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Mount Olive Elementary Unified Game Day Promotes Inclusivity and Fun

April 29, 2024

A joyous atmosphere enveloped Sandshore Elementary School as it played host to the Mount Olive Elementary Unified Game Day.  This event marked a significant occasion where all four elementary schools in the district—Mountain View, Sandshore, Tinc, and CMS—came together for a day filled with outdoor games and camaraderie.

Unified Day is an initiative that celebrates inclusivity and fosters meaningful connections among students from diverse backgrounds, including those with special education needs and their peers in general education.  At its core, Unified Day aims to break down barriers, promote understanding, and create a supportive environment where every child feels valued and included.

A variety of outdoor games and activities were organized to encourage teamwork, communication, and most importantly, fun.  From soccer to parachutes, and bowling, there was no shortage of laughter and excitement echoing across the school grounds. Excited staff enthusiastically joined in the festivities, adding to the sense of community spirit.  Students were divided into mixed teams, ensuring that every group was a blend of students from different schools and backgrounds.  This deliberate mixing allowed for natural interactions and friendships to blossom throughout the day.

Students had the opportunity to participate in adapted sports, which not only showcased the athletic abilities of all students but also underscored the importance of acceptance and support for individuals of all abilities.

The spirit of unity and inclusivity was palpable throughout the day, as students cheered on their teammates, high-fived their opponents, and celebrated each other's successes.  By the end of the event, it was clear that Unified Game Day had not only brought students closer together but had also left a lasting impact on the entire Mount Olive community.

As the day's activities came to an end, students reluctantly said their goodbyes, already looking forward to the next Unified Day.  With smiles on their faces and memories to cherish, they left knowing that no matter their differences, they were all part of one unified family.  The program embodies the values of compassion, acceptance, and friendship that lie at the heart of the Mount Olive School District, reminding us all that when we come together as one, anything is possible.

For a glimpse of the magic that unfolded during Mount Olive Elementary Unified Game Day, check out the video highlights below:






Mount Olive School District Launches Exciting Summer STEAM Camp for 2024

Mount Olive, April 2024 - As summer approaches, Mount Olive School District is gearing up to ignite young minds with its much-anticipated 2024 Summer STEAM Camp. With registration now open, parents are encouraged to secure a spot for their children in this enriching educational experience.

Running from July 15th to July 19th, 2024, and continuing from July 22nd to July 26th, 2024, the camp offers flexibility for parents, who can choose to enroll their children for one week or both.

With a dedicated team of educators and industry professionals leading the way, the 2024 Summer STEAM Camp at Mount Olive School District promises to be an unforgettable learning experience for young learners.

Don't miss this opportunity to ignite your child's passion for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) this summer at Mount Olive School District. Enroll today and watch your child soar to new heights!

This year's camp promises an array of stimulating topics designed to foster creativity, critical thinking, and innovation in participants. Here's a glimpse of what's in store:

The Art of Steam–Grade Levels 1-3, 4-5

The Science of Art. The Art of Science.  Get ready to create exciting projects by integrating art with scientific discoveries, technology, engineering and math! Student-campers will learn the mysterious science of illusions, understand the math behind kaleidoscopes and create their own, investigate the elements of gravity through a variety of art projects, and culminate with engineering skills to create Lego projects! 

Drones–Grade Levels 4-5, 6-7

Enter the Drone Zone!  Student-campers will gain valuable drone flight skills utilizing their imagination and eye-hand coordination.

Vex–Grade Levels 4-5, 6-7

Designing tomorrow, today!  Student-campers will assemble and modify Vex Robots in a lightly competitive environment in order to complete a task in the most efficient way possible.

Rock ‘n Roll Academy--Grade Levels 5-6-7-8

Are you ready to rock?! Then Rock ‘n Roll Academy is for you!  Student-campers will be working in the MOHS Recording Studio on learning how to play in a rock band, and preparing for a performance at the end of the week! Student-campers can choose between playing guitar, bass guitar, piano, drumset or singing.  Great for beginners, or for student-campers who want more experience performing! 

