Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we are in week ten of our online, remote learning, I encourage you to please watch Dr. McKay’s podcast to receive all current school information and district happenings. Here is Dr. McKay’s most recent program. Please check the main page of the VTSD website and this blog for up-to-date information.
As we only have a few days of school left, I would like to go over events that are upcoming with all of you. On Wednesday, May 27th, this letter was sent to all families outlining how we will give back your child’s items as well as receive any school materials you have at home next week, June 1-4, 2020. Many of you have asked if you have multiple children in the building if you can come on one day to pick up your children’s items, and the answer is YES, of course! Remember, you may also pick up items of friends or a neighbor is someone cannot get to Glen Meadow.
Here’s a review of all upcoming events at Glen Meadow:
8th Grade Assembly Program: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 12:00 pm. You will see a link on the main page of the VTSD website a few minutes before the event will begin.
8th Grade Virtual Advancement Ceremony: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 5:30 pm. You will see a link on the main page of the VTSD website a few minutes before the event will begin.
Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 10, 2020; we will be mailing home report cards, awards issued at the Awards Assembly, Honor Role certificates, and other important school information.
Modified, In-Person 8th Grade Advancement Ceremony: Monday, August 3, 2020, at 9:00 am, with a rain date of Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 9:00 am, held on the Vernon Township High School Football field. You will receive a letter in the mail outlining the details of how we will organize this event while following all guidelines for safety and social distancing requirements as well as how many people can gather in an outdoor event. Please keep in mind that there is no option to hold this event indoors.
8th Grade Dance: The School and Community Association (SCA) is working on dance preparations. At this time, the SCA does not have a date for this event. The SCA is hopeful it will take place in August; however, we are waiting on State guidance to ensure that we are able to hold such an event and what the restrictions are that may be in place at the time.
Yearbook Distribution: will take place later in the month of June. We are still waiting for a delivery date that is tentatively set for mid- June. You will receive the details of when yearbook pick up will take place. It will be organized much like our pick up and drop off procedures.
6th and 7th Grade PE Locker Content Distribution: Because 6th and 7th graders share gym lockers, we will be announcing a day in June that we will invite all 6th and 7th graders to come to Glen Meadow to retrieve their gym belongings. Please keep in mind, we had to place the locker contents of students sharing lockers into one bag because there were no names on clothing, etc. Students will be held to the “honor system” to take only their items out of the bags. This distribution will take place outside of the building, as students are not permitted in the building per State guidelines at this time.
PE Friday Workouts: Well, the PE department keeps us in stitches…if you haven’t already seen this week’s PE video entitled “Send in the Replacements”, please check it out…there are a few surprise actors/actresses that have a cameo role! We thank Mr. Killeen for his cinematography skills and talent!
Online Learning Activities from our Teachers
Reflections Magazine: Editor, Ms. Cleary, is putting the final touches to our magazine which will only be in digital form this year. I was able to get a sneak peek of it and you will surely be as impressed as I am with its contents from short stories, to poems, and colorful artwork!
Artsonia slide show– Mrs. Ulrich has collected her students’ artwork digitally via Artsonia. Please enjoy this beautiful slide show of our students’ work this year. We have so many talented students!
Mr. Reimer, Algebra I teacher, assigned his students a very creative project to reinforce the Pythagorean Theorem. In this activity, students were transported back to 1928. Where students were on the set of a film called, “Steamboat Bill Jr.”, by Buster Keeton. Buster Keeton was a major star in 1928 and ALL stunts are live!!! Watch a clip of the scene here.
Students were given the following information:
1) Buster Keeton is exactly 6 feet tall. 2) He will be standing perfectly straight up on a mark that is exactly 15 feet from the building front. 3) The front of the house will fall with its base intact, so it rotates around its base (i.e. the front of the house does not crumble, or get “kicked outward”. 4) We will not deal with the fact that Mr. Keeton is not just a straight line (we will ignore his width, and the width of the house front). What we will do is add 1 foot extra height to the window (top & bottom), so that it misses his head and feet.
