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Bright Star: Concert Version is MTHS’ Virtual Spring Musical Members of the Montville Township High School Theatre Company will perform a virtual production of Bright Star: Concert Version on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 22, 23, & 24 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $15 and are on sale now.

Featuring a Soaring Tony®-Nominated Score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, BRIGHT STAR Shines with MTHS Theatre Company Stars! - Enjoy the MTHS Theatre Company's Spring Musical Bright Star: Concert Version from the comfort of your own home! A sweeping tale of love and redemption, BRIGHT STAR, is Inspired by a true story. When a young soldier, just home from World War II, meets literary editor Alice Murphy, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives. With beautiful melodies and powerfully moving characters, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tightly in its grasp, BRIGHT STAR is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful.Tickets are $15 and are on sale now at: http://mthsnj.booktix.com/.

Montville Township High School Forensics Team Triumphs at New Jersey State Championship Tournament 4 MTHS Forensics students earned State Champion status at the 2021 New Jersey Speech and Debate League State Championship held on march 19 and 20.

Mustangs Claim Third Place with Four State Champions -  Earning the coveted title of State Champion at the 2021 New Jersey Speech and Debate League (NJSDL) State Championship are MTHS students Maria Papera (Senior) in Improvisational Acting, Victoria Wei (Senior) in Original Oratory, Ashley Xiang (Sophomore) in Informative Speaking, and Ram Pantula (Sophomore) in Junior Varsity Lincoln Douglas Debate. Thirty-four schools, comprised of 476 students, competed in the tournament. MTHS claimed multiple state championships for the first time since 2015.Based on the strength of a well-rounded performance, the Mustangs took home third place.

Three MTHS Students Present Innovative Apps to Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill In January, 2021, Hollfelder, Bazhenov, and Kuznetsova each received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, dated December 16, 2020, and signed by Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill.

Senior Jared Hollfelder and juniors Elizabeth Bazhenov and Sophia Kuznetsova presented innovative apps, as well as the Computer Science programming they used to create the apps, to Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill.In addition to presenting their work on their apps to the Congresswoman, each student also received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

District Offers FREE, ONLINE, ESL Classes for Those Who Wish to Learn or Strengthen English Speaking or Reading Skills ESL Classes are FREE. There is no registration requirement.

English as a Second Language Classes are Available to Adults in Montville, Towaco and Pine Brook - For the first time Montville Township Public Schools will offer Virtual ESL classes. Classes are FREE. There is no registration requirement. Adult English language learners are welcomed to attend some, or all, of the classes being offered in one, or both, sessions. Session 1  is scheduled for Monday, January 25 - Wednesday, March 10, 2021. Session 2 will be held Monday, March 22 - Wednesday, May 5, 2021. Adults are welcomed to attend as many classes as they would like. The LINK to attend is: meet.google.com/xoj-jwik-cfn

Survey DEADLINE for MTHS and Lazar Students to Indicate a Return From Fully-Remote to In-Person for Fourth Marking Period is Friday, March 19, 2021. Survey DEADLINE for MTHS and Lazar Students to Indicate a Return from Fully-Remote to In-Person for the 4th Marking Period is Friday, March 19, 2021.

The only way to provide the indication that students will opt to make the transition to in-person from fully-remote is through the Genesis Parent Portal Survey. -  The survey is only available to parents/guardians of current fully-remote students. If a parent does not complete the survey, the district will consider this as an indication that they wish to have their child remain as a fully-remote student for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The MTHS and Lazar fourth marking period begins April 20, 2021.

Effective Monday, March 8, 2021: MTHS & Lazar In-Person Cohorts A & B Will Attend In-School Instruction 5 Days a Week. Early Dismissal Continues. Effective Monday, March 8, 2021: MTHS & Lazar  In-Person Cohorts A & B Will Attend Classes In-School 5 Days a Week

Effective Monday, March 8, 2021, the cohorts at Montville Township High School will be combined and current in-person students will attend five days per week.

Effective Monday, March 8, 2021, the cohorts at Robert R. Lazar Middle School will be combined and current in-person students will attend five days per week.

Both schools will continue to maintain their early dismissal schedule. This transition to five days a week of in-person instruction is currently only available to students who have been attending in-person during the third marking period.  We are not able to admit additional in-person students at this time.  Current in-person students will be expected to attend school in person every day.

