News From the Eagle's Nest

Principal's Newsletter - MacNaughton's Minutes

Dear MK Community,

It is with a tremendous amount of pride that I wish you, and your families, congratulations on a successful school year! We are in the final stretch and I want to thank our entire school community for your resilience and fortitude over the past year. We have an amazing school community and we got through this challenging year by supporting each other!

Our theme for the school year has been, "Time to Soar" and we did simply that. We soared above the storm clouds and demonstrated EXCELLENCE in the classroom, on our athletic fields, and on our stages.

Class of 2022, congratulations on all of your accomplishments. I am eternally grateful for the contributions you have made to Morris Knolls High School. I hope you take time to reflect upon your achievements and may your experiences at Morris Knolls be a foundation for future success. I look forward to celebrating with you all at graduation!

I have dedicated this newsletter to the accomplishments of our students and you will also find information regarding upcoming events, staff news, summer programs, our valedictorian/salutatorian announcement, and other resources.

Let's have a successful close to the school year. Good luck to all of our students, performers, and athletes in the coming weeks. Finish strong!

With Golden Eagle Pride,

Ryan MacNaughton

Class of 2022 - Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announcement. Twin sisters make school history!!!!

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MK Class of 2022 Instagram Account for College Acceptance/Post Graduation Plans. Thank you to our very own Stephanie Crossan for putting it together! Click the Link Below to View.

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MK Junior Scholars Earn Perfect Scores - SAT/PSAT! Congratulations!!!!

National Merit Commended Students

Morris Knolls is proud to announce that we have 5 students who have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 students are recognized in the nation for their exceptional academic promise based on their high performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. It is an elite group of academic scholars. Congratulations to these outstanding students.

MK Announces Its Summa Award Winners (2020 - 2021 School Year)

The Summa Award was devised to recognize the academic achievement of students who have achieved an overall average of 93.0 during the 2021 - 2022 school year. Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment!!!
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Congratulations to our Honor Roll Recipients for Marking Period 3

Please join me in celebrating our dedicated students who have achieved Honor Roll status for Marking Period 3.

Honor Roll recipients, we are proud of your outstanding performance and wish you continued academic success!

Honor Roll Criteria:

  1. HIGH HONOR ROLL: An average of 93 or higher is required for placement on High Honor Roll (no grade below 85) after weighting for Honors level and Advanced Placement/IB courses.

  2. MERIT HONOR ROLL: An average of 87 or higher is required for placement on Merit Honor Roll (no grade below 80) after weighting for Honors level and Advanced Placement/IB courses.

Congratulations to Brianna Mariconda (11) who showcased her piece, "Rise Again" at Montclair State University - Congressional Art Exhibit .

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Congratulations to the Cast of Crew of our Spring Musical, Mamma Mia. It was an awesome show!

Waterloo Encore MammaMia

Congratulations to Michael Luciano, Caroline Tenberge and the cast and crew for their Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards

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Region/State Choir and Band Honors. Congratulations to all of our talented students!

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Hannah Whitmore and Mia Holstein Excel at NJ DECA Competition

Hannah Whitmore and Mia Holstein qualified to compete at DECA states in Atlantic City on March 1st. This was the third time that they qualified to represent Morris Knolls at the state level. They competed in three complex business scenarios and placed THIRD in the state of NJ!! With that performance, they qualified to compete at DECA nationals! They did an outstanding job and represented MHRD exceptionally well.

Congratulations to the 2022 National Girls and Women In Sports recipient from Morris Knolls, Hayley Brookes!! ⁦Thank you for all of your contributions to MK!

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Lexi Thibodeau Earns Her Girl Scout Silver Award and after graduation she plans to travel to Zambia, Africa for missionary work. Zoey, Thank you for Making a Difference in this world!

During the pandemic, Lexi spent over 50 hours creating and painting individual hearts of hope. Approximately 175 hearts of hope were distributed in pairs to individuals and as part of 100 care packages that went to those who suffered a recent loss or who are experiencing hardship.

In addition, Lexi plans to travel to Zambia, Africa for Advanced Mission Training upon graduation.

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MK Students Earn the Prestigious Eagle Scout Rank!

Christopher's Eagle Project - Bird Sanctuary

Congratulations to our APA students for earning top honors at the 2022 STANJ (Speech and Theater Association of NJ) competition!

