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Photos: MHS Black Lives Matter Unity Walk

Montclair High School students organized a Black Lives Matter Unity protest and march on Sunday, June 7; more than 4,000 people participated.

In brief: panel on talking to students about race

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10, at 4 p.m., Restorative Justice Montclair will co-host a discussion titled "How to Talk to Children about Race and Racism," via Zoom.  “As educators, community leaders, and human beings, it is...

Inside Montclair schools’ restorative justice program

by TINA KELLEY for Montclair LocalIn four schools in Montclair, students participated in activities called “restorative justice” for the past school year, as part of the district’s effort to reduce suspensions, build community, and prevent...
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Montclair plans in-person graduation on July 9 in addition to virtual ceremony

Last Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that in-person graduations would be allowed after July 6 and with social distancing practices in place.

Montclair schools seek to expand meal distribution during closure

When schools first closed back in March, the district, working with nutrition vendor Pomptonian, offered grab-and-go meals at three different schools - Hillside, Nishuane and Montclair High School - while Toni’s Kitchen provided bags of groceries. On April 6, based on demand, the meal distribution was consolidated into one pickup spot at Toni’s Kitchen.
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Community shares possible solutions for Montclair’s achievement gap in “Let’s Talk About It”

The Montclair NAACP Youth Council held a “Let’s Talk About It” event on Sunday, May 24, for the public to share their thoughts on what is contributing to Montclair’s long-standing achievement gap, and how those issues could probably be addressed.
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Murphy approves in-person ceremonies for summer as Montclair makes graduation plans

Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker said Tuesday, May 26, that because Murphy just made the announcement that morning, the school officials had not yet discussed what it would mean for Montclair’s graduation plans.
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Montclair BOE elects new leadership, salutes teachers amid challenges of outbreak

The Montclair Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting Monday night, in a virtual setting for the first time, as the district faces unknowns about the new school year.

Montclair’s virtual graduation set for June 24

Interim Superintendent Nathan Parker said that “the directive limits the options significantly.”
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Montclair names Jonathan Ponds as new superintendent of schools

Prior to his work in Moonachie, Ponds served as the principal of Parsons Elementary School in New Brunswick. He has also worked as a teacher and basketball coach in the Boston Public Schools.