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BOE Livestream

Don’t forget tonight’s livestream of the Board of Education Meeting. We are perfecting the sound and video so please bear with us. CLICK HERE for the livestream starting at 7pm

(Replay available on our Youtube Channel)

Thanksgiving Family Mini-Feast

Dear Families,

We are excited to have our very first Family Thanksgiving Feast!!  On 11/16/17 we are looking forward to fun day together with your family.  For the safety of the children, please adhere to The Walnut Ridge School ALLERGY AWARE food policy.  All items MUST BE PEANUT/NUT FREE and MUST be STORE BOUGHT with ingredients listed.  Thank you in advance for your care with this policy and for volunteering to bring a food item to this celebration!


The Preschool Team


Click HERE to sign up and donate food

Governor’s Educator of the Year Program

New Jersey Department of Education

2017-18 Governor’s Educator of the Year Program


Nomination Form


Do you know a classroom teacher or educational services professional who is dedicated, inspiring, and making a difference?  If so, please take the time to recommend this person for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program by completing this nomination form and returning it to the building principal by the specified deadline.  Administrators, staff members, parents and community members are encouraged to participate.



Teacher of the Year Program

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 the attached form to nominate a teacher at Glen Meadow. Our building selection will be made in early December. There are so many outstanding professionals in Glen Meadow Middle School for you to consider!

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 themselvesin 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

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at 973-764-8981.


Please return this form to the building principal by Friday, December 1, 2017.


*Urgent Safety Message*

The follow message was just sent via our instant alert system [11/6/17 9:33am]:
So as to maintain a sense of order and safety, action has been taken on a report of a possible threat to the school and its occupants. I am putting forth a generic description for the purpose of not identifying anyone involved and that is a requirement I must respect.
All of this took place last evening into the very early morning hours. A student put forth a message on an action he was going to take at school. That action was not defined. An answer to his message from a non-student mentioned the word “shooting.” The student involved never mentioned that word but because his “action” was not defined, every precaution had to be taken.
I cannot describe the school’s handling of this matter but decisions on the situation were made with full cooperation of an excellent police department and school security personnel.
Feel free to call me personally if there are questions at 862 266-3410.
Art DiBenedetto, Supt./Director Special Services

VTHS Coaches Send Aid to Houston Sports Programs

Vernon Township High School physical education teachers and coaches were recently paired with Mount Carmel Academy, a high school in Houston that lost all its athletic equipment during Hurricane Harvey. Through the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), schools were given the opportunity to reach out and help Houston schools. VTHS Athletic Director Bill Foley reached out to George Giacchino, Athletic Director at Mount, to see how what they needed, and raised $1,500 to purchase new equipment, including basketballs, soccer balls, baseballs and softballs for the boys and girls programs. Sales representative Bill Colontano from BSN Sports was influential in the purchase and delivery of the equipment.

Pictured left to right: Bill Foley(Athletic Director), coaches Adam Coleman(Football/Lacrosse), Dominique Ocello(Basketball/Softball), Kerry Ludeking(Softball), Joe Jones(Soccer), Jim Saganiec(Track), Jim Shenise(XC), Chuck Tepper(Football) and Steve Carlson(Soccer/Lacrosse).

RHPS Contributes to Hurricane Relief With Local Food Pantry Donations

On Friday, October 27th, the doors of Rolling Hills Primary School swung open into the crisp, morning air as second and third grade students paraded out onto the sunlit playground to participate in the school’s first annual “Take the Scare Out of Hunger” donation event. Donning superhero capes, princess dresses, animal tails, and character wigs, the students were dressed to their imaginations and led down the paved pathway to meet a very fuzzy Winnie the Pooh—whose smile reminded them of Principal Dr. Stumper! After waving hello, each student carefully dropped non-perishable food items into large cardboard boxes that would soon be whisked off to local food pantries in need.

The collected food items from this year’s “Take the Scare Out of Hunger” event are being donated to nearby food pantries within Sussex County, including Harvest House and St. Francis De Sales Parish. Having originated at Lounsberry Hollow School, the school-wide donation event has followed Dr. Stumper through his principalship to Rolling Hills Primary School. “Historically, ‘Take the Scare Out of Hunger’ focused on local food banks for the holidays,” stated Dr. Stumper. “However, this year, the event takes on special meaning due to the strain that local agencies have been experiencing due to recent hurricane events and other natural disasters.”

So far, this year, the Atlantic coastline has already endured an extremely active hurricane season, with eight hurricanes; five of which had escalated to Category 3 or greater. Food banks throughout the nation have offered immediate support to those affected by these environmental crises, yet now struggle to supply enough food provisions to meet the needs of our local communities. In response, Principal Stumper decided to direct the charitable efforts of this year’s “Take the Scare Out of Hunger” event towards this worthy cause. The Rolling Hills Primary School’s student body contributed a combined total of 544 collected food items to support our community pantries.

