grimm describes as a “crash course in trust,” where one comes away “with friends for life.” The first week in Romania, Grimmʼs team stayed in a flat in a small town called Slatina, each day being bused first to an adult disability center in Caracal, and then to a similar center in Cezieni. “Most of my Picture: Sarah Grimm and other students from Fordham teammates, myself included, had never worked with disabled people Unversity “bond” before their Romanian excursion. before, let alone from across a language barrier. The first day with them was the biggest shock of the whole trip. The disability itself was something to get accustomed to (lots of touching and grabbing and emotional outbursts), but the conditions of the centers were something to which we could never become accustomed. The residents were dirty; in five days, I never saw a change of clothes. Those who could not
walk were laid on the grass or pavement for the duration of the day, sometimes under a tree, but often just baking under the sun. Their clothes were falling off of many of them (if they were wearing clothes at all).” For Grimm, despite the shock of her initial experiences, returning to the centers became easier each passing day. The team developed a wonderful rapport with many of the residents, dancing, singing and playing games. Recalls Grimm, “So many of the people just wanted to be hugged. We all felt the power of the human touch, and any doubts I had about the value of service were erased in seeing the joy that a little bit of attention brought.” Traveling to Onesti, Grimm and her team worked in an orphanage-turned-disability Picture: Sarah and an orphaned Romanian girl blow up balloons at a makeshift “carnival.” center for children, Casa Doru. Grimmʼs reflection on the center raised troubling questions for her once back in the United States: “My experience at Casa Doru was much more positive than at Caracal and Cezienne. The center itself is wonderfully decorated, colorful and bursting with art. The volunteers genuinely care for the children, much like mothers would, and they work hard with their limited resources to make life there exciting and fun. In comparing the adult centers to Casa Doru, I wonder if itʼs easier to care for disabled children than adults. Children are supposed to be somewhat helpless, after all; isnʼt it more shocking, more repulsive to see an adult parading in the nude and yelling incoherently than a child? What will become of the children at Casa Doru when they are too old to stay there? Will they end up at Cezienne, unwashed and wearing the same outfit for a week? Many of them will die because of their complicated conditions and limited access to medical resources, as one girl we met, Andrea, already has.” The last four days of the trip were spent in Bucuresti (Casa Alexandra), a hospital for persons with HIV and AIDS. Allowed to be in the hospital for limited amounts of time (to prevent Picture: Sarah and her team treat some children to snacks on the streets of Onesti. the attachment and loss that often comes when volunteers drop in for too long and leave), Grimm and her team were only allowed to interact with the healthiest of patients. “Casa Alexandra had been described to me as a center for “children with HIV and AIDS,” but really, almost everyone was my age or a little older. That was the hardest part—realizing that nothing but geography had separated their fates from mine. Most of their infections were not even sexually transmitted; the only “blame,” in most cases, rests with the governmentʼs policy in the late eighties/early nineties to treat all childrenʼs sicknesses with an untested blood transfusion. It was a cure-all. Healthy children, too, were often vaccinated in large groups, the same needle being used for all of them.” Grimmʼs biggest challenge at Casa Alexandra was not, her “germ phobia,” but confronting fate itself. She asked herself, “Why did these people, who are so like me, who love playing ping pong and making jewelry, why do they have to live and die with AIDS? They are ashamed of the cards life has dealt them. They are forced to keep their conditions secret (which does not help to contain the spread of AIDS) because their society shuns the infected… an attitude not so different in America—not so different from my own fear.” Since her return to Fordham, Grimm has continued sending “Care Packages” to Casa Doru. She often reflects and wishes more people could volunteer or help those less fortunate. To advocate for help, Grimm has partnered with Shore Regional High School in composing a section of the schoolʼs website with information for those interested in donating goods or money. Proof yet again, that whether as a student or alum, Shore Regional boasts caring and devoted people seeking to strengthen the global community. For more info on the students in this article, their causes and how you might get involved, visit the “Public Information” section of www.ShoreRegional.org
Picture: Sarah Grimm and a Romanian child share an embrace.
