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July 19, 2017

The Learning Garden Academy of Montville

Pre schoolOn June 26th the beautiful and respected childcare center at 330 Changebridge Road in Pine Brook has taken on a new name under new management.  The center, Learning Garden Academy of Montville LLC, has retained all of the wonderful teachers and support staff and only continues to add to the many positive attributes of the school.

A few of the changes underway already are painting and freshening of classrooms, improvements in the park-like play area and enrichment to the school's curriculum and activities.  The new owners' plan is to serve the community with the highest quality child care and education  at a great value to parents.  Annette Costantino Myers, the managing partner, comes to the community following a sixteen year administrative career serving the elderly at a premiere skilled nursing facility in Bergen County.  Her love of elders and compassion for their families' needs easily translates to her new role at the center.  Enrollment is ongoing for both a fun filled summer program and the upcoming Fall session.  Tours are available and can be arranged by calling 973-575-8500.

Non Age-Restricted Apartments Denied for Pine Brook

MeetingMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Zoning Board of Adjustments voted unanimously to reject an application by Avalon Bay LLC to receive a variance to build 349 non age-restricted rental units in Pine Brook on what is commonly referred to as the GI Auto Salvage Yard. To read more click the following words, "click here

Montville Township First Aid Squad Honors Members with Decades of Service

First aidMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township First Aid Squad gathered on July 11 to honor members with more than 20 years of service. To read more click the following words, "click here

Montville Township Public Schools Welcomes New Business Administrator

LadyMONTVILLE, NJ - On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Katine M. Slunt joined the Montville Township Public Schools’ administrative team as the new Business Administrator. Slunt replaces retiring BA James Tevis. To read more click the following words, "click here

Lazar Living Lessons Series: Haider Newmani, an Iraqi Journalist

GuyMONTVILLE, NJ - When discussing the value of the Living Lessons presentations at Lazar Middle School this past spring eighth grader Katie DeAngelis said it well, “When you are at an all-time low, there is always hope.” To read more click the following words, "click here

Scholar-athlete from Montville Recognized by NJSIAA

PicROBBINSVILLE, NJ – At its annual scholar-athlete luncheon, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) recognized 365 high school students for their achievements, awarding a total of $203,000 in college scholarships. To read more click the following words, "click here

July 10, 2017

Montville Township Public Schools welcomes new Business Administrator

BusinessladdyyyKatine Slunt arrives with nearly 30 years of experience and first-hand knowledge of the township

Montville Township, New Jersey – On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, Katine M. Slunt joined the Montville Township Public Schools’ administrative team as the new Business Administrator. Slunt replaces retiring BA James Tevis.    

With a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Franklin and Marshall College, Slunt is a C.P.A. and Q.P.A.  A former KPMG Peat Marwick Public Accountant and Auditor, Slunt has been evaluating, auditing, analyzing and managing the accounting of public and non-profit funds since 1989.  Through KPMG Peat Marwick, Slunt planned and administered audit engagements for organizations such as City University of New York, March of Dimes, and Yeshiva University. In 1993 she became the Assistant BA in the Wayne Public Schools. Since then she has worked as a BA, Assistant BA or Manager and Consultant overseeing capital projects, audits and compliance for a variety of public school districts including Rockaway Township Board of Education and East Hanover School District.

A resident of Montville Township, Slunt comes to the Montville Township Public Schools Business Office from North Haledon Schools. Prior to that she managed the budget for Unity Charter School in Morristown.

The Montville Township Board of Education ratified Slunt’s appointment to the position of BA for the Montville Township Public Schools on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The annual salary is $149,000.  Slunt was officially introduced to the community at the June 13 BOE meeting. A district-wide e-mail welcoming her to the position was sent to all faculty and staff on July 6, 2017.

Montville Township’s school Superintendent conquers bucket list item at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest.

