An Action-Packed Two Months

The first couple months of the 2017-2018 school year have been especially exciting and productive for Toms River Regional Schools. On the eve of our fall break, we wanted to take a quick look back at all of the noteworthy news and events that have marked our young school year.

Back to School

Our students returned to school Sept. 5 well rested and rejuvenated after a long summer that, at the same time, seemed to go by in a flash. Our online back-to-school photo gallery captured all of the joy and anticipation of the first day back.


Students at Silver Bay Elementary were all smiles when they returned to school Sept. 5.


High School North teacher Kit Coe cut the ribbon to officially open the Active Learning Center.

Active Learning Center Opens

In spring, the district learned that its grant application for a classroom renovation and research grant was one of 15 selected out of more than 950 applicants from throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. High School North was awarded an Active Learning Center from Steelcase Education. After months of planning, design, installation, and training, the ALC at HSN was unveiled during a joyous grand opening ceremony that included students, parents, teachers, administrators, board members, and local leaders.

Our Story

Over the past several years, we've had so much good news to share, but had never developed something comprehensive that captures it all. Our Story enabled us to do just that. The booklet includes many highlights from the past several years, but in the context of our district's vast and honored history, and with insight as to what's to come. 

Distinguished Honor

In late summer the district learned it had been named 2017 Distinguished Organization of the Year by the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce. Toms River Regional Schools accepted this tremendous honor during the Chamber's Annual Awards Oct. 19.


In an effort to step up our social media game and reach more students, parents, and community members directly, the district entered the brave new world of Instagram. In a little over a month, we already have more than 400 followers, and we've used the app to share pictures and news about what's happening at our district and schools. From social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, to our increasing web traffic, to school newsletters and more, our district has the capacity to reach 30,000-50,000 of our parents, families, and regional community members when anything important or exciting happens. But as far as our newest platform goes, you can follow us on Instagram @tomsriverregionalschools.


From left to right at the Chamber's Annual Awards: Board members Gigi Esparza, Janet Bell, and Robert Onofrietti; Board Vice President Loreen Torrone; Board President Ben Giovine; Superintendent David Healy; Board members Joe Nardini and Russell Corby; and Business Administrator William Doering.


Robotics competitions and demonstrations took place in the HSN gym during Jersey Shore Makerfest Oct. 14.

Career Academies Launch

Among the most important and impactful district initiatives was the implementation of Career Academies at our high schools. After years of design and planning, that dream was fulfilled as Career Academies opened at each of the three high schools to begin the school year. College and career readiness remain a top priority, and the district plans to expand the academies model in the coming years.

Makerfest 3.0 Attracts Thousands

The district-founded Jersey Shore Makerfest hosted its third installment Oct. 14 at High School North, and it honored the spirit of hands-on, interactive, maker-based learning. Thousands of attendees from across Toms River, Ocean County, and the state attended the event, one which continues to prove why the district is a leader in the maker movement.

Big Read a Big Hit

From its Kickoff Event Oct. 2 to integration with the town's Halloween Parade Oct. 31, Toms River's first NEA Big Read offered a month of engaging, fun, and memorable activities. The NEA Big read grant was awarded to only 75 organizations throughout the country, and the novel Station Eleven helped drive the literacy campaign for Toms River. For a first-time Big Read grantee, it was quite a success. All of the links, pictures, and event recaps are included on the district's Big Read website

$3.3 Million Restored

In what was surely the most critical news of the young school year, Toms River Regional Schools was able to restore $3.3 million in funding that the state had announced in summer the district would lose. Months of meetings, gathering documentation, correspondence, and other tireless efforts ultimately worked to fully restore the district's state aid for the current school year. The result was hard-earned, and one that brought relief and inspiration to everyone throughout Toms River Regional Schools.


Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel, center, spoke at Ocean County College as part of Toms River's NEA Big Read Keynote Event. She was joined by four OCC professors, and the event proved extraordinarily insightful and enjoyable for all who attended.