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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 2021 - 2022


NEW! Information about this year's READcycle....Click here


NEW! Please support Montville Township High School's Annual Charity Baseball Game to Benefit The Robert Luongo ALS Fund - Montville vs. Morristown, Thursday, May 19th, 7 pm at MTHS


NEW! Please read a Mother's Day message from Dr. Kennedy....Click here


NEW! Pathways is having a STEM summer camp for kids ages 7-12....Click here


NEW! Spring 2 (May & June) Pathways programs....Click here


NEW! 5th-grade orientation information....Click here


NEW!  Celebrate the arts flyer....Click here


NEW!  Act happy week flyer....Click here


NEW! Sixth grade immunization information....Click here


NEW!  Our amazing PTA needs your help with pictures for the yearbook....Click here


NEW!  Information on this year's science fair....Click here


NEW! Links to view our virtual Valley View Winter concert....Click here


NEW! COVID 19 positive or have not symptoms.....Click here


NEW! Updated arrival and dismissal safety protocols....Click here


NEW! Fostering social and emotional learning at home....Click here


NEW! Please note that the virtual Winter Concert has been postponed because we want all of our 4th and 5th grade students to participate in the recording. Currently, some students are attending school virtually. We will let our Learning Community know the rescheduled date as soon as possible.


NEW! Information on the Spring  2022 Pathways programs....Click here


NEW! Dear Parents and Guardians....Please read the attached "Report to Parents - Setting Goals." (Click here) As we approach the end of the marking period (December 14), it is a good time to check in with your child to discuss their learning goals for the year. Using the report card as a basis for discussion, talk to your youngster about their progress and explore goals they would like to focus upon. Goals may be global, " I wish to get better grades on all of my tests and quizzes." Goals may be more specific, " I want to learn to spell my sight words." Nevertheless, when students are guided to set personal goals, they begin to be aware of their power as learners. Studying for tests, memorizing math facts/multiplication tables, actively reading each day, completing work on time, and self-checking written work are examples of worthy goals for elementary students. Academic success is achieved when teachers, parents AND students fully participate in the learning process. Warm Regards, Dr. Patricia Kennedy, Principal


NEW! Support the class of 2022 with their Krispy Kreme donut sale.....Click here


NEW! Dear Parents and Guardians: All class moms/volunteers have to have proof of a negative PCR or rapid COVID-19 test from a testing site in order to volunteer. Please note that home COVID-19 tests are not accepted. Documentation should go to our School Nurse, Debra Barmore, prior to volunteering. Thank you, Dr. Kennedy


NEW! Lifelines letter to parents (click here) and flyer (click here)


NEW! Please note that due to the rain forecasted for Friday, it has been decided that we will host our Halloween Parade and Parties on Thursday, October 28.


NEW! Information on the November and December  Pathways programs....Click here


NEW! Please read the attached letter to parents regarding the optional removal of desk shields....Click here


NEW! Back to school night schedule....Click here


NEW! Dear Parents and Guardians....We are back in business and classes are humming along.  Students are engaged and our teachers are enjoying having all of their students right before them.  Just a reminder:  For the health and safety of our students and staff, according to Montville Township Public Schools Safe Return Plan, "the district will follow the current guidance in place, either from the New Jersey Department of Health or the New Jersey Department of Education, with regard to the wearing of masks in school by staff and students.  It has been noted that some children are wearing loose fitting gaiters that do not meet the expectation of universal and correct wearing of masks.  We ask that all students and staff wear well fitting masks to school.  Thank you, Dr. Kennedy


NEW! Information on a Fall 5th grade Mum's  fundraiser....Click here


NEW! Introducing Valley View's new school lunch program for the 2021 - 2022 school year....Click here


NEW! Here are the most recent editions of the Home and School Connection newsletter....Click here  - - as well as  the Math and Science Connection newsletter....Click here


NEW! COVID tracing....Please “#TakeTheCall” - - If contact tracers call you, please speak with them. Contact Tracing Saves Lives!




Welcome to the Valley View Elementary School web page!


Graphing In Grade 2

Graphing fun in Mrs. Slattery & Ms. Streep’s class!



Project ACES

On May 4th, the students at Valley View participated in our annual Project ACES event outside.  Valley View exercised with millions of children worldwide.  Check out the video in the slot to the right to watch the entire event.  The program was organized at the school by our physical education teacher, Mr. Saunders.  Thank you to Dr. Rovtar for coming to the school to exercise with the kids.

Project ACES 2022

The children had a blast exercising with millions of children around the world for our annual Project ACES event. Check out the video below to watch the entire event.


Band and Strings Spring Concert

Enjoy our Spring concert brought to you by Mr. Richard Ketay and Ms. Cailin Cienki.

4th Grade Spring Musical

One Nation with Character is a debut musical, with scenes written by Mrs. Ivins herself. Each scene and song focuses on a different character trait that creates a strong character. Valley View School received National School of Character last year, so this continues on our learning journey for character education. You will see these students acting, singing and playing instruments.



Valley View LOVES To Read!

