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Read Across America

On March 2nd, the Piscataway High School English Department and about 18 students from the National English Honor Society (NEHS) had virtual visits and planned read alouds in over 50 classrooms throughout the district in honor of Read Across America Week to encourage and inspire a love of literacy in our community. The NEHS students will read books, sing songs and answer questions about the importance of reading and being a high school student. This endeavor would not be possible without weeks of planning and the cooperation of teachers, principals, vice principals, and staff at all of the schools involved. This year’s Read Across America and its theme of “Our Voices” is a testament of Piscataway’s awesome diversity and a great reflection of Pway Pride!


The English Department Theme of “Our Voices” for this year’s Read Across America Week is reflected in the bulletin board that greets you as enter the English Hallway of the Anthony building. The bulletin board features the new and upcoming voices in young adult fiction and literature. The theme is inspired by Tananarive Due’s words: “‘Diversity’ should just be called ‘reality.’ Your books, your TV shows, your movies, your articles, your curricula, need to reflect reality.” See attached image of bulletin board.


In honor of Read Across America, the English department and NEHS have launched the “Book Finder Matching Service” where with a few answered questions on a google form, the NEHS will match students with their next great read recommendation. The form features a few personality and interest questions, and NEHS will match you with a book that compliments you best!


Our daily lessons celebrating Read Across America feature activities that highlight student work through spoken word poetry and short narratives. Classes are also focusing on student choice and independent reading through literature circles and book talks.

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Special Thanks to Michelle Klastava and the school principals, teachers and staff for coordinating and planning this event. Also, a hearty thank you to our fabulous National English Honors Society students!!


We look forward to this event next year, hopefully in person.

Women's History Month

Women's month is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on women's achievements, as well as the problems they have faced in the struggle to be free and the important role they continue to play in society.

Women History Month Quotes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead will lead other to join you.”


Malala Yousafzai

“There was a time when women activist asked men to stand up for their rights. But this time we will do it for ourselves.”


Sonia Sotomayor

“Until we get equality in education we won’t have an equal society.”


Lady Gaga

“Individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. It is time to do the same for mental health. “


Please view our Women's History Month Videos below.

Women's History Month - Week 1
Women's History Month #2

March 8th was International Women's Day

Our very own Iyana McEachern (12th grader) shared a piece written by Lauren Jauregui (2019) “About the Power of a Women”.


Remember (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • Celebrate women's achievements
  • Raise awareness about women's equality
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • Fundraise for female-focused charities

The theme for International Women's Day 2021

Choose To Challenge A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change.

So let's all #ChooseToChallenge.

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/about

Women's History Month #3: Spoken Words for International Women's Day

RWJ Safety Ambassadors @PHS


This program links local 11th grade high school students with 1st graders at Eisenhower to provide educational presentations in the areas of injury prevention and safety. The effectiveness of this teaching method is measured through pre and post-tests and presentation evaluations This is an opportunity for PHS 11th grade students to volunteer in a leadership capacity and act as role models for younger children in their community.


The program makes use of the National Fire Protection Association’s Risk Watch curriculum, supplemented with materials from Safe Kids Worldwide (www.safekids.org).


Safety Modules


  • · Falls Prevention
  • · Pedestrian Safety
  • · Safety In/Around Cars
  • · Wheeled Sports
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Social Work Month

Social Work Month is celebrated in March. It is a time to celebrate the great profession. Social workers are essential to community well being. Social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to optimal living. They are employed to effect positive change with individuals, families, groups and entire communities. A Special Thank You to our PHS Social Worker's Mary Ann Thein, Jill Fraticelli, Brian Wischusen, and Doreen Thaxton.
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PHS Academic Team Victory

Piscataway HS AFJROTC Academic Team: Shannen Justiniani, Dorothy Seaboldt, Rea Pagatpatan, and Vir Patel just won first place in academic test as well as oral presentation. The team won Overall #1 at the first annual Williamstown HS AFJROTC Academic Bowl. Teams from Washington Township, Bridgeton, and May’s Landing also competed.

Honors Calculus Alumni

Mrs. McGovern had PHS Honors Calculus Alumni, Ashley Sanchez, came back to talk to the current PHS Honors Calculus students. The classes got to hear about expectations on college placement tests, the rigor of Calculus at Rutgers University New Brunswick, how and when the professors offer extra help and how they score tests and post grades in college. The students were told by the guest speaker that Honors Calculus was very similar to the Calculus program offered in college so the more you can learn this year in Honors Calculus, the better prepared you will be for that calculus class in college!

Science Scholarship/Internship Opportunity

The PBL - Piscataway High School Biomedical Research Scholarship has been offered to PHS seniors for 18 years and the Science Department at Piscataway High School is extremely proud of the scholarship recipients who have benefitted from the partnership and internship. This summer, the most recent recipient will be returning to work at PBL, while the 2018 recipient has been putting in 20 hours per week at PBL somehow during the school year, and working full time with the lab during the summers since high school graduation. We also have a 2019 finalist and brother of the 2011 recipient working at PBL. The 2019 recipient may take up another internship opportunity this summer—in landscape architecture!

