Sunday, February 17, 2013
Who we celebrate and why.
Sunday, February 17
What exactly is the purpose of Presidents Day? It's not just about weekend sales and holidays from school. In fact, Montville students will observe the holiday in school this year. But there is also a complex and detailed history of the holiday we know as Presidents Day. Depending on what state you are from, some Americans may remember years where both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington's birthdays were holidays. In more recent years, though, the holiday has been consolidated into a single day, celebrated on the third Monday in February. Actually, the holiday honors George Washington and bears only his name in state and federal law. Washington’s birthday was first officially celebrated on Feb. 22, 1880. It was one of a growing list of …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Board said extraordinary circumstances with the loss of snow days from Superstorm Sandy caused a necessity for flexibility with school calendar.
Montville students will observe Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day in school this year as the Montville Township Board of Education voted 5-2 to approve the calendar change at Tuesday night's meeting. Board members began discussion at last week's reorganization meeting after Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried said he had heard concerns from community members about days being subtracted from the March break in the event of another snow day this year. The district used more than its snow day allowance in the days following Superstorm Sandy. Fried told the board that the district already needed to make up one day to reach the full 180 instructional days required by the state Department of Education. But even so, with the winter nearly half …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Superintendent asks board members to consider restoring school days on upcoming holidays to make up for snow absences.
Superstorm Sandy not only caused Montville residents to lose power. The storm also caused Montville schools to lose snow days. All of them. Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried told Montville Township Board of Education members Monday that the district currently had -1 snow days left after schools were without power and closed for nearly a week following Sandy. Initially, the district had planned to make up any snow days over the four permitted by reducing the number of days students are on spring break, which begins March 25. However, as the district is already without a snow day allowance and it is only the begnning of January, Fried presented another option on Monday: to bring students in for a half day on Martin Luther King Day (Jan. 21) and …