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Curriculum and Instruction Mission

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

  • Bridge to the Future Makes Stop at OCC

    Oct. 4, 2022-- The Middle Grades Career Exploration and Awareness grant from NJDOE helped the district establish the Bridge to the Future (B2F) program last year, which continues in 2022-2023.
  • Ideal Kickoff to Field Trip Season for Marine Science Students

    Sept. 16, 2022—The weather this week simply could not have been better, and that meant ideal conditions for High School East’s first marine science field trip of the school year.
  • Health and PE Curriculum Presentation

    Understanding how TRRS will address sensitive health and P.E. content within the NJSLS-- public committee presentation Aug. 15, 2022
  • Christine Girtain Named Ocean County Teacher of the Year

    Christine Girtain, the 28-year Toms River Regional Schools educator who teaches science and serves as the director of authentic science research (ASR) at High School North and High School South, has been named the Ocean County Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Education.
  • Students Soar, Sail Through Summer with Osprey, Hands-On Ecology

    Aug. 8, 2022-- The Peer Leadership Program is not the only form of summer enrichment happening at Toms River Regional Schools. Far from it. One of the most unique experiences taking place currently is the multi-week “Ecology Through the Eyes of an Osprey” summer program.
  • Summer Peer Leadership Program Takes a Leap Forward in 2022

    Aug. 4, 2022-- The district's Peer Leadership Program-- a summer camp which premiered in 2018-- continued in 2022, and may have proven to be the best and clearest manifestation of what leaders had intended the program to be.
  • ESY Program Teaches Life Skills, Helps Prevent Summer Slide

    Aug. 1, 2022-- The Extended School Year program in the Toms River School District is doing much more than providing a summer school for students in need of a little extra learning.
  • High School South Student Attends Prestigious Journalism Conference in DC

    July 27, 2022-- High School South rising junior Tyler Kopin recently completed a once-in-a-lifetime, six-day experience at George Mason University in Washington, D.
  • Student Success Highlights Benefits of Joining TSA

    July 25, 2022-- This coming school year, all students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to participate in the New Jersey Technical Students Association.
  • Science Success Continues for Culbert

    July 11, 2022-- High School North student Katie Culbert, who’s gained attention locally and even nationally for her science fair submissions and work with bees, has had an eventful and remarkably successful past several weeks.
  • FBLA Finalists Compete in Chicago

    July 5, 2022-- Students from High School North and High School South proudly represented Toms River Regional Schools at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago June 28 through July 3.
  • Forty Books in 10 Months No Problem for These Int. East Students

    June 23, 2022-- At the beginning of the school year, Intermediate East students were challenged by teacher Angela Germano to read 40 books throughout the year, and document their literary journey, collecting all their data and sharing their love of reading (as well as their love of a healthy reading competition!
  • On the Farm STEM for District Science Teachers

    June 20, 2022-- The week of June 12, a group of intermediate and high school science teachers including Dinean Batchelder, Regina Feliz, Jessica Kurtz, Cherri Worth, and Christine Girtain traveled to Oklahoma to participate in a four-day program entitled On The Farm STEM, conducted by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and funded by beef farmers and ranchers through the Beef Checkoff.
  • Public Speaking Lesson at Int. East Welcomes Popular Author

    June 17, 2022-- Intermediate East hosted a guest virtual speaker to celebrate its sixth-grade public speaking unit. Throughout the unit, students had presented demonstration speeches on their favorite relaxation techniques, persuasive speeches on their favorite books read this year, and their capstone project-- an informative speech about how they grew as a reader and writer this year.
  • HSE Spring Concert Extravaganza Mixes Rock With Orchestral

    June 9, 2022-- High School East's Music Spring Concert Extravaganza was held Wednesday, June 8.Under the direction of Mr. Miller and Mr. Strometz,  performances ranged from chorus, to small ensembles, to rock and roll.
  • Multilingual Learners, Families Gather at PAC Meeting

    June 8, 2022-- The Parental Advisory Committee (PAC) held its meeting for multilingual learners the evening of June 7. It was the first time in two years that the meeting was in person, and district families turned out in force.
  • Teachers Looking Forward to Helping Save Barnegat Bay

    June 8, 2022-- Teachers from Intermediate South, North, and East visited the Save Barnegat Bay house at Brown’s Woods earlier this week to begin planning field trips for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students for the 2022-23 school year.
  • Outdoor Concert a Success at Intermediate South

    May 27, 2022-- Intermediate South held another successful outdoor concert May 25, on a beautiful evening with low humidity and a cool breeze. The school's spring concert moved outdoors last year in response to COVID, but parents and families enjoyed it so much, the school decided to keep it outdoors in 2022.
  • Arts, Engineering Students Travel Back to InfoAge

    May 27, 2022-- Through Perkins career-based grant funding, students studying digital arts and engineering embarked on a student learning experience, or SLE, May 25.
  • Potential Future Musicians Test Drive Instruments

    May 24, 2022-- The district continued one of its coolest programs yesterday, allowing potential band and orchestra members to play around, literally.The Instrument Test Drive is an opportunity for students to test drive a variety of musical instruments, meet teachers and students involved in music, and ask questions about joining band and orchestra.
  • High School North Auditorium Named for Maria Ressa

    The following story was written by High School North graduate and Monmouth University communications student Maggie Downs.May 23, 2022-- Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Toms River Schools alum, was celebrated today at Toms River High School North during the dedication of the school’s auditorium being named in her honor.
  • North Dover Math Team Takes First in County Competition

    May 19, 2022-- Each year, the Ocean County Math League provides students with an opportunity to compete in county-wide math contests designed by teachers and administrators.
  • Walnut Street Student Takes Genius Hour Project to Next Level

    May 18, 2022-- When Walnut Street Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Christina Millington opened up Genius Hour projects to her students, Jerrick Sevilla already had his topic of interest in mind: space shuttles.
  • SPEAR-IT of Celebration at South for CTE Program

    May 12, 2022-- Project SPEAR-IT (South’s Pre-Vocational Educational Alternatives Resource Institute) was founded as a result of the Youth Career Pathways grant from the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (UWMOC), and has been hosted at High School South since 2019.
  • Sustainable Jersey Grant Will Fund New Courtyard at HSN

    High School North has been named the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Sustainable Jersey for Schools for its proposal to construct the OurSpace Courtyard, a student-driven project that will overhaul the school’s existing courtyard and transform it into a space for students to cultivate and exhibit their design and life skills, promote art and inclusivity, and take a mental health break from the rigors of the school day.
  • United Way, Colossus Media Group Highlight Project SPEAR-IT

    May 5, 2022-- A few weeks ago, Colossus Media Group-- on behalf of the United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties-- visited High School South to produce a mini-documentary about Project SPEAR-IT, the impactful CTE program.
  • 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