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July 02, 2015

Third Grade Donates Food and Messages to Homeless

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In the last days of school, two third grade classes at William Mason Elementary School, in Montville, New Jersey, decided to decorate and donate bags of food for the homeless. Over two consecutive days, the students in Christi Stella and Donald Wheeler’s classes decorated bags and filled them with crackers, candy bars, apple chips, granola bars and other food items. Special Ed teacher, Brenda Barberio, and Classroom Aide, Mary Bostek, also helped to organize the project. The food and supplies were donated by the teachers.On June 19, 2015, more than thirty students gave those bags to Anna Landgrebe of Homeless Bus, Inc. Homeless Bus is a Towaco-based charity that has been feeding homeless people in New York City, and Patterson, New Jersey, for 23 years. “Every Saturday night, as a family, we feed 250 homeless people,” said Landgrebe.

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Montville Students Named Finalists at National Speech & Debate Tournament

NationalsThe National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce that Jay Sirot and Noah Weinflash, both seniors at Montville Township High School (MTHS) advanced to the national final rounds in United States Extemporaneous Speaking and Original Oratory, respectively. The two spent June 14 to 19, 2015 in Dallas competing against hundreds of students from across the United States at the National Speech & Debate Tournament—the largest academic competition in the world. Both Sirot and Weinflash competed a total of 13 rounds in their individual events, in front of 49 different judges from throughout the country. Each competed against a pool of over 240 nationally ranked competitors.

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June 29, 2015

Montville Township Republican Club Meeting Summary

FotorCreatedThe Montville Township Republican Club (MTRC) meeting on June 22, 2015 was once again very well attended and the programs were exciting for our guests and members.The focus of the meeting was a special recognition of Samantha Bennett the recipient of the MTRC $1000 Annual Scholarship Award.  Committeewoman Deb Nielson was the club’s official presenter and speaker on the scholarship program.

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The 5th Annual Reading of The Declaration of Independence

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June 23, 2015

Montville Drug Awareness Council Turns to MTHS Woodworking Student for Assistance

2015-04-23 dac rack 007Montville Township High School (MTHS) woodworking student, Dean Manetta, put his class project to good use for the entire Montville community. The hardworking young carpenter, who also runs a contractor business with his twin brother, Robert, was approached by Technical Education teacher, Donald Morgenroth, to build a brochure rack for the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council (DAC).In spring 2014, DAC launched a Drug Awareness information initiative in Montville by placing a rack of substance abuse brochures in the lobby at Montville Town Hall.

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62nd Annual 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

2015-06-22 lazar 1 125Monday evening, June 22, 2015, three hundred and twenty-three Robert R. Lazar Middle School eighth graders were promoted to ninth grade. The ceremony took place in the gymnasium at Montville Township High School.“You are a class that has set a standard for the entire building that is one of incredible kindness, compassion, and academic success,” Principal Sharon Carr told the students. “Together we have witnessed many proud moments and academic achievements such as our Science Olympiad and math teams receiving accolades on the county and state levels; literacy, artistic, and leadership awards; sports teams that have completed outstanding seasons, and band, orchestra and chorus receiving prestigious recognition. You are also kind, you are also compassionate.” Carr encouraged the class to continue on their journey using the skills they have developed at Lazar.

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June 19, 2015

Community Supported Agriculture and Sustainable Farming are Part of Montville’s Middle School Curriculum

2015-05-22 Lazar dedication 122Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an important part of Matthew Myers’ science curriculum. A seventh grade science teacher, Myers teaches students organic and sustainable farming techniques in one of the court yard areas of the Robert R. Lazar Middle School. His five classes spend Farm Friday’s tending, planting and harvesting crops. In addition, students can be found throughout the spring working in the garden during lunch and before and after school.Arugula, mustard greens, lettuce and other microgreens are among the crops students plant. Prior to planting, they prepare the soil with compost made from kitchen scraps collected in the cafeteria. Rain barrels collect water for irrigation.“We plan to put gutters on the shed,” Myers explained.

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Science Research Program provides Montville Township High School Students With College Level Research Opportunities

5 081 copyThe in-depth, research-based, class is open to MTHS sophomores with a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math. All students are eligible to apply for the program. The main requirement is a curiosity for problem solving, and a passion for research and experimentation. The program provides MTHS students with a platform to do original research, guided by mentors, who are experts in their fields. The research is conducted at a level that is not often afforded to most undergraduate college students.“The Science Research Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about a field of science they love,” said Biology teacher Rachel Salazar. “And to interact with research professionals.”Salazar is the Science Research Program facilitator. Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried introduced the Science Research Program to Montville Township High School in 2012. Designed by the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY), the Science Research Program curriculum teaches students how to research, and prepares them to present findings at a professional level.

