NEWS & EVENTS
Week of October 4
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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REMINDER OF UPCOMING SCHOOL CLOSURES
The Roxbury Township Public Schools will be CLOSED on
Wednesday, October 9th for Yom Kippur. Schools will reopen on Thursday, October 10th.
The Roxbury Township Public Schools will be CLOSED
Monday, October 14th due to a Staff In-Service day.
Schools will reopen on Tuesday, October 15th.
STRATEGIC PLAN: Invitation to help Roxbury Schools prepare for the future
Roxbury Township Public Schools begins its new school year planning to "prepare the children of today for tomorrow" with the beginning of its strategic planning process.
The Roxbury Board of Education will spend the next few months with more than a dozen parents, students, educators, community leaders, entrepreneurs, township officials, local nonprofits, and other Roxbury representatives as part of the strategic planning process. The developed strategic plan should reflect the partnership between the community and the school district and community participation is imperative to make this process a success.
Community members and organizations are invited to attend the final Strategic Planning meeting on
Monday, October 14th
at the Board of Education meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Lincoln/Roosevelt School (34 North Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, NJ)
VOTE NOW: We Need Your Help to Honor Our History - Voting ends Oct 15
The Grey Building Bell Tower Bell needs a new home and we want the community's help to select its new place as a ground display! Since 1903, the bell was housed in the cupola atop the Grey Building on North Hillside Avenue. The crumbling cupola is being replaced, but it was determined that re-installing the bell would be too costly. However, it's a part of our history, so we want a special place of recognition and would like the community to have a voice in that decision.
Vote now to determine whether the bell will remain on-site in front of the first High School (now the Board of Education Administrative Offices) or be moved to the current Roxbury High School on the football field. Click here to cast your vote now! More than 450 votes have been cast so far! Which location will it be?
Click here to read about the Grey Building and Lincoln/Roosevelt's summer renovations from Tap Into Roxbury.
Franklin School gets fall look thanks to Fullerton
Fullerton Grounds Maintenance in Kenvil, NJ has once again helped beautify the grounds at Franklin Elementary School in Succasunna, NJ.
Each year in the fall and spring, Fullerton Grounds Maintenance plants mums, bulbs, flowers, and other items to help the Franklin School's Early Act Club maintain the outdoor classroom and the Franklin sign in front of the school.
Thank you to Scott Fullerton, Jan Bera, and the workers who have generously given their time and resources. Click here to read this story on our website under "In the News".
Bringing the Outdoors In at Roxbury HS
Vista teacher, Lisa Corliss is bringing the outdoors into her classroom this year at Roxbury High School while embracing the district's goal of promoting health, wellness, and mindfulness.
"Many of my students have not had much opportunity to explore the outdoors so I decided to bring the outdoors in. We will relate the skills we are learning in science, math, and critical thinking combined with elements of mindfulness and social-emotional learning to camping. I hope to be able to get them outdoors for hiking excursions and possibly to even go fishing in the spring," explained Corliss.
The students so far are enjoying alternative working spaces and listening to the sounds of birds, wind through the trees, and lake water.
"They are excited about the possibility of getting outside, exploring some trails, building their own tents, and maybe learning to fish. It should be quite an adventure!"
to read more on our website under "In the News".
Roxbury High School Looks to #ditchjuul on October 8th
With the increase of young people vaping, Roxbury High School is taking an active approach to getting its students to stop.
Last spring, Assistant Principal Jon Deeb organized a committee of teachers at the school for the purpose of addressing vaping of its students. The high school is
organizing a day of education and awareness for this program that too many of our students are involved in.
Springboarding off thetruth.com's #ditchjuul campaign on October 9th, the high school is planning various events leading up to October 8th, since the district is closed the 9th. Those events include:
- An announcement next Wednesday to the students that will explain the purpose of the day and the importance of making healthy choices. They will encourage everyone to wear orange on October 8th. Orange is the color that the #ditchjuul effort is using.
- Facts of the day will be shared with students on each day leading up to the 8th.
- On the afternoon of October 7th, the committee and some of the high school students will hang up colorful and informative posters about vaping that are being designed by the teachers and students. The posters will be in the restrooms and on bulletin boards in the hallways for the student body to look at when they arrive at school on the 8th.
- On October 8th, there will be Chromebooks in the cafeteria manned by some of the student volunteers. Students will be able to sign in to www.thetruth.com and take the pledge to not vape. Every student that takes the pledge will receive an orange silicone bracelet with #knowthetruth on it.
to read more about this effort on our website under "In the News".
Children's Cancer Research Charity Golf Day - Oct 6
Join Will Fulton, a Roxbury High School Senior for a Children's Cancer Research Charity Golf Day to raise funds for the Children's Cancer Research Fund on Sunday, October 6th from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mt. Freedom Golf Center located at 1275 Sussex Turnpike in Randolph. The cost is $25 per person or $30 at the door. Price includes unlimited use of mini-golf, driving range, and Par 3 (golf, soccer golf, and Frisbee golf).
Fulton's goal is to raise $1,000. There at two ways to contribute - You can make a one-time donation online or you can pledge a specific amount for every birdie or eagle. He will keep you up-to-date during the season and then contact you at the end to let you know how much you owe.
Click here to read more on our website under "In the News".
Kick Out Hunger with RHS Girls Soccer Drills & Skills Session - Oct 15
Join the Roxbury Girls High School Soccer team for a Drills and Skills Session on Tuesday, October 15th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Horseshoe Lake at 72 Eyland Avenue in Succasunna. Price: Bring a donation for Roxbury Social Services. Play for a bit or stay awhile!
to read more about this event in our Virtual Backpack.
Athletic Training & Physical Therapy Information Session - Oct 16
Parents and 8th grade students are invited to join us to learn about the Academy for Athletic Training & Physical Therapy, located at Roxbury High School. The session will provide an overview of the admissions process, course of study and the opportunity to tour the facility.
The Academy for Athletic Training and Physical Therapy provides students with a solid foundation in the growing fields of exercise science, fitness studies, physical therapy, athletic training, and injury prevention and treatment. Click here to register today on eventbrite.
2nd Annual FitnessRox Family Fun Run - Oct 17
The Roxbury Township Public Schools will be holding its 2nd Annual FitnessRox Family Fun Run on Thursday, October 17th at Lincoln/Roosevelt School at 34 North Hillside Avenue in Succasunna, NJ. Registration and check-in opens at 4:00 p.m. at Lincoln/Roosevelt School and the run will begin at 5:00 p.m. The event is open to everyone!
The course will kick off at Lincoln/Roosevelt School and will include various fitness stations between Franklin and Lincoln/Roosevelt Schools including Meeker Street. Participants can park at either Franklin Elementary School at 8 Meeker Street in Succasunna or in the Lincoln/Roosevelt School parking lots.
The tax-deductible registration fees are $20 per individual participants and $60 for registering your immediate family (up to seven people). To register for this event, go to
. The first 500 registrations before October 5th will receive a free reusable water bottle.
The funds raised from this fun, family event will help Roxbury Schools continue its goal of providing health and wellness for its staff and students.
Roxbury Township Public Schools are preparing the children of today for tomorrow by helping them to grow strong in minds and bodies. As a Bronze certificated Sustainable Jersey for School district, it is our goal to increase awareness and participation in health and wellness programs that not only benefit our students and staff but our community as a whole.
to register now!
The RHS Performing Arts Department Presents Broadway Night
The Roxbury High School Performing Arts Department will present its annual Broadway Night on Thursday, October 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Roxbury High School Cafeteria located at 1 Bryant Drive in Succasunna, NJ.
Broadway Night is an evening of musical theatre numbers performed by students in the high school choir program as well as a special number by the Broadway Theatre Class directed by performing arts/music teacher Dan Salyerds with choreography by high school dance teacher Rebecca Pietras. It will feature musical numbers from shows such as Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Into the Woods, and more!
Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students, and includes desserts and the announcement of the 2020 high school spring musical. Come out for an evening of Broadway music and fun! Click here to read about this event on our website under "In the News".
7th Annual MABORC's Halloween Bash - Oct 19
Join MABORC for its 7th Annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 19th from 4-6 p.m. at Fireman's Field at 1 Altenbrand Avenue in Mt. Arlington. There will be a costume contest for children 12 and under, trick or treating on the field, tons of activities for the kids, prizes, and lots of fun!
Help is also needed to make this event happen! Participate in the trick or treating on the field. Volunteers are needed to run games, the concession stand, help with parking, and photo opportunities. Email Brianna at
if you are interested in helping!
to read more about this event from the flyer in our Virtual Backpack.
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".
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:
Roxbury over St. Elizabeth - Field hockey recap - Sept 28
Chatham over Roxbury - Field hockey - Morris Cty Tournament - 2nd round recap - Oct 2
Taylor Woolford recorded two goals and an assist to lead Roxbury to a victory over St. Elizabeth, 4-0, in Succasunna.
