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Principal Piszczek’s Blog

October 21, 2019

 

In this blog I would like to talk about Kindergarten Self-Awareness Skills.  Referring to the “Parent Toolkit” there are several skills that your child should be developing at this age – keeping in mind that every child develops at their own pace.  Students at this age are developing:

 

  • their ability to identify feelings and what causes them.
  • their ability to identify basic emotions like happiness, sadness, feeling mad, and fear.
  • their ability to manage their emotions and how to behave accordingly
  • their ability to put into words how they are feeling.
  • their ability to distinguish between what they like and/or dislike
  • Their ability to make their own decisions

 

The ”Parent Toolkit” suggestions the following ideas when helping your child with their Self-Awareness Skills:

  • Get a poster, or draw one with your child, of faces with different emotions. Ask your child to identify one of the emotions on the poster and ask when he or she last felt this way and why.

 

  • Take opportunities everyday to help your child identify the feelings of others.
  • Many young children like to look at family photos. Take the opportunity to talk about emotions that family members are feeling in these pictures.
  • When a child shows interest in an activity or topic, it is often because they have a strength related to it. Nurture their interest by finding related activities.

 

If you would like additional information about your child’s developmental stages log on to Parent Toolkit.com.

 

Sincerely,

 

Edwina Piszczek

Cedar Mountain Principal

 

 

Run DMC Visits Glen Meadow! Meet our Athletes of the Month…

 

Mr. Darryl McDaniels from the ground-breaking, Hip-Hop group, RUN-DMC, will be coming to Glen Meadow Middle School Monday, October 21st. DMC, aka, Darryl McDaniels, will be speaking to our student body on the power of education, overcoming hardships, the power of words and respect for all. Come back to this blog for an updated post about this special assembly program!

 

Congratulations to the new members of the Sussex County Jr. High Honors Band!  The students listed below successfully auditioned and will be performing with other musically talented students this year across Sussex County. We are very proud that you will be representing our school in this prestigious band!

Erin McDonough – Flute

Abagail Bailey  – Flute

Eluney Matallana – Flute

Grace Dobrzynski – Oboe

Amanda Witters – Bassoon

Kelsey Callahan  – French horn

Tina Ciannella – Tenor Saxophone

Lukas Baric – Baritone Saxophone

Alexis Fernandez – Trumpet

Red Ribbon Week October 23-31, 2019: This year’s theme: “Send a Message. Stay Drug-Free”, Glen Meadow will be wearing ORANGE on Wednesday, October 23. Wednesday, October 23rd is also National Anti-Bullying Day. On Friday, October 25, our faculty, staff, and students will be wearing their favorite team jersey or apparel to “Team Up Against Drugs”, and on Monday, October 28, students, faculty, and staff will be wearing neon colors because “We’re Too Bright To Do Drugs”.

 

Service Learning Projects News

October is “Socktober”! The National Junior Honor Society is collecting new socks of all sizes during the month of October that will be donated to local homeless shelters.

Builder’s Club: is collecting non-perishable food for The Harvest House until the end of the month.

Vernon Coalition Pride Survey: Every two years, the Vernon Coalition gives the “Pride Survey” to all students in grades 6 through 12 whose parents have granted permission via Genesis. This year, our student body will be taking this survey on October 29th in all social studies classes. This survey looks at students’ thoughts and attitudes regarding smoking, smoking products, alcohol, and various drugs. All teachers have been trained by Rebecca Dorney, Vernon Coalition Coordinator, to understand the purpose for the survey and how to administer the survey. The survey students are taking is completely anonymous and will give the Vernon Coalition very critical information for future prevention programming for our students regarding drugs and alcohol. Rebecca Dorney, along with Lisa DeRitter, Youth Coordinator, will also be teaching lessons in all social studies classes about the importance of conducting surveys and connecting this survey to the upcoming United States Census that will be taken next year. If your child has not been granted permission to take this survey and you would like your child to do so, you can change your permission directly on Genesis. Here is a link to the questions your child may see on the survey from pridesurveys.com

You are invited to nominate a teacher for the annual NJ Department of Education Governor’s Teacher of the Year and Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year. Please use this form to nominate a teacher at Glen Meadow. Our building selection will be made in early December, thank you for emailing the form or returning it by December 3rd. There are so many outstanding professionals in Glen Meadow for you to consider! Last year’s recipients were Mrs. Kathy Stigler, special area technology teacher, and Ms. Stephanie Ash, School Nurse.

