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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


NEW! 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.


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


NEW! Dear Parents and Guardians, we have had a wonderful opening and are looking forward to our in person Back-to-School Night on September 20, 2022.  Please see the attached for the schedule. BSI teachers will meet with their parents from 6:30 - 6:55 pm in the Media Center; Welcome and Opening Remarks will be from 7:00 - 7:25 pm in the Auditorium; Session I - Classroom Visits will be from 7:30 pm - 7:55 pm; Session II - Classroom Visits will be from 8:00 - 8:30 pm.  Our Special Area teachers will be available in the Media Center to speak to parents about their programs (Art, Media, Music, Spanish and PE).  Parking is somewhat limited but will also be available in the playground area.  Please note: Back-to-School Night is for introductions to teachers and a general overview of the school year and curriculum. It you would like to arrange a conference, please contact your child's teacher via email to schedule a mutually convenient date.  Looking forward to welcoming our Learning Community to the start of a great year!  Sincerely, Dr. Kennedy  Click here for Back to School Night Schedule!


NEW! Is your child struggling with  behaviors?  Sign up for a zoom meeting on September 22, 2022 with Dr. Michele Havens, BCBA and certified in DIR/Floortime....Click here


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


NEW! Dear Parents and Guardians, We are so looking forward to welcoming our children back to school!  Most recently, two of our veteran teachers decided not to return in September.  Mrs. Jaimee Kardish, Kindergarten Teacher, has extended her maternity leave.  We are so happy to share that Ms. Kylie Balchan, who was with us in Kindergarten last spring, has been appointed to take Mrs. Kardish's assignment. Mrs. Balchan will be reaching out to her youngsters next week.  Additionally, Ms. Amy Falk, Third Grade Teacher, was presented with an opportunity in another district to become their elementary Reading Specialist. We are so proud of Ms. Falk and wish her the very best.  Nevertheless, we are excited to announce that Mrs. Asheley Rockwell, a veteran elementary teacher, will be replacing Ms. Falk. Mrs. Rockwell will be reaching out to her students next week.  Valley View is also welcoming Ms. Kaitlyn Tierney, a veteran Special Education teacher from William Mason School. Ms. Tierney will be joining us in the AM and will work with our Kindergarten and First Grade children.  Enjoying the remaining days of summer! Sincerely, Patricia Kennedy Ed. D.


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


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


NEW! Information about helping kids cope with tragedy....Click here


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


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


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


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


Exercise US Event

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 29th, the Valley View 5th graders were featured on the NBC evening news for participating in the national 'Exercise US' event.  We are so proud of our 5th graders!




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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



Welcome Back

Aayush Sharma, former VV student, reports to the US Naval Academy on June 30. We are so proud of him and his accomplishments!


Kindergarten Graduation

The Kindergarten teachers and paras want to wish all their little graduates the best of luck next year in first grade.  The graduation on June 15th was a big hit.    CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE ENTIRE GRADUATION VIDEO




A big congratulations to our very own Mrs. Barbera on her retirement from Valley View.  We wish you the very best on the next chapter of your life and will miss you!  Thanks for all the great years of service to the students of Valley View!


Spring Concert

Congratulations to our 5th graders for putting on an amazing Spring concert on June 2nd.  We are so proud of your hard work.  CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW THE CONCERT.



Make A Difference Award 2022

Fifth grade students, Arjun Agarwal and Riley Pett, were recognized in Pathways annual Make a Difference Awards Assembly. These students received the Aaron Melzer "Make a Difference Award" for showing compassion, courage, and diversity in their relationships with teachers and peers. We congratulate Arjun and Riley who always go the distance to help others and spread positivity throughout Valley View.


Make A Difference Award 2022

Fifth grade students, Arjun Agarwal and Riley Pett, were recognized in Pathways annual Make a Difference Awards Assembly. These students received the Aaron Melzer "Make a Difference Award" for showing compassion, courage, and diversity in their relationships with teachers and peers. We congratulate Arjun and Riley who always go the distance to help others and spread positivity throughout Valley View.



Art Show 2022

View our talented students masterpieces in our annual Valley View Art Show.  CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW IT!


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.



