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MTHS Graduates 255 at 51st Commencement Montville Township High School Graduated 255 students from the Class of 2022 at the 51st Annual Commencement Ceremony on June 23, 2022.

Class of 2022 Ceremony Was Held Outdoors in Mustang Stadium - Thursday, June 23, 2022, Montville Township High School’s Class of 2022 graduated outdoors in the Mustang Stadium. The procession of students, faculty and administrators stepped onto the field at 7:00 p.m. for the 51st Annual MTHS Commencement. MTHS Principal Douglas Sanford  presided over the event, introducing the honored guests, and addressing the Class of 2022 and their families.

299 Lazar 8th Grade Students Attended Promotion Ceremony Student Council President, Nolan Shenkman, gave the student address for the Robert R. Lazar 8th grade Class of 2022.

June 22, 2022 Lazar Held the 69th Annual Promotion Ceremony at MTHS - Student Council President, Nolan Shenkman, gave the student address for the Robert R. Lazar 8th grade Class of 2022. He reflected on the uncertainty of the past three years, which was marked by a global pandemic, and said to his peers: “I believe, that since we have managed to cope with adversity, the sky’s the limit for the [8th grade] Class of 2022.”

Summer Homework Assignments 2022 for Lazar, MTHS and MTHS AP Courses Graphic of globe with two children reading on either side. Image for the 2022 Summer Reading Assignments for Lazar, MTHS and MTHS AP.

Summer Reading information for Lazar, MTHS, and MTHS AP Classes is available now. Lazar Math also available. Summer is a time to remember that reading a good book can be fun as well as informative. By encouraging students to read over the summer, we support the goal of creating lifelong readers. The One School One Book initiative promotes greater unity among students and a desire to be part of collaborative conversations. 

MTHS Announces State-Of-the-Art Renovation and Repairs. High School Track and Football Field Closes for Construction Rendering of state-of-the-art track at MTHS.

Track and Field Closed to the Public from May 31 to June 10 and June 24 through September 2 - Relay for Life and MTHS Graduation will Still Be Held on the Track and Field. In order to complete necessary repairs and upgrades, the MTHS track and football field will be fully closed to the public two times during spring and summer 2022. The first closure occurs May 31 through June 10 and the second will be from June 24 through September 2, 2022. During both closures the area of the MTHS track and football field will be an active construction site. The public is prohibited from using the site during construction. A new synthetically resurfaced rubberized track will be built during the renovation and repairs process. Additionally, the football field turf will be fully replaced. Both surfaces are highly rated to provide low-impact running surfaces that result in ideal traction and state-of-the-art safety and performance. The renovations will also continue to improve drainage and will provide lower maintenance needs, thus reducing on-going costs in upkeep...READ MORE...

MTHS Student Athletes Commit to College Sports On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, eleven Montville Township High School student athletes were celebrated. Each of the eleven has committed to playing Division III collegiate sports during the 2022-2023 season.

11 Students Honored on Student Athlete Recognition Day 2022 - On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, eleven Montville Township High School student athletes were celebrated. Each of the eleven has committed to playing Division III collegiate sports during the 2022-2023 season. Coaches, administrators, parents, families, and friends assembled to celebrate and congratulate these outstanding high school athletes: Chase Unice, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Lacrosse; Aaron Kurzer, Rutgers University, Wrestling; Robert George, Ithaca College, Track & Field; Justin Ciliotta, Stevens Institute of Technology, Wrestling; Isabella Mangano, Stevens Institute of Technology, Lacrosse; Gina Marotta, Stockton University, Lacrosse; Khalid Kwaik, New Jersey City University, Soccer; Brian Lovaglio, The College of New Jersey, Baseball; Ryan Nieskens, Ithaca College, Baseball; and Derek Giordano, Ursinus College, Wrestling. Not Pictured: Anthony Monetti, New Jersey City University, Wrestling.

Montville Township Board of Education Adopts Annual Budget for 2022-2023 Stock image of a budget binder

Highlights of the 2022-2023 school budget include: The addition of three elementary teaching positions due to enrollment changes. The addition of one part time Basic Skills Teacher and one part time ESL Teacher. Additional related and extraordinary services based on student needs. Increased costs in the area of transportation due to rising fuel prices and bus driver shortages. Renovation projects including: Upgrading the entrance security at Lazar Middle School, repairs to external wall panels at Cedar Hill, William Mason and Woodmont Schools, Replacement of the gym windows at Woodmont School, Improvements to the exterior entrance and signage at Valley View School, Univentilator replacement at Valley View School, paving at Hilldale, William Mason and Valley View Schools. The budget reflects the addition of several teaching positions. The full presentation is available on the district website at 2022-2023 Public Hearing on the Budget.

Board of Education Receives Presentation on Curriculum Review and Approval Process Curriculum and Instruction

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Andrea Woodring describes the process to be used for development of Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Curriculum

3rd Quarter ShopRite STARS Honored by Montville Township Board of Education Third quarter MTHS ShopRite Stars

5 MTHS Students Receive Recognition for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership - The 3rd Quarter ShopRite Stars and have been honored both by Sunrise ShopRite in Parsippany, and MTHS. Congratulations to these outstanding students: Academics - Hannah Schneiderman, Community Service - Katy Gao, Leadership - Aastha Desai, Athletics - Aaron Kurzer and Arts - Adyna Silverberg.

School Counselor Douglas Stech of Woodmont is Named 2022 “Counselor of the County” for Morris County, NJ School Counselors Heather Praml and Douglas Stech of the Montville Township Public Schools. On March 17, 2022, Stech received the New Jersey School Counselor Association’s 2022 “Counselor of the County” Award for Morris County, NJ.

NJSCA Announced 2022 “COUNSELOR OF THE COUNTY” AWARDS RECEIPIENTS March 17 - School counselor Douglas Stech was named the 2022 “Counselor of the County” for Morris County. The New Jersey School Counselor Association award honors the school counseling professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates – and often lifesavers – for the nation’s students. Stech was nominated for this award by Cedar Hill Elementary School counselor Heather Praml. See: http://www.montville.net/News/2022-morris-county-school-counselor

Dr. Thomas A. Gorman Appointed Superintendent of Schools by Montville Township Board of Education Dr. Thomas A. Gorman was appointed Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

An Innovative Educator, Dr. Gorman Will Begin His Position as Superintendent of Montville Township Public Schools on July 1, 2022 - Dr. Thomas A. Gorman was appointed Superintendent of the Montville Township Public Schools on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. The resolution of Dr. Gorman’s appointment was unanimously passed by the Montville Township Board of Education. Dr. Gorman’s appointment is effective as of July 1, 2022, following the retirement of Superintendent Dr. René T. Rovtar on June 30. READ MORE: www.montville.net/news/superintendent-dr-thomas-a-gorman

“GREASE” Is the Word at Montville Township High School March 3-6 GREASE at MTHS 100 Horseneck, Road in Montville, New Jersey, on March 3rd, 4th & 5th at 7:30pm and March 6th at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students and Senior Citizens.

Classic American Musical Brings to Life the Classic Soundtrack of a Generation - As classic as a T-Bird! GREASE – the All-American musical – is coming to Montville Township High School March 3rd, 4th & 5th at 7:30pm and March 6th at 2:00pm. “GREASE really shows you what it’s like to be a teenager,” explained Santina DiBenedetto. The senior, who plays Rizzo added: “It’s a fun way to show how teenagers think, and how they feel on a daily basis.” Tickets are $15 for Adults and $12 for Students and Senior Citizens. Tickets can be purchased in advance at: http://mthsnj.booktix.com/ , or at the door while supplies last.

Montville Township Public Schools and Solar Landscape Activate Solar Panels on Six Schools, Generating 1.8 Megawatts Solar Installation at Montville Township Public Schools Expected to Save Schools Nearly $1 Million Over 15 Years and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

At No Cost to the District, the Solar Installation is Expected to Save Schools Nearly $1 Million Over 15 Years and Reduce Greenhouse Gas EmissionsThe solar project was made possible through a 15-year solar power purchase agreement which enables the school district to install the panels at no cost and purchase the electricity they generate at guaranteed discounts every month. The district’s utility cost savings are expected to be more than $980,000 over the term of the agreement. In addition to installing solar panels, Solar Landscape will also be facilitating educational programming about clean energy and climate change for the district’s students. The company’s workforce development director, will work with the district’s teachers to provide learning materials and educational solar kits.

