Montville Township Public Schools
  • High School Start Time Feasibility Study Presented to Board of Education

    A committee convened in response to one of the District's 2017-2018 goals presented its report to the Montville Township Board of Education at their meeting on April 10th.  The committee of stakeholders investigated the impact and possibility of a later start to the school day at MTHS.  THe study includes a review of relevant and current academic research and an analysis of the impact of a later start time on various aspects of the school and community.  MTHS High School Start Time Feasibility Study - April 2018      MTHS High School Start Time Feasibility Presentation - 4-10-2018

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     YEA School Climate and Culture Follow-Up Survey

    April 5, 2018

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    During the 2015-2016 school year, the Montville Township Public Schools entered into a three-year School Culture and Climate Initiative, a partnership with the United Way Youth Empowerment Alliance, the College of St. Elizabeth, and Atlantic Healthcare System. This initiative has been focused on gathering data from students, faculty, and staff members about their perceptions of the school climate and culture. Over the past three years, facilitators from the Youth Empowerment Alliance have worked closely with school climate teams to develop plans to holistically improve school culture and climate in a way that is meaningful, impactful and sustainable.

    The New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act requires every school to assess and address issues of culture and climate. The Montville Township Public Schools conducted those surveys in the fall of 2015. An important part of the process is to periodically gather data to determine current perceptions and to evaluate the impact of our action plans. Similar to what took place in 2015, we will again be surveying out faculty, staff and students in grades 3-12. A separate survey will be provided to allow parents to provide their input.

    The survey seeks to solicit faculty, staff, and student perceptions of the school’s environment from the standpoint of academic, social and emotional and school health perspectives. Different versions of the survey will be used for the various groups taking the survey. The survey is completely anonymous.

    All students, faculty, and staff will take part in the survey this spring. Students in grades K-2 will be working with their counselors to take the survey. Students in grades 3-12 and faculty/staff members will be taking the survey online via “Survey Monkey.” The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

    It is important to consider the following points in relation to the survey:

    (1)   The survey seeks “perceptions” of the various groups and from these perceptions we will evaluate our efforts to address those areas identified in our baseline survey in 2015 as well as identify possible areas for growth.

    (2)   The survey results should not be thought is as “hard data,” but rather as information to help the school climate and culture teams continue their work.

    (3)   We see this survey as an important step in providing our students will the best possible educational experience.

    A separate survey instrument is provided for each school in the district. You will receive communication from your child(ren)’s principal which will provide the specific link for the survey for your school(s).

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in the survey and share your perceptions.


    René T. Rovtar, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools



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  • New Jersey District of Character

    The Montville Township Public Schools is a
    2018 New Jersey District of Character

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  • 2018-2019 Kindergarten Registration is open. 

    Kindergarten Reg

    Click Here for 2018-2019 Registration Info and Forms 


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  • Montville Township Public Schools named to 8th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

    1 of only 39 Districts in NJ  AND 1 of only 447 Districts Across the U.S. & Canada 

    8th Annual AP District Honor Roll

    See entire list here

    Read more here


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  • Congratulations to Cedar Hill Elementary School

    Named 2016 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Department of Education

    2016 National Blue Ribbon School

    Click here for VIDEO

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  • Montville Township High School is 198 in the top high schools in the nation:

    2016 Newsweek Magazine poll & 48 in the 2016 NJMonthly list of top 100 schools.


      2017 named Montville Township Public Schools district: 44 in Best School Districts in NJ,  55 with Best Teachers in NJ & MTHS is in TOP 100 Public High Schools in NJ.

    Thank you to all Montville Township Public Schools faculty, staff & administrators!


    New Jersey Monthly Magazine has listed Montville Township as #36 on their 2017 listing of the top towns in New Jersey! 

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  • Congratulations!

    Cedar Hill & Woodmont Elementary 

    among only 68 schools in the USA to be named

    National School of Character



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  • An important message - Schools must open on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6, 2018.

    Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar explains why and how the district plans to is work with school administrations to manage impact on students and families - To help families make plans for the months ahead, we have developed a plan. The primary goal of the plan is to support our students, particularly our high school seniors, so they can complete their high school careers in a productive manner, while reducing their stress as much as possible. The other goals are to respect the situations that our families and staff members find themselves in as a result of the winter weather.

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  • Neverland comes to Montville as Lazar Middle School Students perform PETER PAN JR.

    Classic tale for all ages to be staged at Montville Township High School - Based on J.M. Barrie's enchanting play -- Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up -- PETER PAN JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about the adventures of a mischievous boy. Performances will be held on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. TICKETS ONLY $7 AT THE DOOR

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  • Two Lazar Singers Chosen for North Jersey Junior School High Regional Honors Chorus

    The 8th grade students are among only 275 from across Northern NJ who will sing at prestigious event - Santina DiBenedetto and Raelle Lamel auditioned in February, had their first rehearsal on Thursday, March 1, 2018. and will perform on Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 PM at Kittatiny Regional High School in Newton, NJ.