ROVATAR2017 graduates made their way to Coney Island to cheer as she set a personal record of 8 dogs in 10 minutes

Montville Township, NJ – Dr. René Rovtar, Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools is known for her ability to tackle big projects with enthusiasm, skill and creativity. With only two years in the high-achieving district, Rovtar has distinguished herself as an outstanding leader. Last June, as her first year in the district came to an end, Rovtar was named Morris County Superintendent of the year. This year her OneMontville initiative that unites educators, religious leaders, politicians, community organizers, students and parents to promote Kindness, Acceptance and Respect across the entire community, received a 2017 Promising Practice award from the internationally recognized

Also for the end of her second year in Montville Township, Rovtar checked off an exciting item on her personal bucket list: Compete in the iconic 4th of July Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. Along the way she demonstrated to students and the entire community that it is okay to try something new, be silly and go for your dreams.

“I was drawn to it because it is not something people expect me to do,” Rovtar said.

A tiny individual, Rovtar doesn’t have a large appetite for excessive amounts of food. But she does have an appetite for knowledge and an excitement for learning about new things.

“Last year, while watching the event on ESPN, I noticed a woman on the end who ate only four hotdogs,” Rovtar explained. “I said to my family, I can eat four hot dogs.”

It was at that moment she began researching how to qualify for the Famous Nathan’s Hot Dog competition.

“Montville Township is extremely fortunate to have such an inspired and inspiring leader,” said Montville Board of Education Member Michael Johnson. “There is no better testament to her ability to build spirit of community than the MTHS alum that traveled, on their own, to Coney Island to cheer her on.”

A marathon runner, who came to that sport as an adult and went on to complete twenty-one marathons, Rovtar knows how to set goals and systematically overcome obstacles. She used that same skill set to achieve her dream of being a participant in the world’s most famous competitive eating contest held every July 4th at Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island.

After researching the qualifying rules, and calculating the odds to determine which of the 18 national qualifying competitions she could likely win, Rovtar traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina over Memorial Day weekend, confident that she could win a spot in the 2017 Coney Island Competition.

There she consumed 7 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

“My goal was 10, so I was disappointed, but I am excited to have made the finals,” she explained following the qualifier.

Going into the 2017 July 4th event, Rovtar stated that she planned to do better than the qualifying match and she hoped to eat 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

“The pressure is off,” noted Rovtar. “I know I won’t win; I can’t. But participating and doing my best is enough. I am happy to be a part of this exciting event.”

At 11:00 am EST, Rovtar took to the stage and downed as many hot dogs and buns as she could in 10 minutes. Directly in front of her, next to the stage, stood her cheering section.

“It was fantastic!” she said later. “My family and, somehow, a group of 2017 Montville Township High School graduates! They found each other in the crowd of 40,000 and they stood right in front of me and cheered me on. It was the best!” 

In the end, Rovtar bested her own record by one, ending the competition with 8 hot dogs in 10 minutes. The champion of the women’s competition, Miki Sudo, landed her fourth Nathan’s title in four years. She too set a personal best of 41 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

July 06, 2017

Montville Township Committee Passes Two Ordinances at Last Meeting

GuyuMONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Township Committee passed two ordinances at their Tuesday, June 13 meeting. One allows self-storage facilities near the Senior House and the other concerns the re-appropriation of funds for the improvement of sidewalks on Changebridge Road. To read more click the following words, "click here

Lt. Governor On Hand to Open Fragetti's Deli in Towaco

RibbonMONTVILLE, NJ – Township and state-wide officials were on hand to attend the grand opening of Towaco’s new deli, Fragetti’s, named after owner Chris Fragetti, who grew up in Towaco and still lives in town. The deli is located on Main Road across from the train station. To read more click the following words, "click here

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Trudy Atkinson, Montville Township Municipal Clerk

TrudyMONTVILLE, NJ - Trudy Atkinson, Montville Township’s municipal clerk, will be retiring as of July 31, and the township will be losing one of its most efficient and dedicated employees. To read more click the following words, "click here

Summer Reading Program 2017 Kicks Off at Montville Twp Library

KiddiesssMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Public Library kicked off its summer reading program on June 21 with cool ice cream, awesome face painting, and an important message: “Build a Better World.” To read more click the following words, "click here

