Week of June 16 , 2017
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 Reminders:
  • END-OF-YEAR DISTRICT CALENDAR REMINDER - Just a reminder, June 21st and 22nd are half days for students; full days for staff. The last student day is Thursday, June 22nd. The last day for staff is Friday, June 23rd.  Click here to view the district calendars.


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Thank You for Your Service! 
Celebrating the retirees of the 2016/2017 school year

Certificated Professional Staff (Teachers, Nurses, Counselors, Administrators)*
No. Years in District Total Years of Service
Judith Antonelli
Basic Skills Teacher
Nixon School
33 Years
33 Years
Dr. Linda Arrington-Bowles
Assistant Principal
Roxbury High School
12 Years
38 Years
Deborah Baxter
Grade 8 Math Teacher
Eisenhower Middle School
24 Years
25 Years
Roxanne Benbow
School Counselor
Lincoln/Roosevelt School
16 Years
32 Years
Carolyn Bourdon
Grade 5 Teacher
Lincoln/Roosevelt School
20 Years
243 Years
Carolyn Cuda
Special Education Teacher
Jefferson School
13 Years
16 Years
John "Jack" Curtis
Lincoln/Roosevelt School
17 Years
48 Years
Regina Downs
Health/PE Teacher
Lincoln/Roosevelt School
23 Years
30 Years
Frank Dekmar
Health/PE Teacher
Roxbury High School
34 Years
34 Years
Cathy Freund
Grade 2 Teacher
Franklin School
26 Years
28 Years
Janet Hawthorne
Media Specialist
Franklin/Nixon Schools
27 Years
33 Years
Bruce Heike
English Teacher
Roxbury High School
37 Years
37 Years
Joann Hughes
Visual Arts Teacher
Roxbury High School
25 Years
25 Years
Kathryn Inge
Physical Education Teacher
Lincoln/Roosevelt Teacher
19 Years
19 Years
Marti Lepri
Speech Language Therapist
Jefferson School
11 Years
33 Years
Eileen Lockburner
Grade 3 Teacher
Franklin School
16 Years
22 Years
Lorraine Lynch
Vocal Music  Teacher
Roxbury High School
33 Years
33 Years
Carol McStay
Math Teacher
Roxbury High School
10 Years
10 Years
Daphne Mott
Media Specialist
Lincoln/Roosevelt School
11 Years
11 Years
Debra Sokolowsky
Grade 4 Teacher
Kennedy School
35 Years
36 Years
Marilyn Waters
Family & Consumer Science Teacher 
Roxbury High School
18 Years
26 Years

Support Staff (Secretaries, Bus Drivers, Buildings and Grounds)*

No. Years in District
    Total Years of Service
Ann Marie Clebak         
Principal's Secretary
Lincoln/Roosevelt School
24 Years
24 Years
Thelma Cowan
Transportation Aide
Transportation Department  
25 Years
25 Years
Dennis Elliott
Bus Driver
Transportation Department
19 Years
19 Years
Raymond Mainiero      
Maintenance Foreman
Buildings & Grounds
13 Years
13 Years
Donald Sherrer
Buildings & Grounds
33 Years
33 Years
Patricia Sherrer
Bus Driver
Transportation Department    
29 Years
29 Years
Beatrice Strohmeyer  
Director's Secretary
Special Services
31 Years
32 Years
Stephanie Thiel
Superintendent's Secretary
Central Office
14 Years
22 Years
Betty Ann Tola
Bus Driver
Transportation Department
18 Years
18 Years

* The years of service for both Roxbury and overall have been updated.

Click here to read more about the Board recognition of these retirees along with a few of the Roxbury High School sports teams and individuals.
Roxbury Honors Top Students in Graduating Class of 2017
The Roxbury High School honored the top ten students in the class of 2017 on June 8th. These students will graduate with the highest academic averages this year. In addition to the students, the district recognized the teachers those students felt contributed most to their educational success. Parents of the honorees were invited to accompany their children to a dinner and reception in the dining hall at Roxbury High School.
Honored students and teachers shared kind words, best wishes, a few memories and tears, and thanks to each other for the impact they have had on each other's lives and the Roxbury community.

Click here to see which students and teachers were honored at this year's Top 10.

Roxbury Seniors Honored at Awards Ceremony
The Roxbury High School Annual Senior Awards Ceremony was held on June 7th in the high school auditorium. One hundred and thirty-four seniors from the Class of 2017 were invited to attend the program where they were recognized for academic achievement, college scholarships and numerous scholarships offered by both local and national organizations. 

Click here to see who was recognized at this event!

