H.W. Mountz discusses end-of-year celebrations

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SPRING LAKE — With the end of the school year quickly approaching, H.W. Mountz Superintendent and Principal Stephen LaValva announced the celebrations and events scheduled for students this June.

“As we move deeper into the school year we celebrate the accomplishments of our students and certainly our eighth-grade students,” Mr. LaValva said at Monday night’s board of education meeting. “We have a lot of fun things happening.”

Due to the pandemic, the annual eighth-grade trip to Washington D.C. had to be canceled again, however, Mr. LaValva noted that there will be two events planned to celebrate the eighth-graders before they move on to high school.

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The eighth-grade trip to Hersheypark is set for June 9. Students will depart from the school early in the morning and return later in the day. The school will also have a boat trip on the River Queen in Brielle, where a formal class picture will be taken.

Other end-of-the-school-year celebrations include the preschool and kindergarten moving up celebrations on June 10 and 11, respectively; academic and athletic awards on June 18; eighth-grade picnic on June 18; field day on June 21; and eighth-grade graduation on June 22.

Only students and faculty will be able to attend the academic and athletic awards, but the event will be livestreamed, Mr. LaValva said.

Looking forward to next school year, Board President James Worth noted that some facets of life are beginning to return to normal, with quarantine restrictions for travel lifted and the mask mandate eliminated for vaccinated persons.

He noted that students will also return to a normal school schedule come September, per Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement on May 17 that all schools in the state will be required to provide full-time, in-person instruction.

“We still think we have mask edicts for the kids in school, but hopefully by September that will change and we can get totally back to normal,” he added.

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