Insight into the unique experiences of Shore Regional High Scho Multicultural Learning Experiences A “normal school day” for many of Shore Regional High Schoolʼs International Baccalaureate students often includes unique experiences that take place far away from the confines of a classroom. Take for example this past Septemberʼs trip to Monmouth University to hear Former First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, deliver a keynote lecture on “Mobilizing African Women for Economic Development.” Held in MUʼs Wilson Hall and sponsored by The Institute for Global Understanding, Center of Distinction for the Arts, School of Social Work, and Office of Public Affairs, Shoreʼs IB candidates witnessed firsthand Lady Agyeman-Rawlingsʼ warm reception for her work toward the empowerment of women.
Picture: Lady Rawlings at Monmouth U
History of the Americas (HL) teacher David Osis found the opportunity to expose IB students to the dynamic Lady Rawlings one he simply could not pass up and made sure all could reap the great benefits of listening to this pertinent lecture. Shore students were able to sit amongst many scholars and other students and learn from a woman who has received many awards including the Woman for Peace Award in 1994. Creativity, Action and SERVICE! Not long after the end of their weekʼs academic experiences, it was off to the local Crop Walk to participate in a 5-Mile Walk/Run through Fair Haven, Red Bank, and Little Silver for IB candiates. Bringing donations of peanut butter or rice and beans for local food pantries, Shoreʼs IB students helped fight hunger in Monmouth County and around the world by raising funds to help children and families worldwide have food for today, and help build a better tomorrow.
Picture: Mr. Osis (center) with members of the IB Senior class.
Picture: Shore IB students take in Lady Rawlingsʼ lecture in MUʼs Wilson Hall.
Picture: Mrs. Simonson and IB CAS volunteers at Crop Walk ʻ09.
oolʼs International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Candidates International Exchange of Ideas Another great IB experience emerged in October with the arrival of German exchange student Isabel Nienhaus. Hosting Isabel for the month was IB junior Niki Piraquive and her family, who made it their goal to put meaning behind the programʼs title, Academic Adventures in America. Isabel latched on to many aspects of American (and New Jerseyan) culture quickly with diners and malls ranking at the top of her “favorites” list. More importantly, however, was that every day of the school week Isabel accompanied Niki to all of her academic classes and brought intercultural perspectives and nuanced views to each learning situation.
Picture: Niki and Isabel posing in front of their respective flag.
Picture: Popart rendition of Isabelʼs home city.
Hailing from Gelsenkirchen, famous for its soccer stadium and beautiful architecture, Isabel gave each IB student remarkably personal introspect into European views. Isabel felt that the rigidity and regimentation of the US educational system seems to be spawning a lot of “stressed out” American students. She commented, “varying the times and days of week a class meets, like in Germany, can really make the learning feel voluntary and fresh.” Isabel also emphasized how important it was for students to study language in their educational experiences. Well versed in French, English and Latin at the age of 16, she applauded the IB Programmeʼs flexibility in creating “ab initio” language study. Isabel also found Nikiʼs host family to be ideal for her stay in the United States. “Here in New Jersey, Nikiʼs family presented the ideal opportunity to be with hosts that appreciate diversity and multiculturalism.” The offspring of a Spanish father and Greek mother, Niki proclaims that the IB Programme “has a great international perspective that fits nicely in a high school like Shore. It helps overcome a lot of the singlemindedness that surrounds people in their daily, local lives.” Homegrown International Opportunities
With U.S. News and World Report now using the International Baccalaureate Programme as mandatory criteria* to be considered as a “Best High School,” Shore Regional High School is proud to be “ahead of the curve” as a World School that offers a fully authorized Diploma Programme. Internationally recognized as the benchmark for high school success, Shoreʼs IB Programme welcomes all prospective candidates seeking enrollment for the classes of 2012, 2013 and 2014. *Morse, Robert. "America's Best High Schools Methodology." Best High Schools U.S. News and World Report, 4 Dec. 2008. Web. 8 Nov. 2009 <http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/high-schools/2008/12/04/americas-best-high-schools-methodology.html>.
Et Tu, Blasi? In Oceanport’s schools, shared services are making a “dead” language come alive.