MTHS Second Quarter ShopRite STARS Honored by Montville Township Board of Education Seniors Theo Mohideen (Academics), Nicholas Amoroso (Athletics), Logan Po (Arts), Semiha Khan (Community Service) and Sofia Barragan (Leadership) were honored in a virtual ceremony by Montville Board of Education on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Five Montville Township High School Students Received Recognition for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership - Seniors Theo Mohideen (Academics), Nicholas Amoroso (Athletics), Logan Po (Arts), Semiha Khan (Community Service) and Sofia Barragan (Leadership) were honored in a virtual ceremony by Montville Board of Education on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The five seniors have their photos posted at the Sunrise ShopRite of Parsippany and in the front office at MTHS. ShopRite STARS is sponsored by Sunrise ShopRite of Parsippany.

15 Educators of the Year Honored by Montville Township BOE 2020 to 2021 Educators of the Year Honored by Montville BOE

Virtual Ceremony Provided Opportunity for Audience to Attend From Around the Globe - More than 300 watched the LIVE stream of the Montville Board of Education event on January 19, 2021. Nearly 100 more have watched since the  January event. Those recognized were selected by their peers, and named as Teachers of the Year, Educational Services Professionals of the Year and, at the high school level, the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher of the Year.

“Help Yourself to Help Your Kids During Turbulent COVID Times” -- Free Virtual Program for Parents/Guardians “Help Yourself to Help Your Kids During Turbulent COVID Times” will be presented virtually on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Adult-Centered Event Sponsored by School Counseling Department - “Help Yourself to Help Your Kids During Turbulent COVID Times” will be presented virtually on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Topics to be covered include: Self-care for parents as well as strategies for supporting children in an unpredictable world. Adults who would like to participate in the Zoom webinar: “Help Yourself to Help Your Kids During Turbulent COVID Times” should go to HTTP://www.Montville.net/ParentProgram .

MTHS Anatomy & Physiology Classes Dissect Sheep’s Heart In-Person and Virtually Students in the Anatomy & Physiology Class at Montville Township High School dissected a sheep's heart on Friday, February 12, 2021. Students participated in the dissection both virtually and in-person.

Students Outside the Classroom View Activity on a Document Camera, Allowing Them to Observe and Ask Questions in Real Time - “Being able to dissect the heart and see the various structures helps students to have a better understanding of its function,” said MTHS Anatomy & Physiology teacher Jaclynn Hinz. She scheduled the event to coincide with Valentine’s Day. “Having a basic and fundamental knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology can benefit every student,” Hinz explained, “encouraging them to make healthier life choices and understand what could be wrong, should they experience any type of issue.”

Virtual Wednesdays Will Be Eliminated As of March 1. In-person Elementary Students will Attend on Wednesdays. Lazar and MTHS Cohorts Will Alternate. effective March 1st, the district will eliminate virtual Wednesday at all grade levels.

Effective March 1st, the district will eliminate virtual Wednesday at all grade levels. At the elementary level, in-person students will attend five days per week. At the middle and high school levels, attendance on Wednesday will alternate between Cohort A and Cohort B. Example: Cohort A in-person students will attend on Wednesday, March 3rd, and attend virtually on March 10th.  Cohort B in-person students will attend virtually on Wednesday, March 3rd, and in-person on March 10th and so forth. All schools will continue to attend on a half-day schedule. 

VFW to Honor Essay Winners from Lazar and MTHS on January 10 at 2PM

MTHS senior Maria Papera and Lazar eighth grade student Kyle Phillips will be honored at a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Sunday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m.. Papera and Phillips were both awarded first place in national essay contests by VFW Post 5481 of Montville Township. The two also earned second place at the VFW District (county) level. The January 10 Awards Ceremony is open to the public. Montville Township Public Schools teachers Trudy Coppola of Cedar Hill, Rick Crescente of Lazar and James McManus of MTHS, will also be honored at the ceremony. The teachers have won Post and District competitions and are now competing in the VFW National Citizenship Educational Teacher Awards at the State level.

