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characterMission Statement:  Valley View’s educators impart their enthusiasm and love of learning to our students. Rigorous standards underpin lesson planning and challenge students to work to their potential. Data driven instruction provides the basis for teaching to individual strengths while addressing specific needs.  Valley View students are encouraged to be respectful, responsible, and compassionate citizens of our learning community. School culture and climate remains positive when children strive to be advocates for diversity and acceptance.  Valley View’s motto inspires and guides our daily practice. Children, parents, teachers, and administrators trust that Valley View is a school “where all children can learn!”  Valley View is a NJ state school of character as well as a national school of character!









Character Education At Valley View Elementary School



logoCharacter Education plays a major role in the Valley View School environment. Each year students use our green screen to come up with creative ways to express how Valley View teaches the core values of respect, kindness and acceptance to the children. Both staff and students work together on these presentations. Enjoy our "It's Raining Respect" video to the right which highlights character education at our school! 


Please visit our school's Youtube Channel to enjoy more Valley View videos which includes concerts, school initiatives, goals, television clips, programs and class projects.






News And Notes From Valley View Elementary School 2022 - 2023


NEW! Casting call for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat....Click here


NEW! Friday, December 2 will be a diversity dress-down day at Valley View....Click here


NEW! A pajama drive is coming to Valley View....Click here


NEW! Please read an important note from our school health office....Click here


NEW! Healthy Habit Tips to Set Your Family Up for Success this Cold and Flu Season....Click here


NEW! Halloween parade information....Click here


NEW! Pathways for Exceptional Children And Montville Recreation Children Ages 5-14 Sports, Technology, Art, & Reading November - December 2022 events....Click here


NEW! Valley View's 8th annual Thanksgiving food drive....Click here


NEW! There are 581 students district wide that currently have a Chromebook in their possession and do not have a signed School Issued Technology Device Consent Form for SY 2022-23.  Students without a signed form on October 3 will have their device disabled. IT Services Support Specialists will then begin to collect these devices from students.  Please sign the form as requested a.s.a.p.


NEW! Report To Parents....Stop Youth Addiction Before It Starts....Click here


NEW! Is your child struggling with  behaviors?  Sign up for a zoom meeting on September 22, 2022 with Dr. Michele Havens, BCBA and certified in DIR/Floortime....Click here


NEW! Pathways for Exceptional Children And Montville Recreation Children Ages 5-13 Sports, Technology, Art, & Reading Fall 2022 Programs....Click here


NEW! Report to parents, "Cultivate Creativity in Children"....Click here


NEW! Supply lists for the 2022-2023 school year....Click here


NEW! Information about helping kids cope with tragedy....Click here


NEW! Sixth grade immunization information....Click here


NEW! Updated arrival and dismissal safety protocols....Click here


NEW! Fostering social and emotional learning at home....Click here


NEW! COVID tracing....Please “#TakeTheCall” - - If contact tracers call you, please speak with them. Contact Tracing Saves Lives!



Pajama Drive

Dear Valley View Community.... Thank you so much for your donation to the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated! As a result, 123 needy children will receive a cozy pair of P.J.'s as well as a wonderful book to cozy up with courtesy of Scholastic Book Clubs! Once again, thanks for sharing the gift of warmth and reading at this special time of year!  Best regards, Mrs. Otte



Very proud to announce.....

Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Dara Conte

Educational Specialist of the Year - Mrs. Lillian Main

Thank you to Dr. Gorman and Dr. Shorter for presenting the awards!




Pre-K Thanksgiving

On Monday, November 21st, the Pre- K 4 students from Mrs. Amy Kovach's and Mrs. Sue Handschuch performed in a Thanksgiving performance led by Valley View's music teacher Mrs. Samantha Ivins, and Paraprofessionals Ms. Holly Wnuk, Mrs. Karen McCann, Mrs. Melanie Schimenti, and Ms. Michelle Collins.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Little Free Library

Dear Valley View Community, Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number more than 150,000 around the world in over 100 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library at Valley View will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers. We are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Valley View Little Free Library. You may have noticed the blue book-sharing box in front of our school. If you see a book you would like to read, feel free to take it with you. If you have a book you would like to share, leave it in the Little Free Library for others to enjoy. A very big “thank you” to Mrs. Warfield’s class for their donation of the Little Free Library with profits made from the Panda Pagoda. We welcome students, families and neighbors to begin borrowing and sharing books starting today, November 18.



