Wednesday, May 22, 2013
'We're a go,' district business administrator says.
The new synthetic turf field at Montville Township High School is complete and ready for action. Business Administrator Jim Tevis said during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night that school officials walked the field with the contractor during the day and "opened it up for general use of students this afternoon." "We're a go," he said. After a parent expressed frustration that the district has not completed a new baseball field, Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried said the synthetic turf field installation went so flawlessly that completing a project on as neat of a timeline is hard to duplicate. Fried said the project was "completed today way ahead of expectations." Tevis had said at the last school board meeting he expected it to be …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Students, parents celebrate 'commitment to being a respectful learning community.'
Thursday, March 21
The following was submitted on behalf of Cedar Hill Elementary School. Have something you'd like to share with the community? Upload it here. On March 18, Cedar Hill Elementary School teacher Cathy Lundquist traveled to Rider College to accept the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional and Character Development’s designation as an “Emerging School of Character.” Cedar Hill School was among three schools in the state to earn this distinction. The award was bestowed upon the school for complying with the Alliance’s Character Education Partnership’s “Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education.” Upon consideration of Cedar Hill’s application, the Partnership determined that the school has demonstrated an outstanding character …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Morris County CrimeStoppers hoping to find out who was responsible for three separate threats in a week.
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Tuesday, March 19
Morris County CrimeStoppers is hoping to help Montville Township Public Schools get to the bottom of who was responsible for three separate bomb threats to Montville schools in one week earlier this month by offering a $1,000 reward for information, according to NJ.com. The first bomb threat, on March 5, was written and found inside the Robert R. Lazar Middle School, causing a school evacuation as local police and county officials searched the school. In what Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann called a "copycat" incident, Cedar Hill Elementary School was evacuated on March 8 after a similar threat was made. The following Monday, Hilldale Elementary School was also evacuated for a written threat found on a bathroom wall. …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Dance China NY presents Peking Opera folk numbers to Montville school.
William Mason School students recently got a chance to experience a special performance by Dance China NY. "Performing in traditional Chinese costumes, Dance China NY introduces students to Chinese culture through language lessons, historical background, on-stage demonstrations and audience interaction," according to Betsy Steckelman, media liaison for the William Mason School Home and School Association. Dance China NY is a resident dance company of the New York Chinese Cultural Center and made up of dancers from America and China. Dancers perform traditional folk numbers from Peking Opera as well as acrobatic numbers. The dance group has been known to perform throughout the country and world for audiences of all ages and each year …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Montville Township Public Schools spreading cheer through district website.
Montville Township Public Schools has come up with a new way to share good news from around the school district. Previously, the board of education would print the "good news" about students from each of the district schools in school board agendas and Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried would read aloud the news as part of his report during board meetings. At the March 5 meeting, Fried asked what board members thought of the news instead being posted on the district website and not read aloud. According to the first list of good news posted, Woodmont School students raised $2,000 for the Restore the Shore foundation through t-shirt sales, more than 50 Hilldale Elementary School students completed at least six hours of reading for the Six Flags…
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Superintendent asks parents to speak to their children about the seriousness of last week's school bomb threats.
Saturday, March 16
The following letter was sent to Montville parents by Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried and to be distributed through parent leaders in the district. Have something you'd like to share with the community? Upload it here. Update on Recent Incidents in Our Schools I know that the recent incidents in three of our schools have been very disturbing. I am writing to share some information pertaining to the recent bomb scares in our schools. The investigation by the school administration and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit is ongoing and being pursued very seriously. We do not take these incidents lightly and continue to seek the identity of those responsible. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Prosecutor’…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Student achievement, growth commended in Montville elementary school.
Valley View Elementary School has been named a high-performing "Reward School" by the state Department of Education. The Montville elementary school was included in a list of 57 Reward Schools throughout the state released this month. Last year, 112 schools were selected as Reward Schools. "A Reward School is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years," according to a description provided by the state DOE. The two types of Reward Schools include high-performing, which indicates the school has a high level of schoolwide proficiency and graduation rates, and high-progress, which indicates the school has a high level of student growth, as measured by their median Student Growth Percentiles. Valley View …
Board discusses bringing students in on Columbus, MLK, Presidents Day if snow day makeups are needed next year.
The Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education is taking a proactive approach with the 2013-14 school calendar and agreed last week to bring students to school on days previously scheduled as off if needed to accommodate additional snow days. This could mean that depending on how many snow days are used before then, students could attend school on Columbus Day (Oct. 14), Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 20) and Presidents Day (Feb. 17) next year. Discussion on the topic at the March 5 school board meeting centered around the conditions of the current year, in which Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Fried said the district had only planned for four snow, or "emergency," days but ended up using many more because of Superstorm …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Assemblies and classroom talks will target Montville students in grades 3-8 following three threats in one week.
As Montville Township Public Schools saw its third bomb threat in a district school within one week Monday at Hilldale Elementary School, district officials and local police officers have gathered to develop ways to educate students in grades 3-8 against the dangers and consequences of making such threats and asked parents to talk to their kids at home. "We're taking this very seriously and there will be consequences if anybody is caught," Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Fried said Tuesday. On Monday, students were evacuated to a nearby firehouse from Hilldale after a threat was written on a bathroom wall. On March 4, the Robert R. Lazar School was evacuated around lunch time after a threat also was written on a bathroom wall. Last …
Friday, March 8, 2013
Students safely waited on buses while school was cleared Thursday, police said.
Just days after another district school was evacuated because of a bomb threat, Cedar Hill Elementary School students were also evacuated because of a similar threat, according to Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann. The students were safely placed on school buses, as part of the school's evacuation plan, around 11:20 a.m. while officials determined whether they should be bussed to another location, Appelmann said. Ultimately, the buses did not leave the parking lot and students were able to return within about 20 minutes. Appelmann said police believe Thursday's threat, which is still under investigation, originated from inside the school, similarly to Monday's bomb threat at the Robert R. Lazar Middle School. However, …