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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


NEW! 2020-2021 classroom / school supply lists....Click here


NEW! Dear Parents and Guardians...just wanted to share some wonderful news with you! Character.org is pleased announce that Valley View School has been named a 2020 National School of Character! National certification is the highest level of distinction bestowed by Character.org. Schools receiving this designation have demonstrated excellence in establishing a school culture that exemplifies and brings to life The 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivting a Culture of Character. We are thrilled and honored to be recognized as a 2020 National School of Character. Valley View is rich in character because we have the privilege of working with incredible students, families, and teachers! Yours in PANDA PRIDE!!!! Dr. K....Click here to read the  National Press release


NEW! This Month's Home and School Connection newsletter....Click here


NEW! Practice tips for families wearing face coverings in school....Click here


Student Video To School

Video message from the students.

Staff Video To Students

Video message from the staff.



Mock Trial Champs

Valley View School is proud to announce that our Mock Trial Club won 1st Place in this year’s Law Fair competition sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation! Every year the NJSB Foundation holds a contest for student groups in grades 3-6, challenging them to create an original law trial. This year Valley View’s club of twelve 5th graders advised by Mrs. Burke and Mrs. Ford, wrote a trial called The Case of the Dog Next Door: Perro v.Vine, a civil case involving two neighborhood dogs getting into a fight. We are so proud of the hard work and creativity the students put into creating this case! Congratulations on winning First Place! Panda Pride at its Best!!  ** Not pictured- Noah Israel and Mrs. Ford

Panda Pride

Panda Pride Assembly

On March 6, Valley View held another Panda Pride assembly to teach the children the importance of character education in school.  Many students were honored in front of their peers who practiced good character in school and in their community.  The children loved a visit from our school mascot.



Mismatch Day

February 28 was another school spirit theme day.  Today's theme was called "Mismatch Day."  The children and staff had a great time!   Panda pride! Follow us on Twitter @PandaPrideRocks

Addams Family

Addams Family

Valley View is so proud of 5th grader, Noah Israel (far right) who is playing Pugsley in the Montville Township High School Musical, The Addams Family. A Dark -- yet sweet -- family comedy that is wildly funny! See it LIVE on stage! Mar 5,6 & 7 at 7:30PM & Mar 8 - 2PM. PURCHASE your TKTS TODAY: $15 & $12! TKTS: http://mthsnj.booktix.com




On February 28th, the kindergarten, first, second, and third graders participated in Valley View’s annual Songfest festival. They sang, danced, and played instruments to songs with an underwater theme. They did a great job! Thank you to Mrs. Ivins’ and Ms. Rittenhouse for organizing a great performance.


Chinese New Year

Mrs. Becker's kindergarten class celebrated the Chinese New Year by having a class parent come in and volunteer her time. Mrs. Lombino came in to talk with the class about her family’s culture and traditions during the New Year. We learned about the zodiac signs and how it was the Year of the Rat. We learned about ways to celebrate at home and how red is a prominent color during the holiday. The class was also created Chinese lanterns. We followed Mrs. Lombino step by step. The students were so proud of what they made and were excited to learn about traditions in other cultures.


Science Fair

Science Fair

Congratulations to all the children who participated in our science fair on February 20th.  You did a fantastic job!  Panda Pride!


102nd Day Of School

The second graders had a blast celebrating the 102nd day of school!



Supermarket Science

Thank you to our amazing PTA for providing a Supermarket Science assembly on February 14th. This STEM assembly show taught our students the wonders of science using things you can find at the local supermarket. The kids had a great time!

LEAD Graduation

LEAD stands for Law Enforcement Against Drugs taught by Officer Scott McGowan from the Montville police department. It is a 10 lesson program where students learn how to set reachable goals, make responsible decisions, identify and manage their emotions, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, learn peer pressure refusal skill, how to handle mistakes and effects of alcohol, nicotine and marijuana use on the brain and body. At the end of each lesson, we play games, or skits to reiterate what is learned in the classroom. A BIG thank you goes to Officer McGowan for his hard work and dedication not only to Valley View, but the entire Montville community!  You can listen to a small segment of Officer McGowan speaking in the video above.



Wizards Game

Panda Pride! Valley View Superstars playing in the Pathways Wizards basketball game on Sunday January 26, 2020. From left to right, parent Jason Rowley, staff members Jason Banzhaf and Holly Wunk. Valley View scored the most points of the Montville schools in the game. Valley View students had a great time watching the game.