Each candidate should:

  • Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn;
  • Serves as an exceptionally skilled and dedicated educator in a public or charter school;
  • Expresses themselves in an engaging and articulate way;
  • Plays an active role in the community as well as the school;
  • Demonstrates leadership and innovation in and outside the classroom;
  • Has the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues

NJ Teen Child Assault Program (CAP): The Teen CAP program will be taught in all social studies classes on three sequential days from November 15 through 22, 2019. The NJ Teen CAP programs provided by two trained facilitators offers strategies to prevent violence and is developmentally appropriate for students’ grades 7th through 12th. The program includes discussion of personal safety rights, types of assaults and effective strategies for handling many potentially dangerous situations.   Throughout the workshop series, common assault situations are presented via short scenarios and guided group discussions. Time is set aside after the workshops for students who wish to talk to facilitators about any situation in their lives that they feel they need an adult to express their concerns. Parents, please note: there will be an informational parent meeting (no students, please) on Monday, November 4, 2019, at 6:30 pm, where you will receive specific information on this curriculum. Attached here are a letter and a flyer that will be sent home via our School Messenger system.

 Congratulations to the field hockey team on their 2-0 victory over Sussex-Wantage on October 15th. Makenna Thomas and Sidney Van Tassel both scored goals while Sidney assisted on Makenna’s goal. The JV also won their game by a 1-0 score. Kaylee Free scored the lone goal.

Volleyball Tournament: We had our first Volleyball Tournament of the Year organized by Mr. Oakes. Glen Meadow 8th grade students Tristan, Shelby, Madison, Gavin, and Tyler made a Board presentation to let the Board and the public know about this very popular event at Glen Meadow and how it is run…and it all starts with the name of the team and the design of the t-shirts!  In addition, students donated non-perishable food that will go to Harvest House and they collected donations to off-set the cost of our spring Field Day. Here are some of the names of teams for this fall’s tournament

Turnin’ L’s Into Lessons

Shake – N – Bake

Go Net It

VanGorder Tree Farm

Spike-It Like It’s Hot

Spicy Spikers

Killer Serves

Volley Ballerzz

Heads Up

Take A Hit

All Set

Spike Girls

 

PE Athletes of the Month Our Physical Education teachers recently announced their Glen Meadow Athletes of the Month. Congratulations to our student athletes, enjoy reading why they were selected for this prestigious award.

From Mr. Oakes

Gabi Tavares – 8th Grade

When it comes to being an amazing student and a great role model, Miss Tavares meets this in every way. Gabi tries hard every day, works to her best ability and is an absolute pleasure to have as a student. She is very welcoming to her peers and is always happy. Gabi is not only a great role model for this class, but she is also a role model for Glen Meadow as she participates in after school activities and works with students in all grade levels. What an amazing start to the year for such an amazing student. Congrats Gabi!

 

Dylan Heykoop – 6th Grade

Who could ask for more than a student that changes every day, shows up on time, and simply just wants to be engaged in activity. Dylan so far has been an excellent role model for his peers as he comes to class on time and is always looking forward to play. He is a very active and kind student who will play in any game with any group or peer. Dylan is an excellent example of what student of the month stands for.

 

From Mr. Healy

Olivia Cilli – 6th Grade

Olivia has had an exceptional start to the school year in physical education, health, as well as Personal Fitness. Her positive attitude, great work ethic, and willingness to help others makes her an exceptional role model for everyone at Glen Meadow Middle School. She is an absolute pleasure to have in class and has a very bright future ahead of her.

