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characterMission Statement:  Valley View’s educators impart their enthusiasm and love of learning to our students. Rigorous standards underpin lesson planning and challenge students to work to their potential. Data driven instruction provides the basis for teaching to individual strengths while addressing specific needs.  Valley View students are encouraged to be respectful, responsible, and compassionate citizens of our learning community. School culture and climate remains positive when children strive to be advocates for diversity and acceptance.  Valley View’s motto inspires and guides our daily practice. Children, parents, teachers, and administrators trust that Valley View is a school “where all children can learn!”  Valley View is a NJ state school of character as well as a national school of character!









Character Education At Valley View Elementary School



logoCharacter Education plays a major role in the Valley View School environment. Each year students use our green screen to come up with creative ways to express how Valley View teaches the core values of respect, kindness and acceptance to the children. Both staff and students work together on these presentations. Enjoy our "It's Raining Respect" video to the right which highlights character education at our school! 


Please visit our school's Youtube Channel to enjoy more Valley View videos which includes concerts, school initiatives, goals, television clips, programs and class projects.






News And Notes From Valley View Elementary School 2022 - 2023


Aaron Melzer Make a Difference Award recipients, Olivia Sudol and Mannan Naveendra. Pictured with Melina Jenis from Pathways.

Congratulations to our 5th grade students, Olivia Sudol and Mannan Naveendra on receiving the Aaron Melzer "Make a Difference Award"!


Check out the attached STEM Summer Camp Flyer!



Project ACES leaders    Project ACES

Project ACES leaders

Project A.C.E.S.- May 3, 2023



girl and special guy PTA event         girl and special guy PTA event


girl and special guy PTA event       girl and special guy PTA event


girl and special guy PTA event           girl and special guy PTA event

Girls and special guys enjoyed a night of dancing at our PTA's dazzling event on Friday, April 28th! 

Valley View's annual TREP$ Marketplace was a huge success! Kudos to advisor, Linda Otte, all of our budding entrepreneurs, our terrific PTA and parents, and all who came to shop!

A special thank you to Mayor, Dr. Matt Kayne and County Commissioner, Tom Mastrangelo who stopped by to lend their support!


5th grade student, Gabriel receives panda for his hard work during morning announcements.

Gabriel, a 5th grader at Valley View, received a panda for all of his hard work and help during morning announcements!


PTA event- boys playing on bounce house         PTA event- boys playing

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       PTA event

The PTA hosted an awesome event for the boys and their favorite gals!


4th grader concert "One Nation with Character"

Valley View's Fourth grade students delighted their parents today with a stellar performance of "One Nation of Character" written and directed by Mrs. Ivins and co-directed by student teacher, Ms. Bridget Maresca. The performance, featuring Orff instruments, will also be available on YouTube courtesy of Mrs. Marinello within a week. We are so proud of our students!

Valley View School enjoyed 57 amazing STEAM presentations during STEAM Week, March 27 - March 31.

Parents and relatives volunteered their time to share their Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math careers with our students. Students learned the prerequisites for success in each field and enjoyed detailed hands-on activities that sparked their creativity.

We are so grateful to our parents who inspired us and ignited students' interests in STEAM lessons and STEAM careers!



Hi All!

Below is information regarding this year’s charity game. At the request of the baseball program, could you please share with your staff/school communities?

Dear Mustang Baseball Family!

We are excited to announce that our charity baseball game will be played at MTHS on 4/27/23 at 6:30pm vs Mendham HS.

The Valerie Fund's mission is to provide individualized care to children at medical centers close to home, because we believe the most effective way to heal the children in our care is to treat them emotionally, socially and developmentally, as well as medically.

We believe that teaching our players to give back to the community is a big part of our baseball program. We will continue to encourage these young men to demonstrate respect, values and most of all integrity.


**All proceeds will go toward The Valarie Fund**

Follow the link below to donate and help make a difference in the game of Life!


Thank You!

Coach DeVirgilio

MTHS Head Baseball Coach 



St. Patrick's Day













The leprechaun stopped by to give a music lesson today!


Happy National Panda Day!


Dear 5th Grade Parents and Guardians,

Please click here to see the letter from Lazar Principal, Mr. Michael Pasciuto, regarding Parent Information Evening (Parents Only) on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 6:30 pm.