Girl Scout Trash Cleanup

In November, our 4th Grade Girl Scout Troop did a Trash Clean Up at Valley View!

Troop #98521
Smrithi Kancherla, Satyana Mehta, Jane Atterbury, Alana Duffy, Kelsey Lum and Brielle Duffy

book fair

Book Fair Decorations

A big shout out to Mrs. Byrne, our art teacher who worked with the 3rd graders to decorate the book fair this year! The theme was to celebrate the beauty of our differences.



Diwali Celebration

Dr. Purohit (class parent) visited Mrs. Otte's third grade class to discuss Diwali. She read a story about the holiday and then gave the class a craft to complete... a Rangoli to color.  Thank you to Dr. Purohit for visiting!


School Elections

In October, Valley View held its annual student council elections.  Above are all the candidates who gave speeches.  Congratulations to all the students who ran for office.  A job well done!  Thank you to Ms. Sullivan and Mrs. Caravello for organizing the event!



Diwali Celebration

Mrs. Slattery & Ms. Profeta’s class took part in a great Diwali lesson and craft!


Diwali Celebration

Thank you to Mrs. Azar who came to Mrs. Lee's first-grade class to talk about Diwali and made diyas as a craft with the children.



Diwali Celebration

Mrs. Yu came in yesterday to read Binny’s Diwali to the class and teach us about Diwali!


Pumpkin Patch October 2022

Ms. Sue's PM preschool class enjoyed picking pumpkins at the Valley View Pumpkin Patch.


Exercise US Event September 2022

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  The Valley View 5th graders under the direction of our PE teacher, Mr. Saunders participated in the national 'Exercise US' event.  They exercised with children from all over the country for 10 continuous hours.

Valley View On NBC TV News

On September 29, 2022, the Valley View 5th graders and our PE teacher  (Mr. Saunders) were featured on the NBC evening news for participating in the national 'Exercise US' event.  We are so proud of our 5th graders!



Boston Marathon

An amazing moment at the Steamtown Marathon last Sunday in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Doug Gologorsky who is a former Valley View & MTHS alum & cross country runner shared the same starting line as Valley View teacher and his former high school coach John Larkin. Doug who now runs for the Naval Academy's marathon team ran a time of 2:47, while Mr. Larkin finished in 2:56, both of which were top 3 in their respective age groups and Boston Marathon qualifying times. It became a memory the two will not forget.


Back To School Night 2022

Parent/Guardian, Please join us on September 20th for a presentation on the BSI program. It will take place at 6:30 pm in the Media Center, prior to Valley View's Back-to-School Night. Hope to see you there! Dr. Frye, Reading Specialist, Mrs. Conte, BSI Teacher, Mrs. Deary, BSI Teacher, Mrs. Stewart, BSI Teacher


New Gym

Gym Renovation

Valley View is enjoying our brand new gym for physical education!

Media Center

Media Center Renovation

Valley View is enjoying our new media center!





Valley View has been recognized by character.org as a National School of Character! We are so proud of our families and our teachers who inspire our children to follow the Principles of Character in their daily lives in and out of school. We are also proud of the Character Ed Committee's valiant efforts in seeking this recognition.



Valley View has been recognized by character.org as a State School of Character! We are so proud of our families and our teachers who inspire our children to follow the Principles of Character in their daily lives in and out of school. We are also proud of the Character Ed Committee's valiant efforts in seeking this recognition.


Promising Practices

Valley View School has received the 'Promising Practices' award as well as Montville being named a National School District of Character.  Character.org has been certifying Promising Practices in education for nearly 20 years. These recognized practices are often a good first step towards becoming a School of Character.



Casting Call! For Children’s Choir to Perform in MTHS Spring Musical A casting call for a 4th to 6th grade Children’s Choir is set for Wednesday and Thursday, December 14 and 15, 2022.

District Singers in 4th through 6th Grades are Encouraged to Audition for MTHS Production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat - A casting call for a 4th to 6th grade Children’s Choir is set for Wednesday and Thursday, December 14 and 15, 2022. The choir will perform in the Montville Township High School Theatre Company’s spring 2023 musical production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.  Auditions will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on 12/14/22 and 12/15/22. The audition is open to all district singers, from Montville Township Public Schools, in grades 4 through 6. The casting call will take place in the MTHS auditorium. 