Cost of Referendum Revealed for Montville; Special Education Report Presented by Board of Ed

SuperMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Board of Education revealed that the referendum questions, if passed, would cost taxpayers $100.91 for the average $528,093 assessed Montville Township home. To read more click the following words, "click here

June 28, 2017

Montville Township Committee Awards Anniversary Poster Contest Winners

GrouppppppMONTVILLE, NJ - Poster winners of the Montville Township 150th Anniversary Poster Contest received their prizes at the Montville Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 13. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Holds 2017 4th of July Parade

MericaMONTVILLE, NJ – After days of rain, the sun shone bright in Montville Township for the 2017 4th of July parade. This year’s June 24 parade marked the township’s 150th anniversary celebration. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Board of Ed Honors Retirees, Geo Bee Winner, Reps, Others

PeepsssssMONTVILLE, NJ – The June 13 Montville Township School District Board of Education meeting opened with a song as the Montville Township High School “School of Rock” sang “Helplessly Hoping,” as introduced by School of Rock parent Susan Champion. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Committee Passes Two Ordinances at Last Meeting

CommmitteMONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Township Committee passed two ordinances at their Tuesday, June 13 meeting. One allows self-storage facilities near the Senior House and the other concerns the re-appropriation of funds for the improvement of sidewalks on Changebridge Road. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Celebrates the 4th with Fireworks, Pie-Eating and Hot Dog-Eating Contests

PieMONTVILLE, NJ – The 4th of July celebration started Thursday with bands and the carnival in Montville Township and continued Saturday with the parade. To read more click the following words, "click here"

June 23, 2017

Montville Township Public Schools to be featured on Emmy® award-winning Classroom Close-up, NJ

VideoLazar’s HIPP Award-winning program STEM PALS to air Sunday, June 25

Montville Township, New Jersey – On Sunday, June 25, 2017, STEM PALS, a Robert R. Lazar Middle School educational program, will air on the Emmy® award-winning television show Classroom Close-up NJ. The segment will be broadcast on NJTV (In Montville Township, New Jersey, NJTV is Cablevision’s Channel 8).

STEM PALS, is an innovative educational initiative at Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, New Jersey, and Parsippany’s Intervale Elementary School. STEM PALS unites science, math and mentoring. Developed by seventh grade science teacher Marisa Castronova-Wos, of Lazar, and third grade teacher Jess Shackil, of Intervale, STEM PALS inspires students to excel in science concepts and curriculum by learning from and mentoring each other. STEM PALS brings the third grade classroom into the seventh grade, and the seventh grade mentors into the third grade, through a live remote connection. Together, students in both classes tackle engineering, math and science concepts resulting in experimentation, original research and solutions.

STEM PALS received the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education Award for 2016.

Just over a dozen HIPP Grants are awarded across NJ annually.  According to the NJEA website, the Hipp Grant is in place to help educators “Bring creative ideas to life,” and “Promote excellence in education.”

Now taping its twenty-fourth season, Classroom Close-up, NJ is produced by NJEA and NJTV. It highlights innovative and extraordinary educational programs and educators across the state.

NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing 200,000 public school teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

The Lazar Middle and Intervale Elementary STEM PALS will be featured on Classroom Close-up, NJ on Sunday, June 25 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The segment will also air on Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


June 22, 2017

Montville Township High School graduates 304 at 46th Annual Graduation Ceremony

GraddddddFive students selected to address the Class of 2017 through words or music

Montville Township, NJ – Under vibrant blue skies, Montville Township High School graduated 304 seniors on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The event marked the 46th Annual MTHS Graduation Ceremony.

The Class of 2017 procession, joined by faculty and members of the Montville Township Board of Education, entered the Mustang's football stadium to the strains of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, played by the MTHS Symphonic Band & Orchestra. Thomas Sansone, a member of the Class of 2017, conducted. Sansone is the first guest conductor in recent MTHS history selected from the student body to lead the MTHS Band & Orchestra at graduation. 

