Sylvia Zircher

Ms. Sylvia Zircher has been working with children and families for just over 20 years. She began her career as a social worker at Catholic Charities providing counseling and services for families in need. Shortly after she taught in Piscataway for nine years while raising her son and earning her Masters Degree In Educational Administration. Upon graduation, Ms. Zircher became the Assistant Principal at Ethel McKnight School in East Windsor and after one year was promoted to the Principal position. Ms. Zircher treasured her time as Principal of the McKnight School for the next six years before becoming the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Acting Superintendent in Hamilton School District while pursuing her doctoral degree.

While chatting with a colleague she heard about the vacancy for Superintendent in South River Public Schools. Ms. Zircher has always lived in Middlesex County, but wasn’t familiar with the community. After asking around she realized she knew several people from South River, knew people who had family in South River, or who had grown up in South River. They all shared the same sentiments. South River is a tight knit community of hard working people who share pride in its history, traditions, and accomplishments. After a year and a half as Superintendent of Schools in South River, Ms. Zircher is proud to share these same sentiments, and has genuinely enjoyed and appreciated being welcomed into the community. She feels that thanks to a great student body, parents and volunteers, our board, staff, and administrative team, the district faces a great future ahead!

Sgt. Edwin J. Yorek

Sgt. Edwin J. Yorek started his career in Law Enforcement in 2000 as a Special I Police Officer in Seaside Park New Jersey. In 2002 he graduated the 78th Class of Ocean County Police Academy with his full Police Training Commission Certificate and began working as a Special II Police Officer with Seaside Park Police Department. In June 2002 he began his career with the South River Police Department where he has served proudly for 17 years. In January of 2013 he was assigned to the agency’s Special Operations Division where his main responsibilities were Community Policing. In June of 2015 he was assigned additional responsibilities as the Traffic Safety Officer, which is within the Special Operations Division. In October of 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and temporarily reassigned to the Patrol Division where he served for approximately 1 year supervising a patrol squad.

Sgt. Yorek has successfully completed numerous different training schools and seminars within his 17 year law enforcement career ranging from, but not limited to; Advanced Patrol Techniques, Defensive Tactics Instruction, Motor Vehicle Crash Investigation, Domestic Violence Investigation, Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Intermediate & Advanced Community Policing Methods, Method of Instruction, Field Training Officer Certification, and D.A.R.E. / L.E.A.D. School Drug Resistance Education Certifications. Sgt. Yorek has also successfully graduated from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police 52nd Command & Leadership Academy.

During his 5 years within the agency’s Community Policing and Traffic Safety Division Sgt. Yorek has been responsible for and implemented programs such as; Annual South River Police Department Public Safety Day & Bicycle Rodeos, South River Police Department Annual Basketball Free-throw Tournaments, Annual SRPD Junior Police Academies, 5th, 7th, & 9th Grade L.E.A.D. Drug Abuse & Resistance Education programs, South River High School 11th & 12th grade DWI/DUI Safety Awareness programs, Child Passenger Safety Seat Education, and Special Event Coordination. Sgt. Yorek has pioneered programs to educate the youth of South River such as the “Sober-Ride Police Taxi”, KDCOP 5th through 12th grade anti-bullying seminars, KDCOP anti-bullying “Parent Awareness” seminars, and Marc Mero’s exclusive “Champion of Choices” leadership seminars for the South River Middle School & High School.

Sgt. Yorek currently remains assigned to the agency’s Special Operations Division where he looks forward to continuing a rewarding career serving the residents of South River and working as a team with his fellow officers within the South River Police Department.

Tracey Bussell

Tracey Bussell is a graduate of New York University, Stern School of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. She worked in publishing for over twenty years as a Licensing Director.  Throughout her publishing career, she worked with publishers and editors from around the world before she began her career as a teacher.

She now shares her education and past working experiences with her students.

Tracey Bussell has been a Business Teacher at South River High School for the past three years as her second career. What she loves most about being a teacher is that every day she helps her students explore and learn about the different opportunities and career choices the business world has to offer them. She also loves showing her students the business and financial literacy concepts that will enable them to make informed financial decisions in their personal lives.

As the advisor of the TV 36 club, Tracy volunteered to videotape the SRFEE Harlem Wizards Fundraiser last year to help.  She also worked with her students to edit the video (using equipment supplied by an SRFEE grant) and helped advertise for this year’s Harlem Wizards Fundraiser.   

When she was made aware the SRFEE Student Ambassadors were in search of an Advisor there was no hesitation in her response.  She was happy to help what she considers a great organization. In addition, it was such as good group of young adults, who happened to be former or present students in her classes.  She looks forward to continuing her second career both as a teacher and an advisor at South River High School.

4th Annual Adult Dinner Dance

South River, NJ (December 11, 2018) –Join the South River Foundation for Educational Excellence for their 4th Annual Adult Dinner Dance Fundraiser.  This year’s Honorees are… 

  • Sylvia Zircher – South River Schools Superintendent
  • Tracey Bussell – South River High School Business Teacher & SRFEE Student Ambassador Advisor
  • Sergeant Edwin J. Yorek – South River Police Department

As indicated by our successful 3rd Annual Even tin January of 2018, this evening will prove to be a fun-filled evening of dinner, drinks, dancing & a 50/50. 

This event will take place on Friday, February 1, 2019 beginning at 7 pm. 

Treat yourself and some of your friends to an evening of food, fun and fundraising all at once!  Reserve a table with the purchase of 10 tickets. Commemorative journal ads available for purchase until Jan 11th, 2019. 

Commemorative Journal Ad Pricing:

  • Full Page – $200.00
  • Half Page – $100.00
  • Quarter Page – $50.00

Dinner Dance Tickets:

  • Advance Tickets on sale now-1/28/19 – $60.00 per person
  • Night of Dance 2/1/19 – $70.00 per person.

*Reserve a table with the purchase of 10 tickets.  

Cash or check (made out to SRFEE) are the preferred payment methods.

View the Press Release by clicking here

BEARS… Harlem Wizards Prep Week

Harlem Wizards Week
Monday 10/22/18 – Friday 10/26/18

As we gear up and build excitement for the return of the Harlem Wizards on October 28th, 2018…we will be anticipating their arrival with activities during Harlem Wizards Week using the theme shared during the assemblies: BEARS…..

Behavior (Monday 10/22/18) – Show your good manners to your Parents,  Teachers and Friends (as you should all the time!)

Effort (Tuesday 10/23/18) – Wear your Harlem Wizard Wear (Jerseys, T-Shirts, Sleeve) and/or wear Purple!

Attitude (Wednesday 10/24/18) –  Wear Orange, the color of Respect!   

Respect (Thursday 10/25/18) – Wear your Favorite Sports Team Jersey/Apparel!

Success (Friday 10/26/18) – Class who sells the most tickets by Thursday 10/25/18 will EARN an Ice Cream Party! (**When ordering tickets online please enter Teacher’s Last Name in the Comments Section)  Buy your tickets here:  www.srfee.org 

2018 Harlem Wizards Fundraiser

The Harlem Wizards are returning to South River High School, Sunday, October 28th, at 1:00pm.

The afternoon promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face! This event is hosted by the South River Foundation for Educational Excellence.  They have brought The Wizards into town to help benefit their organization.

The Harlem Wizards have a unique mission: create awe-inspiring events throughout the country. At a Wizards game, fans will witness amazing basketball talent combined with hilarious comedy. Its two hours of family time where parents, grandparents, and kids can all laugh together. When you’re in the stands, you’re more than a spectator; you’re part of the show with loads of audience participation. Throughout the game, fans will experience a magical display of tricks, coordinated ball handling, fancy passing and aerodynamic athleticism combined with high-energy comedy and audience interaction. The experience can only be summed up in two words: Awe-Inspiring! 

Tickets purchased before the event are $12 for adults $10 for children.  Tickets will also be available on the day of the game at South River High School Gym at 12noon for $20 for adults and $15 children and online at www.srfee.org or https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com  

2018 Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018 Mini Grant Recipients

Patricia Crowdell, Noreen Selvaggio, Sandra Talarico (Musante, Iazetta), Preschool Team (Sanchez, Mangione, Ordner, Schwarz & Baker), Giuletta Maltese, Maureen Jones, Latisha Marcellus.

2018 Mini Grant Presentations