Principal's Blog

  • Parent Link 5.19.17

    Posted by Dan Simon on 5/19/2017

    Dear Cougar Parents/Guardians:

    It finally feels like spring, and that reminds us all just how close we are to summer. As we head into the home stretch and the weather gets warmer, please take some time to review the Student-Family Handbook as a refresher on district policies and procedures, particularly those pertaining to attendance, dress code, and grading. Violations may result in a range of consequences (including loss of privileges) so let's continue to work together to ensure that the year ends on a positive note!

    1. Attendance

    Speaking of attendance, this specific section of the handbook ( summarize the key components of Board Policy 5200, including specific definitions, procedures, and consequences. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

    1a. Early dismissal protocol:

    The protocol for all scheduled early dismissals is to drop a note off to the Attendance Office prior to 1st period so a dismissal pass can be issued.  Our attendance office should only receive last minute requests for early dismissal in the event of an emergency. Also remember that students must remain in school until 1:25 to get credit for a full day.

    2. Driver Permission/Parking Registration (11th grade)

    All rising Seniors (current Juniors) who are seeking permission to drive and park on campus next year must complete the application ( and submit by the deadline of June 1st, 2017.


    A letter has been e-mailed home to all Senior parents with some preliminary information pertaining to graduation. Please read through all these documents very carefully, as there are deadlines to adhere to and a mandatory form to complete and return. For your convenience, the documents are also linked here:

    - The code of conduct form is due to the main office by Monday, June 5th. Students will not be permitted to participate in commencement exercises if this form is not submitted.

    - Requests for handicapped seating at graduation should be sent to Mrs. Karen Dawson, Principal’s secretary, as early as possible, but no later than June 5th.

    Any students requesting early dismissal the day of the Senior Prom must complete and return this form ( to the main office by May 25th. Hard copies are also available in the main office.

    4. Final exams

    The schedule for final exams is linked below. The student-family handbook describes the conditions that must be met in order for a student to be exempt. Students will be notified directly from their classroom teacher if they have qualified for exemption based on these criteria.

    5. Athletic Medical Documentation

    All students interested in participating in Fall athletics, please see the information at the following link:

    6. Wounded Warriors Fundraiser

    The Walk of Honor is a paver program dedicated to raise funds for the nonprofit Extreme Seal Adventures organization owned by retired Navy SEAL Don Shipley and his wife Diane. Our very own NJROTC cadet William Dean created this program in the hope of raising funds for wounded warriors and children who never had the ability to serve in the military. Each paver has a price of 200 dollars and for six months, the NJROTC unit will receive a 45 dollar portion to benefit the unit.

    7. Honor Roll/Principal's Honor Roll Certificates

    In case you weren’t aware, certificates of achievement are uploaded in the parent portal for all students who earned Honor Roll or Principal's Honor Roll status for any/all of the first 3 marking periods. Please feel free to print these out and proudly display them in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

    8. Calendar Update (Reminder)

    Since the Freehold Regional High School District did not utilize all of the allotted snow days in this year’s school calendar, schools will now be closed on Tuesday, May 30th.

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  • Preliminary Graduation Information (Class of 2017)

    Posted by Dan Simon on 5/12/2017

    A letter is being mailed home to all Senior parents with some preliminary information pertaining to graduation. Please read through all these documents very carefully, as there are deadlines to adhere to and a mandatory form to complete and return. For your convenience, the documents are also linked below.

    Please contact the main office with any questions.

    Parent Letter

    Important Dates

    Code of Behavior Form

    Info for Students

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  • Great Opportunity for Current Junior (Class of 2018)

    Posted by Dan Simon on 5/12/2017

    Any current CNHS Junior who would like to be considered for selection as the CNHS representative to the Superintendent's Executive Student Cabinet for the 2017-18 school year should review the qualifications below and the attached performance description and submit a letter of interest and a copy of a resume to Dr. Donahue’s office no later than 3:00 pm on Thursday, May 25th.

    Please contact the main office with any questions.


