In The Schools

Montville Township High School Media Center Marvels

1bde51ad62f2d4f4ccbc_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_048.JPG
Dr. Karen Cortellino, center in white, Dr. Matthew Kayne, center, and Douglas Sanford cut the ribbon for the new MTHS media center. Credits: Melissa Benno
fbef5f0c167c476f2190_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_001.JPG
The new Montville Township High School Media Center Credits: Melissa Benno
5d283b198918684ea30c_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_002.JPG
The new Montville Township High School Media Center Credits: Melissa Benno
6a283631503cb63fef1b_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_004.JPG
Douglas Sanford, left, and media specialist Jennifer Keneally, third from right, pose with student tour guides and Information Technology Services Manager Austin Thomsen (far right) Credits: Melissa Benno
bdbd52ba65be4f20c215_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_007.JPG
Douglas Sanford, left, media specialist Jennifer Keneally, Information Technology Services Manager Austin Thomsen Credits: Melissa Benno
d005b2bf615a8258a38d_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_009.JPG
Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar speaks at the opening of the new Montville Township High School media center Credits: Melissa Benno
e870b5a164272b527255_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_015.JPG
Dr. Matthew Kayne, President of the Montville Township Board of Education, speaks at the opening of the new MTHS media center
f5979f029dd79456f2ae_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_020.JPG
Douglas Sanford, Principal of Montville Township High School, speaks at the opening of the new MTHS media center Credits: Melissa Benno
3875b4b19b9f6a23f345_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_051.JPG
A plaque dedicating the new Montville Township High School Media Center Credits: Melissa Benno
bf2ffc40a27c5bfce391_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_053.JPG
Greg Costeas and Chancellor Mazzo of the Take a Chance band play at the opening of the MTHS media center Credits: Melissa Benno
0b4b5c8ea0e03fbb3211_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_059.JPG
Robin Lemmerz sings "Corner of the Sky" at the opening of the MTHS media center Credits: Melissa Benno
2b85273f7d45b2d31673_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_069.JPG
Jack Motherway plays with the Take A Chance band at the opening of the MTHS media center Credits: Melissa Benno
01fad00f75ea70845eaf_aaa_media_ctr_and_BOE_146.JPG
The Montville Township High School student string quartet performed at the ribbon cutting of the new high school Media Center Credits: Melissa Benno
ff9cabda56f5550eeddd_aaa_media_ctr_levy.JPG
Rachel Levy sings at the opening of the MTHS media center Credits: Melissa Benno
1bde51ad62f2d4f4ccbc_aaa_Media_ctr_and_BOE_048.JPG

MONTVILLE, NJ – Families, students and administrators gathered at the Montville Township High School on Jan. 19 for the unveiling of the newly renovated MTHS media center. The four-year process culminated in a new facility that Montville Township Board of Education President Dr. Matthew Kayne called, “a technological showcase that will better help our students to prepare for their future.”

The media center had not received any major renovations since its construction 45 years ago.

“In those days,” said Kayne, “the library was a book warehouse with a few phones and a copy machine.  The world of technology has come a long way. With so many technological advancements, technology’s impact on education continues to be defined over time. Few districts can boast that they have the innovative instructional programs that we now provide in Montville Township.  This media center helps raise the educational bar further.”

Sign Up for E-News

Kayne thanked former superintendent of schools Dr. Paul Fried, who attended the ceremony, for his “vision and guidance.”

Kayne also thanked the Media Center Action Committee for its work in planning the center. Composed of educators, Board of Ed members, Montville Township Public Library personnel, parents and students, the MCAC toured other high schools’ media centers and researched all the possible innovations that could be built into the center. MTHS Principal Douglas Sanford stated a year and a half was spent researching.

Sanford said a former Board of Education member told him to “dream big, which opened the doors to put any idea on the table. Not every idea made it to the final project, but we came up with a fantastic space that’s a wonderful renovation for this high school.”

“This is a beautiful space, and it’ll be fantastic for years to come. But that only makes up ten percent of it. What’s going to make it super-special is our fantastic media specialist Jennifer Keneally,” Sanford said.

Sanford said that Keneally became media specialist two years ago, but even before the renovation, was attracting students to the media center by making the most of the facility despite its limitations. He called her a great asset to the school.  “In my opinion, her ability to generate renewed excitement about the media center contributed to the anticipation and enthusiasm for the renovation,” he told TAP into Montville.

Sanford said key features of the new facility include flexibility, and a design that not only fits the needs of current students, but also the “students of tomorrow.” Natural light was also desired, as well as freshness and “user-defined spaces, to accommodate the individual.”

Board Member Dr. Karen Cortellino also thanked Fried, stating, “his wisdom and thoughtfulness guided us through some complicated moments.”

Cortellino thanked PTC Co-President Andrea Orris and former PTC Co-President Kim Passaretti for “recognizing the dire shape our media center was in.”

