NEWS & EVENTS
Week of October 25
In Roxbury Township Public Schools, our students and schools are involved with more than just academics. They are active members of the community who give their time and efforts to important causes. Check out all the upcoming events happening throughout Roxbury in the coming weeks.
ROXBURY SCHOOLS IN THE NEWS
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Eisenhower MS Boards the Reading Train
The chatter and shuffling of students all stopped Friday afternoon on October 11th and the hallways of Eisenhower Middle School were silent as the students and staff grabbed their choice novel and sat on the floor and chairs for the last thirty minutes of school. Rows and rows of stude
nts sitting tandem to each other created EMS' first attempt at an all-school Reading Train.
ELA Teacher Margery Richman mentioned how noses were lowered into books as people were engrossed in their stories from one end of the school to the other. The train was donned with the middle schoolers from the gymnasium to the opposite side of the building to the Lab of Inquiry and included each of the hallways in between. Click here to read more about EMS first Reading Train from our website under "In the News".
Elementary Families: Looking for ways to help your child at home?
There is a newly improved Roxbury Elementary Resources webpage that holds the key you're looking for. Resources for parents provide content support along with interactive activities and games to make learning at home fun!
This website was created to support student growth and achievement within Roxbury. In order to achieve student success, it is important that teachers and parents work together to help develop children's skills throughout the school year. This website acts as a location to access resources to ensure all staff and parents are on the same page to provide the continued support to our students that is integral to growth and success. Click here to check out this resources.
Meet the Roxbury Board of Education Candidates
The upcoming general election on Tuesday, November 5th will include elections for the Roxbury Township Board of Education. There are three open seats for three-year terms.
There are two incumbents this year seeking re-election, Dan Masi and Carol Scheneck. They are running along with newcomer Michelle Danielson who will replace Rich Alexander whose term expires in December.
This upcoming election for the Roxbury Board of Education is uncontested and therefore, there was no Meet the Candidates Night usually hosted by the Lincoln/Roosevelt PTO in mid-October. Instead, candidates were asked to provide bios and a picture to inform the families and community.
to read about the candidates on our website under "In the News".
Rox-THON gets their Flock on
Flocking is back at Roxbury! It will begin this fall and continue until the ground freezes, before resuming next spring; all weather dependent. While the fundraiser remains the same, the organization bears a new name. Putting more of an emphasis on our local community, Roxbury High School's mini-THON will now be known as Rox-THON. It is the same group of students working towards the same cause, however, a majority of our proceeds will now stay here in Morris County.
Starting this year, donations will go to Goryeb Children's Hospital (Morristown, NJ) and 30% of those proceeds will support pediatric cancer research and medical bills through Four Diamonds (Penn State Children's Hospital). Roxbury High School will also host its 7th Annual event to fight childhood cancer on Friday, March 13, 2020.
"Flocking is super simple! Flocking is when you harmlessly prank your friends by signing up for us to put a flock of plastic flamingo
s on their lawn," explained Captain Holly Van Ness, a senior at the school.
If you would like to flock-a-friend, you can choose how many flamingos you want to migrate to your friend's yard for up to 48 hours. A small flock of only 10 flamingos is only $15, a medium flock of 30 for $25, or you can choose a large flock of 50 flamingos for $35. If you have a special occasion, you may also choose to request a specific date for an additional $15. Click here to read more on our website under "In the News".
Jefferson School Holds Teddy Bear Clinic
Jefferson Elementary School Kindergarteners enjoyed hosting a Teddy Bear Clinic on Thursday, October 17th with the help of Saint Clare's Emergency Ambulance Team.
The EMS team familiarized children with the sights, sounds and "helpers" they may encounter in an emergency.
School Nurse Kate Zenna shared, "The students were able to tour an ambulance and learn about the role of these First Responders. Inside the ambulance, students found a giant teddy bear strapped to a gurney and were later able to treat their own stuffed animals "boo boos" as they donned masks and gloves like their friendly community helpers."
The EMS crew provided each student with a baggie containing gauze, band-aids, gloves, and a mask. They were also lent plastic stethoscopes, syringes, and thermometers to tend to their stuffed animal "patients". Students put on band-aids, wrapped "injuries" with gauze, took their animals' temperature and more! Click here to read more on our website under "In the News".
Roxbury High School's Structural Fabrication and Design Journey
Follow the new beginnings of the Structural Fabrication and Design program at Roxbury High School with weekly updates on the growth of the program and the work that the students are doing as they explore the human-designed world through the learning of SDF.
to find out more information about the program and to follow along on this year one journey.
RHS Performing Arts Presents Clue this Fall at RHS - Oct 31 & Nov 1
Ticket reservations are now being accepted for
Roxbury High School's fall drama of Clue showing Thursday, October 31st and Friday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. at Roxbury High School at 1 Bryant Drive in Succasunna.
BroadwayLicensing.com shares, "On a dark and stormy night, six unique guests, plus a butler and a maid, assemble for a dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Soon the guests are racing to find the killer and keep the body count from stacking up. Based on the popular board game and adapted from the cult classic film, Clue is the comedy whodunit that will keep you guessing (and laughing) to the very end.
Join us for an enjoyable entertaining evening. Tickets are $10 each and the ticket reservation form can be found online at
www.roxbury.org. Ticket reservations will automatically be held at the Box Office and can be picked up 45 minutes before the performance. Click here to read more about this show on our website under "In the News".
Franklin PTA Holds Clothing Drive Fundraiser - Nov 2
Help the Franklin School PTA raise funds by cleaning out your closets, attics, garages, and basements. Please place your gently used/unwanted items in tightly tied bags for their Clothing Drive Fundraiser on Saturday, November 2nd at Franklin School.
All style and colors of bags are accepted. Every bag counts! Let's Collect 150 bags! Give your items a second chance to be worn/used again. The more our collection weighs, the more we raise! Acceptable items include adult/children clothing, shoes, coats, belts, ties, bedding, towels, linens, purses, backpacks, etc.
to view the flyer with all acceptable items in the Virtual Backpack.
NJEA Convention Boys Basketball Clinic for Grades 4-8 - Nov 7 and 8
Join Coach Ansaldi and the RHS Boys Basketball Staff for a NJEA Convention Clinic on Thursday and/or Friday, November 7th and 8th from 9 a.m. to noon that focuses on teaching the fundamentals of the game in a safe and fun setting. Campers will participate in drills that work on their ball handling, passing, and shooting, as well as participating in fun skills stations, skills competitions, and team game play. Cost is $35 for one day or $60 for both days.
to download the flyer/registration form from our Virtual Backpack.
Roxbury's Global Hi-5 Expo (Multi-Cultural Celebration) - Feb 20
Come and tantalize your five senses through international expressions of cuisine, music, art, crafts, costumes, dance performances, and so much more on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. at Roxbury High School! Experience the gift of the one HUMAN race and its multisensory cultural diversity in CommUNITY.
Gather up your family, friends, clubs, and business to sponsor a booth to represent a country of your background or interest! Then, plaster the booth with all the information, color and creativity that you can with food, fun crafts, music/dance performances and prizes!
Now is the time to be proud! Raise multi-cultural awareness and let's celebrate and travel to cultures around the world! Click here to sign up for a booth now! Click here for more information regarding this event from our website under "In the News".
Roxbury Field Hockey Updates:
No. 16 West Morris over Roxbury - Field hockey recap - Oct 21
Sarah Bietka scored two goals to lead West Morris, No. 16 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 3-0 win over Roxbury, in Chester.
West Morris (18-1-1) held a 1-0 lead at the half.
Jenna Leonhardt added on a goal and an assist to the win, while Victoria Bodnar recorded one save to earn the shutout.
Toni Cacopardo recorded 27 saves for Roxbury (9-7). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Congratulations Field Hockey Conference Champs!
Congratulations to the 2019 Varsity Field Hockey Team Conference Champs. Roxbury High School brings home the championship for the first time since 1988.
This is the first conference championship for Coach Naugle. Well done!
Senior-Stacked Roxbury Field Hockey Heads for States
The Roxbury High School field hockey team heads for state tournament play Saturday with hopes of extending - just a bit longer - the high school field hockey careers of its 12 seniors.
The 10-7 Gaels will take on West Morris Central at Chester in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 quarterfinal battle. Both Roxbury and West Morris got to the quarterfinals with byes.
West Morris came out the winner when the teams last played, on Oct. 21. If Roxbury wins the quarterfinals game, it will take on either Northern Highlands or Montvale in semifinal action on Oct. 29. Click here to read more about Senior Night from TAPinto Roxbury.
Click here to live stream the October 26th Field Hockey game against West Morris Central.
Roxbury Football Updates:
Roxbury Football Loses to Morris Knolls - Oct 19
The Roxbury High School football team's attempt to beat Morris Knolls with a passing offense backfired Saturday as the team lost the interception-plagued contest 30-14.
The Gaels started the game strong, keeping to the ground-game formula that brought them victory in the past; Tyler Doerr (46) had a long run to set up a short run for Lucas Spitzer to score.
Roxbury's defense held steady early on, keeping the Golden Eagles from moving the ball. But the Gaels deviated from what the running offense that's brought success this year and tried to create an aerial attack. Click here to read more game coverage from TAPinto Roxbury. Click here to read even more coverage of this game from TAPinto Denville.
Roxbury Gymnastics Updates:
Girls Gymnastics are League Champions!
Congratulations to the Roxbury Girls Varsity Gymnastics team League Champions earned Wednesday at Wayne Hills HS. Tiffany Zieba all around champ, Morgan Valdez 4th all around, Meghan Merola 5th All Around, and Alexis Merola 8th all around.
RHS Girls Gymnastics finished their season last week Undefeated 10-0!
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Kick Out Hunger a Success for Roxbury Girls Soccer!
The Roxbury Girls High School Soccer team had a great turn out for their Kick Out Hunger Drills and Skills session on Tuesday, October 15th at Horseshoe Lake. The girls and the coaches did a fantastic job! The price of participating was a donation for Roxbury Social Services. Thank you to the community for supporting this!
Everyone had a great time!
Girls Tennis: Morris Knolls Defeats Roxbury, 5-0 - Oct 17
The Golden Eagles girls varsity tennis team faced Roxbury on the road and won all five of their matches on Oct. 17 as follows:
Nofar (Lily) Katzav defeated Alexa Wanamaker 6-0, 6-0,
Emily Egan defeated Sarah Zeldin 6-0, 6-0,
Skylar Walder defeated Magda Perrett 6-1, 6-0,
Isabel Jones and Shaine Galon defeated Olivia Rebernik and Julia Mayor 6-0, 6-1, and
Meghan Chegwidden and Gabrielle Thomas defeated Antonia Matos-Kruck and Danielle Rosengrant 6-0, 6-1.
to read this coverage from TAPinto Denville.
Roxbury Girls Volleyball Updates:
Girls Volleyball: 2019 Morris County Tournament first round recap
Juliana Medini paved the way for 2-Roxbury with nine kills, two blocks and an ace in the 25-16, 25-8 win against 15-Parsippany.
Amber Chen added to the offensive depth with seven kills of her own. She also had nine digs. Seven players in all had at least a kill in the win. Quinn Longo did a solid job in all areas of the game with 21 assists, three kills and three aces.
Samantha Olander put up four kills and tied Longo with a team-high three aces. Click here to read more from NJ.com.
October 19 - Roxbury 2, Jefferson 0 (25-10, 25-19). On to the MCT Semifinals v. Kinnelon! Saturday, 10/26, 5pm at Randolph HS!
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Gaels Going Green - Did you know...
Since 2016, the Roxbury Township Public Schools has been striving to become more sustainable and green in its policies and practices. The Board of Education and administration made the decision to pursue district sustainability and green initiatives by creating and approving a half of dozen different policies outlining its position and efforts.
To that end, all seven schools in Roxbury Township attained Silver certification through Sustainable Jersey for Schools in August 2018. In this section, you will find various green initiatives, events, and tips to live a healthier, greener life.
Click here for more information regarding our sustainability initiative.
Roxbury Clean Communities Fall Cleanup Day - Oct 26
Roxbury Township is gearing up for their Fall Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 9:00 a. m. to noon, commencing at the DPW office located at 96 N. Dell Avenue, Kenvil, NJ.
The goal of the day is for individuals, residents, businesses and groups to join the community as volunteers to help clean up parks, trails, woodlands, roadsides, neighborhoods and waterways.
"We are hoping to have as great of a turn out as we did for our Earth Day clean up in April" commented Kellie Ann Keyes, Clean Communities Coordinator. "We had a mix of groups working not just along roadways but also working in more neglected areas where material had been dumped and heavily concealed. In just one area, computer equipment, car parts and metal rebar was uncovered and removed.
The day will start at 9:00 a.m. with assignments and instructions. Assignments are given according to age and safety. Bags, gloves, vests, light refreshments and water to refill your re-useable water bottle will be provided.
Free travel mug for all volunteers (while supplies last). Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this event! Volunteer for Community Service hours! Click here for more information about this upcoming cleanup from Hopatcong Lake Regional News.
RHS Athletic Events Calendar
for the most up-to-date calendar of Roxbury High School sporting events.
RHS Performing Arts Calendar
for the major events in performing arts here in Roxbury!
Specific school related events can be found on their respective website calendars by visiting
and selecting the school from the drop down at the top left of the screen.
RHS Project Graduation
Roxbury Project Graduation is NOT just for senior parents! We need all high school parents to get involved. This group and event benefit all Roxbury students. Don't wait, we need your help now.
Each year on the night of graduation, we host Project Graduation, an all-night, alcohol/drug free event for Roxbury's graduating High School Seniors.
To make this happen each year we need your HELP!
Our meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the RHS guidance conference room. The next meeting is Tuesday, October 8th. Check us out on our Facebook page, Roxbury Project Graduation or the link for our website on the RHS website.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering,
Alana Hayford or
Audra Sarafin. Click here to read more details about this year's Project Graduation from our Virtual Backpack under the Flyer section.
Box Tops for Education
Roxbury Township Public Schools are continuously collecting "Box Tops for Education" at our K-8 schools.
This is an easy, practically effortless way to raise funds for our schools by purchasing items you buy all the time.
Clipped box tops can be sent to any of our K-8 schools district-wide. School addresses can be found on our website at
Check out the Virtual Backpack!
Here we will feature events of organizations, clubs, and teams throughout our communities that serve to enrich the lives of our students.
Announcements, upcoming events, documents and forms that were previously sent home via backpacks will now be included in the Virtual Backpack. (On occasion, some paper forms, and flyers and other important information, will come home with your student or be sent to you directly via email.)
This page is updated as flyers are received.
Check the backpack!
Check Your Honeywell Settings!
Don't wait until severe weather hits to check your settings! You may want to change your time settings from Midnight to Midnight and have more than one way of being contacted...i.e., phone call/text message and/or email! This way if the phone lines are down/circuits are busy, etc., you are covered! Log into your Honeywell account
for parent instructions on creating an account.
Roxbury Alumni In the News