District Mission Statement
The Toms River Regional School District is a team of dedicated learners, supportive community members, and professional, highly skilled, and committed staff. We are committed to providing a comprehensive, safe, and challenging educational experience that meet and exceed the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and that recognizes and nurtures the unique talents, interests, and experiences of each individual. Our students are lifelong learners who grow to become socially responsible, value and respect diversity, and be able to confidently adapt to the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
District Goals 2017-2018
Every year, the Board of Education works with district staff to look at key areas of academics and operations to define SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) goals that guide nearly everything we do for the following year-- budgeting, facilities planning, curriculum writing, and teacher training, to name a few. Progress on these goals is provided during the year and at the end of each year.
1. Student Achievement: Implement a student-centered and hands-on inquiry model for science instruction in K-12 classrooms using engineering practices and an integrated STEAM approach that will promote college and career readiness.
2. Budget: Develop a financial plan to continue supporting our educational program that considers losses in funding and alternative revenue sources.
3. Facilities: Based on the 2015-16 comprehensive facilities assessment, continue to finalize priority project plans in the Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) for implementation while developing referendum plans.
4. Technology: Enable more personalized, cross-curricular, and problem-based student learning at all levels through the application of technology and improve district productivity and communication cost effectively through new platforms and systems.
5. Community: The district will increase its partnerships with external resources; improve and expand communication and outreach; and increase the number and diversity of activities that benefit the entire community.
Approved by the Toms River Regional Board of Education August 16, 2017
Toms River Regional Schools are pupil centered. We recognize the school as a place
1) where unexplored abilities, interest, and traits are discovered and given opportunity for growth;
2) where those already marked are given encouragement; and
3) where the entire school population is offered visions of new and wider fields of knowledge and experience that make all life richer and more satisfying.
We recognize that all of a person's experiences influence that person's development. The curriculum of Toms River Regional Schools, therefore, embraces pupil opportunities-- class instruction, extracurricular activities, field experiences, social functions, and community projects-- that embrace the whole child. Recognizing and encouraging student choice and voice are fundamentally to achieving this vision.
Being a lifelong learner means not only developing habits of mind that include analysis, introspection, critical thinking, and problem solving, but also applying a mindset that ensures personal future readiness and becoming a socially responsible citizen: adaptability, flexibility, mindfulness, empathy, tolerance, open-mindedness, and grit.
The district is committed to helping students strengthen these traits through authentic learning opportunities that connect them with their community and the larger world.
Many distinct but closely interrelated factors determine the degree to which we can provide the desired environment.
We acknowledge the importance of physical surroundings, but even more important are human relationships. Since our chief aim is to promote pupil growth through mutual understanding of problems, informal and friendly relationships are encouraged among teachers and pupils. Achievement of this aim depends upon recognition and active acceptance of this philosophy.
We believe that no educational philosophy can be static.
The aims and policies of the Toms River Regional Schools are being continually reexamined in the light of pupil and community needs and growth.