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  • 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.
  • Kindness Campaign Takes Off at High School South

    Nov. 2, 2023-- The "Be Indianific-- Kindness Matters" campaign, which kicked off at High School South at the beginning of the school year, has been a tremendous success according to the school.
  • Downtown Delightfully Decorated

    Nov. 1, 2023-- High School South students continued their beloved tradition of decorating downtown Toms River in advance of the annual Halloween Parade, held yesterday.
  • South Names Costume Contest Winners

    Nov. 1, 2023-- High School South named the winners of its annual Halloween costume contest, including Shaun Olcott and Eva Kuri for Best Group or Duo (left), and Giuliana Raso for Cutest (right).
  • Halloween 2023 Photo Gallery

    Early Learning Center Halloween parade
  • 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."
  • South Football Wins Liberty Division

    Oct. 23, 2023-- With their 41-20 win over Central Regional this past Friday, High School South locked up the Liberty Division title. The team now advances to the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals, where they'll face Colts Neck on the road Oct.
  • 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.
  • Adirondack Art: Student-Made Chair a Downtown Draw

    High School South students proved the chair they built can hold plenty of people.
  • Rivalry Game Highlighted by Emotional Jersey Retirement

    Superintendent Michael Citta presents the now-retired no. 34 Mariners jersey to Zach Kane's father, Paul, and family prior to the Civil War Game between North and South Oct.
  • 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.
  • South Voted Best Marching Band in Ocean County

    Oct. 12, 2023-- A WOBM poll has named High School South the best band in Ocean County, which serves as a title defense. Representing the Marching Indians are, from left to right, Eden Sanzone, Mario McCoy, and Cecilia Villanueva, and photobombing "the sound of the Indians" is, appropriately, "the voice of the Indians," Dave Correll.
  • Washington St. Energized by South Band During Respect Week

    October 12, 2023 --  The High School South Marching Band paid a visit to Washington Street Elementary School during Respect Week.  The band and Spirit of the Indians members energized the student body with an entertaining pep rally!
  • 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!"
  • Photo Gallery: Back-to-School Night at High School South

    Sept. 29, 2023-- Students were out in full force to help parents and families navigate High School South's back-to-school night yesterday. Student photographer Jenna Mikels was there to document the occasion, and her photos of her peers and HSS staff are compiled in a slideshow.
  • All District Bands Place at Manchester Tournament

    Band leaders from High School North (above) hold up their first-place trophy after beating out two other bands for the win, while the Marching Raiders of High School East (center) finished in second place in their category at the Tournament of Bands, which had them and their fans pumped (right).
  • 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.
  • South's Joshua Rhine Earns WOBM Student of the Week Honors

    Sept. 19, 2023-- High School South's Joshua Rhine was named WOBM's Student of the Week for the first week of the 2023-2024 school year. An Eagle Scout, a varsity athlete, and a no.
  • South Outlasts East, 21-14, Moves to 2-1

    Sept. 18, 2023-- Pep rallies (right) preceded the rivalry at both schools, and the hype was warranted, as the matchup between High School South and High School East proved to be a good one.
  • T.E.A.M. Teams Up for 'Rare' Photo

    Sept. 15, 2023-- T.E.A.M.-- Together Everyone Achieves More, is a cohort of student leaders at each high school who prove integral to school events, activities, and culture, as well as the community of greater Toms River.
  • South Students Produce Welcome Back Video

    Sept. 8, 2023-- In keeping with tradition, students at High School South put together a fun video to welcome their peers back to school for 2023-2024, featuring beach themes, a special appearance by David Correll, and some impressive dance moves.
  • ESL Adult Night School Returns for Second Year

    Sept. 6, 2023-- Adults seeking to hone their English language skills have another opportunity to take night courses right here in the district.ESL Adult Night returns for its second year, with classes provided 6-8 p.
  • Back to School 2023-2024

    Sept. 5, 2023-- In a sea of students, Intermediate East Assistant Principal James Cleveland (left) rises above to give high-fives, pounds, and directions to classrooms.
  • District Staff Gather to Ring in New School Year

    Sept. 1, 2023-- Dozens of buses brought thousands of teachers, nurses, maintenance workers, paras, and all staff members from each of the district's 19 buildings to RWJBarnabas Health Arena this morning.
  • Photo Gallery: Current, Former Players Enjoy South Documentary

    Aug. 28, 2023-- Local filmmaker Sandra Levine's documentary South Football’s Impossible Dream made its debut at High School South last Wednesday, uniting current and former players.
  • Female Athletes 'All In' After Inspiring Talk by Angela Teeple

    Aug. 22, 2023-- "When you want to make a difference you find a way no matter what," Angela Teeple writes on her website for All In, the apparel company she founded as a means to promote inclusion and give back.
  • Osprey Anchors Ecology Education Again for Eager Students

    Aug. 16, 2023-- One of the most exciting programs offered to students in grades 6-12 this summer, like last year, was "Ecology through the Eyes of the Osprey.
  • District Launches New Platform for Stronger School-Home Connection

    August 3, 2023– Toms River Regional Schools has launched ParentSquare—a simple and unified school-to-home communication platform—to reach and engage every member of the district family, helping ensure all parents and guardians have the opportunity to actively participate in their children’s education.
  • 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.