NEWS & EVENTS
Week of September 13
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: Upcoming Board of Education Meeting
PUBLIC MEETING - The next board of education meeting is Monday, September 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the Lincoln/Roosevelt School Auditorium at 34 North Hillside Avenue in Succasunna. To view a copy of that upcoming agenda and past ones, please click here!
Come find out about Roxbury's District Goals for this year with a presentation by Superintendent Loretta Radulic.
Following this presentation will be the Strategic Plan Kick-Off Meeting (Portrait of a Graduate) presented by Superintendent Radulic, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Chuck Seipp, and the Director of Instructional Innovation Chris Zegar.
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 Strategic Planning meetings. Click here to find out more information at www.roxbury.org/StrategicPlan.
Jefferson School's Community Share
Jefferson Elementary School in Roxbury Township is beginning the school year off by helping out Roxbury with their "Community Share" project.
Starting on the first day of school, the students are contributing to the Social Services food pantry by collecting food items that in prior years were thrown away in the garbage. Some students who are purchasing their lunch may not want the milk, yogurt, carrot sticks, etc. that comes with a school lunch. These children can now place them in the "Share Bin" for "unwanted, unopened and uneaten" items.
This food is stored in a donated refrigerator in the lunchroom and once a week the collection will be delivered to Roxbury Social Services.
After the first week of collecting, the school gave 40 milk cartons, 11 containers of yogurt, 60 bags of carrots, and 44 bags/pieces of fruit.
"It feels good giving back to our community and not wasting good food," shared fourth-grader Evan Elbaum.
to read this story on our website under "In the News".
Fourteen RHS Students Accepted into Eastern Division Honors Choir
Fourteen Roxbury High School students successfully auditioned for the American Choral Director's Association Eastern Division High School Honors Choir. This prestigious ensemble is comprised of the top singers in the northeastern part of the United States.
Congratulations to Omar Abdallah (12), Taylor Bailey (12), Brendan Coulthurst (10), Laurel Cousineau (11), Justin Kurbansade (11), Seth Lines (10), Matthew Malsbury (12), Cristian Marrero (11), Amanda Melchers (12), Gabriella Mutone (11), Joseph Negron (11), David Petrov (11), Mackenzy Reilly (11), and Emily Rheinhardt (12) on this great accomplishment.
The students will be performing under the direction of Dr. Edith Copley, director of choral activities at Northern Arizona University, in Rochester, New York from March 4th-7th.
to read more on our website under "In the News".
Blast from the Past and a glimpse into the future of a future educator?
Imagine Jefferson School Preschool Teacher Patti Klein's surprise when Roxbury High School Junior Anthony Gonzalez, a former student entered her room this summer. Tony was a volunteer from the high school program that provides teacher assistants to Extended School Year teachers.
Klein shared, "Tony was an incredible and is an incredibly gifted assistant, his warmth, compassion, and patience was amazing. Tony was thrilled to help the young children and used every moment of his time to share his enthusiasm."
"I found this so enjoyable and I look forward to coming back," explained Tony.
We do too Tony!
to read this story on our website under "In the News".
Roxbury Public Schools Welcomes New Staff
Thirty-three new eager educators attended Roxbury's New Staff Orientation at Roxbury High School for three days at the end of August.
The mix of new hires included general and special education teachers, school psychologists and social workers, nurses, and leave replacements. Organized by Maryann Gibbs, Roxbury's Human Resources Director and the district administrative team, NSO is an event comprised of two and half days of training followed by a half a day of building-based preparation.
to read more about this year's New Staff Orientation.
Roxbury Schools Announce Back-to-School Nights and Ribbon Cutting
The Roxbury Township Public Schools (Morris County) will welcome parents and guardians into the district's seven schools during scheduled back-to-school nights to open the 2019/2020 school year.
The evening sessions offer families the opportunity to make personal connections with teachers and administrators, learn about new initiatives and programming, discuss goals and learning strategies as well as hear about important dates.
Roxbury Township Schools will open to staff on Tuesday, September 3rd with two in-service days. Students' school year begins Thursday, September 5th.
This year's back-to-school nights are as follows:
- Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.
- Jefferson Elementary School (35 Cornhollow Road, Succasunna, NJ)
- Kennedy Elementary School (20 Pleasant Hill Road, Succasunna, NJ)
- Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m.
- Franklin Elementary School (8 Meeker Street, Succasunna, NJ)
- Nixon Elementary School (275 Mt. Arlington Blvd., Landing, NJ)
- Thursday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m. *
- Roxbury High School (1 Bryant Drive, Succasunna, NJ)
- Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m.
- Eisenhower Middle School (47 Eyland Avenue, Succasunna, NJ)
- Wednesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m.
- Lincoln/Roosevelt School (34 North Hillside Avenue, Succasunna, NJ)
*Ribbon Cutting at RHS Back-to-School Night
Roxbury High School's back-to-school night will kick off at 6:00 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge the culmination of the reimagining of the 2500 square feet of space at Roxbury High School for its Structural Fabrication and Design program and new Robotics classroom. In addition, the community will hear about other exciting programmatic advancements. Please check the district website for additional details as the date draws closer. Click here to read this information on our website under "In the News".
