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    Rockaway Township Schools...Opening minds, opening worlds so that every child's potential becomes a reality and challenges become opportunities for personal success!

    Mission Statement

    To nurture a supportive culture that embraces individual diversity and infuses cutting edge technology that will ensure academic, social and emotional success in a global society.

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    September 2017


    Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

    It has been a very busy summer in the Rockaway Township School district. We have been preparing for the return of students and staff in many ways. Here are some of the highlights and things you can expect this year:

    • Elementary Language Arts will include the use of the Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA) in 4th and 5th Our K and 1 classes will also begin work in Writer’s Workshop as we review our writing curriculum and instruction.
    • Introduction of Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS) curriculum in grades K through 5 to coincide with last year’s implementation of grades 6 through 8 curriculum.
    • District benchmark assessments are being developed in Mathematics and Science.
    • Skills based common assessments in all content areas at Copeland Middle School
    • We are expanding our World Language program by including instruction in 4th grade in Spanish as well as offering an introductory German course at the 6th grade in the middle school.
    • The Copeland Middle School schedule has been revised to include:
      • Algebra I in grade 7
      • STEAM program elective classes
      • 1-to-1 Chromebook initiative
      • Start of Cross Country fall team sport
      • Math Strategies and LA Skills classes
      • Life Skills curriculum
    • Building facility upgrades include:
      • New tile flooring at KDM School
      • New HVAC units, boiler and roof at Dwyer School
      • New computer labs at Dwyer and Stony Brook Schools
      • New roof, fascia and trim work at DBO and Birchwood Schools
      • New cafeteria serving line and hallway painting at Copeland MS


    This work and these initiatives are all a part of ongoing work to support students and promote their success in school. Our principals and staff are committed to the success of every one of our students. We hope you and your family all the best on the start of this new school year!


    Dr. Greg McGann



    August 24, 2017

    Recent editorial comment accuses the Rockaway Township School District of failing to address bullying, and ignoring pleas for help from Mallory Grossman’s family. Local press also contends the school district has a duty to immediately reveal relevant facts.

    The Rockaway Township School District would like nothing more than to respond. In our judgment, the public has heard only one side of the story and we recognize public comment could ease parental concerns.

    Two reasons preclude The Rockaway Township School District from publicly discussing this matter. First, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has from the outset of its investigation asked us not to discuss it. We must respect and honor that request. Next, the district’s legal counsel also directs us even now to refrain from public comment. We will comply with that directive as well.

    The District however, is permitted to correct misinformation. The allegation that the Rockaway Township School District ignored the Grossman family and failed to address bullying in general, is categorically false.

    As this case is formally adjudicated, the District and its legal counsel are confident the public will recognize and appreciate its thoughtful and purposeful actions. Further, our counsel believes the actions of others in this case will also be viewed quite differently from that which is presently portrayed.

    Our new school year is here. The Rockaway Township School District continues its commitment to the safety and security of all of our students. We urge restraint with regard to public accusations and misinformation pertaining to this case, for none of it will ease tragic loss of life.


    Rockaway Township Board of Education Members

    Rockaway Township District Administration




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