With special thanks to the school’s SCA members, the costumed donors were able to enjoy some delicious fall snacks outside with their classmates after making their donations. Members of the Rolling Hills Primary School SCA handed out cider donut bites and cups of apple cider to the students, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Vernon ACME and Warwick Shop Rite grocery stores. Dr. Stumper noted, “On behalf of the students and staff, I would like to thank the RHPS SCA for their continued support, commitment and focus on providing resources for our students.”

Watching the young students carefully place cans of beans and soup, and boxes of cereal and pasta into the donation bins, Dr. Stumper added “This event has, once again, made me realize what a very special place the Rolling Hills Primary School community truly is. The enthusiasm of the entire staff, as well as the overwhelming participation of our students is simply phenomenal.”

*Meet the Candidates* with Replay

Tonight from 7-9 at the High School, the VTEA will be hosting an event to meet and ask questions of the board of education candidates. Can’t attend? This event will be recorded and uploaded on Friday in case you cannot attend.

*update: catch the replay below of the event [posted 6:50pm 10/27]

October 27th Podcast: Episode 12

Episode 12 of our ongoing series of podcasts from Dr. McKay, our Assistant Superintendent. This podcast Dr. McKay recaps the final decision of the BOE for the sale of the rte94 and old BOE buildings. He also celebrates Math Night, Skype sessions at the HS, and other Vernon News. Dr. McKay also shares upcoming dates for the girls soccer and volleyball, the High School’s Fall Play, and more!

Emergency Notification Test

The Vernon Township School District conducted a test of our emergency notification system, School Messenger, on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at approximately 7:00 p.m. If you did not receive a message Wednesday evening, please check your contact information in the Power School parent portal, or contact the main office of your child’s school during regular business hours.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Marching Band Takes the Trophy at Yamaha Cup

Starting its rounds of championships off on a high note, the Vernon Vikings Marching Band recently won first place in the Group IVA division at the nationally recognized 2017 Yamaha Cup on Saturday, October 14. The marching band students of Vernon Township High School took to the fields of the expansive Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, to compete against nine other high school marching bands in a skilled battle for the first place title. There, the Vikings performed their show, “Who is the Fairest?” and triumphantly seized the trophy win.

Vernon Township High School Band Director Max Taylor commissioned renowned composer Key Poulan to write the musical arrangements for “Who is the Fairest?” which explores the haunting and mysterious Evil Queen character from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The Vikings’ rendition of “Who is the Fairest?” is expertly planned and performed, from its meticulous instrumentation to its well-staged choreography. As the band’s color guards cloak the field in swaths of purple and metallic shades, and the instrumentalists play with impeccable precision, the Vernon Vikings Marching Band delivers a mesmerizing performance of color and sound.

To produce a show of such excellent quality, Vernon’s marching band students invest an enormous amount of time into their practice schedules, as does the Vikings Marching Band staff. Taylor noted, “The teaching staff works on the show concept for many months prior to the summer marching band rehearsals.” He continued, “The show is carefully storyboarded to make sure that the concept works and will be musically and visually stimulating.”

During the summer months, the Vernon Vikings Marching Band assembles for six hours of rehearsals each week, in addition to attending VTHS Summer Band Camp, which is jam-packed with musical drills, choreography, and other show preparations. Now that school is in-session, the Vikings Marching Band rehearses afterschool for approximately twelve hours each week, for the duration of the performance season. This year, musical composer Poulan also generously donated his time, traveling from California to New Jersey, to not only practice with the Vernon Township High School Marching Band, but to also watch them perform!

Director of Fine and Performing Arts Joseph Piccirillo stated, “Mr. Taylor and his assistant band directors exceed expectations each and every year. Their talent, passion, dedication, and tenacity are unmatched and that always rubs off on the students.” Handled with utmost precision and dexterity, the multi-faceted show gradually evolves from drawn-out plans to a full-fledged musical production. Vernon’s marching band students, staff members, and community members harmonize their combined talents to orchestrate a show of impressive magnitude and skill.

Taylor remarked, “The time and dedication of all involved in the rehearsal and performance of the field show—including students, parents, and the marching band teaching staff—significantly contributes to the overall success of the show.” Piccirillo also commented on the steadfast support of the Vikings Marching Band’s parents, stating, “Those parents spend nearly as much time as the teachers and students towards making the season a success. Marching Band really brings the entire community together!”

The Vernon Vikings Marching Band will next compete at the US Band’s New Jersey States Marching Band Championships in Rutgers University Stadium on Saturday, October 28, and will then round out the season at the US Band’s National Championships in the J. Birney Crum Stadium (Allentown, PA) on Sunday, November 5. For more time and location details, please visit the US Bands website: https://yea.org/programs/usbands/fall/schedule.

Be sure to watch the Vikings Marching Band perform the Halftime Show of the next VTHS Varsity Football Game on Friday, October 27 at 7:00pm!

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