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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.

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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May 17, 2017

Montville Youth "Plays" it Forward

BoyMONTVILLE, NJ – When Ryan Abfier wanted a mitzvah project, or good deed, for his Bar Mitzvah, he turned to something he loves. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Changes in Store for Montville Schools' Administration

BoardpeopleMONTVILLE, NJ – Several changes in district administration were detailed on the Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education meeting agenda on May 2, although they were not technically announced. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Township Police Aid in Tri-Town Chase

CopcarMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Police officers aided in the pursuit of an alleged drunk driver who led Morris County Park Police across three towns in a disabled vehicle before his arrest. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Townwide Cleanup Makes Montville Sparkle

CleaningMONTVILLE, NJ – If the township looks a little spiffier lately, it’s because more than 20 groups have been hard at work over the past few weeks cleaning the roads, properties and parks as part of the town’s annual celebration of Earth Day. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Burglary Reported in Montville Township on Monday

CopssssMONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Township Police responded to investigate a burglary at Don Pepe Steak House in the Pine Brook section of Montville on Monday, according to Captain Andrew Caggiano. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Michael Pasciuto named next principal of Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville, NJ

Michael Pasciuto headshotMontville Board of Education unanimously approved appointment at May 16 meeting

Montville Township, New Jersey – The members of the Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Michael Pasciuto for the position of Principal of Robert R. Lazar Middle School. The meeting was held on May 16, 2017.

Pasciuto is coming to Montville Township after two years of serving as the Assistant Principal at Glen Rock High School in Glen Rock, New Jersey. He will assume the helm at Lazar just after the end of the academic year.

Prior to his work in Glen Rock, Pasciuto served as the Supervisor of Social Studies K-12 in the Cresskill School District from 2011 to 2015 and as a social studies teacher in grades 7 through 12 from 2008 to 2011.  He was named the New Jersey Governor’s Teacher of the Year at Cresskill Middle School for the 2009 to 2010 school year. 

A graduate of Dickinson College, Pasciuto received a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Thomas Edison State University.

“I am extremely pleased to recommend to the Board of Education that Michael Pasciuto be appointed to the position of Principal of Robert R. Lazar Middle School,” said Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar at the Board of Education meeting.

Rovtar noted that the search for a new Lazar Principal was a very thorough process. 

“We had 97 applicants for the position. The initial screening interviews resulted in the selection of 8 candidates to bring before the full interview committee. The interview committee was comprised of parents, teachers and administrators from Lazar and across the district,” Rovtar said.

From 2010 to 2014 Pasciuto also served as a three-season, Boys and Girls Track and Field and Cross Country coach at Cresskill High School. He was named Coach of the Year multiple times by several different organizations including: The Record, BCSL/NJIC Division, NJIC Patriot Division and BCWCA.

Following the appointment, Montville Township Board of Education President Dr. Matthew Kayne officially welcomed Pasciuto to the district.

“I know I speak for the entire board when I say we are all very excited to have you join our outstanding school district,” Kayne said.

Pasciuto is slated to step into his new position in July.

“I am confident that Michael will be an excellent addition to the Lazar Middle School and to our excellent school district,” Rovtar added.

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May 16, 2017

Two-time NJ State Geography Bee champion named Top 10 Finalist in preliminary round at National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.

SchoolRobert R. Lazar Middle School 7th grader Veda Bhattaram will compete in National Championship Round on May 17

Montville Township, New Jersey - Veda Bhattaram, a seventh grade student at Robert R. Lazar Middle School in Montville Township, New Jersey, is a two-time champion in the National Geographic sponsored NJ State Geography Bee. He received his second state championship on March 31, 2017. That State championship earned him the opportunity to compete a second time at the National Geographic Bee competition in Washington D.C. The 2017 event is the 29th Annual National Geographic Bee competition.

On Monday, May 15, at the end of preliminaries, Bhattaram was named a Top 10 Finalist. On Wednesday, May 17 he will compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship Round. ( )

2017 is the second time Bhattaram has won the NJ State Geography Bee. Before Bhattaram’s March win, 2002 was the last time a student won the NJ Geography Bee championship two years in a row. For Bhattaram the NJ Geography Bee Championship came down to a tie-breaker round.