Cortellino said that Orris and Passeretti didn’t just recognize the issue but took action, fundraising and asking the Board of Ed to earmark the donation to the media center. Cortellino stated that former Board Member Jackie Ritschel urged a far more substantial renovation than even the generous donation of $10,000 could buy. Cortellino stated Ritschel convinced the Board to set aside money to do the project “in the right way.”

Orris thanked the students on the MCAC for “forming the idea of what would benefit them.” She said the new media center will “help staff become even better by providing them with the resources they need to help our kids become critical thinkers.”

President of the Student Activities Council and Student Representative to the Board of Education Tasneem Amer stated the best part of being on the MCAC as a student, was being able to speak their opinions directly to the media specialists and the designers. She called the media center renovation “remarkable.”

To see a compilation video of the unveiling ceremony, watch:

 
Features

Changes to the facility include reorganization of the space to include a classroom with a glass wall. The wall can be opened or closed to form a classroom space, as desired.

“The center was designed to accommodate noisier activities, like discussions, and quieter areas, and they won’t disturb each other,” Sanford told TAP into Montville.

Five TVs are suspended above the “active study” area in the front of the center. Students can use an application on their phone called “Tunity” and listen to any TV. The furniture in the active study area is designed to be reconfigurable.

The book and resource collection has been changed to align with Common Core Standards and be “more representative of classroom needs and student interest,” according to Sanford.

The facility includes an art gallery to showcase student artwork, and two areas with enough seating for an entire class, computer monitors, and ceiling-mounted speakers. Three small “collaborative rooms” can be used for a college interview or small faculty meetings, and the technology in these rooms allows those in the room to project their work onto monitors in each room.

“This is like a car show – you see the car but until you drive it, you can’t appreciate it. I wish we could show everybody the capabilities of each feature in the center,” Sanford said. The teachers will have a demonstration of the features on Feb. 15, which is a staff in-service day in the district, he said.

Reaction

Attendees’ reaction was very positive.

“It looks fantastic, I love the couches,” said MTHS senior Brandon Wong.

Junior Alec Grossman said, “It looks like a college facility – it’s so spacious.”

Alec's grandfather, Mort Grossman said, “It looks so different than in the 1970s when I saw it. It’s so bright now!”

Montville resident and Montville Township Public Library employee Amy Resnikoff said, “It’s mind-blowing how it turned out from what it used to look like. I was on the committee, and when we visited Mountain Lakes High School’s recent renovation, our jaws dropped. But this is one hundred times better than that!”

Newly named Montville Township Public Library Assistant Director Rachel Pekar said, “I like the movable furniture.”

Fried stated, “I think the facility is beautiful and incredibly functional. It gives Montville students a great opportunity for learning, now and in the future.”

Montville Township Historical Society President Kathy Fisher stated, “It’s beautiful. I’m sure it will be helpful for the students.”

Putting the Ceremony Together

Student representatives acted as “tour guides” for the event, spotlighting the features of the center. Students from the music department sang and performed music in the lobby outside the center, including a string quartet, the Take A Chance band, Robin Lemmerz, Rachel Levy and Emily Michalak.

To see a compilation video of these students’ performances, watch:

 

Students from Fran Hersch’s video production class created videos that were playing on the televisions suspended from the center’s ceiling. Ed Coscia created a sports video, Gabby Weiner a construction timeline video, and Katie Kamper an activities video.

The Montville Township High School administration would like to thank the following organizations for their donations for the ceremony:

900° Pizza

Baked Squares

Blush Florist

Encore Catering

Pomptonian

Rails

Red Barn

The MTHS PTC

The Media Center Action Committee members were:

Dr. Karen Cortellino, Charles Grau, Ann Kaplan, Jennifer Keneally, Allan Kleiman, Michele Lourenco, Susan Marinello, Richard Medwin, Michael O’Brien, Andrea Orris, Kim Passaretti, Amy Resnikoff, Dr. René Rovtar, Douglas Sanford, Karin Skaletsky, Kaitlin Sullivan, James Tevis, Austin Thomsen, Steven Toth, Michele Turnbull, Andrewa Wallace, Andrea Woodring, Aleassandra Yanofsky, Dr. Paul Fried, Steven Kapsalakis, Jackie Ritschel, Jennifer Rubino and Trisha Soucy.

The media center was a product of the work of the following contributors:

SSP Architectural Group, Inc.

Vanas Construction Co., Inc.

Soyka-Smith Design Studios

Tele-Measurements, Inc.

American Library and School Services, Inc.

Library Interiors, Inc.

GCA Services Group, Inc.

MTPS maintenance dept.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Montville

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_bb7ce05e4dd091b61498_a_pio_costa_auditorium__2018_tapinto_montville___1.

Mon, July 23, 1:00 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

"The Great Gatsby" (2013)

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_bdf8e188b7a1728dcf74_a_recreation_s_concerts_in_the_park_at_the_amphitheater__2018_tapinto_montville__1.

Tue, July 24, 7:00 PM

Amphitheater behind Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Concerts in The Park: Midnight Blue

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_0e2d00e5505bfb4f9d6f_a____montville_township_public_library__2018_tapinto_montville____1.