For Thanksgiving Cedar Hill Elementary Says Thanks to Teachers and Donates Non-Perishable Food to Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry

A colorful array of fall and education images that spelled out: “THANKFUL FOR OUR TEACHERS” was planted in the lawn at Cedar Hill Elementary by the Home and School Association. The school’s bulldog mascot, Buddy, acknowledged the large signs of gratitude placed in honor of the Montville Township Public Schools’ teachers.

Masked Bulldog Mascot Helps Deliver Food Items From Elementary School - Cedar Hill Elementary School students, faculty and families donated a mini-van full of non-perishable food items to the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry on November 24, 2020. While wearing a facial covering in recognition of the school’s #MaskUp initiative, Buddy, the Cedar Hill Bulldog mascot, helped parents load the van with the food pantry donations. While at the school the mascot also acknowledged the large signs of gratitude the Cedar Hill Elementary School Home and School Association planted in the lawn outside the building. The colorful array of fall and education images also included large letters that spelled out: “THANKFUL FOR OUR TEACHERS”

Virtual Valley View Third Grader Posts #Thankful Billboard on Route 46 to Thank His Teachers The billboard says: “#THANKFUL FOR MY AMAZING TEACHERS, MS. FALK AND MR. LARKIN / CONRAD ANTAL / AGE 9 / OUTFRONT/”

Outfront Media Offered Children of Employees an Opportunity to Share #Thankful Messages - Conrad Antal is a full-time virtual student at Valley View Elementary School in Montville Township, New Jersey. While talking over dinner about things he is thankful for, the 9-year-old mentioned to his dad that he is thankful for his teachers Ms. (Amy) Falk and Mr. (John) Larkin. Since spring, Conrad has been a 100% virtual student. During the 2020-2021 academic year, he has not had the opportunity to meet his teachers in person. This past weekend, November 22, 2020, Conrad’s #Thankful message was placed on an electronic billboard on Route 46 in Montville Township, NJ. The billboard says: “#THANKFUL FOR MY AMAZING TEACHERS, MS. FALK AND MR. LARKIN / CONRAD ANTAL / AGE 9 / OUTFRONT/”

First Quarter ShopRite STARS for 2020-2021 Honored by Montville Township Board of Education ShopRite STARS for 1st Quarter at MTHS include Seniors Ken Shimabuku (Academics), Dani Vito (Athletics), Olivia Fazio (Arts), Griffin Smolar (Community Service) and Isabella Kruger (Leadership)

Five MTHS Seniors Received Recognition for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership - First quarter marking period ShopRite STARS are: Ken Shimabuku (Academics), Dani Vito (Athletics), Olivia Fazio (Arts), Griffin Smolar (Community Service) and Isabella Kruger (Leadership). They were honored in a virtual ceremony by Montville Board of Education on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.

 

NJ Governor Phil Murphy Calls with Congratulations for Morris County Teacher of the Year Christopher Butchko New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy congratulated social studies teacher Christopher Butchko to say congratulations on being named Morris County Teacher of the Year.

While on the Phone, Governor and Students Participate in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Activity - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy congratulated social studies teacher Christopher Butchko in a phone call on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Governor Murphy called Butchko in the morning, while classes were in session both virtually and in-person at Montville Township High School, in Montville Township, NJ. “Congratulations on Morris County Teacher of the Year,” Murphy told Butchko. Students in the classroom had the opportunity to listen to the Governor’s call and participate with him in a "virtual" activity.

MTHS Named Among the National Speech & Debate Association’s Top 100 Schools in the USA National Speech and debate Top 100 Schools

MTHS 1 of Only 2 NJ Schools Named to National Top 100 List - “Our Top 100 schools show an incredible commitment to growing speech and debate,” said J. Scott Wunn, Executive Director of the National Speech & Debate Association. “These programs demonstrate outstanding commitment to the values of integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and service that are central to our Code of Honor.” 

Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar Is Featured Speaker on “OneMontville Unites” Podcast: “Episode 1” OneMontville Unites Podcast series launches every other week. The first episode was October 5, 2020

Dr Rovtar, OneMontville Founder, Reflects on the Essence of Empathy and the Organization’s Origins in Acceptance, Respect and Kindness -  The goal of the OneMontvill Unites podcast is to help people understand issues that they have not had a chance to understand. It is designed to embrace Empathy and to support Acceptance, Respect and Kindness.The community can listen to all “OneMontville Unites” podcast episodes at: https://anchor.fm/onemontvilleunites.