Throughout her career as a professional teacher of Latin, Virginia Blasi (Magistra Blasi as her students know her) has vitalized the study of a language often characterized as "dead" due to its infrequent conversational use in the modern world. Believing the language to be the foundation of linguistic understanding for any student, Blasi has endeavored to make Shore students embrace the language not just for SAT preparation, but to further their own understanding of the words they write and speak. With the advent of the 2009-2010 school year, Blasi was able to take her message "on the road," bringing her spirited teaching of Latin to Oceanport's Maple Place School and becoming a popular part of the school's quarterly elective offerings. "Teaching the eighth grade course is intensely appealing because of the brevity [forty-five days], flexibility and eagerness of the students," remarks Blasi. Excited by the studentʼs zeal for learning and "using what they learned right away," the ever-busy Blasi has found time to concoct dynamic lessons that provide meaningful classroom experiences. "Seeing the sending districts in action helps me appreciate the dynamic that we're involved in at the high school level. I find the vigor and desire to learn that eighth graders exhibit inspirational and hope that I can transport it to the secondary
experience," adds Blasi. "Exploring Latin" has become rather popular at Maple Place. Students have become amazed at the amount of "Roman Hand-Me-Downs" (as Blasi calls them) encountered in their everyday lives. Whether it be exploring Roman culinary habits or discussing ancient artwork, Blasi's passion for the subject translates well to her interested students. "Amidst the weekly quizzes, oral exams and creative assignments I throw at them, many still say they can't wait to continue studying the language as freshman next year," Blasi pleasantly adds. Offering four years of Latin studies, Blasi has aimed Shore Regional High Schoolʼs Latin program at providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel on the National Latin Examination. Offered each spring, the “NLE” serves as the benchmark for competency in the language and Blasi feels that her young pupils are getting a great advantage by starting to prepare as eighth graders. Blasiʼs middle-school course, which has been a stellar example of gender equity (eight boys, eight girls in the class), hands-on techniques and interactive learning stands as yet another shining beacon amongst many extraordinary accomplishments of a truly great educator. For more information on "Exploring Latin," contact Magistra Blasi via E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Think Spring! Although Winter is fast approaching, itʼs never too early to start thinking about academic advancement in the Spring semester. Shore Regional High School offers a cornucopia of exciting elective offerings to students. Take a look below at just some of more than twenty upcoming electives available for enrollment during the second half of the 2009-2010 school year. Botany
Video Production in the Digital Age
Botany is a course in which students study the evolution of plants, the diversity of the plant kingdom, plant classification and characteristics of plants. Providing an introductory coverage of major topics in plant biology, Botany places an emphasis on essential plant structure including cell types, tissues, and tissue systems, reproduction and development, basic mechanisms of photosynthesis, plant nutrition, and growth regulation.
Designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire and utilize an understanding of the video production process, this course has become increasingly popular since first being offered in the spring of 2009. Students will work in front of the camera as “talent” as well as behind the scenes as directors and technicians. Camera techniques will be learned, as well as production processes, including lighting, audio and editing to create and present videos. This course will bring together skills learned in all areas of the high school curriculum as students will organize, write and produce thematically-developed scripts for final broadcast production.
Oceanography This course provides descriptive background in geological, biological, and physical oceanography. Shore area beaches serve as sites for oceanographic experiments. Supporting field trips is the extensive use of computers to acquire real-time data from various government and research facility websites. Additional computer science software is utilized for oceanographic projections.
Digital photography offers students opportunities to build their knowledge and skills about photographic art. This course will familiarize students with digital photographic equipment, materials and processes by utilizing digital cameras, computers, specialized software and print methPsychology This is an introductory course in the understanding, analy- ods. This course will include examinations of photographic history and cultural influence, career paths and applicasis, and application of the systematic and scientific study tions. Throughout the course, analyzing works of photoof the behavior and mental processes of human beings graphic art and using examples to pass judgment on and other animals. Dealing with the self and others, the composition, design, emotional impact, technical skill and course explores fundamental areas in psychology such communication will be frequently done. as: biopsychology, neuroscience, experimental methods, psychopathology, sensation and perception, cognition, opMusical Technology erant and classical conditioning, child development, social psychology, personality and emotion, psychological disor- This course is designed to expose students to the constantly changing art of electronic music. Through the use of ders, treatments of disorders, and discussion of case synthesizers, computers, and other electronic sound equipstudies. ment, students learn to produce, modify, and control both electronic and acoustic sounds. Students receive basic International Foods training in playing electronic keyboards and music theory. Students study the culture and cuisine of eight countries, The course is open to all students and no musical backpreparing internationally famous dishes from each of ground is necessary. them. There is a strong connection to various World Lan-
guages and Social Studies Content Standards that gives students a unique insight into diverse cultures. Emphasis is placed on skills necessary for gourmet cooking. Knowledge of measuring and food preparation skills is helpful but not required for this course. Web Design
Within this course, students will gain the skills to plan, design, and create their own webpages through the use of HTML Programming including links, graphics, color, tables, sound, forms, frames and image maps. An introduction to Flash animation will also be included.