3-D Printing–Grade Levels 1-3, 4-5, 6-7

Welcome to the World of 3D Printing!  Student-campers will explore their own interests and become familiar with modeling programs as they learn about 3D design.

Introduction to STEAM–Grade Levels 1-3, 4-5

The Power of Creativity!  Each day, we will explore one of the 5 components of STEAM–Science, Technology, Engineering & Design, Art and Math to inspire inquiry and curiosity and promote creativity and exploration, and work on projects and activities related to the day’s featured component.

Pinewood Derby, Woods and More!–Grade Levels 6-7

Racers, Start Your Engines!  This class will teach student-campers how to build and race their own gravity-powered car and experience a true sense of accomplishment and the thrill of friendly competition.  In addition, if time allows, student-campers may also work on other wood-working projects.

High Ropes Challenge–Grade Levels 6-7

Adventure Awaits!  Student-campers will join our experienced PE instructors for an education in climbing, swinging, belaying off walls, and more!  They'll learn the physics of the high ropes course and the importance of teamwork!  In this course, student-campers are challenged to trust themselves and their peers, problem-solve collaboratively, build their creative drive, and encourage each other to take risks by participating in team-building activities, traversing tight ropes, climbing rock walls, jumping into space and flying across a zip line that is nearly 30 feet high!  Our instructors guide student-campers through challenges that are guaranteed to give them a great time, as well as develop their leadership and communications skills.

High Ropes Challenge (modified)--Grade Levels 4-5     

Adventure Awaits!  Student-campers will join our experienced PE instructors for an education in climbing, swinging, belaying off walls, and more!  They'll learn the physics of the high ropes course and the importance of teamwork!  In this course, student-campers are challenged to trust themselves and their peers, problem-solve collaboratively, build their creative drive, and encourage each other to take risks by participating in team-building activities, traversing tight ropes, climbing rock walls, jumping into space and flying across a zip line that is nearly 30 feet high!  Our instructors guide student-campers through challenges that are guaranteed to give them a great time, as well as develop their leadership and communications skills.

 First Lego League --Grade Level 5-6-7

FLL and the Superpowered Challenge!   From Discover to Explore and then to Challenge, student-campers will understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills, while building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way!  This summer, student-campers will have the opportunity to participate in the 2022 Superpowered SM Challenge,  engaging in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering-building and programming a LEGO robot that navigates the missions of a robot game.  While student-campers will not be competing, they will be engaging in the process!

Space Camp--Grade Level 1-3, 4-5

Out-of-this-world!  Space Camp offers student-campers the ability to learn about our Solar System in a unique way.  Creating their very own solar system using special materials, learning about constellations, creating their very own Alien planet and diving into galaxy slime, student-campers will really be out of this world!

Engineering--Grade Level 6-7

Brain Bridge!  Design elements and learn about forces and the engineering process with amazing bridge-building challenges!

Arduino --Grade Level 4-5, 6-7

Mind-Building!  Arduino is an open-source hardware and software company, project, and user community that designs and manufactures single-board microcontrollers and microcontroller kits for building digital devices.  Student-campers will learn the different parts of the hardware and how to program using the software and Tinkercard to understand how these pieces all work together!

Music Makers --Grade Level 1-3, 4-5

Investigation to explore sound, design an instrument, create, then evaluate!  Student-campers will engage in creating sound instruments by applying an understanding of sound energy, pitch and volume.  As student campers complete sound experiments, they use the engineering design cycle to investigate, plan, create, improve, and evaluate their instruments!

To register for the camp and secure your child's spot, visit the registration information below:

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Mount Olive School District to Celebrate "Choose to Include" Week from March 18th-22nd

Mount Olive, March 2024

The Mount Olive School District is set to observe  "Choose to Include" Week from March 18th to 22nd. This momentous occasion aims to foster a culture of acceptance, reduce the stigma surrounding special education, and promote inclusivity within the school community.

