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Students at Hudson Maxim School helped to "BOOst" the morale of our troops stationed overseas this Halloween, by shipping 80 pounds of candy to deployed troops, veterans, and first responders via Operation Gratitude. 

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A Night of Hope Benefit Concert is an uplifting night of Holiday music  performed by local musicians and appropriate for ALL ages. ALL of the proceeds that are generated by the event are then donated to HOPATCONG families in need.

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Whenever you purchase a Medium Utility Tote for $35 Project graduation will earn $12!

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Please pick-up a free snowman between Monday, Nov. 13th-and Nov. 21st, at borough hall.

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Missing Dog: Her name is Sushi. She is a small teacup Shitsz Tsu- primarily white in color. She can be approached.  She went missing 6:45 pm Sunday 11/20

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Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1’s firehouse at 162 Milton Road will be transformed into The Village Marketplace with 18 arts, crafts, and merchandise vendors during The Jefferson Arts Committee’s 12th annual Christmas in the Village event on Saturday, December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Located in the historically designated Village of Milton in the Milton/Oak Ridge section of Jefferson Township, admission is free as is parking.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2017-2018 winter season of its successful Challenger Basketball and Gym Activities program for special needs children. 

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Morris County’s Open Space Trust Fund Committee today recommended funding six 2017 open space preservation projects at a cost of nearly $2.4 million and totaling 147 acres located in six Morris County towns to the Morris County Board of Freeholders.

 

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Roxbury High School saw two senior athletes, Andy Axelson and Matt Dancsecs, commit to the Scarlet Knights last week for baseball and lacrosse. Two more Gaels, Tyler McDonald and Michael Christiansen, followed suit in signing letters of intent last Wednesday.

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Kids in grades 3-5 joined Robert Capra and a few other Roxbury staff members for a sports and games fundraiser on Thursday evening, November 9th at Eisenhower Middle School to support Matt Adonis as part of  “Face-Off with Team Matt”.

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Calling all of the Clark Griswold's that live within the Roxbury Region, if you can see your lights how from outer-space, than maybe this contest is for you!

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Two Roxbury High School seniors will be joining the Rutgers’ Scarlet Knights next fall. A letter of intent/college commitment ceremony was held Wednesday morning for two athletic scholars, Andrew “Andy” Axelson and Matthew “Matt” Dancsecs. Coaches, teammates, and family members joined these athletes at their signing at the high school.

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More than just an article of clothing, your coat can open opportunities for someone who needs one.

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November is almost upon us and you know what that means....NO SHAVE NOVEMBER!!!! Join the Mt. Arlington F.O.P. in raising awareness and funding for cancer research.

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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 Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) is, once again, joining the Giving Tuesday campaign, a worldwide day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity. If we reach $5,000 this year it will be matched by a anonymous donor.

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Rewinding back to April 2017 we asked our over 30,000 readers to vote daily to help the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LHF) win a $50,000 grant from the USA Today Network. You delivered the votes and as a result of your efforts Lake Hopatcong will have a floating classroom starting in the spring of 2018.

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On Monday, November 13th, Dr. Fred Lubnow of Princeton Hydro will present the 2017 Lake Hopatcong water quality monitoring results at the Lake Hopatcong Commission meeting.  The open public meeting begins at 7pm at the Mount Arlington Civic Center, 7 Fern Road.

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation has received an incredible amount of support from our amazing lake community with voting campaigns for grant money.  So we’re giving this Storymakers 2017 grant from TechSoup a go and we need your help! 

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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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