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  • Roundtable Breakfast Awards Students With Scholarships

    May 23, 2024-- On the heels of Unsung Heroes, RWJBarnabas Health Arena played host again this morning, this time for a Superintendents Roundtable Breakfast.
  • Arena Welcomes Ocean County's Unsung Heroes

    May 22, 2024-- Like last year, RWJBarnabas Health Arena was the site for Unsung Heroes, an event from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office that recognizes and honors youth from Ocean County who have overcome adversity and/or who demonstrate a unique resolve and other commendable virtues.
  • Santos Sets Discus Mark as South Girls Show Out at SCC

    May 20, 2024-- High School South's girls track team put forth another impressive performance at the Shore Conference Championships this past weekend.
  • Ian Brown is OC Pole Vault Champ

    Congratulations to High School South’s Ian Brown, whose 12-foot showing earned him first place at the Ocean County Championships in the pole vault. Photo by Jenna Mikels.
  • Transition to High School Made Easier for Spanish-Speaking Families

    May 10, 2024-- Yesterday evening, Intermediate South welcomed High School South's Spanish Heritage Club for the school's first-ever eighth-grade transition night specifically for Spanish-speaking families.
  • It's Good to be Part of a Tribe- South Shows Teachers Their Appreciation

    May 10, 2024-- Among the goodies bestowed upon teachers and staff at High School South the past five days in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week: Teacher Taco Bell Tuesday; a teacher raffle; food from Capone's; Uncle Dood's Donuts; Bobba Teas; and personalized cell phone chargers free popcorn passes.
  • Key Club Helps Out

    Key Club members from High School South and High School North helped out at the Kiwanis Club of Greater Toms River’s River to Bay 5K this past weekend. A true team effort!
  • North, South Girls Lax Teams Converge to Spread Morgan's Message

    May 3, 2024-- Yesterday, the High School South and High School North girls lacrosse teams came together to show unity for mental health awareness in athletes.
  • Katie Dukett Wins Tassle Contest

    Congratulations to senior Katie Dukett for winning this year's Tassle Contest! Her guess of 54 strands of strings in the maroon and white tassles was only one off from the actual number of 55, and with that Katie wins the Spirit Club package just in time for senior prom. Photo by Jenna Mikels.
  • Sign of the Times: South Students Leave Lasting Hallway Impression

    April 26, 2024-- High School South's Spirit Club hosted a hallway sign contest whereby students were invited to envision, design, and submit ideas for inspirational and permanent signage to grace the school's hallways.
  • Oui Oui! South Students Bring French Culture to Washington Street

    April 26, 2024-- Yesterday, High School South's French National Honor Society had an exciting day at Washington Street Elementary School.Society members visited two fifth-grade classes to spread the joy of learning French.
  • Anti-Bullying Workshop Gives Resources to District Leaders, Specialists

    April 25, 2024-- Yesterday in the High School North media center, district leaders and school anti-bullying specialists participated in an ABS administrative workshop.
  • South Choir Rated 'Excellent,' Takes Third in National Showcase

    April 23, 2024-- High School South's choir participated in a showcase competition at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania this past weekend."It was a busy day and we competed against 12 other choirs from across the country," said choir director Phil Martin.
  • Business Academy Students Rack Up Nearly $10k in Prize Money

    April 19, 2024-- It was a big day for High School South's Business Academy students.At Georgian Court University's Lion's Den Business Pitch competition yesterday, Eloise Weintraub, Alyssa Schenk, and Jordyn Lynch (below) took home the $2,500 first-place prize.
  • Connelly Recognized for All Shore Winter Team Honor

    Congratulations to John Donnelly, who’s been named to the Asbury Park Press All Shore Winter Team for the 2023-2024 season, and who received a Joint Legislative Commendation letter of acknowledgement for the achievement from District 10 representatives Senator Holzapfel, Assemblyman McGuckin, and Assemblyman Kanitra. Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • Lynch Sparkles for South in Win Over North

    April 22, 2024-- Aiden Lynch accomplished several things in his dominant start last Monday, a 9-0 win for High School South.First, the shutout earned the Indians their first win of the campaign, a much-needed victory following five tough losses to begin the season.
  • Remarkable Seasons End With Honors for South Track Stars

    April 12, 2024-- High School South’s Julia Santos (right) has been named the Field Event Athlete of the Year by the Shore Track Coaches Association.
  • Annual Egg Hunt Yields Winner, Good Vibes Heading Into Break

    The overall winner of the annual egg hunt was Natasha Scott ... congratulations! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy spring break. Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • ChapterCon Highlights Skills of District's NJTSA Members