NJ School Of Character

Dear Parents and Guardians: It gives me great pleasure to let you know that 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. We will celebrate with the student body at our upcoming Character Ed assembly. Congratulations to Valley View, State School of Character...a well-deserved recognition! Hugs, Dr. Kennedy



Social Studies - American Flag

Mrs. Lee’s first graders have been learning about the American flag in Social Studies! Mr. Harry brought in flags to show us that the number of stars on the flag has changed as more states were added to our country. The large flag seen here is 112 years old and has 46 stars. Mr. Harry also showed us how to fold a flag properly using a flag that had 48 stars on it.


Mindfulness Assembly

On Friday, January 17th, Mobile Ed Productions came to Valley View to give an amazing assembly about mindfulness. The students practiced mindfulness activities through music, rhythm and movement. Thank you to our amazing PTA for providing this great show!



Winter Concert

Valley View’s budding musicians delighted family and friends with their talents this morning during our annual Winter Concert. All fourth and fifth grade students participate in Chorus and many become members of Valley View’s Band, Orchestra and Orff Club. Kudos to Ms. Alcaro, Orchestra Teacher, Mr. Ketay, Band Teacher. Mrs. Ivins, Choral and Orff Teacher, and Ms. Rittenhouse, Art Teacher, for all of their hard work in preparing the children for this wonderful performance!


Harlem Wizards Fundraiser

Harlem Wizard, David Paul, shared his basketball wizardry with Valley View students this morning in anticipation of the upcoming Pathways’ Harlem Wizard Basketball Game on January 26 at 2:30 pm in MTHS. Come on out and support Mr. Keith Spector and Mr. Jason Banzhaf who will be refereeing and competing against the Wizards. The school that scores the most points against the Wizards will win a $500 certificate to support Inclusion. Tickets go on sale today via www.pathwayskids.org and are expected to be sold out quickly. Purchase tickets a.s.a.p.!



Girls On The Run

The Valley View Girls on the Run team completed their season this Fall by running a 5K race! They trained throughout the whole fall season for this race, and we are so proud of their hard work and their accomplishments. Registration for the spring season opens in February! Contact Ms. Altchek at chelsea.altchek@montville.net with any questions.


Extraordinary Educators

Congratulations to Mrs. Kathryn Slattery, Teacher of the Year, and Mrs. Amy Escobar, Educational Specialist of the Year!! Dr. Rene Rovtar and Dr. Casey Shorter joined the Valley View staff in honoring these extraordinary educators!



Pajama Day Fundraiser

On December 6th, the Valley View community participated in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pajama Day. This is the 3rd year Miss Profeta held the Pajama Day Fundraiser. This year we raised close to $1,000 to support the children and their families. Valley View has spread so much love and kindness during this holiday season. Thank you to the students, parents, and staff for all your generous support!

Earth Club

MTHS Earth Club Visit

The MTHS Earth Club, under the advisement of Mr. Rolfe, presented to Valley View’s 5th graders to inform them of current environmental issues and to inspire them to make a positive difference to make our community more sustainable. Students prepared demonstrations about the Towaco Aquifer (water supply), Global Warming, Oil Spills, Recycling, Deforestation, Sustainable Eating, and Gardening.


Morning Meetings

Morning Meetings

Mrs. Matarazzo’s 1st grade students participate in Morning Meetings in which they acknowledge each other with personalized greetings and reflect upon monthly core values. By exchanging ideas about what nurturing (November’s core value) feels and looks like, for example, students build community, foster security, and promote respect among one another. The teacher and students close the meeting by reviewing goals for the day and reminding all to be kind, inclusive, determined, and engaged.

Food Drive

Food Drive

Thank you to Mr. Larkin and Ms. Falk for sponsoring The 5th Annual Thanksgiving Food drive for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Morris county.  Also, thank you to all the families who made contributions to this great cause.  Valley View does a great job each year with this event!


Publishing Party

Publishing Party

On Thursday, Valley View's fifth graders celebrated the end of their personal narrative writing unit with a Publishing Party! Families and staff were invited to listen to the students talk about what inspired them to write their story and to hear an excerpt from their work. The guests were able to take home a signed copy of their child's narrative. We are so proud of our fifth grade published authors!


School Elections

Congratulations to all the students who ran for office in our school elections organized by Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Caravello on November 15th.

President: Ben Bienskie-Jackson

VP: Tyler Goldman

Secretary: Demetra Triantafyllou

Treasure: Zarara Mehta



Outdoor Classroom

Thank you to our wonderful PTA and our PTA President, Mrs. Susnosky for delivering our beautiful outdoor classroom.  The construction is almost completed.  The new classroom is located on the side part of the building on the playground side.  Thank you again to our PTA!


