RUMSON: A TETE-A-TETE WITH TEBO, AT RFH

tebo-rfhHaitian Artist David “Tebo” Thebaud (center) is pictured with Rumson-Fair Haven Regional seniors Madeline and Theo de Quillacq, who served as Student Ambassadors during his recent visit to RFH.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

He radiates positive energy and endless creativity, and his biggest dream is to help young people with talent realize their own potential. His name is David Thebaud – or Tebo, as he is best-known in his native Haiti – and he arrived at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on November 14, to meet once again with his biggest supporters.

As he did during his previous visit in 2014, Tebo spoke with students in French and Art classes at RFH. The students learned about Tebo’s creative process, life in present-day Haiti, and the challenges facing his art school, ELT. The students were especially eager to know more about ELT, whose full name in Creole – Espwa lavi pou Timoun – translates into “Hope for Children’s Lives.”

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RFH STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN ON THE LINE

rfh-signing-day-2016Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Sixteen student-athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took part in the recent National Signing Day. Surrounded by proud coaches and family members, they put pen to paper and made it “official” at an event held in the RFH Lower Library.

A list of the participating RFH students and their programs appears after the break.

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ON THE GREEN: SEVEN GIRLS, OFF TO HELP

2015-ilac-mission-1Seen here on their 2015 trip, seven Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional girls plan to return to the Dominican Republic Wednesday. They are, from left, Hannah Horan, Caroline Healey, Paige Borden, Mara Campolattaro, Olivia Turi, Annabel Morris and Maddie Orr. (Photo by Tim Orr Photography. Click to enlarge.)

donegoodlogoA year after helping to build a water line to a remote village in the Dominican Republic, seven seven sophomore girls from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional and Red Bank Regional high schools plan to travel to the Caribbean nation again Wednesday.

The girls, who travel with their fathers and pay their own way, raise all of the funds for their humanitarian missions themselves, according to Mara Campolattaro, one of the participants. All the money raised goes directly to funding projects for things like supplies, local expertise and transportation on the island, she said.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN STUDENT ART SHINES

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

rfh-art-klayton-dal-praRecently, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School announced an initiative designed to shine an even brighter spotlight on student artwork: a project under which the school’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and Multiple Disabilities (MD) Program have teamed up to provide beautiful frames for the display of creations by RFH students.

Featured will be paintings and photography by NAHS and MD students. The collection will be rotated regularly, and will be featured prominently throughout the school building on an ongoing basis.

In addition, photographs of works by RFH art students at all levels will be enlarged and placed above the student locker areas.

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LITTLE SILVER: LET’S TALK GENDER AT RBR

sam-killermanAuthor, performer and internationally renowned internet celebrity Sam Killermann gave a well-received presentation on Gender Identity to the Red Bank Regional student body during the Week of Respect. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

In observance of the recent Week of Respect, Red Bank Regional High School partnered with makeitbetter4youth.org to bring a special multi-disciplinary artist to RBR for a an engaging and insightful presentation on the topic of Gender Identity.

Samuel (Sam) Killermann is an author, performer and internationally renowned internet celebrity on matters of social justice. Students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Gay Straight Alliance, as well as the Collier School, were also invited to the presentation.

Mr. Killermann explained to his audience that his fascination with gender had personal roots which crystallized in college, when he learned that his prospective girlfriend assumed that he (a heterosexual male) was gay. This misperception of his sexual identity seemed to occur often in college; so he sought counsel at the college’s LGBTQ center. He was told that people were confusing his sexuality for the way he expressed his gender.

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COMEDY KNIGHT FOR RUMSON-FH PLAYERS

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It’s another winner for the Tower Players of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, as the hilarious farce “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” makes its way to the stage.

Performances are set for Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, November 20 at 1 p.m.

Outrageous fun for audiences of all ages, the show tells the story of Sir Gawain (Calvin Bruno), a knight in King Arthur’s court who is compelled to complete a brave deed each year. Because of her long-standing feud with Merlin the Wizard (Arnold Muralt), evil witch Morgan LaFaye (Rachel Makstein) has threatened to destroy Camelot if the court cannot produce the bravest knight in the kingdom. Since Sir Gawain has not yet completed his brave deed, he is called upon by King Arthur (Michael Bogardus) to challenge and defeat the formidable Green Knight (Cameron Spector) — but unfortunately for Sir Gawain, he is as “un-brave” as they come. He accepts the challenge, however, and begins his journey to prove himself and win the hand of his true love, Elaine (Sara Safarian).

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RUMSON SCHOOLS WELCOME THERAPY DOG

violet_-_therapy_dog_with_kids_at_deane-porterStudents at Deane-Porter School greet their new reading buddy, Violet, Rumson-Fair Haven’s therapy dog.

Press release from Rumson School District

Often, children who have difficulty reading, fear the judgment they receive and become self-conscious while practicing the skill aloud. A reading program involving a dog as a listener has the potential to change that.

Recently, students at Rumson’s Deane Porter and Forrestdale schools welcomed a very special regular guest, as Violet, the official therapy dog of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, joined several RFH students in English Language Arts classes at the two borough schools.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN SCHEDULES FALL SHOW

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The Fall Showcase Concert at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, a highly anticipated annual event, will take place in the school’s auditorium on Thursday, October 20.

“The RFH student-musicians are excited to perform and show off their talents for the fall season,” said RFH Music Director Bill Grillo. “This is a terrific event for the whole family.”

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A SWEET ASSIST FROM RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN

[Photo temporarily removed.] Members of the French Honor Society at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional staged a bake sale to raise funds for a flood-ravaged Louisiana school district.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

French students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School are starting the school year off on a healing note, by raising funds for a Louisiana School district.

Heavily impacted by flooding from a hurricane this past August, the Livingston Parish School District accepted an offer of assistance from the French Honor Society. The unnamed hurricane produced three times more rain in Louisiana than Hurricane Katrina, and students have just recently returned to school – with six school buildings “platooned” and many others featuring makeshift classrooms.

Students in French classes at RFH have hit the ground running with bake sales and other fundraising activities organized by the RFH French Honor Society.  Also planned is a video produced by the French students in conjunction with the RFH Film Club. The video will feature RFH students who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy sharing words of encouragement for the affected children.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN MOMS GET A NIGHT OUT

r-fhPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On the evening of Thursday, September 29, Rumson-Fair Haven High School Foundation will hold its first-ever Ladies Night Out event at the Rumson Country Club. Mothers of RFH students and their female friends are all welcome to this casual celebration, to raise funds for the programs supported by the Foundation.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the event will be a relaxed, fun evening celebrating the fantastic women of R-FH, and including hors d’oeuvres as well as the beautiful views from the Riverhouse at the Country Club. Beverages will be available for purchase.

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RUMSON: SPOTLIGHT ON THE NAVESINK RIVER

Tyler Lubin Noah Tucker 062816Rumson-Fair Haven Regional students Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker will present their research at a public discussion of Navesink River pollution, hosted at Oceanic Library on September 22. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

The state of the Navesink River — a centerpiece of local life here on the greater Red Bank Green, and the subject of numerous news stories here in 2016 — will be the topic on the evening of Thursday, September 22, when Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library hosts a public-invited panel discussion and Q&A session on the recent environmental issues affecting the waterway.

As reported here and in numerous other recent stories on redbankgreen, unacceptably high levels of bacterial pollution prompted the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to issue a ban on the harvesting of shellfish from a significant area of the river — and spurred inquiries that included a public meeting presented by Clean Ocean Action (COA), a special conference of local mayors, and even an effort to employ canine helpers in determining sources of contamination.

The situation also commanded the attention of a couple of juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School — and next Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Tyler Lubin and Noah Tucker will be sharing the research that they’ve assembled over the course of the summer, during the third and latest in a series of free community forums at the library.

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NJ MONTHLY LISTS RBR IN TOP 100 SCHOOLS

NJMonthly2016Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For the past decade, Red Bank Regional High School has made the prestigious New Jersey Monthly list of Top 100 High Schools in New Jersey. The magazine’s website made the list public on September 1, with RBR sharing this year’s spotlight with eight other Monmouth County High Schools: Rumson-Fair Haven, Middletown High School South, Holmdel, Marlboro, Shore Regional, Colts Neck, Wall and Manalapan.

In a statement, Principal Risa Clay was “thrilled” to have once again been selected for the prestigious list; going on to attribute the school’s consistent high marks to  “a talented and dedicated staff that supports our students in their quest for advancement.”

