Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore

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Letter from the Principal

Welcome message from Mrs. Lenore Kingsmore, Proud Principal of HHRS
Welcome back students, parents, guardians, teachers, support staff and community
members of Atlantic Highlands and Highlands, NJ. As we wait for the new, improved
website to be launched, 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 7 th graders as well as our new middle and high
school students who have joined us from neighboring parochial schools. We are very
excited about our brand new PEER MENTORS who will be working with the 7 th graders
all year long as they transition to middle school. 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? We believe 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. 90.6% of the Class of 2018 will be
attending a two, four or technical school after high school. 75% 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 43 graduates in the Class of 2018, this amazing group of
young adults received $3.2 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

This is year two of STEM/STEAM Academy students 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. One of our STEAM TANK TEAMs was selected to compete at the
State level in the US Army/NJSBA Steam Tank Challenge. They will compete for the
title in October 2018. 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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