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Principal’s Blog

March 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

As the first few days and weeks of the spring season are soon upon us, I am hopeful this communication finds you and your children well and looking forward to some warmer weather in upcoming months.

As you may already know, at Lounsberry Hollow School, we employ a Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) behavior system. This behavior system is intended to improve the overall school climate of our school.  Further, this system encourages positive behavioral interventions to discourage disruptive behavior.

As part of PBSIS at LH, Captain’s Awards are given to students who consistently demonstrate respect, responsibility and kindness and who are “on board” with school-wide expectations.  Teachers may nominate students at their discretion and sometimes may choose students who have made a significant effort to improve their behavior or academic achievement as well.

To date, since the beginning of the school year in September, 112 LH students have been nominated for and received Captain’s Award Certificates for being     “on board with respect and responsibility.”

Congratulations to the following (please see below) 2020 LH Captains Awards winners to date.

Best wishes to all of you for a rewarding month of March!

 

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Mudrick

 

Principal’s Blog

February 19th

 

Mrs. Barone’s Class

 

Our Classroom Highlights from the week of February 10th are listed below:

Last Tuesday our class  met with Ms. Thomas’ Kindergarten class to buddy read for the first time.  

This was the first time for a kindergartener to be in a First Grade classroom and read with a first grader!  

We will continue to meet throughout the year for this special experience.

We celebrated our 100th Day of School on Wednesday and the children wore shirts that they had decorated for this big day!  There were also some very special 100th day class activities. 

 The children are working very hard and are on their way to becoming authors and illustrators of their second published story in Writing Workshop!

News from Glen Meadow…

Dear Parents and Guardians: Enjoy reading some news from “The Meadow”…

Viking Voices: Come to the Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 pm Board of Education meeting to hear the Glen Meadow Viking Voices open the Board meeting as they salute the flag and sing a few patriotic songs.

Congratulations to our Boys Basketball Team: The Boys Basketball team under the direction of Head Coach Oakes and Assistant Coach Donohue had a stellar season. The boys won the championship game, 58-25, against Sussex Wantage, in the “40th Hardyston Basketball Tournament”.

 

 

The Big Bang Theory: Mrs. Vaszlavik 6th-grade science class learned about The Big Bang Theory in an ultimate hands-on lesson using “indoor snowballs” to represent the matter that was flying around the universe during the Big Bang and red yarn to represent the Red Shift.  Students took one to two snowballs and held onto one end or the other of a red ball of yarn.  Students and Mrs. Vaszlavik gathered together to represent one big fiery dot…the origin of the Big Bang.  On “three” everyone moved away from each other throwing the matter everywhere and pulling the red yarn apart. There was much laughter and students retained important information on this topic. Students conducted experiments such as “The Expanding Universe” and watched various BrainPop videos and took quizzes on the material.

 

From our Student Behavior and Ethics Counsel:  

Mindful Mondays:  Mindful Monday weekly goals are in full force.  Each week’s goals are also posted on Schoology and on the video screens in the hallway and atrium.  Here is a recap of the goals we have covered during the month of February:

Walk and be quiet while in the hallway–this is a positive and productive way to get to class on time–and will ultimately make our entire building and community a happier and peaceful place to spend our days.

BE PREPARED: it is proper preparation that prevents poor performance!!

Parents and guardians can assist in ensuring that your child is prepared for school by encouraging a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, completing homework, and bringing all materials (pencils, pens, notebooks, folders) to school.

Leave things better than you found them-Remember that how you act is a reflection of who you are. Picking up after yourself shows that you care about yourself, your school and others!

Starting today, you cannot change the past, but you change the course you are on.  How? 

Persevere–do not give up–ask your teachers for help

Pay attention in class–you will be surprised how much you will learn if you simply stop talking

Do your homework

Study

Listen

Follow directions

Think before speaking-or texting

And say “I am sorry” and mean it for times you make mistakes. 

We hope these weekly goals are sparking conversation at the dinner table or on the way to practice and other activities.  Thank you for your continued support as we strive to make Glen Meadow a positive and peaceful place to learn and spend our days.

 

Vernon Township Police Department Brings LEAD Program to Glen Meadow 7th Graders: Corporal Rovetto, from the Vernon Township Police Department, is teaching in all 7th-grade health classes bringing lessons from the LEAD program to our students. The LEAD Program, that stands for Law Enforcement Against Drugs, partners with our schools, community leaders, and families by providing proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug-related crimes, bullying, and violence. Corporal Rovetto is using the “Too Good for Drugs and Too Good for Violence” curriculum to promote positive, pro-social attitudes and behaviors, while fostering healthy relationships, resistance to substance abuse and conflict, and resistance to negative peer pressure and influence. Students participate in interactive hands-on lessons that reinforce making smart and healthy choices. Some of the topics covered in the LEAD Program are:

 

Goal Setting

Decision Making

Effective Communication

Anger Management

Media Literacy

Conflict Resolution

Social and Emotional Competency

Pro-Social Bonding

 

Volleyball Tournament: Wow the energy in the gym was incredible at our second Volleyball Tournament held on February 14th!! Teams creatively designed t-shirts and named their teams. Participants and spectators alike had an enjoyable afternoon gathered as a school community. Congratulations to our 15 teams that competed at the event. Our winner of tournament #2 is…”Shake-n-Bake”! The second-place team was “Net Ninjas”, and a close third was “Belly Bumps”. We look forward to our third and final tournament this spring. 

