Happy Holidays to the entire PWAY community! WE salute you for the positive impact that you have had on our students and our school. PHS, as a community institution of excellence, never forgets those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Our young people have donated canned goods to food banks, participated in toy drives for tots, volunteered at shelters and provided many services during this time of giving. We are PROUD of these young people and the teachers that guide them into being conscientious and productive members of this GREAT community.
As we enter 2020, it is with GREAT vision that we continue to strive and improve our condition as well as our capacity to develop into better citizens of the world. Here at PHS we will continue the rich tradition of staying on the path of the CHIEF and doing the critical things that make our school a GREAT place to LEARN and GROW.
We have much to share and much to offer. Again, Happy Holidays and welcome to a new year where we work to keep our standards HIGH and we expect everyone to RISE UP and meet these expectations. Read on to find out the latest happenings at PHS. Be Well!
Strength & Honor
PHS named State Champion for December 2019
- New Jersey State Champions for December 2019
- New Jersey State Top 10 School in December 2019
Click on the link to watch our December Vocabulary Bowl Roundup Video.
Congratulations to the Poetry Out Loud Competitors and Mr. Hamas/Adviser
On Friday, December 6th, 11 students competed in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Sophomore Karishma Kesapragada earned the top spot and will represent Piscataway at Regionals in February. The 2019 Competitors are listed below.
- L'nya Thomas
- Makya Lucky
- Natalya Welcome
- Kaylee Wright
- Emily Jiang
- Karishma Kesapragada (Gold Winner)
- Asiya Kamara
- Sanu Kamar
- Ashley Igbokwe (Bronze Winner)
- Zahraa Shaikh
- Naivrul Lathia (Silver Winner)
Mr. Giacomarra's Engineering Students
Mr. Giacomarra's engineering students participated in the Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle Challenge on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at New Providence High School sponsored by TransOptions, Inc. of Morris County. They competed against over 30 teams represented by 10 area high schools.
Team members Joanna Tan, Kanika Syal, and Sonali and Sarika Jepal earned 2nd place for speed performance and 3rd place engineering journal.
Pre-Law and Justice Academy Speaker Series
The Law Academy Speakers Series held its third talk since September with Dr. William Baskerville, the Assistant Superintendent and David Rubin, Esq. to speak to our Law and Justice Academy students. Dr. Baskerville spoke of his experiences as a student who grew up in the Civil Rights Era. Dr. Baskerville’s stories encouraged our students to be voices for justice. David Rubin shared his stories of growing up in a family of lawyers in New Brunswick and the road that led him to his current position as the attorney for the Piscataway School District.
Mrs. Rauch and Mrs. Cruz-Walsh continue to provide opportunities for our students to apply
their classroom learning through real world exposure.
Middle States Survey
We would like to THANK ALL of the STUDENTS and PARENTS that participated in OUR Middle States Survey. Your input is deeply valued and appreciated. I am PLEASED to announce that WE have MET all of the standards based upon your responses in both surveys.
However, WE recognize there is room for improvement. In the upcoming weeks, the Middle States Team will update ALL of OUR Stakeholders as to how WE will collectively address those areas in which WE need to work on. Again, I cannot thank you enough for those that participated and provided valuable feedback to improve Piscataway High School.
2019 Door Decorating Contest Results
A very special thank you to all the staff and students who participated this year. You truly showed your holiday spirit!
The results are as follows:
- Honorable Mention: Ms. Memoli for most artistic
- Honorable Mention: Ms. Masmela and Ms. Zic for best winter scene
- 3rd Place: Ms. Dionisio, Batman Christmas for most environmentally friendly
- 2nd Place: Ms. Evy, The Polar Express for best replicated scene
- 1st Place: Mr. Schenkler, “Merry Physics” for best executed and most detail oriented. This work of art was created by just ONE student, Taylor Cicero. Great job, Taylor!
Click on the link below to see our 2019 PHS Beautiful Holiday Doors.
Winter Spirit Week
M O N D A Y 12/16 : Comfy Clothes Day
Start off the week with some cozy sweats!
T U E S D A Y 12/17: Twin Day
Wear the same outfit with a PHS peer!
W E D N E S D A Y 12/18: Meme Day
Dress up as Vsco girl, E-boy, or anything that represents the funny side of Gen Z!
T H U R S D A Y 12/19: Throwback Thursday Wear an outfit that represents your favorite decade!
F R I D A Y 12/20: Ugly Sweater Day
Happy Holidays! Wear an ugly sweater or other apparel to show off your holiday spirit!
The totals for Winter Spirit Week our listed below. Congratulations and thank you to all that participated.
First Place: Freshman with 252 points
Second Place: Seniors with 172 points
Third Place: Sophomores with 168 points
Fourth Place: Juniors with 152 points
Congratulations Annie Wang and Huyan Nguyen
Huyan placed 5th out of 180 violinists
Annie placed 1st out of 105 clarinetists
Congratulations to Srihari Yamunan
January 2 Welcome Back
January 8 Piscataway High School Experience 6:00pm -PAC
January 14 Teacher In-Service - Early Dismissal for Students
January 15 Piscataway High School Experience (Inclement Weather Date) 6:00pm-PAC
January 20 School Closed - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Piscataway High School
Chiefs Nation Membership
Cedar Grove Café & Catering
Cullen Family Foundation
Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala, & Taylor, LLC.
Gabriele’s Bar & Grill
Piscataway Municipal Alliance
Tequila & Tacos
Bellamy & Sons
Neshanic Valley Golf Course
9 Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness
Robert Williams Esq.
Black & Gold Members
Piscataway Soccer Club
Lester Taylor Esq.
Hand & Stone Massage
George Thomas Jr.