Education

Randolph High School Presents Passion Projects and Clubs at Board of Education Meeting

85ab003ed4b9052476a0_DSC_0139.JPG
Randolph High School Principal Debbie Iosso addresses the board of education during her presentation about Randolph High School at the November 21 BOE meeting. Credits: Allison Freeman
aca7fc750b934c9510d0_DSC_0145.JPG
Randolph High School Junior Alex Israel talks about community service at the BOE meeting as teacher Mr. Michael Lonnie and students John Zeman and Abby Loveys look on. Credits: Allison Freeman
6a6107f14bd470daa90f_DSC_0146.JPG
Randolph High School Teacher Kyle Pluchinsky talks about greeting staff in the morning before school as teacher Brian Hoesly looks on at the BOE meeting. Credits: Allison Freeman
de07998081ed5525dbe4_DSC_0151.JPG
Motivational speaker Cornell Thomas who has been meeting with students at Randolph School to share his message “The Power of Positivity” addresses the BOE at the meeting. Credits: Allison Freeman
85ab003ed4b9052476a0_DSC_0139.JPG

RANDOLPH, NJ - When asked to give a presentation about Randolph High School to the Board of Education, Principal Debbie Iosso wanted to go beyond facts and statistics to show the “heart and soul” of the high school.

Representatives from many clubs shared their passion projects with the board, from greeting staff in the morning to walkathons to mentorship. Students and teachers have opportunities to pursue community service in different ways throughout the district, and many take advantage of these opportunities.

“We spoke a lot this summer as an administrative team about how we can go from compliance to passion,” Iosso began. “We have teachers and staff who do everything we need to do, but our conversation was, do they do it to comply, or do they do it because it’s their passion? ”

Sign Up for E-News

Brianne Mcbreen, the Transition Services Coordinator, shared her passion to improve the RHS culture and the inclusion of students with special needs. The transition students initiated a coffee cart to serve the teachers and staff in the morning with a simulation of a Starbucks shop, including furniture and a guitar playing.

“The atmosphere is welcoming and it’s inclusive, and it’s truly incredible,” McBreen said.

Evy Falcon-Duran added. "This experience brings the staff to the students instead of our students and us looking for opportunities.”

World Language Supervisor Paula Paredes-Corbel and RHS Spanish Teacher Sybil Gonzalez described their work with Market Street Mission to provide new and gently used coats for a coat giveaway program. They also offer an ESL class for parents with RHS students babysitting children to allow these parents to participate in the sessions.

Michelle Alberti and Nicole Landers of the counseling department created a hands-on program focused on drugs and alcohol to provide tools students can use going into college and careers. In addition to this program for seniors, they are developing a program for freshman relating to mental health concerns, self-care and coping strategies.

Jennifer Huey, the college and career counselor, arranges Instant-Decision Days with colleges who visit Randolph. Last week, the University of Pittsburgh accepted 24 RHS students through Instant Decision Day, and Randolph will host 10 more schools in the coming weeks.

Students are able to explore their love for teaching through the Tomorrow’s Teacher Program by observing classes, writing their own lesson plans and taking an online course for college credit. The Speech and Debate Team ran their own tournament and hosted 550 students and 150 judges.

Coach Colleen Suflay mentioned that her passion is students athletes, and RHS athletes participate in over 40 community service projects throughout the year. She commented that high school sports have only increased over the years, and they are creating citizens within the community.

Suflay showed a video highlighting these projects, such as visiting the Cerebral Palsy Center, distributing anti-bullying bracelets, participating in Pink Out, and helping with the Future Ram program.

Abby Loveys, a junior on the RHS cross country team and president of Randolph Runs for a Purpose, introduced the new club. John Zeman, secretary of the club, explained that they have participated in a hunger walk, as well as making breakfast for the Morristown Soup Kitchen. Future plans include organizing their own walk-a-thon.

“This year we chose the community soup kitchen in Morristown,” Loveys said. “We also see this club as a way to grow relationships with each other and spread our service with those in the community.”