 

 

National Junior Honor Society: If your 7th or 8th-grade child has a GPA of 92 or above he or she has received a special invitation from Mrs. Amato, the NJHS Adviser, to apply to be a member of the NJHS. Please see this link to read all about this program. A panel of teachers at Glen Meadow will soon be reviewing all applicants (that are only identified by numbers, not by names). Students who meet the criteria will be inducted on Wednesday, March 18th, at 6:30 pm.

 

Academic Bowl: Coach Manis is training the Academic Bowl participants by “working out” their brains! Students are training for an “all-subject” buzzer-based academic quiz competition. Not only do our students have to be academically-rounded, but they have to be quick on the buzzer too! Training focuses on not only having a great fund of knowledge but knowing how to use the buzzer, too. Look out Alex Trebek…here comes Glen Meadow! Our academic athletes will be competing later this spring at Hardyston Middle School.

 

 

100th Day of School Cup Stacking Challenge: Mr. Joseph had students use their engineering skills for a fun cup stacking event using 100 cups.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seusssical Jr. Mrs. Sandler and Mr. Kelter, co-advisors, are leading practices during the week to prepare for our spring musical Seussical Jr. The actors and actresses will be performing several shows this spring. We will be hosting a preview for our friends at Cedar Mountain and Lounsberry Hollow and, for the first time, will be having a Senior Citizens show! Our program will take place on Thursday and Friday, April 2-3, at 6:30 pm. More to follow on our big show! Many thanks to our parents who are supporting this program and picking up their children from practice every evening!

 

 

 

 

 

Lysol Company conducting a study at Glen Meadow School: Former VTHS graduate, Kelly Whitehead, is a Senior Research Scientist within the Microbiology and Virology Research & Development Lab at Lysol. Kelly Whitehead, along with Advanced Placement science students at VTHS, are working alongside Kelly Whitehead in a study surrounding the presence of respiratory organisms on commonly touched surfaces. Kelly Whitehead and her VTHS science assistants are working to sample surfaces to examine the presence of respiratory organisms using a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that looks at the DNA/RNA of these clinically relevant organisms. Kelly Whitehead and her assistants have come to Glen Meadow School to sample commonly touched areas within our school over multiple weeks to study the specimens. Below are some pictures of Kelly Whitehead who is assisted by Charlie Gieger.

 

Students Serving as Mentors at Walnut Ridge: Mrs. Karen Stoeckel, Supervisor of the Walnut Ridge Preschool Program, has partnered with our co-advisors of the Student Ethics Counsel, Ms. Veronica Dignan-Corbutt and Mrs. MacDougall, to design a mentoring program. Glen Meadow students go to the preschool program and work alongside and support the youngsters as they are in play or doing activities. As you can see from the pictures, students are bonding and are developing a special friendship.

 

SCA Sponsored 6th-7th-8th Grade Hangout: Will take place on Friday, February 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The cost of the dance is $5.00. Permission slips must be received in order for students to participate. As a reminder, our next SCA meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 19, at 9:30 am…we love our parent volunteers! The SCA is looking for volunteers to assist with our dance. Thanks to our families helping in any way they can! The SCA Ladies Night Out is on Friday, March 20. Buy your 50-50 tickets and seating tickets! Don’t wait, tickets sell quickly!  Here is the flyer for the event. Parents who are volunteering to assist with 8th Grade Dance, your next planning meeting is on Thursday, February 20, at 6:30 pm, in room 100. Thank you also for supporting our Gertrude Hawk district-wide candy sale. As a reminder, orders are due on Friday, February 21st. 

Calling all 7th AND 8th Graders: The Executive SCA is looking for 7th AND 8th graders to volunteer at this year’s Executive SCA Senior Citizen Dinner Theater at Vernon Township High School on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, after school. Students interested should give their names to Ms. Regan or come to the main office. You are required to wear black pants and a white shirt. This is a fun and easy way to serve your community!

Game Night: On Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 pm, the Glen Meadow Ambassadors will be hosting a 5th, 6th, and 7th grade Game Night. The Ambassadors have an evening of fun and games planned for all participants. This is also a way for our Lounsberry Hollow 5th graders to become familiar with the building and the peers that will be in their school next year. Click here for the Game Night flyer.

Ryan’s Story: Parents are cordially invited on Tuesday, March 17, at 6:30 pm, to hear Mr. John Halligan talk about his son Ryan. Parents will be able to experience this program that students will see during the day. This is a poignant program presented by Mr. John Halligan who lost his son Ryan to suicide because he was bullied when he was 13 years old. Please visit Ryan’s Story online to learn more about Mr. Halligan’s campaign. This is a very important program for all parents. Please bring a friend! Here is the flyer with information on the program. 