Cedar Hill Elementary Dedicates Book Vending Machine to Reward Character and Promote Reading The Book Box Vending Machine is decorated with bright books.

Montville Educational Foundation and Blue Foundry Bank Attend the Unveiling of the Unique Educational Initiative - Character matters and at Cedar Hill Elementary School when students demonstrate exceptional character they will receive a golden coin that can be used in the school's new Book Box Vending Machine. Cedar Hill added the book vending machine to their award-winning character education program to help promote reading and reward character.

Assemblywoman Sends “Commendations and Praise” to Morris County Teacher of the Year Christopher Butchko at MTHS Morris County Teacher of the Year Christopher Butchko with the Certificate of “Commendations and Praise."

Certificate Presented to the Montville Township High School Holocaust and Genocide Studies Teacher During Class, as Students Cheered In-Person and Virtually - “Commendations and praise are extended to Christopher Butchko, by the citizenry of the 26th New Jersey Legislative District, through their elected representative, upon the occasion of being awarded Morris County Teacher of the Year by the New Jersey Department of Education on August 26, 2020,” the certificate sent by Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce stated.

All 7 Montville Township Public Schools Achieve Certification with Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced on September 15, 2020, that all 7 Montville Township Public Schools achieved the Bronze Certification for 2020.

District Represents 7 Out of 147 New Jersey Public Schools to Achieve Certification  -  Sustainable Jersey for Schools announced on September 15, 2020, that all 7 Montville Township Public Schools achieved the Bronze Certification for 2020. All 7 MTPS schools previously qualified for Bronze level, and have maintained that designation into the new academic year. In 2020, of the 147 schools that achieved certification, 80 schools did so for the first time and 67 schools, like the 7 MTPS schools, were recertified.

Virtual Awards Ceremony Announced for 3 Montville Teachers Advancing to State Competition as VFW Nominates National Citizenship Education Awards VFW national educators award nominees

Candidates are Teachers Who Promote America’s History, Civic Responsibility, Flag Etiquette and Patriotism - Trudy Coppola of Cedar Hill Elementary School is competing at the K-5 level, Rick Crescente of Robert R. Lazar Middle School is competing for the 6-8 award, and, from Montville Township High School James McManus is competing at the grades 9-12 level. Having won in all three categories for the VFW District level, all three will now compete at the State level. A ZOOM AWARDS CEREMONY will be held Sunday, January 10 at 2PM.

Daily Health Screenings Are Required For Staff Members and All In-Person Students

All students and staff attending classes in-person must submit a Daily Health Screening Submission

Every day that a student or staff member attends classes or is in the district in-person, the student or staff member must submit a Daily Health Screening. -  Please stay home if you are having symptoms that are not associated with other chronic conditions that you typically experience such as allergies, migraines, etc. Please remember that all absences should still be reported through the usual process.

Cedar Hill and Woodmont Once Again Named New Jersey State Schools of Character Cedar Hill and Woodmont Once Again Named New Jersey State Schools of Character

Cedar Hill Elementary School and Woodmont Elementary School were among only 20 New Jersey schools to earn this distinction for 2021. - this recognition actually reflects a recertification for both schools as they were both deemed State Schools and National Schools of Character in 2016. Congratulations to the students and faculty of Cedar Hill and Woodmont for achieving this recognition!

Rock ‘n’ Drop Car Parade and Food Drop Offers Opportunity for 5th Grade Students to Celebrate the Holidays While Giving Back to Community Rock N Drop food drop event was held for all five Montville Township Public Schools' fifth grade students and their families.

More than 175 Bags of Food Were Donated to the Kiwanis Food Pantry - VIDEO of district-wide 5th grade event captures the fun of helping others while safely celebrating the holidays. More than 100 cars drove the parade route, and each donated non-perishable food for the Montville Township Kiwanis Club's Food Pantry. Six vehicles waited for donations to arrive. They each were ultimately filled to the roof with over 175 cases and bags of donated food items. The Kiwanis Food Pantry provides food for those in the community who cannot afford to purchase food.

40 District Teachers Honored for a Combined 770 Years of Service Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar congratulates 40 educators on a combined 770 Year s Of Service

Faculty, administration and staff were honored in a virtual announcement  - The 40 educators were recognized for 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service. Leonard Saunders, Valley View PE Teacher, had 35 years in the district, followed by Shari Arzi of Hilldale and Kevin Haugh of Cedar Hill, each with 30 years. Watch the ceremony on YouTube.

