Curriculum and Instruction Goals and Objectives

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

  • 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? It's an underwater robotics curriculum and program being disseminated to four regions of the United States through a National Science Foundation grant, in collaboration with national and state partners.
  • 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.
  • UN Sustainability Advocate Talks Tech, Business at High School South

    March 15, 2019-- High School South hosted a special guest speaker March 14 as part of the TR:TechReady program and its adoption of UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Upcoming State Budget Hearings Will be Site for Continued Opposition

    March 14, 2019-- Last week Toms River Regional Schools marched on Trenton. Its protest, however, is not over. Far from it. Today Superintendent David Healy announced that he and Business Administrator William Doering have registered to testify at four upcoming state budget hearings.
  • Burble, Fizz, Kaboom at Silver Bay

    March 13, 2019-- Smiles and laughter are not typically associated with learning the fundamentals of chemistry, Silver Bay’s Arts Lab is fueling students’ urge to learn.
  • 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.
  • Professional Development Day 2019 Features 200+ Workshops

    Feb. 18, 2019-- Approximately 2,500 educators, paraprofessionals, staff members, and administrators gathered at RWJBarnabas Health Arena to kick off the district’s President's Day Staff Professional Development Day 2019.
  • Poetry Festival at High School North Explores Love, War, and Much More

    High School North yesterday hosted a mini poetry festival, the first of its kind for the district, and the secondary-level kickoff to Toms River’s 2019 NEA Big Read program.
  • High School North to Build Outdoor Classroom Thanks to Sustainable Jersey Grant

    Feb. 8, 2019-- High School North is going to be home to another, innovative model space. This time, it will be outside. The district’s largest school was awarded one of only eleven $10,000-level grants as part of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Cycle, which is funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).
  • ‘Dance to Learn’ Advances Silver Bay’s YA Arts Lab

    Silver Bay Elementary School second-grade students were a blur as they spun, crawled, and somersaulted their way across the room during Dance to Learn.
  • District Awarded Grant to Boost Computer Science For All

    Computer code is in our phones, traffic lights, and coffee makers. Jobs in computer science (CS) are in such high demand that thousands go unfilled every year.
  • OCVTS Success Stories Highlight Toms River Grads

    Jan. 8, 2019-- Toms River Regional Schools has highly prioritized career readiness for students, especially over the past several years, evidenced by the establishment of three Career Academies, programs such as CAP and CE, partnerships with networks such as NJMEP, and strong working relationships with institutions like Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS).
  • Young Audiences, Grunin Grant Program Kicks Off at Silver Bay

    Jan. 2, 2019-- Silver Bay Elementary School is the recipient of a program that will infuse the arts into its students’ educational experience, a unique opportunity being funded by a grant from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation.
  • Students Work Within RWJ Healthcare Learning Collaborative

    Jan. 2, 2019-- One facet of Toms River Regional Schools' partnership with RWJBarnabas Health is developing connections between students and health professionals for real-world experiences.
  • 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.
  • District Placed on College Board’s 9th Annual AP® Honor Roll

    Toms River Regional Schools is one of 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada and one of only 39 in New Jersey being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll.

Cara DiMeo

Cara DiMeo

Director of Elementary Curriculum


Norma DeNoia

Norma DeNoia

Director of Secondary Curriculum


Estee Mailot

Estee Mailot, Ed.D.

Director of Funded Programs / District Testing Coordinator

Debra McKenna
Assistant Superintendent
Curriculum K-5

Marc Natanagara, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent Curriculum 6-12


Jay Attiya

Director of Technology