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Message from the Superintendent

Dear ESCNJ Parents and Guardians,

We’re back and hope everyone enjoyed their spring break. Can you believe we only have two months left of this school year? On that note, we have so much exciting news to share with you, as we begin planning the final part of the 2020-21 school year.

Let’s begin with this year’s graduation festivities, one of my favorite times of the year. 

I am pleased to announce that all the 2021 graduations and Moving Up Ceremonies at ESCNJ will be in-person. We are working on the logistics, and will have more happy details to share with you in the May monthly newsletter. Graduates and families: please save these memorable dates: 

All in-person ceremonies will follow the New Jersey Department of Health’s regulations and guidelines to ensure the safety of all students, staff and attendees.

For those of you preparing for graduation and looking for options, we are eager to share information regarding our Adult Community Services (ACS) program, located on our Piscataway campus.

ACS is an approved Medicaid/DDD Provider. The program offers individuals 21 and over with disabilities an opportunity to strive for independence by helping to develop their social, emotional, and life skills. The program also offers pre-vocational learning experiences, volunteering and job sampling. 

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Executive Director Allison Sanchez at 732-777-9848 ext. 6100.

In other news, we like to congratulate our 12 faculty members who have been selected for the 2020-2021 Governor Educator of the Year Program. We couldn’t be more proud of these accomplished professionals who have impacted so many young lives. And the winners are:

Sharing innovative and creative ideas from our staff is also a part of our monthly news. So, let’s begin: 

FFA is reopening the “Greetings Galore and More” greeting card program. Students are now making cards to restock the program. Each card is just a $1. If you are interested in supporting the program, you can purchase the cards by emailing Lindsey Medeiros at

With spring in the air, the students at NuView began planting beautiful flowers around the school. 

Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day and the students from the PAL program are doing their part to help the environment. Through a grant and in conjunction with the Alliance Center for Independence, students have been working on garden projects.

Next month, we will have many more events to share with you regarding activities that took place on and around Earth Day throughout the district.

Remember to follow us on Facebook/The Educational Services Commission of New Jersey, Twitter/ESCofNJ and Instagram/ESCofNJ. For all the latest information, please visit our website at

Be Safe. Be Well. Be ESCNJ.

Mark Finkelstein