First day assembly, frosty treats welcome students back


Izzy Cavazzoni and Emma Wilenta

Students returned to CHS this morning with tanned skin and tales of their summer 2015 vacation. Seniors soaked in their last first day of school while the freshmen were exposed to completely new surroundings and classmates.

Third and fourth periods were shortened to accommodate the traditional first day assembly at the end of the day.

Highlighting his expectations for sparing use of social media and cellphones during school hours, Principal James Gleason opened the assembly with words of caution to students.

“Let’s get off the social media,” Gleason said, specifically referencing the Twitter account @SMACKHighNJ. This popular account has recently featured tweets about CHS submitted anonymously by students.

Senior and SkillsUSA President Christina Noll of Hazlet also spoke of her classmates’ achievements at this year’s national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Ky., over the summer. Five students participated in communications-based competitions at nationals, and alumnae Emily Woods of Middletown placed third in Graphic Communications.

Senior and SGA President Lauryn Masciana of Middletown recited a speech about her last year at CHS and her goals as president this year, while urging underclassmen to “…enjoy every second of your time here because it goes by fast” .

While “debunking CHS myths” in his speech, senior and SGA Vice President Shane Nolan of Bradley Beach generated some laughs from the audience. Nolan also made the announcement that an italian ice truck would be making its third return as a CHS first day of school tradition.

Freshman Emma Hecht of Wall said she enjoyed the assembly and her day overall despite first day nerves.

“I was really overwhelmed, but I had a lot of fun, and I thought the speakers were really funny,” Hecht said.

As the assembly concluded and italian ices were finished, students of all grades assessed the upcoming school year.

Sophomore Matt Avena of Middletown said he was most excited to interact with classmates and members of the faculty.

“My first day was good, better than last year, and I’m looking forward to another year with Rod,” Avena said.

Photo credits to Meagan McDowell.