    1. Current FRHSD student;
    2. Enrolled at one of the district’s high schools for a minimum of one full school year;
    3. Exemplary attendance and behavioral history (no suspensions on record);
    4. Academically eligible to participate in extracurricular activities;
    5. Experience as a student government representative or other leadership experience preferred;
    6. Willingness and availability to meet periodically with building and central administration during and after school hours;
    7. Willingness and availability to attend Board of Education meetings periodically;
    8. Complete position application and interview process;
    9. Other qualifications as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent.


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  • Parent Link 5.1.17

    Posted by Dan Simon on 5/1/2017

    Greetings Cougar Families.

    Can you believe that it's May already? My how time flies when you're having fun.

    Speaking of fun, a great time was had by all at the Oz Pearlman performance Friday evening. Those in attendance were truly awed by his mentalism/magic act. While the PTSO didn't fully achieve their fundraising goal, they are well on their way. This group worked so incredibly hard and I want to thank them publicly (they know who they are). Even though the show is over, it is not too late to make a donation to support their cause. Please see attached donation letter for more information on how you can contribute.

    A number of items to update you all:

    1. Parent Advisory Reminder

    Tuesday, May 2nd will be the last parent advisory meeting of the year. We will be joined by the next Principal of CNHS, Dr. Brian Donahue. Please feel free to join us at either 9 am (Room E103) or 5 pm (Principal's Conference Room). As always, the agenda is open to subjects and topic that you wish to discuss. Please e-mail me ( if there is anything you wish to add to the list.

    2. Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1st - 5th)

    In recognition of this week being Teacher Appreciation Week, please click on the link below and take a few moments to share words of gratitude and/or appreciation to Colts Neck High School teachers. These notes will be shared as part of a Teacher Appreciation Week celebration. Thank you for taking the time to offer praise and encouragement to our dedicated CNHS educators.

    3. Advanced Placement Exams (May 1st - 12th)

    Here are some quick numbers reflecting participation in the upcoming AP exams, as of 4/30/17 …

    2013 Exams

    2014 Exam

    2015 Exams

    2016 Exams

    2017 Exams



















    This is a reflection on the excellent work of our whole team !!! Remember that these numbers are not just about the students sitting in the AP classes … it is a reflection on all of the courses that prepare the students FOR these AP classes as well. And it certainly reflects on the attitude of OPPORTUNITY … encouraging students to challenge themselves in ways that may never have seemed possible until someone believed in them and motivated them.

    There is still more work to do and we expect to see an even greater increase based on our efforts from this year, but for now, congratulations to all on a job well done!!!

    4. Calendar Change

    As the Freehold Regional High School District did not utilize all of the allotted snow days in this year's school calendar, schools will now be closed on Tuesday, May 30.

    5. End of Year Events

    There are so many events in the last two months of the school calendar year, it is difficult to keep up. Keep tabs on the website for information and updates and encourage your students to listen to announcements for important deadlines. Here are just a few highlights for May:

    Junior Prom (Early Dismissal) - Friday, 5/5

    Color Run - Saturday, 5/13

    NJROTC Awards Ceremony - Monday, 5/16

    Spring Music Concert - Wednesday, 5/18

    6. Talking Points for Parents on 13RW

    A recent topic of conversation both in and outside of school has been the Netflix show called "13 Reasons Why", based on a fictional novel. Attached is a flyer with informational guidance for 'talking points' around the very difficult subject matter. We have an outstanding guidance staff and I strongly encourage you to reach out to your child's counselor with any questions or concerns.

    7. Senior Information

    Finally, there is a great deal of information forthcoming to Seniors families regarding end of year activities, culminating in the day you have all been waiting for ... GRADUATION, held Thursday, 6/22 at 5 pm! These activities include two awards ceremonies, senior prom, senior week, and the senior trip (details on the website, deadline Friday, 5/5). Stay tuned.

    Have a great week!

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  • Parent Link 3.17.17

    Posted by Dan Simon on 3/2/2017

    Greetings Cougar Families! Happy St. Patrick's Day. Winter may have made a comeback, but spring is just around the corner ... and so are many events to mark on your calendars. Please take note of several updates below:

    1. PARCC Testing (Class of 2018, 2019, and 2020)

    PARCC testing begins on March 27th. Attached is a general schedule. Specific assignments (testing dates and locations) will be posted outside the cafeteria. Please contact your guidance counselor with any questions.