Lazar Student Lands Seat in the Violin Section in North Jersey Region 1 Orchestra Ann Cao, of Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, New Jersey, has been selected for the 2022 Region 1 Orchestra of Northern Jersey. The grade 8 violinist was among 95 violin students who auditioned for this year's honors Orchestra.

The 8th Grade Student was 1 of 95 Who Auditioned - Ann Cao, of Lazar has been selected for the 2022 North Jersey Region 1 Orchestra. The grade 8 violinist was among 95 violin students who auditioned for this year's honors Orchestra. “I felt really excited,” Cao said when asked how she reacted to the news that she had been selected for the 2022 Region 1 Orchestra. Music teacher Janice Scharf was also excited by the news, and reached out to Cao and her family on a Sunday night, immediately upon learning of the North Jersey Scholl Music Association’s choice of Cao.

Five-Year Demographic Study to be Presented Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30PM in the MTHS Auditorium Five-Year Demographic Study to be Presented on February 8, 2022 at 7:30PM at Montville Township High School

Enrollment projections, for each of the district's seven schools, through the 2026-2027 school year will be presented by Dr. Richard Grip, of Statistical Forecasting LLC on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The study addresses the impact of potential new housing to be constructed in the community and the expected student yields from these housing projects. The report provides an overview of expected changes in school-aged population at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Also to be discussed is the impact of any changes in enrollment on the utilization of each of the district schools. The presentation is open to all members of the Montville Township community. The program will be held at 7:30PM in the Montville Township High School auditorium.

Five MTHS Students Receive Recognition for Excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership 1st Quarter Shop Rite Stars 2021-2022

Congratulations to: Daniel Arena, Leadership; Grace Laurito, Community Service; Jake Cassidy, Arts; Gina Marotta, Athletics; and Serge Kuznetsov, Academics. Five Montville Township High School students received recognition for excellence in Academics, Athletics, Arts, Community Service and Leadership at a recent Montville Township Board of Education Meeting. The five were named First Quarter ShopRite Stars and have been honored both by Sunrise ShopRite in Parsippany, and MTHS.

Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education Honors 14 Outstanding Educators Montville Township Public Schools Teachers of the Year, Educational Services Professionals of the Year and the Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher of the year.

BOE Honors Teachers of the Year, Educational Services Professionals of the Year and Princeton University Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award Recipient - Video of the Montville Township BOE ceremony honoring the district’s award-winning educators can be viewed on the Montville Township Public Schools YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/TyzERC_6I5Y 

Lazar Students Interview School’s New Special Law Enforcement Officer for LNN SLEO Officer Steven Groseibl has joined the staff at Robert R. Lazar Middle School

Officer Steven Groseibl Brings 25 Years of Experience to the Montville Township Public Schools - Three students, 8th graders Giulia D’Uva, Karley Longo and Marilyn Vena, recently asked Officer Steve to sit down for an LNN (Lazar News Network) interview. A Class III Special Law Enforcement Officer (SLEO), Officer  Steven Groseibl brings 25 years of experience with the New Jersey State Police, as well as additional background in public safety and security, to his new role as SLEO. You can watch the full interview here: Montville.net/LNNOfficerSteveInterview

Hilldale Student Council asks Community to Participate in Homeless Solutions’ A NIGHT IN THE COLD On Saturday, December 4, the Hilldale Student Council is asking the Community, their friends, and their families to participate in Homeless Solutions’  to raise crucial funds and awareness for the homeless families and individuals in our community.

On Saturday, December 4, the Hilldale Student Council is asking the Community, their friends, and their families to join the Hilldale team and participate in Homeless Solutions’ A NIGHT IN THE COLD to raise crucial funds and awareness for homeless families and individuals in Morris County. Hilldale's goal is to raise $1,000. During A NIGHT IN THE COLD participants will brave the elements by sleeping outside for one night. Where and how you sleep is up to you! You can sleep in places like a tent, sleeping bag, or your car (with the car off), which are some of the ways street homeless do when they are without shelter. Others may opt for their porch, garage floor, or church/school parking lot. You can participate alone or in socially-distanced groups. It’s open to everyone of all ages - families, individuals, faith and school groups, sports teams, the scouts, and businesses!​ Everyone can join the Hilldale team or create a team of their own. The important thing is to help provide crucial funds for the homeless.