This unique win also provided Bhattaram with his second opportunity to compete in the National Geographic Bee competition.

“I was very calm this year, because I had won the NJ competition before,” Bhattaram said of his 2017 NJ State win. He noted that the experience of having competed twice before at the state level, and once before at the national level helped to prepare him for the 2017 NJ Geography Bee competition.

To prepare for the D.C. competition Bhattaram said he “studies during all of his free time.” He has also worked closely with Lazar Social Studies teachers Caitlin Cardinale and Christopher Carman to prepare.

“He has a tremendous passion for geography,” Carmen said. “It’s really neat.”

“The depth of his knowledge is amazing” Cardinale noted. “He keeps us on our toes.”

“Whenever I have time, I’m studying,” added Bhattaram.

Qualifying for the Championship Round is proof the 13-year old’s dedication has paid off.

Tomorrow, May 17, the Top 10 Finalists will compete for the National Championship. 2.6 million students, from 10,000 schools across the United States of America, compete for the opportunity to be one of the 54 who compete for the title of National Champion at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C.

The National Geographic Bee is open to students in the fourth through eighth grades. It has been held annually since 1989. Since 1989 only two New Jersey students have landed geography’s top spot in the nation.

Champions of the National Geographic Bee receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.

Bhattaram’s parents, Satyendra Bhattaram, Sirisha Suram, and his younger brother, Vihari Bhattaram, are with him in Washington D.C.

The four-day competition is being held this year from May 14-17 at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. It moderated by humorist and journalist Mo Rocca.

National Geographic will air the final round of the National Geographic Bee Championship at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 19. It will also be aired later on public television stations; check local television listings for dates and times.

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May 12, 2017

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

SaundersWoodmont’s HIPP Award-winning program Brick by Brick – Lego Learning to air Sunday, May 14

Montville Township, New Jersey – This school year, the Emmy® award-winning television show Classroom Close-up NJ, has filmed in Montville Township Public Schools three times. On Sunday, May 14, the first of the three 2016-2017 segments will air on NJTV (In Montville Township, New Jersey, NJTV is Cablevision’s Channel 8).

Entitled Brick by Brick, this innovative educational initiative uses LEGOS to help students discover and retain concepts across all curriculum areas. Brick by Brick was developed by fourth grade teachers Margaret Beatty and Tina Janis at Woodmont Elementary School in the Pine Brook area of Montville Township, NJ. Brick by Brick-- Laying the Foundations for Learning received the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education Award for the 2014-2015 academic year.

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.”

The Brick by Brick educational program also includes Brick Buddies, a kindergarten component where fourth grade students mentor kindergarteners in Woodmont teacher Jennifer Kelly’s class.

On Sunday, May 14, and again on Sunday, June 11, 2017, Brick by Brick will be among the featured educational programs on Classroom Close-up, NJ. The Brick by Brick segment will air on each of those Sundays at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Classroom Close-up, NJ is produced by NJEA and NJTV. It highlights innovative and extraordinary educational programs and educators across the state.

The second educational program filmed by Classroom Close-up during the 2016-2017 school year was developed by seventh grade science teacher Marisa Castronova-Wos of Robert R. Lazar Middle School. Castronova-Wos is also an NJEA Hipp Award recipient for 2016-2017. She partnered with third grade teacher Jess Shackil of Parsippany’s Intervale Elementary School to create STEM Pals, a cross-graded, cross-district project designed to connect students and teachers to a larger scientific community. 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.

Both the Woodmont and the Lazar segments filmed in March of 2017.

On May 3, 2017, Valley View Elementary School was the site of the third 2016-2017 Montville Township Public Schools’ featured educational segment for Classroom Close-up, NJ. The segment, entitled ACES, highlights the 29th Anniversary of Project ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously).

Developed by Valley View Physical Education Teacher Len Saunders, ACES was launched to instill in students a passion for physical fitness. What began as a way to encourage an entire school to get up, get moving and get healthy, has grown into the world’s largest exercise class, where millions of students around the globe exercise simultaneously. Highlighted throughout its 29 year history by such media outlets as Sports Illustrated and CBS News, ACES will air on the NJTV NJEA Classroom Close-up, NJ program on Sunday, October 22 and again on Sunday, November 26, 2017. The show will be broadcast at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on both dates.