Log-on to ShoreRegional.orgʼs Curriculum page to...
• view the entire list of elective offerings. • download the Program of Studies. • read updated curriculum guides.
Quality Education for a Better World Shore Regional High Schoolʼs IB Diploma Programme helps develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. As an authorized “World School”, Shore Regional High School shares the mission and commitment of the IB to quality education. To learn more, visit www.ibo.org, or contact Programme Coordinator Linda Ensor (email@example.com). Now accepting applications for the Classes of ʻ12,ʼ13, & ʻ14.
Throughout every school year, Shore Regional High Schoolʼs Office of Student Personnel Services (Guidance) offers both PEER and FACULTY tutoring in all academic subjects.
Cost-free, peer tutoring, provided by the Shore Regional High
SERVICES provided by the
School National Honor Society, offers students and their families flexible opportunities to refine academic skill. NHS members offer tutoring services before or after school, during the school day or in the evening. To learn more about NHS peer tutoring, contact faculty advisor Kim Partenfelder via phone, (732) 222-9300 ext. 4360 or by E-Mail: KPartenfelder@shoreregional.org.
Faculty-to-student tutoring, facilitated by the Shore Regional High
(in conjunction with Student Personnel Serviceʼs Guidance Department)
School Guidance Department, offers variable-rate tutoring services that put a student directly under the tutelage of a Shore Regional Faculty member. Subject-specific and SAT tutoring programs are available throughout the year and services may be retained by contacting the guidance department via phone, (732) 222-9300 ext. 2150 or by E-Mail: LChiafullo@shoreregional.org. 11 11
Tech Corner INSIDE THE DIGITAL WORLD
ShoreRegional.org p o we re d by
ShoreRegional.org is proud to offer its users “EAlerts.” From getting homework updates to learning about community programs, “E-Alerts” are a quick and convenient way of keeping track of all things Shore Regional. Follow the steps below (illustrated with screenshots of SR.org) and youʼll be able get updates sent to the email address of your choice and optional text messages (for urgent matters).
STEP ONE - REGISTER
STEP TWO - SIGN IN
With the advent in popularity of Facebook.com, Shore Regional High School will be launching its own page in December 2009. The SRHS Facebook page will serve as a gateway for networking between current students and alumni, disseminating information and proffering fundraising causes to better the school. Please take a moment to visit the forthcoming page and become part of this online community.
Check out live daily classroom “image look-ins,” where you can view Shoreʼs students engaged in numerous different forms of learning. Follow Shore Regionalʼs Twitter by going to: Twitter.com/ShoreRegional or via the embedded Twitter feed on Shore Regional.org.
STEP THREE - ACCESS YOUR INFO
STEP FOUR - Select Desired E-Alert Sections
QUESTIONS? E-Mail TechCorner@shoreregional.org
ALUMNI S P O T L I G H T
Insightful remarks from Mr. Tom Duffy, one of the Shore Regional Educational Foundationʼs Directors. Technology is a many splendored thing. Many of us now heavily rely on E-mail, social networking websites and mobile-phones to keep up-to-date with all thatʼs important. With that concept in mind, Iʼd like to take a moment and implore you to take an active part in two online endeavors that serve to strengthen alumni communication and keep active connections with Shore Regional High School.
online security. The websiteʼs administrators take the time to visually approve all text and photos before anything is uploaded onto the site, guaranteeing a clean site. You won't be bombarded by spam from companies, fake members or weird ads as the alumni site is not filled with banner ads, pop ups or annoying games. The site protects your private information and doesnʼt have tricky terms or agreements, where you have to provide overly personal information just to register. Itʼs truly an amazing place to interact online.
