Robert R. Lazar Middle School
  • Thirteen Reasons Why

    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    You may have heard that on March 31st, Netflix released a new series called “13 Reasons Why.” The series is based on the novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This series has attracted the interest of many young people, specifically in middle and high school. It is our understanding that students across the country, including those in Montville Township, are binge watching the series and discussing it with friends and on social media. We highly recommend that you monitor the viewing of this series, if indeed, your child has access to it.

    The premise of the series revolves around a high school student who takes her own life and sends 13 cassette tapes to those whom she blames for her death. While the show is fictional, the series is extremely graphic, encompassing topics such as suicide, bullying, sexual assault, drug use, drunk driving and other social issues that may affect teens. It raises significant concerns about the emotional safety of those watching it -- especially for those youth who may have had some experience with mental health issues, suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

    Although we recognize that conversations on this topic may be uncomfortable, we encourage parents/guardians to have open discussions with your children about these concerning issues. We encourage you to review the Guidance for Families published by the National Association of School Psychologists and Talking Points from Suicide Awareness Voices of Education as support resources for conversations you and/or your child may initiate.

    Please know that district mental health professionals are available to discuss these issues with you and your child. Our staff can also provide additional recommendations for counseling support outside of school. If you have any question or concerns regarding your child, please reach out to your child’s school counselor, case manager, or Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC – in MTHS and Lazar) at:


    Main Phone Number:                                      973-331-7100

    MTHS Department of School Counseling:          Ext. 2645

    Department of Special Services:                      Ext. 2665

    Lazar Department of School Counseling:          Ext. 2331

    Department of Special Services:                      Ext. 2346

    Cedar Hill Elementary School Counselor:          Ext. 1015

    Hilldale Elementary School Counselor:             Ext. 1215

    Valley View Elementary School Counselor:       Ext. 1415

    William Mason School Counselor:                    Ext. 1615

    Woodmont Elementary School Counselor:        Ext. 1815

    Mental Health Resources:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text “START” to 741741

    NJ Hopeline: 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735)

    2nd Floor Youth Helpline: 888-222-2228 (call or text)

    St. Clare’s Hospital at 973-625-0280 OR

    Morristown Memorial Hospital at 973-540-0100

    If your child is in crisis and requires immediate assistance, please call: 911


    We appreciate your partnership in helping us work to keep our children safe.


    Leslee J. Scheckman

    Director of School Counseling

    Montville Township Public Schools

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Department of School Counseling Office

Welcome to the Robert R. Lazar Department of School Counseling website.  Here you will find valuable information for you and your child with regards to New Jersey required assessments, school programs, specific grade related information, and important forms.

If you need information concerning registering your child for our school, please go back to our home page and click on the tab "New Student Registration" on the right hand side.

Please click on any of the links to the left to be taken to a specific area or click on the name of the appropriate school counselor below to send an email.

Student last name A - D

Marissa Mazur

(973)331-7100 ext. 2336

Student last name E - Lee

Jessica Gonzalez

(973)331-7100 ext. 2333

Student last name Leeb - Ri

Deborah Meenan

(973)331-7100 ext. 2334

Student last name Ro - Z

Susan Rappaport

(973)331-7100 ext. 2335

Student Assistance Counselor/Anti-Bullying Specialist

Kelly McCorkle

(973)331-7100 ext. 2338

Department of School Counseling Secretary

Ann Marie Cecire

(973)331-7100 ext. 2331

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