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading some of the activities and events taking place at Glen Meadow Middle School- as always, thank you for partnering with all of us at Glen Meadow!

Mrs. Gebhardt

 

 

 

Principal’s Blog

RHPS Principal’s Blog – February, 2020

 

Helping children be safe, confident explorers of the internet world can be a daunting task.

The Internet can be wonderful for kids. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games. But online access also comes with risks, like inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and online predators. Using apps and websites where kids interact, predators may pose as a child or teen looking to make a new friend. They might prod the child to exchange personal information, such as address and phone number, or encourage kids to call them, seeing their phone number via caller ID.

Parents should be aware of what their children see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves. Talk with your children, use tools to protect them, and keep an eye on their activities. (kidshealth.org)

Getting Involved in Kids’ Online Activities (kidshealth.org)

More important than blocking objectionable material is teaching your children safe and responsible online behavior, and keeping an eye on their Internet use.

Some of the basic guidelines for children outlined by kidshealth.org to share with your kids for safe online use:

  • Follow the family rules, and those set by the Internet service provider.
  • Never post or trade personal pictures.
  • Never reveal personal information, such as address, phone number, or school name or location.
  • Use only a screen name and don’t share passwords (other than with parents).
  • Never agree to get together in person with anyone met online without parent approval and/or supervision.
  • Never respond to a threatening email, message, post, or text.
  • Always tell a parent or other trusted adult about any communication or conversation that was scary or hurtful.
  • Basic guidelines for parental supervision:
  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
  • Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange

To make the most of the Internet, students need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome also teaches children the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. (click on the link for additional information about the Google program).

https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us

 

https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us/families

A Message From VTHS

Humanitarian Awards and So Much More at “The Meadow”

Dear Glen Meadow Families- Enjoy this mid-Winter edition of the Glen Meadow Blog

Congratulations to our Marking Period 2 Humanitarian Award Recipients…Enjoy reading about our stand-out students…

8th Grade:

Dylan

Meet: Dylan                  

Favorite:

Food:  pasta, mussels, fried rice                     

Sports Activity: Soccer, Track and Field, Cross-Country, Skiing

Music: Rap                                                           

Book:  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Movie: “The Joker”                                            School Subject: Algebra

Our school should know that Dylan is very active and has lots of school spirit!

When Dylan is not in school, he likes to play soccer, run, and play video games.

Dylan is really good at telling jokes.

A career that interests Dylan is sports medicine.

Dylan aspires to attend West Point.

Megan

Meet: Megan             

Favorite:

Food:  ice cream                                  Sports Activity: Riding Horses

Music:  Country                                  Book:  Rough Magic

Movie: “Flicka” and “Togo”              School Subject: Art and Language Arts

Our school should know that Megan loves to help others.

When Megan is not in school, she likes to be with horses.

Megan is really good at hurdling.

A career that interests Megan is training and working with horses.

Megan aspires to be the best she can be with her horses.

 

7th Grade:

Gia

Meet: Gia                   

Favorite:

Food:  pizza, macaroni & cheese, and fruit     

Sports Activity: Field Hockey, Basketball, and participating in musicals

Music: Ariana Grande Songs                          Book:  The List by Siobhan Vivien

Movie: “The Little Mermaid”                          School Subject: Language Arts

Our school should know that Gia loves is respectful to her teachers, finishes all of her work on time and listens to directions.

When Gia is not in school, she likes to relax, shop, get her nails done, read, and clean.

Gia is really good at playing field hockey.

A career that interests Gia is being a teacher, photographer, or a make-up artist.

Gia aspires to be a wonderful person and to be a good mom when she is older.

 

Rick

Meet: Rick                 

Favorite:

Food:  Fettuccine Alfredo                             Sports Activity: Ice Hockey, Track, Snowboarding

Music: Rock and Roll                                     Book:  Holes

Movie: “Star Wars Episode 9”                       School Subject: Language Arts

Our school should know that Rick wants to go to West Point and play Ice Hockey there.

When Rick is not in school, he likes to play video games, read, skate, and practice shots for Ice Hockey.

Rick is really good at playing Ice Hockey and running.

A career that interests Rick is coding for video games.

Rick aspires to be a professional hockey player.

 

6th Grade:

Larry

Meet: Larry               

Favorite:

Food:  Mushroom Pizza Sports Activity: Baseball

Music: Classic Rock                                            Book:  The Berlin Wall Falls

Movie: “How to Train Your Dragon”             School Subject: Math and Science

Our school should know that Larry enjoys learning.

When Larry is not in school, he likes to play video games.

Larry is really good at helping his family.

A career that interests Larry is being a space engineer.

Larry aspires to help make a difference in his community.

Heath

Meet: Heath               

Favorit

Food:  Pasta                                         Sports Activity: Soccer and Skiing

Music: Pop and Rock                         Book:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Movie: “Star Wars”                            School Subject: Science

Our school should know that Heath loves to play soccer, ski in the winter, and care for others.

When Heath is not in school, he likes to play outside and visit new places.