Additionally, please note the detailed information in the attached regarding  Student Orientation which will take place on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.

Best Wishes,

Dr. Kennedy















Students made "Happy Face" plates to send positive greetings to peers during lunch.  Happy SEL Day!











DP, Harlem Wizard player, shared his basketball skills with Team Valley View in preparation for the Pathways Harlem Wizards Game on March 19th at MTHS.


Cub Scouts

We would love to give a huge shout out to 11 of our fifth graders who successfully completed their cub scout journey and bridged over to boy scouts Troop 74. 

In picture- Noel Barnoti, Shyam Sriram, Zidan Mohammad, Zakkariya Ali, Alex Jenkins , Thrishanth Vodlakonda, Cameron Kessler, Elliott Pini, Roger Chen 

Not in picture- Evan Atterbury , Adrija Bhattacharya


Nobody Eats Alone

No One Eats Alone Day

Chat and Chew with Someone New!

Thanks to Kaira, Rory, Grace, Maya, Michael and Marco for helping out with the morning announcements and  encouraging students to sit with someone new at lunch today!


Third graders at the Valley view's spelling bee club participated in an escape room challenge today.

Students loved working on the engaging spelling activities, discovering the secret code and completing the entire escape, all the while covering more than 50 commonly misspelled words!

Retired Valley View paraprofessional, Mr. Harry, visited first grade social studies class to show us American flags with 13, 46, and 48 stars. He taught us the history of the American flag and how to care for and properly fold them.


  • Sgt. Tom Rich's presentation, "Always Connected," inspired our fourth and fifth graders to be responsible users of social media and to be aware of the consequences of misusing technology.

            Always Connected


  • The 5th graders performed in their winter concert on January 12th. Directed by Samantha Ivins, Richard Ketay, and Zachary Naughright


  • Please see the attached flyer from the Montville Township Public Schools District Guidance Department.

    Tom Rich, a 23 year veteran of the Summit Police Department and an expert on the pros and cons of using Social Media, will present an in person parent program on Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm in the Montville Township High School Auditorium. 

    This is an essential program for all parents who want to help their children become aware of the dangers and consequences of misusing technology.



Valley View Loves Our Favorite Days of the Year! Our 365 Valley View students recently partnered classrooms to have read-alouds of “Our Favorite Day of the Year” by A. E. Ali. As part of this project, students read the story with a younger or older buddy before discussing what day of the year was their own favorite.
To complete the project, students individually created “quilt squares” illustrating something about this favorite day and what makes it so special. From Christmas, Hanukkah, and Eid to the Fourth of July, Halloween, Birthdays, and even the day to be reunited with friends and family from far away, the Valley View community celebrated what makes us special as individuals and as a school community! Thanks to the Student Council, Ms. Whealan, Ms. Caravello, and Miss Sullivan for this heartwarming schoolwide project.


  • Welcome to Valley View's new physical education teacher! Click here to check out Mrs. O'Rourke's introductory letter!


  • During the month of December the Valley View Kindergarten students participated in Hour of Code.  Dr. Andrea Wallace worked with both classes and introduced them to coding.   Students were engaged as they worked on coding activities such as CodeMonkeyJr and Kodable on their Chromebooks. 

We also had parents join both our classes to discuss different cultures celebrated during the month of December.  Mrs. Balchan's class had parents come in and discuss family traditions for both Christmas and Hanukkah.  Mrs. Becker had parents come in to discuss the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Ramadan.  Parents read books and created fun crafts for the children to do.  We really loved learning about all of our different family traditions and cultures!

Lastly, both classes had parent volunteers come in to participate in our annual gingerbread making!  This is our favorite activity as our classroom is filled with the delicious smell of cinnamon.  Parents worked with students in small groups to help students measure out the ingredients of glue, applesauce and cinnamon, roll out the dough and use cookie cutters in the shape of gingerbread.  Once they were all dry, the students were able to bring their gingerbread home to hang in their house or on their tree.


