MONTVILLE, NJ – Montville Township Public Schools will welcome more than 40 new teachers, staff and administrators on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30 and 31, 2017. Following two days of orientation, training and preparation, close to 700 full and part-time returning faculty, staff and support personnel will join them in the district on Friday, Sept. 1.

Nearly 3,800 students in pre-K through grade 12 will attend one of the district’s seven public schools. The upcoming academic year will begin for students on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. The Class of 2018 will graduate on the last day of school, Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Montville Township Public Schools includes five elementary schools: Valley View and William Mason in Montville, Hilldale and Woodmont in Pine Brook and the district’s Nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School, Cedar Hill Elementary in Towaco. Robert R. Lazar Middle School and Montville Township High School are also located in Montville, making a total of seven township public schools.

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“Many exciting initiatives will be implemented in the coming school year,” noted Montville Township Public schools’ Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar.

In all five elementary schools, students in grades K through 5 will be introduced to Next Generation Science Standards.

“It is an exciting approach to science,” Rovtar said. “The students will have even more opportunity for hands-on experimentation with scientific concepts.”

The new science standards at the elementary level dove-tail with the district’s recognized STEAM programs at Robert R. Lazar Middle School and Montville Township High School.

“STEAM is all about problem-solving and working cooperatively,” Rovtar added. “Capturing student interest at an early age through additional hands-on learning may inspire even more students to take advantage of the high school’s outstanding and innovative Science Research Program.”

The MTHS Science Research Program is a three-year course of study that pairs students with mentors in area laboratories for the implementation of original research. Students learn to apply scientific research to solving today’s real-world challenges.

The district’s World Language offerings will also be expanded for 2017 - 2018 school year. Two elementary level Spanish teachers will join the district’s World Language team. Additionally, upper level World Language courses in Advanced Culture for French, Italian and Spanish will be launched.

MTHS will also offer “AP Computer Science Principles” and “Principles of Anatomy" this year.

TV Production students at Lazar Middle School will have an opportunity to utilize state-of-the-art video equipment this year. The updated and expanded items will bring technology for the school’s daily news program, Lazar News Network (LNN), into the twenty-first century.

At the pre-school level, Cedar Hill Elementary will launch a new Integrated Pre-school class. Cedar Hill will join Valley View Elementary in offering this outstanding district program.

“Demand is very high for our Integrated Pre-school Program,” said Director of Special Services Jennifer DeSaye.

Aligned with the New Jersey Department of Education’s guidelines for high-quality early childhood education, Montville Township Public Schools’ Integrated Pre-school program offers three and four-year-olds, with and without special needs, an opportunity for personalized education. In addition, pre-school students have access to the district’s extensive resources, such as: school assemblies, theme days and weekly instruction in art, music and media taught by certified faculty members.

“Innovative pre-school classes are part of the unique child-centered education of the Montville Township Public Schools,” said Patricia Stryker, Supervisor of Special Services. “Our comprehensive, approach helps all students learn and prepare to successfully transition into kindergarten.”  

Montville Township Public Schools’ expanded pre-school program will immediately increase participation opportunities by 30%.

“Class enrollment for students with special needs will also increase as the year goes on,” noted DeSaye. “The demand for our pre-school is so great that this expanded program is designed with growth in mind. Additionally, we already have a wait list for Fall 2018.”

Montville Township’s Integrated Pre-school Program includes both morning and afternoon classes.

William Mason Elementary has reconfigured the school’s morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up area. This will result in a safer and more efficient procedure for arrivals and departures.

At Hilldale Elementary School, two new small group instruction spaces have been added through the reconfiguration of the school’s Media Center.

The Weight Room at Montville Township High School has also been expanded through the reconfiguration of the space.

A 1:1 Chromebook initiative for each of the 1,214 students at MTHS is also on target to launch mid-year. For the first time, each MTHS student will have use of a dedicated electronic device for research, homework, classwork, group assignments and more.  

Also for the first time in its history, Montville Township Public Schools plans to launch a district logo and motto in September. All seven Pre-K through grade 12 schools will be united under one brand identity. This logo launch will bring to a close the district’s year-long initiative to identify an artistic graphic that reflects Montville Township Public Schools. The search for a district logo and motto included the participation of hundreds of students, faculty, parents, administrators and community members. The logo initiative for the public schools coincides with the township’s 150th Anniversary.  Montville Township includes Montville, Pine Brook, and Towaco.

With additional input from students, faculty, coaches and community, a rebranding of the Lazar and MTHS Mustang will also be completed this fall.

Students return to Montville Township Public Schools on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.