Language arts memo comes under fire at Montclair BOE meeting

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news A memo concerning Montclair’s language arts program has come under fire from parents, due to perceptions that language arts teachers are being asked to teach short texts rather than novels in their...

Parents: Crowd too big for amphitheater at MHS graduation

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Montclair High School’s graduating seniors may have crossed the bridge over Toney’s Brook for the last time. The longstanding tradition of the senior class crossing the footbridge before taking their seats in the...

Montclair High graduation: Class of 2018 graduates with reminder to work for better world

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news It was a festive night Thursday as 516 members of Montclair High School's Class of 2018 began the next chapter of their lives. Amid the pomp and circumstance of the traditional graduation ceremony...

Fund balance sheet sheds light on Montclair schools’ finances

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Budget planning season is under way in Montclair’s schools. At the Board of School Estimate meeting on Nov. 29, the board presented the fund balance sheet, which included numbers on revenues and expenses...

Five arrested following weapons incident at Montclair High School

Five people were arrested following a trespassing incident involving weapons at Montclair High School Monday afternoon. Two juveniles - a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, both from Newark - were charged with defiant trespass....
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More than 1,000 Montclair students take part in March 14 walkout

By GWEN OREL and ERIN ROLL orel@montclairlocal.news roll@montclairlocal.news Students from numerous Montclair public schools walked out of class last Wednesday, March 14, to take part in a nationally organized walkout to protest gun violence. More than 1,000 students...

Montclair classrooms invest in “flexible seating”

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news Imagine being a student going into the classroom. But instead of only rows of identical desks, there may be a high desk that you can stand at, with a special hinged bar that...

Group hopes to install memorial to Montclair’s Washington Street YMCA

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news For many years in Montclair, there was a place on Washington Street that was very special to Montclair’s children and young adults, especially children and young adults of color. The Washington Street YMCA,...

State releases performance reports for Montclair schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The state has released school performance reports for New Jersey's school districts, including Montclair. On the assessments, schools graded in three areas: English, math and chronic absenteeism. In each area, schools are rated...

Discussion continues over suspensions and equity in Montclair schools

By ERIN ROLL roll@montclairlocal.news The Montclair schools’ suspension report and the apparent likelihood of students of color being more likely than their peers to be suspended were the focus of the Jan. 10 board of education...