Chief's Report

October

Mr. Lester's Message

We have had another exciting month here at PHS. As the fall leaves change to the beautiful orange and tan colors, it warms my heart to know that the future looks fantastic for this GREAT EMPIRE of ours. The week of RESPECT was celebrated by having students as well as teachers read a morning message that inspired us to think and transform our intentions into positive actions. Our school-wide PSAT testing and our scheduled senior cap and gown measurements were implemented flawlessly . Thank you Ms. Edmondson and your crew…JOB well done.

These events were followed up by Violence Awareness week and School Spirit week. In addition to these wonderful happenings, I am also proud of the Clean Café Competition where students were actively engaged in keeping our facility clean. The class that had the fewest tables that needed to be cleaned throughout the week would win the ICE CREAM sandwich treat for the entire Class. In order to find out who won you must read on. This edition of the Chief’s Report is full of the wonderful achievements of our talented students and dedicated staff. Prepare to be amazed.

Strength & Honor

Mr. Lester

Piscataway Choral Collective | First Rehearsal October 9th | Rebekah Sterlacci and Megan Suozzo

We are proud to announce the launch of the Piscataway Choral Collective! This choir is open to adults (alumni, parents, teachers, community members) in Piscataway! If you love to sing, come join us! All ability levels are welcome and there is no cost and no audition required. We are building community through a shared love of music! We had over 40 people at our first rehearsal and everyone sounds amazing! Our next rehearsals are on:

October 23 - 8PM-9PM PHS/G102

November 13 - 8PM-9PM PHS/G102

November 27 - 8PM-9PM PHS/G102

December 4 - 8PM-9PM PHS/G102

PHS Academies | Visual Arts and Performing Arts

We have successfully kicked off the Academy Application season again! Meetings were held at the Middle Schools during the first week in October and a parent meeting was held at PHS on October 11th at 6:30PM in the PHS PAC. Applications are available online as of October 12th. This year, a fifth academy will be introduced: Pre-Law and Justice. Looking forward to working with the students of the class of 2023!
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Senior Night | Chris Sumner, Ken Zampella, Jessica Taylor, Megan Suozzo

Seniors in the PHS Superchief Marching Band and on the PHS Chiefs Dance Team were honored on the field at the football game on Friday, September 21st. Students took the field with their families as we celebrated their accomplishments and looked forward to their future beyond PHS. The PHS Chamber Choir was also present to perform the National Anthem. Congratulations to everyone!
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All State Choir | PHS Choir | Megan Suozzo

On Saturday, September 15th, Piscataway High School hosted the All State Choirs! The Mixed Choir and the Treble Choir rehearsed here at PHS for their upcoming concerts this year. The best of the best choir students from all over the state traveled to PHS for this rehearsal. PHS students Cyril Gutierrez, Darin Mak, and Julia Walker are all members of this choir. Special thanks to Ms. Suozzo and the choir parents for organizing a great day! Check out the photos below of the rehearsals, volunteers, and guest rehearsal conductors.
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41st Annual Superchief Band Festival | Superchief Marching Band | Chris Sumner and Ken Zampella

On Saturday, September 29th, the Piscataway High School Superchief Marching Band hosted their 41st annual band festival sponsored by US Bands. 22 Marching Bands from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware came to compete. This year, we also welcomed food trucks which were a huge hit! Over 100 students, parents, and teachers volunteered their time throughout the day. We had beautiful weather and were treated to outstanding performances! The highlight of the event was the premiere of the Superchief Marching Band’s 2018 show, “Mechanize.” The performance was stellar and was met with extremely positive reception from the audience and the judging staff! Thank you to the festival chairs, Aretha Martin and Vicki Scrimmager, and Chris Sumner and Ken Zampella for making the day such a wonderful event! Thank you to all of the volunteers and district staff who made the day one to remember!!
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The Thomas Barton Post Historic Preservation Award | District Awardees

Superintendent of Schools Teresa Rafferty, VPA Supervisor Rebekah Sterlacci, and Randolphville Music Educator Matthew Worden receiving the Thomas Barton Post Historic Preservation Award at the annual Metlar-Bodine House member picnic. 18th century chairs will be donated to the Metlar-Bodine Museum in honor of the awardees.

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The Color Purple | Paper Mill Playhouse Adopt a School Program | Michael Yoson

Members of the PHS Theater classes attended a production of The Color Purple at Paper Mill Playhouse as part of the Adopt a School Program. The performance was beautiful and students had a great dialogue about the production, story, and cast. Thank you to Mr. Yoson for making this possible!

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8th Grade Night | Piscataway Superchief Marching Band | Ken Zampella & Chris Sumner

On Friday, October 12th, the Piscataway Superchief Marching Band hosted district 8th grade band members. 8th graders rehearsed with the Superchiefs, toured PHS, and had a chance to perform with the band in the stands during the football game. 8th graders also got to watch the Superchief 2018 show, “Mechanize,” and the Chiefs Dance Team from the sidelines. It was a great night! Over 65 eighth graders attended! Thank you to Ken Zampella and Chris Sumner for organizing and to two of our 8th grade band teachers, Fabian Schulz and Shamie Royston, for assisting with the event!

Dare to Dream: The Workshop on Diversity and Inclusion

On October 4, 2018, Piscataway High School students participated in the "Dare to Dream" Career Educational Workshop, held at Munich RE in Princeton, NJ. The workshop focused on Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. Students from all over New Jersey had the opportunity to listen to and speak to several professionals who work for Munich RE in varying positions. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce college-aspiring high school seniors to a myriad of career opportunities.


Munich awarded a total of $15,000 in scholarship money, with 3 of our own as recipients!


Congratulations to:

Ritu Patel $1,000

Daryl DeCohen $1,000

Amina Ali $3,000


All of our students who attended received a $45 TD Bank gift card for writing an essay on "Why Diversity and Inclusion is Important".

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Meet the Scientists

AP Physics took the study of air resistance to a new level, as students conducted experiments in Ms. Eibling’s classes to determine a mathematical model for velocity as a function of time by combining new school technology and old school methods.

Y Vote

On Friday, October 5th Piscataway students with the help of Piscataway resident Sheila Mazar, and her volunteers from the Greater New Brunswick Area Chapter of The League of Women Voters held a voter registration drive in the Commons during 11th and 12th grade lunch periods. Over 60 students registered to vote in preparation for the upcoming midterm elections.

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School Spirit Week

We celebrated School Spirit Week from October 22nd through October 26th


  • Monday, October 22 - Dress for success
  • Tuesday, October 23 - Wear your favorite ball cap
  • Wednesday, October 24 - Denim Day
  • Thursday, October 25 - Dress in your favorite decade
  • Friday, October 26 - Dress as your favorite super hero, movie star, or character from a book

We captured some amazing pictures of our students and teachers who celebrated School Spirit. Please see below.

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Important Dates for November:


November 5 PTSO Meeting 7:00pm in Commons

November 6 In-service Day (No School for Students)

November 7 Holiday - Diwali (No School)

November 8&9 NJEA Convention

November 14 End of Marking Period 1

November 15 50 Strong Father & Son Workshop

November 15 ICCA Volleyball Tournament 2:00pm - 5:00pm in Patton Gym

November 21 1/2 Day before Thanksgiving

November 22 Thanksgiving Holiday - School Closed

November 23 Thanksgiving Holiday - School Closed

November 29 PHS Fall Play 7:00pm - 10:00pm in the PAC

November 30 PHS Fall Play 7:00pm - 10:00pm in the PAC

November 30 50 Strong Overnight Trip - Boston Area Colleges

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Hand & Stone Massage

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