Criminal History Students at MTHS Question Detectives on How to Investigate In preparation for Detectives McGowan and Iemmello’s virtual visits, students submitted a long list of questions. The two Detectives answered at length.

Virtual Setting Allows Guest Speakers to Visit Classes More Easily From Anywhere - Montville Township Police Department Detective Scott McGowan, who also serves as a Montville Township Public Schools’ School Resource Officer and Anthony Iemmello, a retired Detective of the Newark Police Department, spoke with students from Montville Township High School’s new Criminal History classes. Criminal History is focused on helping students develop an understanding of crime through the context of history. Students study how crimes are investigated, how deductive reasoning is used to solve crime, and how investigative techniques have changed.

Two Montville Township Public Schools Students Win County Poster Contest Kaitlyn Tierney gave MCCEA awards to Woodmont 3rd grader Snithik Selvakumar and Hilldale 2nd grader Aaryan Pulijala as poster contest winners.

Morris County Council of Education Associations Recognized 16 Poster Artists Despite Having to Postpone Ceremony Due to Pandemic - Kaitlyn ​Tierney gave the MCCEA awards to Woodmont 3rd grader Snithik Selvakumar and Hilldale 2nd grader Aaryan Pulijala. Tierney​ is a Montville Township Public Schools teacher at William Mason Elementary School. She also serves as the Poster Contest Coordinator and Social Activities Coordinator for MCCEA, as well as Public Relations Chairperson and NJEA PRIDE Coordinator for the Montville Township Education Association (MTEA).​

4 MTHS Students Qualify as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists - UPDATE

Earlier the year, we shared the news below regarding four of our seniors being named National Merit Semifinalists.  We are thrilled to announce that all four have advanced to become National Merit Finalists.  The entire MTHS Community congratulates these four students, and wishes them the best of luck as they advance in the competition!

Legendary Emcee George Shea Shares Motivational Message with Montville Township Public Schools Faculty and Staff A legendary emcee, George Shea welcomes the Montville faculty and staff back to school.

With Enthusiastic Encouragement, Shea Speaks as One with Faculty and Staff -  “We face a challenge like none other,” Shea begins. He speaks as though he is one with the faculty. “An enemy we don’t understand. And we have no tools. And we have no resources. And we have no weapons. But we are not alone. We stand shoulder to shoulder…. And we will charge the hill together, and, if one of us falls, we will pick them up and we will advance the cause, because we are the Montville Schools’ faculty and staff, led by Rene Rovtar.” 

New Teachers Begin Two-Day Orientation at Montville Township Public Schools. Twenty Teachers to Join Faculty for 2020-2021 School Year. twenty new teachers will join the faculty of MTPS. Seventeen attended the New Teacher Orientation on August 25, 2020 at MTHS.

New Teachers Attended Both In-Person and Virtual Training Sessions August 25 & 26 - New faculty attended a socially distanced, in-person, orientation on August 25. A mixture of in-person and virtual comprised the two-day "2020 New Teacher Orientation" training.The faculty are assigned throughout the district’s seven schools and will address a variety of curriculum areas. There will be three new elementary teachers, four special education teachers, three music teachers, one art teacher, one new social worker, one school nurse, one new MTHS English teacher, one district English Language Learner (or ESL) teacher, one World Language teacher, one Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and three long-term substitutes.

School Nurses Remind Parents & Guardians: A Daily Screening Submission Must Be Completed Before Sending Students to Schools

Student temperatures must be submitted daily

The Daily Screening Submission must be completed by a parent or guardian before your child(ren) leaves home. If a student arrives in school without it completed, a parent will be called and asked to complete it. If it remains incomplete, the child will be sent home. Repeated offenses will result in a mandatory meeting with the principal and/or the student being assigned to remote learning.

BOE Approves Revised Reopening Plan - A Letter from Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar

Letter form Superintendent Dr. Rene Rovtar explaining revised reopening plan

Additional staffing, specifically substitute teachers, are needed immediately - To apply for substitute teaching positions please go to: https://www.applitrack.com/montvillenj/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp?category=Substitute+Teachers+and+Nurses