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Information Technology Services in Montville Township Public Schools Receives Lenovo’s Outstanding Service Award The Information Technology Services ITS Department of Montville Township Public Schools MTPS received Lenovo’s 2020 Warranty Self-Maintainer Award.

Only 10% of Lenovo's North American Service Teams Achieve This Recognition - “Congratulations to your organization and specifically to your service team for achieving Lenovo’s Outstanding Service Award status for fiscal year 2020!” Victoria Pawelkowski, Sr. Warranty Channels Manager of Lenovo North America, wrote in her letter to the Montville Township Board of Education.

41 Teachers Honored for a Combined 770 Years of Service Years of Service in Education Pins -- Forty-one members of the Montville Township Public Schools’ faculty, administration and staff were honored for a combined 770 Year of Educational Service.

Virtual Presentation of Awards Was Part of the First Inservice Day for Montville Township Public Schools’ 2021-2022 Faculty and Staff - Forty-one members of the Montville Township Public Schools’ faculty, staff, and administration were honored in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Together the educators, who were recognized for their Years of Service, have dedicated a combined 770 years as representatives of the district’s motto to: “Educate. Inspire. Empower.” Eighteen were honored in each of the 15 and 20 Years of Service categories. Three were highlighted for 25 Years of Service, and Katherine Klein, of Cedar Hill, and Donald Heyburn, of Montville Township High School were honored for 30 and 35 years, respectively.

New Teachers Attend 2-Day Orientation at Montville Township Public Schools New Teachers for the 2021 through 2022 school year.

Administrative Team Provides Training, Guidance and Experience - Fifteen new teachers attended New Teacher Orientation 2021 on Tuesday, August 24. The in-person program was held at Montville Township High School. A total of seventeen new teachers have joined the district’s staff for the 2021 through 2022 academic year. The new faculty are assigned throughout the district’s seven schools and will address a variety of curriculum areas. There will be five new elementary teachers, three special education teachers, one speech teacher, one BSI teacher, one music teacher, two social studies teachers, one World Language teacher, one district-wide elementary Spanish teacher and two long-term substitute teachers in music and special education.

Community Input Session for Superintendent Search Will Be Held on Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. in MTHS Media Center

Members of the Montville Township Public Schools community are encouraged to participate - The Community Input Session will serve as an opportunity for members of the community to share the characteristics, qualifications, and experience they value and would like to see reflected in the district’s next Superintendent of Schools. The information gathered at this session, along with the on-line Superintendent Survey responses, and input from other focus groups, will be used to set necessary criteria for the superintendent search, and will shape a variety of candidate review documents and the interview questions. This information  will directly inform the Montville Township Board of Education in the superintendent selection process. NOTE: the on-line Superintendent Survey will be active until Friday, September 24.

Valedictorian Victoria Wei Congratulated the Class of 2021 on Their Achievements Valedictorian Victoria Wei speaks to the MTHS Class of 2021 on June 23.

Valedictorian Victoria Wei, who, just four days earlier, placed 5th in the nation in the Prepared Commentary category in the National Speech and Debate Tournament, congratulated her classmates on their achievements at the June 23 MTHS graduation. “I honestly just feel lucky to be given 5 minutes in the spotlight, when you all deserve the spotlight for surviving not only high school, but also everything that comes with being a high-schooler,” Wei said. “In the past four years, we’ve all worked hard, applied ourselves, and dedicated our time; I just happened to have more time to dedicate to my GPA.” Video of the Valedictorian's speech can be viewed at this link.

Update From NJ Governor Regarding 2021-2022 In-Class Instruction

On August 6, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy issued the following directive with regard to the opening of the 2021-2022 school year: “All students, educators, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks inside a school building regardless of vaccination status for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year.”  He added, “As soon as conditions allow, we will lift this requirement.” for more info please see: www.montville.net/News/2021-2022-update

Elliott Jo, MTHS Class of 2021 President Encouraged Classmates to Face Problems Head On Senior Elliott Jo, President of the MTHS Class of 2021, was the first to speak before his peers at the MTHS graduation on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Jo's graduation speech emphasized asking for help and being true to self, rather than changing to meet the expectations of others. I am here today because of this realization: Having self-confidence and becoming stronger is not about struggling less, but rather realizing and accepting that you’re weak and that your problems are too big to deal with on your own,” Jo said. “Being strong means to invite and face weakness, instead of running away from it.” A video of Elliott Jo’s speech can be viewed at this link.

Natalie Rossinow, President of the Student Activities Council, Called on her Peers to "Really Think About the Legacy That You Want to Leave”  Senior Natalie Rossinow, President of the 2021 Student Activities Council, was the second senior to speak at the MTHS 2021 graduation ceremony.

Rossinow's graduation speech emphasized service to others. “We all have the shared privilege of receiving a high school education and graduating here today,” Rossinow said. “So many communities, even just a few miles away, are homes to eighteen-year-olds who don't have this privilege. And, across the world, Montville Township High School would seem like a haven for millions of children who just want to learn. So please, don't take these last 4 years for granted…. I hope that all of you really think about the legacy that you want to leave.” A video of Natalie Rossinow’s entire speech can be viewed at this link.

NJ Office of Homeland Security Recognizes Two MTHS Seniors for Cyber Security Preparedness  Safi Patel and David Piwowarski, received letters and a gift of congratulations from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

As Finalists in CyberStart America the Graduates Received Scholarships and More - Two MTHS 100% virtual seniors from the Class of 2021, Safi Patel and David Piwowarski, received letters and a gift of congratulations from the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness.

Hilldale Student’s Poem Published in SPIDER® Magazine, a National Publication A poem by Ethan Chen, age 9, of Montville, NJ, has been published in the July/August 2021 issue of SPIDER® magazine. Chen will be a fourth grade student at Hilldale Elementary School.

9-Year-Old Author Submitted Original Poem to CRICKET® MEDIA for Publication - Ethan Chen's poem SPRING HATCHING appears in the Spider’s Corner section of the July/August 2021 issue. With detailed imagery, Chen depicts the excitement, beauty and joy of watching an egg hatch. The five stanza poem begins with the words:  Up high on a birch tree, inside a cozy nest/three blue eggs lay silently and at rest.