Google Expeditions -- iPod Touch or iPhone Requests

The Roxbury School District is working to bring Google Expeditions to our students. In order to help with this effort, the Technology Department is asking if anyone has any old iPod Touches or iPhones they are not longer using anymore that they would be willing to donate to the district. 

If you do, please email Mrs. Rehman, Director of Technology at

Have you Signed Up to Play a Musical Instrument Next Year?
Just a reminder to all incoming 6th and 7th grade students in the 2017/2018 school year it's not too late to play an instrument if you aren't already involved. 
Students who are already in band or orchestra don't need to submit a form - this is for brand new students only!
Click here to view the 5th to 6th and 6th to 7th sign up forms.

Honorable Mention Goes to Lexi Segall

Bravo to Lexi Segall who won "Honorable Mention" in "le Concours" which is an international French Language contest held in all 50 States and abroad. 

Congratulations Lexi!

Franklin Early Act Recognized at Rotary
Franklin School's Early Act Club was honored at a luncheon by the Roxbury Rotary Club on June 1st.
The 44 member group was recognized for all their hard work this year including raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Social Services, the Relief Bus, and the Little Libraries Program. In addition to cleaning and maintaining Franklin School's outdoor classroom.
Russell Redmond, Franklin's Early Act Club Advisor was also honored at the meeting. He was made an honorary member of the Roxbury Rotary Club and the Rotary made a $1,000 donation in his name.
Way to go Early Act Members and Mr. Redmond!

Click here to read more about the Franklin Early Act Club!

A 'Massive Success,' Roxbury Color Fun Run Raises $12,000
The June 11 Roxbury Color Fun Run raised about $12,000, money that will be used by the Kindness for Christopher organization to help fund projects in Roxbury, said Roxbury Rotary Club member Steven Alford.

Alford said the event was "a massive success" that also served as a community memorial for Michael Katzenberger, a well-known Kenvil man who died June 8 at 50 years old. The Color Fun Run, organized by the Roxbury High School Interact Club, was dedicated to Katzenberger. "Michael's family came to help us all grieve and to heal together," Alford said.

Click here to read more about this event's success from Tap Into Roxbury.

All-NJAC Baseball
Click here to read All-NJAC Baseball from the Daily Record.

All-NJAC Golf
Click here to read All-NJAC Golf from the Daily Record.

Roxbury Track Updates:
Track athletes' long journey leads to Greensboro
Roxbury will send 11 athletes to Greensboro - including the girls championship 4x400 and sprint medley, and junior Kevin Sembrat in the championship 400 meters - fueled in part by about $2,600 in small online contributions. Coach Laura Schmidt said the team exceeded its $6,000 goal in six weeks.

"As soon as the first person qualified" on May 9, the Gaels launched a GoFundMe campaign, and asked local businesses for donations.

"People were happy for us, that we could do so well and go so much faster in the past year," Roxbury senior Alexis Smith said. "It really motivates me. As the team captain, I feel like it's my responsibility to keep everyone going."

Because Nationals is not a NJSIAA-sanctioned meet, teams do not directly represent their schools and cannot be supported by them - though some get contributions from booster clubs. 

This will be Roxbury's first relay at Nationals since the 2006 4xMile team won, setting the meet record that still stands. Smith called the quartet - Jenn Ennis, Lauren Penney, Kristen Stevens and Ariann Neutts - "the amazing girls."

"It's kind of surreal for them," Schmidt said. "They don't realize how big of a deal this is, and how good they are."

Click here to read this full story from the Daily Record.

Click here to read the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference track and field honors from the Daily Record.

Follow the coaches of the Roxbury Track Team on Twitter  @MrsSchmidtRox and @CoachBischoff. 

Bryan Gonzalez 
Summer '17 Kickoff Benefit Concert - June 23rd
Come to the Summer '17 Kickoff Benefit Concert with Bryan Gonzalez on Friday, June 23rd from 5:30-8:30 at Horseshoe Lake. Food and Beverages will be sold. Pre-Sale tickets will be sold in the RHS cafeteria during all lunch periods. Pre-sale tickets are $7 each or $10 at the entrance. Children 10 and under are free of charge.
All proceeds will be made to the Maresca family who lost their home due to an electrical fire.
For more information or to purchase pre-sale tickets, please contact Adam Reingold at

Click here to view the flyer.

Click here to read more about this concert from Tap Into Roxbury.

1st Annual Roxbury Wrestling Fan Assoc Golf Outing - June 30th

Join the Roxbury Wrestling Fan Association for their 1st Annual Golf Outing on June 30th at the Farmsted Golf Course. 