Owen Lally -8th Grade

Owen is a great role model for all students at Glen Meadow by demonstrating fantastic leadership skills. He is a very hard worker who brings a positive mindset to everything he does. Owen is very passionate about performing well in class and always puts in his best effort in all that he does. Also, Owen participates in a variety of after school activities and represents the Vernon Township School District in an exceptional manner.

 

From Mr. Killen

Grace Bobbie– 7th Grade

Grace makes every effort to be a well-rounded and conscientious student who is always exceeding our expectations. She is a person her peers look to as an example and makes having her in class a wonderful experience for all.

Aden Karwoski – 7th Grade

Aden is an excellent athlete who contributes to his group both in skill development activities and games. Aden makes everyone feel included and does an incredible job making his actions speak louder than words by the way he treats everyone.

Mrs. Franklyn and Mr. Manis are teaching ecosystems through games- Who doesn’t like to play games, especially when learning something new? Mrs. Franklyn and Mr. Manis’ 7th-grade students are learning about food chains, food webs, and energy flow within various ecosystems. To apply what they have been learning students played card games such as “Predator”, “Chomp”, “Into the Forest”, and “Onto the Desert”. Students had to decide what ate whom by reading information on each playing card. Students were involved in lively discussions had to relate their knowledge acquired to the amount of energy that an organism holds and how the energy decreases as they move up the food chain.

 

SCA Wreath Sale: Support our SCA by purchasing a holiday wreath from Pappa’s Garden Center in McAfee on Route 94. Here is the form you will need to complete. 

The GMMS SCA is always running its “Unfundraiser”, please click here for the form.

A few reminders of upcoming events

Picture Re-takes: Friday, October 25, 2019

NJ Teen CAP Parent Meeting: Monday, November 4, 2019, at 6:30 pm

School Closed: November 7-8, 2019

Marking Period One Grades: Open in Genesis on Monday, November 11, 2019

Ryan’s Story: Monday, November 11, 2019, at 6:30 pm. Parents will be able to experience the 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.

5th Grade Family Exploring Electives Experience: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 6:30 pm, 5th graders and their families will be treated to a light dinner and will travel around the gym to “explore” all of the specials classes that are offered to Glen Meadow students. This program is run by dozens of Glen Meadow students who are going to represent all the activities available at Glen Meadow. A big thank you to Mrs. Stigler and her students for making the flyers for this program and organizing the event!

All Schools SCA Tricky Tray: Saturday, November 16, 2019, at VTHS, doors open at 6:00 pm

SCA Meeting: Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at 9:30 am

Early Dismissal Day: Wednesday, November 27, 2019; Schools Closed November 28-29th

Change in the 2019-2020 School Calendar: We will have an Early Dismissal Day on Friday, December 23, 2019, school is closed from December 23, 2019, through January 1, 2020. School will re-open on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

Fall News From “The Meadow”

Dear Glen Meadow Families:

Week of Respect:

“Kindness Matters Always in ALL WAYS!”

Our Week of Respect is underway! Each day, students show their school pride and focus on kindness toward others. Each day a faculty member is reading a thought-provoking quote about kindness and challenging students to do something special for another person. We are also having fun dressing in clothing reflecting the day’s theme. Here are some pictures of faculty, students and staff wearing jerseys with numbers on them, because “Everyone Counts!”.

Students in Mrs. Stigler’s technology and design classes created all of the bulletin boards in the building to reflect this year’s Week of Respect themes.

 

National Junior Honor Society October happenings…

The spring 2019 National Junior Honor Society inductees are busy working on their service-learning projects for the school year. This month the Glen Meadow NJHS members are participating in a sock-collecting program called “Socktober”. The NJHS is collecting socks of all colors and sizes for the homeless men, women, and children in Sussex County.  Socks will be collected throughout the month of October. 

On October 26th, the NJHS will complete a roadside clean-up on the main roads of Lake Panorama.

Officer elections will be taking place this month.  Members who are interested in running for an office are requested to submit a speech that will be delivered to all members. Any NJHS members interested in running should check the Schoology page that is managed by Mrs. Amato, advisor. Later in October, members will vote for all officer positions.