"Thomas has been essential to our arts department during his four years at Montville Township High School," said MTHS Principal Douglas Sanford. "Although he has performed countless times as a representative of our school, we are so proud and honored that this last performance is as our full ensemble conductor at tonight's graduation ceremony." 

Sanford's remarks for Sansone were greeted by thunderous applause from the Class of 2017. 

Sanford then address the graduates of the Class of 2017.

“This ceremony represents so much love, care, support, and hope; and all that you have done for the past four years is being celebrated tonight,” Principal Sanford explained. “I feel confident that the greatest moments in your life lie before you. Each of you will leave here tonight armed with the skills, desire, curiosity, and commitment to accomplish anything you endeavor to do.”

Four student speakers addressed the administration, faculty, families, Montville Township Board of Education and their fellow graduates: Jonathan Kraft, Valedictorian and President of the MTHS Class of 2017; Cassandra Golorsky, the MTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian; Bayann Amer, President of the Student Activities Council; and Geetam Patchigolla, Vice President of the MTHS Class of 2017.

Kraft , the Valedictorian and President of the MTHS Class of 2017, will attend Yale in the fall.  He drew from his experiences academically and as captain of the MTHS Boys Track team to encourage his fellow graduates to work hard but to also make time to enjoy life.

“Hard work is so important.  Go out into the world, and go to work until it brings you success,” Kraft said. “But never work so hard that you lose track of your enjoyment.  Life is not about being the smartest, the fastest, the strongest, or the very best.  It is about appreciating those around and making the most happy memories while we can.  I’m so proud of the work I put into both academics and athletics, but at the end of the day, I’m not going to remember how many medals I won nor what grades I got in each class.  What I won’t ever forget, though, is those memories and friendships I’ve made with my teammates, my classmates, my friends, and all of you before me today.”

Salutatorian Gologorsky will attend Cornell University in the fall. Her speech focused on the many impressive accomplishments the students of the MTHS Class of 2017 have already achieved.

“My fellow classmates have conducted graduate level research, competed in national forensics tournaments, and performed in some amazing musicals,” Gologorsky said. “They’ve demonstrated their outstanding talents on the field, in the pool, and on the track, as well as in art shows and concerts. I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the athletes, artists, musicians, orators, and other gifted individuals of the senior class. For a moment, let’s not focus on the future, but let’s recall all that we’ve accomplished in the past four years. From mastering the idea of tangents in calculus class to successfully throwing on the wheel in ceramics, you all have done something with your time in high school that you can be proud of.”

She assured the seniors that their drive and vision are strong and their experiences to date have prepared them for a future they have been working toward for the past four years.

Amer, the 2017 President of the MTHS Student Activities Council encouraged her classmates to confidently embrace the future, secure in the knowledge that family, friends and self will continue to provide support.

“We are preparing to pack our things and leave our school years behind to step into the next chapter of our lives,” Amer said. “But, as we move on in life, it is imperative to remember that whenever we feel challenged, discouraged, or lost, the answers can be found right here at home.”

Patchigolla, the Vice President of the MTHS Class of 2017 will attend Rutgers Business School in the fall. He addressed his class with great humor and insight. Through a countdown format, he reviewed for the 304 MTHS seniors the past 4 years -- or 1,380 days. He concluded by imagining the next 2 hours and beyond.

Time serves as the measuring stick for who we are and what we will do,” Patchigolla said. “And since those numbers will pass quickly from hours to days and from weeks to years, we must live every second with conviction and courage.”  

Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar encouraged the class “to remember to be kind always.”

“It is our hope,” Rovtar said. “That the years you have spent here in the Montville Township Public Schools, experiencing our Character Ed programs and lessons about honesty, values, ethics and integrity, from the teachers and administrators you have worked with along the way, will have given you a solid moral compass to guide you.”

Board of Education President Dr. Matthew Kayne, who has been involved with the Montville Township Public Schools for 22 years, including nine as a Board of Education Member, expressed his pride and excitement for the inspirations and opportunities the faculty and staff provide daily for the students of Montville Township.