Wed, July 25, 2:30 PM

Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Summer STEAM Projects: Cuneiform

Education

Carousel_image_4795040bf6b6301f766b_adoptionevent2

Sat, July 28, 2:00 PM

Montville Animal Shelter, Montville

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal ...

Home & Garden Other

Carousel_image_df0b431ea0148a8f059c_a_recreation_s_concerts_in_the_park_at_the_amphitheater__2018_tapinto_montville__1.

Tue, July 31, 7:00 PM

Amphitheater behind Montville Township Public Library, Montville

Concerts in the Park: Degrees Below Zero

Arts & Entertainment

Montville Township High School Hall of Fame Committee Seeks Nominations

July 19, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township High School Hall of Fame Committee has announced that its next induction banquet will be held on April 26, 2019. The committee is currently seeking nominees for its 2019 induction class. 

The MTHS Hall of Fame seeks to honor alumni of MTHS for their exceptional achievements and for being outstanding representatives of the values ...

How About a Montville Twp Staycation?

July 16, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Staying in Montville Township this summer? How about a Montville staycation? There’s lots to do in the township, all throughout the summer.

If you’re free on Tuesday nights, take in some music as the recreation department’s free summer concert series has started. Bands such as the Chapel band, Degrees Below Zero and Arena will be rocking at the ...

Montville's Hero and POW Hjalmar Johansson Dies

July 1, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville resident and World War II prisoner of war Hjalmar Johansson died suddenly on June 30. He was 92.

Johansson was a nose gunner in the Air Force during WWII in a B-24 bomber aircraft. He was shot down during his first mission and then survived six months in a German prisoner of war camp. One of 17,000 prisoners, he was freed by the Russian forces. By that ...

Montville Township Public Schools Named National District of Character; Lazar Middle School Named National School of Character

July 12, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Public Schools was one of only five districts in the nation to be named a 2018 National District of Character by Character.org, a nonprofit organization that validates character initiatives in schools and communities around the world. In addition, Montville Township Public Schools’ Robert R. Lazar Middle School has been named a 2018 National School ...

Prescription Drug Drop Installed at County Govt. Center in Morristown Offers Safe Disposal Site for Prescription Drugs

July 15, 2018

MORRISTOWN, NJ – Morris County employees and residents now have an additional location, inside the county government complex in Morristown, to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted or leftover prescription drugs.

A new prescription drug drop box has been added to the lobby of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, which is located at 10 Court St. in Morristown, ...

Sparky Lyle Pitches In to Help Operation Shoebox New Jersey

July 22, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Collectors can own a unique piece of New York Yankees history if they attend Joe Bodnar’s Sports Memorabilia Auction this weekend and are willing to dig deep in to their pockets.

A pair of cleats worn by former New York Yankees relief pitcher Sparky Lyle in the early 1970s will be sold during Bodnar’s auction at TD Bank Ballpark Sunday, July 29 following the ...

RE/MAX Neighborhood Properties New Listings

July 18, 2018

Click HERE to see all New Listings.

Columns

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend July 21 & 22, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2018:

  From 1 - 4 p.m.

  170 Morris Avenue, Mountain Lakes

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 2 - 4 p.m.

  4 Meadow Court, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 2:30 - 4:30 ...

OPEN HOUSES This Weekend July 14 & 15, 2018

The following homes have OPEN HOUSES presented by RE/MAX NEIGHBORHOOD PROPERTIES this weekend.

SATURDAY, JULY 14:

 From 12 - 2 p.m.

  4 Hickory Drive, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

  From 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  25 Kanouse Lane, Montville

  Click HERE to see full listing.

 

 From 11 a.m. to 1 ...

Century 21 Open Houses this Weekend

MONTVILLE, NJ - Following are open houses for Century 21 The Crossing this weekend:

Sunday, July 22 from 1 - 4 p.m.

20 Henning Drive, Fairfield

18 Renshaw Drive, Montville 

Sunday, July 22 from 2 - 4 p.m.

3 Louis Drive, Montville

 

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast: Episode 18

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll find out how accessing care at Atlantic Health System is now easier, more affordable and closer to home than ever, learn which item from the produce aisle could be the newest weapon against cancer, see what Atlantic Health System, the New York Times and Instagram all have in common and much more.

 

 

Pet Corner

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal Shelter

July 17, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - If you’re considering  a furry addition to your family, the summer season is the perfect time to provide a shelter dog or cat with a loving home. To encourage pet adoption and bring even more joy to your homes this season, the Montville Animal Shelter is hosting a adoption event on July 28, 2018!

On July 28, 2018 enjoy discounted fees on all animals ...

Summer Adoption Event at the Montville Animal Shelter

July 17, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ - If you’re considering  a furry addition to your family, the summer season is the perfect time to provide a shelter dog or cat with a loving home. To encourage pet adoption and bring even more joy to your homes this season, the Montville Animal Shelter is hosting a adoption event on July 28, 2018!

On July 28, 2018 enjoy discounted fees on all animals ...