Principal

Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore

Email: lkingsmore@hhrs.us

732-872-0900, extension 2023




Letter from the Principal

Welcome back students, parents, guardians, teachers, support staff and community members of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, NJ.  I hope that this website will keep you up-to-date on all events that are occurring at HHRS as well as provide you with a plethora of information and resources for you and your son/daughter as they “navigate the halls” of HHRS.  With enrollment up for the first time in several years, I am enthusiastic about all the possibilities with our new student body of 7th graders as well as our new middle and high school students who have joined us from neighboring parochial schools.  Henry Hudson Regional is a unique school; our emphasis is on personalized learning and high academic standards, still keeping in mind that not all students achieve at the same rate. 

 How do we do this?  Well, we believe as the new law states that “every student should succeed” and that through a collaborative effort and team approach, every student will achieve their personal best.  HHRS teachers are the best in the state of New Jersey and the best principal in New Jersey leads them.  We work cooperatively and collaboratively to provide personalized attention to our students through data analysis and professional learning communities.  With a team approach, all can be successful. 

 HHRS continues to graduate students who pursue their education at top colleges and universities while also cultivating a climate for students who are ready for a career, technical school or answering the call to duty.  90.5% of the Class of 2017 will be attending a two, four or technical school after high school.  73% of our graduates were accepted into their first choice college and/or university.  Some of the schools that our graduates will be attending this fall are: Cornell University, New York University, Syracuse University, Rutgers University, University of Arizona, University of California at Davis, Fairleigh Dickenson University, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Ramapo College, University of South Carolina to name just a few of the schools that HHRS graduates will be attending in the fall. Several students are enrolled at Brookdale Community College with the intent to transfer to a four-year program after two years.  Four of our students answered the call to duty and will be proudly serving our country in the armed forces.  With only 42 graduates in the Class of 2017, this amazing group of young adults received $1.6 million in scholarship money!  This is due in part to their hard work, dedication and guidance through the application process from the counseling office and faculty.  It is also through the generosity of many local benefactors in Atlantic Highlands and Highlands communities that contributed to this astounding amount. 

 HHRS is proud of the many awards that were received this year by its’ students.  The Digital Video Production classes, taught by Mr. James Gregg, has earned a number of awards for their film productions: Protect Me With 3- Second Place; Film Slam- Second Place; NJ Skills USA Broadcast News-Bronze Award; NJ Skills USA-Digital Cinema-Silver Award; OCL Student Film Festival-Best Experimental, Best Horror and Best News Coverage.  These are just some of the awards won in 2017.  In September 2017 HHRS will be working with the Communication Department at Monmouth University; this partnership will enhance the skills of our digital students as they work along side of talented college students.  HHRS was also honored once again by District Administration magazine with their first ever TechXcellence Award for the Game Design class, which combines mathematics with computer science.  Mr. Brian Gates, with the use of Black Rocket Software, inspires students to learn coding while having fun!

 In athletics, our Varsity softball team continues to rank in the top of our Division by once again earning (for the third year in a row) the Division Championship.  For a high school with 200 students, this is an amazing feat and one that is owed to the girls who played their hearts out and the coaches: Coach Whitehead, Patrick and Stabile, who inspired them to this level of competition. 

 As for the arts, the MS/HS marching band was invited to march down Main Street USA in Disney World in April 2017.  As it is a privilege to march in Disney World, we are proud of our students who practiced marching and playing.  They did an outstanding job and will remember this experience forever.  HHRS continues to have 30% of its’ student body playing an instrument and taking band as an elective-an amazing accomplishment for a small school.  As research shows, using both the left and right side of the brain enhances intelligence-this is an emphasis at HHRS.  HHRS just added AP Music Theory and AP Studio Art to its’ list of Advanced Placement courses offered in order to instill a love of the arts.  HHRS also continues to host the Monmouth County Middle School of the Arts, serving students from all over the county who take advantage of an enrichment program after school for 12 weeks.  HHRS is proud of our commitment to the arts in education. 

 This year the first cohort of STEM/STEAM Academy students will begin their high school curriculum working with Mrs. Leigh Fitzsimmons, STEM Coordinator.  With a newly created Maker Space and a strong emphasis on problem-based learning, these students will gain valuable experiences through creative and critical thinking.  With a partnership with Monmouth University’s Science department, we are determined to give our students in this Academy real world experiences with high quality equipment at the collegiate level.  We are fortunate to have Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College (through our dual enrollment program) working with us to make all our students college and career ready.

Have a great school year!

With warmest regards,

Lenore M. Kingsmore

Proud Principal of HHRS

 

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