Mrs. Frawley’s 7th Grade Social Studies Classes: After completing a unit on Map Skills, the students created an imaginary island of their choice and had to incorporate all the skills learned within the unit. Some key concepts placed on the map are a map scale, a key or legend, latitude and longitude lines, coordinates, physical features, and a compass rose.

 

Mrs. Schmidt’s 8th Grade Language Arts Class: As a lead-in activity in preparation for reading the novel The Miracle Worker, students took part in a simulation where they were blind-folded conducting an exploration activity. In addition, you will see some pictures of Mrs. Schmidt’s students peer-editing and working in a small group study of text structures.

Mrs. Grimaldi’s classroom has been serving as host to several Monarch butterfly caterpillars and chrysalises. Throughout the late summer and early fall, students arrive silently into the classroom as they observe the evolving caterpillars and chrysalises that metamorphosis into Monarch butterflies. Many hatched butterflies have been released by the students as these Monarchs make their long flight to Mexico and South America. Students dabbed their fingers in a bit of orange juice and carried the butterflies, in hand, and released them on our school grounds.  

Vernon Coalition Pride Survey: Every two years, the Vernon Coalition gives the “Pride Survey” to all students in grades 6 through 12 whose parents have granted permission via Genesis. This year, our student body will be taking this survey on October 29th in all social studies classes. This survey looks at students’ thoughts and attitudes regarding smoking, smoking products, alcohol, and various drugs. All teachers have been trained by Rebecca Dorney, Vernon Coalition Coordinator, to understand the purpose of the survey and how to administer the survey. The survey students are taking is completely anonymous and will give the Vernon Coalition very critical information for future prevention programming for our students regarding drugs and alcohol. Rebecca Dorney, along with Lisa DeRitter, Youth Coordinator, will also be teaching lessons in all social studies classes about the importance of conducting surveys and connecting this survey to the upcoming United States Census that will be taken next year. If your child has not been granted permission to take this survey and you would like your child to do so, you can change your permission directly in Genesis.

Here is a link to the questions your child may see on the survey from pridesurveys.com

The 8th Grade GMMS Ambassadors have just been announced! Our student leaders have been selected based on teacher recommendations and an essay that the student wrote that shows that the student has Vernon Pride and wants to be a great representative for our school. The Ambassadors will be involved in service projects in our school and community. Students will be meeting with their advisor and attending a Principal’s Panel luncheon with Mrs. Gebhardt to plan upcoming events. 

Mrs. Basso and Mrs. Zaremba’s Language Arts students study character traits: Excitement is in the air as students in Mrs. Zaremba’s and Mrs. Basso’s Language Arts classes work collaboratively to celebrate their technology skills and knowledge about characterization!  After meeting the main characters in the novel, So Far From the Bamboo Grove, the students gathered text evidence and a variety of visuals to display the traits of each main character on a Google slide presentation.

 

Ms. Sisco’s 6th and 7th-grade students learned lessons about the heroes of 911. As part of their social studies lessons, Ms. Sisco’s students wrote a thank you letter to former VTHS graduate, Michael Chirichello, who is a NYC police officer who served at Ground Zero during the 9/11 era. Michael Chirichello wrote a letter of gratitude back to the students of Ms. Sisco’s class telling them how each of Ms. Sisco’s students are also heroes. Mr. Chirichello gave each student a World Trade Center pin and postcards. The class was very touched by the heartfelt letter and gifts from Mr. Chirichello!

Count Me In! Our Count Me In program has begun! If you have been in the main hallway of Glen Meadow, you will see a showcase full of prizes that are been selected for pre-teen and teens. All students are eligible to win the prizes in the showcase…it’s easy to win…just come to school every day!! Our first round of winners have been selected via a random drawing of all students who had perfect attendance in the month of September. Students won Apple gift cards, wireless headphones, and thermoses. Come to school and COUNT ME IN!!

Congratulations to our Lady Vikings Field Hockey Team Congratulations to the Varsity Field Hockey team on their  3-0 victory over Kittatinny on 9/27! Goal Scorers were Sidney Van Tassel,  Makenna Thomas and  Abby DeYoung.  Assists went to  Chloe De Bonta and Makenna Thomas. 

Cross Country: Congratulations to our Cross County Team runners. At last week’s invitational at Hardyston Middle School, many of the teams’ runners medaled in their events

Grade 8 Boys: 

1st Place: Zac Mountain

2nd Place: Dylan Barca

Grade 8 Girls: 

3rd Place: Erin Collins

Grade 7 Girls:

2nd Place: Grace Duffy

Grade 6: Boys

2nd Place: Dylan Heykoop

3rd Place: Daniel Arroyo

 

Volleyball: Coach Oakes has almost 100 participants in this very popular sport. While students are learning the fundamentals of this sport they are also preparing for the VERY POPULAR Volleyball Tournaments. Our first tournament will be on Friday, October 18 after school. This is an activity that should not be missed!! While students have fun playing with teammates and compete, they are also giving back to our community by donating non-perishable food items. Select athletes will be making a presentation about this very popular activity at the October 17 Board of Education meeting.

 

Mark your calendars for Glen Meadow October events:

Early Dismissal Day: Monday, October 14th. Students will be dismissed at 12:30- our district teachers will be participating in an in-service day in the afternoon.

October SCA meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16, at 9:30 am. We had a great parent attendance at our September meeting. We love our parent volunteers. Please check out the Glen Meadow SCA link where our minutes will be posted to keep you up to date if you missed a meeting. Stay connected with the SCA, here is a link to the Glen Meadow SCA Facebook page.

If you are interested in contributing to the Glen Meadow “Unfundraiser”, please click this link. All proceeds will go to fund programming at Glen Meadow School. 

Parent Conferences: Tuesday, October 22-Friday, October 25. Many parents have signed up for their child’s conferences. If you haven’t selected a date and time to see your child’s teachers, please do not delay! All schools will hold evening conferences on Tuesday and Thursday and afternoon conferences on Wednesday and Friday. Glen Meadow’s conferences will run as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday: 3:45-7:00 pm

Wednesday and Friday: 1:15-3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 23: Wear ORANGE for Anti-Bullying- this will be a district-wide activity

Picture Re-Takes: Friday, October 25, 2019

Anti-Bullying Summit at Sparta High School: Friday, October 25, 2019. If your child is attending this program, you are reminded that because this is an early dismissal day, you are requested to pick up your child at school at 2:30 pm.

 

Thank you for partnering with us!

Mrs. Gebhardt

VTHS Monthly Message: October

The Walnut Ridge Blog

Principal’s Blog

October 2019

As we are moving into October and begin looking forward to nature’s beautiful display of the change of seasons, I would like to remind everyone that this year’s parent conferences will take place from Tuesday October 22nd through Friday October 25th.  All four days will be early dismissal days for Rolling Hills’ students with dismissal scheduled for approximately 1:20 pm.  On Tuesday and Thursday conferences will be held in the evening between the hours of 3:45 and 8:00 pm. On Wednesday and Friday, the conferences will be held from 2:15 – 4:00 pm.

 

This year, Rolling Hills will once again be utilizing the online portal to schedule individual conference times.  A letter will be sent home providing more detailed parent instructions. If for any reason you are not able to access the website or schedule an appointment online, please do not hesitate to contact our main office directly.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Stumper

 

Upcoming October Events

  Wednesday, October 2nd 9:30 am SCA meeting, faculty room

 

  Friday, October 4th Rolling Hills picture day-students, faculty, staff

 

  Mon., October 7th-Fri., October 11th Week of Respect Fire Safety Week

 

  Wednesday, October 9th Fire Truck Visit

 

  Thursday, October 10th 7pm BOE work session at LH

 

  Friday, October 11th SCA Spirit Day

 

  Monday, October 14th early dismissal/teacher in-service p.m.

