Previous Messages

December 2018

Dear Families and Friends,

Among the members of the Board of Education – the governing body of our school district – there exists courageous leadership that sets the stage for how we manage the operation of our schools. At the top of the Board’s list of priorities are concern for the welfare and wellness of each student and staff member, and the importance of respect and civility as we discuss, teach, assess, debate, and innovate.

September 2018 Message

Dear Families:

Welcome back to school!

When we open our doors for the 2018-2019 school year, our goal is to ensure that every child is welcomed. Welcomed by their teachers, by their principal, by every staff member, and by other students.

Over the summer, the Board set our annual district goals that focus on empowering our professional staff, strengthening our educational program, our technology initiatives, safety and security, and our mental health services, and promoting a culture of wellness and mutual trust. Each of these goals will shape our work, and yes, our accountability, during the coming year.

June 2018 Message

Dear Families:

Safety Is Our First Priority

As the school year winds down, know that all existing safety measures continue to be enforced. This includes visitor screening, camera surveillance, a zero-tolerance approach to weapons and social media threats, and unannounced backpack searches. We are in constant communication with the Piscataway Police Department. The safety of our students is the most serious priority in our school district.

February 2018 Message

Dear Piscataway School Community:

 In light of yesterday’s tragic event in Parkland, Florida, we want all Piscataway families to know our safety and security measures and know we take them seriously in every school.

Most essential to keeping our children safe at school is a welcoming school environment, combined with relationships built between students, families, and staff. It is of vital importance that students feel a connection to their school, and that parents feel welcomed and involved. All of our schools have counselors and a behaviorist on staff, and The Haven, an on-site mental health facility at PHS, is available to assist all district students in need of comprehensive counseling. 

December 2017 Message

This message was inspired by a letter to the editor of the Home News Tribune   on December 12, 2017.

Dear Friends and Families,

The 95-year-old mother of a friend remarked that she cannot remember a time in our country that was so unsettling. This is a woman who was raised during the Depression, lived through World War II, the Cold War, the civil rights movement, and the college protests and Vietnam War of the Sixties. She witnessed 9/11. 

So what is it about the present that causes her to be weary of the news? Granted, today’s headlines are not the stuff that builds optimism. 

But, if we look deeper and past the newscasts, we do find hope and a reason to believe that young people will assure that future generations in our country are on safe, moral ground. I see this every day in Piscataway Schools. Despite media coverage, I see children who take for granted that people of all cultures and backgrounds will live and work harmoniously. I see children who fight poverty with generosity.

September 2017 Message

Dear Piscataway Students and Families:

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a summer filled with fun, relaxation, and new discoveries!

I also hope that this new school year will offer every student exciting challenges and open many doors to learning – including in unanticipated and inspiring ways.

I am very proud of this district and our students and staff, as we continue to grow and inspire each other to achieve our best. Our students continue to win awards and recognition in academics, arts and athletics. Our graduates follow their dreams to college, the military and the workforce. As as a district, our work is being recognized on state and national levels. In the 2016-2017 school year, the District received these prestigious awards:

May 2017 Message

Dear Staff:

Congratulations to the Education Support Personnel who were recognized by the PTEA for their outstanding contributions within their individual buildings:

Administration Building, Mariya Zia; Arbor School, Rhonda Cremone; Children’s Corner, Alice Jackson; Conackamack School, Will Kunkel; Maintenance, Donnell Jackson; Eisenhower School, Phyllis Hriniak; Grandview School, Patricia Kalman; High School, Maureen Micales; King School, Lynn Sheats; Knollwood School, Madalena Mazzelli; Quibbletown School, Diane Hansen; Randolphville School, Peggy Martino; Schor School, Joanne Tomasso; Transportation, Allen (Sam) Skistimas.

This announcement comes at a very opportune time. Recently, I stood with our Board Leadership at the National School Board Association’s Annual Conference to accept its Grand Prize Magna Award for our “You, I, We Inspire” Program. We are the only school district in our enrollment category of 5,000-20,000 students to receive this award this year.

December 2016 Message

To the Families and Staff of Piscataway,

As I write this, news broadcasts focus on refugees, immigrants, and unrest at home and abroad.  We wonder if the social progress our country has made will be derailed by new leadership in Washington, DC.

At the same time, we are reminded that this is the season of joy, peace, and hope.  How do we reconcile these emotions?  Will the future be as dark as these December evenings?

September 6, 2016 Message

Dear Piscataway Students and Families:

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a summer filled with quality family time, outdoor adventures, and lots of great books!

I hope your summer prepared you for an inspiring school year as we continue to reflect and embody the theme You, I, We Inspire. We will continue to work together – students, teachers, staff, administrators, Board of Education, and parents – to inspire each other to be our best selves.

MAY 26, 2016 MESSAGE


Dear Friends,

Please accept my honest apology for the automated phone calls to your multiple numbers on non-urgent matters. It is our intention to communicate with families on topics that are related to children in our community, but not to interrupt your family dinners or your extended family unless there is an emergency.


Holiday Greetings to you and your family,

Piscataway’s lineup of winter choir and orchestral performances is an extraordinary exhibition of student talent and faculty expertise. I hope your schedule this month and next allows your family to attend one of these performances (click here for schedule).

As I listen to our students, whether they’re second or twelfth   graders, I am reminded of one of my favorite artists, Josh Groban. On his Stages album, he writes:

“TO EVERY ARTS TEACHER IN THE COUNTRY (including mine): Inspiration is one thing but great mentorship can change lives. Thank you for giving me the push to succeed and for changing countless lives around the world through your initiative to help young people communicate through the arts. I stand with you every day.”


Dear Piscataway Families:

Upon reflection and discussion with teachers, principals, and administrators, we have dramatically cut back on the frequency and length of district assessments for the 2015-16 school year.

Make no mistake – assessment is essential to the process of teaching and learning. Teachers need to know their individual student’s strengths and challenges, and if students are learning what they are taught. Teachers use this information to adjust their instruction (re-teach, change their approach, move on, enrich).


Welcome back to school!

I hope your summer days were filled with family time, exploration, and relaxation, and that you’re ready for an inspiring year ahead.

When you walk into our schools, you’ll see new banners on our walls reflecting our new theme for the year: You…I…We Inspire. This is more than a sign, more than a theme, more than a slogan. It’s a new beginning. A reminder that each of us has the power to positively influence our students, our families, our colleagues, and to positively impact the course of children’s lives.

June 2015 message

Commencement 2015

Congratulations to every member of the Class of 2015 and their families and teachers.

This is the class that helped place Piscataway High School among the top 10 percent in the country, according to US News and World Report.

April 2015 Message‚Äč

Despite a winter that doesn’t seem to want to end, let’s be optimistic and hope warmer temperatures descend on your spring break. In all corners of our district, our entire school community pitched in through a difficult season of school closures, delayed openings and early dismissals, rarely losing sight of our students as you faced pressures and deadlines. This does not go unnoticed.

September 2014 message
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. I truly hope that the summer break gave you all opportunities to re-connect with your children, family, friends, see a different part of the state, listen to the waves, find a change to read a great book, listen to an outdoor concert, or visit an amusement park.


  • June 2013 Message

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

  • February 2013 Message

    These are exhilarating times for the Piscataway School District – the class of 2026 is enrolling in Kindergarten, our 8th grade students are preparing for transition to high school, and our seniors are finalizing plans to enter college and the global community.

  • October 2012 Message

    With a deep commitment to public education and the children of Piscataway, I assume the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools.