MONTVILLE, NJ - On Friday, May 22, Montville Township High School faculty and administrators, along with Montville Township Public Schools Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar, visited the 310 members of the MTHS Class of 2020 to deliver Caps, Gowns, Diploma Covers, and other items such as Honor Cords and Tassels.
Like most of the nation’s students, the MTHS Class of 2020 has been attending classes through Distance Learning since March 17, 2020.
More than 75 faculty, staff and administrators were on hand to make the deliveries possible.
With a student list of between 4 and 15 seniors, the team of messengers set out to distribute the items, and to spend a few moments visiting with the seniors and their families.
“This morning, I was honored to be part of a large team of MTHS teachers and administrators that delivered caps, gowns and diploma covers to the homes of our seniors,” Superintendent Dr. René Rovtar wrote in a letter to parents and guardians later in the day on May 22. “It was great to see these students and to congratulate them on their accomplishments.”
Some faculty requested particular students. Others delivered to specific areas throughout the township, which includes Montville, Towaco, and Pine Brook, New Jersey.
Wendy Reinknecht, an MTHS Science teacher, requested her entire Hilldale Elementary School 5th grade class, who are now MTHS seniors. During her extensive career as an MTPS educator, Reinknecht has been a 1st, 3rd, 5th and high school teacher in three of MTPS’ seven schools. Wearing a mask and a graduation gown, she visited 9 seniors in all three sections of the Montville Township community.
"I loved this job today!!” Reinknecht later wrote on the Montville Township Public Schools’ Facebook page. “Love my students and miss them terribly. So great to see my students and families today!! I’ve had some students in 5th grade, chemistry, and environmental science!"
Dr. Kurt Kilanowski and Jennifer Kilanowski, both English teachers at MTHS, traveled together, visiting more than 15 students. Wearing a Doctorial Tam, Dr. Kilanowski and his wife, Mrs. Kilanowski, posed for socially distanced selfies with students at each stop. The MTHS seniors held their caps and gowns in the photos.
MTHS Girls Soccer Team coaches Casey Rogic and Alyssa Reilly delivered caps and gowns to each senior member of the team. A science teacher and a social studies teacher, respectively, they wore masks and posed for socially distanced photos with each senior.
“We continue to plan for an in-person ceremony and will be prepared to offer that in accordance with the Governor's direction and the Executive Orders in place,” Rovtar also explained in her letter on May 22, following the delivery of caps and gowns. “We will schedule this ceremony, when we are permitted to do so.”
The morning of Tuesday May 26, Governor Phil Murphy announced that socially distanced in-person graduation ceremonies will be allowed following July 6, 2020.
MTHS administration and the MTPS administration are currently examining the Governor’s Executive Orders. Graduation details will be forthcoming.
A virtual graduation ceremony is also planned for the MTHS Class of 2020.
All members of the MTHS Class of 2020 are asked to submit: a 4 second video in cap and gown, a short video of tossing the cap in the air, a video moving the tassel from right to left and a fun photo in cap and gown. These images will be incorporated into the virtual graduation video and must be submitted by Friday May 29, 2020.