Aidan Sales (10) and Alexandra Vacchiano (10) who are both in the Theatre Performing arts Academy earned 2nd place in the 2022 STANJ competition for Dramatic Pairs with their performance of a scene from the play/movie DOUBT.

Stella Burnside (10) and Michelle Lee (10) were also finalists!

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MHRD Students Succeed at SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA serves more than 372,655 students and instructors annually. This includes 20,598 instructors who join as professional members. Including alumni, SkillsUSA membership totals over 434,000. SkillsUSA has served 13.6 million annual members cumulatively since 1965 and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor as a successful model of employer-driven workforce development.

As outlined in their Mission Statement: “SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. We improve the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of SkillsUSA Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. Our vision is to produce the most highly skilled workforce in the world, providing every member the opportunity for career success.”

On April 9, 2022 students from the Morris Hills Regional District competed in various SkillsUSA events. Mr. Alex Visakay (Morris Hills) and Mrs. Mary Miraldi (Morris Knolls) serve as advisors to the organization. Students from both Morris Hills and Morris Knolls competed in Architectural Drafting, Technical Drafting, Television Video Production and Engineering Technology & Design,

Angela Shasa (‘23) placed third in Architectural Drafting, Emma Trainor (‘22) placed second for Technical Drafting, and Tony Bubay (‘22), Evan Kelly (‘22), and Luke Oyola (‘22) placed first for Engineering Technology/ Design. The team of Sophia Vnenchak (‘24) and Willow Harrington (‘24) placed third in Television Video Production.

Congratulations to our SkillsUSA students and their advisors on their success in the competition this year!

Greta Schneider Becomes a Certified EMT!

Congratulations to Greta Schneider (11) who passed the NREMT and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician as a Junior in high school all while maintaining high honor roll each marking period!

Morris Knolls High School trumpet player Michael Minenna wins the 2022 Hanover Wind Symphony Senior Division Summer Music Scholarship.

Emma Trainor earns MK CTE Student of the Year! Congrats Emma.

Morris Hills Regional Honors Student for CTE Month


All of our Spring Sports are competing strong with winning seasons and we wish them well in the upcoming state tournaments!

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Congratulations to sophomore Luke Schagelin for breaking the 800m school record held since 1973 at the NJAC Championships!! Amazing accomplishment!! ⁦

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Coach Elias' plaque mounted in our Baseball Dugout. "A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life."

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400 career saves for Ryan Beller and counting!! Congrats Ryan!!

Congratulations to Laron Blackwell (12) for winning the Morris County Championship in the 110m High Hurdles. He has clocked a new school record and the fastest time in the state of NJ with a 14.40.

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3 Additional MK Athletes Commit to Play in College since my last newsletter!

Congratulations to Bailey Rynkiewicz for signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and swim career at Monmouth University!! The Golden Eagle family is extremely proud. Good luck at MU!! ⁦

Congratulations to Danielle Klingener for signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and girls soccer career at Manhattan College! The MK Family is extremely proud!! ⁦

Congratulations to Madison Magone for signing her National Letter of Intent to continue her academic and girls soccer career at Lackawanna College! MK is so proud of Madison and wish her the best of luck in college!

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Congrats to Brianna Mennella on her 200th career goal in Girls Lax. Keep it up Bri, way to go!

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Varsity Girls Track & Field clinches the NJAC-National Championship. The girls finished undefeated in the division!!

Freshmen Girls and Sophomore boys won the Morris County Frosh/Soph Track and Field Championship!!! Congratulations!⁦

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Congratulations to the 2022 NJSIAA Scholar-Athlete representative from Morris Knolls HS, Analiese Haag! Analiese is a 3 sport athlete who will be attending Rutgers University in the Fall. Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Collin Groome for representing MK as the Greater Morris County and National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete!! Collin will be attending the Rutgers School of Business in the Fall. Congratulations Collin!!

Congratulations to senior Kira Mennella for recording her 100th career goal and 100th career Assist. (And still counting....)

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Congratulations to our Boys Lacrosse seniors and parents!! The MK Family wishes you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors!!

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CJ Moore Breaks School Record in the 100m Dash with a time of 10.96 placing him in the top 25 runners in the state of NJ!!! Congrats CJ!

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Congratulations to our 2022 Softball Seniors!! Thank you for all of your contributions for the past 4 years. Good luck!!

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Congratulations to our 2022 Baseball Seniors!! The Golden Eagle family appreciates all that you have contributed to MK! Good Luck!