“Our exemplary Visual and Performing Arts Program delivers one of the most outstanding arts education in the state,” the principal continued. “We offer a multitude of AP and IB courses coupled with solid supports for all students. Most recently, we introduced a policy of open enrollment allowing students who have the desire to take the most challenging courses offered at RBR.’’

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FAIR HAVEN: JAEGER TO MEET FANS AT FAIR

jaeger rfh 081316 6Connor JaegerOlympic swimmer Connor Jaeger, whose participation in the Summer Olympics in Rio drew a crowd to Rumson-Fair Haven Regional earlier this month (above), is slated to make a homecoming appearance at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Wednesday night.

Fans of the silver medalist in this year’s 1,500-meter freestyle event (and competitor in the 2012 games in London) are invited to meet Jaeger in front of the firehouse between 7 and 9 p.m.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RFH CHEERS JAEGER TO OLYMPIC SILVER IN RIO

jaeger rfh 081316 7jaeger rfh 081316 4An audience of about 100 kids and adults showed up at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to watch and cheer as alumnus Connor Jaeger — class of 2010 — swam in the 1500-meter men’s freestyle final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil Saturday night. Competing in his second consecutive Olympics, Jaeger finished second in the event, but gave proud local fans a thrill in the process. “Knowing that you guys are here has a huge impact,” 2000 Olympics swimmer Tom Wilkens, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, told the crowd before the race.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RFH TO CHEER JAEGER BID FOR OLYMPIC GOLD

connor jaeger 081712Connor Jaeger, seen here at a community event welcoming him home from the 2012 Summer Olympics, is slated to compete in the 2016 edition in Rio. (Photo by FranWaldmann. Click to enlarge)

(Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High)

HOT-TOPIC_03A native of Fair Haven and a member of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Class of 2010, swimmer Connor Jaeger made waves on the hometown front when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team with a first-place finish and time of 14:47.61 in the 1,500 meter freestyle race.

On Saturday, August 13, the son of Bernadette and Eric Jaeger is scheduled to go for the gold, as he vies in the 1,500 meter event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. While the eyes of a worldwide audience will be focused on the competition down in Brazil, the staff of Connor’s alma mater will be offering fans, classmates and other locals a unique chance to join “Team Jaeger” in a supportive crowd setting.

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RUMSON: FORRESTDALE HONORS CLASS OF ’16

Forrestdale ChoirAbove: Forrestdale School music teacher Barbara Leutz leads the Eighth Grade Choir in “The Climb,” during graduation ceremonies at RFH High School. Below: Student Government Association President Peyton Ming addresses his fellow grads.

Press release from Rumson School District

Peyton MingDiplomas were awarded to 104 rising high school freshman students, as graduation exercises for Forrestdale School’s Class of 2016 were held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the evening of June 16.

In his “Greetings from the Class” address, Student Government Association President Peyton Ming urged his classmates to “Have a plan, take responsibility, take chances, and ask for help when you need it.” SGA Treasurer Rylie Spiegel, in her Presentation of the Class Gift, announced that the Class of 2016 will use funds they have raised to restore a vintage aerial map of the Borough of Rumson, which will hang in the lobby of Forrestdale School.

Music Teacher John Lebitsch led the Graduation Ensemble in performances of “Pomp and Circumstance” (processional) and “Sugar Creek Overture” (recessional). The eighth grade choir, directed by Barbara Leutz, performed “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN JUNIORS LAUDED

RFH juniorsPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were recognized by the Board of Education and administration prior to a scheduled meeting on the evening of June 14.

The annual Junior Awards ceremony honors students who have been selected for prestigious awards based on outstanding achievements. A list of the students honored at this year’s ceremony appears after the break.

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RFH STUDENTS CREATE iBOOKS FOR ORPHANS

RFH French_II_StudentsRumson-Fair Haven French II students Thomas Montalbano, Chloe Reynolds, and Kenneth (Kenny) Gilvary are shown creating story books for use by children in a Haitian orphanage.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

In a group project for the French II classes of teacher Christine Berg, French II students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have created iBooks that will soon be enjoyed by children in Haiti.