    March 21, 2024-- March 18 marked the first-ever district-wide New Jersey Technology Student Association (NJTSA) Chapter Conference hosted by High School East.
  • Year's Best Teachers, Service Professionals Recognized

    March 21, 2024-- At the March 20, 2024 Toms River School Board meeting, the district's Teachers and Educational Service Professionals of the Year were recognized and honored with commemorative plaques.
  • Town Hall Meetings Underway to Discuss Regionalization, Referendum

    March 19, 2024-- Since the district was granted state approval to host a referendum to welcome Seaside Heights into its regional district-- the public vote is April 16-- Superintendent Michael Citta (above) announced a series of Town Hall meetings to educate the public, which began yesterday evening at High School North.
  • South Relay Team Hurdles Way to All-American Status

    Congratulations to High School South's Justin Coston, Tyler Kopin, Antonio Manganiello, and Giovanni Morales-Torres, whose stellar performance at the Virginia Beach Adidas Track Nationals this past weekend in the 60M Shuttle Hurdle Relay-- a speedy time of 33.40-- earned them third place and the title of All Americans!
  • Photo Gallery: 2024 Jersey Shore Science Fair

    March 18, 2024-- Students from throughout the district attended and competed at the 2024 Jersey Shore Science Fair March 16 at Stockton University. It was a strong showing all around as usual; all of Intermediate South's competitors, for example, placed, which delighted (above, top row, left) science fair coordinator Jessica Kurtz, High School East STEAM Academy senior competitor Jack Chen (top row, right), and the Seminole science stars.
  • Dood's Donuts Bring Out the Smiles for Students, Staff

    South's administration awarded the junior class with Uncle Dood's donuts today for their great job and participation in NJGPA testing this week, and this gesture not only brought out the (Irish) smiles for students, but also Supervisor Heather Pentifallo and Assistant Principal John Oberti. After all, the joy is really in the giving, right? And distributing more than 375 delicious Dood's donuts meant a LOT of giving.
  • Alejandra Morales is Coin Guess Champ

    Her guess of 231 coins won Alejandra Morales today's St. Patrick's Day-themed "Guess How Many Coins?" contest. Congrats! And for the record, the true number of four-leaf clover coins in the jar was 251. Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • Experience, Medals, Trophies Obtained at FBLA Conference in AC

    March 15, 2024-- Students from High School South, North, and East attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Leadership Conference in Atlantic City March 11 through 13, where they competed in a variety of topics ranging from business and financial planning, to coding and programming.
  • High Schoolers to Travel State to State in Unification Effort

    March 11, 2024-- The mission of the American Exchange Project (AEP) is to "to connect our divided country. We're stitching our country together, one student, one high school, one hometown at a time.
  • District Receives Approval to Host Referendum on Seaside Heights

    March 8, 2024-- Toms River Regional Schools has received approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to move forward with a referendum to add Seaside Heights into its district.
  • Longstanding South Mark Broken in 200M Freestyle Relay

    March 6, 2024-- High School South swimmers (left to right) Noah Thompson, Aidan Padham, Brady Krohn, and John Donnelly broke their school's longstanding record in the 200M freestyle relay at the New Jersey Meet of Champions this past weekend.
  • Thanks to RWJBH Partnership, District Staff Becoming First-Aid Certified

    March 4, 2024-- During a professional development day Feb. 16, staff members from all three district high schools spent the half-day completing their First Aid certification through a mental-health-based program in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health.
  • Budget, Potential Seaside Merger Discussed By Sup. Citta on TRSTV

    March 4, 2024-- Superintendent Michael Citta visited the TRSTV studios Friday, March 1 to discuss several important issues that have made news inside and outside the district.
  • Venture Showcase Pays Off for South Students

    Feb. 29, 2024-- High School South sent two teams of sophomore students from its Business Academy's entrepreneurship strand to the University of Delaware Venture Showcase Competition held at Rutgers University Feb.
  • 'Anything Goes' at HSS March 7-9

    Set sail with High School South for their production of Cole Porter’s sharp and sophisticated musical comedy, Anything Goes! The toe-tapping, hilarious, classic musical will be presented in the High School South cafetorium Thursday, March 7; Friday, March 8; and Saturday, March 9. All performances start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each; $5 for students with their school ID.
  • SROs Celebrated on National Day of Appreciation

    Feb. 16, 2024-- Yesterday, like last year and years prior, schools took time to honor their SROs on National School Resource Appreciation Day. Whether it was Officer Ciro (left) at Joseph A.
  • French Club Cooks Up Crepes