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Congratulations to our 2022 Track and Field Seniors!! Thank you for all that you gave contributed to MK!!

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Congratulations to our 2022 Girls Lax seniors!! You are having an awesome season. Keep it up!

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Gretchen King Earns her 200th Career Save!

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MK Golf and Tennis Teams Coming up With Some Big Wins this Spring. Keep it up!

MK Boys Tennis is now 9-3!

Robert Ganter leads the way in Boys Golf with an impressive 40 for 9 holes!!!

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Gabe Dokus (11) is a Morris County Champion in the Javelin with a throw of 159-06!! Congratulations Gabe!!

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Ms. Marty Fundura (Aviation Program Instructor) Earns $10,000 AOPA Scholarship!

Ms. Fundura earned a $10,000 scholarship from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) under the 2022 AOPA Flight training Scholarship Program to start her flight training.

Ms. Fundora is a physics teacher at Morris Knolls High School, where she teaches Intro to Flight & UAS in addition to courses at the Advanced Placement level (AP Physics I) and from the Science & Mathematics Magnet Program (Research-Based Analysis). She began her career in education eight years ago after working as a marine and wetlands field biologist. She has passed her written pilot’s license exam and has been awarded the 2022 You Can Fly Teacher Flight Training Scholarship from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation. This opportunity will allow Ms. Fundora to share her flight experience with the students enrolled in the Morris Knolls aviation program. She is excited to begin!

Ms. Heather Jensen wins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Award for Continuing Education

Ms. Heather Jensen joins a select group of individuals who have made a concerted, personal effort to continue professional learning beyond an academic degree.

MK Teachers Making A Difference

Staff and students of Morris Knolls High School gathered to assemble 80 "snack bags" for the Morristown Mission. Thanks to Michelle Lis and members of the MK staff who donated milk, water, cereal, and all the special touches to create 80 lunch bags filled to the top with healthy snack options. Every detail was considered as students decorated the brown bags with pictures and inspirational sayings.
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Ms. Jennifer Kolb Earns Masters Degree

Ms. Jennifer Kolb, MK Math Instructor, graduates from William Paterson University on Thursday, May 19 with a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. Congrats Ms. Kolb and thank you for being a lifelong learner!

MK Teachers Selected as AP Readers

Ms. Joy Mazur and Ms. Noelle Immediato were selected to be Readers for the 2022 AP Literature exam in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ms. Sue Metzger, Mr. Matt Brogan and Ms. Amy Ottavinia completed a 2000 Burpee Challenge during the month of April to help our Veterans!

Another outstanding MHRD Health Fair!! Thank you to Jane Jones for organizing this event, and to all of our student helpers throughout the day!!

Highlights of the 2021 - 2022 School Year - Student Government Association. Thank you to our student and faculty leadership!

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2022 - 2023 School Year Calendar

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Click Below for Summer Assignment Information for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

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The Project Graduation Committee has planned an awesome event at Met Life Stadium!

Project Graduation Promo
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End of Year Events/Activities/Important Dates

5/17 - APA Vocal Academy Performance

5/18 - APA Theater Showcase - Aud @ 7:00 PM

5/19 - APA Accepted Students Reception @ 6:30 PM

5/20 - APA Dance Recital @ 7:00 PM

5/23 - District Academic Recognition Awards (Top 20) @ 6:30 PM

5/25 - Scholar Athlete Dinner @ 7:00 PM

Band/Strings Concert @ 7:00 PM

5/26 - Junior Prom @ 6:30 PM

5/27 - School Closed

5/30 - School Closed

6/1 - Val/Sal Dinner @ 6:00 PM

Art and Technology Show @ 7:00 PM

6/2 - Choir Pops Concert @ 7:00 PM

6/3 - End of Year Mini Meetings

6/7 - Tri M Honor Society Induction @ 2:30 PM

6/9 - Senior Meeting/Yearbook Distribution @ 1:00 PM

Senior Awards Ceremony @ 6:30 PM

6/10 - School Closed

6/13 - AHS Graduation @ 7:00 PM

- APA Theater Showcase @ 9:00 AM

6/15 - Cabaret Performance @ 7:00 PM

6/16 - Senior Prom @ 6:30 PM

6/17 - Senior Field Day/Barbecue/Cap & Gown Distribution

6/20 - Graduation Rehearsal @ 8:30 AM

Last Day of Classes

6/21 - Graduation @ 10:00 AM

Project Graduation @ 8:00 PM