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SHORELINESHORELINETHE COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER OF SHORE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL - WINTER/SPRING 2014
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Athletics dont just build athletic
ability at Shore Regional
Leadership and sportsmanship
Skill building and teamwork
Grace in victory and in defeat
Respect for others
and for the game.
All of these are components
of the learning experience for
student-athletes and fans who
proudly wear Shore Regional on
their jerseys, jackets and hearts.
One of the most valuable
members of the Shore Regional
High School football team last
season never caught a pass,
gained a yard, completed a
tackle or scored a point for the
James Danskin, a 16-year-old
sophomore, was given the
Unsung Hero Award from the
Shore Chapter of the New Jersey
Football Officials Association.
I met James on the sidelines,
his task was to manage the
game balls, Shore Chapter
representative Steven Kozusko
said. He did flawlessly. James has
had to deal with a traumatic injury
since birth. We decided James was
more than deserving. Danksin, an
Oceanport Resident, is the teams
only listed student manager.
I help the team out, Im like a
coach, Danskin said. I do it to
hang out with my friends and
to know the coaches a little
better. Indeed, his experiences
on the football sidelines has
established him as a go-to guy
with his teammates. Students
look towards him as an example
of support and loyalty.
I was affected by James's
positive attitude and his
commitment to the task, but
mostly by his enthusiasm,
Kozusko said. He
has a special repoire
with anyone he has
to deal with. Hes
done a fabulous job.
James embodies the definition
and meaning of
Harry Chebookjian, Shore
Regional High Schools
Assistant Principal of Athletics,
acknowledged Danskins impact.
Hes just a great kid to be
around, Chebookjian said. The
way the team and coaches
interact with him is something
special to see, hes fun loving and
he has a great heart.
The Unsung Hero Award, funded
by the Manasquan Elks Club
was created in 2005 to honor
football players and students
who show dedication in the face
The Unsung Hero Award
Each year one senior student is recognized
for his or her caring and compassion to a
cause, group or program during their high
school career. Ms. O'Neill will be honored at
special ceremony on March 20th, 2014
Congratulations to Molly O'Neill,recipient of the Guidance Director's Award
News from the Guidance Office.
As we get into the spring, the college
acceptances are rolling in every day
for the seniors. Some recent college
acceptances of note are
Loyola University of Maryland
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Michigan State University
The College of New Jersey
Pennsylvania State University
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
While during the winter/spring the seniors are preparing for
their last semester at Shore Regional, it is also a time when
the Guidance Counselors are meeting with the incoming
9th graders for the following school year. The counselors
registered students from each of the sending schools
during the beginning of January. Counselors are also
meeting with current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students to
schedule their courses for next year.
In addition, the winter is a time for the juniors to begin to
prepare for their college search. The Guidance Department
offered two college seminars one for students during
the school day and the other for parents in the evening.
Information was shared regarding the overall college
application process and getting the most out of the college
search. Subsequently, the juniors are working individually
with their counselors to find the best colleges and careers
that fit for them.
Jon Warner speaks of this journey from freshmen year to
graduating seniors, The best thing about working in a high
school setting in my opinion is the growth you can see in
students. High school is a time for students to grow and
mature into young men and women. From the time they
enter Shore Regional they are treated like young adults,
but we are more than willing to help them and support
them in their journey. The staff that we have at Shore is
generally very supportive of our student body. Part of that
is the small size of our school that lends itself to a tight knit
community and the other part is the dedicated staff that
truly cares about the well-being of our students. I think for
me, as an administrator, watching students come in the day
of freshman orientation to when they leave at graduation
is a great process of growth and maturing. The students
have grown academically and what they have been able to
accomplish in four short years of high school is what makes
our jobs rewarding.
Ted Szczurek, Oceanport Ron ONeill, West Long Branch Paul Rolleri, Oceanport Frank Pingitore, Oceanport David Baker, Monmouth Beach Beth Garrigal, West Long Branch Mary Lynn Mango, West Long Branch Diane Merla, West Long Branch Susana Markson, Sea Bright
John WarnerDirector of Guidance
I really believe that a communitys (and a nations) most
important goal is the facilitation of a high-quality and high-
performing educational system. An education that instills a
life-long love of learning in students. An education that provides
them with the prerequisite college and career-readiness skills for
the ever-changing, complex 21st century world.
With this in mind, the philosophy and attitude of our district leadership and becomes very
important. This attitude permeates all of our decisions and guides us conceptually in the
management of our school. Like the private sector business world where the customer
is the most important concept; we in education have to put the student as the most
important person in our organization the student is the purposeof our school district.
A student is not just a statistic, but rather a human being with feelings, and emotions.
A student is a person who comes to us with needs and/or wants
it is our job to fulfill them.
Students are the lifeblood of every school without them, we would have to close our doors.
The focus of the future of education should be on service and commitment to students;
for it is our students today who will lead ustomorrow.
The answer to all world problems is found in a single word that word is education.
Mr. Thomas G. Farrell Superintendent of Schools
Letter from T. Farrell As we dig our way out of, what everyone will remember as a very long, cold, snowy winter, we begin to see signs of spring and budget season.
The preparation of the Shore Regional Budget for the 2014-
2015 school year has been quite rewarding. The many years
of cost saving initiatives and shared services will produce yet
another budget with no increase in the tax levy. The tax levy will remain at the same rate as in the 2012-2013 school year.
The 2014-2015 budget will once again include funds to expand the Districts technology. It has been a goal of the Shore Regional Board of Education to remain on the cutting edge of technology. The launch of the Chromebook 1-to-1 technology initiative this year has been a great success and will be expanded for the coming school year.
The onset of the Chapter 78, P.L. 2011 Health Benefits Contribution Act, coupled with many cost saving initiatives, has reduced our medical premiums and the net cost to the District to the lowest cost in eight years. Further reductions in the net cost to the District are anticipated in each of the next three years.
We continue to explore every opportunity for shared services. Our quest for further cost saving initiatives has reached beyond the boundaries of the Shore Regional Community as we explore opportunities to enter into jointures on key areas such as special education, with surrounding school districts. It has been a personal goal of the Office of Business Administration to explore every opportunity in hopes to bring further cost savings to the taxpayers of Shore Regional. We have already brought to reality hundreds of thousands of dollars of cost savings and more are planned.
The Office of Business Administration has seen many fiscal successes and strives to achieve more. This office is committed to transparency and efficiency and welcomes community input to assist in providing students with the most fiscally prudent and accommodating educational amenities.
Dennis W. Kotch CPA Business Administrator
Letter from D. Kotch
: Former Student of the Month Mike Hurley. My first year at Shore Regional, I learned everything from him. Being a g