"Choose to Include" week sheds light on the importance of providing a supportive and enriching environment for students with diverse abilities. MOTSD has taken the lead by dedicating an entire week to celebrating inclusion, emphasizing the value of every individual, and fostering a sense of belonging for all.

Every school building within the district is actively participating in a variety of events and activities designed to raise awareness about the importance of inclusive education. From classroom discussions to special assemblies, students and staff alike will engage in conversations that promote understanding, empathy, and acceptance.

The "Choose to Include" week is not only about celebrating diversity but also about addressing and dismantling stereotypes associated with special education. By fostering an environment where differences are celebrated and embraced, all schools working towards creating a more inclusive and compassionate community.

Sharon Staszak, Director of Secondary Special Services, highlighted the significance of this initiative, saying, "Our commitment to inclusion goes beyond just one week; it is a fundamental aspect of our educational philosophy. We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to learn and thrive in an environment that recognizes and values their unique strengths."  

In further support of the  District's inclusion week, Director of Elementary Special Services, Debbie Huffman, added: "Inclusion is not just a concept; it's a commitment to recognizing the diverse abilities and strengths that each student brings to our school community. The 'Choose to Include Week' serves as a powerful reminder that by embracing differences, we not only enrich the educational experience for all but also prepare our students to thrive in a world that values diversity and empathy."

To learn more about the events happening throughout the week, please view the information below. The presentation provides an overview of the planned activities and offers valuable insights into the broader goals of inclusive education.

By embracing "Choose to Include" Week, the Mount Olive School District is taking a commendable step towards building a community where every student feels valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential. Through education, awareness, and collective effort, the district aims to create a lasting impact that extends far beyond this dedicated week, fostering a culture of inclusion that will endure throughout the academic year and beyond.


Mrs. Elizabeth McDermond Appointed New Assistant Superintendent of Schools

January 8, 2024

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Mrs. Elizabeth McDermond as the new Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Mount Olive School district, marking the beginning of her tenure on January 3, 2024.

Mrs. McDermond's educational journey is marked by a dedication to both teaching and administrative roles. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from TCNJ, where her passion for education ignited. Her career kicked off at her alma mater, Morris Knolls High School, where she not only taught Social Studies but also took on coaching responsibilities for the women's field hockey and lacrosse teams.

During her time at Morris Knolls, Mrs. McDermond distinguished herself by leading the instructional coaching program. This initiative offered personalized professional development, including job embedded, one-on-one and small group support for staff, reinforcing instructional practices within the school community. Her commitment to education led her to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership: Instruction from The College of New Jersey and a second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership: Administration from Montclair State University.

Mrs. McDermond's administrative journey began as she assumed the role of Vice Principal at James Caldwell High School.  Her professional trajectory continued to flourish as she became the Director of Secondary Education in the Caldwell-West Caldwell District.  In her role as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Articulation at the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, she played a crucial role in supporting and enhancing curriculum revision, providing instructional resources, and developing tools to address student-learning goals.

Excitement surrounds Mrs. McDermond as she joins our exceptional district. Eager to collaborate with a dedicated group of educators, administrators, support staff, and families, she brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to her new role. Mrs. McDermond is confident that her background will contribute to and build upon the successes our district has achieved.

We extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Elizabeth McDermond and look forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly make on our educational community. Her presence reflects our commitment to providing the best possible learning environment for our talented students.

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In a heartwarming celebration of dedication and excellence in education, Mount Olive Township School District proudly unveiled the winners of the prestigious Teacher of the Year and Educational Support Person of the Year awards. The accolades were bestowed upon outstanding individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the academic community.

After a rigorous selection process, which included nominations from staff, students, and parents, the deserving winners emerged as shining beacons of inspiration. These awards not only recognize their commitment to shaping young minds but also highlight the positive impact they have had on the entire school community.  Congratulations to all of our nominees and winners!


