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Award-winning British poet Caroline Smith (at far right in photo) made Red Bank Regional a special stop on her book tour for “The Immigration Handbook.”  She was invited to the school by RBR alumnus Rik van Hemmen (at left), and joined for the occasion by students Bella Scheider (Union Beech), Jack Davis (Little Silver), and Tamia Waddy (Red Bank).

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At its September 27 board meeting, the  Award-winning British Poet Caroline Smith came to the United States recently on a tour to promote her latest work The Immigration Handbook — and along the way, she did a dear friend a favor and came to talk to his alma mater, Red Bank Regional High School.

RBR alumnus Rik van Hemmen told the assembled students, which included Creative Writing, International Baccalaureate and English AP classes as well as English Language Learners, of his own experiences coming to this school and country as an immigrant back in the 1970s. More →


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Each year, the fundraising organization known as the RBR BUC Backer Foundation accepts applications from teachers in the Red Bank Regional School District, as a way of financing programs or initiatives that are not usually met within the regular school budget.

As Red Bank Regional High School prepares for the new school year, students will benefit from approximately $40,000 in grants made available to RBR teachers through the BUC Backer Foundation’s teacher-grant program.

“It is part of our mission to support all aspects of student education and development,” explains the foundation’s co-president Carmelina MacPherson. “In the grant process, we seek to accept proposals that are great ideas and positively impact the broad base of students.”

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latino_commiteeofficialWorking to plan the annual Andrew Kroon Memorial Fashion Show are (left to right) Rita Banfield, SOURCE intern Quinn Batcho, SOURCE Youth Development Specialist Regina Cochrane, Michelle Lane, SOURCE intern Salcia DeJesus, and SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller.  Not pictured are committee members Anita Caamano, Linda Ensor, Beatriz Oesterheld, Rose Powers and Dede Rumph.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Founded as a School-Based Youth Services Program whose mission is to remove all obstacles that impede students’ academic success, The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School has done much to make dreams come true for the young people of the community. Ten years ago, the foundation inaugurated another successful stepping-stone to connect qualifying Latino students with access to a college education, through the establishment of the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Named in memory of the son of Mary Jane and Rick Kroon of Rumson (a noted environmentalist and global traveler who passed away in 2005 at age 24), and operating under the auspices of The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional (RBR), the Andrew Kroon scholarship is funded in part each year through a fashion show and gift auction event that presents its 2016 edition on the afternoon of Sunday, February 21.

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BilingualStudentsSixteen RBR graduating seniors are the first in their school’s history to achieve a Biliteracy certification on their diploma. Pictured above are: (left to right, back row) RBR Principal Risa Clay; Darby Olex-Memoli, Kevin Burke, Brooke Willemstyn, Jack Fioretti, Brenda Ramos, Isabel Kupilik, Hannah Haugenes, Kathiusca ParrisValencia, ELL Coordinator and IB Teacher Rose Powers; (front row) LeidyFabiana Villegas, Fausto Benitez, Cassie Jain, Carlos Pantle, Daysi Arevalos-Avalos;  Katherine Hurtado.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For the past two years, a handful of high schools have participated in a pilot program to establish a bilingual literacy certification for graduating students. The movement known as the Seal of Biliteracy is currently working its way through the legislative process to make New Jersey the tenth state in the nation to offer such a certification.

Sixteen Red Bank Regional High School students from the graduating class of 2015 were awarded that certification at the June 8 RBR Senior Awards Ceremony. The recipients were  Daysi Arevalo-Avalos, Cassie Jain, Brenda Ramos, Fausto Benitez, Isabel Kupilik, Maya Smith, Kevin Burke, Darby Olex-Memoli, Julia Sullivan, Jack Fioretti, Carlos Pantle, Leidy Fabiana Villegas, Hannah Haugenes, Kathiusca Parris Valencia, Brooke Willemstyn, and Katherine Hurtado.  All of the students earned their second language certification in Spanish, with the exception of Cassie Jain, who earned it in French.

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RBR LatinoPlanning the upcoming fashion show and luncheon to benefit the Latino Scholarship program at Red Bank Regional are Linda Ensor, RBR Source supervisor Suzanne Keller, Dede Rumph, Didi Friedman, Anita Camarano and Rose Powers.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Fund, operating under the auspices of The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School, has been helping to make dreams come true for more than ten years. The program assists qualifying Latino students at RBR in affording their dream of college, and to benefit the scholarship, the foundation is sponsoring a fashion show and gift auction on Sunday, February 8.

Scheduled to run from from 12 to 3 pm at Buona Sera Ristorante in Red Bank, the event will spotlight fashions furnished by The Sport Spot in Shrewsbury and Posch Boutique in Rumson. Also featured will be a 50/50 raffle, raffle basket auction and coffee bar, as well as exquisite one-of-a kind jewelry by LeCharme.

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NishaDuring journalist, actress and TV personality Nisha Mathur’s visit to a class in RBR’s Academy of International & Cultural Studies, sophomore Aliyyah Muhammad volunteered to demonstrate the traditional Sari dress.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Nisha Mathur is a journalist, actress and co-anchor of The Asian Variety Show, which reaches a world-wide TV audience. Most recently, she added to her credits author of an autobiographic book.  My Mango Tango traces Ms. Mathur’s three-generational family’s quest of the American dream and how she balances a life caught between two very different cultures.

Red Bank Regional High School students in the Academy of International & Cultural Studies (AICS) were fortunate to recently welcome her to their Cultural Explorations class as she shared stories of her Indian culture, her American assimilation, and her impressive communication career.

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latinaThe RBR Latina Girls Group will have a video showcased in the second annual International Day of the Girl Celebration, which takes place on October 11 at the United Nations.  Pictured left to right are (standing):  Cynthia Gaspar, Pamela Avila, Katherine Hurtado, Jasmine Garcia, (sitting): Karla Williams, RBR SOURCE Clinician and Latina Girls’ Group advisor Marisol Mondaca, Jennifer Gonzalez, Lizsete Santamaria, Lizbeth Menez. All the girls are from Red Bank. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The second annual International Day of the Girl occurs on October 11, 2013 at the United Nations in New York City, with this year’s theme of “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” Red Bank Regional (RBR) is delighted to be part of this year’s celebrations, which will feature a video (which can be viewed here on YouTube) created by the school’s Latina Girls’ Group.

RBR thus joins thousand of other girls from around the globe whose voices will be heard on empowering women to improve their lives through education. The Day of the Girl Summit is sponsored by 50 plus organizations, including UNICEF and UN Women.

The RBR Latina Group was founded six years ago through the school’s School Based Youth Services Program, the Source, to help Latina girls successfully transition from middle school to high school. It became so valuable to the girls, who found a safe place to support one another, that two groups now exist — one for freshman and one for upper classmen.

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