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    Tues, Jan 26, will be a VIRTUAL DAY OF INSTRUCTION for students & staff. All employees, with the exception of custodians and maintenance, may work from home due to the forecast. Wednesday will also be virtual.

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    MTHS in-person classes will resume Monday, February 1. MTHS classes will remain 100% virtual until then. Please continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and follow CDC guidelines when outside your home.

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    Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 opens on Mon, Jan 11, 2021. On-Line Registration Must Be Completed Before Friday, February 12. See INFO: http://www.montville.net/News/kindergarten-reg-2021 .

    NOTE CORRECTION: In-Person registration is NOT required.

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    Montville Township Board Meetings will be held virtually until further notice.  No public in attendance at meetings.  Meetings may be viewed at www.montville.net/boemeetinglive.

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District News

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.

Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday January 11, 2021. On-Line Registration Must Be Completed Before Friday, February 12, 2021 Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday January 11, 2021. On-Line and In-Person Registration Must Be Completed Before Friday, February 12, 2021

Kindergarten Registration for Montville Township Public Schools’ 2021-2022 academic year opens Monday, January 11, 2021. All children of residents of Montville, Pine Brook and Towaco, New Jersey, who have reached the age of five on or before October 1, 2021, are eligible for Kindergarten. NOTE CORRECTION: Parents must complete On-Line Registration for each child attending Kindergarten by Friday, February 12, 2021. There is NO In-Person registration this year. Instructions and details regarding the entire Kindergarten Registration process can be found at www.montville.net. Parents and Guardians are reminded to scroll down to the QUICK LINKS tab on the lower right, and from there scroll down to STUDENT REGISTRATION.

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

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.

VIEW NOW: Screen Time and Tech Addiction What all Parents Need to Know - FREE Recording of Parent Program Available Until 1/31/2021 The Montville Township Public Schools Counseling Department invites all parents and guardians to attend a program on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at 7PM

The general public may view: "Screen Time and Tech Addiction during Covid-19 and Beyond: What Every Parent Needs to Know." This FREE webinar recording is available through Sunday, January 31, 2021. CLICK HERE TO VIEW WEBINAR

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.

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.

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

4 of Only 16,000 Nationwide - These MTHS seniors: Theo Mohideen, Safi Patel, Victoria Wei and Andrew Xu, were among the 16,000 names of nationwide semifinalists announced on Wednesday, Sept 9, 2020, by officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

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