NBC News Covers 14th Annual "Exercise US" at Valley View Valley View PE teacher Len Saunders was interviewed by NBC news during the 14th Annual EXERCISE US program.

National Exercise Program Launches from Montville Township Public Schools - Len Saunders dedicates his career to making exercise fun. The innovative Physical Education teacher was interviewed by NBC News during Valley View Elementary School’s 14th Annual EXERCISE US program. The NBC interview also coincided with the launch of Saunders' 9th book: "Coach Lenny's School Tips: Top 10 Physical Activity Skills Your Child Should Master Entering Kindergarten."  NBC interviewed Saunders, students: Melaina Naveendra (grade 5), Brady Smith (3), Alexa Semren (5) and Zakariyya Ali (5), as well as Principal Dr. Patricia Kennedy and Superintendent Dr. Thomas A. Gorman.

MTHS Freshman Receives National Poetry Prize American Writers Museum logo

Ali Giordano is one of only six students in the United States, grades 3 through 12, to have been awarded The John Estey Student Writing Competition Award presented by the American Writers Museum - Giordano wrote the poem while an 8th grade student in Suezette Given's ELA class. The poem will be tied to AWM's upcoming exhibit Dark Testament, which opens September 22. Entitled Where I’m From, Giordano's award winning work was inspired by the following quote by James Baldwin: The place in which I’ll fit will not exist until I make it.”

Faculty and Staff Honored for Years of Service Including Lazar Music Teacher Honored for 35 Years of Service Music teacher, Janice Scharf, was presented with a pin of recognition for her 35 Years of Service to the Montville Township Public Schools.

39 Teachers Were Recognized for a Collective 795 Years of Dedication to Education - Music teacher, Janice Scharf, was presented with a pin of recognition for her 35 Years of Service to the Montville Township Public Schools. Scharf was one of 39 teachers recognized for their years of service on Thursday, September 1, 2022. Combined, the 39 dedicated faculty and staff members have logged 795 Years of Service to the Montville Township Public Schools. Years of Service pins were presented to those who have 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 Years of Service.

Woodmont Student and Business Administrator Featured in Solar Energy Video Woodmont Elementary School student Shanvi Mahida, grade 5, is featured in the new solar panel video, produced by Solar Landscape.

Collaborative Solar Project to Save District Nearly $1Million Over 15 Years - Montville Township Public Schools and Solar Landscape launched a collaboration last year to harness solar energy through solar panels placed on 6 of the district’s schools. Business Administrator Katine Slunt and 5th grade student Shanvi Mahida, of Woodmont Elementary School, are featured the new video. The solar project was made possible through a 15-year solar power purchase agreement which enabled 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 nearly $1 million over the term of the agreement. Additionally the installation reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

September Letter to Parents and Guardians Montville Township Public Schools Shield logo

In his September 1, 2022, letter to parents and guardians, Superintendent  Dr. Thomas A. Gorman shared information regarding the relaxing of Covid-19 protocols, an introduction to Chartwells, the new lunch service provider at Lazar and MTHS, and an update on the facilities improvements that have taken place throughout the district during the summer of 2022.

New Teachers Attend 3-Day Orientation at Montville Township Public Schools Twenty-seven new educators joined the staff at Montville Township Public Schools on August 22, 2022. They attended a 3-day orientation at MTHS.

Twenty-seven New Staff Prepare for 2022-2023 Academic Year - “New Teacher Orientation” was held Monday, August 22, through Wednesday, August 24, 2022. Montville Township Public Schools will open to students on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. All faculty and staff will return to the district for the 2022-2023 academic year on Thursday, September 1, 2022.

August Letter to Parents & Guardians From Dr. Thomas A. Gorman Logo for the Montville Township Public Schools

Superintendent  Dr. Thomas A. Gorman shared a letter with Parents and Guardians on August 15, 2022. "The mission of the Montville Township Public Schools is 'to develop well-rounded, invested, and inspired students by engaging them in an experience of collaboration with educators, parents, and community that fosters a culture of innovation, character, and inclusivity in a shared spirit of pride.'  To accomplish this, we will work together to continue establishing the highest quality of learning through a powerful and rigorous learning environment," Dr. Gorman wrote. 

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.

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