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

  • Baked-In Sense of Service at Intermediate South

    Oct. 26, 2021-- As part of the district's evolving life skills curriculum designed around service, Mrs. Feliz’s students provided service and a much-appreciated thank you to the nurses, bus drivers, and secretaries at Intermediate South.
  • State, Local Orgs Support District’s CTE Initiatives

    Oct. 15, 2021: What qualifies as “career and technical education,” or CTE, has evolved in recent years to align with industry demand and student interest.
  • District, High School North Win Multiple Artist Residencies

    Aug. 2, 2021-- In March, the district applied for two grants on behalf of High School North to Artists in Education (AIE) and its Residency Grant Program.
  • 'Nurture by Nature' Takes Root at Intermediate South

    July 6, 2021-- In 2018, Intermediate South was selected for the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) health grant from the NJ Department of Health and regional funder EmPOWeR Somerset.
  • FREE Summer Tech, Enrichment Programs Being Offered

    June 25, 2021-- Students in grades 6-12 are invited to apply for Toms River Regional Schools FREE TR:Tech virtual summer coding camps. All camps run Monday through Thursday July 26-August 5.
  • Summer Enrichment Programs Being Offered!

    June 8, 2021 -- This year, students in grades 6-11 have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Summer Enrichment Programs! Topics include coding, outdoor adventure, vocal music, graphic novels, and more.
  • Students Join U.S. Poet Laureate for Emotional, Impactful Event

    May 27, 2021-- NEA Big Read: Toms River's 2021 Keynote Event witnessed students gathering together-- outdoors, masked, and separated on bleachers-- for the first time in more than a year.
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month Explores Language Development

    May 18, 2021-- Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) continues with an exploration of early intervention, language development, and the impact of technology on language development.
  • Better Hearing and Speech Month Begins With Focus on Apraxia

    May 4, 2021-- Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides the district an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of speech-language pathologists in providing life-altering treatment.
  • 'Cupcake Wars' a Treat at Intermediate South

    April 16, 2021-- Technology combined art and with life skills in Mrs. Feliz's class at Intermediate South. Students teamed up to design digital backgrounds to accompany interpretive cupcakes that they were tasked with baking and decorating.
  • Project SPEAR-IT Lives On

    From measuring to cutting with multiple tools, a student at High School South shows what Project SPEAR-IT is all about, and why the career and technical program is rapidly gaining in popularity throughout the school, even during a pandemic.
  • Sustainable Jersey Grant Will Fund Food Crop Science Initiative

    March 19, 2021: Authentic Science Research (ASR) Director Christine Girtain certainly proposes the most interesting projects, and her latest venture again caught the attention of-- and earned support from-- Sustainable Jersey for Schools.
  • IN Science Club Members Submit Projects to JSSF

    Since October, students in the Science Club at Intermediate North have been working on individual science projects on their own time, outside of school hours.
  • West Dover Families Participate in Virtual Workshops

    March 10, 2021 -- West Dover Elementary School students and their families had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of virtual family nights offered by the school during the month of March.
  • Life Skills Mean Bike Skills for IE Students

    The hardest part, according to the class, was getting the last bit of the tire reseated, but with persistence and a little brute force, each student was successful.
  • UWMOC Renews Covid Relief Program at Cedar Grove

    Feb. 23, 2021-- The Extended-Day Covid Relief program at Cedar Grove Elementary School served about 50 students this past fall, providing reading and ELA interventions to students most impacted by the lack of in-person instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • TREF Makes Artistic Donation to District

    The Toms River Education Foundation made its second donation to the district's art program in the form of $5,000 to support students in their artistic endeavors.
  • Exercise is Elementary in This Easy-to-Follow Routine

    Silver Bay teachers Michelle Aromando and Julie Dippolito, with the support of Citta School Supervisor of Instruction Christopher Blessing, who also oversees elementary-level physical education and health, spearheaded a project which recruited PE teachers from all TRRS elementary schools to create 30 second exercise clips with 15 second breaks in-between.
  • Deadline Extended for Career Academy Applications

    Jan. 4, 2021 -- Attention grade 8 students!  The deadline to apply to the Career Academies (Business, Performing Arts, and STEAM) has been extended to January 8, 2021!
  • Career Academy Open Houses!

    Nov. 23, 2020 -- Toms River Regional Schools invites parents/guardians of grade 8 students to join us for our virtual Career Academy open houses.
  • Tech Experts, Partners, Prizes Boost First-Ever TR Hackathon

    Nov. 23, 2020-- Secondary students from across Toms River Regional Schools and up and down the state gathered virtually this past weekend for the first large-scale Hackathon, a virtual event made possible through the TR:TechReady program funded by the Office of Naval Research.
  • Sign Up for TR Hackathon Which Begins Nov. 20

    Nov. 19, 2020-- Calling all creative problem solvers, coders, STEAM makers and artists, families and friends, individuals and groups of up to five. Because Toms River Regional Schools ONR TR:TechReady Hackathon is this weekend!
  • Dual Enrollment with OCC a Huge Plus for TRRS Students, Parents

    High school students at Toms River Regional Schools will have ample opportunities to get a head start on their collegiate careers thanks to an expanded partnership between the district and Ocean County College.
  • ONR Virtual Hack:TR Hackathon Nov. 20-22

    Nov. 18, 2020-- Do you want to solve the world's problems and learn how to code? Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in a free virtual hackathon.
  • 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.
  • 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


Adrienne Gold

Adrienne Gold

Director of Secondary Curriculum  


John Green

John Green

Director of Student Services


Cara DiMeo
Assistant Superintendent


Rich Fastnacht

Assistant Superintendent


Jay Attiya

Director of Technology