 

  Thursday, October 17th 7pm BOE public meeting at LH

 

  Tuesday, October 22nd 3:45-8pm parent/teacher conferences (early dismissal)

 

  Wednesday, October 23rd 9:30 am 2nd grade & 10:30 am 3rd grade “A Trail Guide to a Mindful You”  assembly, APR 2:15-4pm parent/teacher conferences (early dismissal)

 

  Thursday, October 24th 3:45-8pm parent/teacher conferences (early dismissal)

 

  Friday, October 25th- 2:15-4pm parent/teacher conferences (early dismissal)

 

  Mon., October 28th-Fri., Nov. 1st Red Ribbon Week

  Wednesday, October 30th Take the Scare out of Hunger

Principal’s Blog

 

 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:

I am pleased to share Lounsberry Hollow has gotten off to a fantastic start in the opening weeks of the new school year!  Our school is bustling with learning lessons in our classrooms and with a variety of activities outside the classroom.  For example, after school activities such as the “Above the Influence” group met last week, as the group continues to show support for promoting an Anti-Drug theme for our students.  Additionally, “K-Kids”, which is a primarily a service organization for our young people, will meet later this month.

In this month’s principal’s blog, I want to emphasize for students and parents the importance of students having good attendance at school.  Attached is an interesting chart taken from the source, “Every Day Counts”.  This chart sums up very well how much teaching and learning time is lost when your child misses 10 minutes to 60 minutes of school a day.  The chart also shows the cumulative class time lost when a student is missing 1 day every 2 weeks, 1 day a week, or 2 days a week from school.

Please partner with the Lounsberry Hollow faculty, staff, and me as we seek to improve our overall attendance by students at school this year.

Have a rewarding month of October!

Principal’s Bog Attachments

Sincerely,

Dennis J. Mudrick

Principal

Fall Sports, Clubs, and Activities at Glen Meadow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am struck by the

simplicity of light

in the atmosphere

in the autumn,

as if the earth

absorbed none,

and out of this profusion

of dazzling light

came the autumnal tints

~Henry David Thoreau

 

Dear Glen Meadow Families:

Schoology, our district’s Learning Management System, will be opening for parents and guardians! Parents and guardians will be able to log on to Schoology to see their child’s homework, see class resources, and read announcements, etc. All Glen Meadow parents and guardians will be sent a login via your email that we have on record in Genesis. The password that you receive will NOT be your child’s school account, it will be a parent account based upon the email that you have supplied us. So, it is very important that all of your contact information is Genesis is up to date and accurate. You will be able to see all homework and resources in each class. Viewing each class’ assignments and activities will help you see first-hand what your child is learning in class. Please call the main office if you are having trouble logging in. 

New Student Breakfast: The Glen Meadow counselors held a new-to-district breakfast for approximately 40  new 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students. Our new students enjoyed a bagel breakfast as a welcome to the building. To facilitate making new friends, students entered the cafeteria and were seated based on the color of paper they were given.  As an ice breaker, students had a question to discuss at each table. Students could be observed chatting away and engaged in conversation with their new peers. Students were given an opportunity to ask any questions about Glen Meadow to Mrs. Gebhardt, Mrs. Keane, Mrs. Pisco, and Ms. Regan. 

Bahama Relief Comes from Generous Glen Meadow Students…Boys from the GM track team and Pat Mitchell, a senior at VTHS, pitch in to help Mrs. Mitchess load the boxes of donated household items to deliver to Granny’s Restaurant in Hamburg, NJ to help support a community in the Bahamas that has a direct tie to one of our students at GM! Glen Meadow students have a BIG heart!!

Vernon Coalition “Above the Influence” Program will begin soonPlease click this link for the flier for all the dates this club will meet. This is a very popular club… all are invited. Students will come together to celebrate being a pre-teen/teen and all the ways to have fun while making healthy choices. Lisa DeRitter, the Youth Coordinator of the Vernon Coalition, will be leading this group. Lisa will also be holding many Lunch and Fun groups during lunch periods throughout the school year.