Congratulations Mr. Michaels

Congratulations to Mr. Greg Michaels, Business Teacher in our CTE Department, for being awarded W!se’s 2019-20 Gold Star Teacher Award! Mr. Michaels has earned this award two years in a row now. To earn the Gold Star Award, a teacher must have achieved a 93% passing rate on the W!se Financial Literacy Certification Test in at least one of their classes during the 2019-20 school year. This is an outstanding achievement and we are very grateful for the time and energy you devote to teaching personal finance. Working in Support of Education (W!se) is a national educational non-profit working toward improving lives through Financial Literacy & College & Career Readiness.

Way to Go PHS Readers!

During this school year, Piscataway High School has been utilizing Learning Ally which is an educational reading app designed for students who learn through listening, which includes students with learning disabilities or visual impairments. The digital audiobook library includes textbooks from kindergarten through post-graduate and professional with high-quality, human-read audiobooks. The library includes classic texts as well as high interest, new titles.


Piscataway High School was entered into Learning Ally's Great Reading Games 2021. Michelle Jacobs, special education reading teacher, entered PHS students as a way to motivate them to read. Our students read a total of 19,658 pages during the contest period of 5 weeks and earned a total of 240,761 points.


This was a national contest and Piscataway High School won 2nd place within their high school bracket taking home a $150 Visa gift card for the school! It is an outstanding accomplishment during a very challenging time.


Way to go to all of our PHS Readers!

PHS Theatre Production Workshop Tour Show

The PHS Theatre Production Workshop tour show “A Polar Bear in NJ” premiered on youtube on Monday, March 15th and will “tour”to our Intermediate schools soon! Check out this scenic art created for this virtual performance created by Melly Merida! Thanks to Mike Yoson for these awesome opportunities!

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She Kills Monsters Live on Zoom on March 19th!

The PHS Drama Club will present the play - She Kills Monsters - live on Zoom on March 19th! Thanks to Mike Yoson and Erik Hall!
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Pway Arts February Student Showcase

Each month we will showcase our students district-wide on the last Friday. See below to check out the February student showcase!

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Permanent Art Collection

Each year we select a student artist from each of our K-8 schools and 7 from PHS to be featured in our district Permanent Art Collection. This year we held our ceremony virtually (check out the link below) and honored these amazing artists in a video celebration. Thank you to our amazing art educators who inspire our students each day and congratulations to all of the honorees!

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PHS Acappella Group Noteriety Competes at ICHSAs

The student-led PHS acappella group Noteriety competes at the ICHSAs quarter finals on Friday, March 12th at 7PM! Thanks to Ms. Suozzo and the student leaders - Madeleine Mendoza, Reidyn Wingate, and Jada Squires.

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A Polar Bear in New Jersey

The PHS Theater Production Workshop Class presents a virtual zoom production premiering on youtube on March 15th!

PHS Performing Arts Workshop Showcase

Students from the PHS Performing Arts Workshop share their performances!

Thanks to Chris Sumner!

Horkstow Grange

The PHS Wind Ensemble performs “Horkstow Grange” by Percy Grainger. Thanks to Chris Sumner!

Soldier Poet King

PHS Animation student Samantha Kwan created this animation that was featured in the Permanent Art Collection. Thanks to Gwen Sylvan!

PHS Youth Art Month Showcase

Check out this showcase from Lisa Lentini-Pombrio’s classes!

PHS Vocabulary Bowl Rankings

The February 2021 results of the Vocabulary bowl are listed below. Click on PHS below to see where we stack up. When students compete in the Vocabulary Bowl, they're building the academic vocabulary knowledge that's essential for success in the classroom and beyond.



Piscataway Township High School (Piscataway)

Cliffside Park High School (Cliffside Pk)

Beloved Community Charter School (Jersey City)

International Social Emotional Learning Day

March 26th, 2021 is International Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day. This year the theme is “Building Bonds, Reimagining Community.”



Understanding what is Social emotional learning leads students to acquire techniques for processing and managing emotions as well as essential social skills. It encompasses everything from goal setting to stress management, and it provides both children and adults with tools they can use to express themselves authentically and appropriately. SEL is critical for building healthy relationships, communicating effectively, and living a meaningful life.


Please see below our staff wearing their BE KIND or their favorite T'shirt representing SEL Day.

Everyday mindfulness
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Thank you to our Students for Your Kind Words

  • Kind Words - Monday - Self-Awareness - Dhyey Ray 11th Grade
  • Virtual High 5 Tuesday - Self Management - Aliyan Aamir 11th Grade
  • What's Up Wednesday - Social Awareness - Kayla Gonzales 11th Grade
  • Virtual Friends Hugs Thursday - Relationship Skills - Naomi Grant 9th Grade
  • Team Up Friday - Decision Making - Timothy O'Reilly 12th Grade


The students shared their only personal experience learning virtually and practicing social distance.

April Calendar

April 1 Spring Break

April 2 Spring Break

April 5 School Reopens--½ Virtual Day for all Staff and Students

April 9 Grading Opens for MP3 Final Grades

April 9 Students Half Day (Teachers Office Hours)

April 12 Students Half Day (Teachers Office Hours)

April 14 Marking Period 4 Begins

April 16 Students Half Day (Teachers Office Hours)

April 19 Students Half Day (Teachers Office Hours)

April 20 Grading Closes for MP3 Final Grades

April 23 Students Half Day (Teachers Office Hours)

April 26 Students Half Day (Teachers Office Hours)

April 30 Report Cards Available in Genesis

April 30 Students Half Day (Teachers Office Hours)

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