The imaginative original stories – written in French, the literary language of the Caribbean nation – will be stored on two iPads, and shipped to an orphanage in Haiti. The project, coordinated through the Haitian People’s Support Project, is being funded by a grant from Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN WELCOMES THERAPY DOG

Violet with VictoriaIt’s late in the school year, but the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School community welcomed its newest member to class this week: a therapy dog named Violet.

A two-month-old golden retriever/poodle mix, Violet will serve primarily as a companion for students in the Multiply Disabled program, which features a self-contained classroom for students who require special education and related services, according to a school announcement.

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RED BANK: WHO’S UP FOR BASIE AWARDS?

MHSS American Idiot Ayo OladejiThe Middletown South production of Green Day’s “American Idiot” (above) score big in musical nominations — while RBR’s Patrick Monaghan (at right below, with Davis Bush) earned a dramatic acting nomination for “Amadeus.”  (Photo above by Ayo Oladeji)

Amadeus Davis Bush Pat MonaghanIt’s Red Bank’s own homegrown answer to the Tonys, the Obies, and any other major accolade for live stage performance. What else but the BASIES, the awards that honor tomorrow’s talents today — or rather this Wednesday, May 18, when the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank once again celebrates excellence in dramatic and musical productions among Monmouth County high schools, with the presentation of the 11th annual Basie Awards.

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RUMSON KIDS TEAM UP FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS

Press release from Rumson School District

The students and faculty of the Rumson School District were excited to be involved in the recent Environmental Springfest at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The April 23 event was dedicated to sharing information on the environment, mixed in live music, eco-friendly vendors, food, and other fun activities.

Mrs. Robin Yaeger and her Art Enrichment class at Deane-Porter Elementary School painted butterflies, dragonflies and owls on newspaper canvases that they had created. The bright colors and designs were eye catching to an environmentally crafted scene.

The Forrestdale School Art Club, taught by Mrs. Amy Lepping, created a colorful wall hanging of the Serengeti by fusing together recycled plastic bags. Their work was creative and inspiring to all.

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RFH SHREDS NET IN SCT QUARTERFINAL

Playing at home, top seed Rumson-Fair Haven raced to a 10-0 halftime lead on the way to a 15-2 victory over Shore Regional in the Shore Conference Tournament boys’ lacrosse quarterfinal Tuesday. Shore Sports Zone has the action on video.

RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN STAR SIGNS WITH IVY

Brendan BarryBrendan Barry signs his Letter of Intent to play Division 1 basketball for Dartmouth College as (left to right) father Rich, RFH Basketball Coach Chris Champeau, mother Colleen, and sister Aidan look on.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Brendan Barry has made it official. The all-time leading point scorer for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Basketball signed his letter of intent to play Division One basketball at Dartmouth College on the morning of April 28, in the lower library at RFH.

Basketball coach Chris Champeau, family members, and well-wishers were on hand to witness the event that caps a brilliant four-year varsity career at RFH – 1,812 points, 431 assists, 306 rebounds, 277 successful three-point shots, and 258 steals in 107 games.

A three-year starter, Barry now holds the RFH records for most career points, assists, and steals. During this past season, Barry averaged 25.7 points and led his team to a 23-win season.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR RATES AMONG BEST IN U.S.

rbrPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

In its just-released 2016 rankings, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Red Bank Regional High School as one of the best high schools in the nation.

In the list released on April 19, RBR received silver medal status, ranking in the top 10 percent of high schools in the nation, or number 1,889 out of 19,908 qualifying for the study. RBR held the number 57 position out of 422 high schools in New Jersey (a total of 109 NJ schools made the 2016 list).

RBR and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional represent the only Monmouth County public, non-magnet schools on the list.

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RUMSON: SEVEN UP FOR SIGNING DAY

RFH signing dayOn April 13, seven student athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took part in a National Signing Day event inside the RFH Lower Library, surrounded by proud coaches and family members. The students and their programs are Bram Bruno (University of Pennsylvania, Crew), Brendan Edwards (University of Delaware, Crew), Maren Gierlatowicz (University of Miami, Crew), Jeremy Johnson (Elizabethtown College, Lacrosse), Caroline Kostecky (Gettysburg College, Soccer), Zachary Rataski (Johnson and Wales University-Miami, Track and Field), and Brianna Worobel (Skidmore College, Soccer).