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Officer Keith to the Rescue

School Resource Officer Keith Boryeskne of Mountain View School has found a unique way to engage students and raise funds for a special event. By organizing a coin drive, Officer Keith has managed to generate excitement among the students while supporting the school's Family Steam Night. 


The coin drive involved students collecting spare change and donating it towards the event. However, what made this coin drive particularly interesting was the twist Officer Keith added to it. He offered to shave his beard to match the style that raised the most money, once the students raised over $250.

The news of Officer Keith's beard challenge quickly spread throughout the school, and students eagerly participated in the coin drive. They were not only motivated to contribute to the event but also excited to have a say in Officer Keith's new beard style.


On Wednesday, February 21st, the much-anticipated grooming event took place. Families of the school were able to watch the live-stream as students gathered to witness the transformation. Barber Kory, from The Fade Den 2, skillfully shaved off half of Officer Keith's beard, leaving everyone in awe.

The event not only raised funds for the Family Steam Night but also created a sense of community and excitement within the school. Students felt empowered knowing that their contributions made a difference, and they eagerly awaited the final result of Officer Keith's beard transformation.


Officer Keith Boryeskne's initiative to involve students in fundraising for the school's event not only showcased his dedication to the community but also highlighted the importance of teamwork and creativity. It served as a reminder that even small actions can have a significant impact when everyone comes together for a common cause.


Overall, the coin drive organized by Officer Keith Boryeskne was a tremendous success. It not only raised funds for the Mountain View School Family Steam Night but also fostered a sense of unity and excitement among the students. Officer Keith's willingness to go the extra mile and involve the students in his beard transformation made the event even more memorable.


Baby Chicks in PreK

The preschool and multiply disabled classes at Mountain View School gathered together as Farmer Tom from 'Quiver Farms' arrived with an incubator full of fresh eggs and Max and Ruby, a very loud rooster and chicken! The students patiently sat in awe as Farmer Tom shared information about the chickens and what will happen to the eggs. The opportunity to observe chicks hatch is an invaluable and enriching experience for our preschool students. It provides them with a hands-on and sensory experience, fosters a sense of wonder and curiosity about nature, and can help our students learn how to care for and interact with animals! This experience incorporates science, nature, and social-emotional learning in a meaningful and memorable way!  Once the eggs hatched, the students and staff were able to enjoy the 11 baby chicks!

Class Buddies at Mt. View School: An Exciting Digital Breakout Room Adventure


At Mt. View School, the 2nd and 3rd graders have been enjoying a special school-wide program called Class Buddies. This program allows students to connect with their fellow students and engage in fun activities throughout the year. Recently, the students had an exciting opportunity to participate in a digital breakout room experience using Breakout EDU, thanks to a generous grant from the Flanders PTA.


A digital breakout room is a virtual escape room experience that involves solving puzzles and challenges to "break out" of a virtual room. Breakout EDU provides pre-made digital breakout room experiences designed to promote critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity.


The Class Buddies at Mt. View School were thrilled to participate in a digital breakout room activity. The students were divided into small groups and assigned a breakout room scenario. Each scenario had a unique theme and storyline, adding an element of excitement and adventure to the activity.


Working together, the students used their problem-solving skills, critical thinking abilities, and creativity to unlock clues and progress through the room. The digital format of the breakout room allowed for immediate feedback and hints, keeping the students engaged and motivated.


Throughout the activity, the students demonstrated excellent teamwork and collaboration. They communicated effectively, listened to each other's ideas, and supported one another in their quest to break out of the room. This collaborative environment not only enhanced their problem-solving skills but also fostered a sense of camaraderie among the students.


The Class Buddies' digital breakout room adventure was a memorable experience for the 2nd and 3rd graders at Mt. View School. Thanks to the support of the Flanders PTA, the students had the opportunity to engage in a hands-on and interactive activity that promoted critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. The digital format of the breakout room added an element of excitement and engagement to the learning experience. The Class Buddies program continues to provide opportunities for students to connect with their peers and develop valuable skills that will benefit them in their academic journey.

3rd Graders at Mt. View School Have a Special Visit from K9 Officers

The 3rd graders at Mt. View School recently had an exciting and educational visit from Officer Dave Marshall and his two K9 partners, Hunter and Spendo, from the Morris County Sheriff's Office. This visit was part of their unit on nonfiction texts, with a focus on the book titled "Aero and Officer Mike."


Officer Spendo, a highly trained K9 officer, specializes in criminal apprehension and has a unique ability to locate narcotics. The students were amazed to learn about Spendo's skills and how he helps law enforcement officers in their fight against crime. Officer Hunter, on the other hand, is an Explosive Detection Dog and certified in Search and Rescue. The students were fascinated by Hunter's ability to sniff out explosives and assist in emergency situations.

During the visit, Officer Marshall and his K9 partners demonstrated various skills and techniques used in their line of work. Officer Marshall also explained the importance of teamwork between him and his K9 partners, emphasizing the strong bond they have developed through training and working together.

The visit not only provided the students with a firsthand experience of working dogs in action but also reinforced the concepts they had been learning in their nonfiction texts unit. It allowed them to see the practical applications of the skills and knowledge they had acquired through reading.

The 3rd graders at Mt. View School were grateful for the opportunity to meet Officer Marshall, Hunter, and Spendo. The visit left a lasting impression on them, inspiring some to consider careers in law enforcement or working with animals. It was a memorable and educational experience that will undoubtedly stay with the students for years to come.


Songs of the Season

Mountain View's Winter Choir and Band Concert, held on Tuesday, December 12th, was a delightful evening filled with festive music and joyful performances. The concert showcased the incredible talent of the students and the dedication of their teachers, Mrs. Catherine Cardillo and Mrs. Laura Rutan.

The concert began with the band, directed by Mrs. Cardillo, who kicked off the evening with their energetic performance of "Bring on Da Band." The audience was immediately captivated by the lively beats and harmonious melodies. The band continued to spread holiday cheer with their renditions of classic tunes such as "Jingle Bells" and "Winter Wonderland."

Next, it was the Show Choir, directed by Mrs. Rutan. Their vibrant and energetic rendition of "Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!" brought the holiday spirit to life. The audience couldn't help but tap their feet and clap along. The Show Choir continued to impress with their lively performance of "Everybody Dance, It's Hanukkah!" Their enthusiasm was contagious, and the entire auditorium was filled with joy and laughter.


The highlight of the evening was the performance by the 4th-Grade Chorus under the guidance of Mrs. Rutan. Their sweet voices filled the auditorium as they sang "Winter Sleigh Ride," transporting the audience to a winter wonderland. The chorus then showcased their diversity by performing "Hanukkah Hanukkah," a beautiful tribute to the Festival of Lights. They concluded their set with the heartwarming "A Christmas Melody," leaving the audience in awe of their talent.

The Winter Choir and Band Concert was a resounding success, showcasing the hard work and dedication of the students and their teachers. The audience left the concert feeling uplifted and filled with holiday spirit. It was a night to remember, and the students should be proud of their outstanding performances. Congratulations to everyone involved in making this concert a memorable event!


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