You need to calculate the following two figures: 1) how high is the bottom of the window, and
2) how tall is the window. Your set production team will actually build it. Wow, now that’s a lot of math!! And now, here is why taking all that math is important and highly applicable!!
Builder’s Club creates a Public Service Announcement for Father John’s Animal Shelter: To encourage our community to donate items and food to the animal shelter, Kaitlyn B., member of the Builder’s Club assisted in creating the below video. Thank you to Kaitlyn who has been an avid supporter of Father John’s Animal Shelter. There is a collection bin at the door of Glen Meadow and also at the entrance of Vernon Township High School.
Trout in the Classroom: Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is a science-based program that teaches children about the importance of coldwater conservation through a hands-on approach to learning. Through the process of raising brook trout from eggs to fingerlings, the size they are at release time, students learn about the importance of clean, cold water, not only for the brook trout they are raising, but also for the other organisms, including people. Mr. Sorensen’s classroom has been the host of our trout all year from when they arrived as eggs in October. Here are some pictures of the actual trout release, sadly we typically have dozens of students with us, this year, we could only do this with a few of us. A special thank you to Mr. Henry, our trout expert who has also been involved with Trout in the classroom for numerous years.
SCA Towel Sale: It’s summer and time to get your new summer pool and beach towels!! The SCA is selling Vernon Viking towels for $22.00 each. Your 8th grader can purchase a towel online with his or her graduating year or you can purchase a plain towel online without a year on it. The image below explains how to purchase towels, please click the image for the details. Thank you for supporting this SCA fundraiser.
Project Self-Sufficiency’s Food Project, Nourishing our Neighbors, is available to all Sussex and Warren County families in need throughout the summer, regardless of whether or not they are agency participants. The attached flyer provides details about how to access assistance. Click on the image to enlarge and read the text.
Congratulations to Mrs. Jane Bookholt who is retiring at the end of the year! Mrs. Bookholt has been a 6th grade teacher in Lounsberry Hollow and Glen Meadow for 25 years. Thank you, Mrs. Bookholt for your years of dedication to all of your students. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement!
Thank you for supporting your child while learning at home during this Pandemic. We are all very hopeful that all students will return to school in the fall where in-person teaching will continue. Our district is working very hard to prepare for the new school year following all CDC and State guidelines. You will continue to be updated on all school closing and opening matters.
Rosemary Gehbardt Eric Kosek, Ed. D
Principal Assistant Principal
Parent pick up will begin Monday June 1st – All social distance protocols will be in place.
The schedule below indicates a specific time for you to pick up your student’s belongings. A time has been set aside for those who can not make it during their assigned time. The following guidelines must be followed to ensure the health and safety of all.
Monday June 1st:
8 am – 9 am Bicskei/Cummins/Bross
9 am – 10 am Czergovits/Kusma/Horn – Vanadia
10 am – 11 am Lethbridge/Schwarz/Stefkovich
11 am – 12 pm Sweeney/Thomas/Zinni – LaBar
Tuesday June 2nd
8 am – 9 am Barone/Giangrande
9 am – 10 am Hartman/Megnin/Rogers
10 am – 11 am Start/Talerico – Ollert
11 am – 12 pm Wilson/Dente
Wednesday June 3rd
8 am – 10 am Pick up for those parents that were unable to come during their scheduled time
Dear Glen Meadow Families:
Please click this link for an important letter regarding the procedures for the picking up of hallway locker and PE locker items and dropping off your child’s school materials that will take place the week of June 1, 2020.
Please click the following link for information regarding parents picking up students belongings
Mid May 2020
Dear Glen Meadow Families:
Happy Memorial Day…while we cannot traditionally celebrate and commemorate those who have died in military service for our country this year, it is still important to remember this special day in our history. Thank you to all those who serve and those who have gone before us in the name of liberty and freedom. Enjoy this famous poem entitled “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae about poppies given on Memorial Day. Its references to the red poppies that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in the remembrance poppy becoming one of the world’s most recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.