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  • A message from Dr. Rene Rovtar - Spent Ramset cartridge was used for building maintenance and repairs

    Ramset cartridges are used for affixing items to concrete or block walls. The adhesive comes in a .22 caliber cartridge. This afternoon during athletic practices, a coach and student-athlete discovered a casing in the high school’s weight room. Those individuals reported the information to the Supervisor of Athletics immediately. Recently, the maintenance department was completing work in and around the weight room. As a precautionary measure, the Montville Township Police Department was contacted. The officer who was dispatched confirmed that the casing was a spent Ramset cartridge. - If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Doug Sanford, Principal of MTHS via email ( or phone (973-331-7100, ext. 2605).

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  • A Letter from Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar.

    This communication was also e-mailed to the community on February 28, 2018 - I am sharing with you a copy of the Press Release issued by the Montville Township Police Department today. I feel it is important to note that no weapons were found at MTHS during the course of this investigation.

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  • SHREK THE MUSICAL Comes to Montville Township High School

    From March 1-4 all the favorite characters are live on stage! PLUS CHARACTER BRUNCH March 4! - Tickets to this fun family production are only $15 for adults and $12 for students and senior citizens. Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance. The actors and other members of the MTHS Drama Club will also hold a CHARACTER BREAKFAST on Sunday, March 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Children and families will have an opportunity to meet the characters, take photos and enjoy breakfast in the MTHS cafeteria. Tickets to the CHARACTER BREAKFAST fundraiser are $5.00 at the door.

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  • Skye Design Studios donates sign and video to Montville Township Public Schools

    Branding video and lobby signage help community learn the meaning behind the district’s first logo - The Montville Township Board of Education honored Skye Dillion of Skye Designe Studios for his extraordinary work and dedication.

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  • A message regarding MTHS Safety and Security from Principal Douglas Sanford - February 24, 2018:

    In an effort to ease the minds of high school students and parents, and as a follow-up to Dr. Rovtar’s announcement yesterday, I wanted to share some information about school safety and security. Dr. Rovtar shared information related to a security concern at MTHS. While I cannot comment on the specifics of this incident, as it is still an active investigation by the Montville Township Police, I can tell you that there is a good amount of misinformation about it circulating around the community. As we are able to, we will share accurate information with the school community. For now, we can share that the individual involved has been removed from the high school.

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  • School Security Update MTHS

    February 23, 2018 e-mail and phone message to all faculty and staff - Earlier this week, information was shared with the high school administration indicating a possible security threat. The Montville Township Police were immediately notified and their investigation is ongoing. This prevents us from sharing any specific information about individuals involved. The individual associated with the threat has been removed from the school pending the outcome of the police investigation.

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  • A Letter Regarding Safety & Security from Superintendet Dr. Rene Rovtar

    February 23, 2018 e-mail to all Parents, Faculty and Staff - In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Parkland, Florida, all of us in the district remain focused on school safety and security. I want to reassure you that I consider the safety and security of our students and staff to be my most important responsibility. I feel that our district practices reflect this priority.

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  • No Lockdown at MTHS -- 911 called by mistake

    February 23, 2018 e-mail and text o all parents and staff - The Montville Township Police received a 911 call from the high school today. This call was investigated and found to have been a mistake. There was no lockdown initiated at the high school nor any other type of security threat. Please see ADVISORY on Montville Township Police Facebook page regarding this incident

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  • Video Conferencing Puts Experts in the Classroom

    Skyping provides students with perspectives on concepts in practice - “I think we should have more guest speakers come in the future, said sophomore Hanzla Saeed. “I really learn more in-depth when someone is a particular field comes and talks to us about their career in that particular field. This was an amazing experience!"

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  • Montville Township Public Schools Named a 2018 New Jersey District of Character. Also Lazar Named School of Character and William Mason Receives Honorable Mention

    The Montville Township Public Schools district and Lazar Middle School will now move on to the national level competition. In 2016 both Cedar Hill and Woodmont were selected as National Schools of Character.

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  • Open to the Public! Montville Township Public Schools’ Offices Host #ArtInTheHalls Each Month

    Gallery Open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30 - Every month, on or about the first of the month, a new exhibit of outstanding artwork goes on display at Montville Township Public Schools’ main offices. Open to the public, the initiative, known as #ArtInTheHalls, showcases extraordinary works from students in Montville Township’s seven public schools.

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  • Montville Township Kindergarten Registration Open to All Resident Students Who Turn Five by October 1, 2018

    On-Line and In-Person Registration Deadline Friday, February 16, 2018 - Kindergarten Registration for Montville Township Public Schools’ 2018-2019 school year is now open. Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco parents must complete On-Line Registration and In-Person Registration by 2/16

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  • Featured Organizations MEF
    The Montville Educational Foundation's (MEF) mission is to enhance the quality of education by fostering and promoting innovative approaches for excellence in education. The MEF is a private, non-profit, non-political organization with 100% of the funds they raise used to fulfill grants for faculty whose innovative ideas require additional funding to come to fruition.

    The New Jersey School Boards Association, a federation of boards of education, provides training, advocacy and support to advance public education and the achievement of all students through effective governance.

    NJSBA Parent Connections
    The NJSBA's Parent Connections will serve as a resource to parents so that they can be better informed on educational topics such as school governance, funding, testing, school choice and others.

    NJSBA School Board Notes
    School Board Notes, published online each week, provides school board members with timely information about legislation, state board action, court decisions, local and county school board activities, and NJSBA events.