Click here for more information and to view the flyer for this event.
RHS Athletic Events Calendar
Click here for the most up-to-date calendar of Roxbury High School sporting events.

Roxbury Collects  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

RHS Preschool Program Now Accepting 2017/2018 Enrollments
Registrations are now being accepted for the 2017/2018 preschool programs at Roxbury High School. If you are interested in the three-year-old program, please contact . For the four-year-old program, please contact .

Roxbury Alumni News

Roxbury Alumni Association is Looking for Board of Directors
The Roxbury Alumni Association is looking to expand its current board of directors. They are looking for energetic alum interested in getting involved with Alumni Association and to add new members to its board. Interested individuals should reach out to Mr. Charlie Alpaugh the president of the association at 973-584-8805.

The Roxbury Alumni Association was established in the early 1900s and formally incorporated in 1968. Every year the Alumni Association provides a scholarship to a graduating senior. The association also purchases a Echo yearbook and donates it to the Roxbury Township Library for its archive.  Membership is only $10 and with your gift, you directly support the ability for the Alumni Association to continue giving a RHS grad a scholarship. You are also supporting the association as it develops new programs and events for you to enjoy.

RHS Alumni Reunion Calendar
Are you planning a class reunion or get together or do you have a reunion coming up and want to see if anything is planned? Then click here to check out the Roxbury High School Reunion Calendar!

Find Us on Facebook too at "Roxbury High School Alumni Association"
Roxbury Employment Opportunities

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Information from Roxbury Township and Local Organizations
Keep up-to-date with everything going on in Roxbury Township. For township information, visit:

Click here for the latest edition of the Township's "Monthly What's Happening E-Newsletter" filled with upcoming district, township, and recreation events for all ages!

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Community Bulletin Board

10th Annual Benefit Beach Blast - June 16 (rain date June 17)
Come join the Roxbury Arts Alliance, Roxbury Recreation Department and the Roxbury Police Department in celebrating our 10th annual fundraising event. Music, Horseshoe Lake fairgrounds, free kids activities, dunk tank, and food for purchase, ending the night with spectacular fireworks!  This is the only event that funds our scholarships to Roxbury graduates. Over $25,000 in scholarships given these past 19 years. 

Donations accepted that night or online. For more details visit .

5th Annual Roxbury Town-wide Garage Sale - June 24-25
The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to  announce that its 5th Annual Town-wide Garage Sale will take place during the weekend of  Saturday, June 24 and Sunday June 25, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day, throughout the  Township. 

In 2016 this fundraiser, for the Chamber of Commerce, featured over 180 individual  garage sales-attracting hundreds of visitors to the Township for a great day of shopping.  The Chamber's goal is to attract as many shoppers and encourage as many garage sales  throughout the Township as possible during the weekend of June 24 and 25.

All garage-sellers are encouraged to register. Once again, there will be no fees (though donations  are welcome), no signs and no printed directories/maps to be handed out. We are simplifying the  event logistics so the Chamber can concentrate on promoting a fun-filled day of bargain hunting.

The Township's Mayor and Council have once again passed a resolution to waive the required  yard-sale permit for the weekend. 

Live in a condo, an apartment, away on vacation? No problem, a Community Yard Sale at  Horseshoe Lake is scheduled for Saturday, September 23. Event details will be released in late  July for that event.

Visit our event website,, for additional information or to register.

Annual carnival was a big success in Roxbury
For the 23rd year, the annual St. Therese Roman Catholic Church Summer Carnival at Horseshoe Lake provided fun and entertainment for people of all ages.  This year's event took place on Wednesday, June 7 and lasted through Saturday, June 10. The gates opened at 6 p.m. on all four nights and closed at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

There were several different activities to choose from, with a boatload of rides, carnival games, face-painting, and food to sit down and enjoy. Children and young adults alike lined up to take a turn on the merry-go-round, bask in the glow of the setting sun at the top of the Ferris wheel, or ride down the big slide. The more adventurous ones dared to spin around on the tilt-a-whirl or giant loop roller coaster.

Click here to read more about this event and see a video from the Roxbury Register.

Roxbury Gives OK to Horseshoe Lake Paddling Rentals
Roxbury officials agreed Tuesday to allow Ramsey Outdoor to rent kayaks, canoes and paddleboards for use on Horseshoe Lake.  The Roxbury Mayor and Council unanimously approved the deal, a proposal raised several months ago but  delayed because Roxbury Township Attorney Anthony Bucco was not given the paperwork to review  until last week.  Ramsey Outdoor, which has a store in Succasunna,  hoped to begin renting the equipment before Memorial Day . In an interview last week, company owner Stuart Levine expressed concern about being able to get the program up and running in time to make it worthwhile this summer, due to the township delay.