In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
In celebration of Memorial Day, all Vernon schools will be closed on Friday, May 22, and Monday, May 25, 2020. Our last day of school is Wednesday, June 10th, it is important for students to continue completing all online work. Please check each teacher’s Schoology page every day to be logged in for attendance purposes. Work will be posted on Schoology until the last day of school, June 10th. Students, please continue to answer emails from your teachers and attend Zoom and Google Hangout meetings. Staying connected is very critical as we continue through the fourth marking period. Your grades matter and teachers will continue grading students until the end of the year. Please also remember that your counselors, Dr. Kosek, and I are available to talk to you if you need any help. Parents and guardians, a lot of information will be sent through School Messenger and this blog, please check back regularly and watch your in box.
This quote sums up what is important as we end the year…
Glen Meadow is also planning all end-of-the-year activities such as the National Junior Honor Society Ceremony that is airing on Monday, May 18th, at 5:30 pm. Please join us for this virtual celebratory event that Mrs. Amato, Advisor, has planned for us. A link will be found on the main page of the VTSD website. The 8th Grade Awards Assembly will air on Tuesday, June 9th, at 12:00 pm. As you have read from my notices as well as from our Superintendent, Ms. D’Avino, the 8th Grade Advancement Ceremony will be virtual and will air on Tuesday, June 9th, at 5:30 pm. A live link will appear on the main page of the VTSD website under Recent News, minutes before each of these events. As per the Governor’s Executive Order for social distancing, we are organizing all of these events to be virtual celebrations. We are working very hard to make these events as close to the actual experience as possible.
We know these events are very important to our students and our families and we are working diligently to make these programs special for our students. We know how much our 8th graders look forward to their Advancement and the 8th Grade Dance. Dr. Kosek and I are working to make this a reality. At this time, we do not have a date set for either event; however, when local, state, and federal experts deem it safe for schools to host large, in-person events, Glen Meadow will have a belated Advancement Ceremony and 8th Grade Dance for the Class of 2020. We anticipate this will take place sometime in August 2020. The SCA is working very hard on the plans for our dance. Please continue to follow this blog for updated information.
All schools in the Vernon Township School District are working on plans to close out the school year. All schools are following State guidelines to keep all of us safe during this Pandemic. Glen Meadow will be sending out specific notification and details that will clearly outline how we will return and receive student materials (which will include band instruments), all will be done with great care for the health and safety of the staff that will be working with us to do so. The process of giving and receiving materials will take place during the first week of June.
Yearbook distribution will take place later in the month of June. We are still waiting for a delivery date that is tentatively set for the second week in June. You will receive the details of when yearbook pick up will take place.
LAST CALL FOR REFLECTIONS!
Please submit your writing and/or art work to Reflections Magazine.
THE SUBMISSION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MAY 22.
What is Reflections?
Reflections is Glen Meadow Middle School’s Literary and Art magazine.
How can students submit their poetry, short stories, and essays?
Students can simply share their document or their art JPEG file with Ms. Cleary via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What subject areas are highlighted in Reflections?
ALL SUBJECTS 🙂 Students in the past have submitted pieces from all curriculum areas (even math poems)!
What is the deadline for submissions to Reflections?
UPDATE: IT IS NOW MAY 22, 2020
How will a student know if his or her work was selected for publication?
Once the magazine has been designed, it will be posted on various Glen Meadow sites for download. Due to distance learning constraints, no physical books will be printed this year.
PE Friday Workouts: Keep looking out for the Glen Meadow Momentum workouts! This last video directed and produced by Mr. Killeen is worth watching over and over! Click below for another laugh! Keep watching for more Mr. Killeen productions!