Heath is really good at soccer and cooking.

A career that interests Heath is being a doctor.

Heath aspires to help others feel their best.

Introducing “Meadow Musings”

“Meadow Musings”, is our student-created digital newsletter written by Mrs. Stigler’s 8th-grade Marketing and Multimedia Creations Class. Click this link to read our first edition, there’s something for everyone.  

 

Math Counts- National Math Club– Congratulations to our Mathletes of the Math Counts Club under the direction of Mr. Ferrara. Congratulations to Noelle Hernandez, 7th grader who took Highest School Scorer! This is the first time a 7th grader at GM has earned the highest scorer status. Congratulations to all students who competed:

Rebekah Bruesehoff

Mark Maffia

Bria RolleLouiseGravador

Samantha Vasquez

Kailey Vogel

Aidan Zackowski

AnnieZhu

 

 

Honor Roll: Congratulations to all students who have earned their name on the Glen Meadow Honor Roll for Marking Period 2. Look at upcoming editions of the Vernon Advertiser and The NJ Herald to read your name!

 

 

Count Me In: Congratulations to our Count Me In prize recipients who were present every day in the month of January! Come back later this week for pictures of our winners! Prizes will grow bigger as the second half of the year goes on!

Dom, Kaitlyn, and Austin- January Recipients

Blood drive helpers: Thank you to Mrs. Schmidt and her student helpers at our recent Blood Drive!

Pennies for Patients: Thank you to 7th grader Gia Federici, 6th grader Wyatt Piekarz, and 6th grader Jake Remington for collecting pennies for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Gia collected $380.00, Wyatt collected $100.00, and Jake donated $50.00 to the Pennies for Patients program. Jake used some of the money he earned at TREP$ to donate to this cause. Jake was inspired to donate to this worthy cause because he has had family members who have had cancer. Jake, Gia, and Wyatt serve as a positive role models at Glen Meadow! We are very proud of you, Gia, Jake, and Wyatt! Our school collected a total of $1,148.94 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society!

Top Collectors of Pennies for Pennies for Patients

5th Grade Glen Meadow Experience Night: On Thursday, January 30th, several of our student leaders conducted an “experience” night for our 5th-grade friends at Lounsberry Hollow who will soon be our friends at Glen Meadow. Our students demonstrated lots of academic activities our 5th graders will experience next year. The 5th graders enjoyed touring the building, meeting some of our teachers, their new school counselor, Ms. Reagan, and interacting with their peers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher for a Day: Mrs. Mitchell’s 6th-grade students have been given the ultimate assignment…be a Teacher of a Day! Pairs of students are taking on the persona of a teacher and create lessons for the class.  Each lesson consists of a lecture on an educational topic, a game that enhances their lesson and a homework assignment that reinforces the lesson.  We have cadre of burgeoning teachers that may be classrooms in years to come!

 

Political Cartoons in Social Studies Class: Often many of us look at the newspaper and glance at the political cartoon for the day. Students in 6th-grade social studies are doing a deep dive with this very difficult concept. The target for this lesson is to analyze political cartoons and explain the purpose of the Monroe Doctrine during the 1800s. Students are applying skills they have learned about the Monroe Doctrine while studying political cartoons. Students work together to discuss the “I see” and the “I wonder” of each cartoon. Students are exercising their academic prowess in this higher-order thinking skill. 6th grade teachers will be measuring the growth students make throughout the year as they analyze political cartoons. Check out these political cartoons our students are reviewing…

 

Volleyball Tournament: Our next Volleyball Tournament will take place on Friday, February 14, at 3:00 pm. Students are encouraged to form teams, name the team, and collect $5.00 per player. Teams fill up quickly…don’t wait! 

 

Viking Voices: Come to the Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00 pm Board of Education meeting to hear the Glen Meadow Viking Voices open the Board meeting as they salute the flag and sing a few patriotic songs.

 

Connect for Community: “Connect for Community” is a program started by a small group of volunteers to help supplement donations to Sussex County food pantries, who continue to see demand rise annually.  Students across Sussex County have been donating items that cost $1.00 in celebration of the 100th day of the school year since 2010. The items that are donated are often items that families cannot purchase with food stamps. Glen Meadow students are collecting the following items for this worthy cause:

Grade 6: dishwashing liquid

Grade 7: individually wrapped toilet paper

Grade 8: paper towels

 

National Junior Honor Society: Your child will soon be receiving a special invitation from Mrs. Amato, the NJHS Adviser, to apply to be a member of the NJHS. Please see this link to read all about this program that is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students who have a cumulative GPA of 92 or above. The induction will take place on March 18th.

Marking Period 2: Grades will open on February 5th for viewing.

SCA Sponsored 6th-7th-8th Grade Hangout: Will take place on Friday, February 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The cost of the dance is $5.00. Permission slips must be received in order for students to participate. As a reminder, our next SCA meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 19, at 9:30 am…we love our parent volunteers! The SCA is looking for volunteers to assist with our dance. Thanks to our families helping in any way they can! Please click here for the flyer and permission slip. 