Kaitlin Robinson, a captain for the Randolph Girls Soccer Team, shared how her perspective changed during her four years of community service through soccer. “The Randolph Athletic Programs… are more than an opportunity to play the sports we all love,” she said. “They teach us the significance of giving back and how we can positively impact members of our community."

Robinson said as a freshman community service seemed like a “caring event where we do something nice for others, take pictures, and take the day off practice.”

However, as a senior Robinson realized the purpose was not to “take pictures for social media.… The process of going through the same experience for four years allows for a change in point of view from mostly unaware to recognizing that no one should be alone during their struggles.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Randolph

Traffic Lights Still Out on Route 10 in Randolph Wed. Afternoon, Plan Alternate Route

May 16, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- The traffic light on Route 10 at Canfield Avenue continues to be out, according to reports from the township. Traffic lights at the intersections of Route 10 and Dover Chester Road and Route 10 and Center Grove Road are also out. Motorists should plan alternate routes.

As of 2:00 pm, JCP&L estimates approximately 37,000 customers are without power due to last nights weather ...

RHS 21st Annual Film Festival Wed. May 30

May 17, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ -Please join the Randolph High School Mass Media Program and CAMERAS Boosters at the 21st Annual RHS Film Festival on Wed. May 30!  Screen student's short films, commercials, music videos, STEM videos and PSAs. 

See the amazing work of tomorrow's filmmakers, editors and producers. Enjoy dinner, compliments of area restaurants including Casa de ...

10-Year Old Boy Battling Cancer Receives Generous Donation From Randolph Hockey Family

May 20, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- While the inter-town hockey battles on the ice between Randolph and Roxbury are fierce at every age level, when it comes to real life battles off the ice there is no hesitation to offer help to their neighbor.

Such is the case with a recent gesture of unity and support from the Randolph Varsity hockey team, when they came together to deliver good wishes and ...

May is Older Americans Month: Time to Give Back to Morris County’s Seniors Every Day!

May 24, 2018

The June 5th Primary has entered the home stretch.  For the first time in 8 weeks, there is no where I need to appear other than at the doorstep of a registered voter to ask for their support in the election booth.

Since I decided to pursue the open Freeholder seat in March, I have been all across Morris County.  I have been out and away from my family every day since, attending such ...

April Was a Busy Month for Mayor Forstenhausler

May 14, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Mayor Forstenhausler had a very busy month of April. Below is a summation of where the current Mayor of Randolph has been spending his time:

4/18/2018 – I attended a Morris County League of Municipalities Meeting at the Morris County Correctional Facility hosted by Sheriff James Gannon. We discussed the opioid epidemic, Hope One, and toured the Hope Wing where addicted ...

Garden State Harley Davidson is Working With Mallory's Army to Help "Blue Out Bullying"

May 23, 2018

MORRIS PLAINS, NJ -  Garden State Harley-Davidson, is hosting a benefit ride on Saturday, June 2, 2018 for the charitable organization, Mallory’s Army. The fifty mile, scenic, police escorted ride will leave the dealership at approximately 11am and wind its way through Morris County. Upon return to Garden State Harley-Davidson there will be a BBQ, Music, and ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_58f448b97ca6e2ddc54e_mini_magick20180522-45487-1oor397

Mon, May 28, 11:00 AM

randolph

Randolph VFW Memorial Day Ceremony

Carousel_image_f8f8ea11233af637ff48_mini_magick20180521-88845-e19619

Mon, May 28, 11:00 AM

VFW Post 7333, Randolph

Memorial Day Ceremony

Community Calendar

Carousel_image_53dd052ea2efe45b0b99_balloons_2

Thu, May 31, 7:00 PM

Randolph Township Free Public Library, Randolph

Life-Sized Candy Land

Arts & Entertainment Education Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Randolph High School Student Designs APP to Help Students and Will Attend Apple Conference

May 22, 2018

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph High School sophomore Ethan Humphrey created the Assigned! APP to help students keep track of their assignments.

He is off to San Jose, California to attend the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference June 4-8 with other APP developers from across the globe. Ethan received a scholarship to attend the conference after inventing his APP.