“Our students have rich experiences in our schools,” Kayne said. “Class of 2017, this is your moment, your world. Your actions have the power to lead our society in new directions.”

Class Advisor, World Languages teacher, Jennifer Dubois, spoke to the graduates on behalf of herself and Advisor, Mathematics teacher, Dana Bertoli.

“Every graduate here today has worked extremely hard to become a better version of themselves,” Dubois said. “Each of you has grown in a way that you should be proud of.”

Together Dubois and Bertoli announced each senior’s name as he or she approached the stage to accept a diploma and shake hands with MTHS Principal Douglas Sanford, Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar and Montville Township Board of education President Dr. Matthew Kayne.

Following the ceremony, 304 caps few into the air as family and friends made their way onto the field to hug and congratulate their graduates.

The MTHS graduation ceremony was broadcast live. VIDEO of the MTHS graduation processional, as well as VIDEOS of the speeches and the awarding of diplomas, can be viewed on the Montville Township Public Schools Facebook page.

The majority of graduates then participated in the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council’s Annual Project Graduation event. The oldest substance-free event in New Jersey, for over thirty years, Project Graduation has been staffed by Montville Township volunteers and supported by donations. It is organized by the community to keep MTHS graduates safe. From 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM graduates enjoy a DJ, swimming, volleyball, basketball, laser tag, casino games and a wide variety of special activities and entertainers, as well as a continuous supply of food throughout the night. To ensure everyone’s safety, graduates are be bussed to and from the celebration.

June 21, 2017

Montville Township High School Senior Wins $2K Scholarship

WinnerwinnerMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township High School senior Jonathan Kraft was one of five northern New Jersey-area students to receive a $2,000 scholarship from Monk’s Home Improvements. To read more click the following words, "click here

New Active Shooter Procedures to be Adapted in Montville Twp Schools

CopmanMONTVILLE, NJ – In the past, Montville Township schools have utilized lockdown procedures in the case of a perceived danger event not involving fire. This means that staff and employees have been trained to lock windows and doors and hide students from entrance doors when emergency protocols are invoked. This is referred to as a “lockdown.” It is used, for example, in the event that an unauthorized person has gained access to a school, such as if an active shooter situation occurred. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Towaco Civic Association Awards Scholarship, Donates to VFW, Funds Street Signs

AwardpeopleMONTVILLE, NJ – The Towaco Civic Association awarded two $500 scholarships to MTHS seniors Alex Benno and Cameron Zurawlow at the June 8 Senior Awards night, and invited the students to their May 24 meeting so members could meet them. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Democrats Announce New Candidate on Ticket for Township Committee

LadyMONTVILLE, NJ – Due to a move to Hawaii, Democratic candidate for Township Committee Lori Hieger is being replaced by Emily Ryzuk, according to a press release from the Montville Democratic Committee on June 16. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township PBA Participates in Special Olympics Torch Run

SpecialMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Police Department participated with more than 3,000 other law enforcement officers in the June 9 Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township's Lazar Middle School Promotes Nearly 325

CarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrMONTVILLE, NJ - Nearly 325 students were promoted from eighth to ninth grade on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the sixty-fourth annual Robert R. Lazar Middle School Promotion Ceremony. To read more click the following words, "click here"

June 20, 2017

Robert R. Lazar Middle School promotes nearly 325

AwardsOver 25 awards were presented to 34 of the rising freshmen

Montville Township, New Jersey - Nearly 325 students were promoted from eighth to ninth grade on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the sixty-fourth annual Robert R. Lazar Middle School Promotion Ceremony.

Over twenty-three awards were presented to students.

Principal Sharon Carr, who will retire following the end of the 2016 – 2017 academic year, told the students that: “Today marks a milestone for you; a day that begins a journey to your future.”

Carr pointed out that the students have grown “academically, socially and emotionally” over the past three years.

“I have personally witnessed your kindness helping a fellow student…always hoping that kindness will spread to others.” After listing many charities and activities, Carr added: “You’ve donated to a multitude of charitable organizations…the list is endless…. Thank you for making a difference and for making Lazar shine.”