Valley View LOVES to Read - and the second grade wants everyone to "peel open" a good book! Students in Ms. Whealan's media classes created posters celebrating books, reading, and the library as a part of a unit where they learned about fonts, colors, Google Slides, and design. Remember to "Dive into a good book" because "Reading is PAWsome!"


Arts & Music Week

Students and staff dressed as famous artists. Pictured here Victoria  and Chloe along with media teacher Ms. Whealan dressed as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.



TWOSday at Valley View

Celebrating TWOSday at Valley View on 2/22/22

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The Winter Olympics

Students in Mrs. Slattery & Ms. Streep’s 2nd grade class enjoyed learning about the Winter Olympics. They celebrated by dressing like Olympians!



Congratulations to Mrs. Ivins and our students who participated in our amazing Songest!

Snowman Theme Day At Valley View

On Friday, 1/14/22, Valley View students celebrated a 'snowman' theme day thanks to our student council.  Enjoy the video!




The Valley View Community is proud to announce our "Teacher of the Year" which is Mrs. Burke and our "Education Service Professional of the Year" which is our nurse, Mrs. Barmore.  Dr. Shorter and Dr. Rotvar were in the building along with Dr. Kennedy to announce this exciting news.


Celebrate Diversity

Valley View is committed to recognize and celebrate the diversity of our school community. We hope you enjoy our bulletin board.


Note From Our Health Office

Here is a great video from the CDC about proper handwashing.  Thank you Mrs. Barmore!

Valley View Food Drive / Closed 11/19/21

Update....On Friday, 11/19/21, Valley View successfully donated 754 pounds of food to the Interfaith Food Pantry. This topped our goal from last year which was 543 pounds of food! Kudos to Amy Falk and John Larkin, third grade teachers and organizers of this event, and the generous Valley View Community for thinking so kindly of others at Thanksgiving!



Halloween Parade

Our Halloween parade and parties on October 28th were a huge success as staff and students dressed up in their costumes.  Have a safe Halloween!

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Happy Halloween

Halloween is around the corner and the kids are excited for their class parties and parade.  Many of our school bulletin boards are covered with the holiday decorations as this one outside our Pre-K room.



Valley View Upstanders

Congratulations to our September  Valley View 'Upstanders' of the month. 

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Exercise US

Exercise US

Each September, Valley View participates in the Exercise US event.  Hundreds of schools exercise across the country together for 10 continuous hours.  Valley View students and Dr. Rovtar did their 15 minute contribution to the event from 8am - 8:15am on September 30th.  All participating schools contributed 15 minute exercise sessions that lasted for 10 hours.


Back To School Night 2021

Welcome messages from our principal Dr. Kennedy, our PTA president Mrs. Smith and our school counselor Mr. Spector.

Back To School Night - Specialists Messages

A welcome video message from the specialists area teachers.  Learn more about our programs.


Welcome Back,  2021 - 2022 School Year

A New School Year

Valley View Alumni Video

Past Fun Video From Former Students


New Gym

Gym Renovation

Valley View is looking forward to using our newly renovated gym this year!

Media Center

Media Center Renovation

Valley View is looking forward to also using our newly renovated media center this year!



Welcome Back From Dr. Kennedy

To the Valley View Learning Community.... We look forward to welcoming the members of Valley View's learning community to the 2021 - 2022 school year! We are excited to see all of our students and staff for full days of in-person learning and fun! These are challenging times while we live through the “new normal.” As you know, some of our protocols have changed due to concerns for health and safety. Nevertheless, we are confident that as we work together, we can make the transition to this new school year a happy and inviting one for our children. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our staff, teachers, and PTA who have worked tirelessly to prepare classrooms and the building and grounds for our opening. A special thank you to our parents and guardians for sharing your wonderful children with us each day and your unwavering support! Sincerely, Dr. Kennedy


Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run is a program that teaches girls confidence, positive social skills, and healthy living through interactive lessons, fun games, and running activities. The Valley View Girls on the Run team is about to start our fall season! The program encourages girls to build their self-esteem and create a more active lifestyle. They also learn how to relate to others and their community through a team service project. Each season ends with a 5K with girls from all over northern NJ. This program is open to all girls from 3rd-5th grade in Montville. Practice starts next week, so make sure you register soon at girlsontherunnj.org.  If you have any questions about the Valley View team, please contact Ms. Altchek at chelsea.altchek@montville.net.





Valley View has been recognized by character.org 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 character.org 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.  Character.org 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.



Back In-Person! 34th Anniversary of A.C.E.S. at Valley View! Four fifth-grade students: Lilly Uhl (A), Diya Manchanda (C), Max Davis (E) and Vansh Patel (S), with A.C.E.S. founder Len Saunders of Valley View.

357 Valley View Students Gathered and Exercised With Millions Around the World - After two years of virtual workouts, the world’s largest exercise class: Project A.C.E.S., was in-person once again. Project A.C.E.S. – All Children Exercise Simultaneously – was founded 34 years ago. Physical Education teacher and acclaimed author, Len Saunders, created the program as a way to inspire kids to get moving.

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

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.

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.

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