Message from the Board President

September 2021

Welcome back! Our school year began on September 7.

I wish our entire school community a healthy and successful year.

The district remains committed to providing  as safe a school environment as possible. However, we as individuals must do our part to control the spread of COVID among other illnesses. In late August, the US Food and Drug Administration granted full authorization to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for persons age 16 and above and has emer- gency authorization for children age 12 and older. To learn more and find a COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit covid19.nj.gov.  Equally as important, the district will diligently follow both of Governor Murphy’s Executive Orders concerning masking of all persons in our school buildings as well as ensuring that all adult district personnel are vaccinated or tested twice weekly beginning October 18th.

Each summer, the district proudly prepares a list of the dozens of colleges, military service branches, trade schools, and universities that our graduating seniors were accepted into for this fall. Please see the list in this month’s edition or find it on our district’s website. Congratulations and good luck once again to our class of 2021!

I remind residents that the district’s substitute teacher vendor, ESS, is always welcoming new substitute teachers. In an effort to ensure that the district attracts as many substitute teachers as possible and pays a competitive wage with our neighboring districts, the Board voted to increase the daily pay rate to $120 for high school and middle school substitutes; $130 for elementary school substitutes and $150 for long-term substitutes. If interested, please visit ess.com to apply.

The Board has revised the 2021-2022 Student Calendar to push back the end of the school year to Wednesday, June 22. The later end date was necessitated by the district’s decision to make both the June Primary Election (Tuesday, June 7) and Juneteenth holiday (Monday, June 20), now a federal holiday, as days off.

The pandemic and uncertainty that has followed has caused stress, anxiety, and depression among adults and children.  As part of this year’s budget, the district hired additional school counselors ensuring that each of our 17 elementary schools has its own dedicated, full-time counselor. Additionally, the Township’s Health Department is being staffed by a counselor provided by the non-profit Catholic Charities with immediate openings for Township residents of low and moderate-income. Counseling is available to children, adults, and families. To learn more, call 732-855-0600, ext. 5018.

As the new year begins, I remind parents and guardians of the Township’s two Youth Centers and inform you of a third center expected to open early this fall. The Youth Centers are open from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Monday thru Friday during the school year to all middle school students, with occasional elementary days. The centers offer a free, fun, supervised, and safe environment for your middle school children to complete their homework or enjoy leisurely activities with their peers such as video games, arts and crafts, pool, ping pong, foosball, board games and sports to name a few. The centers are open to all middle school students regardless of where they reside in the Township. The Evergreen Center is located at 400 Inman Ave, Colonia and the Highland Grove Youth Center is located at 70 Highland Terrace, Fords. The soon-to-open  Acacia Youth Center
is at 95 Port Reading Ave, Port Reading. Stay tuned for details on the opening of Acacia. For more information, e-mail YouthServices@Twp.Woodbridge.NJ.US.

The Board will hold its next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 23 at 6:00 PM. The Board will meet in the multi-purpose room of Ross Street Elementary School #11, 110 Ross Street, Woodbridge. The public portion of the meeting will begin after 6:30 PM. The meetings are also live-streamed on Facebook via both the district’s and Woodbridge Channels’ Facebook pages. This year’s Board meetings will be held on the following dates: October 21, November 18, and December 16. As always, you can view or read up on all previous Board meetings through the district’s website.

Should you ever require my assistance, I welcome your input at one of our monthly Board of Education meetings. You can also e-mail me at Marie.Anderson@ Woodbridge.K12.nj.us or the full board at board@woodbridge.k12.nj.us. or a call to the Board Secretary’s office at 732-602-8536. As always, Dr. Massimino welcomes any questions at Joseph.Massimino@woodbridge.K12.nj.us.