    Some helpful resources, including student tutorials, can be found at

    Important reminder that students may not use or be in possession of a cell phone or any electronic mobile device during a PARCC test session. Possession of a cell phone or any electronic mobile device during a PARCC test session AND/OR use of that device to photograph and/or transmit an image of PARCC test content, will result in the Principal or his/her designee confiscating the cellphone or electronic mobile device and enforcing appropriate disciplinary action as outlined in the district’s Student Code of Conduct.

    2. PTSO Fundraiser (An Evening with America's Got Talent Finalist Oz Pearlman)

    The CNHS PTSO is hosting a fundraiser with a very special NOT TO BE MISSED performance, and a great opportunity to support the arts at CNHS. Please see the attached flyer. Tickets can be purchased at In addition, the PTSO is asking for donations to assist with the effort and your generosity is greatly appreciated. Please see the attached letter.

    3. Godspell (Opens TONIGHT !!!)

    The Cougar Theater Company presents Godspell as its spring musical. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. on March 17th, March 24th, and March 25th. There will also be a matinee performance held at 1 p.m. on March 18th. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting

    4. Spring Athletics - Meet the Coaches Night

    Tuesday, March 28th, will be Meet the Coaches Night for all Spring athletic teams, beginning at 6 pm in the auditorium. All spring athletes and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Talk to your coach or reach out to Mr. Arnao for more information.





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  • Mandatory Drivers Safety Program (Rising Seniors)

    Posted by Dan Simon on 2/21/2017

    Attention Juniors and Parents/Guardians of Juniors:

    Colts Neck High School’s teen driver assembly will take place Wednesday, March 8th at 7:00 pm in our auditorium.  In order for your son/daughter to be eligible for parking on campus next year, they must follow a three-step process. 

    Step 1:  Your son/daughter must attend the student driver assembly on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 during periods 1 & 2. AM vocational students will make up the driver’s assembly on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 in the auditorium periods 10 and 11.

    Step 2:  The parent/guardian MUST attend the teen driver assembly on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the CNHS auditorium.  If the parent/guardian is unable to attend our assembly at Colts Neck High School, the parent/guardian MUST attend one of the other driver assemblies at any of our district high schools.  The dates and times are available on the district website. Please follow the link below for details.

    Step 3:  Your son/daughter MUST submit their parking application on or before June 1st, 2017. The parking application must be completed and MUST contain your son/daughter’s driving partner’s information. Students who submit this form after June 1st, 2017 will not be eligible for a single parking spot and will only be assigned a spot if space allows. If your son/daughter does not have a license, but would still like to be eligible for parking, they must complete the application and document on the application that they will be receiving their license during their senior year and they will update their information upon obtaining his/her license.  The applications MUST be returned to the main office; we will begin accepting applications on Monday, March 13, 2017. 

    If any of the three steps are not completed, your son/daughter will not be eligible for parking on campus next year.  Thank you.

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  • Parent Link 1.13.17 (Underclassmen)

    Posted by Dan Simon on 1/13/2017

    Greetings CNHS Parents/Guardians. We are almost halfway through the school year and that means it's already time to start thinking about NEXT year. Below are three important updates regarding the process of course selection and scheduling. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible so that students have a clear direction before they begin to have their scheduling meetings with their guidance counselors. If you have any questions about any of the information contained here, or about the scheduling process, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s counselor. They will be happy to assist you and answer your questions.

    1. Electives Fair

    On Friday, January 20th, all students in grades 9 through 11 will be attending an electives fair during their Health/PE class period. Every elective course offered at CNHS will be represented by current students as well as staff. The purpose of this event is to inform students of all the options offered at CNHS in the hopes that students will be inspired to try something new or pursue a passion to greater depths. Students are encouraged to ask questions and we are encouraging parents/guardians to follow up this event with conversations at home to guide and advise students as they engage in scheduling dialogue with their guidance counselor.

    3. AP Information Night

    In a similar light, we are pleased to inform all students and parents about the first annual CNHS AP Information Night, being held on Wednesday, February 1st at 6:30 pm. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

    3. Option II

    The Freehold Regional High School District encourages all pupils to participate fully in the physical education program. It recognizes, however, that some pupils are engaged in athletic, interscholastic, or other programs of vigorous physical activity, allowing for achievement of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. Such pupils may, pursuant to rules of the State Board of Education, be excused from the required enrollment in a physical education course, while still earning physical education credit. 