Monday Morning Message: Every Monday Ms. Dignan-Corbutt and Mrs. MacDougall, our Ethics Counsel Advisors, create inspiring messages for our students. The Monday, May 18th message is so inspiring. Click below to hear the message.
Mrs. Schmidt continues to build writers’ muscles as she conferences with her students live via Google Hangouts. Through screen-sharing, students receive the necessary feedback to improve and enhance the content, form, and use of written language. Mrs. Schmidt’s class has been reading The Outsiders by S.E Hinton this spring, but while they’ve been reading The Outsiders, everyone has become “The INSIDERS”!!! Mrs. Schmidt’s students are uploading a photo or a video that showcases each student! This activity enables students to share their story. Students are telling stories with the special, challenging, successful, enlightening or uplifting, courageous, and kind things they are doing. Students are reporting on such things as creating a poster to honor our healthcare workers, helping a sibling learn at home, perfecting a jump shot, adopting an animal, writing an original poem, learning how to play a killer guitar riff, cooking, or baking, or helping out a neighbor, finishing a 1000 piece puzzle, starting a garden, and working with a parent on a house project like painting a room.
Storyboard That! Teachers continue to be creative with delivering lessons online and use techniques to engage and keep students motivated for learning. Mr. Manis has taught his students how to use Storyboardthat.com to tell stories of what they are learning and about their lives. Here are two clever storyboards created by CJ and Karissa. Click on the image and it will enlarge so you can read the text…enjoy!
Time capsules and Scavenger Hunt: Mrs. Mitchell’s students enjoy her Zoom meetings where they discuss what they are learning, have Book Talks, and exchange ideas. Mrs. Mitchell noticed that her students were feeling a bit down one day, so to liven spirits, Mrs. Mitchell began a spontaneous game of Scavenger Hunt! Mrs. Mitchell’s students had so much fun, her class hadn’t laughed so hard since they were together in March! Mrs. Mitchell had students find common household items. She then asked her students to grab someone from their family. Some of them were literally carrying younger brothers and sisters into the camera!! It was fun and lightened the mood. Mrs. Mitchell received positive feedback from parents, one parent said, “thank you, we had such a great laugh!” This proves that when you’re in a Pandemic, you have to find creative ways to have fun! Mrs. Mitchell’s students are also creating a time capsule of what their life is like during this Pandemic. They are recording what life is like now that they are sheltering in place. They are telling stories of how they are commemorating special events in their lives, ways that they are staying safe (we are not stuck at home, rather we are safe at home), ways they are helping their community (hanging rainbows in windows, for example), and how they are feeling about this time in living history. Students are journaling, drawing pictures, and including photographs.
Mrs. Stigler’s Tech Classes: Students from Mrs. Stigler’s classes completed Earth Day projects and Pass the Positive Message project. Take a look at some of the projects completed by students.
Ms. Yost’s Book Clubs: Ms. Yost continues to host book clubs on Monday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 am (reading The Ugliest Dog) and Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 2:00 (reading Because of Winn Dixie). Check out her Schoology group for details. If you are a Harry Potter fan, Ms. Yost is reading the series live. Check it out every day at 1:00. She just finished book one: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Join her for book two starting this week: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
In closing, thank you, it has been almost ten weeks at home. We all appreciate all that you are doing to support the learning process at home. We know this is not easy, many of you are working outside of your home or working at home while helping all of your children. You deserve a pat on the back for being great parents and guardians!! Dr. Kosek, all Glen Meadow teachers, and I thank you for all that you do!!
Rosemary Gebhardt Eric Kosek
Principal Assistant Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The purpose of the communiqué is to share with you Lounsberry Hollow’s end of the school year “close out” procedures for “pick-up” and “drop off” of students’ personal belongings and our school’s property.
