December 2016 Message
To the Families and Staff of Piscataway,
As I write this, news broadcasts focus on refugees, immigrants, and unrest at home and abroad. We wonder if the social progress our country has made will be derailed by new leadership in Washington, DC.
At the same time, we are reminded that this is the season of joy, peace, and hope. How do we reconcile these emotions? Will the future be as dark as these December evenings?
September 6, 2016 Message
Dear Piscataway Students and Families:
Welcome back to school! I hope you had a summer filled with quality family time, outdoor adventures, and lots of great books!
I hope your summer prepared you for an inspiring school year as we continue to reflect and embody the theme You, I, We Inspire. We will continue to work together – students, teachers, staff, administrators, Board of Education, and parents – to inspire each other to be our best selves.
MAY 26, 2016 MESSAGE
Please accept my honest apology for the automated phone calls to your multiple numbers on non-urgent matters. It is our intention to communicate with families on topics that are related to children in our community, but not to interrupt your family dinners or your extended family unless there is an emergency.
DECEMBER2015/JANUARY 2016 HOLIDAY MESSAGE
Holiday Greetings to you and your family,
Piscataway’s lineup of winter choir and orchestral performances is an extraordinary exhibition of student talent and faculty expertise. I hope your schedule this month and next allows your family to attend one of these performances (click here for schedule).
As I listen to our students, whether they’re second or twelfth graders, I am reminded of one of my favorite artists, Josh Groban. On his Stages album, he writes:
“TO EVERY ARTS TEACHER IN THE COUNTRY (including mine): Inspiration is one thing but great mentorship can change lives. Thank you for giving me the push to succeed and for changing countless lives around the world through your initiative to help young people communicate through the arts. I stand with you every day.”
NOVEMBER 2015 MESSAGE REGARDING ASSESSMENTS
Dear Piscataway Families:
Upon reflection and discussion with teachers, principals, and administrators, we have dramatically cut back on the frequency and length of district assessments for the 2015-16 school year.
Make no mistake – assessment is essential to the process of teaching and learning. Teachers need to know their individual student’s strengths and challenges, and if students are learning what they are taught. Teachers use this information to adjust their instruction (re-teach, change their approach, move on, enrich).
SEPTEMBER 2015 MESSAGE
Welcome back to school!
I hope your summer days were filled with family time, exploration, and relaxation, and that you’re ready for an inspiring year ahead.
When you walk into our schools, you’ll see new banners on our walls reflecting our new theme for the year: You…I…We Inspire. This is more than a sign, more than a theme, more than a slogan. It’s a new beginning. A reminder that each of us has the power to positively influence our students, our families, our colleagues, and to positively impact the course of children’s lives.
Congratulations to every member of the Class of 2015 and their families and teachers.
This is the class that helped place Piscataway High School among the top 10 percent in the country, according to US News and World Report.
Despite a winter that doesn’t seem to want to end, let’s be optimistic and hope warmer temperatures descend on your spring break. In all corners of our district, our entire school community pitched in through a difficult season of school closures, delayed openings and early dismissals, rarely losing sight of our students as you faced pressures and deadlines. This does not go unnoticed.
As the school year draws to a close, let me reflect on the strengths of the Piscataway School District community over the past year.
These are exhilarating times for the Piscataway School District – the class of 2026 is enrolling in Kindergarten, our 8th grade students are preparing for transition to high school, and our seniors are finalizing plans to enter college and the global community.
With a deep commitment to public education and the children of Piscataway, I assume the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools.