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June 23, 2017

Montville Township Public Schools to be featured on Emmy® award-winning Classroom Close-up, NJ

VideoLazar’s HIPP Award-winning program STEM PALS to air Sunday, June 25

Montville Township, New Jersey – On Sunday, June 25, 2017, STEM PALS, a Robert R. Lazar Middle School educational program, will air on the Emmy® award-winning television show Classroom Close-up NJ. The segment will be broadcast on NJTV (In Montville Township, New Jersey, NJTV is Cablevision’s Channel 8).

STEM PALS, is an innovative educational initiative at Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, New Jersey, and Parsippany’s Intervale Elementary School. STEM PALS unites science, math and mentoring. Developed by seventh grade science teacher Marisa Castronova-Wos, of Lazar, and third grade teacher Jess Shackil, of Intervale, STEM PALS inspires students to excel in science concepts and curriculum by learning from and mentoring each other. STEM PALS brings the third grade classroom into the seventh grade, and the seventh grade mentors into the third grade, through a live remote connection. Together, students in both classes tackle engineering, math and science concepts resulting in experimentation, original research and solutions.

STEM PALS received the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education Award for 2016.

Just over a dozen HIPP Grants are awarded across NJ annually.  According to the NJEA website, the Hipp Grant is in place to help educators “Bring creative ideas to life,” and “Promote excellence in education.”

Now taping its twenty-fourth season, Classroom Close-up, NJ is produced by NJEA and NJTV. It highlights innovative and extraordinary educational programs and educators across the state.

NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing 200,000 public school teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

The Lazar Middle and Intervale Elementary STEM PALS will be featured on Classroom Close-up, NJ on Sunday, June 25 at 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The segment will also air on Sunday, July 2 at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


June 22, 2017

Montville Township High School graduates 304 at 46th Annual Graduation Ceremony

GraddddddFive students selected to address the Class of 2017 through words or music

Montville Township, NJ – Under vibrant blue skies, Montville Township High School graduated 304 seniors on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The event marked the 46th Annual MTHS Graduation Ceremony.

The Class of 2017 procession, joined by faculty and members of the Montville Township Board of Education, entered the Mustang's football stadium to the strains of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance, played by the MTHS Symphonic Band & Orchestra. Thomas Sansone, a member of the Class of 2017, conducted. Sansone is the first guest conductor in recent MTHS history selected from the student body to lead the MTHS Band & Orchestra at graduation. 

"Thomas has been essential to our arts department during his four years at Montville Township High School," said MTHS Principal Douglas Sanford. "Although he has performed countless times as a representative of our school, we are so proud and honored that this last performance is as our full ensemble conductor at tonight's graduation ceremony." 

Sanford's remarks for Sansone were greeted by thunderous applause from the Class of 2017. 

Sanford then address the graduates of the Class of 2017.

“This ceremony represents so much love, care, support, and hope; and all that you have done for the past four years is being celebrated tonight,” Principal Sanford explained. “I feel confident that the greatest moments in your life lie before you. Each of you will leave here tonight armed with the skills, desire, curiosity, and commitment to accomplish anything you endeavor to do.”

Four student speakers addressed the administration, faculty, families, Montville Township Board of Education and their fellow graduates: Jonathan Kraft, Valedictorian and President of the MTHS Class of 2017; Cassandra Golorsky, the MTHS Class of 2017 Salutatorian; Bayann Amer, President of the Student Activities Council; and Geetam Patchigolla, Vice President of the MTHS Class of 2017.

Kraft , the Valedictorian and President of the MTHS Class of 2017, will attend Yale in the fall.  He drew from his experiences academically and as captain of the MTHS Boys Track team to encourage his fellow graduates to work hard but to also make time to enjoy life.

“Hard work is so important.  Go out into the world, and go to work until it brings you success,” Kraft said. “But never work so hard that you lose track of your enjoyment.  Life is not about being the smartest, the fastest, the strongest, or the very best.  It is about appreciating those around and making the most happy memories while we can.  I’m so proud of the work I put into both academics and athletics, but at the end of the day, I’m not going to remember how many medals I won nor what grades I got in each class.  What I won’t ever forget, though, is those memories and friendships I’ve made with my teammates, my classmates, my friends, and all of you before me today.”

Salutatorian Gologorsky will attend Cornell University in the fall. Her speech focused on the many impressive accomplishments the students of the MTHS Class of 2017 have already achieved.

“My fellow classmates have conducted graduate level research, competed in national forensics tournaments, and performed in some amazing musicals,” Gologorsky said. “They’ve demonstrated their outstanding talents on the field, in the pool, and on the track, as well as in art shows and concerts. I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the athletes, artists, musicians, orators, and other gifted individuals of the senior class. For a moment, let’s not focus on the future, but let’s recall all that we’ve accomplished in the past four years. From mastering the idea of tangents in calculus class to successfully throwing on the wheel in ceramics, you all have done something with your time in high school that you can be proud of.”

She assured the seniors that their drive and vision are strong and their experiences to date have prepared them for a future they have been working toward for the past four years.

Amer, the 2017 President of the MTHS Student Activities Council encouraged her classmates to confidently embrace the future, secure in the knowledge that family, friends and self will continue to provide support.

“We are preparing to pack our things and leave our school years behind to step into the next chapter of our lives,” Amer said. “But, as we move on in life, it is imperative to remember that whenever we feel challenged, discouraged, or lost, the answers can be found right here at home.”

Patchigolla, the Vice President of the MTHS Class of 2017 will attend Rutgers Business School in the fall. He addressed his class with great humor and insight. Through a countdown format, he reviewed for the 304 MTHS seniors the past 4 years -- or 1,380 days. He concluded by imagining the next 2 hours and beyond.

Time serves as the measuring stick for who we are and what we will do,” Patchigolla said. “And since those numbers will pass quickly from hours to days and from weeks to years, we must live every second with conviction and courage.”  

Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar encouraged the class “to remember to be kind always.”

“It is our hope,” Rovtar said. “That the years you have spent here in the Montville Township Public Schools, experiencing our Character Ed programs and lessons about honesty, values, ethics and integrity, from the teachers and administrators you have worked with along the way, will have given you a solid moral compass to guide you.”

Board of Education President Dr. Matthew Kayne, who has been involved with the Montville Township Public Schools for 22 years, including nine as a Board of Education Member, expressed his pride and excitement for the inspirations and opportunities the faculty and staff provide daily for the students of Montville Township.

“Our students have rich experiences in our schools,” Kayne said. “Class of 2017, this is your moment, your world. Your actions have the power to lead our society in new directions.”

Class Advisor, World Languages teacher, Jennifer Dubois, spoke to the graduates on behalf of herself and Advisor, Mathematics teacher, Dana Bertoli.

“Every graduate here today has worked extremely hard to become a better version of themselves,” Dubois said. “Each of you has grown in a way that you should be proud of.”

Together Dubois and Bertoli announced each senior’s name as he or she approached the stage to accept a diploma and shake hands with MTHS Principal Douglas Sanford, Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar and Montville Township Board of education President Dr. Matthew Kayne.

Following the ceremony, 304 caps few into the air as family and friends made their way onto the field to hug and congratulate their graduates.

The MTHS graduation ceremony was broadcast live. VIDEO of the MTHS graduation processional, as well as VIDEOS of the speeches and the awarding of diplomas, can be viewed on the Montville Township Public Schools Facebook page.

The majority of graduates then participated in the Montville Township Drug Awareness Council’s Annual Project Graduation event. The oldest substance-free event in New Jersey, for over thirty years, Project Graduation has been staffed by Montville Township volunteers and supported by donations. It is organized by the community to keep MTHS graduates safe. From 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM graduates enjoy a DJ, swimming, volleyball, basketball, laser tag, casino games and a wide variety of special activities and entertainers, as well as a continuous supply of food throughout the night. To ensure everyone’s safety, graduates are be bussed to and from the celebration.

June 21, 2017

Montville Township High School Senior Wins $2K Scholarship

WinnerwinnerMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township High School senior Jonathan Kraft was one of five northern New Jersey-area students to receive a $2,000 scholarship from Monk’s Home Improvements. To read more click the following words, "click here

New Active Shooter Procedures to be Adapted in Montville Twp Schools

CopmanMONTVILLE, NJ – In the past, Montville Township schools have utilized lockdown procedures in the case of a perceived danger event not involving fire. This means that staff and employees have been trained to lock windows and doors and hide students from entrance doors when emergency protocols are invoked. This is referred to as a “lockdown.” It is used, for example, in the event that an unauthorized person has gained access to a school, such as if an active shooter situation occurred. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Towaco Civic Association Awards Scholarship, Donates to VFW, Funds Street Signs

AwardpeopleMONTVILLE, NJ – The Towaco Civic Association awarded two $500 scholarships to MTHS seniors Alex Benno and Cameron Zurawlow at the June 8 Senior Awards night, and invited the students to their May 24 meeting so members could meet them. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Democrats Announce New Candidate on Ticket for Township Committee

LadyMONTVILLE, NJ – Due to a move to Hawaii, Democratic candidate for Township Committee Lori Hieger is being replaced by Emily Ryzuk, according to a press release from the Montville Democratic Committee on June 16. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township PBA Participates in Special Olympics Torch Run

SpecialMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Police Department participated with more than 3,000 other law enforcement officers in the June 9 Torch Run to benefit the Special Olympics New Jersey Summer Games. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township's Lazar Middle School Promotes Nearly 325

CarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrMONTVILLE, NJ - Nearly 325 students were promoted from eighth to ninth grade on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the sixty-fourth annual Robert R. Lazar Middle School Promotion Ceremony. To read more click the following words, "click here"

June 20, 2017

Robert R. Lazar Middle School promotes nearly 325

AwardsOver 25 awards were presented to 34 of the rising freshmen

Montville Township, New Jersey - Nearly 325 students were promoted from eighth to ninth grade on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the sixty-fourth annual Robert R. Lazar Middle School Promotion Ceremony.

Over twenty-three awards were presented to students.

Principal Sharon Carr, who will retire following the end of the 2016 – 2017 academic year, told the students that: “Today marks a milestone for you; a day that begins a journey to your future.”

Carr pointed out that the students have grown “academically, socially and emotionally” over the past three years.

“I have personally witnessed your kindness helping a fellow student…always hoping that kindness will spread to others.” After listing many charities and activities, Carr added: “You’ve donated to a multitude of charitable organizations…the list is endless…. Thank you for making a difference and for making Lazar shine.”

Class President Elliot Jo also spoke eloquently. He thanked the students, faculty and parents, and he reminisced about his three years at Lazar and his spoke of hopes for the Class of 2021 at Montville Township High School.

“Everything you do in life will have an effect,” Jo reminded them. He asked his fellow students to learn from the words of Steve Jobs and Helen Keller.

“Treat yourself well and cherish others,” is a quote that Jobs reportedly said in his last days on Earth; a lesson as to what is truly important in life. Jo pointed out that at the end of his life, a man who had worked all of his life to amassed billions asked others to recognize what was truly important in life.

“May each of us treat each other well,” Joe said as he looked forward to the next four years, “Because, after all, we are in this together.”

He concluded by asking his colleagues to look out for each other over the next four years. “Because, as Helen Keller said, ’Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.’”

Following his speech, awards were presented to the following students:

The Academic Achievement Award - Victoria Wei and Andrew Xu

American Heritage Awards – Victoria Feaster and Natalie Rossinow

The Scholastic Progress Award – Andrew Loizou

The Robert R. Lazar Middle School Service Award – Grace Frederick and Sydney Leong

Sportsmanship Awards – Daniel McDavid and Abigail Lisi

The Student of the Year Award – Emma Zwickel

The NFC Studies Award – Julienne Gabriel

Music Awards for Concert Band – Brian Chen and Jeffrey Chen

Music Awards for Chorus – Nina Lewin

Music Awards for Orchestra – Frances Lai and Andria Merkaj

Art Awards – Ania Gill and Queenly Xie

The LNN Television Studio Award – Brady Garb and Ania Gill

The Spanish Award – Hannah Scroggins

The Italian Award – Maria Papera

The French Award – Andrew Xu

The Mandarin Award – Samuel Abramson

Morris County Superintendent’s Middle School Leadership Award – Emma Zwickel

Daughters of the American Revolution Youth Citizenship Awards – Maria Papera and Michael Usatine

Citizenship Awards – Daniel Fariello and Elliot Jo

The Lazar School Determination Awards – Omar Alvarez

The Todd Perrella Memorial Award – Emily Luo and Lindsay Zuckerman

Michelle Sullivan Memorial Award – Charlotte Weinstein

Heroism Awards – Dylan Huang and Emily Spellman

The Carol Lazar Snyder Memorial Awards - Madeleine Kelly and Abigail Lisi

The Lynette Berdej Memorial Award - Emily Gazzillo

Students Ania Gill, Abigail Lisi, Maria Papera, Andrew Xu and Emma Zwickel each received two awards during the event.

The Montville Township High School Parent Teacher Council also presented the Class of 2021 with a $100 check to open the freshman account.

Following the presentation of awards the students’ names were announced as each individual came forward to shake the hand of Principal Sharon Carr, Montville Township Board of Education Member Dr. Matthew Kayne and Montville Township Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar.

The ceremony was organized by Class Advisors Suezette Given and Ellen Parmentier.

Held indoors in the gymnasium at Montville Township High School, students, parents, faculty and families gathered to celebrate the important occasion.

The school’s Symphonic Band, under the direction of Chelsea Stebbins, played Pomp and Circumstance by Sir Edward Elgar and Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke.

In her closing, Carr, who said she usually quotes Dr. Seuss, Albert Einstein or Maya Angelou, chose instead to quote an essay written by one of the day’s graduates.

“This was written by one of you,” Carr said as she pointed to the eighth graders. The identity of the graduate remained anonymous as she explained, “This essay had one of the best messages: ‘Keep your head up, look up to the sky and tell yourself that you can. You can be something fantastic, you can turn the unpredictable to fascinating. Be who you were born to be. If that doesn’t work, be more than that. We were made to change the world, our generations were made to change each other. To become better people, better to one another. Believe, hope, then soar. Don’t for one second let anyone tell you, you can’t. You can.’”

The Sixty-Fourth Annual Robert R. Lazar Middle School Promotion Ceremony was broadcast live on the Montville Township Public Schools Facebook Page, and can be viewed there anytime. ( )

June 19, 2017

Montville Township Women’s Club 2017 Scholarship Winners

PlayOn Thursday, June 8, 2017 during the HS Senior Award Night at the Montville Township High School, Alexandria Sarra and Marguerite Corazza (President and First Vice President) of the Montville Township Woman’s Club presented two scholarships to deserving HS Seniors:  Kayla Kolaritsch and Viktoria Olowski.  Both seniors were given a $600 scholarship for their involved in volunteer work both within the HS and in the Montville community.  

The Montville Township Women’s Club has been presenting two scholarships to seniors in the HS class for more than twenty years.  It has always been the Women’s Club’s goal to support Education in the community.

Congratulations to Kayla Kolaritsch and Viktoria Olowski and thank you for your service to your community!

YA Programs (Grades 6-12)

Teen Summer Reading Kick-off!

Wednesday, June 21 at 2:30 

Enjoy one last round of video games before the reading begins!

Registration Not Required

Traditional Chinese Arts

Calligraphy: Monday, July 17 at 2:30 

Painting: Monday, July 31 at 7:00 

Leeann Yang from MeWe Art will provide instruction in these techniques.

Registration Required

Summer STEAM Projects

Clean Water: Wednesday, June 28 at 2:30

Food Security: Wednesday, July 12 at 5:00

Epidemics: Wednesday, July 26 at 2:30

Learn the science behind the major problems facing the world through experimentation.

Registration Required

Board Game Club

Thursdays, July 13 and 27, and August 10 at 7:00 pm

Challenge your friends and family with a variety of board games!

Registration Not Required

Cultural Programs (Ages Specified)

Games of the Slavic World

Tuesday, July 18 at 4:00  

For both Teens and Children 8+

Montville Library Celebrates Slavic Heritage!

Come learn some Russian and Polish games and have fun competing with your friends!

Registration Required

Performance by Barynya Ensemble 

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm 

For All Ages 

Montville Library Celebrates Slavic Heritage!

Barynya is a world renowned Russian folk ensemble. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Siberian, Ukrainian, Roma, and Jewish traditional dancing, music, and songs on a variety of traditional instruments. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, and the United Nations.

Registration Required

ELL Coffee Hour

Saturdays, July 22nd and August 5th at 10:00 am

Enjoy coffee and light refreshments while socializing with other ELL students!

Registration Required

June 12, 2017


Montville Kiwanis Recognizes MTHS Key Club, Seton Hall Standouts

KeyclubMontville Township High School Senior, and outgoing Key Club President, Mackenzie Lake, was presented with the Montville Kiwanis President’s Award in recognition for her service to the Kiwanis family of service clubs throughout her high school career.

Seton Hall Prep Senior Gerard Hug was presented with the Montville Kiwanis Legacy Award. Gerald led two projects; “My Brother’s Closet”, which collects lightly used uniforms for peers that cannot afford them, and a service club which raises funds for Alzheimer’s research and general awareness.

Long time Kiwanis members Kathy and Tim Lindert were recognized for their years of service. They are relocating from the area.

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70 Montville Township High School Students Inducted into National Honor Society

HonorsocietyMONTVILLE, NJ – Seventy juniors were inducted into the Montville Township High School chapter of the National Honor Society at a ceremony held on May 22 at the school. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Project P.R.I.D.E Educates Community on the Harsh Realities of Destructive Choices and Mistakes

PridepeopleMONTVILLE, NJ - In an effort to preserve the safety of our students and greater community, Project P.R.I.D.E was invited to the Montville Township High School auditorium on May 23. To read more click the following words, "click here"

New Township Clerk, Aquifer and Water Quality Test Discussed by Montville Township Committee

JimsandMONTVILLE, NJ - Montville Township Mayor James Sandham introduced Leena Abaza to the Montville Township Committee and public at the Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 23. Abaza will be taking over for Trudy Atkinson, township clerk, who will be retiring as of July 31. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Introduces New Township Clerk

NewtownclerkMONTVILLE, NJ - There was a new face on the dais at the Montville Township Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 23. Leena Abaza, deputy township clerk, will be replacing Township Clerk Trudy Atkinson after Atkinson’s retirement in July. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Much-Delayed Sidewalk to Be Installed on Changebridge Road in Montville

ConstructionpeopleMONTVILLE, NJ – After years of various kinds of delays, construction began on May 8 of a quarter-mile stretch of sidewalk on Changebridge Road between Lazar Middle School and Church Lane. The construction project will also include drainage and curbing, and is expected to be completed in the beginning of June. To read more click the following words, "click here"

June 05, 2017

Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar lands coveted spot in Nathan’s Famous 4th of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest

NathansThe 100th Annual Hot Dog-Eating final will be televised on ESPN from Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island, NY

Dr. René Rovtar achieved a life-long goal when she landed a spot in the 2017 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. The Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent qualified for the 100th Annual Fourth of July competition at Coney Island by eating seven hotdogs and buns in 10 minutes at the Circle K Speed Street qualifier in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 27, 2017. ( YouTube: )

More than 18 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest qualifiers are held annually across the nation.

The Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest is an annual Independence Day American hot dog competitive eating event.

According to, “Each year, the greatest competitive eaters on earth gather on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, to compete, as they have since 1916.”

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Dr. René Rovtar will be among the competitive eaters who will gather to compete for the International title.

“This was planned,” said Rovtar of her participation in the qualifying competition. “It was a bucket list thing for me to qualify.”

She noted that the hardest part was eating seven buns in addition to the hotdogs.

Approximately 18 women and 18 men will compete at the 100th Annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest this July.

Rapper, Eric “Badlands” Booker, is the male competitor who won the top spot in Charlotte opposite Rovtar. He consumed 24 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

“The Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest is a culmination of the qualifying circuit conducted throughout the United States,” the site explained.

The top male and top female finishers from each qualifier are invited to compete on July fourth at the ESPN-televised finals. The finals are held at the original and best-known Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Restaurant, on the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues, in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY.

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May 31, 2017

Platt Holds Anti-Pipeline Press Conference in Montville

WaterpeopleMONTVILLE, NJ – Morris County Freeholder candidate Nicolas Platt held a press conference at Montville Township Community Park near Lazar Middle School on May 9 to voice his opposition to the proposed route for Pilgrim Pipeline Holdings LLC’s petroleum pipeline. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville's War Hero Speaks at Morris County Memorial Day Commemoration

VetMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township resident and World War II hero Hjalmar Johansson was the featured speaker at the Morris County Memorial Day Commemoration and veterans’ medals’ event on May 24, sponsored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Five Questions with… Lori Hieger and Lucy Tullo

LadiesMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee will have two openings at the end of December. There are five candidates for the positions, and TAPinto Montville will be speaking with all five. We recently spoke with candidates Lori Hieger and Lucy Tullo, who are running together on the Democratic ticket.  To read more click the following words, "click here"

Five Questions with… Matthew Kayne

MatttttMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee will have two openings at the end of December. There are five candidates for the positions, and TAPinto Montville will be speaking with all five. We recently spoke with candidate Matthew Kayne. To read more click the following words, "click here"

May 26, 2017

Lazar Middle School students volunteered to assist the VFW in placing flags on veterans' graves

VeterensMontville Township, NJ -- More than a dozen eighth-grade students from Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, New Jersey, placed flags on the graves of veterans on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The volunteers assisted Vietnam veteran, Joe Cull, from Montville VFW Post #5481, in placing the flags on graves at the Montville Reformed Church cemetery on Church Lane.

The event was a solemn one as the students located the sites of the graves and gently placed the flags.

Throughout the activity students were able to ask Cull questions about the military, his service, and the VFW.

May 24, 2017

Montville Library - All for Grades 6-12 Unless Otherwise Noted

Cookies and Conversations

Monday, June 5 from 3:00-4:30 

Enjoy cookies and stimulating conversations!

Registration Required

Graduates’ Pizza Party

Monday, June 12 from 3:30-5:00 

For High School Seniors Only

The library wants to celebrate your graduation with pizza! 

Registration Required

Teen Advisory Board Elections

Nominations: Tuesday, June 6 at 4:00

Elections: Tuesday, June 13 at 4:00

Join the TAB to represent and serve the teen community.

Registration Required

LGBTQIA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Wednesday, June 7 from 3:00-5:00 

Montville Library Celebrates LGBTQIA Pride Month!

We will work together to improve LGBTQIA articles on Wikipedia. 

Registration Required

Serving the NJ LGBTQIA Community: Organizations That Make a Difference

Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 pm 

For both Teens and Adults

Montville Library Celebrates LGBTQIA Pride Month!

Representatives from various NJ organizations will discuss their efforts to aid the LGBTQIA community. 

Registration Required

Improv Club

Thursday, June 8 at 2:30 

Learn the basics of improv through a series of fun games!  

Registration Not Required

Chess Club

Thursdays, June 8 and 29 at 7:00 pm

For Teens, Adults, and Children 7+

Join us to play with your friends or to get some tips from a USCF champ!

Registration Required

Candy Guessing Competition

Friday, June 9 at 3:00

Designed, planned, and run by the Teen Advisory Board

A competition based on taste, participants will be blindfolded and given mystery candy. Those that guess the brands and flavors most accurately will win a gift card! 

Registration Not Required

Super Smash Bros. Tournament

Fridays, June 2 at 2:30 and 4:00, June 16 at 1:00 and 2:30

Join our Brawl Tournament, fight your friends, win gift certificates!

Registration Required

Montville Township to See Various Improvements; Traffic on Konner Discussed

TownmanMONTVILLE, NJ – Ordinances were passed at the May 9 Montville Township Committee meeting to make improvements around the township. Some of the money used for the projects will include $325,000 from the Open Space fund, which was a much-debated question among members at prior meetings. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Hundreds of Hilldale TREP$ Supporters Attend the Marketplace

TrepsMONTVILLE, NJ - Seventy-five Montville Township Hilldale students from fourth and fifth grades presented the TREP$ (short for enTREPreneur) Marketplace in a flea market like atmosphere at the school on Friday night, April 28. Hundreds of people came to support Hilldale and their students. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Baseball's "Lets Play it Forward" Fundraiser Game Catapults Team into Round 1 of the State Tournament

BaseballlllidMONTVILLE, NJ - Preceding the commencement of Montville Baseball’s State Tournament expedition, the Mustangs "Played It Forward" in their fundraiser game against Nutley on May 10. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Public Schools recognized for five outstanding character education initiatives in three schools and across the entire district 

HildaleMontville recognized among hundreds of effective strategies that develop good character in young people, both nationally and internationally.

May 24, 2017, Washington, DC – has awarded 300 Promising Practices to schools, districts and youth-serving organizations from across the United States – as well as from China and Mexico.

"At, we are extremely proud of this year’s Promising Practices recipients. Their dedication to character development has proven over time to increase the well-being of so many students, their families and their communities across the United States and beyond," said Doug Karr,’s President & CEO. He continued, "Validating character initiatives is at the core of what we do because it creates fertile conditions for multi-generational character growth where students and those in their lives thrive as ethical members of our society. The educators who have developed these Promising Practices are helping their students develop lifelong skillsets that they will leverage well into their adult lives.”

Around the globe and across the nation, this year’s winning practices include unique peer mediation programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership and service learning activities that build community within the school and beyond.

In the DISTRICTS category, Montville Township Public Schools was recognized for OneMontville, a community-based organization led by business owners, clergy, faculty, residents, students, parents, politicians and other members of the Montville Township community. Launched in 2015 by district Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar, the mission of OneMontville is: “to create and promote a climate of acceptance, inclusion and kindness which teaches and celebrates respect for one another by embracing and being enriched by the diversity that comprises the Montville Township Community. The mission can only be fully accomplished through the involvement and commitment of community leaders, religious leaders, business leaders, and residents of all ages, races, religions, ethnicities, abilities, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

OneMontville is a separate non-profit that works in cooperation with the Montville Township Public Schools and other organizations throughout the Montville Township community including places of worship, youth organizations, and community programs.

Now in its second year, OneMontville celebrated its 2nd Annual OneMontville Green In Day on Friday, May 19, 2017. All residents of Montville Township, New Jersey, were encouraged to wear green in support of #AcceptanceKindnessRespect. On May 19, Montville schools and businesses were a sea of green attire, including OneMontville Green In Day T-shirts.

Also this year OneMontville launched a highly celebrated Day of Respect and Service for Martin Luther King Day on Monday, January 21, which was attended by more than 160 adults and children. The day was spent in service of others. Participants walked in a parade wearing green, toured area places of worship, donated to the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry and supported The Homeless Bus, as a show of #AcceptanceKindnessRespect for all Montville Township residents. It was also supported by local businesses.

The creation of OneMontville also paved the way for the Montville Township High School Culture Club, a student-led initiative that organizes events promoting #AcceptanceKindnessRespect within the school and across the community.

In addition, on Sunday, May 21, OneMontville co-hosted No Place For Hate, the first in what is planned to become a series of presentations by individuals who have survived hate, discrimination and bullying. The May 21 event was held at the Pine Brook Jewish Center in Montville and featured Arno Michaelis and Daryl Davis. Michaelis, author of My Life After Hate, is the former founder and leader of the world’s largest White Power Skinhead organization. Michaelis once seethed with racial hostility, he now talks about forgiveness and how he has turned his life around. Davis, an African American who met with members of the KKK and neo-Nazis to ask them how they can hate him if they do not even know him, wrote Klan-Destine Relationships.  The book details his unique and successful method of defecting White Supremacists by befriending them.

Both speakers have also addressed Montville Township Public Schools’ students at another of the district’s 2017 Promising Practices recognized initiatives: Living Lessons at the Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, NJ.

Living Lessons is one of two 2017 Promising Practice programs at Robert R. Lazar Middle School recognized by in the SCHOOLS category. The other program recognized this year for the Montville Township Public Schools’ middle school is Fun First Friday.

Held every other year for the past 14 years, Living Lessons is a day of 50 speakers, who have survived great challenges, speaking with 6, 7 and 8 grade students about character, compassion, courage and kindness. Human trafficking, slavery, civil war, the Holocaust, physical disabilities, mass shootings, suicide, and many other circumstances are among the topics shared by the speakers with the Robert R. Lazar Middle Schools students.

First Fun Friday at Robert R. Lazar Middle School is also is a monthly opportunity for students to celebrate core values, mental and physical health and character. Students create activities and celebrations throughout the year, including food drives, fundraisers for heart healthy living, and support and excitement for the Montville Township community’s 150th Anniversary.

Living Lessons and Fun First Friday  are Lazar’s fourteenth and fifteenth Promising Practices awards since 2005

Also in the SCHOOLS category, Valley View Elementary School, in Montville, and Cedar Hill Elementary School, in the Towaco area of Montville Township, each received a 2017 Promising Practice. Valley View’s Embracing Diversity was recognized. The initiative, a student-driven program where students work with faculty to create videos designed to motivate the student body to think and act respectfully, and to foster civility and acceptance of all members of the school community, was recognized.

Cedar Hill Elementary added to its impressive list of recognitions with a 2017 Promising Practice for Tools for Schools Kids Environmental Committee. In Cedar Hill, emphasis is placed on children and adults as caretakers of the Earth. Students are empowered through Tools for Schools Kids Environmental Committee to identify areas of environmental care and initiatives they would like to embrace, develop and promote. The students have petitioned the New Jersey State Assembly regarding emissions laws, adopted elephants and other endangered animals, recycled water and trash in the school lunch room, planted trees, created gardens, and promoted many other programs throughout the school, community and world. The Tools for Schools Kids Environmental Committee 2017 Promising Practice marks the third National Promising Practice recognition from for Cedar Hill Elementary. In 2016 they also received a National Promising Practice for Diversity and they were named a National School of Character. has also recognized Cedar Hill Elementary on a state level for their work in Ghana in 2014, The Kindness Café in 2016 and as a NJ School of Character in 2016.

For a complete list of national and international Promising Practices winners: See the list of winning Practices.’s 2017 Promising Practices in Character Education represent:

  • 2 nations outside the U.S.
  • 22 U.S. states and Washington DC – with the largest numbers from New Jersey, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma.
  • 284 public, charter and private schools as well as 7 youth-serving organizations and 8 school districts. sponsors the annual program to showcase innovative best practices that are

having an impact across the nation and abroad. encourages educators with similar needs to learn from and even replicate these successful initiatives. will honor the

2017 recipients at the National Forum on Character Education in Arlington, VA October 20-21,


About Character Education: Character education is an approach to school culture and climate improvement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive and intentional effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.

About Promising Practices: The Promising Practices program highlights what’s going well in classrooms across America and the world. The program is simple in scope and recognizes many wonderful ideas from passionate teachers who are making a real difference in the lives of their students. Each Practice must be tied to one or more of’s 11 Principles of Character Education.

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