Grade 5 / Grade 1 Narrative Writing Unit

Miss Altchek and Miss Cherry’s fifth grade students visited Mrs. Lee’s first grade class to celebrate the end of the first grade narrative writing unit. Students in both grades were excited to share the narratives they have been working on since September. The fifth grader authors showed the younger authors how they will continue to use their writing skills and strategies as they grow as writers.



Happy Halloween

As always, Valley View celebrated Halloween in style.  Even though it rained all day, the children still had a chance to show off their costumes for fellow students in our hallways followed by their class parties.  From our M&M staff, we hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!


Halloween Donations

Valley View donated over 90 Halloween costumes for children across New Jersey! The donated items were sent to a local organization who distributes the collected items to shelters and families in need! Thank you to everyone who gave and bought costumes! You made Halloween very special for those in need!



Panda Pride

Mr. Spector led a PANDA PRIDE Assembly on October 23rd to launch the Citizens of the Month Character Education initiative with the children. Each month students who exhibit the designated monthly character trait  have the opportunity to be recognized as their class’ Citizen of the Month.  One  characteristic will be celebrated each month with 10 principles of character being  reflected in the first letters of our PANDA PRIDE: September is P for being PREPARED,  October is A for being ACCEPTING, November is N for being NURTURING, December is D for being DIVERSE, January is A for being AUTHENTIC, February is P for being Positive, March is R for being RESPECTFUL, April is I for being INCLUSIVE, May is D for being DETERMINED, and  June is E for being ENGAGED.


Valley View Clean-up

Troop 97614 showed their pride in their school by dedicating time over the weekend to participate in Montville’s town-wide cleanup!  We are so proud of the members of Troop 97614!



Brian Richards

On Friday, October 18th, Brian Richards came to Valley View to perform The bGreat Show, a Character Building Assembly.  The children learned about important components of good character such as trustworthiness , caring and courage.


Valley View Upstanders

Valley View kicks off the Week of Respect by celebrating our Jets 'upstanders' Marcello and Kendall!  Congratulations to both of these students.  Continue the good work!


Facebook Live

Congratulations to Milana and Brody for speaking on the Montville School System Facebook Live page about the Exercise US event which took place on September 26, 2019 as part of a national initiative during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  This is the 11th year Valley View has participated in the event.  Great job 5th grade!

Exercise US

Exercise US

Valley View 5th graders participated in the national Exercise US event on September 26th where children in the United States exercised for 10 continuous hours.  Schools across the country sign up for a 15 minute exercise slot.  The event brings attention to September being National Childhood Obesity Awareness month.  The program was organized by Mr. Saunders, our PE teacher.


New Gym

Gym Renovation

During the summer months our gym was beautifully renovated.  This included adding a new floor, painted walls, new stage, new ceiling, and the removable doors were removed.

Media Center

Media Center Renovation

Also, during the summer months our media center was renovated.  This included new flooring, painted walls, new smart boards, new book shelves, and new tables.



Welcome Back From Dr. Kennedy

Dear Parents and Guardians,  What a wonderful first day!  The children arrived smiling and teaming with school supplies.  Our teachers were excited to greet their classes and welcome them to their beautifully decorated rooms.  Everyone was delighted to see the renovated Media Center, Gym and Boys’ and Girls’ bathrooms.  A special thank you to our parents and guardians for preparing our students so well for the new school year.  We look forward to a great year for learning, friendship, and fun!  Yours in Panda Pride,  Dr. K.


Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run is a program that teaches girls confidence, positive social skills, and healthy living through interactive lessons, fun games, and running activities. The Valley View Girls on the Run team is about to start our fall season! The program encourages girls to build their self-esteem and create a more active lifestyle. They also learn how to relate to others and their community through a team service project. Each season ends with a 5K with girls from all over northern NJ. This program is open to all girls from 3rd-5th grade in Montville. Practice starts next week, so make sure you register soon at girlsontherunnj.org.  If you have any questions about the Valley View team, please contact Ms. Altchek at chelsea.altchek@montville.net.  Download the GOTR Flyer....Click here





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.



Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar Clarifies District Reopening Plan - Both In-Person and Full-Time Virtual Options Available for 2020-2021 School Year Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar Clarifies District Reopening Plan Has Both In-Person and Full-Time Virtual Options

Links to DISTRICT REOPENING PLAN FAQs & RETURN TO SCHOOL SURVEY are available in this article. Additionally, Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar explains the Montville Board of Education approval of the DISTRICT REOPENING PLAN and the Full-Time Virtual and In-Person options. BOTH Full-Time Virtual and In-Person options are offered for the 2020-2021 academic year. Parents must select their preferred option in the Genesis Parent Portal by Wednesday, August 12 at midnight. 

Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar Shares Draft "Montville Township Public Schools Reopening Plan September 2020" With Parents Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar letter to parents regarding draft fall 2020 school reopening plan

Plan will be discussed at Wednesday, August 5, BOE MeetingClick here to review the plan. This will be reviewed at the virtual Montville Board of Education meeting on 8/5/2020. The public portion begins at 7:30 p.m. BOE Meetings can be viewed live at www.montville.net/boemeetinglive. Dr. Rovtar will provide an overview of the plan and there will be an opportunity for members of the public to make comments or ask questions about the plan. Following the discussion, the Board of Education is expected to adopt a plan in order to be compliant with the guidance that a plan must be in place and provided to parents at least thirty days prior to the first day of school. The 2020-2021 academic year begins September 8, 2020. 

Summer Homework 2020 for Lazar and MTHS Summer Homework Lazar and MTHS

One School One Book is the Summer Reading approach at both Lazar and MTHS. All middle school and high school students are encouraged to be prepared to discuss the Summer Reading book on the first day of school in fall 2020. This article is also where one can find the MTHS AP Summer Reading assignments. Lazar students should read: THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING. MTHS students are asked to read: THIS I BELIEVE.

Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar Announces that MTHS Fields and Other Outdoor Facilities To Open to Public July 10, 2020.

Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar Announces that MTHS Fields and Other Outdoor Facilities To Open to Public July 10, 2020.    As per information released by the NJSIAA that permits summer workouts for student athletes to begin on or around July 13th, the MTHS fields and facilities, including the track and tennis courts, will reopen to the public on July 10, 2020. We ask that those using the facilities observe the proper protocols (such as separate, marked tennis balls for each player) and the maintenance of safe social distancing. Another step on the road back....

Extended School Year instruction Will Be Virtual for Summer 2020

ESY to be virtual for summer 2020On Friday, June 12, 2020, NJ Governor Phil Murphy announced that in-person Extended School Year programs could resume as of July 6, 2020, provided that students' educational needs were met in a safe environment. . The options presented by Governor Murphy for school districts to choose were virtual programs, in-person summer programs or a combination of both. After much thought and discussion Montville Township Public Schools has decided to continue to deliver all instruction and related services virtually. Given the short time frame, the district does not have enough time to properly prepare buildings and implement the required safeguards as outlined in the New Jersey Department of Health’s COVID-19 Youth Summer Camp Standards for students and staff. http://www.montville.net/News/virtual-esy-2020 

Nationally Recognized! Montville Township’s Hilldale and Valley View Elementary Schools are Named 2020 National Schools of Character Hilldale and Valley View Elementary named 2020 National Schools of Character.

Hilldale and Valley View are Among Only 84 in the USA to be Selected by Character.org - Hilldale Elementary School and Valley View Elementary School were named 2020 National Schools of Character on May 15, 2020. Character.org will honor these schools at the 2021 National Forum to be held in March 2021 in Washington, DC. Character.org, is a national advocate and leader for character development in schools and communities. Hilldale and Valley View were 2 of only 84 schools and 7 districts in 15 states that were certified as National Schools of Character. Hilldale and Valley View are also two of seven schools in the Montville Township Public Schools district. The two Elementary schools join Cedar Hill Elementary, William Mason Elementary, Woodmont Elementary and Robert R. Lazar Middle School as National Schools of Character. Montville Township Public Schools district was also named a District of Character in 2018.

There’s an APP for That! Montville Township Public Schools Launches District APP Montville Township Public Schools has an APP. Download SchoolPointe Stay Connected

Students, Faculty, Parents and Public Encouraged to Download APP to Phones - Montville Township Public Schools has launched a district-wide APP. The APP allows easy access to district news, calendar event listings, the MTHS athletics schedule, and Genesis Parent Access, as well as the district’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. It is integrated with the district’s website. To download the APP, access the Apple App store or Google Play. Once there,search for: SchoolPointe Stay Connected. After installing select Montville Township Public Schools. https://www.montville.net/Content2/app-information

Substitute Teachers Encouraged to Apply To Montville Township Public Schools Substitute Teachers Encouraged to Apply To Montville Township Public Schools

Award-Winning District Pays $100/Day to Qualified Subs - Applicants must possess a Morris County Substitute Certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education. Candidates must also have completed 60 semester hour credits at a regionally accredited college or university and pass the New Jersey Criminal History Background clearance.

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Student Highlights

Project ACES

For the 31st year, Valley View has lead the country in Project ACES.  On May 1, millions of children around the globe exercised in unison to promote healthy lifestyle. 


Congratulations to Karley Longo and Brody Hammer for being the recipients of this year's Make A Difference Award!


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