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News and Views from the November 25, 2019 BOE Meeting

At the November 25th Board of Education Meeting there were several presentations:

  1. Fall Athletics Review
  2. Caring Kids
  3. District & Board Goal Updates
  4. C&MP Presentation
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Caring Kids Coordinators, Dorothy Kelly, Sharon Cohen, Kim Moore

Superintendent's Report

Dr. Burton addressed the following topics in her Superintendent's Report.

    • Bus Evacuation Drills:

    The dates in item G1. represent the fall bus evacuation drills at all of our schools.

    • C&MP Update:

    This evening we showcased the projects that are part of the C&MP plan. A similar presentation has been done at the PTO and faculty meetings at all of our schools. We will continue with additional communications through a banner planned for the MS bridge, a postcard getting ready to be mailed and other media options to share the message of the referendum with the greater school community.

    • Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement:

    This is an annual agreement with law enforcement to share information regarding safety and security measures. This includes the ability to have camera access to our schools in the event of an emergency.

    • HS Athletics

    This evening we had the chance to celebrate the many accomplishments of the HS athletes and we want to wish the winter athletes a wonderful season as their competitions begin in the coming weeks.

    • Caring Kids Holiday Project

    The 9th annual Caring Kid Holiday Gift Drive is going strong and there are many ways to participate. They will be bringing the gifts to children with significant special needs to the NJ Regional Day School in Newark. Their holiday party is scheduled for December 14th this year at Hartshorn School from 12 -2:00 pm. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a child, giving a ShopRite gift card or a general gift card, please email Sharon Cohen at

    • Holiday Giving

    A special thanks to the generosity in the community for starting off the holiday season with donations to the annual PTO Thanksgiving food drive at the elementary schools that supported families in Millburn. Kara Lawler and Kim Sleeman, PTO Outreach Committee Chairs, with support from each school’s outreach committee, collected food and money donations from all 6 elementary schools that provided Thanksgiving meals for 71 families. Each family received a full meal and a Shoprite gift card to purchase a turkey, fresh produce and other perishables. 31 boxes went to local Millburn families and another 40 were given to IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network).

    In addition to all of those meals, they provided generous donations of food to the Junior League of the Oranges & Short Hills; 3 different MEND (Meeting Essential Needs with Dignity) food pantries; and St. Rose of Lima Church for their collections.

    Outreach Chair Kara Lawler shared, “Once again we were overwhelmed by the generosity of the families in our schools. We heard over and over this year that the pantries had less food...and more and more people in need. They were each so appreciative of our support.”

    The Middle School will be holding its annual Thanksgiving Assembly on Wednesday. They have also been collecting food donations which they will give to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. The PLOP Peer Leader group has been working with Heifer International for many years, and they will make a donation to a representative of that organization.

    It is also an opportunity for students to celebrate with music and presentations.

    • 1st Annual Pre-Thanksgiving “Lunch on the Lawn”

    Come out this Wednesday to help support the Senior Celebration 2020 as they sponsor “lunch on the lawn” featuring a more than 7 food trucks with a variety of cuisines. Families with college students are reminded to share the event with their students who are home for the Thanksgiving break. Have your lunch on the lawn this Wednesday!

    • Farewell to John Westfall-Kwong

    I would like to share my heartfelt thanks to Mr. Westfall-Kwong for his service on the Board. He was willing to return to the Board to share his wealth of experience and expertise at a time that it was very much needed. All the best in the future and we look forward to seeing you around town at school and community events.

    I want to add my thanks to all of our families and staff for being so generous in their giving this season. I want to wish a happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the Millburn community.

Assistant Superintendent's Report

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Millburn’s Second EdCamp (Goal 3)

Our second Edcamp, Edcamp The Mill 2019 was a great success.

  • Just over 100 participants joined for a Saturday morning of learning and conversations

  • We hosted 12 sessions, which included presentations and open discussion on many topics: How to Grow With Evaluations, LGBTQ+ Conversation, Google Applied Digital Skills, Mindfulness and Self Care, Empathy Through Diversity, and more.

  • Over 15 local businesses supported our event through sponsorships and prizes to raffled

  • 72% of our attendees were teachers

  • 30 of our attendees were Millburn employees.

  • The following Millers played a large role in planning and executing our event:

Alivia DeLane, Holly Foley, Nancy Dries, LaDawna Harrington, Arielle Goldstein, Patricia Murphy, Michael Mongon, Kristin Mueller, Brent McGuinness, Evan Abramson, Mae Ward, Danielle Haggerty, Brianna Charles, Dominique Manley, Alexa Angster

Greg Jablonski

Professional Development: (Goal #3)

Today, approximately 25 ELL and Regular Education teachers engaged in a professional development opportunity with Dr. Solange Lopes-Murphy, learning about Emergent Bilinguals/ELL Students. They discussed and learned topics surrounding the foundation for cultural differences. learning styles and exemplary practices needed for continuos success with our Emergent Bilinguals.

Sports News:

  • Boys Soccer NJSIAA North 2 Group 3 Sectional Champions and are competing in the State Semi-Finals Thursday vs Montville @ 6pm @ Indian hills HS.

  • Girls Volleyball completed a stellar season winning their conference and county tournaments.

  • Football completed their season with a 7 and 3 record. First time Millburn football has won 7 games since 1966

Respectfully submitted,

Kathryn Diskin 11/11/2019

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The following policies and regulations were posted for Second Reading at this week's Board of Education meeting.. Send questions or comments to

A. Policy 2622: Student State/District Assessments (M)

B. Policy 3159: Teaching Staff Member/School District Reporting Responsibilities (M)

C. Policy/Regulation 3218: Use, Possession or Distribution of Substances (M)

D. Policy/Regulation 4218: Use, Possession or Distribution of Substances (M)

E. Policy/Regulation 6112: Reimbursement of Federal & Other Grant Expenditures (M)

F. Policy/Regulation 7440: School District Security (M)

G. Policy 8600: Student Transportation (M)

H. Regulation 8600: Student Transportation

I. Policy/Regulation 8630: Bus Driver/Bus Aide Responsibility (M)

J. Policy 8670: Transportation of Special Needs Students (M)

K. Policy 9210: Parent Organizations

L. Policy 9400: Media Relations

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