Class President Elliot Jo also spoke eloquently. He thanked the students, faculty and parents, and he reminisced about his three years at Lazar and his spoke of hopes for the Class of 2021 at Montville Township High School.

“Everything you do in life will have an effect,” Jo reminded them. He asked his fellow students to learn from the words of Steve Jobs and Helen Keller.

“Treat yourself well and cherish others,” is a quote that Jobs reportedly said in his last days on Earth; a lesson as to what is truly important in life. Jo pointed out that at the end of his life, a man who had worked all of his life to amassed billions asked others to recognize what was truly important in life.

“May each of us treat each other well,” Joe said as he looked forward to the next four years, “Because, after all, we are in this together.”

He concluded by asking his colleagues to look out for each other over the next four years. “Because, as Helen Keller said, ’Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.’”

Following his speech, awards were presented to the following students:

The Academic Achievement Award - Victoria Wei and Andrew Xu

American Heritage Awards – Victoria Feaster and Natalie Rossinow

The Scholastic Progress Award – Andrew Loizou

The Robert R. Lazar Middle School Service Award – Grace Frederick and Sydney Leong

Sportsmanship Awards – Daniel McDavid and Abigail Lisi

The Student of the Year Award – Emma Zwickel

The NFC Studies Award – Julienne Gabriel

Music Awards for Concert Band – Brian Chen and Jeffrey Chen

Music Awards for Chorus – Nina Lewin

Music Awards for Orchestra – Frances Lai and Andria Merkaj

Art Awards – Ania Gill and Queenly Xie

The LNN Television Studio Award – Brady Garb and Ania Gill

The Spanish Award – Hannah Scroggins

The Italian Award – Maria Papera

The French Award – Andrew Xu

The Mandarin Award – Samuel Abramson

Morris County Superintendent’s Middle School Leadership Award – Emma Zwickel

Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizenship Awards – Maria Papera and Michael Usatine

Citizenship Awards – Daniel Fariello and Elliot Jo

The Lazar School Determination Awards – Omar Alvarez

The Todd Perrella Memorial Award – Emily Luo and Lindsay Zuckerman

Michelle Sullivan Memorial Award – Charlotte Weinstein

Heroism Awards – Dylan Huang and Emily Spellman

The Carol Lazar Snyder Memorial Awards - Madeleine Kelly and Abigail Lisi

The Lynette Berdej Memorial Award - Emily Gazzillo

Students Ania Gill, Abigail Lisi, Maria Papera, Andrew Xu and Emma Zwickel each received two awards during the event.

The Montville Township High School Parent Teacher Council also presented the Class of 2021 with a $100 check to open the freshman account.

Following the presentation of awards the students’ names were announced as each individual came forward to shake the hand of Principal Sharon Carr, Montville Township Board of Education Member Dr. Matthew Kayne and Montville Township Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar.

The ceremony was organized by Class Advisors Suezette Given and Ellen Parmentier.

Held indoors in the gymnasium at Montville Township High School, students, parents, faculty and families gathered to celebrate the important occasion.

The school’s Symphonic Band, under the direction of Chelsea Stebbins, played Pomp and Circumstance by Sir Edward Elgar and Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.

In her closing, Carr, who said she usually quotes Dr. Seuss, Albert Einstein or Maya Angelou, chose instead to quote an essay written by one of the day’s graduates.

“This was written by one of you,” Carr said as she pointed to the eighth graders. The identity of the graduate remained anonymous as she explained, “This essay had one of the best messages: ‘Keep your head up, look up to the sky and tell yourself that you can. You can be something fantastic, you can turn the unpredictable to fascinating. Be who you were born to be. If that doesn’t work, be more than that. We were made to change the world, our generations were made to change each other. To become better people, better to one another. Believe, hope, then soar. Don’t for one second let anyone tell you, you can’t. You can.’”

The Sixty-Fourth Annual Robert R. Lazar Middle School Promotion Ceremony was broadcast live on the Montville Township Public Schools Facebook Page, and can be viewed there anytime. ( )