 

From our Ethics Counsel Advisors Ms. Dignan-Corbutt and Mrs. MacDougall: Every Monday, a special Mindful Monday announcement is made by our advisors to help students focus one concept for the week. This week’s message for the week of February 3rd is:

This week’s Mindful Monday goal focuses on how to BE PREPARED.

It is a new month and new marking period – how do you prepare?

Here are a few tried and true ways:      

Get a good night’s sleep

Eat a good breakfast

Do your homework

Look over your notes

Go to class with the materials you need–and not ones you don’t need (yes, I am talking about cell phones and ear buds)

Focus on the task at hand

Write down your assignments and due dates

Ask for help when you need it!

Always remember… it is proper preparation that prevents poor performance!! 

The Walnut Ridge Blog

Principal’s Blog

February 2020

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope this monthly communication to you finds you well!  We are now two marking periods completed, or half way through the 2019/20 school year.

I am pleased to share with you Lounsberry Hollow School continues to improve the Positive Behavior Support in Schools (PBSIS) program this year.

Listed below are some great things that have occurred at LH this school year to improve the authenticity of the PBSIS program.

  • Over 25,000 vouchers (a new school record) have been distributed to approximately 400 Grade 4 & 5 students since the first day of school back in September to date. These vouchers are part of a recognition program at LH that allows students twice a month during their lunch to turn in accrued vouchers at our school store for books, toys, school supplies, bracelet making and painting opportunities, school tours,….and other reward prizes;

 

  • 85 Captains’ Awards have been awarded to LH students since September for students who have demonstrated respect, responsibility and kindness. Students are awarded Captains’ Awards certificates who are nominated and selected as exhibiting positive behavior;

 

  • 8 Classroom reward parties have been awarded and held (four in Grade 4; four in Grade 5) for homerooms who accrued and received the most PBSIS vouchers as a class for the months of September, October, November and December thus far; and

 

  • A new “Red Zone” Game Room which has a ping pong table, two foosball tables, an air hockey table, a corn hole toss game and board games for student use to be earned by students in return for PBSIS vouchers during recess time and other times faculty at LH warrants for students’ positive behavior.

 

So many good things happening at LH as our school year continues to move through the winter months!

Best wishes to all of you and your students as we move through February!

 

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Mudrick

Hallway Highlights at Glen Meadow School…

Dear Glen Meadow Families…

This blog installment will focus on “Hallway Highlights” I hope you enjoy reading the myriad of activities that are going on at Glen Meadow.

 

National Math Club: Some of the members from the National Math Club recently made a presentation to the Board of Education. They impressed the Board with their mathematical prowess. The National Math Club competition will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at NJIT. Good luck to our “Mathletes”! Thank you to Coach Ferrara for helping students work through highly challenging multi-step math problems. To see a sampling of problems, check out the January 16 Board Meeting where our students presented; I believe you will be most impressed with our students!

 

Students will be seeing the movie “Screenagers- Growing up in the Digital Age” on Tuesday, January 21. “Screenagers” follows various teenagers and their families as they talk about how using devices has impacted them, their learning, and their relationships. We invite all parents to join us on Tuesday, January 21 (snow date January 22), at 6:30 pm in the gym, to watch the video. We want our parents to experience this movie as well to help them understand what it is like growing up in the Digital Age. A very special thank you to our SCA for bringing this program to Glen Meadow for the entire student body. We feel that parents of all ages of children should see this movie as well, please bring a friend and join us.  The SCA is accepting donations at the door to see this film.

 

If you missed our Parent Tech Night last week. Attached is a Google slideshow prepared by Mr. DeYoung, who is a parent of a teenager and one of our GMMS technology teachers, on the topic of cell phones, entitled “Tagging Nemo: Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Managing Cell Phone Use. Please take a moment to click the link above, here you will find a plethora of helpful information on cell phone usage and how to keep your child safe when using theirs. Thank you to Mr. DeYoung for presenting this important information to the Vernon community.

Blood Drive: Our next Blood Drive, organized by Mrs. Schmidt and her service-learning project students, will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Mrs. Schmidt’s student helpers are Phiona Seigal, Isys Benedeto, Lily Henderson and Katherine DeGraw who greet the blood donors, assist them at the paperwork table, and offer them drinks and snacks upon completing a blood donation. These students are learning the importance of giving back to their community. Also, remember…Mrs. Schmidt has been recognized as a Hometown Hero by Congressman Josh Gottheimer from the 5th Congressional District.

 

World Café: Students in Mrs. Basso’s and Mrs. Zaremba’s Language Arts classes read a piece from The Elements of Literature anthology called  “Long Walk to Freedom” by Nelson Mandela. After reading, some discussion, and responding to several comprehension questions, the students participated in a “World Cafe.” They moved around the room with a marker, responded on paper tablecloths to higher-order questions, provided evidence from the text to support their responses, and elaborated on previous answers from other students.

The students did a fantastic job following guidelines, collaborating, responding to the questions and providing evidence from the text to support their answers. Our students enjoyed the cafe setting and the activity, and we were very proud of them.