LH will be returning your students’ belongings from classrooms, lockers, respective gym lockers (in the case of Grade 5 students only) and artwork, …..on the below dates, at the designated times:
Monday, June 1, 2020 (8:00 am to 10:30 am)
Homeroom Pick-Ups: Mr. Ferrara; Mr. Galante; Mr. Griffin; Mrs. Kenerson; and Mrs. Rizzo
Monday, June 1, 2020 (11:30 am- 2:00pm)
Homeroom Pick-Ups: Mrs. Jensen; Mrs. Sargent; Mrs. Tintle; Mrs. Weinreb and Mr. Wilson
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (8:00 am- 10:30 am)
Homeroom Pick-Ups: Mrs.. Bruning; Mrs. Carlson; Mrs. Elmo; Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Scott
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (11:30 am- 2:00pm)
Homeroom Pick-Ups: Mrs. Smarth-Meichsner; Mrs. Sorensen; Mrs. Sousa; Mrs. Sparta; and Mr. Zschack
Any parents/guardians who are unable to pick-up students’ belongings on the above designated dates due to scheduling conflicts may pick these items up on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm, following the same procedures below:
For everyone’s health and safety, please strictly adhere to the following instructions:
Please strictly adhere to the following further requests:
Thanks for your anticipated cooperation regarding Lounsberry Hollow’s end of the school year closeout procedures.
Dennis J. Mudrick
Dear Glen Meadow Families:
As you are aware, on Monday, May 4th, NJ Governor Phil Murphy made the official announcement that New Jersey’s schools would remain closed for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year to protect the health and safety of New Jersey’s 1.6 million school students, faculty, and staff. Instead, public schools will continue to provide remote learning for all Preschool-12th grade students to meet the state-required 180 instructional days.
It is important for students to continue completing all online work. Please check each teacher’s Schoology page every day to be logged in for attendance purposes. Work will be posted on Schoology until June 10th. Please continue to answer emails from your teachers and attend Zoom and Google Hangout meetings. Staying connected is very critical as we continue through the fourth marking period. Please also remember that your counselors, case managers, Dr. Kosek, and I are available to talk to you if you need any help.
The Vernon School District is presently working on a plan to close the 2019-2020 school year in the safest way possible while adhering to all local, state, and federal guidelines for social distancing. You will be notified as soon as school closing plans are in place. Thank you for your patience with this matter. Your child will have an opportunity to get their belongings from their hallway lockers, PE lockers, as well as to return materials and library books.
Glen Meadow is also planning all end-of-the-year activities such as the National Junior Honor Society, the 8th Grade Awards Assembly, and the 8th Grade Advancement Ceremony. However, we must continue to follow local, state, and Federal guidelines that currently prohibit us from having in-person gatherings. As per the Governor’s Executive Order for social distancing, we are organizing all of these events to be virtual celebrations. We are working very hard to make these events as close to the actual experience as possible. Please note the following important dates:
Our National Junior Honor Society Induction will take place online virtually on Monday, May 18, 2020, at 5:30 pm,
Our 8th Grade Awards Program will take place online virtually Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 12:00 pm,
Our Advancement Ceremony will take place online virtually on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at 5:30 pm
We know these events are very important to our students and our families and we are working diligently to make these programs special for our students. We know how much our 8th graders look forward to their 8th Grade Dance. I am working with the Glen Meadow SCA to make this a reality. At this time, we do not have any information on when this will take place. When local, state, and federal experts deem it safe for schools to host large, in-person events, Glen Meadow will have a belated 8th Grade Dance for the Class of 2020.
Thank you to the Glen Meadow SCA for creating this beautiful video of our students showing their gratitude for the teachers at Glen Meadow. Our teachers have been working very hard to create a dynamic online experience for our students and appreciate this recognition. In addition, enjoy some pictures of students who made signs and posters to say “thank you” to our Glen Meadow teachers.
