If it was me…

could I have done what they did?

This September 11th marks the dedication of a new memorial in Shanksville, PA.  The Tower of Voices was designed with wind chimes to replicate the voices of the 40 people who lost their lives.  Many of these individuals were able to leave what I am sure were heart wrenching voice mail messages for their loved ones.  It is reported that some who actually spoke with those not on the flight soon realized that they were likely part of the terrorist attack and decided to fight back.   Did they realize that by fighting back and forcing the crash in Shanksville, that they were sparing lives and destruction on what many believe was supposed to be an attack on the US Capitol?  When thinking about the courage of those on board, it is impossible to imagine that while knowing on some level that you were likely not going to see your loved ones again~  you somehow had to find the inner strength to do whatever possible to hopefully stop the hijacking in progress.

We all have those we call heroes ~ both personal to just us and some well known and of celebrity status.  I don’t think there is any doubt that these 40 individuals are heroes in every sense of the word.

It is hard to believe this attack is already 17 years old ~ I hope we all still take a moment to reflect and remember this day.

Class of 2022

We are ready to welcome the Class of 2022 to the high school RAMily!  We spent tonight welcoming families and giving our incoming freshmen a bit more time to navigate the building with our Tomorrow’s Leaders!

Transition is never easy and moving from 8th grade to high school can be anxiety producing for students and families.  I have found some universal messages over the years that are timeless.  Tell your new high schooler:

    1. There is no one right path ~ listen to what excites you and pursue it
    2. Volunteer, join, participate ~ there is more to high school than just academics
    3. That being said ~ challenge yourself academically and learn no matter what…
    4. Talk to us – your family ~ mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparents, siblings ~ OFTEN
    5. Be kind ~ always ~ no excuses
    6. Make mistakes and learn from them ~ (and really mean it!) Failure is an opportunity for growth- don’t let it be defining
    7. Be safe
    8. Say no ~ you really can ~ say no to what you know is not good for you ~ it will make you stronger
    9. Know that the love of your family is unconditional ~ and forever~no matter what!

     

We are ready to take this year on and want to partner with you to provide the best possible experience for your child!

WELCOME TO OUR RAMily!

So much fun!

We were invited to participate with our Marching RAMS today- WE HAD A GREAT TIME and developed an even deeper understanding and respect for the incredible amount of passion, talent and energy our students and staff devote to become the MARCHING RAMS we all know and love at halftime. Kudos to the students and staff- you are all AMAZING!

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Ok- we’re waiting for invitations——football- soccer- cheerleading- tennis- volleyball- field hockey- BRING IT 🙂

 

 

 

Back to school…

Here we are again- staring in the face of another school year!  It doesn’t seem possible but it’s here nonetheless.  I don’t state that with sadness- quite the opposite!  The beginning of each year is a renewed opportunity to have a positive impact on young lives and interact with a myriad of unique colleagues.

We welcome the Class of 2022 as we embark on the final year for our Class of 2019.  Our goal for all students remains to help them make memories, pursue passions and leave us prepared for the next journey!!

We adopted a whole school fundraiser this year – working toward supporting a member of our larger community.  It is our hope to not only have a positive impact on this family- but to understand and appreciate the importance of the greater good- a lesson for all time!

BEST WISHES FOR AN AWESOME SCHOOL YEAR!!!

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ROCK STAR 2018

Passionate ~ Committed ~ Consummate professional ~ Student Advocate ~ Collaborative Colleague ~ Master Teacher
All of these phrases describe Mr. Lonie~ RHS ROCK STAR 2018
Mr. Lonie graduated from Holmdel High School and Georgetown University.  Afterwards he spent time living and working with the Jesuits in Syracuse NJ both teaching and working in a prison and palliative care hospital.  It was through the Jesuits that he learned that education should lead us all to service for others.  In his years here he has taught Introduction to Philosophy, Holocaust, Genocide Studies, AP European History, AP Seminar, AP Research, World History, US History I.
Mr. Lonie has truly loved working with the Class of 2016, the Key Club, the Student Association for Gender Equality, the Jewish Service Club and the Speech and Debate Team.  This year he is very proud of his work with the Randolph Runs for a Purpose club ~ an organization that combines a commitment to wellness with performing direct community service.
Mr. Lonie is a true asset to Randolph High School and we are so proud he is part of our RAMily!  On a personal note ~ I could not be more proud to work with such a tremendous colleague ~ Thanks Mike for all you do for RHS!
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