MTHS Junior Laura Justnes Lands Spot in NJ All-State Mixed Ensemble Chorus Montville Township High School junior Laura Justnes, was selected for the Mixed (SATB) Ensemble for NJ All-State Chorus 2021.

The Class of 2023 Alto is One of Only 141 out of 400 Chosen for 2021 All-State Concert - MTHS junior Laura Justnes was selected for the Mixed SATB Ensemble for NJ All-State Chorus 2021. Justnes is one of only 141 singers selected out of the 400 students that auditioned. The alto placed 14 out of 50 in her voice part. For 2021 the auditions were held virtually and the 2021 concert will also be virtual. As with all the NJ singers selected for the 2021 All-State Chorus, her voice part will be overlaid with others from her section, Ultimately the individual musical clips of 141 students from across NJ will be combined to create the 2021 SATB virtual All-State concert.

Valley View Leads the Nation in “Exercise US” Program Valley View Physical Education Teacher Len Saunders created “Exercise US” thirteen years ago to help raise awareness of the importance of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

Montville Twp PE teacher, Len Saunders, inspires students to get moving coast to coast - Valley View Elementary School fifth-grade students arrived early on Thursday September 30, 2021. The 48 students were there to lead the nation in the 13th Annual “Exercise US” program. The students kicked-off the continuous wave of exercise at 8:00 a.m. In fifteen-minute intervals, schools across the nation followed suit, each exercising simultaneously until the next group of students began their exercise routine. Students exercised ten hours throughout the course of the day, from 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Participation occurred in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and some US territories.

English Teacher Suezette Given Receives the American Writers Museum’s OnWord 2021 Inspiration Award of $10,000 Teacher Suezette Given receives American Writers Museum OnWord 2021 Inspiration Award

Award-Winning Author Jenny Xie Describes how Given Continues to Inspire and Inform the Writer’s Work Years Beyond the Classroom - Teacher Suezette Given received the American Writers Museum’s [AWM] OnWord 2021 Inspiration Award. The ceremony was held in Chicago in the days just before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The OnWord Inspiration Award honors teachers who have made a difference in the lives of great writers. Given, an English teacher at Robert R. Lazar Middle School, was nominated for the Inspiration Award and $10,000 prize by author Jenny Xie. The segment of the gala event where author Xie dedicates the 2021 Inspiration Award to Given can be viewed on YouTube.

“Supporting Your Child’s Return to School in September 2021” - A Webinar for Parents & Guardians Webinar “Supporting Your Child’s Return to School in September 2021”

Catherine Lomauro, a Student Assistance Counselor, with the Montville Township Public Schools Counseling team, has created a 20-minute webinar to inform and equip parents and guardians with information and strategies to help understand and support their child’s transition into the new school year. - “Supporting Your Child’s Return to School in September 2021” is a webinar that explores both the practical and the social and emotional perspectives that are unique to the 2021-2022 school year. To access this valuable information please go to: www.montville.net/supportingchildsreturntoschool 

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.

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 - Montville Township Public Schools offers on-line ESL classes. Classes are FREE. Registration REQUIRED. Adult English language learners are welcome to attend some, or all, of the classes being offered in any of the sessions. This year classes are being offered Monday's & Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:30PM and Tuesdays and Thursdays Thursdays in the afternoon: 1:30-2:30 p.m. for Session 1, and 1:40 - 2:40 p.m. for session 2. CLICK HERE for schedule and registration information.

Now Accepting Applications for District's Acclaimed Integrated Preschool Program 2022-2023. Applications DUE ON or BEFORE Friday March 11, 2022 -  Children with and without special needs will be educated together in an innovative, child-centered program designed to promote the academic, social, emotional and language development of every child.

Applications DUE ON or BEFORE Friday March 11, 2022 -  Children with and without special needs will be educated together in an innovative, child-centered program designed to promote the academic, social, emotional and language development of every child. The program will consist of  5 half day AM sessions per week for 3 year olds and 5 half day PM sessions per week for 4 year olds. Click HERE to read more about the program and access the link to the program application.

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.