  • Dear Parents and Guardians, a number of students have left their hoodies and jackets and other apparel outside during recess. We have displayed them in the lunch room on the lost and found table, but none of these items have been claimed. Please tell your children to claim any items that are missing from their wardrobes on Thursday, December 22 or Friday, December 23. Any items not claimed will be donated to our Winter Coat Drive. Thank you, Dr. Kennedy


  • Please read an important note from our school health office....Click here


  • Healthy Habit Tips to Set Your Family Up for Success this Cold and Flu Season....Click here



  • Pathways for Exceptional Children And Montville Recreation Children Ages 5-14 Sports, Technology, Art, & Reading November - December 2022 events....Click here


  • Valley View's 8th annual Thanksgiving food drive....Click here


  • There are 581 students district wide that currently have a Chromebook in their possession and do not have a signed School Issued Technology Device Consent Form for SY 2022-23.  Students without a signed form on October 3 will have their device disabled. IT Services Support Specialists will then begin to collect these devices from students.  Please sign the form as requested a.s.a.p.


  • Report To Parents....Stop Youth Addiction Before It Starts....Click here


  • Pathways for Exceptional Children And Montville Recreation Children Ages 5-13 Sports, Technology, Art, & Reading Fall 2022 Programs....Click here


  • Report to parents, "Cultivate Creativity in Children"....Click here


  • Supply lists for the 2022-2023 school year....Click here


  • Information about helping kids cope with tragedy....Click here


  • Sixth grade immunization information....Click here


  • Updated arrival and dismissal safety protocols....Click here


  • Fostering social and emotional learning at home....Click here


Happy Holidays Valley View

The staff at Valley View would like to wish all our families a safe and happy holiday season. Enjoy your vacation and have a Happy New Year!

Kindergarten Bus Safety Video

Watch our wonderful kindergarten students talk about bus safety. This video was also presented at the December Board of Education meeting. Thank you to Mr. Spector and Mr. Saunders for working with the kindergarten children on this adorable and important video.  Also, a big thank you to Mrs. Becker and Ms. Balchan, our amazing kindergarten teachers.



Panda Pagoda

Mrs. Warfield's class opened up the Panda Pagoda again.  Great job by her students organizing this!

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Thank You

A Note from Mr. Saunders

Dear Valley View families, as most of you know, I will be retiring on December 23, 2022.  It is a bittersweet moment in my life.  I am sad to say goodbye, as I will miss the kids a great deal.  They brought a smile to my face each and every day with their stories, silliness, and unconditional respect.  It has been a sincere pleasure serving the Valley View and Montville community for almost 40 years.  I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you for your support over the years.  It has been an incredible journey and I look forward to hearing many great things about all these amazing kids in the future.  Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season and New Year.  I will miss you all!  With love and respect,  Mr. Saunders (Mr. "S")



Pajama Drive

Dear Valley View Community.... Thank you so much for your donation to the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated! As a result, 123 needy children will receive a cozy pair of P.J.'s as well as a wonderful book to cozy up with courtesy of Scholastic Book Clubs! Once again, thanks for sharing the gift of warmth and reading at this special time of year!  Best regards, Mrs. Otte



Very proud to announce.....

Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Dara Conte

Educational Specialist of the Year - Mrs. Lillian Main

Thank you to Dr. Gorman and Dr. Shorter for presenting the awards!




Pre-K Thanksgiving

On Monday, November 21st, the Pre- K 4 students from Mrs. Amy Kovach's and Mrs. Sue Handschuch performed in a Thanksgiving performance led by Valley View's music teacher Mrs. Samantha Ivins, and Paraprofessionals Ms. Holly Wnuk, Mrs. Karen McCann, Mrs. Melanie Schimenti, and Ms. Michelle Collins.

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!


Little Free Library

Dear Valley View Community, Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, front‐yard book exchanges number more than 150,000 around the world in over 100 countries — from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, a new Little Free Library at Valley View will join the movement to share books, bring people together and create communities of readers. We are pleased to announce the grand opening of the Valley View Little Free Library. You may have noticed the blue book-sharing box in front of our school. If you see a book you would like to read, feel free to take it with you. If you have a book you would like to share, leave it in the Little Free Library for others to enjoy. A very big “thank you” to Mrs. Warfield’s class for their donation of the Little Free Library with profits made from the Panda Pagoda. We welcome students, families and neighbors to begin borrowing and sharing books starting today, November 18.