    The French Club's crepes-themed event Feb. 14 was a blast, by all accounts. Students cooked up homemade crepes and personalized them using Nutella, ice cream, strawberries, and more of their favorite toppings. It was a fun and delicious day for all!
  • South Freshman Sets Long Jump Mark

    Congratulations to freshman Jaelyn Mayne for breaking the High School South long jump record, a feat accomplished at the Rothman Orthopaedic Sports Complex at the John Bennett Athletic Center, a.k.a. the Bubble, with a spectacular jump of 16’ 3.5”. Way to go, Jaelyn! Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • Santos is Sectional Shot Put Champ

    During the state sectionals meet Feb. 9, Julia Santos won the shot put event with a throw of 39’, 6”, securing for her the title of South Jersey Group 3 Sectionals champion! Congratulations, Julia, and to the entire girls track team, which had a solid showing at sectionals. Now, it’s on to the group stage. Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • Transition Fair Connects Families With Resources

    Feb. 12, 2024-- The district's Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) and the Special Services Department hosted Transition Fair 2024 on Feb.
  • South Psyched for Super Bowl

    Today, students and staff celebrated the upcoming Super Bowl by wearing their favorite NFL team's jerseys to school. Are you ready for some football?
  • Donnelly Sets New South Swimming Mark

    Congratulations to Noelle Donnelly for breaking a longstanding school record in the 100M breaststroke. Noelle’s 1:08.39 mark is now the time to beat! Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • Meaghan Weatherstone Named WOBM Student of the Week

    "Ranked sixth in her class and a regular on the High Honor Roll, [Meaghan] is Secretary of the National Honor Society and Vice-President of the French National Honor Society." Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • Thriller Over Lacey Clinches Division for SEAST Hockey

    Jan. 29, 2024-- Joey Taliercio scored with one second remaining to give South-East (SEAST) hockey a thrilling 4-3 win over Lacey on Friday, Jan. 26. The victory, which moved the team to 10-5-1 on the season, clinched the division for the first time in the co-op's history.
  • Santos Sets New South Shot Put Mark

    Fresh of their Ocean County Championships win, HSS Juniors Kendall Howe (left) and Julia Santos struck double-gold at the Shore Conference Championships Jan. 25. Kendall’s 9-foot, 6-inch pole vault secured the win, while Julia’s shot put throw of 42 feet, 1 and ¼ inches is the best current mark in the state, and also set a new High School South record in the event. Way to go, girls! (Photo by Jenna Mikels)
  • German Exchange Student Receives Proper South Sendoff

    Jan. 24, 2024-- High School South's varsity cheerleading team, including coaches Katie Stein and Charlene Wallace, gave a formal farewell to their teammate, Mathilda Walendy, a German exchange student who joined them for the 2023-2024 football and basketball seasons.
  • South Swimmers Take First in 200M Relay

    Congratulations to Noah Thompson, John Donnelly, Brady Krohn, and Aiden Padham for taking first place in the 200M freestyle relay—and second in 400M—at the Ocean County Championships Jan. 21. Way to go, guys! Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • Two South Stars Earn OC Track Titles

    Jan. 22, 2024—Fresh off of her Group 3 shot put win, High School South’s Julia Santos (right) won gold in the event at the Ocean County Girls Track Championships hosted this past weekend.
  • Shot Put Duo Sends South to Group 3 Relay Title

    Jan. 16, 2024-- High School South's girls shot put team was in action at the Group 3 Relay Championships this past Sunday, Jan. 14. The duo of junior Julia Santos and freshman Caila Oltmer had a convincing victory over the 30-plus team field.
  • Clinch for Lynch as South's First 'Ultimate Senior'

    Jan. 12, 2024-- Last night saw High School South name its first Ultimate Senior. The inaugural event was organized by Eloise Weintraub, who helped gather participating seniors to be judged on formal wear, casual wear, talent, and their responses to a question-and-answer segment.
  • Football Funds Science Thanks to $1,000 Throw

    Jan. 8, 2024-- The 2022 NJ State Teacher of the Year, Toms River’s own Christine Girtain, is currently in Houston attending a convention for state teachers of the year.
  • Newspapers Collected for Animals

    The French National Honor Society held a successful donation drive, collecting old newspapers which will help keep birds and small critters warm and clean throughout winter at the Popcorn Park Animal Refuge. “This success shows the strong spirit of our school community, and we are excited to keep supporting those in need,” said South’s Constance Signorin.
  • Button Contest Winner Announced

