Curriculum and Instruction Mission

The Toms River Regional Schools curriculum creates the structure to help students master learning standards using a research-based approach that drives student inquiry, encourages creativity, and prepares students for college, careers, and life. Every course is driven by the belief that students need to acquire and expand critical thinking skills, and apply knowledge and skills to real world problems across a wide range of content areas. In addition to strong content, social-emotional elements like social awareness, self management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, independence, accountability, and motivation are built into each curriculum.

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What's New

  • TR:TechReady Virtual Campers Enjoy Special Guest Speaker

    July 8, 2020-- Today's TR:TechReady virtual Summer Coding Camp session ended in an ovation of sign-language clapping. Kit August, who represents IEEE IEEE NJ Coast Section PACE SIGHT Group (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology), Do Good Things Justice for All, served as a special guest speaker.
  • HSN English Students Interact with Famous Author

    May 29, 2020-- High School North English teacher Stephanie Reid managed to secure an email exchange between her students and famous American writer Joyce Carol Oates.
  • Students Continue to Shine at Delaware Valley Science Fair

    May 11, 2020-- Earlier this spring, students from Intermediate North and High School North and South performed well at the Jersey Shore Science Fair, which had moved to a virtual model due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • With Space Nearly Complete, Project SPEAR-IT Takes Off

    March 6, 2020-- At the beginning of the school year, High School South learned that its application for the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties Youth Career Pathways grant was a winner, and that's its vision for Project SPEAR-IT (South’s Pre-Vocational Educational Alternatives Resource Institute) would be realized.
  • Beyond Vocational School

    Feb. 24, 2020-- An engineering student uses a computer-assisted drafting application to design a widget, then uploads it to a lasercutter to create a model from wood.
  • OceanFirst Steps Into East Dover’s Sensory Zone

    Dec. 12, 2019-- Completing its tour of schools that earned the 2018 Model Classroom Grant, OceanFirst Foundation representatives visited East Dover Elementary Dec.
  • Hello Insight Recognizes District With National Award

    Dec. 12, 2019— On the morning of Dec. 10, Superintendent David Healy and many others were in Trenton rallying for Toms River Regional Schools to have its state funding restored.
  • Model Space at Silver Bay Opens Whole New World for Students

    Nov. 20, 2019-- The latest stop on OceanFirst Foundation’s tour of its Model Classroom Grant-funded projects was Silver Bay Elementary School, which yesterday showed off its remodeled media center and Exploring the Many Wonders of Our Planet project.
  • Arts Integration, Collaboration in Full Effect

    Nov. 20, 2019-- Led by Catherine Mellon, district K-5 arts supervisor, teachers and supervisors from three schools gathered recently to collaborate on upcoming Title IV arts integration projects in partnership with NJPSA/FEA as a follow up to training provided by the Geraldine R Dodge Foundation at Princeton University this past Summer.
  • FirstEnergy Grant Will Bring Climate Change Solutions to HSN

    Nov. 20, 2019-- For the second year in a row, High School North science teacher Kyle Seiverd has earned a FirstEnergy STEM grant for his classroom. Representatives from FirstEnergy visited the school yesterday to provide Seiverd and his students a grant award check for $995.
  • High School South 'SPEAR' -Heads New Pre-Voc Program

    Toms River Regional Schools is proud to announce a grant award from United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC) to pilot a pre-vocational initiative at High School South.
  • NYC Hosts Girls for Day of Empowerment Through Tech

    Last week, Aug. 7, young women ages 11 through 18 from Toms River Regional Schools boarded a bus bound for Grand Central Station, NYC. The #ForUsGirls excursion was a continuum of the summer Girls CodeCamp and the district’s broader initiative-- through TR:TechReady-- to introduce girls to coding and computer programming, fields where females are traditionally underrepresented.
  • Summer Coding Camp Sets Course for What’s to Come in District

