Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hot Summer

Welcome to another steamy summer day in Jersey! It's supposed to hit the '90's today, or so I hear.
I also hear the sound of air conditioners all over town...
stay cool!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Congratulations, Graduates! - and Lessons for Next Year...

Yesterday was graduation day at JFK. 
I didn't go, my son graduates next year.
But I did hear and see some interesting tidbits about the ceremony that I thought I'd share with you...

For those of you who think that the administrators don't really "care," or really do any work for that matter --
Mr. Cilento got out there and set up the chairs for graduation HIMSELF, with volunteers from the staff, because there were so few custodians around to get things done.  When something needs to get done, they get it done, and that's it. 

Then - the ceremony itself... It started out sunny, but sure enough, the rain came on through when they were only part of the way through the evening... and once it had started raining, you have to wonder if there is any point to dragging all of those people (who are all already soaked!) in to the building?  So they didn't - they stayed outside in the rain to finish up!

My own observation is that there is NO WAY that THAT many people can fit inside the building.  And even with tickets, you have a problem with crowd control.  Who would be the person to step back and say, "No, that's all right, I'll miss the rest of the ceremony, you go on ahead!"  You run a much bigger risk of having parents and family members trampling each other.  Not to mention the amount of time it would take to sort those people out - who has tickets?  Who doesn't?  Who swears they have them, just wait a second, it was right here somewhere...  How long would it take to get all of those people into the building and all sorted out?  Quite some time.  And heck, they are wet already anyway. 

The lessons I have learned from this:
1.  It would be a great idea if the Board of Ed would consider moving the graduation ceremony to 2:00 PM or so - because usually, those summer thunder storms come up in the evening, not in the middle of the day.
2.  Next year - everyone carry a rain poncho, just in case.
In fact, that would be a nice gift from the PFF to the graduating seniors. 

Also - this morning the janitors gathered up a handful of tassles that flew off people's mortarboard graduation hats.

The lesson I have learned from this:
Warn my son, next year, take the tassle off before you throw the hat.  You won't find it again.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On Wednesday 6/16 to Saturday 6/19, Woodbridge Township School District is celebrating literacy at our Barnes & Noble Bookfair.

Between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Woodbridge Township School District families and friends are invited to the Menlo Park Barnes & Noble in Edison to hear guest readers, mingle with teachers, and shop for summer reading list books.

Barnes & Noble will have tables displaying our summer reading selections throughout the store on these specific dates.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of the sales during that time to our school district. All you have to do is bring our voucher when you go.  The voucher can be found  HERE.  

If you forget it, just tell a cashier you are from Woodbridge Township School District, and they will ensure our district gets credit for your purchases. Items in the Café and Music department are also eligible.
Please visit for more details.

If you can’t get to the store, please shop online from Wednesday 6/16 to Sunday 6/20 in support of our bookfair at using the bookfair ID #: 10230811. Remember to enter the ID #: 10230811 on the payment page so Woodbridge Township School District receives credit for your purchase.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

End of the Year

We're winding down to the end of the school year now... it's half days for the next five days and then SUMMER VACATION!

I plan on being back to writing on here before too long, but for right now, I haven't got the energy.

See ya again soon!

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Tonight is the Relay for Life in Alvin P. Williams Park in Sewaren.
It's an all night walkathon, to benefit cancer research.
Wanna help us out?
Click HERE and join our team or make a donation.
Be there or be square.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A whole new cast of characters

The most highly anticipated reading of the week is available now... the Personnel Committee Recommendations from last night's Board of Ed meeting.

It shows a long list of who is retiring (so far), who is moving to which school...

You can read the list yourself by clicking HERE. (The Personnel Committee Recommendations are on page 41 - 53.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day Trip -
to Stokes State Park
Sunrise Mountain Overlook

New Jersey has a fabulous State Park system. Closest to Iselin is probably Cheesequake State Park, with a lake for swimming and fishing, and hiking trails and camping accomodations.

Stokes State Park is a bit more of a drive, but the view from Sunrise Mountain is beautiful.

For the New Jersey State Parks website, with plenty of places to go and things to do, click HERE.

Get outside and have a great weekend!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Place to Be


Merrill Park was a very busy place tonight, with two of the three township high schools having their prom! It's traditional to have photos in the park, and the traffic was backed up all over.

Have a nice time, and be careful!
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Avoid Merrill Park Tonight

Merrill Park is a beautiful place to go
in the evening... but you might want
to avoid it tonight!

Because tonight is prom night.
And the place to gather is Merrill Park.
So tonight, you can expect the park to be packed with hundreds
of people from Kennedy and Colonia High School, all dressed to
the nines, and all taking photos.

If you don't have a photo to take, it might be an area you want to
stay away from!
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Have a great day!

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.  ~Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Relay for Life Fundraiser

I saw this on Facebook, on Mayor Mc Cormac's page:
ISELIN FIRE COMPANY No. 1 District 9 is hosting a fundraiser at Cheeseburger in Paradise (Route One across from Woodbridge Center) on Wednesday June 2 from opening (11:30 a.m.) to closing (11:00 p.m.) whereby 15% of all proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Please support this great cause and thank you to our firefighters for organizing this event.

Arts in Woodbridge

Contact information:
You can see their website HERE
or visit the
Woodbridge Artisan Guild
353 Fulton Street • Woodbridge NJ 07095

Gallery Schedule
Wed. 6–9 pm • Fri. 7–9 pm • Sat 9:30 am–1 pm
But you might want to call first, to be sure that they are open...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Doesn't it feel like a Monday?

But it's not. It's Tuesday.
Happy JUNE!!!
(Actually, doesn't it feel like July?)