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Montville’s Extended School Year to be Featured on Emmy-winning Classroom Close-up, NJ

Film crews from the Emmy-winning television program, Classroom Close-up, NJ, filmed “Lazar News Network” (LNN) last fall. On July 29 they will be filming another Montville Township Public Schools initiative; the exciting “Montville ESY” summer program. The July taping will markClassroom Close-up, NJ’s third Montville feature story since October of 2014. This fall the TV program will also be airing a feature on Montville’s award-winning “Humanities Research Program” as well as the upcoming “Montville ESY” segment. Classroom Close-up, NJ airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:30 a.m. The “Humanities Research Program” segment of Classroom Close-up, NJ, will air on September 27, October 3, November 1 and November 7. “Montville ESY” will air October 4, October 10, November 8 and November 14. Credits: Sue Marinello

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Emmy-winning educational program, Classroom Close-up, NJ, will be taping a segment entitled “Montville ESY” (Extended School Year) on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Montville Township High School (MTHS).

The Montville Township Public Schools’ ESY program is held each summer, for kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Located in MTHS, the atmosphere of the entire building is that of a high-energy summer camp where student-centered learning techniques result in highly motivated and thoroughly engaged students and teachers.

Each day education goes beyond traditional classroom activities, and often embraces the outdoors and other hands-on opportunities to enhance learning. Through varied and imaginative activities teachers help students close learning gaps in multiple subject areas and prepare students for the start of the upcoming academic year. 

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Coordinated by Patricia Stryker, the Supervisor of Special Services, the Montville ESY program is a voluntary program for students that runs Tuesday through Friday each week from July 7 to August 7.

The 2015 theme, “Step Back in Time,” is engaging students across all subject areas and providing many opportunities for individual, group, and multi-grade activities. Through the lens of history, students are inquisitively examining the curriculum.

At the high school level there is also a gardening project that has resulted in the making of breads and other delicacies.

Cooking, experiments, competitions, problem solving, and presentations are the hallmark of the Montville ESY active learning environment.

Classroom Close-up, NJ, a thirteen-time Emmy-winning show, is a co-production of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and NJTV with additional funding by PSE&G.

Now taping its twenty-second season, Classroom Close-up, NJ features innovative programs going on in public school classrooms. Each half-hour program shows how caring school professionals inspire and motivate students. Each week, the excellence of learning comes alive as teachers, children and parents work together for success.

NJEA is the state’s largest association of education professionals, representing 200,000 public school teachers and administrators, higher education faculty, education support professionals, retired educators, and students preparing to become teachers.

The July 29, 2015 taping at MTHS will mark the seventh time, during the show’s twenty-two year history, that Montville Township Public Schools have been filmed for Classroom Close-up, NJ. It is also the third time since the fall of 2014. 

This past March, Classroom Close-up, NJ aired “Lazar News Network” (LNN), a feature that explored Robert R. Lazar Middle School’s daily morning news broadcast and the school’s engaging video program.

Also in March, Classroom Close-up, NJ filmed a segment at MTHS featuring Montville’s Humanities Research Program. Developed in Montville Township Public Schools, the Humanities Research Program is an innovative new approach to teaching which engages students by exploring the curriculum through student interests and creative activities and presentations. The success of the Humanities Research Program earned Montville Township Public Schools the “District of Distinction” classification in July 2015’s District Administration Magazine, a national publication.

Other past Montville Township Public Schools features on Classroom Close-up, NJ include the titles listed below. These shows can be viewed on-line at

  • “Every Drop Counts” – Hilldale, (2007)
  • “Show Case Café” – MTHS, (2006)  
  • “Governor’s Award Student” – MTHS, (2005) 
  • “The Cookie Project” – Hilldale, (2002)  

Classroom Close-up, NJ airs on NJTV every Sunday at 7:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5:30 a.m. In most of the Montville Township broadcast area, NJTV is found on Cablevision’s channel 8.

The “Humanities Research Program” segment of Classroom Close-up, NJ, will air on September 27October 3November 1 and November 7, 2015.

“Montville ESY” will air October 4October 10November 8 and November 14.


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