    Aug. 12, 2019-- More than 100 students, their families, teaching staff and community mentors gathered to celebrate the wrap-up of two weeks of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded TR:TechReady coding camp.
  • WaterBotics at HSN Builds STEM Skills Through Underwater Fun

    Aug. 12, 2019-- During the past two weeks, High School North has hosted a WaterBotics summer program for approximately 40 students each week. But what is WaterBotics, anyway?
  • Navy-Funded Girls CS Camp Builds Interest in Coding

    Funded by the second year of a grant from the Office of Naval Research, nearly 30 young women from Toms River Regional’s secondary schools were introduced to computer science (CS) through personalized hands-on projects at a camp run July 15-18, 2019 at Toms River High School North.
  • WSCC Health Program Hits Stride at Intermediate South

    July 16, 2019-- Around this time last year-- August 2018 to be specific-- Intermediate South became one of only 21 New Jersey schools in the region to be awarded the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) Health Project, a grant-funded initiative from the New Jersey Department of Health in partnership with regional funder EmPoWER Somerset.
  • Second Summer for Peer Leadership Camp

    July 11, 2019-- Last year, Toms River Regional Schools kicked off its first Peer Leadership summer camp, which was a huge success. This week, incoming fifth-grade students from the district’s 12 elementary schools were invited to participate in the second annual Peer Leadership Camp.
  • Burning Bright Will Anchor District’s Third Straight NEA Big Read

    June 12, 2019-- Toms River Regional Schools must be doing its NEA Big Reads right, because the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest recently selected the district to host the program for a third consecutive year, providing a $15,000 grant to do so.
  • Interscholastic STEAM Robotics Competition an Exercise in Fun

    June 6, 2019-- This year Toms River Intermediate Schools developed and piloted a robotics class during academic activity through Title IV funding. The class began with safety and an introduction to robotics followed by design challenges initially in 2D on paper and in CAD programs, progressing to 3D building and programming, and finally reflecting and reinventing.
  • TR:TechReady Students Work With Always Supporting Our Military

    May 16, 2019-- Students who participated in last summer’s Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded TR:TechReady summer programming camp met to continue collaborating with the leadership team of  Toms River-based Always Supporting Our Military, helping the organization reimagine its website.
  • Scholars Literacy Lab Unveiled at Citta School

    May 14, 2019-- This past fall Joseph A. Citta Elementary School became one of 144 applicants (and one of five winners from Toms River Regional Schools) to receive a grant worth $10,000 from OceanFirst Foundation to fund a model classroom.
  • Office of Naval Research Funds Year 2 of Coding Initiative

    April 18, 2019-- One year ago, Toms River Regional Schools won the largest single competitive grant in its history. The Office of Naval Research (ONR), which promotes science and technology applications for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, awarded the district over $760k to support TR:TechReady, a computer coding initiative addressing district, industry, and naval goals.
  • Hovnanian Foundation Spurs Innovation With Two Multi-Year Grants

    April 16, 2019-- This past winter Edele Hovnanian, president of the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, visited the Toms River Regional School District for a tour of two newly renovated spaces and programs the foundation funded in the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Veteran Speakers, Vietnam Memorabilia Highlight NEA Big Read Days

    Note: This page is being updated throughout the program with highlights and photos from each school’s NEA Big Read Day. SCROLL DOWN for features from each secondary school as they take place.
  • District Exploring Option II for High Schools

    Option II includes opportunities defined by the NJDOE that allow students to earn credits and/or have experiences added to their transcript that are outside the classroom. Click here for a summary presentation.

Rachel Cicala

Rachel Cicala

Director of Elementary Curriculum


John Green

John Green

Director of Student Services


Estee Mailot

Estee Mailot, Ed.D.

Director of Secondary Curriculum & Instruction

Cara DiMeo
Assistant Superintendent


Rich Fastnacht

Assistant Superintendent


Jay Attiya

Director of Technology