Shannon Brady added a goal and an assist, while Megan Roddy scored a goal of her own for Roxbury (7-4).
Toni Cacopardo made four saves to secure the fourth consecutive shutout for Roxbury, its sixth shutout overall.
St. Elizabeth falls to 1-9. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Gabby Cutlip led fifth-seeded Chatham with two goals in its 3-1 win over 12th-seeded Roxbury in the second round of the Morris County Tournament in Chatham.
Carlin Chazen also scored for Chatham (8-3) as Hailey Coates collected an assist in the victory.
Taylor Woolford netted the lone goal for Roxbury (7-5).
Connie Conlan made two saves for Chatham while Toni Cacopardo compiled 19 of her own in the loss. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Football Updates:
Roxbury Football Drops One to Morris Hills - Sept 29
Roxbury Gymnastics Updates:
The Roxbury High School football team endured another tough one Saturday, losing 33-7 to Morris Hills.
Kyle Haegele (82) set the Gaels up well with kick returns, but the team couldn't sustain any drives. The bright spots for the Gaels' offense came from Tyler Keyes (24), their leading rusher, and a touchdown pass from Nick Mastandrea (4) to Haegele (82).
Morris Hills copied the template of the Gaels' previous opponents ,giving up on the inside run to exploit the soft outside of the Gaels' defense. The defeat brings Roxbury's record to 1-3. Click here to read more from Tap Into Roxbury.
Roxbury's Fantastic Gymnastics Hits 5-0
Roxbury High School senior Tiffany Zieba led the school's gymnastics team to a close win today against Mount Olive, a victory that preserved the young team's undefeated record for the season.
The Gaels walked away with 105.175 points to the Marauders' 105.15. It was Mount Olive's second loss of the year, leaving the team with a 4-2 record.
Zieba was the top scorer in all-around points, compiling 36.925. She also gathered the most points in vault (9.4) and bars (9.175).
This is the Roxbury's second year fielding a gymnastics team and it's the first year in charge for coach Kellie Damelio. She replaced the inaugural team's coach, Tara Liska, a 23-year-old, 2014 Roxbury graduate.
The Gaels next take on Indian Hills, at Ramapo High School, on Oct. 10. Click here to read more details about this year's team from Tap Into Roxbury.
Roxbury Soccer Updates:
Morris Knolls over Roxbury - Girls soccer - Morris County Tournament second round - Sept 29
Fifth-seeded Morris Knolls edged 12th-seeded Roxbury in a shootout in the second round of the Morris County Tournament in Denville.
Knolls (3-4-2) scored two penalty kicks compared to Roxbury's one.
Knolls got on the scoreboard first in regulation in the opening half whenMadison Palma scored, but Fiona Sparano netted a goal off an assist from Lauren Ernst to tie the game however for Roxbury (2-4-2) in the second half.
There were no goals in either the first or second overtime periods.
Emily Honig made 10 saves as well for Roxbury while Katelyn Walsh made five stops for Knolls. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Track & Field Updates:
Meadlist from Garret Invitational - Sept 28
- Gabby Daskalova 7th, Lauren Tom 8th, Bella Campiglia 13th
- Nate Hajel 3rd, Thomas Schulz 9th,
- Ashley Lipchus-Wong 21st, Gianna Norris 23rd, Mattew O'Leary 17th
Follow Coach Bischoff
on Twitter for the latest Roxbury Track & Fields news.
Roxbury Volleyball Updates:
October 4 -
The volleyball team suffered a tough loss to Randolph last night in two sets. The girls showed a lot of heart and fought all the way to the end despite being in a tough situation.
Follow Roxbury's Gaelvision @Gaelvision on Twitter for the latest Roxbury Schools sports and news.
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.
LRS Kicks Off a Year Focused on Going Green
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is becoming the mantra at Lincoln/Roosevelt School this year.
It actually started late last spring with Patricia MacEwen's math class collecting used markers to be sent to the Crayola company as part of ColorCycle, an innovative program that converts old markers into energy as well as wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles. In just the last month of school, students collected over 500 used markers.
The collection continues this year for MacEwen's class. In a letter shared with the staff at the school, homerooms are encouraged to help collect as many used markers as they can for this worthwhile recycling project.
To reinforce the message of the three R's, Kellie Ann Keyes from Roxbury Clean Communities arranged to have a Bash the Trash assembly brought to the school.