A Bright Future - Superintendent's Column, November 2022 The "Superintendent's Column,"  by Dr. Thomas A. Gorman.

A Bright Future - I recently visited a “swearing-in ceremony” of the Woodmont Elementary School 5th grade student safety patrol volunteers by the Morris County Sheriff. Prior to the ceremony, I asked the students what they wanted to be when they grow up. Four young women said they wanted to be scientists, several students expressed interest in working with animals, some of the children told me they would become a doctor, and one young man, with full conviction, shared his desire to interpret satellite images. In this brief moment of interacting with these students, they enthusiastically shot their hands in the air to be picked to share their future endeavors. When called upon, they smiled brightly and proudly shared their dreams. They spoke to me with confidence and joy.

Respect: A Self-Evident Truth - Superintendent's Column October 2022 Dr. Thomas A. Gorman, Superintendent's Column - October 2022

Respect is fragile and not easily come by. As we too often see in the news, respect is rare - The basic human right of respect was penned by Thomas Jefferson 246 years ago in the Declaration of Independence when he wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  Understanding that we all are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness means that we all have the same equality to these rights as our neighbor or classmate. These rights are further elevated by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights...

Board of Ed Reviewed Facility Renovations Plans to replace the windows, and enclose the metal work in watertight resurfacing, at Cedar Hill, William Mason and Woodmont are underway.

Cedar Hill, William Mason and Woodmont Elementary Schools all have the same architectural plan. In all cases the gym windows are very energy inefficient, and the external metal work, that encloses the gym, is beginning to deteriorate. Plans to replace the windows, and enclose the metal work in watertight resurfacing, are underway. These renovation projects are three of the many construction initiatives moving forward throughout the district. New entryways are nearly finalized at Lazar and Valley View. Renovated parking lots were installed at Hilldale and Valley View. Valley View’s aging unit ventilators are being replaced. And the MTHS state-of-the-art track and field is complete.

NBC News Covers 14th Annual "Exercise US" at Valley View Valley View PE teacher Len Saunders was interviewed by NBC news during the 14th Annual EXERCISE US program.

National Exercise Program Launches from Montville Township Public Schools - Len Saunders dedicates his career to making exercise fun. The innovative Physical Education teacher was interviewed by NBC News during Valley View Elementary School’s 14th Annual EXERCISE US program. The NBC interview also coincided with the launch of Saunders' 9th book: "Coach Lenny's School Tips: Top 10 Physical Activity Skills Your Child Should Master Entering Kindergarten."  NBC interviewed Saunders, students: Melaina Naveendra (grade 5), Brady Smith (3), Alexa Semren (5) and Zakariyya Ali (5), as well as Principal Dr. Patricia Kennedy and Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman.

The First 100 Days Dr. Thomas A. Gorman, Superintendent of Montville Township Public Schools.

Superintendent's Column - September 30, 2022 - The First 100 Days - Excitement and pride are at the foundation of our success. With all of us -- BOE Trustees, faculty and staff, students and families, and the community -- working together to build on that foundation, we will help every student reach their fullest potential in a learning environment of the highest quality. 

MTHS Freshman Receives National Poetry Prize American Writers Museum logo

Ali Giordano is one of only six students in the United States, grades 3 through 12, to have been awarded The John Estey Student Writing Competition Award presented by the American Writers Museum - Giordano wrote the poem while an 8th grade student in Suezette Given's ELA class. The poem will be tied to AWM's upcoming exhibit Dark Testament, which opens September 22. Entitled Where I’m From, Giordano's award winning work was inspired by the following quote by James Baldwin: The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.”

Faculty and Staff Honored for Years of Service Including Lazar Music Teacher Honored for 35 Years of Service Music teacher, Janice Scharf, was presented with a pin of recognition for her 35 Years of Service to the Montville Township Public Schools.

39 Teachers Were Recognized for a Collective 795 Years of Dedication to Education - Music teacher, Janice Scharf, was presented with a pin of recognition for her 35 Years of Service to the Montville Township Public Schools. Scharf was one of 39 teachers recognized for their years of service on Thursday, September 1, 2022. Combined, the 39 dedicated faculty and staff members have logged 795 Years of Service to the Montville Township Public Schools. Years of Service pins were presented to those who have 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 Years of Service.

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