VOTE NOW: We Need Your Help to Honor Our History
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!
Click here to read about the Grey Building and Lincoln/Roosevelt's summer renovations from Tap Into Roxbury.
11th Annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic - Sept 28
The 11th Annual
Roxbury Marching Band Classic
is a competition of 16 local and regional high school marching bands including performances by both of Roxbury High School's marching bands: The Marching Gaels and The Roxbury Sound.
The event will take place on
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Roxbury High School, 1 Bryant Drive, Succasunna, NJ. Gates open at 3
with the competition running from 4
Entry wristbands available at the gate for: $10 general admission, $8 admission for those 65+ and/or students with ID, and FREE admission for children 4 years old and younger.
Vendor booths, baked goods, 50/50 raffle, concession stand, ample parking, and indoor restrooms are available throughout the event. Please come join us for an exciting evening of marching and music making!
Click here to read about this event on our website under "In the News".
Athlectic 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!
Roxbury Field Hockey Updates:
Roxbury over Morris Hills -- Field hockey recap - Sept 7
Emily Stanich recorded two goals and two assists to lift Roxbury to a 5-0 win over Morris Hills in Roxbury.
Taylor Woolford also scored twice for Roxbury (2-0), which built a three-goal advantage in the first half. Nicole Lisa also scored a goal, while Shannon Brady and Carly Corrente each added an assist. Toni Cacopardo made three saves in the win.
Jessica Tang made 17 saves for Morris Hills (0-3). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury over Morris Knolls - Field hockey recap - Sept 12
Emily Stanich netted a hat trick for Roxbury in its 5-1 win against Morris Knolls in Succasunna.
Taylor Woolford and Shannon Brady scored the other two goals for Roxbury (3-1). Nicole Lisa aided the victory with an assist.
Shannon Pollard managed the goal for Morris Knolls (2-2), which was assisted by Katie Borowski.
Toni Cacopardo made eight saves for Roxbury. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Football Updates:
Pascack Valley over Roxbury - Football recap - Sept 6
Stephen Bergen threw for one touchdown and ran for another as Pascack Valley defeated Roxbury, 27-0, in Hillsdale.
Bergen's 21-yard TD pass to Andrew Martinez in the second quarter gave Pascack Valley an 8-0 lead that grew to 15 at halftime thanks to Jake Williams' 25-yard TD run. Bergen (9 yards) and Mike Solazzo (15 yards) added second half rushing scores in the win. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com. Click here to read more game coverage from Tap Into Roxbury.
Roxbury Soccer Updates:
Roxbury over West Morris - Boys soccer recap - Sept 6
Roxbury rolled to a 1-0 win over West Morris, in Succasunna.
Roxbury (1-1) generated eight shots on goal.
James Calderwood recorded four saves for West Morris (1-1). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
West Morris over Roxbury - Girls soccer recap - Sept 6
Bridget Moylan and Kristine Hauser each scored a goal for West Morris in its 2-0 victory over Roxbury in Succasunna.
Kacy Smith added to the win with an assist while her teammate Susan Whittemore made six saves to preserve the West Morris (2-0) shutout.
Emily Honig stopped eight shots for Roxbury (0-1). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Morris Hills over Roxbury - Boys soccer recap - Sept 9
Christian Fuentes scored the sole goal of the game to lead Morris Hills to a 1-0 win over Roxbury, in Rockaway.
Fuentes' goal came in the second half.
Gerald McCarthy stopped seven shots for Morris Hills (2-1).
Roxbury fell to 1-2 with the loss. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Volleyball Updates:
Young Roxbury Volleyball Team Ready to Compete
The Roxbury High School volleyball team brought its season record to 3-1 on Tuesday with a win over Morris Knolls.
Playing at home, the Gaels defeated the Golden Eagles with a 2-0 shutout that saw Roxbury dominate in both sets: 25-14 and 25-15.
"We have a great group of girls who are really hardworking," said coach Anthony McMichael. "Our varsity team is young, but very talented"
to read more from Tap Into Roxbury.
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 Shred Day - Sept 22nd
Roxbury's 4th Annual Community Shredding Even will be Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Roxbury Recycling Center at 96 N. Dell Avenue in Kenvil. Due to limited capacity, this service will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information, contact Kellie Ann Keyes at
or by calling 973-448-2053.
to view this event flyer in our Virtual Backpack.
Roxbury Clean Communities Fall Cleanup Day - Oct 26
Join Roxbury Clean Communities for a Fall Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 26th at 9 a.m. Just a few hours is all we need to help cleanup a park, roadway, or neighborhood of debris and litter all while having fun with friends and neighbors. Individuals, families, schools, civic, religious and business groups are encouraged to participate. Community service hours can be earned by volunteers. Mini-grants are also available for non-profit organizations on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information or to request a specific work site, contact Kellie Ann Keyes at
or by calling 973-448-2053.
to view this event flyer in our Virtual Backpack.
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.
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