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November Highlights

Center Grove Elementary 2022 National Blue Ribbon School Award

I accompanied Principal Mario Rodas and Vice Principal Ron Litz to Washington D.C. to officially accept Center Grove Elementary's 2022 National Blue Ribbon School Award. We are sincerely thankful to the U.S. Department of Education for presenting us with this prestigious honor and recognition. 

Our educators, support staff and administrators in Randolph have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the classroom and beyond. This incredible achievement would not be possible without the support of our entire school community. 

Board of Education Election Results

There are nine members of the Randolph Township Board of Education who are elected in accordance with the provisions of NJ statutes and regulations governing Type II school districts. Three of these nine members are elected each year for a three-year term.

The Morris County Clerk's Office has officially certified the results of the 2022 election. Randolph Township Schools would like to congratulate Sheldon Epstein, Hazel Ball and Amanda Adams who were elected by the public to serve three-year terms as members of the Board of Education. The new members of the Board of Education will be sworn in at the Board of Education's Organization Meeting on January 3, 2022 at 5:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the Randolph Middle School cafeteria.

Members of the Randolph Township Board of Education are proud to serve the community of Randolph, representing the needs of students to the utmost of their ability. The Board of Education believes that effective education for students can only be accomplished through a beneficial partnership between the schools and the community. Understanding, involvement and communication are crucial to maintaining the positive educational environment in Randolph Township Schools.

We encourage the public to learn more about the Board of Education and their important role in our school community by visiting the Board of Education section on the district's website:

Congratulations to our newly elected members of the Board of Education.

Sheldon Epstein

Hazel Ball

Amanda Adams

Will Nahan Receives Prestigious Honor

Last month, Head Football Coach Will Nahan was selected by the New York Giants and Gatorade as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 8 of the 2022 season.

This month, Coach Nahan was honored once again after being selected as the 2022 Morris County Football Association Coach of the Year. Congratulations Coach, well-deserved.

Thank You Veterans

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11 as a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We are grateful to all of the veterans who fought to serve our nation. As schools were closed this year on Veterans Day, all of our school buildings hosted different Veterans Day activities and events to recognize the sacrifices of our armed forces.

Featured above is a Veterans Day Celebration hosted at Ironia Elementary. Veterans were joined by their family members for a welcome breakfast. A whole school meeting was then held where students discussed the importance of Veterans Day. Guest speakers from Picatinny Arsenal, Sergeant Whimple and Sergeant Adlam, spoke about their current roles in the United States Army and answered questions from students about service in the military. The 4th and 5th grade choir, led by music teacher Cynthia Feeney, also sang patriotic songs to honor our special visitors.

Ironia Elementary was also fortunate to invite alumnus Tommy Pasquale, a former Ironia student, to speak about his current journey via zoom. Tommy is currently walking across America from New Jersey to California to raise money for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is the leading authority on homeless veterans' issues and the only national organization solely focused on ending veteran homelessness. Tommy has already raised $15,000 of his $75,000 goal, and is well on his way on his journey to the west coast. Learn more about Tommy’s journey and how you may be able to provide support in an article recently published by TAPinto Randolph and Tommy Walks America:

We are grateful that all of our students and staff participated in opportunities to honor our veterans for their service. Thank you to all members of the United States military who have served and are continuing to serve to protect our country. Your contributions will never be forgotten!

Alumna Sarah Bona

Radium Girls

Written by D.W. Gregory, the Randolph High School Drama Club performed Radium Girls which tells the true story of young women factory workers in Orange, New Jersey during the 1920's. Radium Girls is a tragic story of devastation, regret and hope. The students and production team welcomed audiences to the Randolph High School auditorium for this captivating theatrical event. The play offered our student performers the opportunity to explore dramatic acting techniques, the “epic theater” style, the power of the chorus and New Jersey history.

Randolph Middle School Greenhouse Club Grows Poinsettias for the Holidays

The Randolph Middle School Greenhouse Club meets after school every week to work in the district’s greenhouse. The beautiful facility was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Bosch USA Community Fund and the Randolph Education Foundation. During every club meeting, students enjoy learning about a variety of annual and perennial plants, how to grow plants from seeds and bulbs, how to propagate plants, how to run a greenhouse, gardening techniques, climate zones for planting, and agricultural business practices. Every year since the inception of the club, the students have organized a plant sale which is hosted both in the fall and spring. The club members are currently growing a crop of poinsettias which will be sold at the Randolph Middle School Holiday Concert at Randolph High School on Monday, December 12. In addition to the beautiful holiday music that will be performed by our student musicians, we hope that members of our community will consider purchasing a poinsettia which directly helps to support the program. A portion of the plants will also be donated to Randolph Middle School staff to help celebrate the holiday season!

For the students’ spring crop, they will choose what vegetables, fruits, and plants they would like to plant from seed. They will raise these plants for several months, learn how to prepare them for planting in the ground, and host a spring plant sale for the Randolph community with a focus on the Randolph Community Garden. Club members have also been fortunate to have a local Randolph Master Gardener donate many of his beautiful plants to the greenhouse for learning purposes. Our students will be propagating many of those donated plants to share with our school community and beyond!

In addition to the support of Bosch and the Randolph Education Foundation, we would like to recognize retired teacher Bob Chernow and current teacher Cara Gilligan for advising this program. They started the club three years ago, and both Mr. Chernow and Ms. Gilligan have been integral to the success of sustainability initiatives at the middle school. Our facilities, ground and security teams have also gone above and beyond to ensure that students continue to have access to these opportunities throughout the year.