June 2013 Message

June 2013

As the school year draws to a close, let me reflect on the strengths of the Piscataway School District community over the past year. 

Our students’ achievements are measured not only by the many regional and state awards won by students at all levels in academics, business, community initiatives, athletics and the arts, but they are also measured by our students’ ability to delve deeply into many levels of academic inquiry, perform well on standardized tests, and exhibit creativity in their work.

Piscataway students won the following:

  • Princeton Prize in Race Relations
  • National Federation for the Blind’s 2012 Youth Braille Writing Contest
  • Creative Outlook Magazine’s 2012 Cover Contest
  • Stevens Institute of Technology 2012 High School Ethics Bowl
  • FIRST Robotics Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship
  • New Jersey Science League Competition
  • Air Force JROTC New Jersey CyberPatriot Defense Competition
  • Middlesex County Spring Food Drive Largest School Food Collection
  • Central Jersey Music Educators Association Region II and State Orchestra, Band and Choir
  • NJSIAA Greater Middlesex Conference Team Sportsmanship Awards and Girls Basketball  Championship    
  •  New Jersey Special Olympics Track and Field Championships

Moreover,           

 

  • This month, over 580 seniors received diplomas during the Piscataway High School Commencement Ceremony. These students have been awarded over $8 million in scholarships, with acceptance at prestigious colleges such as Johns Hopkins, Boston, Temple, American, Howard, Rutgers, and Drexel Universities; Morehouse and Barnard Colleges, and Rochester Institute of Technology. 
  • Our 8th grade students will experience new challenges at the high school this September.  Many attended the “PHS Experience for 8th Grades” program in January, where they learned about academic and extracurricular options at the high school.  The iPad project, implemented with this year’s 6th grade class, continues to inspire creativity in students and teachers alike, and will be expanded with students entering 6th grade in the fall.
  • The Balanced Literacy curriculum in the elementary grades has helped your students to become independent thinkers, stronger readers, and prolific writers.  Adjustments in the district’s mathematics curriculum, made to align with National Common Core State Standards this year, have resulted in students’ increased focus on problem-solving, and using math in everyday life experiences.
  • The demand for high-quality preschool education in Piscataway has grown exponentially over the past several years.  To that end, our Children’s Corner PreSchool will be expanding come September, when classes will also be offered not only at the former St. Frances Cabrini School, but also at the former Our Lady of Fatima School and Weston School in Manville.  The new location contributes to the fulfillment of our mission of preparing our youngest learners for school, and meeting the needs of district families by providing affordable, high-quality preschool educational programs.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer!

Teresa M. Rafferty