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Class of 2017 Students please check this link for state graduation testing requirements. If you have any question about whether or not you have met your English testing requirement, please contact your counselor. We have many supports in place to help you meet this requirement. 

If you need to take a summer course to recover credit, please click here for the informational letter on competency exams.


poetry month

Ars Poetica

Related Poem Content Details

A poem should be palpable and mute   
As a globed fruit, 

As old medallions to the thumb, 

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone 
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown— 

A poem should be wordless   
As the flight of birds. 

A poem should be motionless in time   
As the moon climbs, 

Leaving, as the moon releases 
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees, 

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,   
Memory by memory the mind— 

A poem should be motionless in time   
As the moon climbs. 

A poem should be equal to: 
Not true. 

For all the history of grief 
An empty doorway and a maple leaf. 

For love 
The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea— 

A poem should not mean   
But be. 


Senior Project

senior proj

Looking for information on the Senior Project? Check out the Senior Project page.

NOTE: If you are planning on completing Option 3 for the Senior Project, there is aMANDATORY MEETING during HR1 on Wednesday, January 18th. Please see your English teacher for details. 



MLA 8 is HERE! 

The MLA 8th Edition handbook, released in April 2016, includes major changes to the citation process. This page highlights a few of the differences between MLA 7 and MLA 8.

You can read the entire MLA 8 Guidebook HERE





Use of Turnitin Feedback Studio

This year we have implemented the Turnitin Feedback Studio
tool as a way to provide our students and teachers more
interactive tools for writing instruction. 

In support of Academic Integrity at Piscataway High School, Turnitin Feedback Studio will be used to review the papers that students submit in their English courses. Turnitin does not determine whether plagiarism has taken place or not. Turnitin will also not be used as a punitive tool or measure. The instructor of this class will use the reports that Turnitin generates as a basis of discussion for the thorough evaluation of the authenticity and the originality of a student's work.



For departmental inquiries, please use the information below:


Carrie Thomas
English Department Chair
Piscataway High School
100 Behmer Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
732-981-0700 x2245
Fax: 732-981-1685