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24 posts from June 2017

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"