Click here to read more about this from Tap Into Roxbury.

Annual Roxbury 5K, Sans Roxbury High School Seniors, Draws 600 Runners
90-degree weather didn't stop people from running in this year's Roxbury Community 5K on June 12, but maybe the Roxbury High School senior prom did.  About 600 people participated in the annual event, sweating their way through 3.1 miles of Succasunna roads, said race organizer Jim Schulz. There were about 20 more participants in last year's race, he said.

Schulz said the race raises about $7,000 per year. Proceeds go to Roxbury High School Project Graduation, the Roxbury Day Care Center, the Roxbury Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, the Roxbury Kiwanis Scholarship Fund and Roxbury Social Services.

Click here to read more about this event from Tap Into Roxbury.

Residents Can 'Adopt A Road' in Roxbury Township

Roxbury Announces Self-Serve Portal 24/7 Rox & Connected Roxbury NJ
Roxbury continues to deliver innovative customer service with their new self-serve on-line portal called 24/7 Rox. Now you can keep up-to-date with all the exciting news in Roxbury Township. On any day at any time, you can query property information, search and track your permit, schedule a building inspection, receive status updates, file a service request, or research any property in town. You are no longer limited to access town hall during regular business hours; Roxbury Township is open 24/7! 24/7 Rox is accessed from our website ( and our mobile app, Connected Roxbury NJ.
Roxbury Recreation Upcoming Programs and Events!

Roxbury Recreations sports and activities are now posted

Roxbury Rec's Jr. Gaels Football 2017 - Reg. now thru June 17 - Click here to view flyer.

Roxbury Rec's Wrestling Camp - Reg. now through July - Click here to view flyer.

Boys Basketball Camp (Grades K-1) - Begins July 5th - Click here to view flyer.

Boys Basketball Camp (Grades 2-4) - Begins June 26th - Click here to view flyer.

Boys Basketball Camp (Grades 5-9) - Begins July 17th - Click here to view flyer.

Roxbury Youth Ice Hockey 17/18 Registration - Ongoing - Click here to view flyer.

Father's Day Rod Run - June 18th - Click here to view flyer.

Girls Basketball Camp (Grades 3-9) - Begins July 10th - Click here to view flyer.

Water Exercise Class (Ages 15+) - Begins June 26th - Click here to view flyer.

Swim Lessons (All Levels) - Begins June 26th - Click here to view flyer and packet.

Roxbury PBA 12th Annual Wiffleball Tournament - July 15th - Click here to view flyer & registration form.

Future Gaels Fundamental Baseball Camp - Begins June 26th - Click here to view flyer.

Tri-Harder Kids Triathlon Series 2017 - July 13th - Click here to review flyer.

4-H County Fair in Chester - July 19-23 - Click here to view flyer.

Roxbury Public Library Events: 

Click here to view the Roxbury Library's upcoming Calendar of Events for adults and children.

Computer Classes 
Registration required. Classes for Roxbury cardholders only. 

- E-Resources - Learn how to download electronic books and magazines with an individualized ½ hour appointment. Appointments available Tuesdays and Fridays.

Weekly Story Times
- Crafts for Kids for ages 3 and up Tuesday 4 p.m.
- Chess Club for ages K - grade 6 Wednesday 5 p.m.
- Play Together for all ages Thursday 10:30 a.m.
- Toddler Story Time for ages 3 ½ and under Friday 10:30 a.m.
- Preschool Story Time for ages 3 ½ and up Friday 1:30 p.m.

Call the library at 973-584-2400 Ext. 501 or e-mail for general info and information on registrations or appointments as necessary for some programs.   
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Registrations are now being accepted for the 
Roxbury Community School Summer Camp Programs!

For more information about our different camp offerings for preschool through high school, please visit!
  • Accents on Dance Camps (Ages 3+)
  • Broadway Bound/Behind the Curtain (Grades 4-9)
  • Calling All Kids Summer Camp (Ages 3-5 - PreK and K)
  • Ceramics (Grades 1-8)
  • Enrichment Camp (Grades 1-8)
  • Garden Club (Grades PreK-4)
  • Girls Field Hockey (Grades 5-8)
  • Irish Riverdance Classes (Ages 3-7)
  • Kujenga Robotics and Coding (Ages 6+)
  • Lights, Camera, Action! Film Camp (Grades 5-11)
  • Mad Science (Grades K-6)
  • STEAM/Innovation Camps (Grades 5+)
  • Tennis Camp with Coach Harlan (Ages 5-16)
  • Tennis Camp with Coach Miller (Ages 5-18)
  • Writer's Workshop (Grades 5-9)
  • Young Rembrandts (Grades 1-5)
All Roxbury Community School summer camps are open to all Roxbury and non-Roxbury residents.
Registrations are now being accepted for the Roxbury Community School Preschool for the 2017/2018 school year

For more information about our high-quality program and to register for the Roxbury Community School Preschool, please visit,!