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Montville Township Republican Club Scholarship Awarded

IMG_2280-Bennett_AwardMTHS Senior Samantha Bennett received the Montville Township Republican Club (MTRC) Annual Scholarship at the MTHS awards ceremony on June 11th. Seen here being presented a $1000 award by Margaret Lam, Peter King and Tom Mazzaccaro. Ms. Bennett was selected from 20 applicants all of whom were outstanding as well. At the Montville Township Republican Club June 22nd regular monthly meeting Ms. Bennett will be honored. The MTRC meeting begins at 7pm with snack and refreshments. Frank Cooney, winner of the June 2nd Republican Primary, will be a speaker.

June 16, 2015

Valley View Participated in ACES Exercise Program

ACES 080 copyThe world’s largest exercise class originated in Montville, New Jersey, twenty-seven years ago. A.C.E.S. – All Children Exercise Simultaneously – was created by Valley View Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, Len Saunders. Usually held outside, the 2015 A.C.E.S. event at Valley View was moved indoors due to threatening skies. But the students and faculty were not deterred. Excitement was high as Pre-K through second grade filled the lunch room, and grades three to five crowded into the gymnasium.

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Carol Lazar Snyder is Honored

Family and friends of Carol Lazar Snyder recently gathered at the Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Carol Lazar Montville, New Jersey, to celebrate the dedication of the Carol Lazar Snyder Memorial Garden. In addition, Snyder’s family and friends had an opportunity to view books donated to the school in her name, and to learn of the Carol Lazar Snyder Award, which will be given at graduation to a Lazar eighth grader who displays kindness and generosity.

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June 09, 2015

Lazar Middle School Students Organize Benefit Basketball for Family in Need

Tournament9IMG_4706As a character education advisory project, Homeroom 44 of the Robert R. Lazar Middle School, in Montville, New Jersey, organized a 3-on-3 charity basketball tournament. Students, Joshua Carus, Matthew Bettio, and Matthew Caprio, developed the idea for a pay to play charity donation game to benefit a Montville family. The local family is in need of funding to assist with the mother’s cancer treatments. The three students hoped the event would encourage others to have fun while giving back to the community. The eighth graders were guided throughout the project by School Counselor, Jessica Gonzalez, and science teacher, Gabriel Maffei. Student, John Acker, took on the role of project manager and helped his peers to facilitate all the logistics. Carus also wrote the press release. 

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June 05, 2015

Summer Paper Shred Event

The summer Paper Shred Event is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, 9am – noonMontville town hallMontville Township Town Hall Parking Lot.  This event has been planned to accommodate residents and businesses who were not able to participate in the April recycling event.  Click the link below with all the information about the summer paper shred event.

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June 04, 2015

Going Away Reception for Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried, June 17th

2014-12-15 Fried Portrait 014Wednesday, June 17, 2015, the parent associations of the seven Montville Township Public Schools will host a Going Away Reception for Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried. The entire school community -- staff, teachers, families and residents -- are invited to attend. The reception will be held in from 4:30 to 6:30PM in the Robert R. Lazar Middle School Media Center. The Lazar Middle School is located at 123 Changebridge Road, Montville, NJ.

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Montville Teachers and Students Host a Weekend to Support Montville Arts and Project Graduation, June 5 and 7th

Friday, June 5 and Sunday, June 7 Montville musicians will rock the town while raising money for Jazz ensemble max113 copytwo great community causes. The Hearts for the Arts Concert will be held Friday, June 5, at 7:00PM in the gym at the Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville New Jersey. Students from Flute Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and vocal soloists will support the Lazar teacher band, Fridays @4.

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June 03, 2015

Montville Executive Suites is Sponsoring a Blood Drive June 9th


New Jersey Names Cedar Hill Elementary a State School of Character

AwardThe Fifth Grade Character Education Committee of Cedar Hill Elementary School traveled to Rider University, in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, on Friday, May 29, 2015. There the Towaco, New Jersey students accepted the New Jersey State School of Character Award. A variety of conference attendees at the New Jersey Association for Social & Emotional Character Development (NJASECD) were also treated to a presentation by Cedar Hill’s Character Education Committee members.

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