Superintendent of Millburn Township Schools Update

Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton Credits: TAPinto Millburn and Short Hills

As I write this letter the Millers have just won the State Sectional game, 3-1, against the Woodbridge High School Barrons!!! I hope many of you were able to come out to cheer them on. But, even before the game started, the Millers had already proven their winning spirit. In case you missed it, the Millers’ were recognized in an article this week that highlighted the good sportsmanship they showed in changing the time of today’s game to accommodate the students attending tonight’s Woodbridge prom. I commend our players, coaches and grounds crew for their character in action. I hope those students enjoy their special evening, and Go Millers!!
Over the last week, we have had a few “Meet & Greet” opportunities for staff and parents to meet district personnel. The Special Services Department held a coffee for parents to meet Child Study Team staffers, some new, some moving to different schools. All appreciated the chance to put names with faces. Wyoming School’s new Principal, Ms. Kristin Mueller, met staff, students and parents at last week’s Strawberry Festival, a perfect way to get a feel for the school and its community.
I want to thank the MMS PTO for hosting yesterday’s luncheon with Mr. John Connolly, the incoming Middle School principal. He met with faculty last week, and we were pleased he was able to give us some time again this week to meet with parents. We will be providing other opportunities for all who wish to meet him. In the meantime, here are the introductory remarks Mr. Connolly shared with the audience.
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Congratulations to Hartshorn 4th Grader Tanay Nandan who made it to this week’s National Spelling Bee. For most kids being the winner of the Hartshorn School’s bee would be enough. What an accomplishment to be #29 out of 291 spellers attempting to make it to the final 40!
Congratulations also go out to the South Mountain Destination Imagination and the Glenwood Odyssey of the Mind teams. South Mountain’s two teams, who had both earned 1st place in NJ, were very successful in the Global Finals competition last week in Tennessee!  The 5th grade team, the Masterbuilders, ranked 31 out of 76 teams, and 24th in the United States! The 4th grade team, the Outta the Boxers, ranked 4th out of 62 teams, and 2nd in the United States! Glenwood’s five teams also had a successful outing at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University. We will share the detailed results next week.
And, last but not least, this math teacher is proud to announce that our MHS math team won the Essex County Math League Competition for the first time in 29 years! Finally beating their longtime rival Livingston High School!! Millburn took first place in all five of the disciplines they competed in – Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Math (Precalculus,), Calculus and Statistics. Well done!
Please join us for our Board of Education meeting on Monday to say farewell to our faculty and staff who are retiring this year. We will also celebrate the accomplishments of our athletic teams and hear from the Millburn Green Schools team about their initiatives that are making a sustainable difference in our schools.
June is busting out all over – enjoy!!

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