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outdoor learning

Outdoor education, mental health focus of town hall

At Montclair Kimberley Academy, the primary school campus has a large outdoor tent where students can go to take “mask breaks” during the day, or have socially distanced outdoor lunch breaks. 
teacher evaluation

Teachers to still be evaluated during remote learning, but with some changes

Those teaching remotely will present a portfolio of their work to their supervisors, instead of undergoing a live observation. 
energy saving

Montclair schools plan $11 million energy-saving project

All of the projects in the program are expected to go out for bid in November, with construction to begin in April. The work is expected to be substantially completed by the spring of 2023. 

Preparation, communication keep Montclair private schools in session

Montclair Kimberley Academy and Immaculate Conception both opened with hybrid schedules, but its the safety protocols which keep them open.
Blackout

Montclair schools add Juneteenth holiday to school calendar

Juneteenth will now be an official holiday on the Montclair school calendar, and Oct. 12 will be marked on the school calendar as Indigenous Peoples Day rather than Columbus Day. 
student equity advocate

Groups call for student equity advocate position to be reinstated

Schools Superintendent Jonathan Ponds said that he is aware of the concerns raised by some community members and students over the position’s not being filled, and that the matter is under investigation at this time. 
virtual learning

Virtual learning is a difficult experience for young children, parents tell BOE

At the Sept. 21 Board of Education meeting, families reported that their children were experiencing stress, anxiety and exhaustion from spending long hours in front of a computer, and loneliness from not being with teachers and classmates. 
principal

Montclair High School needs “superstar” principal, officials say

The district has been searching for the past two months for a permanent replacement for former Principal Anthony Grosso. Grosso stepped down this summer to become the new superintendent of schools in Cedar Grove. 

MFEE seminars aim to help close Montclair learning gaps

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence hosted a Zoom seminar to find out what parents need to navigate the all-remote school year.
substitutes

While some school districts report substitute shortages, Montclair has 200

Tenafly, Wayne and other districts throughout the state are reporting a shortage of substitutes. The main reason given is health and safety concerns during the pandemic, officials said.