 

Connect for Community: “Connect for Community” is a program started by a small group of volunteers to help supplement donations to Sussex County food pantries, who continue to see demand rise annually.  Students across Sussex County have been donating items that cost $1.00 in celebration of the 100th day of the school year since 2010. The items that are donated are often items that families cannot purchase with food stamps. Glen Meadow students are collecting the following items for this worthy cause:

Grade 6: dishwashing liquid

Grade 7: individually wrapped toilet paper

Grade 8: paper towels

On Saturday, January 11th, 2020, several of our band students from both Glen Meadow Middle School and Vernon Township High School performed in the annual North Jersey Area Band Concert.  These students successfully auditioned against students from 30 local junior and senior high schools and were accepted to the Junior High NJAB Concert Band and Senior High NJAB Concert Band and Wind Ensemble.

 

Congratulations to NJAB Junior High School Concert Band

Noelle Hernandez – Clarinet

Rebekah Bruesehoff – Clarinet

Erin McDonough – Flute

Amanda Witters – Bassoon

 

1st place medal was brought home after several Glen Meadow girls competed at the Red Rose Championship Cheer event in Pennsylvania over the January 11-12th weekend. It was a very exciting event!  

Congratulations to Brooklyn Gargano, Madison Crum, Kasey Keating, Raven Waschmann, Kyla Bruno, and  Nicole Lehman.

 

From our 8th Grade Social Studies Teachers Ms. Kaiser, Mr. Petonak, and Mr. Smarth:

Lesson on Roman vs U.S. citizenship – students learned about the requirements for Roman citizenship and for American citizenship.  Students then had fun taking a mock citizenship test to see if they have the knowledge to “become a citizen”.   Top scorers earned extra credit points.  Students learned that in some US states, the state requires students to pass a similar civics test in order to graduate high school.  It was eye-opening for many!

The students have examined primary and secondary sources to find evidence suggesting “how democratic was the Roman Republic?”.  Students have also evaluated which pieces of evidence they found most persuasive and why. The skill of using primary and secondary sources is essential to learning about history and applying these sources to draw conclusions.

Students have been engaged in document-based investigations on the class structure in Roman society. Students analyzed the roles of the various classes and traced how the classes were affected and changed by developments in Roman culture over time.

Students also explored the perspectives of four individuals from ancient Rome society at the time of the Republic and key issues of the day.

Valentine’s For Vets: Our Student Ambassador’s Club along with the Builder’s Club are making Valentine’s for Vets, an annual program that sends handmade Valentine’s from school children around our country to our deployed troops. If anyone interested in participating in this national program, send your Valentine’s to: Hugs for Soldiers P.O. Box 2887 Duluth, GA 30096

Peer Tutoring: Thank you to Mrs. Pisco, our 6th Grade School Counselor, for organizing a Peer Tutoring program at Glen Meadow. Mrs. Pisco is working with all teachers to create student pairs that will work together during lunch. The peer tutor will assist and support his or her peers with studying, re-teaching concepts, and overall organization. Sometimes we find that when a peer uses “kid speak” it helps with concepts that one might struggle with.

 

5th Grade Glen Meadow Experience Night: On Thursday, January 30th, at 6:30 pm, several of our student leaders will be running an “experience” night for 5th-graders from Lounsberry Hollow who will soon be our friends at Glen Meadow. Our students will be demonstrating lots of academic activities our 5th graders will experience next year. Thank you to the following student leaders for running the program: Rebekah Bruesehoff , Noelle Hernandez, Austin Geisler, Olivia Schmick, Dan Gosses, Selah Nessine, Rachel Pietrucha, Jason Nina, Aidan Zachowski, Thomas Kimball, Luka Savytskyy, Emily Getz, Caitlyn Jensen, Alex Morocco,  Heath Gallant, Ty Mountain, Aryss Gomez, Chloe Debonta, Abby Sokolewicz, Sophia Avila, Luca Vizzini, Aden Karwoski, and Mikey Pecoraro

 

 Physical Education Program: Just like all other classes at Glen Meadow, our Physical Education program is very comprehensive where students learn a variety of sports, their rules, and the variety of activities one can do during recreational time. There is something for everyone in our Physical Education program. Our Physical Education teachers have covered several units of study which include: Project Adventure Games, Football, Soccer, Volleyball, Team Handball, and a variety of Fitness activities woven into all classes called “Fitness Fridays”. Our students are looking forward to our next Volleyball Tournament (for grades 6-7-8) that will take place on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 3:00 pm, and our Handball Tournament (grades 7-8) that will take place on Friday, March 6, 2020, at 3:00 pm. The Handball Tournament will be run by the VTHS DECA students and will be assisted by 8th-grade students Chris Gay and Dylan Bubenik. There will be more to follow on how to sign up for both programs.

 

Volleyball Tournament: Our next Volleyball Tournament will take place on Friday, February 14, at 3:00 pm. Our Physical Education teachers will be giving students more information on how to sign up for this very popular event.