Girl Scout Trash Cleanup

In November, our 4th Grade Girl Scout Troop did a Trash Clean Up at Valley View!

Troop #98521
Smrithi Kancherla, Satyana Mehta, Jane Atterbury, Alana Duffy, Kelsey Lum and Brielle Duffy

book fair

Book Fair Decorations

A big shout out to Mrs. Byrne, our art teacher who worked with the 3rd graders to decorate the book fair this year! The theme was to celebrate the beauty of our differences.



Diwali Celebration

Dr. Purohit (class parent) visited Mrs. Otte's third grade class to discuss Diwali. She read a story about the holiday and then gave the class a craft to complete... a Rangoli to color.  Thank you to Dr. Purohit for visiting!


School Elections

In October, Valley View held its annual student council elections.  Above are all the candidates who gave speeches.  Congratulations to all the students who ran for office.  A job well done!  Thank you to Ms. Sullivan and Mrs. Caravello for organizing the event!



Diwali Celebration

Mrs. Slattery & Ms. Profeta’s class took part in a great Diwali lesson and craft!


Diwali Celebration

Thank you to Mrs. Azar who came to Mrs. Lee's first-grade class to talk about Diwali and made diyas as a craft with the children.



Diwali Celebration

Mrs. Yu came in yesterday to read Binny’s Diwali to the class and teach us about Diwali!


Pumpkin Patch October 2022

Ms. Sue's PM preschool class enjoyed picking pumpkins at the Valley View Pumpkin Patch.


Exercise US Event September 2022

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  The Valley View 5th graders under the direction of our PE teacher, Mr. Saunders participated in the national 'Exercise US' event.  They exercised with children from all over the country for 10 continuous hours.

Valley View On NBC TV News

On September 29, 2022, the Valley View 5th graders and our PE teacher  (Mr. Saunders) were featured on the NBC evening news for participating in the national 'Exercise US' event.  We are so proud of our 5th graders!



Boston Marathon

An amazing moment at the Steamtown Marathon last Sunday in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Doug Gologorsky who is a former Valley View & MTHS alum & cross country runner shared the same starting line as Valley View teacher and his former high school coach John Larkin. Doug who now runs for the Naval Academy's marathon team ran a time of 2:47, while Mr. Larkin finished in 2:56, both of which were top 3 in their respective age groups and Boston Marathon qualifying times. It became a memory the two will not forget.


Back To School Night 2022

Parent/Guardian, Please join us on September 20th for a presentation on the BSI program. It will take place at 6:30 pm in the Media Center, prior to Valley View's Back-to-School Night. Hope to see you there! Dr. Frye, Reading Specialist, Mrs. Conte, BSI Teacher, Mrs. Deary, BSI Teacher, Mrs. Stewart, BSI Teacher


New Gym

Gym Renovation

Valley View is enjoying our brand new gym for physical education!

Media Center

Media Center Renovation

Valley View is enjoying our new media center!





Valley View has been recognized by as a National School of Character! We are so proud of our families and our teachers who inspire our children to follow the Principles of Character in their daily lives in and out of school. We are also proud of the Character Ed Committee's valiant efforts in seeking this recognition.



Valley View has been recognized by as a State School of Character! We are so proud of our families and our teachers who inspire our children to follow the Principles of Character in their daily lives in and out of school. We are also proud of the Character Ed Committee's valiant efforts in seeking this recognition.


Promising Practices

Valley View School has received the 'Promising Practices' award as well as Montville being named a National School District of Character. has been certifying Promising Practices in education for nearly 20 years. These recognized practices are often a good first step towards becoming a School of Character.



Days of Appreciation - Superintendent's Column May 26 Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman, Montville Township Public Schools

Days of Appreciation - One of the key foundations to America’s greatness is its public schools.  Allowing students access to a free and public education sets America apart from many other countries and gives all children the opportunity to succeed. The success of this education system is seen during the months of May and June.  The schools recognize student achievements of the past year, inductions into the honor societies are conducted with reverence, concerts showcase the results of many hours of practice, playoffs highlight the best teams on the athletic fields, and promotion and graduation ceremonies indicate the children completed the requirements asked of them and are ready to move on to the next level of life. 