The Roxbury Community School Preschool program is a tuition-based program open to children ages 3-5 as of 10/1/2017 and runs congruently with the district calendar and is open to non-Roxbury residents as well!

Join us for a tour at 2:15 p.m. in Room 8 at Kennedy School on 
- Tuesday, June 13th

RSVP required at
Roxbury Applied Music Program
Mid-Year Registration for Grades 5-12

Roxbury's Applied Music Program is one of the most celebrated after school programs in the region. Blessed with award-winning music educators offering world-class instruction, the program nurtures local talent, empowering students to pursue careers in entertainment well after graduation.

This is a district-wide program that provides a high-quality enhancement to classroom instruction. Teachers are all specialists on their instrument or vocal specialty. All of our teachers are trained professional musicians and highly qualified in their instrument of expertise. Private study is extremely valuable to the individual student and highly encouraged. Private study is offered as enrichment, NOT remedial instruction. It is encouraged for the complete development of each students' potential as a performing musician and/or artist.

We are beginning mid-year registrations for those students interested in taking private lesson. Once the form and registration fee are received, your child will be assigned a weekly lesson time.

College Prep with the Roxbury Community School

The Roxbury Community School is dedicated to helping students prepare for college through a few different avenues.

The Roxbury Community School has also partnered with Kaplan SAT/ACT Prep and Lentz & Lentz SAT/ACT Prep to empower students to excel on standardized tests like the SAT's and ACT's.

Click here to see what summer college prep programs are offered!

RHS Financial Literacy this Summer
The New Jersey Department of Education has mandated that all students are required to complete a course (2.5 credits) in Financial Literacy to be eligible for graduation. Due to the number of students requesting to take this course, we have decided to offer the class as an online summer course (we will continue to offer the traditional Financial Literacy course at Roxbury High School as well).

The course will be available to Roxbury High School rising juniors and seniors only during the summer of 2017. The course will begin on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 and run for approximately seven weeks. This interactive course will include writing assignments, labs, quizzes, and tests.

The final exam must be taken in person at Roxbury High School during the week of August 14, 2017. If the student does not fulfill all of the requirements for this class, no credit will be given and the appropriate grade will be listed on the student's transcript.

Click here for more information and to register!
Spring Roxbury Community School - Adult Programs

ed2go Online Learning
Roxbury Community School is proud to partner with ed2go, the industry leader in online learning for adults. With over 300 great online classes to choose from, ed2go offers something for everyone with highest-quality online continuing education courses that are affordable and easy to use. With hundreds of great online courses, from Creating Web Pages to Accounting Fundamentals, Speed Spanish to Grant Writing, and everything in between, it is easy to see why millions of lifelong learners take ed2go online courses. Click here to view subject categories and to register for popular courses!

Latin Dance for Happy People
If you would like to dance, laugh and even learn some words in Spanish, then do not wait any longer, come to our Latin dance class, salsa, merengue, bachata, and more! Learn the basic steps to dance and have fun at any Latin party without any fear, come to class that will make you move and learn at the same time some important tips of the culture! This class is ideal for teens and adults. Register now for this 4-week course beginning Tuesday, May 20th. Tuition is $50 per person. Click here for more information and to register now!

Calendars, meetings and more!
Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

6/26/2017 - Regular Meeting  (Meeting at Roxbury High School, 1 Bryant Drive, Succasunna, NJ)
7/24/2017 - Regular Meeting (Meeting at Roxbury High School, 1 Bryant Drive, Succasunna, NJ) 
7/25/2017 - Retreat (Meeting at Office of Public Works, Dell Avenue, Kenvil, NJ at 5:00 p.m.)
8/28/2017 - Regular  (Meeting at Roxbury High School, 1 Bryant Drive, Succasunna, NJ)
9/18/2017 - Regular
10/16/2017 - Regular
11/20/2017 - Regular
12/18/2017 - Regular
1/2/2018 - Reorganization

Location: Lincoln-Roosevelt School Auditorium (unless indicated otherwise)

Time: 7:30 p.m. (unless indicated otherwise)

View the Meetings and Minutes Page here
Check 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. This page is updated at least twice a month.
Check Your Honeywell Settings!
Don't wait until severe weather hits to check your settings. You may want to change your time 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.  

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