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The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Sussex County Division of Senior Services, and the Veterans Committee cordially invite you to attend the 17th Annual Salute to Military Veterans Event.

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The 8th annual Sussex County Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival will be held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, on October 7th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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The Hopatcong Creative Arts Council in partnership with Sussex County Community College (SCCC) is once again presenting the hugely popular and delicious Apple Pie & Art event on Saturday, September 30th from 11a-4p at Hopatcong High School (HHS).

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As a special appreciation event for our community, Hopatcong Dental Associates is sponsoring a very special day at the Hopatcong Farmers Market on October 1, 2017, which will feature a Free Cookout Lunch for all attendees!

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is again sponsoring a school-based 6-week after –school ski/snowboard program at Mountain Creek in Vernon for Jefferson Township students in grades 3 to 12 as well as for family and friends.    

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The Jefferson Township Recreation is accepting online registrations for the 10th Fall season of the Challenger Soccer Program for special needs children. Boys and girls age 5 – 18 (or the completion of high school) with physical or mental challenges are invited to join this program.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is partnering with Sparta Lanes to provide another fall bowling program for Jefferson Township students in Kindergarten (5 year olds) through 12th graders. 

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The Jefferson Township Museum, also known as the George Chamberlain House, will participate in the 8th Annual Pathways of History Tour of Historic Places in Morris County. 

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The Roxbury Board of Education held its September Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 18th in the Lincoln/Roosevelt Auditorium.

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The RHS Band Parents Association to collect donations to be sent to the Rockport-Fulton, TX, HS Marching Pirates who Lost Everything in Harvey

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For over a century, Roxbury High School graduates have answered our nation’s call to defend our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors. Numerous young men and women have traded in the navy blue and gold of the Gaels for the colors of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. They have brought honor and distinction upon themselves and made their school, community, and nation proud.  

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Fourteen Roxbury High School students successfully auditioned for the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division High School Honors Choir. This prestigious ensemble is comprised of the top singers in the northeastern part of the United States. 

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The veteran Mount Arlington police officer died in a motor vehicle crash while on duty shortly after midnight in October 2011 — hit by a driver suspected of being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.

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The Project Lifesaver program has been implemented by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to provide enhanced support and assistance to Morris County residents who are primary caregivers for an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder as well as families of children afflicted with Down syndrome, autism, traumatic brain injuries or cognitive impairments.

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The Borough of Mt Arlington’s goal is to provide you with premier water service. As part of this commitment, we will be flushing fire hydrants and water mains starting the week of 8/7/17 (Excluding Landing Area and Seasons Glen). The result will improve your service, reliability and water quality.

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The Golden Pineapple is your destination for unique gifts, home accents, jewelry and accessories plus a new selection of stylish “Lake Living” items!

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It’s the final countdown…. Weather is going to be gorgeous for this Sunday’s 5th Annual Lake Hopatcong Foundation Lake Loop. You have until midnight on Friday, September 22 to register for $45. If you wait till Sunday, the registration fee is $65. 

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The state DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife plans to stock more than 20,000 trout in the state’s major trout waters, including a host of waters in Morris County and Northwest Jersey in early October. The fish will be stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery from Oct. 10-18, to offer some excellent fall fishing opportunities.

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One of the most major events for this weekend is the 5th Annual Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) Lake Loop, the forecast is for great sunny day, so get off the couch and help support the lake!

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The NJ State Championship Power Boat Races are Celebrating 50 years by returning to Lake Hopatcong for 2017. As they come, they are bringing the very best of boat racing, and exciting opportunity for our local community!

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Michael Wallace of Highland Lakes, NJ won the American Bass Anglers RAM American Fishing Tour, Division 10 Tournament held September 10th, 2017 on Lake Hopatcong.  

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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Hopatcong Lake Regional News is pleased to continue to provide the weekly Fishing Report for the Lake Region to help inform you on what’s biting and where. Our guest author is Dows Boat Rental and Bait Shop.