    Option II-Sports Alternate for 2017-2018 is now open on our district website until August 4. 2017.  If you would like to participate in this program OR would like to continue in Option II/Sports Alternate PE, you must fill out an application annually. 

    Before applying for an Option II program, you must first determine the type of experience that you propose to replace your gym class. We offer three types of Option II programs:

    PATH A: For 10th through 12th graders: Participation in two or more NJSIAA-recognized JV and/or Varsity sports or two seasons of JV/Varsity cheerleading at the high school. Click to learn more and apply. (Students wishing to pursue this path, must have successfully participated in the “Path A” criteria outlined above during the previous school year.)

    PATH B: For 10th through 12th graders: Participation in one NJSIAA-recognized JV or Varsity sport or JV/Varsity cheerleading at the high school, plus documented off-season-training (150 minutes/week) in the same sport/cheer with an organization approved by the principal.  Click to learn more and apply. (Students wishing to pursue this path, must have successfully participated in the “Path B” criteria outlined above during the previous school year.)

    PATH C: For 9th through 12th graders: Continuous high-level training, practice, performance, and/or competition in an athletic or physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week with an approved organization, coach, and/or teacher. Click to learn more and apply.

    **Please note: this application does not guarantee acceptance into the Option II program.  Applications are reviewed and decisions are made based on fulfillment of the specific criteria for each Path.

    All students interested in pursuing Option II must complete the online application regardless of past participation in Option II.

    All applications for Option II programs must be received by August 4, 2017.  No late applications will be accepted.

    An information sheet is attached if you would like to read more about this opportunity.

    Please feel free to contact the Colts Neck High School Guidance Office if you have any questions.

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  • Parent Link 1.13.17 (Seniors)

    Posted by Dan Simon on 1/13/2017


    As hard is it may be to believe, graduation is around the corner. Commencement exercises for the Class of 2017 are now confirmed for 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017. While more information will be forthcoming in the future, please mark your calendar for this exciting event.


    Now is the time to be working on finding and applying to scholarship opportunities.  Please remember that in order to be considered for financial aid by your college you must fill in and submit the FAFSA form. You can find information regarding this and the application at . Also, has additional information about state and federal grants and loans.  For private colleges, you will need to fill out the CSA Profile also.  That is available at

    The following are just some of the scholarships that have recently been updated or added on Naviance:

         Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Scholarship: for students of Irish heritage

         Monmouth-Ocean County Pan-Hellenic Council Scholarship

         New Jersey State Golf Association Caddie Scholarship: for those who have worked as golf caddies.

    As a reminder: there are many scholarships posted on Naviance.  Go to your Family Connection page, click on the "Colleges" tab and scroll to scholarships. The first time you visit this page, you should review all of the scholarships.  Each time you search after that, you will be able to look at only those that have been updated or added since your previous login by clicking that box at the top. Many of the scholarships have been kept active from last year and you are able to go onto the specific scholarship website to find the updated application (if it is not posted on Naviance).

    We will continue to update the list as we get new information.  We keep older scholarships active for your convenience so that you can see which scholarships will be available, but when you go through the listings please be aware of the dates. Wherever possible check the scholarship website, if listed. Scholarships will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

    Also, please note that Naviance is by no means a complete list of scholarships that are available.  Many companies such as Verizon, AT&T, etc. offer scholarships to high school students that are not advertised.  Go onto their website and search on “scholarships” or do a Google search on the company name with scholarships. There are also many web based scholarship search engines that you can go to:,,, etc. It is important to do the research.   Not all scholarships are based on grades; many are for community service or being a member of a specific group or having a certain interest.  It’s always worth it to do the research!

    ALSO! It is important to know that there are many scams out there.  You should never have to pay to apply for a scholarship.

    Be sure to check your deadlines!

    If you have questions, please email Mr. Petkov in the guidance office:

    As always, please reach out to the guidance department should you need any assistance.

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  • Parent Link 12.11.16

    Posted by Dan Simon on 12/11/2016
    1. MCVSD Assembly (10th grade)

    The Monmouth County Vocational School District will be visiting Colts Neck High School on Wednesday December 14th at 9:15 in the auditorium. Any 10th grade student interested, must sign up prior to the day of the even in the guidance office.