    Congratulations to Zaret Arce for winning the 2023 Spirit Club design-the-holiday-button contest! Photo by Jenna Mikels
  • ESL Students Meet Elf on the Shelf

    During the school's first year with the English as a second language (ESL) program, students unfamiliar with the tradition were able to meet Elf of the Shelf in person. Andres Reyes Ariza, Liliana Burgos Santos, Gisell Osorio Ramirez, Rogelio Luna, Juan Sebastian Bedoya Londono, Juliana Perez Gil, Tayra Aniceto Malique, Silvia Bravo De La Rez, and Yadira Romero spent time with the elf, a.k.a. Assistant Principal Chris Peck, as ESL teacher Mrs. Passarella joins in. Happy holidays!
  • Atrium Anthems Delight District

    Dec. 21, 2023-- As is tradition, students from all three high schools visited the district's business offices today at 1144 Hooper Avenue, and they brought with them instruments, their beautiful voices, and a strong dose of holiday cheer.
  • South Students Shop, Sing, Spread Spirit

    Dec. 19, 2023: In early December, High School South Spirit Club members including Morgan Adams, Jordyn Lynch, Katie Dukett, Emma Stich, and Rob Pierson and Emma Stich went holiday shopping for the kids at the RWJBarnabas Health Children’s Specialized Hospital in Toms River, as well as adults at the Hampton Ridge Nursing Home.
  • Philly's Christmas Village Hosts German Club

    The German Club took a cultural trip to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia Dec. 7. The Village contains a German-style Christmas market, complete with food and craft vendors designed to mimic the classic Weihnachtsmärkte popular in Germany during the holidays. Students shopped, ate traditional foods like Bratwurst, Spätzle, and Kartoffelpuffer, ice skated and rode a carousel and Ferris wheel.
  • Challenge Day Brings Out the Smiles, Hugs at HSS

    Dec. 14, 2023-- Challenge Day, a program that “provides youth and their communities with experiential programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression,” debuted last year at High School North thanks to the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office.
  • Mary Antonowicz Named to All South Jersey Orchestra

    Congratulations to High School South junior Mary Antonowicz for making fourth chair cello in the All South Jersey Regional Orchestra. Way to go, Mary! (Photo by Jenna Mikels)
  • Watch: South Chorus Performs 'Silent Night' at OCL

    Dec. 5, 2023-- Following the Christmas tree lighting in downtown Toms River Dec. 1, Ocean County Library granted the High School South choir use of its Constellation Room so students could record a few pieces in an open environment with ideal acoustics.
  • Toms River Mourns Passing, Celebrates Life of Correll, South Legend

    Dec. 4, 2023-- In the summer of 2021, in advance of a pep rally in honor of P. David Correll, Amanda Fear and Joanna Sabato Eisman penned a lengthy and heartfelt tribute to the man, the longtime "Voice of the Indians" and a High School South institution, for Jersey Shore Online.
  • Turkey Time

    The mentor club hosted a Thanksgiving Extravaganza Nov. 21 in the Recreation Station, and the event included a hand-turkey station. Modeling theirs are teacher Mat Sohl and student Dan Barry. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Leadership Conference Aims to 'Stamp Out Hate'

    Nov. 15, 2023-- Yesterday, chaperones including Director of Student Services John Green and guidance counselors accompanied students from all district intermediate and high schools to Ocean County College's 2023 Student Leadership Conference.
  • South Band Leads 'Pep Rally for the River'

    Nov. 13, 2023-- On Sunday, Nov. 12, members of the High School South Marching Indian Band volunteered their time to participate in the first-ever "Pep Rally for the River.
  • Downtown Painting Winners Selected

    Nov. 3, 2023-- Every year, student artists at High School South paint the windows downtown to help celebrate the Halloween Parade, and every year, the Kiwanis Club selects its favorites.
  • French National Honor Society Welcomes HSS Members

    Congratulations to the exceptional students who were welcomed into the French National Honor Society at the Oct. 19 induction ceremony. The school extends its gratitude to everyone who contributed to making the evening more memorable. As Charlemagne famously stated, "To have a second language is to have a second soul."
  • Mary Highton Gets Nod as Influential Tribe Leader

    South’s “Leader of the Tribe” committee, tasked with acknowledging excellent staff members, today recognized math teacher Mary Highton. “Teaching Algebra 1 and AP Calc, Mrs. Highton influences many students in the building and we truly could not be luckier to have her as part of our math department,” they said during morning announcements. Congratulations, Mrs. Highton, on the well-earned recognition! Photo courtesy of Jenna Mikels.
  • Staff Show Support for Lynne Szablewski

