Chief's Report

Principal's Message

Welcome home to ALL of our students and staff members to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited and poised to do GREAT things together. Freshmen students, as you embark on your new journey into high school, make sure that you come to school daily, respect the commandments of the EMPIRE, and put your best effort into all that you do and your high school experience will be TREMENDOUS. As for my upper classmen, I expect all of you to set a positive example for the youngest members of OUR FAMILY. Like all sovereign institutions of higher learning, we will have some challenges along the way but nothing that will prevent us from achieving our collective goals. WE ARE CHIEFS! Please read on and learn about the AWESOME things taking place at PHS…an EXCEPTIONAL place to LIVE & LEARN.

Strength & Honor

Mr. Lester

School Goals

School Goal #1

By June 2020, 75% of all student records for each course with a first semester (MP1 & MP2) average that ranges between 75-79%, will achieve an increase of two percentage points on their cumulative final grade in any given course.

School Goal #2

By June 2020, disruptive discipline referrals will be reduced by 3% as measured by the last 3 years average, utilizing social-emotional learning best practices.

School Goal # 3

By June 2020, staff will engage in ongoing training and professional development that incorporates effective instructional practices in technology and social-emotional learning.

Visual and Performing Arts: Broken Hearts: The Musical | PHS Theatre | Michael Yoson & Erik Hall

PHS advanced theater students from Mike Yoson’s Theatre Production Workshop class wrote, directed, and produced “Broken Hearts the Musical” at Circle Players in Piscataway. Congratulations to the production team which included: Sam Wilkinson, Aaron Szabo, Michael Dickinson, and Juliet Pastras! The performance featured a talk back with industry professionals, cast, and audience. Thanks to Mike Yoson and Erik Hall for making this opportunity available to our students and community! Thanks to Circle Players for your partnership!

PHS Open Mic Nights | PHS Choir | Megan Suozzo

The PHS Choir sponsored two Open Mic Nights this summer. We had students, alumni, parents, teachers, and community members share their music with us! The next Open Mic Night is on October 2nd at 7PM in the PHS Choir Room! All proceeds benefit the PHS Choir Program. Thanks to Megan Suozzo and the Choir Parents for your leadership!

Chiefs Dance Team Camp | Jessica Taylor

The PHS Chiefs Dance Team held their camp this summer! Congratulations to the student leaders, thank you to Jessica Taylor, and we wish you an awesome season!

Big picture
Big picture

Shakespeare Theatre of NJ | PHS Theatre

Two of our PHS Theatre students auditioned for and were accepted into the Young Shakespeareans. This highly selective group of 8 advanced theatre students from across the state rehearsed this summer at Drew University and presented Richard III. The role of Richard was split between three actors, and two of them were our students, Aaron Szabo and Juliet Pastras! Congratulations to these students on this amazing honor!

Big picture
Big picture

PHS Superchief Band Camp | PHS | Christopher Sumner and Ken Zampella

The Superchief Marching Band held their annual band camp at PHS to prepare their show “Haunted” for the upcoming season! Thank you to Chris Sumner and Ken Zampella, the entire band camp teaching staff, and the band parents for an amazing week of music, learning, and team-building!

Nasco Education Lesson | PHS Animation | Gwen Sylvan

This summer, PHS VIsual Art Teacher Gwen Sylvan worked with Nasco Education Artworks to write a claymation lesson plan for students in grades 5-12. This lesson plan is a resource for art educators all over the country. Congratulations to Gwen and thank you for your commitment to our students and the wider educational community!

PHS Diversity Council Team

On Thursday, September 26, 2019 the PHS Diversity Council Team largely made up of seniors and juniors with a few sophomores participated in a training session with a small group of teachers in response to racially insensitive social media posts from last school year. These elite students’ leaders will be conducting workshops for our school community to promote better understanding among ALL groups at PHS. They spent 4 hours being trained by Linda Ortiz, a Conciliation Specialist from the US Dept of Justice. I must say these students represented the best in what Piscataway High School student leadership is all about.

The United States Department of Justice: Community Relations Service (CRS) division is the only federal agency dedicated to working with community groups to resolve community conflicts and prevent and respond to alleged hate crimes arising from differences of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. CRS provides facilitation, mediation, training, and consultation services that improve communities’ abilities to problem solve and build capacity to prevent and respond to conflict, tension, and hate crimes based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability

Ms. Ortiz was also able to visit the Race and Gender in Literature course to share her expertise with the class on the topics of conflict resolution, having difficult conversations and building strong communities through communication.

Big picture

2020 Barcelona Exchange

Travel to Madrid & Barcelona, Spain: Feb. 10- Feb. 22

Your pen pal will then come stay with you here in Piscataway: March 10-21

Who is eligible?

Any student who is in at least 10th grade, in Spanish 3 or higher, must be in good academic standing in all classes and never received ISS or OSS.

How much? Around $2,000

More info. or to sign up: See Ms. Herrera (RM 178)

DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Our 2nd Annual Golf Classic

On August 29, our second annual Golf Classic was held at Spooky Brook Golf Course. The course opened in 1970 and was designed by Edmund B. Ault this course is located in Somerset County. It is a relatively flat and open layout that features generous-sized greens.

Our organization's focus is funding Piscataway High School student programs, grants, and other initiatives. Our sponsors enjoyed a spectacular day of golf complete with a continental breakfast and a luncheon at Gabrielle's.

Many thanks to all our sponsors and to the Chief's Nation Team.

Attention Students

AP Exam Registration is going on right now until November 6th, 2019. Please use this link for more information.

PSAT will be given on 10.16.19. Go here for more information.

Join our Schoology platform! Here’s how.

New Staff Members for 2019-2020 School Year

Micahel Davidson, Safety Officer

Francisco Guerrero, World Language

Ryan Hess, IT Dept.

Kemar Husbands, IT Dept.

Robyn Kay, Practical Arts Chair

Nicholas McKee, Athletics

Christopher Nowak, Radio/TV

Linda Pagano, Secretary

Jessie Pang, Science

Nicolae Pavel, Science

Jessica Pritchard, Science Chair

Marci Rubin, Special Education

John Skikus, Safety Officer

Joseph Tuzzolino, Major JROTC

PHS PTSO & Dream for Kids Basketball Fundraiser Game

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 6pm

Piscataway High School

Come to Piscataway High School for a fun family night where NFL players will take the court and play our area All-Star students, teachers, and community members. The court will be filled with High Intensity and Fun!

Upcoming Events for October

October 2 PTSO Meeting 7:00pm in Commons

October 9 Yom Kippur - School Closed

October 12 PHS Homecoming Dane 7:00pm PHS Patton Cafe

October 16 PSAT Testing

October 23 Title I parent Meeting 6:00pm in F-100

October 24 PHS Band Appreciation 7:00pm in Stadium

October 25 PHS FBLA Haunted High School 5:00-7:00pm SBA Bldg. East Wing

October 26 PTSO Dream for Kids Basketball Game 6:00pm in Anthony Gym