What’s Your Anti-Drug? For the 19th year, The Center for Prevention and Counseling is offering the “What’s Your Anti-Drug?” campaign to all students. There are so many different things that keep students away from alcohol and other drugs…Singing,  Sports,  Scouts,  Dancing, Drawing,  Friends,  Pets and MORE! The Center for Prevention and Counseling is accepting original stories,  artwork, poetry or photographs, which tells the world: What’s your anti-drug? Please click here for the form and additional information.

Pinwheels for Peace: During our first two days of school that focused on Social and Emotional Learning, students created Pinwheels for Peace. Pinwheels for Peace began in 2005 and is celebrated on September 21st which is also the International Day of Peace. We “planted” our pinwheels in our front entrance area. Pinwheels for Peace was started by two Florida teachers as a gesture to promote kindness throughout the world.

Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest: Students will be writing essays in Language Arts and Social Studies classes on the topic “What Makes America Great?”. Patriot’s Pen is an annual essay contest sponsored by the National VFW. Please see this attached form for additional information. Glen Meadow often has winners from our school!  Please click here for the form and additional information.

Blood Donor Student Volunteers: Students are learning about ways they can help the community. Mrs. Schmidt, a Glen Meadow Language Arts teacher, organizes various blood drives at GMMS. This year, students can apply to be a greeter and assist blood donors after donating blood. Students also assist with the set up, bring snacks and beverages to donors, sit with the donors, thank them, and make sure they are comfortable. We are very proud of our young leaders.

 

Young Poets Society: Mrs. Clifford, 8th Grade Language Arts teacher, is teaching her students about writing “abstractions” using similes and metaphors. Students were given an assignment to write a poem about themselves using literary devices they are learning in class. Enjoy two wonderful examples of students’ creativity from Owen and Megan! 

Owen

My eyes are blue like a crystal clear lake.

My laughter is like waves crashing against the beach.

My heart is like a precious gem being polished until it shines.

My personality is strong like the horns of an ox.

My hair is blonde like the sand on a beach.

My determination is like a runaway freight train.

My brain is a computer that stores information. 

Owen

 

Life in A Pair of Breeches

My blue eyes are like the glistening Arctic ice settled on the dark ocean

My mind is a racehorse galloping faster than I can keep up

My heart is pathed with a trail of hoofprints and my soul is a flower swaying to the sound of a clip-clop beat

My passion is being on the back of a horse

An I am like a young child beaming with excitement while jumping a colorful course

My hair is a lion’s mane and shimmers under the golden sun

My feet are ice skates slipping and sliding across the kitchen floor

I live inside boots, breeches, and a helmet

My personality resembles leather, smooth on the outlook, yet tough and durable

My ideas are butterflies flipping and flapping in each direction.

Megan

Avia

My hair is like long locks of bronze and gold

My eyes are pre-bloomed fields of flowers

My freckles are like softly dancing stars

My mind is like a chest of locked away secrets

My heart is a bird fluttering free from a cage

My cheeks are like the sun radiating on pink roses

I’m like a bear hibernating in the winter- warm, cozy, and not to be disturbed

My fingers are like grasshoppers jumping from one key to the next

Avia

Congratulations to our Lady Vikings Field Hockey Team! Both the Varsity and JV teams won their matches against the Lady Braves from Newton on Friday, September 20th! The season is off to a great start. Congratulations Coach Hofmann and Coach Ranzan!

 

Cross Country: Coach Galante has been training our students for endurance for long-distance running. This team will experience seven meets this year. Coach Galante gives students leadership opportunities by having students lead exercising and stretching at the beginning and the end of each practice.

 

Volleyball: Coach Oakes has almost 100 participants in this very popular sport. While students are learning the fundamentals of this sport they are also preparing for the VERY POPULAR Volleyball Tournaments that will be held this year. Our first tournament will be on Friday, October 18 after school. This is an activity that should not be missed!! While students have fun playing with teammates and compete, they are also giving back to our community by donating non-perishable food items. Select athletes will be making a presentation about this very popular activity at the October 17 Board of Education meeting.