Original Character Education Musical Presented by Valley View 4th Grade Students Music Teacher Samantha Ivins wrote the script and arranged the music for the  original presentation One nation With Character. The concert was performed aby Valley View's 4th grade.

“One Nation With Character,” was presented by Valley View's 53 fourth grade students - “In addition to singing, every student in this production has a speaking part, as well as a part where they are playing Orff instruments,” music teacher Samantha Ivins said. “Everything aligns with both 4th grade music standards and Valley View’s Character Education curriculum.” Ivins wrote the script and arranged the music.

Montville Township BOE Member Dr. Karen Cortellino Elected President of the New Jersey School Boards Association Montville Board of Education member Dr. Karen Cortellino was elected as president of the New Jersey School Boards Association during the organization’s semiannual Delegate Assembly.

Dr. Karen Cortellino was elected as president of the New Jersey School Boards Association - Cortellino has been a member of the Montville Township Board of Education since 2006, serving as its president from 2010 – 2016. She has also served on every standing board committee, as well as various ad hoc committees. Cortellino served as the vice president for legislation/resolutions for NJSBA for four years, 2019 – 2023. She also served as an NJSBA board of directors member, as president of the Morris County School Boards Association, and was a member of the MCSBA Legislative Committee. She has earned the designations of Certified Board Member, Master Board Member and Certified Board Leader through the NJSBA Board Member Academy and is the first recipient of the Irene LeFebvre Excellence in Boardsmanship Award, as presented by the Morris County School Boards Association, in June 2022.

Sounds of Silence - Superintendent's Column April 2023 Dr. Thomas A. Gorman, Superintendent of Montville Township Public Schools.

Sounds of Silence - When driving down the road the other day, I saw a mother and daughter in a car approaching in the oncoming traffic lane.  I saw the teenage daughter smiling ear to ear as she was waving her hands and animatedly telling a story she was so excited to share.  The mother, who was driving the car, had a smirk on her face as she kept her eyes on the road and listened intently.  While I can only guess that there was music on in the car, I could see that neither was on their cell phone and they were conducting an age-old ritual called verbal communication. I could not hear what was being exchanged between the two of them, but I could tell it was one of those pleasant moments shared between a mother and a daughter...

"Giveback Days" - District Will Be Closed Friday, April 21 & Tuesday, May 30, 2023 

If No Further Emergency School Days are Used, the District Will Be Closed on Friday, April 21 and Tuesday, May 30, 2023 - For 2022-2023 the District has five emergency school closing days built into the school calendar. When three or fewer of the days are not used, they are returned to the community. Therefore, if no further emergency school days are used, the District will be closed on Friday, April 21 and Tuesday, May 30, 2023. If, for any reason, the District needs to close prior to the use of these days, then the schools will be open on the above mentioned day(s) as necessary. Enjoy the “giveback days.”

Superintendent's Letter Regarding Lazar Social Media Threat

A Letter to the community from Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman, March 24, 2023

District Enrollment Analysis Update - May 11, 2023 LOGO Montville Township Public Schools

Elementary Enrollment Reflects Community Growth - Montville Township Public Schools are highly desirable due to outstanding results including high test scores, a near-perfect high school graduation rate, 94% of students attending college, and consistently impressive ratings and rankings by various agencies. While much of this enrollment is attributed to increased birth rates, the recent demographic study also outlines additional growth from more people moving into town with families. Overall, growth will continue to challenge class sizes at the elementary level. At the May 9, 2023, Montville Township Board of Education Meeting, the Board viewed a Referendum Proposal Presentation, which was followed by a Financial Presentation. As mentioned in earlier letters this year, district enrollment currently exceeds capacity at the elementary school level. Elementary enrollment for fall 2023 is projected to exceed capacity by 149 students and will continue to grow.

Artificial Intelligence - Superintendent's Column March 2023 Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman

Artificial Intelligence - Superintendent's Column March 2023 - Once again, education finds itself on the edge of a new frontier with the announcement of ChatGPT artificial intelligence and similar type products just a few months ago. This new technology can compose music, detect cancer images, and write student essays. While still in its infancy, artificial intelligence will only improve in its accuracy and ability to assist mankind. It is not perfect but it is becoming unexpectedly human...

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