    During this visit, students will learn about the MCVSD Shared-Time Programs. Shared-Time programs provide an opportunity for students to enroll in a career and technical education course while attending their home high school. The shared-time classes are a half-day in length and the student continues with their regular course of study at their home high school the other half of the day. Most programs consist of two years of study in which the student learns skills that will qualify them for entry-level jobs or prepare them for further education in their chosen career and technical education field. In addition, the students will learn workplace readiness skills and may participate in clinical experiences, shadowing experiences, or work-based structured learning.

    To learn more about the programs offered, visit

    1. PSAT Information (10th and 11th grade)

    Students who took the PSATs in October will be able to access their score report at beginning on December 12, 2016.  All students that provided an email before testing will receive an email when their score is available.  If an email was not provided, students can access their scores by signing up on the College Board website.  Information regarding score reports and linking the student’s College Board account with Khan Academy can be accessed at

    A paper copy of the score report with the student’s original test booklet will be distributed in school prior to winter break. This will be the last year that paper versions of the score report will be available; students will have to access future score reports online.

    1. Governor’s School (11th grade)

    Please click here for application information regarding Governor’s School in the summer of 2017. Deadline is December 19th.

    1. Club Descriptions

    An updated version of all the club/activity offerings at CNHS is found here, with the contact information for the advisor and the scheduled meeting time. It is not too late for students to join a club/activity and if interested, please encourage your child to reach out to the advisor.

    1. Parent Advisory

    A reminder to all that the parent advisory committee meets this Tuesday from 9 -10 am and again from 5:30 – 6 pm. All are welcome.

    1. “One Less Gift” Campaign

    Please click here for information. The deadline for donations is December 19th.

    1. Flu season

    A reminder from the school nurse … as flu season approaches please instruct your children to cover their coughs, wash hands often, and stay home with a fever over 100.0 degrees.

    1. Winter Concert

    All are invited to the Colts Neck High School music department’s winter concert, this Thursday, December 15th at 7 pm in the auditorium.

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  • Parent Link 10.27.16

    Posted by Dan Simon on 10/27/2016

    Greetings Cougar Parents/Guardians. Please see below for information and updates regarding events at Colts Neck HS and the Freehold Regional HS District. Continue to check our website for up-to-date information and always feel free to call the main office with any questions.

    Welcome to Dr. Maria Steffero, our new Mathematics & Science Supervisor.

    Congratulations to all of our fall athletic programs for another season of success both on and off the field. Check the calendar to see who is still in action and come out to support the Cougars!

    Reminder that school is closed on: Tue. 11/8, Thu. 11/10, & Fri. 11/11

    1. College and Career Fair

    The Freehold Regional High School District's College & Career Fair will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Manalapan High School. The College & Career Fair is open to FRHSD students (grades 10th, 11th, and 12th) and their parents.

    College & Career Fair

    2. Community Resource Expo

    The Special Education Advisory Council's Community Resource Expo will be held on November 3, 2016. Please click here for additional information.

    3. Fall Production

    Come out and support the Cougar Theatre Company as they perform their fall production The Game's Afoot on Thursday, 11/3, Friday, 11/4 at 7 pm, and Saturday, 11/5 at 4 pm.

    4. Underclassmen Picture Day (Make-ups)

    Underclass picture retakes will be Monday, 11/7. Forms are available in the main office. Students must return the original package and bring $5 that day.

    5. Parent/Teacher Conferences

    Hold the date of Thursday, November 17th from 6 pm to 8 pm for parent/teacher conferences. All scheduling will be done electronically through the Parent Portal of Genesis this year. Look for an e-mail on November 2nd with directions on how to schedule your conferences.

    6. Nominations for Teacher/Ed Services Professional of the Year

    Do you know a classroom teacher and/or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference in the lives of all students? If so, please take the time to visit the links below to review the criteria and to recommend this person. Administrators, staff members, parents, and community members are encouraged to participate. Nominations are due no later than November 30th, 2016.

    Teacher of the Year: TOY Form

    Educational Services Professional of the Year: ESP Form

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