National Junior Honor Society: If eligible, your child will soon be receiving a special invitation from Mrs. Amato, the NJHS Adviser, to apply to be a member of the NJHS. Please see this link to read all about this honor program that is open to all 7th and 8th-grade students who have a cumulative GPA of 92 or above. The induction will take place on March 18th.

Marking Period 2: Ends on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Grades will open on February 5th for viewing.

 

Student Behavior and Ethics Counsel

Our Board of Education recently approved a new position for Glen Meadow School called Student Behavior and Ethics Counsel. Mrs. MacDougall and Ms. Dignan-Corbutt are the advisers of this program. Below is some information from the Ethics Counsel teachers…

Mindful Mondays: Starting the week of January 20th, students will listen to a weekly goal during morning announcements called Mindful Mondays.  These goals will focus on the concepts of Be Prepared, Be Productive, and Be Positive–to reach your 100% (to reinforce The Glen Meadow Way).  It is hoped that the goals will motivate and remind students of handbook rules and conduct expectations–and will serve as talking points for teachers, staff, and students.  You will also find these Mindful Monday weekly goals posted on Schoology.  Thank you for asking your child what the goal is each week.  It is hoped that these goals will serve as a topic of discussion for you as well! 

Goals for the week of January 20th:  Our first Mindful Monday goal focuses on ways to Be Positive as we recap our New Year’s Resolutions December. What were they?   

*First– Wait for the teacher to dismiss before leaving class

*Second-Use appropriate language in your work or learning place

*Third-Listen without talking–to AM and PM announcements and when adults are speaking to you during lessons or in the cafeteria. 

Some information on communication and the proper channels Now that we are almost half-way through the year, I thought it was important to remind families with the steps to use as a reference if you need to reach someone at school to discuss an educational matter. These steps support direct, open, and respectful interactions so that problems and concerns can be worked out quickly and efficiently. Any question or concern should always start with the person listed in Step 1, as that person will usually have the most information on the topic. If you have a question or concern, please follow the steps listed below for the relevant topic.

 

Classroom Issues Involving an Individual Child

(Classroom procedures, behavior, bullying, HIB, grades, schedule, etc.)

OR

Curriculum and Instruction

(Subject matter being taught, teaching strategies, textbooks and materials used, etc.)

STEP 1: Classroom Teacher; if not resolved…

STEP 2: School Counselor; if not resolved…(Grade 6-Mrs. Pisco, Grade 7- Mrs. Keane, Grade 8- Ms. Regan)

STEP 3: Director of Humanities, Mr. Vincent Gagliostro, or Director of Math and Science, Mr. Russ Rogers
STEP 4: Building Principal and/or Building Assistant Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Charles McKay; if not resolved…
STEP 6: Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Karen D’Avino

 

Special Education, 504 Plans, and IEPs

STEP 1: Teacher, Specialist, or Child Study Team Member (Psychologist, School Counselor, Social Worker, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist); if not resolved…
STEP 2: Case Manager; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Building Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 4: Supervisor of Special Services Grades 7-12- Mrs. Cheryl vonSalzen; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Director of Special Services, Mrs. Deb Merrill; if not resolved…
STEP 6: Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Karen D’Avino

Medical Concerns

STEP 1: School Nurse; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Karen D’Avino

 

School Counseling and Related Services

STEP 1: School Counselor, Social Worker, School Psychologist; if not resolved…
STEP 2: Supervisor of School Counseling- Mrs. Kristin Gudenkauf; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Building Principal or Assistant Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Charles McKay; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Karen D’Avino

 

Transportation Concerns

(Behavior on school buses, etc.)

STEP 1: Building Assistant Principal; if not resolved…

STEP 2: Building Principal; if not resolved…
STEP 3: Supervisor of Transportation, Mrs. Jamie VanGilist; if not resolved…
STEP 4: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Charles McKay; if not resolved…
STEP 5: Superintendent of Schools, Ms. Karen D’Avino

As I always like to say…thank you for partnering with all of us at Glen Meadow to provide your child with the best education possible!

Rosemary Gebhardt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year from Glen Meadow!

 

Happy New Year!

I like to begin the new year by asking a sampling of our students a few thoughts on 2019 and the New Year to come…here’s what they said…

Demetri

Demetri

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

Going to Mount Snow

 

What did you learn in 2019?

I learned how to do a 360 on a snowboard.

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

To learn how to do a backflip on a snowboard.

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

To have a good year!

 

Jayden

Jayden

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

Having Christmas with my family

 

What did you learn in 2019?

How to “carve” with a snowboard

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

To get along with my dad better

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

To have peace on Earth

Sadie

Sadie

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

In August 2019, I went on a Disney Cruise to Alaska. I had an amazing time. I saw whales, sea lions, and other animals in their natural habitat.

 

What did you learn in 2019?

I learned how to wrestle on the Girls Wrestling Team

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

To have a more positive attitude. My family’s resolution is to give back to the community by volunteering to help those in need.

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

One wish I have for others in 2020 is to just believe in yourself and others and try not to be negative.

 

Abby

Abby

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

Going to Disney with my mom and sister, Molly.

 

What did you learn in 2019?