Variety Show: Directors Mr. Manis and Mr. Petonak held tryout last week…and there were so many wonderful acts! Students selected to perform or work on the technical part of the show will soon be posted. Students will be practicing weekly for the November 19th show.

 

Week of Respect 2019-2020

Kindness Matters Always and in All Ways!

During the week of October 7, our state will be celebrating the ways that all students can respect each other and avoid bullying behavior. To kick off this week, our students will experience a three-screen movie from Camfel Productions called: “Go Viral”. This video reinforces how to stay safe when using devices and social media. Here is a listing of what we’ll be doing at Glen Meadow Middle School for the week:

Monday, October 7:

Spirit Day- Blue Shirt Day for World Anti-Bullying

Respect Quote: “I am not concerned with you liking me or disliking me….all I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” Jackie Robinson

Respect Challenge: Introduce yourself to five students or staff members who do not know you today.

 

Tuesday, October 8:

Spirit Day- Everyone Counts Day – wear your favorite number

Respect Quote: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. “ Leo Busgalia

Respect Challenge: Stop in the office and say hello to the office staff

 

Wednesday, October 9:

Spirit Day- Dare to be Different Day – wear mismatched clothes

Respect Quote: “When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.” Lao Tzu

Respect Challenge: Smile at random people in the hallway

 

Thursday, October 10:

Spirit Day – United We Stand Against Bullying – wear blue/gold – school spirit class shirt

Respect Quote: “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” – Maya Angelou

Respect Challenge: Tell one of your teachers who your hero is

 

Friday, October 11:

Spirit Day- Help Everyone Respect Others – (H.E.R.O) – wear your favorite superhero shirt

Respect Quote: “Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul I swear, until my dream of a world where dignity, honor, and justice becomes the reality we all share…. I will not stop fighting!” Superman

Respect Challenge: Say thank you to staff members other than your teachers for their dedication.

Mark your calendars for some upcoming October events:

Early Dismissal Day: Monday, October 14th. Students will be dismissed at 12:30- our district teachers will be participating in an in-service day in the afternoon.

October SCA meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 16, at 9:30 am. We had a great parent attendance at our September meeting. We love our parent volunteers. Please check out the Glen Meadow SCA link where our minutes will be posted to keep you up to date if you missed a meeting. Here is the SCA Facebook link. 

School Spirit Day: Thursday, October 17- Wear your “class-of” or other Vernon apparel 


Parent Conferences: Tuesday, October 22- Friday, October 25. In early October Genesis will open the sign-ups for parent conferences. This sign up system should make it convenient for planning if you have more than one child in one or more of our district schools. You will receive an email when this portal will open. All schools will hold evening conferences on Tuesday and Thursday and afternoon conferences on Wednesday and Friday.

Thank you for partnering with us and all you to do support our school!

Sincerely,

Rosemary Gebhardt

Principal Piszczek’s Blog

UPDATE FROM CEDAR MOUNTAIN

 

 

 

Greetings!  There has been a lot of activities taking place at Cedar Mountain since school began. This past week Mrs. Barone’s class led the pledge and sang a song for our school.  Next week Mr. Dente’s class will be our leaders!  Walk/run for our 1st grade students is being lead everyday by Mr. Hernandez, our Physical Education teacher.  Walking, running, sliding, skipping, galloping are just some of the activities included during this time!  Picture day was held on September 18th!   If your child did not have their picture taken on that day we have  a make-up picture day scheduled for October 23rd.

Incorporated into lessons this year will be the 5 Competencies of New Jersey’s Social and Emotional Learning.  Students will learn more about: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making and Relationship Skills.  The objective of these lessons are to add to our positive school climate at Cedar Mountain and to continue in the  healthy development of our students.

On Thursday, September 19 Cedar Mountain held the Simon Sez assembly..  All students had fun and were actively engaged while at the same time learning how to be good listeners, make good choices, and be respectful.

 

As a reminder please remind your child how important it is to wear their seat belt on the bus.  Enjoy the beautiful weather!

VTHS Mid-September Message

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