Superintendent of Schools
Robert Zega, Ed.D.
Welcome Back to School Message 2018-2019
It’s great to be back! The 2018-2019 school year is fully underway. On September 5, 2018 we welcomed back 13,134 students to our classrooms. For the first time ever, our 948 kindergarten students had a full day of school. For the first time ever, every one of our 3,998 high school students will receive a district-issued chromebook to enhance learning. For the first time ever, Oak Tree Rd Elementary School #29 opened its doors to 482 smiling students. We have two major construction projects underway at Woodbridge Middle School and Ross St Elementary School #11. It is a wonderful time to be a member of the Woodbridge Township school community.
The first few days of school were certainly some of the warmest school days we’ve had in a while. With the temperatures in the upper 90’s, our attention turned to air conditioning in our classrooms. We are happy to say that all of our elementary classrooms are equipped with window-mounted air conditioners. I am proud to note that almost all of these were funded by our parent organizations. Our middle schools and high schools are not completely air conditioned, but we continue to use school funds to add more and more air conditioners to each school. As a result of years of prudent budgeting, the classrooms in Avenel Middle School, Colonia Middle School, and JFK High School are all completely air conditioned. We expect to have 100% of our classrooms air conditioned in a few years. All of our new construction will be air conditioned.
We are always looking for ways to make communication easier for parents. The information available to parents, along with the speed and convenience they can access this information will only help the educational process. We have some new Genesis options available for parents, including access to on-line forms, access to lunch balances, and real-time alerts for student attendance and grades.
As always our annual district goals are posted on our website at: https://www.woodbridge.k12.nj.us/domain/2700.
Each year we try to create goals that, if attained, will improve our students’ and parents’ educational experience. Some of the goals are also listed each year, for example raising SAT and Advanced Placement Test scores (Goal #1). These perpetual goals are fundamental to our educational philosophy and will continue to be at the top of our goal list each year. As a result of prioritizing these goals, our performance and participation in these important tests has risen significantly the past five years.
Another important, perpetual goal for our school district is to enhance home school communication/participation (Goal #9). To promote community input, we will continue our Superintendent’s Coffee Hours this year. This popular program began last year and provided parents and community members an opportunity to speak casually with me about any issues, school related or otherwise. I am looking forward to meeting with everyone again this year.
As always, if you have any questions or comments I can be reached via phone, email, or twitter. All contact info can be found at the top of this page.
Welcome back, good luck, and let’s have our best year this year!
Robert Zega, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Woodbridge Schools