"The conference will ...

Randolph Middle School Students Wins Morris County Superintendent MS Leadership Award

RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph Middle School Principal Dr. Dennis Copeland has announced that eighth grader Melissa Narvaez has received the Morris County Superintendent Middle School Leadership Award.

The award was presented at a recent dinner on May 1, 2018.

"I am extremely proud of her and all of her efforts and dedication that she has provided to the Randolph Middle School community," ...

Randolph Speech and Debate Team Celebrates the End of a Successful Season

RANDOLPH, NJ- As the season of speech-giving and debating came to an end in March, the team closed the year with it’s annual banquet at the Randolph Diner on April 25. This celebration followed the renowned States and Districts Tournaments.

Speech and debate, also known as Forensics, is composed of several competitive events that require competitors to either act, give speeches, or ...

Former Randolph Football Coach Joseph Lusardi Reminisces Over Upcoming Retirement

May 21, 2018

Randolph, NJ -- In the back of Randolph High School, in an athletic room not often used, a man full of inspirational and uplifting words told the story of his plans for retirement at the end of the school year, and his 20 year tenure in the Randolph Township School District.

“There are things in life that I would like to do with the family,” Coach Joe Lusardi says of his ...

Letter to Editor : Why I Support Roman Hirniak in his Campaign for Re-election

May 23, 2018

Dear Editor:

My family and I have lived in Randolph Township for thirty-one years, during all of which I have been a volunteer firefighter with the Township Fire Department.  I’m very proud to say that my sons have followed in my footsteps and are or were also members of the Randolph Department.  Over several of those years, I was privileged to have been elected by my fellow ...

Morris County Tourism/Travel Expenditures Reach $2.2 Billion. (Yes. Billion)

May 24, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ -  The Morris County Tourism Bureau is championing the power of tourism during National Travel and Tourism Week (May 6-12) by releasing new data from the 2017 Economic Impact of Tourism in NJ Study by Oxford Economics.  The report reveals a strong year for the County of Morris.

 Key highlights ...

CCM Photo Club Names High School Photo Contest Winners, More than 600 Submissions Visually Captured Turbulent Times

RANDOLPH, NJ – The Photo Club at County College of Morris (CCM) recently announced the winners of its sixth annual photography contest for New Jersey high school students. The competition’s sponsor for this year, Millburn Camera ASAP Photo, Millburn, awarded gift certificates to the top three winners. 

Winning first place with a $300 gift certificate was Reese Vanduk of Sparta ...

Atlantic Health System and Kindred Break Ground on State-of-the-Art Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute

Building will be first phase of a health services campus at Giralda Farms

MORRISTOWN, NJ and LOUISVILLE, KY – MAY 22, 2018 – Atlantic Health System and Kindred Healthcare today broke ground on Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute, which will offer New Jersey best-in-class inpatient rehabilitation in a modern, state-of-the-art setting.

The new Atlantic Rehabilitation ...

CCM Offers Free Summer Cyber Security Camp for High School Students

RANDOLPH, NJ – Building on its reputation as a nationally recognized center for cyber security education, County College of Morris (CCM) will be offering high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in a free one-week GenCyber cyber security camp at the college this summer.

With $59,800 in funding from the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation, ...

Gum Litter and what YOU can do about it

May 14, 2018

Gum is non-biodegradable, meaning it doesn't’t break down ever….

Today, the unlikely problem surfaces. The average person chews 275 sticks of gum per year. With the amount of people in daily society, it’s no mystery why chewing gum is the second most littered item after cigarette butts.  Did you know that gum is banned in Singapore?

In addition to littering human ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!

 

Gum Litter and what YOU can do about it

May 14, 2018

Gum is non-biodegradable, meaning it doesn't’t break down ever….

Today, the unlikely problem surfaces. The average person chews 275 sticks of gum per year. With the amount of people in daily society, it’s no mystery why chewing gum is the second most littered item after cigarette butts.  Did you know that gum is banned in Singapore?

In addition to littering human ...