Firstly, if you havenʼt already, please visit and register for the Shore Regional Alumni website (www.alumniclass.com/shoreregional). This absolutely astounding website offers every student that ever attended Shore Regional the opportunity to reconnect, publicize events and learn about “happenings” that involve the communities we now live in. Need info on a reunion? Want to know who was married recently? Had a baby? The Alumni Website features all this information and much more. On the alumni website, youʼll find informative quarterly “E-newsletters,” an online store with “Shore Apparel” and customizable profiles that help personalize your alumni experience. Search for classmates, look up faculty members, post pictures of recent events: these and a host of other options are available to all users. Perhaps most importantly, the Shore Regional Alumni website prides itself on privacy and
(picture: Screenshot of the Shore Regional Alumni Websiteʼs Homepage)
Secondly, with this Decemberʼs launch of the Shore Regional Facebook page, it has never been easier to stay, and keep, in touch with all those who have made Shore Regional High School a great place for nearly fifty years. Check out the link for it on ShoreRegional.org.
Regards, Thomas J. Duffy, ʻ83
The Holiday season can take on an even deeper meaning when the spirit of giving is embraced. Whether through volunteering or donating, supporting local, charitable causes ensure the betterment of both individual lives and communities as a whole. Seek out these local groups and get involved! American Recreational Military Services (ARMS) is a 501 (c)(3) public charity founded in 2003 by a group of grassroots volunteers who wanted to give something back to the military and their families. Over the years, the organization has grown to more than 325 volunteers in the tri-state area. A.R.M.S. provides services to local armories in the region by supporting area unit Family Readiness Groups, as well as providing direct assistance to family members in need. In addition, A.R.M.S. has been working with local military bases to enhance the quality of life for solders and their families. Since March 2003, A.R.M.S. has shipped over 900,000 lbs. of necessities to servicemen and women overseas, served meals to over 110,000 family members and provided over $80,000 in direct financial aid to families.
Ronnie Micciulla (left) A.R.M.S. (American Recreational Military Services) founder serves a Soldier who two hours prior had just returned to the United States from Iraq. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Mark Olsen, NJDMAVA/PA.
With the massive number of soldiers being deployed to foreign lands, A.R.M.S. would like to make their "Little Soldiers" who are left behind smile for the holidays. It is hard enough for children to understand that their parents are underway, let alone the thought of spending the holidays without them. Each military personnel has supplied A.R.M.S. with a wishlist of two gifts for each of their children and the organization would like to make each child's wishes come true. A.R.M.S are accepting donations of Gift Cards, Sporting Goods, Dolls, Action Figures, Baby Clothes and Childrenʼs Apparel. Drop-off points can be found on A.R.M.S.ʼs website: www.supportarms.org. Monetary donations may be sent to: A.R.M.S. 64 Harding Road Red Bank, NJ 07701
Alyssaʼs Angels is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to assist Monmouth County children with disabilities and their families lead happy and productive lives. Aiming to help lessen the financial burden by providing funding for therapeutic recreation and medical equipment, Alyssaʼs Angels also supports non-profit organizations helping children with disabilities. To Volunteer or Donate, visit AlyssasAngels.com or contact the organization at: PO Box 93 West Long Branch, NJ 07764 (732) 229-9393 The Kortney Rose Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The Foundation seeks to enhance the quality of life for children with brain tumors by helping them access specialty care, clinical trials, follow-up care, and rehabilitative services. Volunteers and donations aimed at helping families are always welcome and can be made by contacting: 41 Summerfield Ave Oceanport, NJ 07757 (732) 222-1491 www.TheKortneyRoseFoundation.org
The Valerie Center, part of The Childrenʼs Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, provides comprehensive medical services to children, adolescents and young adults (from birth to age 21) with leukemia and other cancers. The Valerie Fund Childrenʼs Center stands as one of the areaʼs and the nationʼs largest and most advanced pediatric oncology and hematology networks, providing care to more than 5,000 children with cancer and blood disorders each year. Donations and Volunteers Welcome: The Valerie Fund Center at The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center (732) 923-7455
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SHORE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOLâ€™S.. ...important dates to remember!
December 1st & 3rd 7:00 PM
Winter Break Dec. 24 - Jan. 3
Winter Concert December 8 7:00 PM - Auditorium