School Nurse’s Day is May 6th! Thank you to Ms. Stephanie Ash, Glen Meadow’s finest School Nurse. Ms. Ash is responsible for almost 700 students and cares for each student as if he or she were her very own. Ms. Ash turns every office visit into a mini-lesson instructing students on their ailment or ache, how to treat it, and how to stay safe and healthy. We are all very grateful that Ms. Ash is Glen Meadow’s School Nurse. Not only is she our School Nurse, but Ms. Ash also works part-time at Chilton Hospital, so she is on the front lines right now taking care of those in need. We are proud of you Ms. Ash!
Student Voice Project: Our Superintendent, Ms. D’Avino, has invited students to tell their story! Ms. D’Avino is working with her colleagues at The University of Pennsylvania on “The Student Voices Project” which is a collaborative storytelling initiative that encourages students of all ages to share their experiences during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please tell us your story! Click this link and join other students in sharing your experience.
From the Vernon Coalition: Introducing their new Virtual Pen Pal Program!
This program is designed to connect students with our awesome Vernon High School Vernon Action Group mentors! Do you have a middle schooler that might like to connect with a high school mentor? Do you know a senior citizen who might like to connect with our Action Group? This program is designed for you! Everyone could use connection during this time of social distancing and quarantine, and we would love to connect with you! Check on the information in the graphic below. Contact Lisa DeRitter at Lisa@centerforprevention.org to participate. What a great way to connect to our community.
As we approach almost our second month of distance online learning, please know how we appreciate that you are partnering with us with your child’s lessons. Thank you for answering emails and calls that come from teachers, Dr. Kosek, and me. We hope that you and your family continue to stay well and healthy. We know that many families have many challenges whether they are working from home or are an essential worker that must leave their home every day. We thank you for being great parents!
Rosemary Gebhardt and Eric Kosek
Look For The Good Week – May 11 – 15
(All printable resources/downloads will be put on Schoology on the day of the activity)
Monday, May 11
Uplift Your Family & Neighbors. Print out or make the “Look for the Good” and “You Matter” signs and tape them to the inside of your front window (you can see samples in the download). Decorate them any way you want! Invite your parents to help you and don’t forget to take a picture and email it to your teacher.
Tuesday, May 12
Give Out Kindness Cards. Print out the Kindness Cards (found in the download) and cut them out to create cards. Write a kind note on the back and give them to at least 5 people today. (Be sure to practice social distancing if you are giving them to people outside your household. For instance, you could tape one to your neighbor’s window and call them to tell them to look outside).
Wednesday, May 13
Call a Senior or write a note to an Elderly Neighbor! Do you have any elderly neighbors or friends? Call them or write a note and ask them how they are! Have your parents drop the note off and make sure to email a copy to your teacher! Here’s what your call/note might say:
Thursday, May 14
Start a Conversation at Dinner. Print out the Conversation Starter Cards in the download and cut them out so that you can start a friendly conversation at dinner tonight!
Friday, May 15 – Lets End the Week With Gratitude!
Write to Local Doctors & Nurses: Write thank you notes to the medical professionals who are putting their lives on the line to keep you safe. Email your notes to your teacher and we will see to it that they get dropped off at the local hospital or doctor’s office.
Dear Healthcare Hero,
I am writing this letter because you matter to me. You matter because [provide reasons why these medical workers are keeping you safe and making your life better.]
For example, [provide specific details on how medical workers protect you, even when you’re not sick. Each reason and the supporting information should be a separate paragraph. Don’t forget to mention the ways he/she is taking personal risks right now to help during a really stressful time for him/her.]
Thank you for doing these things. [Reflect on how important medical workers are to you and leave them with a powerful final thought.] You Matter!
Remember to share your photos and/or videos with your teachers
and view the RHPS virtual wall of gratitude!
Lounsberry Hollow School
April 29, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Theodore Seuss “Ted” Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work included many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages during his lifetime.
Mrs. Clara Carlson, an outstanding Grade 4 teacher at Lounsberry Hollow, sent me the following quote by Dr. Seuss earlier this week: “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
I am hopeful all of you are healthy and safe as we continue working with our students during Week 7 of distance learning.
Dennis J. Mudrick