  Teacher of the Year Educational Support Person of the Year



The Mount Olive Township School District is pursuing a financial path to invest in our infrastructure and improve facilities. The state Department of Education recently gave the go ahead for our district to pursue a bond referendum to give the community a voice – and a vote – on Tuesday, December 12, 2023

What’s on the Ballot? 

Residents will see two questions on the ballot that address the district’s need for infrastructure and facilities upgrades to continue supporting Mount Olive’s high level of education. 


The first question includes funding for: 

  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning improvements at each school to provide a comfortable learning environment 

  • Centralized temperature controls to offer a higher level of efficiency and consistency at the high school 

  • A second Multi-Purpose Room at the middle school to offer more space for physical education and integrated instruction 

  • Added instructional space at Sandshore and Tinc Road to preserve small class sizes and better meet students’ needs 

  • Renovations at the high school such as the Manufacturing Lab, athletic trainer’s area and therapeutic space for students with special needs 

  • Paving would be completed at the high school. A safer and more functional parking area would benefit students, parents and guests who attend events at the school

The second question includes funding for: 

  • Modernized and expanded athletic facilities to better serve students 

  • Replacing the obsolete office trailer and transportation garage to support more efficient, reliable bus service and reduce downtime due to repairs 

Investing in Our Schools 

These projects are estimated to cost $61.8 million, and state aid would cover nearly 19% of the project costs. That’s $11.5 million Mount Olive residents have already paid to the state that can be brought back to Mount Olive to invest in our school and community. 

You are probably wondering what that means for you. The owner of an average assessed home in Mount Olive ($322,121) can expect to pay $273.44 in school debt tax for the first question and $54.68 a year for the projects in question two, which can only go into effect if voters approve Question 1. If both questions pass, that same homeowner would see an increase in school debt tax of $328.12 per year, or about $27 per month.  

The December 12 vote is important to the future of our school and gives the community a voice. You’ll continue to hear more about the bond referendum as we engage the community in an informational campaign. Check for details on the projects proposed for each school. The website will be continuously updated with voter information and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Mount Olive Township School District



Michelle H. Pigott, Psy.D.
Michelle H. Pigott, Psy.D. is a Training & Consultation Specialist and Mental Health Clinician II at Rutgers University. In her role as a Training & Consultation specialist at Rutgers Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery (CCRTR) under the Behavioral Research and Training Institute, Dr. Pigott provides gatekeeper training such as Question Persuade and Refer (QPR), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), ARC, ARC Grow as well as strategies for creating trauma informed systems. Dr. Pigott recently completed training in Skills for Psychological Recovery, ACE Interface, and teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA). As a Mental Health Clinician II in University Behavioral Health Care- School and Community Based Programs, Dr. Pigott provides clinical services to high-risk students, psychoeducation groups and preventative programming for students, staff, and parents.

PRESENTATION 1 - May 1, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Navigating the Social Media Age: The Talk to Keep YOU Up to Date

Social Media is a BIG part of adolescents’ lives.  Find out the newest trends in social networking as well as warning signs parents and caregivers should be informed of.

Participants will learn:

  • Common social media sites
  • Laws in accordance with social media usage
  • Strategies to restore life balance with youth
  • Signs and symptoms if your child/teen is being affected by social media
  • Referral resources if additional support is needed

PRESENTATION 2 - May 11, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Supporting Youth: Signs, Symptoms, & Strategies to Aid with Anxiety & Depression

Provide parents & caregivers with strategies for supporting youth who have symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Participants will learn:

  • Differences between stress and anxiety
  • Identify signs of anxiety in children and adolescents
  • Identify signs and symptoms of depression in children and adolescents
  • Develop at least 3 new strategies for supporting themselves and their children.

PRESENTATION 3 - May 15, 2023, 7:00 p.m.
Where Do We Go from Here: Current Drug Trends Impacting adolescents & Teens

Provided Virtually - ZOOM LINK

Provide parents & caregivers with information regarding current trends in drug use within youth and strategies for supporting youth who may be engaging in drug use.

Participants will learn:

  • Current drug trends in teens
  • Signs & symptoms of drug use
  • Local resources & levels of care