    High School South staff came together today in support of colleague Lynne Szablewski and her battle with breast cancer. This month-- Breast Cancer Awareness Month-- and every day moving forward, everyone at HSS and throughout the district wishes Lynne the best! Photo courtesy of Jenna Mikels.
  • South Mentoring Club Kicks Off its ’23-’24 Schedule

    Assistant Principal Mark Sullivan, founder of the High School South Mentoring Club, meets with Superintendent Citta and Assistant Superintendent Thomas at the kickoff event for this year's club event schedule. In 2023-2024, the club will pair each of its more than 60 students with a mentor from the Indian faculty and staff, continuing its legacy as a sustainable building-level support system for students and a critical element of the infrastructure that helps maintain the culture at South, where kindness matters.
  • 30-Year Reunion Tour Enjoyed by Class of ‘93

    High School South’s Class of 1993 enjoyed a reunion tour of their alma mater Saturday, Oct. 14, which included trivia, prizes, and lots of reminiscing.
  • Christine Girtain Receives Award for Teaching Excellence

    She is one of only 43 educators from across the United States to win the prestigious award from the NEA Foundation.
  • South Takes Early Attendance Lead

    After one month, HSS has pulled into the lead for attendance rate among high schools, thanks in large part to the September perfect attendance winners including, from left to right, freshman Nyla Salley, sophomore Christina Brennan, senior Nick Damiano, freshman Kevin Loveday, sophomore Trey Collick-Stafford, senior Mia Applegate, and juniors Silvia Bravo De La Rez and Stephanie Carol (not pictured). Congratulations to these students!
  • Can't Duck Away from Kindness at South

    High School South's Kindness Club filled teacher and staff mailboxes with Kindness Ducks, and helped hang banners around the school that read, "Be Indianific, Kindness Matters!"
  • Spirit Leaders Spark Super Successful Chipotle Night Fundraiser

    It was a super successful Chipotle Night Fundraiser Sept. 19, thanks in large part to the efforts of High School South’s spirit leaders including (from back to front) Logan Redgrave, Spirit 25; Brady Krohn, Indian 56; Caroline Edwards, Indian Princess 54; and Katie Duckett, Super Maroon 54.
  • NHS Members Inducted

    The evening of June 1, 25 members of the National Honors Society were sworn into the Indian Chapter at High School South. Congratulations to all those selected!
  • Students Recognized at Scholarship Breakfast

    Congratulations to Ryan Svenson, Evan Ryan, Justin Newman, and James Brierley for attending the Ocean County Superintendents' roundtable student recognition and Mayor's scholarship breakfast.
  • Dakota Foylin Wins Graduation Tassel Contest

    South’s Spirit Club held a Graduation Tassel Contest where seniors had to guess how many strings are on a graduation tassel to win a prize package that includes hair, nails, tanning, flowers, and food. Dakota Foylin won the contest with the correct number of 65 strings. Congrats Dakota! Pictured in this photo by Olivia Lucas are, left to right, Spirit Club leaders Kaitlyn Gonzalez, Dakota, and Spirit Club Leader Kimmy Austin.
  • South's Frazier Named to Rutgers Hall of Fame

    Congratulations to High School South’s Jeff Frazier on becoming a 2023 Rutgers Athletic Hall of Fame inductee! Frazier is photographed here by student Olivia Lucas against a backdrop featuring another HSS legend, Mr. P David Correll.
  • Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

    During Teacher Appreciation Week, all staff at High School South enjoyed special surprises including gift card raffles, personalized Indian mugs, and thank you notes from students. South was especially appreciative of several downtown businesses including Taco-Tastic, A Thyme for All Seasons, Uncle Dood's, Capone's, Safu Sushi, and Tommy Boy's Cafe that showed support for the staff by donating delicious food!
  • German Club Visits DC

    South’s German Club took a trip to Washington, DC April 29. At the Capitol, students visited historic Georgetown University, enjoyed a buffet of authentic German foods at Old Europe restaurant, and then participated in a scavenger hunt of the monuments on the National Mall. This is an annual trip that Herr DeMarco and the HSS German Club have been organizing for 14 years.
  • Kassidy Colangelo an 'Athlete to Know'

    Congratulations to Kassidy Colangelo on being named one of the “Top 50 High School Athletes to Know" by the Asbury Park Press. This follows APP’s Players of the Week for all spring sports for week 4, during which Kassidy notched a home run, single, and four RBI in HSS’s 15-1 victory over Point Pleasant Beach. Way to go, Kassidy! Photo by Olivia Lucas.