Montville Township Public Schools Named National District of Character. Robert R. Lazar Middle School Named National School of Character
Character.org Designates 73 schools as 2018 National Schools of Character and 5 districts as 2018 National Districts of Character
On Friday, May18, 2018 at the Annual Conference of the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development held at Rider University, in Lawrence Township, New Jersey, Douglas Karr, President and CEO of Character.org, made the nationwide announcement of the National Districts and Schools of Character. The Montville Township Public Schools district was named a 2018 National District of Character and Robert R. Lazar Middle School was named a 2018 National School of Character.
Montville Township Public Schools is one of only 5 districts in the nation to be named a 2018 National District of Character. In addition, Montville Township Public Schools’ Robert R. Lazar Middle School is one of only 73 in the nation to be designated a National School of Character.
Lazar Middle School joins Cedar Hill Elementary School and Woodmont Elementary School, which were named National Schools of Character in 2016.
In addition, William Mason Elementary School was named an Honorable Mention New Jersey School of Character for 2018, and Woodmont attained the 2018 honor of Promising Practice for its Pathways Peer Mentoring Program.
These awards recognize the Montville Township Public Schools district’s on-going commitment to assist students in developing character.
“Character education is something that has been a focus of the Montville Township Public Schools for many years,” said Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar. “All of the district's schools engage in proactive and intentional efforts to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what's right), and performance (doing what's right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.”
After the announcement on May 18, 2018, Superintendent Dr. Rovtar wrote the following to Montville Township Public Schools faculty and staff: “It is one of my greatest professional honors that the Montville Township Public Schools has been named a National District of Character. In addition, Robert R. Lazar Middle School was named a 2018 National School of Character. I was happy to have had the opportunity to showcase the wonderful ways in which character education is woven into our culture and to share the ways it extends beyond our walls into the community. This is truly an honor which we all share. I thank you for the high importance you attach to making sure our students learn these values and are encouraged to apply them on a daily basis. It is perhaps some of the most important work that you do.”
Each year, Character.org (formerly The Character Education Partnership) and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Schools and districts selected in January as State Schools and Districts of Character are forwarded to Character.org for consideration for national recognition.
Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, the Montville Township Public Schools district and Robert R. Lazar Middle School were found to be exemplary models of character development.
"At Character.org, we are extremely proud of this year’s National Schools of Character as well as our district recipients. Their dedication to character development is reducing the skills gap by equipping the future workforce with transferable relationship skills needed to meet tomorrow's challenges," said Doug Karr, Character.org’s President and CEO. "Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do, because they create fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth in communities of character.”
All National Districts and Schools of Character will be honored at the upcoming National Forum on Character Education to be held in October in Washington, D.C.