Now taping its twenty-fourth season, Classroom Close-up, NJ has won fifteen Emmy® Awards. Each half-hour program shows how New Jersey’s creative and caring educational professionals inspire and motivate students. Each week’s episode highlights the excitement and learning that is inspired when teachers, education support professionals, students and parents work together for success. 

Brick by Brick, Stem Pals and ACES mark the ninth, tenth and eleventh time the NJTV NJEA television show Classroom Close-up, NJ has featured Montville Township Public Schools programs. Past shows can be viewed on-line at  and include:

  • Montville ESY – MTHS (2016)
  • Organic Farming – Lazar (2016)
  • Humanities Research Program - MTHS (2015)
  • Lazar News Network (LNN) – Lazar, (2015)
  • Every Drop Counts – Hilldale, (2007)
  • Show Case Café – MTHS, (2006) 
  • Governor’s Award Student – MTHS, (2005)
  • The Cookie Project – Hilldale, (2002) 

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.

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May 09, 2017


Silent Epidemic: Child Sexual Abuse Focus of Montville Women's Club Seminar

WomangroupppppppppppMONTVILLE, NJ - The Montville Township’s Women’s Club sponsored a presentation on child sexual abuse at the Senior House on Tuesday, April 25 in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention month. The talk was part of “The Enough Abuse Campaign.” To read more click the following words, "click here"

Towaco Townhouse Project Attains Preliminary Approval

MapguyMONTVILLE, NJ – Towaco resident Dan Furia received preliminary approval from the Montville Township Planning Board on April 27 for a zoning change in the Towaco section of town that will allow him to build townhouses on land he owns there. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Budget Passed; Montville Township Proclaimed Stigma-Free

GroupMONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee passed its 2017 municipal budget, an increase of 1.944%. This represents an average tax increase of $52.78 for the average assessed house of $528,520, not including school or county taxes. To read more click the following words, "click here"

No Wawa for Pine Brook: Planning Board Denies Application

WawaMONTVILLE, NJ – The Planning Board rejected an application to install a 24-hour Wawa in the Pine Brook section of town. To read more click the following words, "click here"

May 04, 2017


May 03, 2017

Meet the Leaders of Montville Township: Joseph Pennacchio, New Jersey State Senator; Politics

MayorMONTVILLE, NJ - When asked how he get involved in Morris County politics, Pennacchio stated that because he had a successful dental practice, he had the opportunity to do a lot of networking, which got him involved in running for Morris County Freeholder in 1999. There were 14 people running to fill three seats. Pennacchio won, and this was his first public office. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Baseball & Softball Association Celebrates Opening Day

BaseballMONTVILLE, NJ – A little drizzle didn’t dampen the spirits of the boys and girls who participated in Montville Baseball and Softball Association’s opening day parade and ceremony April 22. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville Board of Education Members Earn Milestone Service Awards

Pathways, Centenarian, Arbor Day Honored with Proclamations

PathwaysMONTVILLE, NJ – Proclamations in honor of Pathways for Exceptional Children, Arbor Day and centenarian Victoria Como’s birthday were made by the Montville Township Committee at their meeting on April 25. To read more click the following words, "click here"

May 02, 2017

North Jersey Tour Stop - The Pension Crisis Facing Taxpayers Event - May 22

Safeguard New Jersey’s Future!

You’re Invited to a Discussion with Policy Experts on NJ’s Pension Crisis Facing Taxpayers

For more information and to RSVP click here:

April 27, 2017

Montville Mayor Honored by Boy Scouts

MontvillemayorMONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Mayor Jim Sandham was one five Morris County residents honored at the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Montville's Middle School Principal to Retire at End of 2017 School Year

CARRRRRRMONTVILLE, NJ – Lazar Middle School Principal Sharon Carr’s retirement was approved at the April 18 meeting of the Montville Township Board of Education. Her retirement takes effect July 1, 2017, according to the meeting agenda. To read more click the following words, "click here"

Possible New Start Time for Montville High School Part of District's 5-Year Strategic Plan

LADYYYYYYYYYYYYYMONTVILLE, NJ – Superintendent of Schools René Rovtar presented the Montville Township Public School District’s five-year strategic plan at the April 4 Board of Education meeting. To read more click the following words, "click here"