I learned to shoot a 3-point shot in basketball. I also learned how to improve my volleyball skills.

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

To be an overall better person and get better at playing basketball.

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

To be kind to others and to the planet. I hope everyone has a healthy 2020.

Helen

Helen

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

My favorite memory from 2019 is playing Uno with my two friends. Another favorite memory I have is when I went to ISIC Sports Camp last summer. I love engaging in sports!

 

What did you learn in 2019?

In 2019, I learned how to play the piano and compose my own music. I also learned how to express my feelings through artwork and singing. I also learned that I am not that bad at writing!

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

My New Year’s resolution is to look better than ever to boost my self-esteem and self-confidence. Another goal I have is to be closer to my friends, as schedules have made us drift apart.

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

I wish for others that they can find what they are looking for and I wish for students is to reach for the stars in 2020!

Talan

Talan

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

A time that a friend of mine and I laughed really hard when he did something really funny

 

What did you learn in 2019?

I learned more about math

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

My New Year’s resolution is to make more friends this year

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

That everyone is treated with respect.

 

Olivia

Olivia

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

My favorite memory is going to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with my cousin and best friends for a week. We stayed on the beach and had so much fun.

 

What did you learn in 2019?

I learned how friends should act toward you and others, that friends should be kind and supportive.

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

My resolution is to learn how to play the ukulele. I think it’s a great instrument and you can play a lot of songs on it.

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

I want people to be nicer to others and accept everyone, no matter what.

 

Makenna

Makenna

What is your favorite memory from 2019?

My favorite memory from 2019 is going to Hershey Park with my family.

 

What did you learn in 2019?

I learned to be true to my goals and complete them because you’ll feel a lot better about yourself.

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

My new year’s resolution is to exercise more and eat healthier.

 

What do you wish for others in 2020?

I wish for people to work on respecting people’s opinions and beliefs in 2020.

 

 

Please join the VTSD IT Department at Parent TechCamp on the evening of Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30 pm, at Vernon Township High School.  Any parent of a child with a cell phone is encouraged to attend! Here is the link to the program with additional details.   https://vtsdparent.weebly.com/

Here is a synopsis of the program:

“Join us for an informational night to hear about the dangers and pitfalls of the digital world your child lives in and leave with knowledge and parental tools to keep your child safe! Vernon Township School District is hosting this event to partner with parents to help keep our children safe. Our special guest speaker, Detective Tom Laird from the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, will share what every parent needs to know about cyberbullying, sexting, and the law. Then some of Vernon’s own tech specialists will share some Internet Safety best practices as well! We have even arranged a program for your K-5 children with our Key Club from the High School so parents can attend the TechCamp while their children learn about Internet Safety with fun activities!”

 

SCA Meeting: Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 9:30 am. We thank the SCA for all the wonderful programs they bring to the students of Glen Meadow. We appreciate your dedication to our school and students; your countless hours of volunteer time do not go unnoticed! This month, please join us to see the movie “Screenagers- Growing up in the Digital Age” on Tuesday, January 21 (snow date January 22), at 6:30 pm in the gym. The SCA is bringing this program to Glen Meadow for the entire student body. We feel that parents of all ages of children should see this movie as well, please bring a friend and join us.   The SCA is accepting donations at the door to see this film. This program will serve as a nice compliment to Parent Tech Night. See below for the link to the flyer for this event. Screenagersmovie.com has a lot of great parent resources. Here is a link to some podcasts you and your children might enjoy listening to together from Screenagers.

 

Screenagers at GMMS 1_21_20 @ 6_30 pm

 

The SCA is planning a school dance for all grade levels that will take place on Friday, February 21, 2020. The SCA is always looking for parent volunteers, please reach out to Mrs. Katrine Lally, SCA president, if you would like to serve with this parent organization. No matter how much time you have to offer, you will be warmly welcomed!

Count Me In!! Congratulations to our December Perfect Attendance students Hannah, Emily, and Jack!

Math application of Unit Rates

Miss Frazita’s 6th-grade students applied their study of unit rates to everyday life. Students compared grocery items from Shop Rite and Weis and “did the math” to decide which store has the better deal. Students created posters on unit rates and made a presentation to their peers. Students learned a very important skill and can now assist their families with the shopping list hunting for the best deals! Students enjoyed their “shopping” experience.

A few reminders

There will be an informational meeting for all parents who received a letter from Ms. Regan and me regarding the Johns Hopkins program on Wednesday, January 8, at 6:30 pm (snow date January 9)

Parent Tech Night will be held at Vernon Township High School on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 6:30 pm

SCA Screenagers film will be shown on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 6:30 pm (snow date January 22)

School will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020

Marking Period 2 ends on Thursday, January 23, 2020, grades will open for viewing on January 30th.

A Blood Drive will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, in Cafeteria B. Thank you for considering donating blood at this drive. As you probably know, our blood banks are critically low!

5th Grade Glen Meadow Experience Night will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at 6:30 pm, for all Lounsberry Hollow 5th graders (snow date February 4)

Happy New Year! It is an honor to work with your children!

Mrs. Gebhardt

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