Bash the Trash,
a trio of musicians presented Trash to Techno, the ultimate combination of low and high tech. Found-object sources (trash) were sampled, manipulated, and transformed through science and technology into danceable beats for the fifth and sixth graders at the school last Friday. Click here to read more about this on our website under "In the News".
Free Community Shred Day for Mt. Arlington Residents - Oct 19
The Borough of Mt. Arlington will be holding a Free Community Shred Day for residents on Saturday, October 19th from 8 a.m. to noon at the Mt. Arlington Department of Public Works located at 1 Altenbrand Avenue in Mt. Arlington. Examples of items to bring to the on-site shredding include bank statements, medical/insurance forms, retired tax records, receipts, and personal files. Fight back against identity theft and have these documents shredded for free. Click here to view more event information from our Virtual Backpack.
Get rid of hazardous waste in Morris County - Oct 19
The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority's free Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event, the last one in 2019, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pequannock Valley Park, Marvin Road, Pompton Plains, rain or shine.
For questions, contact the MCMUA at (973)829-8006 or visit
E-Waste (used consumer electronics) and latex paint will not be accepted. Call 973-829-8006 for E-Waste disposal information. Latex paint should be dried out and disposed of in the trash.
The list of acceptable hazardous materials include pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, oil-based paints, stains, paint thinners and removers, solvents, automotive fluids, lead acid and rechargeable batteries, pool chemicals, and darkroom chemicals.
Also accepted are aerosol cans (not empty), propane and helium cylinders, small quantities of asbestos (wetted, double bagged and sealed with duct tape-100 pound limit), driveway sealant, roofing tar, fluorescent bulbs, PCB-ballasts, mercury thermometers and switches, household cleaning products, muriatic acid.
Latex paint is not considered hazardous, so it is not accepted. Explosive or highly reactive materials, such as picric acid or nitro compounds, also will not be accepted.
It is important to note that these events are for residential household waste.
Businesses are not permitted to attend these disposal events. Businesses can visit the permanent facility in Mount Olive by appointment only.
Visit the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority website for information and directions, at
. The MUA also accepts household hazardous waste by appointment only at its Mount Olive Transfer Station.
to read more from the Roxbury Register.
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.
Roxbury Schools Gaels Going Green Expo - Nov 3
Join the Roxbury Township Public Schools for a Gaels Going Green Expo, a STEAM Expo on all things sustainable on Sunday, November 3rd from 9 a.m. to noon at Roxbury High School at 1 Bryant Drive in Succasunna, NJ. This first annual expo will be a day of celebrating all things sustainable in and around Roxbury with vendors, interactive workshops, demonstrations, etc.
This Expo will have information booths, classes, demonstrations, health checks, physical activities, and hands-on experiences and interactions for all ages. Come find out how to live a more sustainable and healthy life!
Parts of Roxbury High School will serve as an exhibit hall, with tables staffed by professionals offering a variety of information and guidance on sustainability services.
This event is partially made possible thanks to grant funding from Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program and the NJEA where Roxbury School District was one of 11 districts awarded a $10,000 grant in February 2019 for its STEAM Expos: Seeds of Sustainability and Gearing Gaels to Go Green proposal.
The district will host a tasting a composting session using aeroponic gardens and composters from five of the seven schools that were purchased using the grant funding. Leading up this expo, students and staff will learn about gardening, healthy nutritional habits, and composting. Items grown and information learned will be turn-keyed to the public as we Gear Gaels to Go Green!
Become an Exhibitor - Roxbury Schools is looking for exhibitors for this event.
Exhibitors: Looking for a chance to expose your amazing sustainable business and brand? Want to introduce a particular new fitness or health-related product or service? Want to introduce a particular green product or service? Want to share a healthy food option? Or do you simply want to share your expertise, knowledge, and enthusiasm to educate the community on various sustainability topics (health, wellness, fitness, healthy and/or green living, etc.)?
Then the Gaels Going Green Sustainability Expo is the place you will want to be! You will be able to cover all of the above and more in just one day! Get a chance to engage with Expo goers and sustainability enthusiasts and introduce them to your business and brand. Help promote prevention and education and offer inspiration and motivation while getting maximum exposure, awareness, and sales. Don't underestimate the value you gain from face-to-face interaction to build trust and strengthen your brand.
We are so excited at the possibility of partnering with you for our first Gaels Going Green Sustainability Expo and thank you in advance for your interest and support!
Exhibitors can register at www.roxbury.org/GreenGaelsExhibitor
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