NEWS & EVENTS
Week of September 27
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:
- FINAL MEETING - 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
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.
Roxbury Opens New SDF and Robotics Labs
After three years in the making, 2500 square feet of space at Roxbury High School is now a dedicated learning environment once more. The newly refurbished area that once housed the school's auto-shop and later district storage, is now Roxbury's Structural Design and Fabrication (SDF) and Robotics Labs. The space was officially dedicated September 19th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Superintendent Loretta Radulic, RHS Principal Dominick Miller, and the Board of Education inviting the community in to see this newly designed space. Click here to read more about this new space, new partnerships, and programs happening at Roxbury High School from our website under "In the News".
EMS English Class Holds Transcontinental Discussion
Seventh graders in Kim Farina's English class at Eisenhower Middle School embarked on a new venture last week, communicating with students across "the pond".
It began at 7:45 in the morning with Alex McFarland, Roxbury's System's Administrator troubleshooting any last-minute issues to make sure that when students arrived for Farina's class everything would work smoothly.
It would be the first live face-to-face chat Farina's students would be having with their counterparts in the United Kingdom, so it was important to make sure everything went well.
Farina set up this "getting to know you" session so she could use it to build larger conversations about common texts in the future and hopes to have another session grounded in a common reading shared between the students in the UK and Roxbury in October. Click here 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".
11th Annual Roxbury Marching Band Classic - This Weekend! - 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.
RHS Competition Cheer team - Designer Purse Bingo/Tricky Tray - Oct 3
Roxbury High School Competition Cheer team will be sponsoring a Designer Purse Bingo/Tricky Tray on October 3, 2019.
Doors open at 5:30. Calling begins at 7:00.
$30 Advance Tickets include 12 Bingo Games and 1 sheet of Tricky Tray Tickets.
$25 Tickets at the door include only 12 Bingo Games.
Additional game cards and tricky tray tickets will be available for cost at the door.
Advance Tickets will be sold at Panera Bread in Succasunna on October 1st from 6:30-8:00.
or Colleen McDonald 973-214-5985. Click here to read about this event from Hopatcong Lake Regional 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!
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.
Roxbury Field Hockey Updates:
Roxbury over Pope John - field hockey recap - Sept 20
Four players scored in the first half to stake Roxbury to a 4-0 victory over Pope John in Sparta.
Angie Gutierrez, Nicole Lisa, Emily Stanich and Taylor Woolford scored for Roxbury (4-4).
Shannon Brady assisted on two goals while Stanich and Megan Roddy each assisted on one goal against Pope John (0-6). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Field Hockey won 4-0 over Morris Hills - Sept 23
Roxbury Field Hockey won 4-0 over Morris Hills on Monday. Shannon Brady with two goals and an assist as Roxbury improves to 5-4. Follow Roxbury Gaelvision on Twitter @Gaelvision for the latest Roxbury action!
Roxbury over Mount Olive - Field hockey recap - Sept 25
Taylor Woolford scored off an assist from Emily Stanich in the second half to lift Roxbury to a 1-0 victory over Mount Olive in Succasunna.
Roxbury (6-4) outshot Mount Olive, 16-5, and Toni Cacopardo had five saves in the win.
Ashleigh Gallagher had 15 saves fore Mount Olive (5-3-1). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Football Updates:
Roxbury Football Gets First Win in Dramatic Overtime Style - Sept 20
Roxbury Gymnastics Updates:
Weekend Blitz: Top games, performances & highlights in the SFC for Week 2
The Roxbury High School football team came out on top Friday night in an overtime win against Parsippany Hills, its first victory of the season.
Playing at home for the first time this year, and doing so on "Junior Gaels Night," Roxbury gained momentum with a rushing attack that was greatly improved over its prior two outings. The result was a 10-7 victory. Click here to read more from Tap Into Roxbury.
DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING -
Roxbury was coming off an over 40-point loss to Sparta last week and the road didn't get any easier with Parsippany Hills coming to town. The Gaels weren't phased, however, as Roxbury stunned one of Group 3's early-season contenders with a 10-7 overtime victory over the Vikings.
Nick Mastandrea scored the lone Gaels touchdown on a 2-yard sneak. Kyle Haegele gave the Gaels the lead in the extra frame on a 30-yard field goal and the defense stood strong to send the Gael's faithful home with a victory.
to read more from NJ.com.
Roxbury High School Girls Gymnastics Team! They pulled out their third win of the season making them 3-0!
Roxbury vs. Summit - 104.55. - 104.425
Roxbury Soccer Updates:
Morris Knolls over Roxbury - Girls soccer recap - Sept 19
Morris Tech over Roxbury - Boys soccer - Morris County Tournament - Prelim - Sept 22
Madison Palma's first half goal proved to be the difference in Morris Knolls' 1-0 victory over Roxbury in Rockaway.
Mylie McDonough assisted on the Morris Knolls (2-4) goal and Katelyn Walsh made four saves to earn the shutout. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Mrinaal Gogineni scored on a penalty kick with two minutes remaining in the second extra time period to push 18th-seeded Morris Tech to a 2-1 win over 15th-seeded Roxbury in the preliminary round of the Morris County Tournament, in Roxbury.
Morris Tech (7-1) will face second-seeded Montville in the first round.
Matt McCloskey scored an equalizing goal for Roxbury (3-4) in the 78th minute of play to force extra time. Click here to read more coverage from NJ.com.
Montville over Roxbury - Boys soccer recap - Sept 24
Brett Freeman and Andrew Gordon provided the goals as undefeated Montville downed Roxbury, 2-0, in Montville.
Both goals came after the break as Roxbury (3-5) played even with Montville (8-0) for the first 40 minutes. Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury over West Morris - Girls soccer recap - Sept 24
Morgan Joyce scored Roxbury's goal in its 1-0 win against West Morris in Chester.
Emily Honig made 14 saves to preserve the victory for Roxbury (2-3-1).
Susan Whittemore stopped six shots for West Morris (5-2). Click here to read this coverage from NJ.com.
Roxbury Tennis Updates:
Girls tennis lost 5-0 against High Point on Monday. Follow Roxbury Gaelvision on Twitter @Gaelvision for the latest Roxbury action!
Roxbury Track & Field Updates:
Congratulations to the 2019 NJAC National Co-Champs!
Roxbury Volleyball Updates:
September 23 -
Good bounce-back win against Villa Walsh today! 25-14, 25-12. Follow Roxbury Volleyball on Twitter @RoxVball for the latest Roxbury volleyball action!
September 24 - Gaels move to 9-2 after defeating the Voorhees Vikings on Tuesday. Follow Roxbury Volleyball on Twitter @RoxVball to see a shot of Sophomore Mia Capriglione with the Kill!
September 25 - Follow Roxbury Volleyball on Twitter @RoxVball to check out match point v. Wayne Hills on Wednesday! Gaels now move to 10-2 on the season.
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.
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