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On the weekend of September 23 & 24 2017 the Knee Deep Club of Lake Hopatcong will hold its Annual Fall Hybrid Striped Bass Contest on Lake Hopatcong.  

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Roxbury Schools Becomes a Google Reference District

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The Roxbury Township Public Schools was recently added to Google for Education’s Reference Districts. Google for Education Reference Districts are districts that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.

Roxbury was identified and acknowledged by Google as being a district that demonstrates vision and thought leadership through the strong adoption of Google Apps for Education technology to drive positive learning outcomes and a district willing and excited to share their experiences, learning, and best practices with others.

Program membership is by invitation only. The district received a badge from Google to be recognized by peers as a leader in educational transformation. “We also will be able to participate in their Trusted Tester program that gives us early access to new tools, ideas and we get invitations to Product Roadmap sessions. We will be highlighted on Google’s website and be part of their Transformation Center, which is a resource center for other schools to look for Districts best practices,” said Teresa Rehman, Director of Technology.

The district began using G Suite for Education with its staff in the summer of 2013 when the district converted to Gmail. “We then rolled out G Suite tools to students with the pilot Chromebook program that began in February 2014. Since then, the program has expanded multiple times,” explained Rehman.

Staff are afforded continuous opportunities through summer professional development days to learn and implement the new tools. A technology position was created to provide ongoing professional development and support for teachers throughout the school year through mini-workshops, work with Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), as well as work with individuals one-on-one.

District technology teachers redesigned curriculum to incorporate G Suite Tools to be able to teach the students the new technology. G Suite has also embedded training available for students to learn through the application of these tools in their classroom.

Currently, all seven district schools and subject areas in grades 3 through 12 use this technology.

Rehman shared, “We are currently expanding some of the tools to second grade next year.” This is all part of the district’s technology initiative.

“Our vision for digital learning was outlined in our District Technology Plan submitted to the State and we’ve also committed to the Future Ready Schools initiative by taking the pledge a few years ago. The State is launching a Future Ready Schools certification initiative later this month which we are looking forward to being a part of. Having this type of commitment ensures that we continue to strive to integrate technology into the curriculum and transform learning environments. In order for the Roxbury Township Public Schools to prepare our students of today for tomorrow, we need to provide them with an engaging, personalized curriculum that will inspire and empower them to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century.”

The technology between the staff and students has really been embraced over the last few years.

In a recent survey of students, 72% felt that having access to online resources has provided more spontaneous learning opportunities. One student shared, “I am able to look things up that I’m unsure about. I can stay on task better and my writing has improved with the help of a dictionary and thesaurus. I am able to keep track of my work and assignments.”

Elizabeth Omegna, assistant principal at Eisenhower Middle School went on to say how the technology has affected her school. “The 1:1 initiative has resulted in 100% use of Google Classroom, Google Drive, and other apps by staff and admin. Simple things like reducing our paper budget and increasing our digital footprint to allow for collaboration, create live docs, living curricula, and to be remotely accessible at all times, is just the start. Instruction has expanded, curricula has been created to proactively address technology skills/standards and immediate feedback to assess for mastery/understanding have been evident!”

The technology integration benefits all students, general education as well as special education. For special education students, the availability of the Chromebook has provided them with the opportunity to utilize numerous assistive programs. Utilization is completed without a student feeling different from his or her peers. If all the students are utilizing a Chromebook, then no one feels separate.

“Utilizing this technology provides an opportunity to expand teaching strategies and techniques when creating station activities. This is an important form of individualization for the student who learns differently,” explained Patricia Hovey, Director of Special Services.

Moving forward, the district plans on continuing the expansion of Chromebooks to the elementary levels with additional Chromebook carts and in the coming year, Roxbury High School will be adding student government positions for each grade level to help make student recommendations and improvements.

Additional summer professional development for staff is planned for this coming August on Building Interactive Lessons, Teaching Beyond the 4 Walls of the Classroom, Portfolios and Publishing Student Work, and the SAMR Technology Integration Model.

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