NEWS & EVENTS
Week of September 20
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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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 Strategic Planning meetings on the following dates:
- Wednesday, September 25th at Roxbury High School at 6:30 p.m. in the media center.
- 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)
REMINDER: Back-to-School Nights for EMS and LRS
Eisenhower Middle School will hold it's back-to-school night on Tuesday, September 24th at 7 p.m. EMS is located 47 Eyland Avenue in Succasunna.
Lincoln/Roosevelt School will hold it's back-to-school night on Wednesday, September 25th at 7 p.m. LRS is located at 34 North Hillside Avenue in Succasunna.
These 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.
Jefferson School Holds Patriot's Day Collection for the Troops
In honor of Patriot's Day, the students at Jefferson Elementary School in Roxbury Township shipped 25 boxes of goods and supplies to the soldiers of the New Jersey Army National Guard C Troop.
This was a combined effort of the students of Jefferson School and the very generous monetary donations of students and community members which covered the cost of shipping.
This project would not have been possible without the assistance of the students, faculty members, and the family of Todd McDonald, a former Roxbury student, who will receive the packages.
Principal Cosgrove, parent Lisa Millus, fourth-grade students, Todd's mother and children worked together to pack the boxes on September 13th and mailed them out the following day.
Students enjoyed donating items in the Red, White, and Blue box which brightened the Main Lobby.
"We really loved doing something positive for our Troops. We want them to enjoy something nice," said
fourth-grader Ryan Parker.
Participating in community service projects and helping others reminds us how we can all make the world a better place and concentrate on the Unity of the country after 9-11. Jefferson will never forget.
to read this story on our website under "In the News".
Crane Drops in Place New Cupola for Roxbury Schools "Gray Building"
Using a tall crane, workers on Sept. 13 installed a new cupola atop the Roxbury Schools Administration Building. The pre-fabricated cupola replaced the rotted former cupola,which was taken down Aug. 23. The old cupola was 116 years old. It housed a bell atop the "Gray Building" that once rang to alert the community when each school day was about to begin.
The district is now deciding where the old bell will be put on display. The work is part of a historically-sensitive refurbishing of the building and the adjacent Lincoln-Roosevelt School.
Click here to read this story from Tap Into Roxbury and be sure to vote below for the bell's final ground placement.
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.
RHS Yearbook wins First Place / Gold Award with GSSPA
Roxbury High School's yearbook design team once again shines. Its 2018/2019 Echo Yearbook publication, "In Our Hearts, On Our Sleeves", was recently awarded first place with the gold medalist award for the Garden State Scholastic Press Association annual yearbook contest.
Students involved in the creation of the 2018/2019 book included Caitlin Crowley, Shane Cummis, Joe Eible, Anne Gede, Dana Gesregan, Maxwell Green, Madisyn Keith, Amelia Letchford, Antoinette Melillo, Ashley Miller, Michael Noonan, Katie Smith, Tony Sutton, Mat Talmadge, and Kelsey Young.
Students involved in the production of the 2019/2020 yearbook will have an opportunity to enhance their skills in editorial design, view other award-winning yearbooks, as well as attend a comprehensive list of workshops at the upcoming GSSPA conference in October at Rutgers University. Click here to read more on our website under "In the News".
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".
RHS Girls Volleyball Dig Pink Night - Oct 3
The Roxbury Girls Volleyball Teams are having their annual Dig Pink night on Thursday, October 3rd at Roxbury High School vs Randolph High School. Freshman play at 4:00 pm, JV at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00.
Food, refreshments, desserts and fundraising items will be able to be purchased. Please come out and make a donation to support the girls in our fight against cancer. Suggested student admission is $1 and Adults are $2.
to read 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!
Roxbury Field Hockey Updates:
Whippany Park over Roxbury - Field hockey recap - Sept 16
Abigail Diglio had a goal and an assist for Whippany Park in a 2-0 win over Roxbury.
Maggie Gillespie also scored for Whippany Park, which led 1-0 at halftime, and Madison Gillespie had an assist. Chloe Honl made seven saves. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Mendham over Roxbury - Field hockey recap - Sept 18
Colleen McMenamin, Grace Chapis and Jackie DeRienzo scored for Mendham in its 3-1 win against Roxbury in Succasunna.
Megan McIntyre dished out two assists while Izzy Pampalone had one of her own for Mendham (3-3).
Lia Mils netted Roxbury's goal, which was assisted by Taylor Woolford.
Toni Cacopardo turned away 16 shots for Roxbury (3-4). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Football Updates:
Roxbury Football Slammed by Sparta - Sept 13
Roxbury Gymnastics Updates:
Still looking for its first win of the year, the Roxbury High School football team was pummeled Friday by Sparta, losing 49-6.
Playing on its home field, Sparta scored early and often, exploiting Roxbury's defensive flanks for big plays. The Spartans were up 28-0 by the time the game reached the second quarter.
Offensively Roxbury returned to its Wing-T roots and led a more balanced attack utilizing running backs Dominick Badgely (22), Tyler Doerr (46), Lucas Spitzer (8) and Anthony Tye (29) relatively evenly.
to read more from Tap Into Roxbury.
- Big win in the first meet for Roxbury Gymnastics! 103.375-96.875 over Passaic Valley! - Follow Morris Sussex Sports on Twitter
for the latest on Roxbury sports
Roxbury Soccer Updates:
Randolph over Roxbury - Boys soccer recap - Sept 16
Roxbury over Pope John - Boys soccer recap - Sept 19
Randolph defeated Roxbury 3-1, in Randolph.
Randolph (3-1) broke open a 1-1 tie by scoring two unanswered goals in the second half.
Brian Nichols scored for Roxbury (2-3) in the opening half. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com. Click here to read other game coverage from Tap Into Randolph.
Brandon Salmon scored both goals for Roxbury in its 2-0 win against Pope John in Succasunna.
TJ McMullin registered an assist for Roxbury (3-3).
Pope John is 2-5 with the loss. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Track & Field Updates:
Roxbury XC teams off to a great start
Both the Roxbury High School girls and boys cross country teams are off to a great start this year. The boys are currently 3-1 and the girls are currently 3-0 in the regular dual meet season.
Next week will be our final dual meets and conference divisional champions will be determined!
Morris Sussex Sports INSTAGRAM - Girls XC - Sept 17
Roxbury over Par Hills & Morris Knolls. Gabby Daskalova, Lauren Tom and Bella Campiglia light it up by coming in 1st, 2nd and 3rd for the 3-0 Gaels!
Roxbury Volleyball Updates:
September 18th -
Roxbury Volleyball took down Montville 2-0 today to improve to 6-1! - Follow Morris Sussex Sports on Twitter @MorrSussSports for the latest on Roxbury sports
September 19th - 2-0 win over Warren Hills! Junior Juliana Medini with the Block! Follow Roxbury Volleyball on Twitter @RoxVball for the latest volleyball action!
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.
Fresh Produce by Roxbury Community Garden
Linda Almeny, center, the Roxbury Community Garden manager, poses with volunteers Chris Chemick, left, and Bob Gold as they display a weekly produce donation collected for the Roxbury's Social Services Food Pantry. The Roxbury Community Garden maintains two food pantry plots, worked by volunteers, and the harvest is donated to the Roxbury's food pantry weekly. Gardeners may also donate harvest from their own plots to the pantry by dropping donations in the collection basket. It is estimated that 140 pounds of fresh produce was donated in 2018 and over 180 pounds is expected to be donated for the 2019 growing season. The Roxbury Community Garden is sponsored and maintained by the Roxbury Environmental Commission and encourages organic growing and garden management. Click here to read this coverage from the Roxbury Register.
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.
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.
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.
Roxbury Alumni In the News