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Toms River Regional School Classes Resume January 3

School's out for winter break after today's bell rings

Winter break for students and staff starts after the last school bell today. Class is back in session Tuesday, Jan. 3.

At and , classes will also resume Jan. 3.

Monday is a school holiday as January 1 falls on a Sunday this year.

students got to kick up their heels on Wednesday. Dec. 21 was the end of the fall semester. The spring semester begins Jan. 23 for both the Toms River main campus and the Southern Extension Center in Manahawkin.

Ken December 24, 2011 at 05:54 AM
Yes it must be nice to have that nice 4 day weekend. Plus parents than need to either find someone to watch their children for those extr 2 days or need to take off vacation time themselves. If they are going to have a convention they should have it in the Summer, since the teachers have the whole Summer off anyway.
. December 24, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Teachers do not get paid for the summer off. None of you would be able to read or write, if it wasn't for a teacher. Teachers don't do part time work. You try working with kids all day long when most of them couldn't care less about being there because they aren't taught how to behave at home. NO, I AM NOT A TEACHER. I just appreciate the job that they do. You people listen to the bull that Christie talks too much.
Ken December 24, 2011 at 01:48 PM
I don't think anyone said they got paid for the Summer off, but they do have it off thta would be a good time for them to go to this conventions. Since the majority do not go to it anyway and if they really do care for the children they would still go. I am not a Christie fan at all, but I still say they work part time for a huge full time salary. I say this because I have children who have gone to school. Most teachers do as little as possible, although there are some decent ones who actually may care about teaching. For the most part the majority are there to collect their pay checks and to do as little as possible, at least that is the way it is in Toms River schools.
Ken G December 24, 2011 at 03:04 PM
Teachers make an annual salary of about $50,000, half of toms river makes twice that. A teacher who works 40 years gets around $90,000. I think they should be paid more but they never ask for that.
Pat S. December 24, 2011 at 03:46 PM
If you've never taught, how would you have any idea about how much personal time is spent grading papers, preparing a weekly planbook, doing report cards, etc.? Just having a child in school doesn't make a person an authority on teaching. And yes, I was a teacher for 31 years, and I am truly grateful to be retired as there is such a lack of respect for the profession nowadays. Neither I nor my colleagues ever worked a "part-time" job! And, ..., thank you for your support.
suz December 24, 2011 at 03:50 PM
What? I thought it was an "option" to either get paid more for 8+ months or less for 12 months. Still works out the same if you do the math. IC, Stupid comment about "applying myself in school". I was smart (or stupid since I could of been on that gravy train too!) enough to chose another career...so there. Merry Christmas.
suz December 24, 2011 at 03:59 PM
I know because I pay your salary!
!c December 24, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Exactly my point
suz December 24, 2011 at 04:12 PM
ic, why are YOU so bitter? I guess you are one of the teachers who are in it just for the money after that last comment.
Martin December 24, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Sigh... the Christmas spirit seems to be missing around here. -- Every teacher I've ever known spends hours correcting papers, doing lesson plans, etc. at home. (Woodshop and gym teachers might be the only exceptions.) No, I'm not a teacher. The tenure system needs to be changed, and merit raises could replace automatic raises, but most teachers really earn their salaries. NJ's big-bully Gov. should take another approach to make changes. -- Happy new year.
Ken December 24, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Trust me they ask for as much as they possibly can. I am sure the teachers fill your head with how they do everything for the children. Is that why they fight every chance they can for more money?
Ken December 24, 2011 at 06:46 PM
There should be no tenure to gegin with. What other job in the real world guarentees you a job no matter what you do or do not do? Yes gym, teachers, shop teachers and many others like them get paid just as much a other teachers and I will give you that, they do even less work. As far as lesson plans they just keep using the same ones year after year after year.
Pat S. December 24, 2011 at 07:18 PM
I hope you didn't infuse your children with your attitude toward teachers. You must have had some really bad experiences in school to be this disgruntled. But since you are able to read and write, some teacher must have had a positive influence on you.
Ken December 24, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Actually I had very good experiences in school, but that was in the day that teachers really did care. Now it is just if your kid can't get a job get them a teaching job. Toms River schools are so full of nepotism, it does not matter if you are a good teacher as long as you are related to someone.
Project Bluebeam December 24, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Ken, those salaries are for 180 days of work. Their salaries are fair, and their pensions are obscene. It's hard to sypathize with people like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdqQTIQhn5A&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yt2SwDuhQ4&feature=relmfu http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEPLbLdfMlc
Pat S. December 24, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Trust me, it's not just in Toms River. But don't hold it against the truly dedicated majority because a few benefit from nepotism!
Ken December 24, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Project Bluebeam... I hope you are kidding when you say those salaries are fair for 180 days of work. They are way to high, but I do agree about the benefits/pensions.
Ken December 24, 2011 at 08:07 PM
There may be some truly deicated teachers, but I personally would say they were the minority, but you are correct the others do make it look bad for them. If you ever went to Toms River schools directory you would be shocked on how many are related to each other and some you can tell because of married names. My children had some good teachers in Toms River, but not that many. It also seems the newer ones coming in, especially the ones with connections are just there to get their pay checks, which is a shame.
walt tupycia December 24, 2011 at 08:29 PM
just courious this is not a holiday so what do they use to get paid.Do they use sick or personal days just asking.I think there is another week when the kids are off again in spring recess.
walt tupycia December 24, 2011 at 08:40 PM
So how many days of a school year does a teacher get the paid for that they are off including personal vacation sick and holidays and days that the school is closed snow days etc.
Project Bluebeam December 24, 2011 at 08:43 PM
***MORE than fair***
Project Bluebeam December 24, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Did you ever notice that unions never object to getting paid religious holidays?
walt tupycia December 24, 2011 at 09:00 PM
the school is also closed for jewish holidays.
walt tupycia December 24, 2011 at 09:01 PM
What happened to separation of church and state?
Project Bluebeam December 24, 2011 at 11:48 PM
It's still in Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptist Association (1802) where it always has been, not the US Constitution. What actually IS on the Constitution is this: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Translation: You don't have to belong to a specific religion in order to be an American citizen. Plain and simple. It says NOTHING bout banning religious displays, prayers, or references in government institutions.
walt tupycia December 29, 2011 at 09:40 PM
50k for 180 days not bad.
holden2112 January 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
50K is pretty good for part-time work and its equivalent to a full-time job making $100K. 90K is even better for a part-time job.
holden2112 January 04, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I live in a neighborhood full of teachers and I'm so tired of hearing about all the time they spend grading papers and writing lessons plans. They go into work at 8am and are home by 2pm...so if they have to spend 3 hours at home grading papers than congratulations they worked a full 8-10 hour day...welcome to the big boy/girl world of long hours.
J. Prince January 09, 2012 at 02:06 PM
If being a teacher is so difficult then how is it that my son's elementary school teacher just took the week off to go to the Carib. when they just had holiday break and still get paid? The week before break my son watched movies and had parties. No wonder why our kids are not learning.
Pat S. January 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Allowing that to happen is the fault of the Administration and Bd. of Ed. I taught for over 30 years and that practice is unheard of. My principal won a trip to the Caribbean and had to forfeit it because it was not on a scheduled vacation time. If the Admin.allows it, someone will take advantage of it!

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